Savannah Convention Center and Westin Hotel, Savannah, Georgia
Attendee Duty of Care
API recognizes the safety of all of those in-person at the 2022 Pipeline, Control Room and Cybernetics Conference as a top priority. API is committed to following CDC, local government agencies and the Savannah Convention Center and Westin Hotel Covid-19 health and safety guidelines for hosting in-person events. Should masks be required indoors by state or local regulation in the place of the event, you must wear a mask while in attendance. Though mask usage is always encouraged, it will not be mandated if not required.
By attending the 2022 Pipeline, Control Room and Cybernetics Conference in Savannah, Georgia, you agree to comply with all Covid-19 health and safety guidelines adopted by API, that have been recommended by the CDC, local government agencies and the Savannah Convention Center and Westin Hotel. Your acceptance of the Attendee Duty of Care is a condition of registration and participation in the 2022 Pipeline, Control Room and Cybernetics Conference.
Submitting an Abstract DEADLINE – February 15, 2022.
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The following topics and subtopics have been selected for the program based on feedback from past attendees.
PRIMARY TOPICS AND SUBTOPICS:
Challenges and Opportunities in a Post Pandemic Environment
Presentations covering the “new normal” for the pipeline industry, how companies applied lessons learned from original virus and adapted to new variants, and long-term approach to operations, resources, workforce and safety programs post pandemic. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
Emergency Response / Oil Spills
Presentations addressing issues related to incident management and oil spill response. Preference will be given to papers that focus on case studies or practical application of topic area. Possible topics include but are not limited to the topics below:
Asset Integrity Programs
Presentations related to asset integrity programs, integrity management, and new technologies for pipeline systems and related facilities. Possible topics include but are not limited to the topics below:
Workforce Development, Human Factors and Training
Topics related to workforce development, training and the critical role of understanding human factors and the importance of a healthy safety culture Possible topics include but are not limited to the topics below:
The Role of Leak Detection in Minimizing Environmental Impacts
Topics related to the important role of leak detection in minimizing emissions and reducing environmental impacts from natural gas and liquid pipelines. Possible topics include:
Stakeholder Engagement & Outreach
Presentations relating to internal and external stakeholder awareness, engagement, and outreach. Possible topics include but are not limited to the topics below:
Safety and Environmental Reliability
Presentations relating to industry practices and programs that support operations safety and environmental excellence. Possible topics include but are not limited to the topics below:
Preparing for the Future – System Hardening and Resiliency
Topics related to operational and/or construction efforts pipeline owners and operators are performing to plan for and mitigate potential threats from our ever-changing surroundings. Possible topics include but are not limited:
CONTROL ROOM TOPICS:
Operations of the New Normal – How has COVID 19 changed operations in the Control room? Lessons Learned
Papers covering challenges, lessons learned and how companies have modified operations, resources, and safety programs during the COVID-19 era. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
CRM Audit Experience – Lessons learned from the perspective of the Operator and PHMSA
PHMSA has been conducting audits across the industry in many different control rooms. This session is meant to share from an Operator perspective how these audits were conducted, and ways companies prepared for the Audit. 2020 also provided a new challenge with many of these audits being performed virtually. These sessions will focus on:
Cyber Security – How has the risk of an event changed the Control Room? Industry Lessons Learned
With the rising risk and attention to managing the risk of a cyber attack the Pipeline Control Room has been a major topic of conversation. The industry continues to place a major focus on ensuring our Control Rooms are safe from a cyber-attack. We are looking for papers/topics that share lessons learned and how this topic has changed operations specifically to the Control Room.
Topics might include:
Papers related to managing the lifecycle of alarms annunciated in Gas Control via SCADA and other systems.
Team Training – What is the requirement? What is the intent? from the perspective of the Operator and PHMSA
Although the regulatory requirements for team training are not new, establishing and maintaining compliance with the regulations is one of the newest aspects of the Control Room Management regulations. Industry collaboration on team training can provide guidance to companies looking to improve or assess their own team training programs. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
Business Continuity Development for the Control Room
We are looking for topics involving business continuity planning, development, and best practices. Whether an operator faces challenges dealing frequent natural disasters, unreliable infrastructure, or staffing limitations; maintaining safe and reliable 24/7 operations has many hurdles. Topics of interest may include:
Navigating the Regulatory Horizons – New rules for Pipeline – How will this impact the Control Room
Our various regulatory agencies continue to look for areas the industry can improve. We are looking for topics that can help the industry understand what regulatory changes or new rules are on the horizon. We would like to have presenters from both the Operator and Regulatory side share how we can be ready as an industry for these changes.
Automation and Optimization
Innovations in automation are providing Operators was to transport crude and/or refined products with safer, more efficient results. We are seeking abstracts that relate to the implementation of automation techniques in areas such as:
In the everchanging cybersecurity landscape, prudent pipeline operators must continually strive to stay ahead of evolving cyber threats and regulations. This session will explore topics related to the hardening of critical control systems. We are looking for:
Leak Detection Advancements
Advancements in the field of Leak Detection are critical to ensuring the pipeline industry exceeds the expectations of the public, our families and our businesses. We are seeking abstracts directly related to major improvements in pipeline Leak Detection in the following areas:
Improvement to SCADA Systems are critical to ensuring consistent and safe pipeline operations. We are seeking abstracts directly related to major improvements in SCADA Systems in the following areas:
IIOT and Big Data
Technology is changing the way we look at data and operate our pipelines. We are seeking abstracts directly related to the use of data and IIOT that enable safer and more cost effective operations such as:
Your abstract should contain enough information to allow the Program Committee to make an accurate judgment of the content of your proposed presentation.
Submitting an Abstract DEADLINE – February 15, 2022.
By submitting an abstract to speak at an API conference, the speaker agrees that their presentation and/or title will not be commercial in nature. The speaker also agrees that API will have a non-exclusive right to publish the presentation with the speaker’s permission.
If needed, please obtain the necessary clearance from your management before submitting your proposal. If your proposal is accepted, you will be expected to prepare, submit and present your presentation at the Conference and meet the necessary planning and preparation deadlines. Speakers will be provided complimentary registration*.
Submissions will be reviewed by Subject Matter Experts and you will receive a message advising you that your abstract was accepted, needs revision or could not be placed in the program.
*In the case of multiple authors/presenters for any one session only one author/presenter receives complimentary registration.