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This Conference Has Been Designed To Deliver Strategies And Techniques For:

  • CEOs
  • COOs
  • VPs of Operations
  • VPs of Pipeline Integrity
  • Leak Detection Directors
  • SCADA Directors
  • Operation Control Center Directors
  • Pipeline Inspection Specialists
  • Chief Technical Officers
  • Corrosion Technicians
  • Leak Detection Engineers
  • DOT Compliance Specialists
  • Directors of EHS
  • Senior Asset Integrity Engineers & Specialists

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08:30     Virtual Event Platform Opens. Login & familiarize yourself with the platform features and introduce yourself to other participants.

08:50    Welcome Introduction From Senior ABC Director.


Building A Comprehensive Leak Detection System For Gathering & Transmission Pipelines


Implementing The Right Technologies To Cost-Effectively Improve Your Ability To Detect & Respond

In what areas are operators seeing tangible improvements in their ability to detect and respond to leaks quickly on both gathering and transmission assets? What are the technologies responsible for these improvements and in what ways are they being utilized? We begin our conference by asking leading operators how they are overcoming the key challenges in pipeline leak detection to reduce risks, improve safety and demonstrate compliance.


09:00    New Approaches On Finding The Right Mix Of Cost-Effective Leak Detection Solutions For Different Pipelines & Situations That Deliver Results - How Are Operators Leveraging New Approaches & Technologies Successfully?

In the following three 20-minute case studies, senior personnel take us through the new approaches they are taking to inspect and ensure the integrity of their assets. Which technologies  are they  implementing to detect leaks and how are they combining these technologies and approaches to deliver a comprehensive leak detection strategy?

>> Case Study 1   Implementing New External & Internal Leak Detection Technologies For High Consequence Areas On Liquids Transmission Lines

Josh Thomas, COO, Nuevo Midstream

>> Case Study 2   Investigating New Approaches To Cost-Effective Leak Detection On Liquids Transmission Pipelines

Reagan NguyenManager of Asset IntegrityCrestwood Midstream

>> Case Study 3   Re-Thinking Oil & Gas Pipeline Leak Detection

Nico Jansen van Rensburg, Global VP of Innovation, Siemens Energy (Powered by ProFlex Technologies)

10:00    Extended Curated Conference Discussion & Feedback Session

>> Benchmarking Best Practice In Oil & Gas Pipeline Leak Detection <<

An opportunity to question the panel and share observations on the presentations, as well as to engage with fellow delegates about how you are confronting the key challenges raised.

  • What are the new approaches you are implementing? In what areas are you seeing results?
  • How are you successfully leveraging new developments in leak detection technologies?


Demonstrating Compliance In A Dynamic Regulatory Environment

How can operators ensure that their leak detection systems and strategies continue to meet evolving regulatory standards, and what is the regulatory view on what constitutes best practice in leak detection across the industry?


10:30    Interpreting & Responding To Evolving Federal & State Regulations To Demonstrate Best Practice Strategies For Long Term Compliance

In the following 15-minute presentations, we see how operators can best navigate the current regulatory climate and invest accordingly in the technologies that will help them regulatory challenges of the future.

Demonstrating Success In The Move To Continuous Pipeline Monitoring

  • Discover how requirements for continuous pipeline monitoring are evolving and how operators can ensure they keep up with them.
  • What are some of the tangible examples of best practice that regulators are using to benchmark efforts across the industry?
  • See how technological change and development are shifting the view as to what constitutes continuous pipeline monitoring.

Jason DaltonLeak Detection Lead, Marathon Pipeline

Best Practices In Effective Pipeline Monitoring & Material Validation

  • Methodologies for how operators can cost-effectively ensure they accurately report the material validity of their assets.
  • Learn how to overcome challenges posed by data retention and reporting requirements.
  • In what key areas should operators be prioritizing their efforts to mitigate the risk of failing to comply with current and future standards?

Ronda Louderman, VP EHS&R, Black Bear Transmission


11:00 The Role of Automated Data Analytics in Pipeline Monitoring and Leak Detection  


  • Monitoring continuous pipeline operations yields vast data lakes, providing a great source of information for data analytic technologies
  • Discover how patterns, imbalances and anomalies are now distinguishable and attributable by application of machine learning
  • With significantly more pipeline-specific analytical information, sensitivity and reliability can be enhanced.

David Marquez, Sales Manager, Pipeline Management Solutions, Emerson


11:30 Extended Curated Conference Discussion & Feedback Session

>> Operator Perspectives On Demonstrating Regulatory Compliance <<

We open up the discussion to the conference, beginning with an industry response from a VP of EHSR at a leading operator. How are currently regulatory challenges being met and how are they preparing for key challenges of the future?

Delegates will have the opportunity to forward their questions and observations to the panellists, and bring their own experience and expertise to bear on the conversation.

12:00  Morning Refreshment Break

>> New Technology Showcase & Interview <<

During the refreshment break, we give delegates the opportunity to hear from and question some of the leading vendors and services providers on some of the new technologies and applications being  developed to solve some of the industry's most pressing leak detection challenges.


Investigating The Latest Aerial Surveillance & External Leak Detection Technologies

What are the capabilities of the latest aerial surveillance & external leak detection technologies and how can they be successfully implemented & leveraged by operators? In this afternoon's sessions, we take a deep-dive into the most promising technologies for external oil and gas pipeline leak detection.


