15-17 May Lingen (EMS), Germany

Zero Incidents

Learning from Other Industries


ZERO INCIDENTS - Learning from Other Industries

About REIF
About REIF

The ROSEN Energy & Innovation Forum (REIF) is an international event intended for key decision makers in the oil and gas industry, and takes place every two years in Lingen, Germany. REIF was created by Hermann Rosen, founder and CEO of the ROSEN Group, to provide a platform for the open exchange of ideas and concepts between the key stakeholders in our industry, namely operators, service and technology providers, and regulators.

“It is my firm belief that all of us can only meet future requirements placed on our industry, with all the increasing complexity involved, by cooperating and understanding each other better.” Hermann Rosen

Keynote address speakers and panel members of the ROSEN Energy & Innovation Forum include highly reputable members of universities, industry associations, operators, non-governmental organizations, regulatory agencies and government representatives.

Topic 2018

Pipelines are an essential and critical part of the global energy infrastructure. They represent valuable assets that must be operated safely, economically, and in compliance with all local regulations. Operating in the pipeline industry means operating in a dynamic and challenging environment that poses the highest demands on our safety culture. The quest for zero incidents has recently been a crucial driver in pipeline safety.

Achieving this goal is not only fueled from within our industry, but also from external factors, including public awareness and a more critical perception of risk. Other industries, such as the aviation industry, have previously been confronted with this issue.

With that, REIF 2018 will once more provide a unique platform to foster global exchange, cooperation, and learning in and beyond our industry.

Event Details

The ROSEN Energy & Innovation Forum (REIF) 2018 will address the topic of zero incidents in the context of pipeline integrity, and bring together members of both our industry and others.

Exclusive conference sessions presented by high-level speakers will broach the issue of safety culture, collateral damage, and cost of life, as well as failures, human errors, and behavior. Additionally, interactive workshop sessions will allow conference participants to discuss these topics in depth.

Date: May 15-17, 2018

Host: ROSEN Group

Location: ROSEN Technology and Research Center
Edisonstraße 2
49811 Lingen (Ems)

If you have any questions please contact Laura Roehrscheid.

Advisory Committee
Advisory Committee

It is a pleasure and an honor to announce that Heinz Watzka and Dr. Phil Hopkins will once again form the Advisory Committee for the upcoming REIF 2018.

Both gentlemen have been fully involved in the development of the conference program and content since the event’s inception, including the interactive workshop sessions.


Hermann Rosen

Hermann Rosen

President of the ROSEN Group

Hermann Rosen is Founder, CEO and President of the ROSEN Group and holds a degree in electronics and control technique.

Chris Bloomer

Chris Bloomer

President and CEO at CEPA

Chris Bloomer leads the industry association that represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies.

Jesus Soto

Jesus Soto

Senior Vice President at PG&E

Jesus Soto is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the second largest natural gas system in the United States.

David Thurnherr

David Thurnherr

Safety & Risk Consultant at Suisseplan Ingenieure

As a Safety and Risk Consultant, David Thurnherr supports facility owners in the oil and gas industry by developing strategies for risk management and the prevention of accidents.

Brigham McCown

Brigham McCown

Chairman and CEO at Nouveau Consulting

Brigham McCown is a safety expert with more than 26 years of experience. Until 2007, he served as the CEO and COO of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Philip Anderson

Prof. Philip Anderson

Senior Lecturer, Newcastle

Prof. Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Sciences where he is currently the Programmer Leader for the BSc. (Hons) Computer and Digital Forensics.

Kimberley Turner

Kimberley Turner

CEO at Aerosafe Risk Management

Kimberley Turner is an international risk management expert for the aviation, defence and transport industries and pioneeer of Industry Risk Profiling.

Marcelino Gomes

Marcelino Guedes Gomes

Senior Pipeline Engineer at PETROBRAS, ASME FELLOW

Mr. Gomes has more than 30 years of experience in engineering of pipelines and terminals, with a special focus on R&D projects.

Bryce Lord

Bryce Lord

Vice-President Canadian Gas Operations

Bryce Lord provides functional leadership to the department to ensure the safe and responsible operations and maintenance of TransCanada’s Canadian natural gas pipeline network.


12:00 PM

Supplementing the conference days, the ROSEN Hop-On Hop-Off Tour has been carefully designed to provide participants with the opportunity to explore the latest developments, technologies, facilities, and areas of expertise of the ROSEN Group at their leisure. The tour operates across the entire ROSEN Technology and Research Center facility and covers advancements not only in the pipeline inspection industry, but in many other areas as well. Experience the ROSEN Group at its core by hopping on and off from the innovation center to test field to manufacturing.

