News & Views, Volume 49 | Mission Critica-nApplications to Support the Mega-Rule

News & Views, Volume 49 | Mission Critical Applications to Support the Mega-Rule

News & Views, Volume 49 | Mission Critica-nApplications to Support the Mega-RuleBy:  Scott Riccardella, Bruce Paskett, and Steven Biles

On October 1, 2019, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published amendments to 49 CFR Parts 191 and 192 in the Federal Register, issuing Part 1 of the Gas Transmission Mega-Rule.  This new regulation is commonly referred to as the Mega-Rule since it represents the most significant regulatory impact on gas transmission pipelines since the original Gas Transmission Integrity Management Program (TIMP) Regulation was issued in 2003

The original Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued in April, 2016 was split into 3 Parts, with the first Part (Mega-Rule 1) including specific requirements to address congressional mandates in the 2012 Pipeline Safety Reauthorization, and other pipeline safety improvements, including:

  • Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (MAOP) Reconfirmation (§192.624),
  • Material Verification (MV) (§192.607),
  • Engineering Critical Assessments for MAOP Reconfirmation (§192.632),
  • Analysis of Predicted Failure Pressure (§192.712),
  • Assessments Outside of High Consequence Areas (HCAs) (§192.710),
  • Additional Requirements to Evaluate Cyclic Fatigue (§192.917(e)(2)), and
  • Additional Analysis of Electric Resistance Welded (ERW) Seam Welds (§192.917(e)(4))


News & Views, Volume 49 | Digital Elevation Modeling Support Pressure Tests Records and Reduce MAOP Reconfirmation Costs

News & Views, Volume 49 | Digital Elevation Modeling: Support Pressure Tests Records and Reduce MAOP Reconfirmation Costs

By:  Scott Riccardella, Bruce Paskett, and Eric Elder

§ 192.624(a)(1) of the Mega-Rule 1 requires MAOP Reconfirmation for steel transmission pipe segments if records necessary to establish the MAOP in accordance with § 192.619(a)(2) (e.g. pressure test), including records required by § 192.517(a), are not traceable, verifiable, and complete and the pipeline is located in a high consequence area (HCA) or a Class 3 or Class 4 location.

Part 192, Section 192.517(a) requires that natural gas pipeline operators shall make and retain, for the useful life of the pipeline, a record of the following information for any Subpart J Pressure Test (PT):

  1. The operator’s name, the name of the operator’s employee responsible for making the test, and the name of any test company used,
  2. Test medium used,
  3. Test pressur,
  4. Test duration,Pressure recording charts, or other record of pressure readings.
  5. Elevation variations, whenever significant for the particular test, and
  6. Leaks and failures noted and their disposition.


Mark Marano CEO Announcement Post

SI appoints Mark W. Marano as President and Chief Executive Officer

San Jose, CA, February 4, 2020 – Structural Integrity Associates, Inc. (SI) announced today the appointment of Mark W. Marano as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 10, 2020.  Marano succeeds Laney Bisbee following his retirement in late 2019.

Marano joins SI following a brief retirement from Westinghouse Electric Company, where he previously was Chief Operating Officer where he oversaw core global products and services and played a key role in the company’s emergence from bankruptcy.  Previously, Marano served as Westinghouse President, Americas and EMEA sales regions for four years, driving strategic revenue growth in a challenging nuclear market.

Marano’s career spans over 35 years in provider and supplier sides of the power generation industry. Prior to Westinghouse, he held executive leadership positions with AREVA NP (currently Framatome) and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy.  Marano also held several senior leadership roles at American Electric Power (AEP), a power utility company with electric transmission/distribution networks as well as nuclear, coal, natural gas and hydro generation assets.  There he provided financial and commercial leadership, plus for five years was CEO of AEP’s subsidiary, Numanco, a provider of staff augmentation services.

Barry Waitte, Chairman of the Board of SI, noted, “Mark brings tremendous experience to SI.  While his energy industry experience is an obvious fit, it’s how he achieved his success that made him the right choice – a combination of exceptional business acumen and the ability to drive employee engagement and buy-in.  His business development experience will also provide a basis for creating a platform for growth, not only in our core markets but also as we deliver our capabilities into new markets in the future.”

Marano stated, “I look forward to working with the talented SI staff and our industry partners to help deliver for our clients, and to get better in everything that we do. This is a humbling and exciting challenge for me, as SI holds a special place in the market as a highly respected technical consulting firm.”

Marano has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from State University of New York at Oswego. He will be located in SI’s Charlotte, North Carolina office.