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Mega-Rule #1: Gas Transmission Regulation Deep Dive Virtual Workshop

RCP has been heavily involved throughout this rulemaking process and is ready to assist operators as they get prepared. Whether it’s a deep dive into MAOP records reconfirmation, conducting Engineering Critical Assessments, assessing where your Moderate Consequence Areas exist, developing Material Verification plans, reviewing existing pipeline integrity programs, developing action plans to get into compliance, or simply providing training to your team on what’s coming, RCP can help.


Join us for a virtual deep dive into the recently finalized Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines rule. The virtual format for this is unlike anything you have experienced before. Once registered, attendees will receive links to workshop materials and will be able to review these materials at their own pace and schedule leading up to three separate live Q&A sessions with other attendees and the trainers. Attendees will have the ability to download copies of the materials, and chat and post questions in a live forum from the time they register until the live Q&A sessions with the trainers. There are practical exercises and knowledge reinforcement throughout the workshop to ensure attendees understand how to apply what they have learned. During the live Q&A sessions, trainers will work through these exercises and answer questions from the attendees.

What You Will Learn

There is a lot to unpack with this rule. This workshop will not only dive deep into the rule requirements and some of its nuances; there will also be several practical and interactive exercises for the audience to perform, ensuring they come away knowledgeable not only with “what” is required, but also “how” to conduct certain analyses that are new to the gas transmission pipeline regulations. These exercises will include how to conduct an Engineering Critical Assessment, how to calculate estimated remaining life of your pipelines, how to develop material sampling plans, how to determine TVC records and extract the required data for validated MAOP calculations, and how to plan and execute a spike test.

Workshop Materials

Each attendee will receive access to all presentation materials after registration, including the ability to download copies of the presentations for future reference or taking notes while progressing through the workshop. There are additional reference materials posted within the virtual workshop that can be downloaded, including related PHMSA Frequently Asked Questions, Federal Register Notices, and more.


  • February 1 through April 23, 2021
    • Registration Open
    • Registrants obtain access to workshop materials and proceed through this content at their own pace
  • April 6, 2021
    • Live Kick-Off Session with Trainers
  • May 4-6, 2021
    • Live Q&A Sessions with Trainers (1pm-3pm)
    • Day 1: MAOP, Material Verification
    • Day 2: Engineering Critical Assessment, Calculating Remaining Life
    • Day 3: Integrity Outside HCAs, Changes to Integrity Programs, Spike Testing

About the Trainers

RCP trainers have a wealth of industry experience and provide participants a practical perspective on operations and maintenance activities at a level all can understand and are very effective in answering any questions.

Chris Foley, RCP
Mike Rosenfeld, RSI-Pipeline Solutions
Nathan Switzner, RSI-Pipeline Solutions
Nhan Pham, RCP
Joel Anderson, RSI-Pipeline Solutions

Mike Rosenfeld is an experienced consultant in pipeline fitness for service, pipeline integrity, pipeline design and construction, causes of pipeline failures, pipeline regulations and standards, and related matters. He has performed numerous pipeline failure investigations and root cause failure analyses; conducted research, funded by the pipeline industry, on the effects of mechanical damage, fatigue, pipeline integrity threat interactions, and methods to determine the probable grade of undocumented pipe materials; performed engineering analyses of a broad range of design, operations, or integrity matters for numerous pipeline operators; and provided expert support in litigation. He chairs the Subgroup on Design, Materials, and Construction of the ASME B31.8 Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Committee and serves on other ASME piping standards development committees. Mr. Rosenfeld has authored or co-authored over 90 published articles or public presentations dating to 1988, is an ASME Fellow, and is a Professional Engineer registered in the State of Ohio. He previously worked with Kiefner & Associates (27 years), Battelle (6 years), and Impell Corporation (4 years). He earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan (1979) and a Master of Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University (1981).

Chris Foley has a deep understanding of the new gas transmission regulation, including participating on the Joint Industry Trade Association Task Group to prepare for and submit comments throughout the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee process.  Mr. Foley owns three patents for MaxOp, which is widely considered the gold standard used across the gas and hazardous liquid pipeline industry for MAOP validation. He serves on the ANSI GPTC Z380 Gas Piping Technology Committee and the American Gas Association Engineering Committee.  Mr. Foley has almost 30 years’ experience developing and implementing engineering and regulatory compliance solutions and technology for the oil and gas industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering with a specialty in Systems Safety Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Virtual Workshop Pricing

$1,250 for registration prior to March 25
$1,350 for registration after March 25 and prior to April 1
$1,500 for registration after April 1

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