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Transmission Pipeline Design Workshop


March 12-15, 2013

The Blake Hotel - Charlotte, NC

In conjunction with the SGA Spring Gas Conference & Expo


If you are not able to make this session, but are still interested in attending this workshop, please let us know by selecting item #7 in our Workshop Interest Survey. Another location under consideration is Tulsa, OK in Spring or Summer 2013.


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Workshop Scope

This 3.5-day workshop takes you through the pipeline design process—from pipe sizing measurements to post-construction recordkeeping—working with a team to design a pipeline under real-life conditions and circumstances. Attendees will gain an overall understanding of all elements of gas pipeline design—from initial pipe sizing through route selection and the detailed design of pipeline components.


Workshop Goals

  • An overview of gas transmission pipeline systems and related facilities
  • An understanding of gas pipeline regulatory code requirements
  • Recognition of the importance of good project design requirements
  • The fundamental knowledge you need to design and specify gas pipelines and components


Target Audience

  • Engineers responsible for pipeline design or providing pipeline O&M support
  • Managers responsible for pipeline operations and maintenance
  • Marketing and support staff who can benefit from an overall understanding of design requirements for gas pipelines
  • Employees of companies who provide technical services and products to the gas pipeline industry


Workshop Topics

  • Design Conditions
  • Pipe Flow Sizing; Route Selection
  • Pipe Wall and Grade
  • Mainline Valves
  • Calculating Blowdown Time
  • Other Code Requirements
  • Gas Quality; Project Estimates
  • Code Requirements-Design
  • Valve Settings Design
  • Branch Connections
  • Launchers/Receiver Design
  • Miscellaneous Pipe Design
  • Road and Railroad Crossings
  • Stream and River Crossings
  • Cathodic Protection
  • Hydrostatic Test Plan
  • Test and Inspection of Fabrications
  • Construction Bid Specifications
  • Post-Construction Records
  • Technology and Research


The Relevance of this Training to Distribution Operations

The workshop will cover the code (Part 192) requirements for the design of high pressure steel pipelines for transmission applications. Many of the requirements for transmission and distribution will be the same. The main difference for someone dealing totally with distribution are the following:

  1. They will design mainly for all class 3 or 4 locations, so determination of class locations is less important,
  2. They will deal with more congested areas during construction and the course deals more with rural areas,
  3. Tie-ins for distribution can sometimes get more complicated due to number of lines and keeping facilities in-service,
  4. Hydrostatic testing will deal with elevation profiles that are less likely to be a concern on a distribution application.

We have had a number of people from distribution companies attend this workshop and have always received positive comments. The workshop gives them a good overview of the code requirements and they can then decide which ones apply to their situation and better understand why or why not.



Bill White, P.E. with White Technical Service LLC, has over twenty-nine years experience in the design, operations, and maintenance of natural gas facilities. This includes twenty-five years at Columbia Gas Transmission in various executive and manager level positions. Bill has expertise in design and construction, as well as the operations and maintenance of natural gas pipeline facilities. Bill will be assisted by industry experts and consultants with first hand experience in pipeline design projects.

Gus Gucwa is the Principal Engineer for Northeast Corrosion Analysts. Gus has 39 years experience in the operations and maintenance of natural gas facilities. He began his career with Lowell Gas Company and went on to work for Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation, John J. Pepper Corporation and Nstar Electric & Gas Corporation. He has been self employed since 1983 and has been providing training to the industry for over 30 years.


Professional Development Hours


Workshop Schedule

Day 1: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Day 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Day 3: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Day 4: 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Meeting Location


Evaluations Summaries from Previous Workshops


Event Information


  • Member: $1,295
  • Non-member: $1,595
  • Fee includes continental breakfast, breaks, lunch and all meeting materials


  • Business casual


Hotel Information

  • The Blake Hotel
  • Rate: $129 single and double occupancy
  • Reservations: Click here or call 888-664-6835 (ask for Southern Gas Association Rate or  SGA Rate)  
  • Cutoff for reservations: 5:00 pm EST February 18, 2013 


Bring this Training to Your Location

Bring this workshop to your location for your employees; or offer it as an open enrollment (SGA will promote the workshop for you) and offset this fee with registrations from other companies. $17,500 plus two instructor's travel (estimated at $1,200 each for a total travel fee of approximately $2,400). Includes all materials.



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