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ViaData conducts onsite seminars and training programs on for gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators.  Topics include specific regulatory requirements, guidelines for compliance, Response to Gas Leaks and Incident Investigation, and Odorization.

Today’s regulations are complex documents.  An onsite program for compliance, operations and engineering personnel will provide a more in-depth understanding of the meaning and intent of the regulations, and give guidance on compliance methods.

ViaData Manager Mr. David Bull is a member of the Associate Staff at the Transportation Safety Institute, helping to train federal and state regulatory personnel.  Mr. Bull is also a key instructor for Clarion Technical Conferences, teaching Pipeline Safety and Compliance programs.  David is well known throughout the pipeline industry for his expertise and informative training programs.

For more information about ViaData’s onsite seminars, please complete the Information Request Form.

DOT Pipeline & Safety Regulations

DOT Pipeline Safety Regulations
Overview and Guidelines for Compliance

This 2-day seminar is designed for pipeline company personnel in regulatory compliance, operational, or engineering roles. The seminar program will cover detailed information in select focus areas to benefit actual practitioners, but it will also cover a range of topics in an abbreviated manner that is suitable for management.

The seminar will review major compliance requirements of the following elements of Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations affecting the operation of gas and hazardous liquids pipelines - CFR 49, Parts 192 and 195:

  • Applicability of regulations to different piping systems (including OPS interpretations)
  • Variations in Federal and State jurisdiction
  • Key definitions (Gathering, Transmission, etc.)
  • Review of upcoming rules and key compliance deadlines
  • Reporting requirements for accidents and safety related conditions
  • Pipeline Integrity Management
  • Operator Qualification


Regulatory requirements for Pipeline Integrity Management will be covered in detail.
The major technical and practical application aspects of the following baseline assessment methodologies will be reviewed:

  • In-line inspection
  • Pressure testing
  • Direct assessment

In addition, the seminar will examine compliance requirements and options for these specific elements of pipeline integrity management:

  • Applicability of the various regulations
  • Definition of High Consequence Areas (HCAs)
  • Determining pipeline corridor buffer zones
  • Key deadlines and compliance dates
  • Integrity assessment options (pros/cons & implementation enhancements)


Special attention will also be given to Operator Qualification in particular:

  • Criteria for determination of covered tasks and applicability
  • Compliance options for company personnel and contractors
  • Commercially available industry-wide qualification alternatives
  • Interpretation and enforcement issues
  • OQ2

Participants will receive a detailed set of course notes for reference after the course. Fee includes lunch and refreshment breaks on both days.


George Williamson has 24 years of experience in pipeline and oil and gas field operations, maintenance, and engineering. He is a registered professional engineer.

David E. Bull, ARM, is well known throughout the gas industry for outstanding training programs, development of the odorization audit and expertise in regulatory compliance and evaluating damage prevention programs. His experience includes risk assessments for over 75 gas utilities for AEGIS Insurance Services, membership on the Damage Prevention Quality Action Team (Dig Safely) and as a staff member at the Transportation Safety Institute, Pipeline Division. David has over 28 years experience helping pipeline operators to assess and manage their risk and liability exposures. Mr. Bull is also a principal in ViaData LP, publishers of WinD.O.T., The Pipeline Safety Encyclopedia.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive 1.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Upcoming dates

February 10-11, 2014