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Providing a Holistic Solution for Damage Prevention

Posted by Jennifer on Mar 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Damage Prevention plays an important role in assessing your pipeline risk, safety, and compliance. Part of a successful program is utilizing and integrating One Call data effectively. We've put together a quick 5 question quiz to help you determine how well your organization is executing an effective program.

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Topics: Integrity Management, Compliance, one call data, damage prevention, pipeline risk

PHMSA Recently Released Rules

Posted by Nicole Tebow on Oct 13, 2016 11:00:00 AM

With the passing of the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act of 2016) in June, and the new deadlines and requirements placed on PHMSA, there have been a handful of pipeline safety rules and policies released by PHMSA over the past few weeks. We wanted to give you a one stop shop to read up on each of these rules. Find a short summary of each below as well as a link to PHMSA's released statement.

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Topics: PHMSA, DOT Compliance, Compliance

PHMSA Advisory Bulletin: Clarification of Pipeline Operational Status

Posted by Nicole Tebow on Sep 21, 2016 2:19:29 PM

PHMSA recently released an Advisory Bulletin on Pipeline Safety: Clarification of Terms Relating to Pipeline Operational Status, Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0075 concerning the idle pipeline integrity management (IM) assessments. The Advisory Bulletin states:

“Owners and operators of pipelines that are not operating but contain hazardous liquids and gas must comply with all relevant safety requirements, including periodic maintenance, integrity management assessments, damage prevention programs, and public awareness programs,”

PHMSA will accept deferral of certain activities for purged but active pipelines. These deferred activities might include actions impractical on most purged pipelines, such as in-line inspection.”

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Topics: PHMSA, Compliance

How to Spot an Expert: DOT Compliance Consultants

Posted by Nicole Tebow on Aug 10, 2016 2:00:00 PM

At New Century Software and Integrity Plus, we take pride in knowing that our teams are comprised of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in the industry. We strive to build our teams with people that understand the nuances of the pipeline industry, and have studied and grown their skillsets over time. This led us to think, how do our customers and others in the industry know they are getting the best solution and service from a qualified team? To help answer this question, we developed a three-part series, How to Spot an Expert. We’ll touch on DOT compliance consultants, risk and integrity management analysts, and GIS experts.

In the first of our three-part series, we’ll be focusing on the realm of regulatory compliance. To ensure safety and reliability, pipeline operators must show due diligence in developing, implementing and documenting pipeline safety programs that meet Federal and State regulations.  From our perspective, there are three critical elements that every consultant should provide to help operators achieve their regulatory goals (and if your consultant isn’t doing these … you might want to start asking some questions).

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Topics: Federal Regulations, DOT Compliance, Integrity Plus, Compliance, NCS

Pipeline Compliance Around the World

Posted by Jennifer on May 6, 2016 2:00:00 PM

No matter what part of the world you are in, the energy sector (and more specifically oil and gas), has a big presence and impact on our daily lives. With this impact comes the need for some type of government legislation and regulation. View our story map below to compare the differences and similarities between the eight selected countries. 
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Topics: PHMSA, Federal Regulations, DOT Compliance, Compliance

Top 5 Tips to Survive a PHMSA Audit

Posted by Stacey on Mar 30, 2016 11:30:00 AM

At New Century Software, we have a strong history of conducting mock audits and compliance status evaluations. In fact, we’re so good, we train the inspectors.  With over 20 years of combined experience, we’ve developed audit strategies and processes focused on transparent compliance demonstrations and in-depth regulatory audit preparation.

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Topics: PHMSA, Federal Regulations, DOT Compliance, Compliance

PHMSA on Operations for Natural Gas Underground Storage Facilities

Posted by Jennifer on Feb 18, 2016 8:40:41 AM

Recently, PHMSA released an advisory bulletin outlining how operations of underground storage facilities for natural gas should be reviewed and maintained, as well as how integrity management programs surrounding these facilities should be developed, implemented and updated. This is significant since PHMSA has not regulated this in the past, and the last similar bulletin was posted in 1997, which left regulationof gas storage facilities up to the states.

 

We’ve pulled together some of the primary bullet points of PHMSA’s bulletin for you to review here in this blog post.

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Topics: PHMSA, DOT Compliance, Integrity Management, Compliance, PHMSA Audit

We Are Your Compliance Department

Posted by Stacey on Sep 1, 2015 4:11:39 AM

Navigating ever-changing regulations in natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline management has never been more challenging. Additionally, the industry-wide shortage of regulatory and compliance expertise has left many operators unsure where to turn.

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Topics: PHMSA, DOT Compliance, Integrity Plus, Pipeline Safety, Compliance

Check Out Our Esri UC Presentation & Visit Us at LGA!

Posted by Stacey on Jul 22, 2015 4:50:27 AM

This week has a been a whirlwind for the teams here at New Century! Our DOT Compliance team is down at the Louisiana Gas Association's Pipeline Safety Conference in NOLA representing the company and taking in all they can about pipeline safety. As Gold Sponsors of the event, we've been thrilled with the sessions, networking opportunities, and attendance. It's been a great week and it's still going - be sure to stop by booth 12 if you're down there!

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Topics: LGA, Esri, GIS, San Diego, EsriUC, Compliance, NOLA

Summer Events & Happenings

Posted by Stacey on Apr 24, 2015 8:08:01 AM

Conference season is in full swing in the pipeline oil and gas industry! We will be exhibiting at four upcoming events in the next several weeks leading up to our own annual Client Conference (psst... registration JUST opened). Check out our schedule below for the who, what, when and where and be sure to send us a note if you'll be at these events, too! We'd love to buy you coffee or lunch!

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Topics: Pipeline Operator, Integrity Management, Data Management, GIS, Compliance

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