Program Management

Enhancing Pipeline Safety Management Systems

Pipeline safety is paramount in the energy industry, and ensuring the effectiveness of Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS) is crucial. In this blog post, we will explore three essential aspects of PSMS: Cultural Assessments, Public Awareness, and Stakeholder Engagement. These elements collectively contribute to a robust safety culture within pipeline operations. Cultural Assessments: Fostering a […]

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Streamlining DIMP Cycle Execution

Enhancing Handoff, Data Aggregation, and Analytics for Effective Risk Management Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP) is a critical framework for ensuring the safety and reliability of pipeline and gas operations in the U.S. This program is rooted in regulatory requirements designed to safeguard the public and the environment. It can be difficult to accomplish all

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7 Questions to Assess Organizational Excellence

Organizational Excellence is a topic that comes up often in the industry, but many have a difficult time articulating exactly what it is. How do you measure the performance of organizational excellence? How do you close gaps in your safety programs? How do you verify that the improvements in organizational excellence are having the desired

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Program Suite: A Holistic Approach to PDCA

Organizations in our industry face a whole host of challenges around program management – implementing and tracking your operation’s safety program, introducing new personnel (from turnover, M&A’s, etc.), or maintaining regulatory compliance – to name a few. Additionally, you’re tasked with finding the best way to address those challenges with confidence.  Considering these challenges, a

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The Importance of Process Management and Tracking Execution

Plan. ICAM. Check. Act. Tracking processes and execution of tasks is critical because it helps to promote safe and efficient operations, ensures compliance with federal and local regulations, and minimizes the risk of environmental damage. By following the plan do check act (PDCA) cycle, companies can continuously improve their operations and reduce risk. Benefits of

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Manage Pipeline Threats Effectively through PDCA

Programs and Activities to Address Risk (PAAR) When API RP 1173 was released in 2015, it changed the way many organizations viewed established systems to manage pipeline safety. API RP 1173, a standard that outlines requirements for a pipeline safety management system (PSMS), provides pipeline operators with a framework to continually improve their safety performance

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How the PHMSA Gas Mega Rule Affects Safety and Compliance

In an effort to improve pipeline safety and minimize harm, the gas Mega Rule was issued by PHMSA after a years-long effort to fully define its scope. Part of the rule aimed at making updates to regulations based on lessons learned from pipeline incidents like the PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) rupture and release in

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Assess Your Organizational Excellence in Pipeline Operations By Asking These Simple Questions…

Organizational excellence is becoming a focal point for the oil and gas pipeline industry. In fact, API noted in their 2020-2022 Pipeline Strategic Plan Goals that promoting organizational excellence is their number one goal for companies to improve pipeline safety through the implementation of their Pipeline Safety Management System (PSMS / API 1173). Yet, what

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Plan-Do-Check-Act: Quality Management to Support the Continuous Improvement of Programs and Activities to Reduce Risk

The pipeline industry has traditionally been very good at planning and doing. However, they have not been so good at checking and acting in a proactive manner. Checking is required to identify areas for improvement and to drive corrective actions. The systemic application of a quality management methodology supports the reduction of risk leading to

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