The ROSEN Group invites conference participants to this networking event.

8:00 AM

At the ROSEN Technology and Research Center

The conference begins and Hermann Rosen, founder of the ROSEN Group, welcomes all delegates to the exciting days to come.

Hermann Rosen

The aviation industry has long been recognized as having leading practices in risk management, safety oversight, human factors and international, industry wide safety initiatives. The journey for this industry has been motivated by a number of significant airline accidents that have had international effect and has been underway for decades. The Industry Risk Profiling methodology and approach developed by Aerosafe in the mid-2000s is now well entrenched in the aviation industry and is used by regulators and industry alike to create a pathway for industry level risk reduction and notable reform. The traits and characteristics of the oil and gas pipeline sector are similar to the aviation industry and many of these lessons can be shared to assist the pipeline industry with their global reform.

Kimberley Turner

Part 1

The session will be presented by Jesus de Soto, Senior Vice President, Gas Operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and David Thurnherr, Safety & Risk Consultant at Suisseplan Ingenieure.

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) became the first utility in the United States to earn several notable third-party certifications around pipeline safety and asset management, including the ISO 55001:2014 and PAS 55-1:2008 international certifications for the company's enhancements in gas asset management; the chemical industry’s RC14001®: 2013 management system standard certification; as well as the rigorous industry standard on pipeline safety management system from the American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice (API RP) 1173.

PG&E’s Senior Vice President for Gas Operations Jesus Soto, Jr will describe how PG&E developed this approach by benchmarking with other industries, and using those best practices around process safety and third party certifications to develop a gas safety excellence strategy.

Part 2

Quantified Risk Assessment is an integral part of permitting procedures and oversight of operations for gas and oil pipelines, major storage sites and other transport infrastructures and establishments in Switzerland for several decades now. Due to ongoing urbanization, more and more emphasis is given to the link between risk assessment and land use planning.

This presentation will give an insight in the procedures, methodology and criteria used for QRA in Switzerland, the experiences made so far and give an outlook on future trends.

David Thurnherr

Theme 1: Cost of Life

Cost of life is a concept already used in other industries such as aviation and nuclear. The workshop discusses the question whether the concept of assessing cost of life is feasible and whether it could be used for the pipeline industry. Further issues: How have other industries introduced it, and how has it been received by safety regulators?

Theme 2: Safety Culture

Safety levels have improved in various industries over time, or rather accident rates have come down. Looking at other industries, for instance the chemical processing industry, achieving lower accident rates over time can be attributed to several major driving factors and corresponding areas: technical factors, human error factors, socio-technical factors, and intra-organizational factors. The objective of the workshop is to investigate these different factors, to determine where the pipeline industry stands today, and which role these factors play in achieving a zero-incidents mindset.

Theme 3: Collateral Damage

The term collateral damage refers to the aggregate of all damaging consequences of an event (casualties, property damage, environmental damage, fines, etc.). Collateral damage from pipeline failures can result in losses of billions of dollars. How does the pipeline industry prevent these high-consequence failures – or is the industry simply focusing on all failures (small and big)? How have operators reacted to these failures, and how have they changed, including lessons learned. How do other industries manage these high-cost failures, and how are these incidents reduced?

The ROSEN Group invites all delegates to enjoy conference lunch.

Part 1

The presentation by Brigham McCown will explore innovative ways to improve safety and efficiency within the pipeline industry in an era of complex public and social dynamics. The presentation will also look at U.S. pipeline accidents, discuss trends, and corresponding challenges to be met over the next decade.

Part 2

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association’s (CEPA) President & CEO, Chris Bloomer, will be delivering an update on CEPA Integrity First®. Integrity First, the path to zero incidents, demonstrates the pipeline industry’s proactive commitment to Canadians to continuously improve in the areas of safety, environment and socio-economics.

Integrity First is a systematic approach to improving the performance of the Canadian transmission pipeline industry. It demonstrates that Canadian oil and natural gas is transported at a standard that meets or exceeds, not only those set out by Canadian regulators but also, most other parts of the world.

Integrity First will drive continuous improvement through collaboration, third-party verification and a higher level of transparency. Only by ensuring Integrity First’s mandate is consistently applied to all CEPA member company operations, and remains focused on the safe transportation of Canadian energy products, can we achieve adoption, improvement and credibility.

The session will be presented by Brigham McCown: Former Senior Advisor to Secretary of Transportation. Former Administrator USDOT PHMSA; Chairman and CEO, Nouveau. Founder and Chairman, Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure.

and Chris Bloomer, President and CEO at CEPA.

