About Us

Training Done Right!

Welcome to the Pipeline Safety Institute – your one-stop destination for understanding pipeline compliance.

Whether you are new to the industry, an experienced oil & gas professional that needs a refresher, or you want to take a deep dive into the latest regulation changes, you have come to the right place.

Training topics cover pipeline operations and engineering concepts, with future course offerings for Integrity Management programs, including ILI, material testing, fitting and component selection, and qualifying welders. Our curriculum continues to grow to meet the changes and challenges in the energy industry.

The Pipeline Safety Institute has a team of experienced instructors and subject matter experts from all disciplines. With over 25 years of training experience, we are committed to providing the best pipeline safety training in the industry.

Meet Our Instructors

Our trainers have a wealth of industry experience working with regulatory agencies, and knowledge of DOT regulations. They provide participants with a practical perspective on their implementation at a level all can understand.

  • Mr. W. R. (Bill) Byrd
    Mr. W. R. (Bill) Byrd
  • Mr. Chris Foley
    Mr. Chris Foley
  • Mr. DeWitt Burdeaux
    Mr. DeWitt Burdeaux
  • Mr. Mike LaMont
    Mr. Mike LaMont
  • Mr. Dale Golemon
    Mr. Dale Golemon
  • Mr. David Mangold
    Mr. David Mangold
  • Ms. Emily Knoespel
    Ms. Emily Knoespel
  • Ms. Jennifer Randolph
    Ms. Jennifer Randolph
  • Mr. Erich Trombley
    Mr. Erich Trombley

Online Training

Our online training has been built from the ground up to make the most use of the virtual learning environment. Training material is organized into 5-20 minute* bite-sized topics and is available in a format that allows students to view them in any order and at any time. Topics include a video, presentation slides, and external reference links. At the close of each lesson is a short quiz. Post your questions, work through example problems, and review the quizzes.

Check out our online training introduction video.

Students will be able to browse the material in the manner that best suits their learning style. They can choose to watch all the topic videos, click through the slides to skip topics they already know, browse through the reference materials and links, or a combination of all those things. They can spend more time on topics of bigger interest and skip the ones they don’t need to review (a liquid transmission operator probably isn’t interested in gas distribution topics).

On-Site Customized Training

Let us bring the instructor to you. On-site training is a great answer for groups, especially when compared with the cost (including travel) for everyone to attend the public workshop.

Customized workshops for companies with groups of five or more can take advantage of these benefits:

  • Receive customized content developed to address areas most integral to your operations.
  • Ensure all participating employees have the same understanding of the rules and regulations that impact your operations.
  • Enable you to engage in Q&A sessions on events specific to your operations.
  • Capitalize on the opportunity to reduce the cost per employee significantly.
  • Choose the information that is right for you, ranging from half-day refreshers to full 3-to-4-day sessions.
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Mr. W. R. (Bill) Byrd

President, RCP Inc.

As founder and principal of RCP Inc., Mr. Byrd enjoys a solid reputation for working with the public, corporate executives, legal representatives, and regulatory agencies to resolve complex regulatory, integrity management, safety, and compliance management issues. He combines exceptional analytical and communication skills with a broad background in engineering, operations, management, economics, and regulatory affairs, yielding excellent professional judgment and capabilities that can be applied to intractable problems. He is a widely respected public speaker and is routinely called upon to make presentations to industry associations and other groups at the national level. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in four states and graduated with honors from Georgia Institute of Technology for both his M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Mr. Chris Foley

Vice President, RCP Inc.

Mr. Foley has a deep understanding of the new gas transmission regulation, including participating in the Joint Industry Trade Association Task Group to prepare for and submit comments throughout the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee process. Mr. Foley holds three patents for MaxOp, which is widely considered the gold standard used across the gas and hazardous liquid pipeline industry for MAOP validation. He serves on the ANSI GPTC Z380 Gas Piping Technology Committee and the American Gas Association Engineering Committee. Mr. Foley has almost 30 years’ experience developing and implementing engineering and regulatory compliance solutions and technology for the oil and gas industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering with a specialty in Systems Safety Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Mr. DeWitt Burdeaux

Sr. Executive Consultant, RCP Inc.

