Celebrating 25 Years: The Dynamism and Resiliency of the Pipeline Integrity Industry

2021 marks Dynamic Risk’s 25th year of providing innovative risk and integrity management solutions to the energy sector.  We are extremely proud to be part of this industry, to have supported our clients with the many challenges of the past, the valued relationships we have today, and continuing to work together in transforming the future, achieving outcomes previously thought unattainable.

Join us on Thursday, November 4th, 2021, for a full day of insightful presentations showcasing how far our industry has advanced and learn about the innovative solutions and best practices being used by your peers in their digital journey toward safe, efficient, and sustainable pipeline operations.

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Moving towards a data-driven future

The rise in expectations placed on the energy sector from stakeholders and the public, requires operators to demonstrate robust programs specific to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations based on sound and trusted data. The path toward a lower emissions future is expected and is attainable through effective data management, combined with an innovative and digital mindset.

To optimize the flow and use of data and operate at the speed of business well into the future, this will be best achieved with a data-driven workforce. An information lifecycle management strategy needs to be at the core of onboarding digital systems to guide data governance, and support data literacy throughout our organizations.  The importance of this has never been more critical involving the decisions made for pipeline system safety and risk mitigation.

Register today to join us online on Thursday, November 4th 2021.

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Keynote

We are pleased to announce Jackie Forrest as our Keynote Presenter at our Partners’ Conference 2021! Jackie will kick-off the day’s event with a thought-provoking overview of the North American energy sector and will explore a variety of key factors that pipeline operators will need to be aware of and plan for as we move forward into 2022. Key focus areas include changes with supply and demand, reaching net zero as a priority for sustainability programs, and the use of technology as a key driving force to successfully operate in a data-driven environment.

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Keynote Presenter: Jackie Forrest

We are pleased to announce Jackie Forrest as our Keynote Presenter at our Partners’ Conference 2021! Jackie will kick-off the day’s event with a thought-provoking overview of the North American energy sector and will explore a variety of key factors that pipeline operators will need to be aware of and plan for as we move forward into 2022. Key focus areas include changes with supply and demand, reaching net zero as a priority for sustainability programs, and the use of technology as a key driving force to successfully operate in a data-driven environment.

Biography

Jackie actively monitors emerging strategic trends related to energy. She is an author and sought after public speaker with nearly 25 years of experience in the energy industry. She is the host of the ARC Energy Ideas podcast, a weekly show that explains the latest trends and news in Canadian energy and beyond. 

She represents ARC Financial on the board of Longshore Resources Ltd, a privately held exploration and production company.  Jackie is also on the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC)’s Board of Governors.

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Prior to joining ARC, she was the leader of North American crude oil research for IHS CERA. Jackie has published 20 public papers on energy issues. She has co-hosted over 100 podcasts and written numerous columns, spanning all energy systems from oil and gas to clean energy, including electric vehicles, renewable power, carbon capture and biofuels.

Jackie was the recipient of the 2018 Schulich School of Engineering Environment and Sustainability Alumni Award, recognizing her contribution to a significant body of knowledge that has helped to increase the understanding of the connection between energy and environment. She is currently a member of the Schulich Industry AdvisoryCouncil (SIAC), the group provides input to the engineering school to help to ensure that programs and initiatives align with industry needs.

Jackie attended the University of Calgary where she received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. She also has an MBA from Queens University.

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Conference Overview

Looking ahead into the next decade, operators must have 20/20 vision to effectively manage heightened industry expectations for environmental sustainability, increased social responsibility, need for improved corporate governance and the evolution of the energy industry.

Please join us on Thursday, November 5, 2020 to learn from your industry peers on how they are currently leveraging technology enabled solutions to effectively maintain their pipeline assets and mitigate risk and uncertainty.

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Keynote: Thriving in the Never Normal – From Digital Transformation to Always on Adaptability

The rise in expectations placed on the energy sector from stakeholders and the public, requires operators to demonstrate robust programs specific to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations based on sound and trusted data. The path toward a lower emissions future is expected and is attainable through effective data management, combined with an innovative and digital mindset.  

To optimize the flow and use of data and operate at the speed of business well into the future, this will be best achieved with a data-driven workforce. An information lifecycle management strategy needs to be at the core of onboarding digital systems to guide data governance, and support data literacy throughout our organizations.  The importance of this has never been more critical involving the decisions made for pipeline system safety and risk mitigation.  