Theme 1: Failures

The workshop aims to discuss how failures are currently handled in the industry, reported to the public, and to what extend public perception is taken into account. Do current procedures cover all possible perspectives? How do other industries reduce failures and manage failure-reporting to and communications with the general public?

Theme 2: Human Errors

The pipeline standard ASME B31Q states that investigations of pipeline accidents show that human error can be a contributing factor to some failures. To prevent or reduce the chance of such failures, the operator must know the types and possible causes of such failures. For example, ‘human error’ does not only relate to front-line workers - it also applies to supervisors, managers, and directors. How are human errors caused in industry today, how are they prevented, and how are they reported? Do we have a “blame” culture or are we ready to accept that errors and mistakes can also be seen as opportunities to learn and improve? The aim of the workshop is to investigate these issues and make some recommendations.

Theme 3: Human Behavior

Competence refers to the ability to undertake responsibilities and to perform activities to a recognized standard. It is a combination of practical and thinking skills, experience, and knowledge, with a heavy bias on experience in engineering professions. The definition of competence must also include the notions of ‘value’ or ‘behavior’. Values and behavior are important: Incompetent people may have the necessary job competencies but may be lazy or lack work values and hence choose to be incompetent. There is little point in employing a competent member of staff who has a terrible attitude – a significant number of accidents are reportedly caused by inappropriate behavior. The objective of the workshop is to discuss the individual aspects of competency (skills, knowledge, experience, and behavior) and draw some conclusions on how competence can be achieved and proven, in particular, how human behavior can be identified, managed and improved.

The ROSEN Group invites conference participants to a conference dinner. Transfer from the hotel to the venue and back will be provided by ROSEN.

09:30 AM
Towards Zero Incidents on TransCanada’s Pipeline Network

TransCanada, through its management system including integrity management program, is committed to the goal of zero incidents. TransCanada operates close to 100,000 km of natural gas, oil and liquids pipelines in Canada, United States and Mexico. The large scale and complex pipeline system is aggregated from many different construction practices and operational conditions and operates in numerous regulatory jurisdictions.

Bryce Lord will describe TransCanada’s integrity management program, risk-based approach, the role of in line inspection in the approach, and pipeline system performance. Gaps and opportunities to achieve the goal of zero incidents will be discussed.

Bryce Lord
10:00 AM

When beginning to work on the problem of illegal tapping in pipelines at PETROBRAS, it turned out that countries and companies worldwide all have this problem. Illegal tapping constituted a new challenge for our entire industry, however some companies did not know about it, while other companies did not divulge the information they had. As time passed, it became clear that there was only one solution: cooperation. This presentation will give an overview of the measures taken in Brazil to minimize the effects of illegal tapping.

Marcelino Guedes Gomes

All workshop results from the previous day are presented for future industry advances.

The keynote will be presented by Prof. Anderson, Professor of Computing Science at Newcastle University.

The aim is to provide a fundamental understanding of cybersecurity by taking a broad perspective to the topic and its impact on organisations. Common threats, attacks and vulnerabilities will be outlined alongside an overview of how a business can protect their critical infrastructure and operations; this is essential for both customers and employees alike. The presentation will draw upon a number of relevant case studies from industry where a cyberattack has been perpetrated, whilst providing a demonstration of common cybersecurity threats and attacks.

Prof. Anderson

The ROSEN Group thanks all participants for their contribution to REIF 2018.

The ROSEN Group invites all delegates to enjoy conference lunch.

Supplementing the conference days, the ROSEN Hop-On Hop-Off Tour has been carefully designed to provide participants with the opportunity to explore the latest developments, technologies, facilities, and areas of expertise of the ROSEN Group at their leisure. The tour operates across the entire ROSEN Technology and Research Center facility and covers advancements not only in the pipeline inspection industry, but in many other areas as well. Experience the ROSEN Group at its core by hopping on and off from the innovation center to test field to manufacturing.

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The participants were offered a lecture event with world-class speakers covering thought-provoking current and future topics pertinent to the pipeline industry.
Nico Huelsdau Editor of 3R magazine
Outstanding opportunity to bring together research activities and operator experience in a highly international environment!

Participant REIF 2016
A great chance to learn from suppliers, regulators and operators about the different views and challenges in the pipeline sector.

Participant REIF 2016

A Brief Look Back

The very first ROSEN Energy & Innovation Forum took place on 17 September 2012 and was coupled with the opening of ROSEN’s Innovation Center. Many international guests and colleagues came to Lingen to hear about current topics and future trends in the oil and gas industry.

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Event Venue

Creativity and innovation are at the heart of our Group’s corporate culture. The ROSEN Technology & Research Center (RTRC) in Lingen (Ems), Germany, is a key element of our worldwide,
multi-disciplinary R&D network.

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