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Public Workshop on Managing Pipeline Cracking Challenges

[Docket No. PHMSA-2014-0090] August 5, 2014 – Rosemont, IL]

The Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives are holding this event to gather and disseminate information on the state of the art of crack detection in hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines. Perspectives on the challenges involved with detecting and characterizing crack like defects, including environmentally assisted cracks and cracks with corrosion, will be provided from operators and regulators. This event will provide an update on technology developments via research, the success rate in deploying such technology for detection and a discussion on the level of and types of data collected in support of engineering assessments. It will also discuss other information in support of criteria for determining when a probable crack defect in a pipeline segment must be excavated, the time limits for completing those excavations and in support of models for determining crack growth rates.

Date: The public workshop will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT.

Location: Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River road, Rosemont, IL 60018. Hotel reservations can be made under the room block “DOT/PHMSA” by clicking here or call 877-337-5793. A small room block is available at the Federal Government rate of $166/night for the nights of August 4 & 5 on a first come, first served basis, and must be made by July 21, 2014.

Registration: Members of the public may attend this free public workshop. All attendees are encouraged to register for the workshop in advance. Online registration and a draft agenda can be found on PHMSA’s website.

Webcast: This public workshop will be webcasted. Webcast information will be provided in the hour before the start time and can be found at

For more information, contact Robert Smith at 919-238-4759 or by email.