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Featured Speakers

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Jackie Forrest

Jackie actively monitors emerging strategic trends related to energy. She is an author and sought after public speaker with nearly 25 years of experience in the energy industry. She is the host of the ARC Energy Ideas podcast, a weekly show that explains the latest trends and news in Canadian energy and beyond.   

Prior to joining ARC, she was the leader of North American crude oil research for IHS CERA. Jackie has published 20 public papers on energy issues. She has co-hosted over 100 podcasts and written numerous columns, spanning all energy systems from oil and gas to clean energy, including electric vehicles, renewable power, carbon capture and biofuels.

Jackie was the recipient of the 2018 Schulich School of Engineering Environment and Sustainability Alumni Award, recognizing her contribution to a significant body of knowledge that has helped to increase the understanding of the connection between energy and environment.

Jackie attended the University of Calgary where she received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering.  She also has an MBA from Queens University.

Session Description

We are pleased to announce Jackie Forrest as our Keynote Presenter at our Partners’ Conference 2021! Jackie will kick-off the day’s event with a thought-provoking overview of the North American energy sector and will explore a variety of key factors that pipeline operators will need to be aware of and plan for as we move forward into 2022. Key focus areas include changes with supply and demand, reaching net zero as a priority for sustainability programs, and the use of technology as a key driving force to successfully operate in a data-driven environment.

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Jackie Forrest
Keynote Speaker

Darren Shearer, BSc

A passionate, strategically minded customer-first executive and technologist, Darren has led the building and expansion of Dynamic Risk through the deployment of innovative products and solutions based on emerging technologies.

Over his 20-year career at Dynamic Risk, Darren led a series of bold transformations and delivered proven business results. In addition to defining the company’s technology roadmap, he has been involved in product and service line development, client success, and has been a key figure in the development and execution of the company’s strategic plan. He has led the company’s digital transformation efforts with a focus on enabling technology in all areas of our operations and developing advanced solutions that serve our portfolio of clients in transmission, midstream, upstream and distribution.

Darren holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Calgary. He lives in Calgary with his wife and children.

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Darren Shearer, BSc
President, Dynamic Risk

Josh Pendleton, B.A

Mr. Pendleton is the VP of Business Development at Dynamic Risk where he is responsible for the relationship between our clients and Dynamic Risk as well as leading our Client Partnership Management team. Mr. Pendleton has over 15 years of experience in pipeline integrity and risk management and an advanced technical background in Geographic Information Systems. Josh has project experience with gathering, transmission, distribution and facility assets, as well as data collection, data integration, data validation, risk assessment, class assessment, outflow, valve optimization, overland spill analysis and GIS and pipeline data model implementation. He is a member of the Geospatial Information & Technology Association and has given several industry presentations, including speaking at the GeoGathering Conference on maximizing the value of field data to support integrity management analysis.

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Josh Pendleton, B.A
VP, Business Development, Dynamic Risk

Corine Herrmann

Corine Herrmann is the Manager of Measurement Services within the Facility Integrity Management department for Gas Operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The Measurement Services team covers a range of technical areas including gas quality, pressure control and measurement.

Corine holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.  

Lessons Learned from Recent Loss of Odorization Events

Session Description

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) experienced three loss of odorization events on the PG&E gas pipeline system over an 18-month period ending November 2020. These events involved reduction or loss of natural gas odorization as a result of a tie-in of a newly constructed pipeline and the completion of two separate in-service hydrostatic pressure testing projects.

This presentation summarizes the actions taken by PG&E in response to the low odorization events and the lessons learned from the odorization process review.

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Corine Herrmann
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Ben Mittelstadt, P.E.

Ben Mittelstadt has 20 years of experience related to engineering, project management, operation, and integrity management of pipelines. Spending the first 12 years with pipeline operators before becoming a consultant, Ben has developed and supported execution of all aspects of Integrity Management Plans and has extensive experience with integrity assessment methods including in-line inspection (ILI) and hydrostatic testing.

