2019 Dates

November 6-7, 2019

Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Airport

Houston, TX

2019 Dates

November 6-7, 2019

Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Airport

Houston, TX


Wednesday – Executive Forum
Thursday – Workforce Forum
11:00 - 12:30
Registration, Lunch and Tabletop Displays
12:30 - 12:45
Pipeline Leadership Conference Kickoff and Welcome Message (Click for description and presenters)
Bernard P. Krzys
CEO & Publisher | Benjamin Media, Inc.
12:45 - 13:15
Keynote Address (Click for description and presenters)

Alan Mayberry, Associate Administrator | Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

13:15 - 14:30
Pipeline and Distribution Market Overview (Click for description and presenters)

A look at the driving forces in the oil and gas pipeline and distribution market in North America

Executive Roundtable: A panel of experts comprised of pipeline operators, distribution companies, manufacturing and regulatory leaders will discuss “Building Your Advantage in the Pipeline Industry.”

Moderator: Mark Bridgers, Principal | Continuum Capital

Panelists: Alan Mayberry, Associate Administrator | PHMSA

Mark Bridgers
Principal | Continuum Capital
14:30 - 15:00
Networking Break and Tabletop Displays
15:00 - 15:30
Finding the Optimal Route — A Pipeline Rounding Best Practices Case Study (Click for description and presenters)

With over 40,000 miles routed, Pivvot has established a data-driven process to collect data, assess business objectives, and deliver optimal pipeline routes to support pipeline operators in their growth strategies. In this presentation, Pivvot and our operator client will walk through examples of pipeline routing projects including the criteria to consider during data collection, the business drivers at play in various projects, and what to do when the objectives change at the 25th hour. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the regulatory requirements involved during pipeline routing, the environmental and socio-economic considerations to weigh, and an approach to reduce labor-intensive analysis timelines.

Kent Strasser, Principal Technologist | Pivvot; and TBD, Pipeline Operator (Enable Midstream/Boardwalk Partners)

15:30 - 16:30
Convergence: How Integrity, Safety & Prudency Are Transforming Pipeline & Distribution Systems (Click for description and panelist information)

The convergence of integrity, Safety Management Systems, capital spend prudency for distribution system operators, and project estimate accuracy or budget adherence for pipeline operators are converging to transform the industry. Panel members will explore how regulation, market expectations, environmental challenges, permitting requirements, and spending prudency demands are transforming the design, engineering, construction and operation of pipeline and distribution systems. Areas of particular focus are how engineers and contractors will be expected to provide more than simply accurate designs or simply construction to support operators in satisfying the expectations of stakeholders.

Moderator: Mark Bridgers, Principal | Continuum Capital

Panelists: James Francis, Vice President, Safety and Training | CenterPoint Energy

Mark Bridgers
Principal | Continuum Capital
16:30 - 17:00
Networking Break and Tabletop Displays
17:00 - 18:00
The Next Generation of Projects — A Business Perspective (Click for description and presenters)

The construction industry has been publicly ‘called out’ as not keeping up with productivity advancements at the pace of other industries. The Construction Industry Institute (CII) has initiated a series of research efforts, entitled “Operating System 2.0 (OS 2.0),” which will address thinking differently across the business, engineering, fabrication and construction aspects of the industry. This presentation will share some of the early concepts and research initiatives that are underway to address this issue. Be prepared to think outside the box and open your mind to a different way of delivering value among owners, contractors and suppliers.

Stephen L. Cabano
President | Pathfinder, LLC
18:00 - 20:00
Networking Reception and Pipeline Leadership Award Banquet
07:00 - 07:50
Networking Continental Breakfast and Tabletop Displays
07:50 - 08:00
Kickoff and Welcome Message (Click for description and presenter)
Dale Anderson
Executive Vice President | Miller Pipeline
08:00 - 08:30
Student-Led Pipeline Innovations Forum Introduction

Students participating in the Student-Led Pipeline Innovations Forum will introduce themselves and their program as a means to introduce attendees to the afternoon program. Participants will make presentations at their school table highlighting their school, class project, internship and other experiences in the pipeline industry during the Student-Led Pipeline Innovations Forum portion of the conference.

08:30 - 09:30
Young Voices on Pipeline & Distribution Infrastructure (Click for description and panelist information)

The pipeline and gas distribution industry is in the midst of a generational handoff and the successful integration of Generation Z (Born after 2000) and Millennials (Born between 1985-2000) will transform the market through people, process, practice, and technology in ways that are difficult to imagine by current industry participants. Learn how Young Pipeline Professionals view the industry and hear their voices as they describe the transformation of pipeline and distribution infrastructure.

Moderator: Brad Kramer, Managing Editor, North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

Panelists: To be Announced

Bradley Kramer
Managing Editor | North American Oil & Gas Pipelines
09:30 - 10:00
Networking Break and Tabletop Displays
10:00 - 11:00
A Users’ Guide to Avoiding Tribal Protests on Pipeline Projects (Click for description and speaker information)

Pipeline companies face a daunting, multi-billion-dollar crisis arising from flawed tribal engagement and consultation. This workshop will describe meaningful and effective strategies to reduce this risk. Whether you are a large energy infrastructre corporation or a small pipeline company this workshop will provide you the tools to effectively avoid tribal protests on your project.  There will be detailed accounts of projects that have successfully avoided tribal protests and the how-to-methods that are currently being used. There will also be a discussion about current efforts by the state and federal permitting agencies to combat this issue.

Speakers: Lou Thompson | Tribal Energy Resource, and Bobby Gonzalez | Tribal Energy Resource


Lou Thompson
CEO | Tribal Energy Resource
11:00 - 12:00
Pipeline & Distribution System Innovation (Click for description and panelist information)

Learn how people, process, practice, and technology innovations are transforming the industry and how systems operators, designers, contractors, and vendors can thrive in a market in transition.

Moderator: Jay Rendos, Director | Continuum Capital

Panelists: Mishal Thadani, Director of Market Development and Policy | Urbint; Didi Horn, CEO | Skyx

12:00 - 13:00
Networking Lunch
13:00 - 14:00
Student-Led Pipeline Innovation Forum (Click for description)

The oil and gas pipeline industry is facing major challenges in recruiting and retaining employees. In the effort to address a looming workforce shortage, the Student-Led Pipeline Innovations Workshop provides the opportunity for conference attendees to directly interact with college and high school students aspiring to enter the oil and gas pipeline sector. The Student-Led Pipeline Innovations Workshop will feature the participation of students from Oklahoma State University, Skills USA, Houston Community College, University of Texas at Arlington, Louisiana Tech, Arizona State University and the University of Alberta. The forum is designed to introduce all participating students to at least one industry executive and the industry as a whole and to expose industry executives to students of the highest quality who want to work in our great industry!


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