Workload Reduction via LDS Technologies: A U.S. Compliance Perspective


Technological advances in oil and gas are propelling the market toward a new level of efficiency that directly affects safety. PHMSA regulations play a crucial role in achieving this objective by educating operators in alarm management and its impact on controller fatigue, especially with regard to workload management. While controller workload is a blend of multiple factors, an often overlooked but critical influence on workload involves leak detection alarms.

False leak detection alarms initiate protocols that can stop operations in their tracks and drastically increase controller workload and fatigue. Over time, this can greatly impact an operator’s control room management load. By considering the CRM regulations for alarm management and their relationship with fatigue and workload management, along with the available interpretations and applications via new technologies, operators will find that there are avenues available that not only assist in reducing workload but provide cost savings over time to produce a more safety-conscious environment within the control room.

Join NuGen Automation and KROHNE as they dive into the regulatory requirements that guide Control Room Management (CRM) in the US and learn how today’s advanced technology can help you reduce workload while erradiating false leak detection alarms from your operations.

Key Takeaways

  • U.S. PHMSA (The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) CRM regulations affecting workload and their interpretations
  • Relationship of safety-related and leak detection alarms to workload
  • Role of third-party control room in workload and LDS management
  • Influence of advance technology on workload reduction via LDS


Jere Guillory

Jere Guillory

NuGen, Head of Compliance at NuGen Automation

Jere Guillory is the Head of Compliance at NuGen Automation, where he specializes in Control Room Management compliance and documentation. Prior to joining NuGen Automation, Jere was a Pipeline Controller for an operating company and participated in Control Center documentation creation. Jere earned a B.A. in Communications from the University of Houston.

Dr. Whitney Vandiver

Dr. Whitney Vandiver

NuGen, Compliance Specialist and Thought Leader at NuGen Automation

Whitney Vandiver, Ph.D. is a Compliance Specialist with NuGen Automation, where she specializes in Control Room Management compliance, assists operators with state and federal CRM audits, and produces white papers and industry resources for oil and gas operators. Dr. Vandiver previously worked for an operating company in compliance-driven documentation and holds a B.A. from the University of Central Oklahoma and an M.A. and Ph.D, both in Linguistics, from Purdue University.

Max Ihring

Max Ihring

KROHNE, Product Manager PipePatrol

Max Ihring is product manager of PipePatrol, the Pipeline Management Solutions of KROHNE. His responsibilities include strategic product development of PipePatrol, as well as conceptual design and planning of pipeline management and leak detection solutions, taking into account both client and regulatory requirements.