May 03, 2022 to May 05, 2022

2022 Pipeline, Control Room And Cybernetics Conference


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.


Call for Abstracts:

Submitting an Abstract DEADLINE – February 15, 2022.
Submit Abstract Online

The following topics and subtopics have been selected for the program based on feedback from past attendees.
PRIMARY TOPICS AND SUBTOPICS:

PIPELINE TOPICS:

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:

  • Application of lessons learned & best practices in response to emerging variants
  • Balancing the safety dilemma – COVID risk, vaccinations, & personal rights
  • Resource management, productivity & work environment
  • Remote working practices and future workplace

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:

  • Drills/training
  • Natural gas incident response – Case studies importance of mutual aid & ICS
  • Standards/job aids/good practice guides
  • API RP 1174 Implementation & what needs to change in next update
  • Lessons learned from events
  • Preparedness / planning

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:

  • Geohazards and water crossing (geotechnical and hydrotechnical)
  • Importance of data in setting strategic priorities
  • Crack Management
  • Corrosion Management
  • Mechanical damage management, such as Dent fatigue
  • NDE verification and certification
  • ILI Inspection technology
  • Hydrostatic test
  • Pipeline data integration & analysis in integrity programs
  • Vintage Pipeline Integrity Verification
  • Artificial intelligence

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:

  • Training & OQ
  • Scenario tabletop drills
  • Simulator / VR
  • Fatigue management
  • Sleep management
  • Safety culture testimonials
  • Culture assessment

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:

  • Latest advances and R&D in leak detection technology
  • Challenges associated with small leaks from liquid pipelines’
  • Challenges associated with leak detection in cold weather/ice conditions
  • Programmatic approaches to leak detection & role of RP 1175 Leak Detection Management for liquid pipelines
  • Operator best practices in operations and maintenance plan updates to meet requirements of Section 114 of the PIPES Act of 2020

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:

  • API RP 1162
  • PHMSA public engagement / FERC Office of Public Participation / state
  • Tribal / first nations
  • Work force development
  • Economic inclusion
  • Lifecycle engagement and project inclusion
  • Public Awareness Program Effectiveness Research Survey (PAPERS)
  • API community engagement guidance / API RP 1185, Pipeline Public Engagement
  • ER forums, liaison activities, govt/industry engagements
  • Damage prevention
  • Innovative approaches to engagement in light of seasonal impacts and COVID
  • Environmental justice
  • Landowner relations / eminent domain

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:

  • Risk management
    • Pipeline Safety Management Systems (SMS) implementation & assessment
  • Contractor SMS implementation & integration
  • Environmental / Social / Governance Risk (ESG)
    • Financial institutions, gov’t & industry
  • Internal Safety Culture
  • Habitat Management & Conservation
  • Sustainability practices by pipeline operators
  • Other management systems

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:

  • Power outages and compromised infrastructure (i.e., roads, water supply, etc.)
  • Severe storm resistance and safe practices
  • Sea level rise and increased flooding impacts
  • High heat and drought conditions
  • Maintaining reliability during wildfires
  • Permafrost retreat

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:

  • Importance of Safety Management Systems and leadership commitment
  • On-site safe working procedures, policies, and protocols (sanitation, shift changes, heath screening)
  • Resource management and productivity
  • Navigating internal and external personnel awareness and contact tracing
  • Remote working practice and management
  • Strategy and practice for safely returning to office
  • Emergency preparation and response to unexpected high-impact events, such as COVID shutdown and oil market crash
  • Control Room Management COVID Staffing & Contingency Planning

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:

  • How to be prepared for an upcoming Control Room Audit from the perspective of the Operator.
  • What can we learn from these audits? Words of wisdom for future auditees.

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:

  • Controller training
  • Access Requirement changes
  • Remote Log-in availability
  • Changes to Roles and Responsibilities with in the Control Room Management Plan

Alarm Management

Papers related to managing the lifecycle of alarms annunciated in Gas Control via SCADA and other systems.

  • Alarm Management Philosophies
  • Alarm Identification, Rationalization and Design for new assets
  • Alarm maintenance processes – Weekly, Monthly, Annual reviews of
    • Severity
    • Description
    • Setpoint
  • Alarm Flood Analysis
  • Alarm counts incorporated into Workload Management
  • Controller response to alarms external to the SCADA system
  • MOC Processes for changing alarm attributes
  • Smart Alarms
  • Programs/Processes in use to perform analysis
  • Alarms and Automated Notifications (to Field Operations, Management, Etc.)

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:

  • Successfully meeting the intent of the team training regulations from and industry and regulatory perspective
  • Incorporating Technical and Non-Technical skills (soft skills) into a team training program
  • Including training on “normal” operations as well as abnormal and emergency operations in a team training program
  • Incorporating team training in existing emergency training and drill exercises
  • Interpreting the regulatory requirements for team training
  • Creating and Implementing a sustainable team training program for small and large teams
  • Establishing a frequency for continuing training surrounding team training

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:

  • Primary and Backup sites
    • Location
    • Capabilities
    • Infrastructure
    • Testing/drills frequency, duration, and timing
  • Preparedness and response
    • Natural disasters
    • Pandemic (flu, COVID)
    • Social Unrest
  • Cyber Security
  • Manual Operations due to system outages
  • Controller and support staff training
  • Lessons learned from past experiences
  • Regulatory requirements around business continuity
  • Process and procedure development best practices
  • Controller staffing

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.

CYBERNECTICS TOPICS

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:

  • Automated Startups
  • Automated Shutdowns
  • Automated Batch/Tank Changes
  • Valve Sequencing and Header Alignments
  • Optimization or Power and DRA Utilization

Cybersecurity
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:

  • Hardening SCADA Networks/Systems
  • Hardening Field Controls Networks/Systems
  • API 1164
  • Cybersecurity Frameworks
  • Intrusions Detection Tools
  • Zero-day Attacks

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:

  • Novel external Leak Detection technology deployment and operationalization
  • Significant internal Leak Detection technology breakthroughs
  • Powerful use of Leak Detection CPM data to optimize pipeline operations
  • Understanding Leak Detection System Performance, especially modern fluid withdrawal approaches and advanced simulation techniques.

SCADA Improvements
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:

  • Demonstration of revised SCADA Displays and resulting improvements in operations and controller experience
  • Alarm Bundling and Alarm Management
  • Automation of common and complex operations, e.g. swings, batch routing
  • Operations and performance data prioritization
  • Emerging Technologies

Standards Update

  • Updates to Industry Standards and Recommended Practices to reflect the evolving industry and current practices

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:

  • Gathering Data Techniques
  • Data Analytics
  • Big Data/IIOT
  • Mesh Networks
  • Managing Data available to the enterprise

Abstract Elements

  1. The title (15 words max) of your presentation
  2. The primary topic of your presentations
  3. A short abstract (125) words of the proposed topic. Please include how it is currently relevant to the industry, what objectives you will cover during the session
  4. A 100 word or less speaker biography
  5. Please provide in 100 words or less what your qualifications are to speak on the topic

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.