Mr. Burdeaux has over 40 years of experience and progressive responsibility in pipeline safety compliance, training, and consulting. His qualifications include direct involvement or oversight of the development of required regulatory compliance programs meeting or exceeding OSHA, FMCSA, PHMSA/HazMat, PHMSA/Pipeline Safety while working in the private-sector. He performed oversight and served in an advisory role to pipeline engineering/operations groups regarding design standards, O&M activities, and integrity management programs for gas distribution, hazardous liquids and gas transmission pipeline systems.

Mr. Mike LaMont

Senior Director, RCP Inc.

Mr. LaMont specializes in pipeline integrity management and regulatory compliance strategies and brings over 20 years of associated experience. Through the application of process-driven, holistic strategies, he successfully supported numerous large and small pipeline operators in achieving their program goals and objectives. His 49 CFR 191, 192, 194 and 195 expertise includes HCA determinations, data integration and risk analysis, assessment planning, rehabilitation, preventative and mitigative measures, performance measures, hazardous liquid and natural gas pipeline integrity management, pipeline safety regulatory programs, written management systems development, program audits, integrity assessments, corrosion control, consequence modeling, environmental compliance, air permitting and investigations and Root Cause Analysis.

Mr. Dale Golemon

Executive Consultant III

Mr. Golemon has spent his career building industry experience, developing and implementing comprehensive regulatory compliance programs for DOT pipeline operators. Throughout his decades in the industry, he has managed Compliance Programs of every variety, maintaining each to both federal and state regulations, with a specialized focus on Control Room Management.

Mr. David Mangold

Director of Integrity Programs, RCP Inc.

Mr. Mangold has over 10 years of industry experience providing risk and integrity management consulting services and expertise to the energy industry. He specializes in the design and development of industry-leading quantitative risk models for oil and gas pipeline networks and facilities. Mr. Mangold has implemented risk programs and performed risk assessments for numerous operators of all sizes. He has also authored several technical publications and administers risk management training for operators and regulators. His expertise includes pipeline and facility risk management, integrity management, and regulatory compliance.

Ms. Emily Knoespel

Ms. Knoespel provides integrity management and regulatory compliance support including HCA determinations, data integration and risk analysis, preventive and mitigative measures, performance measures, hazardous liquid and natural gas pipeline integrity management, dispersion modeling, and EFRD analysis. In addition, Ms. Knoespel is the account manager for TestOp, an online pressure testing validation tool. She provides pre-planning support for pressure tests, on-site support, and post-test validation. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Ms. Jennifer Randolph

Sr Regulatory Consultant, RCP Inc.

Jennifer Randolph provides regulatory compliance and engineering support to the oil & gas industry with a diverse record of knowledge, skills, and experience in the areas of data analysis, records management, pipeline MAOP analysis, and quality assurance. Jennifer’s experience also includes collecting and analyzing data in order to solve problems and answer technical safety-related questions. Prior to 2022, Ms. Randolph had been a part of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Data Mining Team (DMT). Since 2020, Ms. Randolph has assisted the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) in collecting safety data on an annual basis for their Safety Survey & Recognition Program.  She graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Dallas and then went on to receive her Master’s degree in Developmental Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mr. Erich Trombley

Mr. Trombley has over three decades of experience in the natural gas industry.  An engineering professional with extensive experience in pipeline safety regulatory compliance (Title 49 CFR Parts 190, 191, 192, 193 & 196), Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse prevention plans (Title 49 CFR Parts 199 & 40), distribution integrity management, O&M of distribution and transmission pipelines, LNG facilities, and failure investigation.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Western Regional Gas Association and is a voting member of the ANSI GPTC Z380 Gas Piping Technology Committee. Mr. Trombley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is a licensed Professional Engineering in the State of California in Mechanical Engineering.