Control Room Management

PHMSA Issues Final Rule For Gas Gathering Pipelines: Implications for the Control Room

In November 2021, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a new final rule designed to improve the safety of onshore gas gathering pipelines. The long-awaited PHMSA Gas Gathering Rule expanded federal pipeline safety oversight to all U.S. onshore gas gathering pipelines, which adds up to approximately 400,000+ miles of gathering pipelines coming …

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Our Year-End Letter to Pipeline Operators: Find Solutions for Control Room Management

Over the past two years, there have been many disruptions to the oil and gas industry. Yet, one constant has been the need for pipeline operators to keep product flowing. Specific to our area of expertise supporting the control room, we salute the control room managers and controllers that have put in considerable time and …

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PHMSA Enforcement Actions Review: Time to Advance Fatigue Management

As part of our team’s review of the 2020 PHMSA Enforcement Actions pertaining to the pipeline control room, we identified a handful of fatigue management violations of the PHMSA Control Room Management Rule (CRM Rule). The violations regarding Section D (Fatigue Mitigation – 49 CFR 192.631/195.446(d)) of the CRM Rule capture the various layers required …

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ComplyMgr: Optimize Your Processes to Flow Into Pipeline Compliance

Trust the process. It’s an oft-repeated phrase that has tremendous application for pipeline operators, especially in the area of supporting your regulatory compliance program. This is because validating compliance is not something that merely happens. It is the result of taking the proper steps to prepare your pipeline operation to operate in such a way …

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Use POEMS CRM Suite to Manage Hours of Service in the Control Room

Managing Hours of Service (HOS) in the pipeline control room looks very different in 2021 than at the beginning of last year. The pandemic created new challenges around how to schedule shifts that protect the health and safety of controllers, how to support work-from-home scenarios, and how to ensure compliance with the PHMSA CRM Rule. …

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2020 in Review: Support the Control Room During Challenging Times

This year was unprecedented. The pandemic forced pipeline operators and control room managers to make critical decisions to support business continuity and continue to maintain compliance with PHMSA requirements. One of our colleagues, Charles Alday of the Pipeline Performance Group, recently co-authored a report in Pipeline & Gas Journal about how control rooms navigated the …

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The All-in-One Software Documentation Solution for a CRM Audit

Paperwork. Records. Documents. Teams. These are all very difficult to pull together to satisfy a PHMSA CRM audit. That’s why we recently introduced a new package of software tools, implementation support, and training to help pipeline operators and midstream companies prepare for the audit and go into the audit with confidence. In 2020, we helped …

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How We Can Help Your Operation Advance to Electronic Logging

Managing the pipeline control room requires a tremendous amount of logging and recordkeeping to support safety and to meet compliance requirements. The question is, what tools are you using to support this function? Paper recordkeeping, outdated software, or software that is not designed for pipeline operations will lead to more headaches trying to keep track …

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