Ben earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University in 2001 and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and Massachusetts. He has served as a senior level integrity engineer and manager of risk management for two major pipeline operators and has led or provided support to a wide array of projects over his career including root cause investigations, IMP development and execution, integrity assessments, pipeline failure response, regulatory audits, review and development of standards and procedures, and development of risk-based mitigation programs.

Session Description

PHMSA’s Gas Mega Rule outlines new regulatory changes in the US that have added requirements for pipeline operators to complete and document activities such as MAOP reconfirmation, Material Testing and Verification and integrity assessments in locations where they have not previously been required. In this presentation, Ben will explore how efficient and effective processes are necessary to implement and address these requirements, how access to data underpins them all, and how novel approaches through data sharing and data science support the development of industry leading solutions.

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Ben Mittelstadt, P.E.
Director, Technical Services, Dynamic Risk

Matt Bayne

Matt is an accomplished leader and engineer who has worked in operations, engineering, analytical, and shared services roles.  He possesses leadership experience in founding new teams, leading established teams, building new support organizations, and using influence to effect change.  Matt has a strong track record of designing, building, and establishing grass roots programs and initiatives.  He effectively uses data analysis and business intelligence tools along with a broad understanding of the macro business environment to prioritize and report on a variety of operational and functional metrics.  Additionally, Matt has operational experience in emerging shale basins and has honed abilities to creatively solve problems and rally a team around high risk/reward challenges.  He has extensive experience in all aspects of pipeline integrity and Operational risk assessment from program creation to ad-hoc analysis and integration into the business culture.

Session Description

Last year, we introduced our perspective on Advanced Threat Engineering: at the intersection of threat engineering expertise, technology enablement, and disciplined lifecycle management. Over the past year with this paradigm in play at Dynamic Risk, we’ve seen advancements across all three of these areas. We will highlight ways that we’re advancing how our algorithms provide better insights. How we’re treating data as an asset, measuring its quality and impact. How our enhanced “what if” analysis allows you to incorporate cost into the equation. New ways of visualizing results that unlock new insights. Even applied advanced modeling tools to rapidly prototype potential algorithm changes. Across all these areas - our teams have innovated to get you to insightful actions, faster.

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Matt Bayne
Director, Technology Enablement, Dynamic Risk

Mike Westlund, BSc

As a Principal Consultant with Dynamic Risk, Mike has 22 years of experience in various pipeline integrity-related roles. He provides guidance, mentoring and technical oversight to our project teams, conducts engineering studies and investigations, prepares and present findings and recommends information to report to our client’s senior leadership. Previously, Mr. Westlund was with Baker Hughes GE for 12 years, where he held progressive roles as a Project Manager, Integrity Services Team Leader and then ultimately the Global Ultrasonic ILI Analysis Manager. Previously he focused on pipeline integrity, data analysis and R&D for the first generation EMAT ILI tool. Mike also possesses a significant amount of field experience including SCC integrity excavations, environmental studies, and cathodic protection. Additionally, he holds a BSc from the University of Calgary and holds a Level II Cathodic Protection Technician designation with NACE International.

Session Description

Dynamic Risk has access to a wide range of pipeline operator data with our IRAS database and is currently exploring opportunities to turn the data into insights. Our “Insight Hub” is a subscription-based offering for our customers that was introduced at our Partners’ Conference in 2020. It allows data scientists to leverage vast amounts of data and apply machine learning to reveal trends and insights. In this presentation, we will show how we have used pipeline parameter data, ILI data and machine learning algorithms to predict the location of external corrosion.

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Mike Westlund, BSc
Principal Consultant, Technical Services, Dynamic Risk

Han Wu, P.E.

As Manager of Upstream Services and Analytics, Han manages a team of upstream asset integrity professionals for Dynamic Risk. With over 10 years of project management and pipeline integrity experience, Han has a strong understanding of pipeline risk assessments, in-line inspections, corrosion mitigation and integrity data management. Han is also experienced with conducting integrity program reviews directly with field operations and has been directly involved with many pipeline integrity projects including conducting pipeline risk assessments, establishing pipeline system connectivity and implementing integrity data management solutions. Han is a professional engineer registered with APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta), a member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Session Description

As the world evolves away from consumption-driven growth and focuses on sustainable growth, the oil and gas industry in Alberta is finding ways to adapt, innovate, and become more efficient. One way to achieve this is by finding new business opportunities that leverage existing infrastructures, especially those that are underutilized or left idle. In this presentation, we look at how uncertainties and regulations around return-to-service and operating parameter changes can be managed through comprehensive engineering assessments.

