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November 8, 2018

ENERGY worldnet, Inc. Enters Virtual Reality Arena with Debut of Mobile Training Center for the Energy Industry

  November 6, 2018, Decatur, TX – ENERGY worldnet, Inc. (EWN) announced Wednesday the launch of their Mobile Training Center to bring blended learning and state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) training to pipeline operators in the oil and gas industry. The EWN Mobile Training Center debuted this past week at the Texas Gas Association’s (TGA) Fall Board and Committee Meeting in League City, TX. In an innovative approach to training and education, the EWN Mobile Training Center allows trainees to experience learning in a hands-on virtual reality environment, a remarkable advancement in the safety training arena. When asked about the recent launch of the Mobile Training Center, Coleman Sterling, EWN’s CEO stated, “No single type of training is effective for 100% of any workforce. ENERGY worldnet is proudly answering the call for blended training by taking its existing computer-based (CBT) and instructor-led trainings (ILT) and including opportunities for hands-on, real-world training through VR and the EWN Mobile Training Center.” Sterling continued, “By adding virtual reality to our already extensive suite of offerings, we can now simulate field conditions like never before, allowing trainees to experience situational training in a safe, virtual environment. It’s one thing to have someone complete a CBT; […]
July 20, 2016

Industry Evolution: Ensuring Program Effectiveness

In the preceding editions of this EWN Educational Series, EWN has reviewed PHMSAΓÇÖs proposals for a new definition of a covered task, changes to span-of-control limits, new training requirements, new evaluator selection and training requirements, a new management of change program and expanded recordkeeping requirements. These and other proposed requirements in the pending OQ NPRM are interdependent with PHMSAΓÇÖs proposed requirement for an annual program effectiveness review. The program effectiveness review will require companies to maintain a very active role in their Operator Qualification program and the management of records, internal audits, and performance in the field. ANNUAL OQ PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS REVIEW The current OQ Rule does not directly address requirements for a routine program effectiveness review. However, shortly after the original OQ Rule went into effect, PHMSA issued guidance on individual and program performance monitoring and improvement via their responses to Frequently Asked Questions found at https://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/oq/faqs.htm Current PHMSA Guidance 5.1 Are operators required to continuously monitor the performance of individuals qualified to perform covered tasks? While operators are not required to continuously monitor the performance of individuals qualified to perform covered tasks, the rule does require operators to: (a) evaluate an individual if the operator has reason to […]
July 8, 2016

Industry Evolution: Understanding the Impacts of the OQ NPRM

  The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has proposed amendments, updates and clarifications to the pipeline safety regulations to address Section 9 (Accident and Incident Notification) and Section 13 (Cost Recovery for Design Reviews) of the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011 (2011 Act), and to certain other regulatory requirements. ┬áPHMSA has also proposed changes to the Operator Qualification (OQ) requirements and drug and alcohol testing requirements and incorporating consensus standards by reference for in-line inspection (ILI) and Stress Corrosion Cracking Direct Assessment (SCCDA) in Part 195. The public comment period for these proposed changes ended on September 8, 2015.┬á PHMSA received comments from 35 entities.┬á On June 1, 2016, the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) and the Liquid Pipeline Advisory Committee (LPAC) met in Arlington, VA., to review several the regulations proposed by PHMSA. The GPAC and LPAC are congressionally-mandated peer review committees composed of industry, government and public pipeline safety experts that advise┬áwhether PHMSA’s proposed rules are reasonable, practical, technically feasible and cost-effective. During the month of July, EWN will explore the significant regulatory changes proposed by PHMSA in an educational series titled “Industry Evolution”, starting with their proposed core change of […]
July 5, 2016

PIPES Act of 2016 & PHMSA Penalties Increased

PIPES Act of 2016 Signed into Law The PIPES Act of 2016 was signed into law by President Obama on June 22, 2016.┬á The PIPES Act, which is more formally known as the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016, reauthorizes the Pipeline Safety Act through the end of September 2020.┬á One of the top priorities of the Act is the requirement for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to fulfill the mandates from the 2011 re-authorization. The following is a recap of the main requirements of the PIPES Act of 2016: Provides funding for the operational expenses of PHMSA. Requires PHMSA to update Congress 120 days after the date of enactment of the Act and every 90 days thereafter on outstanding statutory directives, including the status of each mandate, reasons for its incompletion, and estimated completion date. Requires two reports on the effectiveness of integrity management programs for both natural gas pipelines and hazardous liquids pipelines. Requires a study on the new innovations in pipeline materials, corrosion prevention technology, and corresponding training. Requires vacancies to be filled on the Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, and […]
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