12:15    Cost Benefit Analysis On The Capabilities of Airborne Surveillance Platforms To Accurately Detect Smaller Leaks When Combined With Advanced Laser & Infrared Technology

What are the new capabilities being brought about by developments in drone technology? We explore how airborne surveillance technologies are being combined with instrumentation to enhance leak detection technologies for both gas and liquids pipelines in two 20-minute case studies.

>> Gas Pipelines     Evaluating The Accuracy Of Infrared Imaging On Airborne Platforms

  • What is the level at which an infrared camera on an airborne platform can detect leaks and how effective is the technology at pinpointing smaller leaks?
  • To what degree can airborne platforms be classed as fully-autonomous and how can A.I. be implemented to speed up detection?
  • Learn which areas optimal gas imaging is most effective and how effective it is in detecting leaks on both gathering and transmission assets.
  • Discover the limitations of the technology and how can these be overcome.

Josh Thomas, COO, Nuevo Midstream

>> Liquids Pipelines     Assessing The Effectiveness Of Mounted Sensor Technology On Airborne Platforms

  • Investigate how effectively mounted sensors can detect leaks on subsurface liquids pipelines
  • What are the advantages of utilizing drones for leak detection over other UAV technology and in what areas will they prove the most effective?
  • How cost-effective is airborne technology in detecting leaks and in what areas can operators implement them for the greatest benefit?
  • Learn the environmental factors to consider when utilizing airborne platforms.

Doug Hess, LDAR Manager, Chevron

12:55        Curated Conference Discussion & Feedback Session

>> Making The Business Case For Airborne Platforms <<

We invite delegates to forward their questions and to share their experience with conference on implementing airborne platforms into their systems. How effective are they proving in enhancing the capability of operators to detect leaks and how can the technology be utilized cost effectively?


13:15        Lunch Break

>> Digital Innovation Showcase & Interview <<

During the lunch break, we give delegates the opportunity to hear from and question some of the leading technology and services providers on some of the new technologies and digital innovations being  developed to solve some of the industry's most pressing challenges.



14:30    Automating ROW Visual Inspection & Remotely Detecting Slow Leaks: The Next Generation Of Airborne Surveillance

Fixed-Wing Planes are fast becoming an essential component of aerial surveillance. But how has the technology evolved and how can operators take advantage of such developments?

  • Existing “eyeball” visual inspection is performed by humans who are heavily multitasking and can get distracted or fatigued.
  • Machine Learning algorithms developed by Enbridge will automate a lot of the visual inspection tasks, bringing increased reliability, consistency and traceability for 3rd party threat detection.
  • Remote sensors specifically developed for liquid hydrocarbons will enable early detection of slow leaks invisible to the human eye while flying low and fast.
  • Third party encroachment detection will also prevent damage to natural gas transmission pipeline, where 26% of yearly GHG emission are caused by third party damage.
  • A clear financial business case exists for operators to deploy these new technologies, avoiding remediation costs.

Eric Bergeron, CEO & Founder, Flyscan Systems


15:00        Curated Conference Discussion & Feedback Session

>> Sharing Experiences On Leveraging Fixed-Wing UAVs For Aerial Surveillance <<

We invite delegates to forward their questions and to share their experiences with conference on implementing fixed-wing planes into their leak detection systems. With what frequency are operators turning to fixed-wing and what are the results? And what are the developments and improvements that are relevant to both gas and liquids operators?


15:30        Afternoon Refreshment Break

>> New Technology Showcase & Interview <<

During the refreshment break, we give delegates the opportunity to hear from and question some of the leading vendors and services providers on some of the new technologies and applications being  developed to solve some of the industry's most pressing leak detection challenges.


16:00    Success stories from Kairos' pipeline emissions monitoring program

  • Operational transformation through advanced methane detection.
  • Identifying and correcting the largest leaks for higher product retention and helping to meet company emissions reduction goals.
  • Scanning to identify and prevent worsening of leaks that would otherwise go undetected.

Steve Deiker - Co-Founder & CEO, Kairos Aerospace


16:30        Curated Q & A Discussion

>> Understanding The Role Of Satellites & New Age Technologies In Future Leak Detection <<

The purpose of this curated discussion is to understand the current emissions landscape across North America and gain clarity on the effectiveness of traditional leak detection methods vs. new age technologies such as satellites for accurate leak detection. How are operators integrating these technologies into their existing programs and what do they see as the benefits of doing so?


16:45    Demonstrating The Business Case For The Deployment Of Fibre Optic Cables Across The Network

As more stringent regulations on  monitoring are introduced, cost effective and reliable continuous leak detection systems are in demand. How can operators utilize distributed fibre optic sensing actively and automatically monitor the pipeline and detect leaks?

  • Explore the advantages fibre optic sensing offers over conventional sensors and how accurately can they detect leaks.
  • See how quickly fibre optic cables can detect leaks and alert operators that action needs to be taken.
  • Is fibre optic sensing a cost-effective solution across all assets and how should operators prioritize the areas in which they deploy it?
  • How sensitive is the technology and how can operators mitigate false positives?


17:15        Curated Q & A Discussion

>> Implementing Cost-Effective Fibre Optic Deployment <<

In the final Curated Q & A Discussion of Day One, we invite delegates to share their experiences of utilizing fibre optic deployment for continuous pipeline monitoring. How successful was the technology and how did you deploy it effectively across their assets?


17:30        Chair's Closing Remarks & End Of Day One



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