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Han Wu, P.E.
Manager, Upstream Services & Analytics, Dynamic Risk

Armando Borjas, P.E.

Armando is the Team Lead for Asset Risk at Dynamic Risk. He supports engineering-related activities including resource management and coordination. He also acts as mentor to the Asset Risk team, leads team meetings and developing new risk approaches. He advises our clients of the development and implementation of systems to ensure their pipeline network is safe, reliable, sustainable and optimized manner. He also develops innovative engineering approaches and solutions while leading the development and delivery of risk assessment projects using reliability or quantitative risk-based approaches to support clients’ decision-making processes and risk assessment model development. Armando also identifies new features for ongoing pipeline risk database and software development and participates in the design. He has a Master of Engineering in Energy & Environment as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Session Description

Technology advancements coupled with the data-driven workforce of the modern energy industry have transformed data into a highly demanded commodity. Data science is an emerging field that can leverage this commodity to enable the development of data modelling, the derivation of new insights, and the streamlining of existing processes that were previously considered inaccessible. In this presentation we discuss how data science is augmenting the decisions, analysis, and efficiency in integrity engineering.

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Armando Borjas, P.E.
Team Lead, Asset Risk, Dynamic Risk

John Cram, E.I.T

John is an Integrity Engineer (in training) in our Technical Services team.  He is responsible for the development of strategic technical solutions that fulfill client requirements. His primary responsibilities fall into three main areas: facilitating and supporting the development of documentation for engineering processes and reporting; executing and supporting the implementation of the engineering projects and mentoring junior engineering staff.   John has strong working knowledge and experience in pipeline integrity and risk and/or reliability methods. He also possesses experience in threat evaluation technologies, such as fitness-for-service assessments and fracture mechanics analysis and/or hazard and safety evaluation analysis.  Additionally, he authors technical reports and leads a group that works to program automated solutions to internal engineering processes using Python.

John graduated from McGill University on the Dean’s Honor List with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 2018. He also is expected to graduate with his Masters in Analytics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA in 2023.

Session Description

Technology advancements coupled with the data-driven workforce of the modern energy industry have transformed data into a highly demanded commodity. Data science is an emerging field that can leverage this commodity to enable the development of data modelling, the derivation of new insights, and the streamlining of existing processes that were previously considered inaccessible. In this presentation we discuss how data science is augmenting the decisions, analysis, and efficiency in integrity engineering.

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John Cram, E.I.T
Integrity Engineer, Dynamic Risk

Parth Iyer, P.E.

Parth, a Pipeline Integrity Engineer at Dynamic Risk, is a Professional Engineer registered with Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), and a member of the NACE with Cathodic Protection Technician certification. Parth has an excellent understanding of pipeline integrity management programs, risk assessments, in-line inspections, regulatory audits and integrity data management. He has been involved as a Subject Matter Expert in external corrosion and cathodic protection on many pipeline construction and integrity projects, and has conducted integrity program reviews with technical services and field operations directly.  Parth’s expertise has also enabled him to be involved in various high-profile due diligence reviews for pipeline operator mergers and acquisitions.

Session Description

Pipeline operators regularly employ risk-based inspection (RBI) decision making to prioritize expenditures. In Canada, this risk analysis is typically performed at least once per calendar year to comply with CSA Z662. At the same time, operators also collect data from the various prevention and mitigation systems such as cathodic protection pipe-to-soil potential surveys or product sampling data. This data can be used to validate the effectiveness of the prevention and mitigation (P&M) systems and identify deficiencies that might hinder performance so that they can be addressed proactively. Unfortunately, when diagnostic inline inspection (ILI) data is available for pipelines, this mitigation program-related data is rarely used to inform risk-based decisions. This presentation discusses a qualitative approach that leverages both P&M, and inspection data to help better manage the threat of external corrosion. This can help in the efficient prioritization of both pro-active and re-active integrity repair activities and develop better leading indicator metrics to evaluate pipeline integrity program performance. 


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Parth Iyer, P.E.
Senior Integrity Engineer, Dynamic Risk