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Direct Assessment Meeting

The Research and Special Programs Administration’s (RSPA) Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR) will cosponsor a workshop with the pipeline industry trade associations (API, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, Association of Oil Pipelines, American Gas Association, National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), and American Public Gas Association) on November 4, 2003 at the Wyndham Greenspoint North Hotel, 12400 Greenspoint Dr, Houston, TX 77060 to discuss direct assessment technology. The workshop is intended to provide a forum for the discussion of direct assessment technology as it relates to natural gas integrity management. The RSPA/OPS will gather issues presented at the workshop needing additional clarification or guidance material development. The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • identify issues with direct assessment that need clarification or additional guidance material development;
  • familiarize operators with the current status of direct assessment research and development;
  • provide examples of implemented direct assessment programs; and
  • familiarize operators with the current status of development of NACE direct assessment standards for External Corrosion, Internal Corrosion, and Stress Corrosion Cracking.

Use the following link to register for the OPS meeting:;=19.

Note also that OPS intends to do a web-cast of this meeting. Use the same link above to participate in the webcast.

Note that NACE International will also have a Direct Assessment workshop in the same hotel on Nov. 5-7. For additional information on the NACE meeting, click here: