Instructors

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, PE | President
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, CSP | Vice President
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. Chris Foley, CSP | Vice President
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
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.

David Williams, Cathodic Protection Specialist and NACE Instructor, with over 50 years of progressive management responsibility in the corrosion control and pipeline integrity industry (worldwide) for both onshore and offshore facilities. He has extensive experience working on tanks, pipelines, utility gas and water systems, docks and all other industrial facilities. He is skilled in working with all engineering disciplines, management and construction. He is an expert in corrosion control in both gas and liquid pipeline systems storage tanks, water and wastewater facilities, industrial facilities, and expert in in-line inspection tools and data evaluation. Mr. Williams has set up ECDA programs, performed ECDA inspections and evaluated ECDA data. He  has provided technical instruction in pipeline, cathodic protection, corrosion control and integrity assessment.

David Williams, Cathodic Protection Specialist and NACE Instructor, with over 50 years of progressive management responsibility in the corrosion control and pipeline integrity industry (worldwide) for both onshore and offshore facilities. He has extensive experience working on tanks, pipelines, utility gas and water systems, docks and all other industrial facilities. He is skilled in working with all engineering disciplines, management and construction. He is an expert in corrosion control in both gas and liquid pipeline systems storage tanks, water and wastewater facilities, industrial facilities, and expert in in-line inspection tools and data evaluation. Mr. Williams has set up ECDA programs, performed ECDA inspections and evaluated ECDA data. He  has provided technical instruction in pipeline, cathodic protection, corrosion control and integrity assessment.

Mike Rosenfeld has over 35 years of experience as a consultant in pipeline fitness for service, pipeline integrity, pipeline design and construction, causes of pipeline failures, pipeline regulations and standards, and related matters. He has performed numerous pipeline failure investigations and root cause failure analyses; led research funded by the pipeline industry on the effects of mechanical damage, fatigue, pipeline integrity threat interactions, and methods to determine the probable grade of undocumented pipe materials; conducted engineering analyses of a broad range of design, operations, or integrity matters for numerous pipeline operators; and provided expert support in litigation. He chairs the Subgroup on Design, Materials, and Construction of the ASME B31.8 Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Committee and serves on other ASME piping standards development committees. Mr. Rosenfeld has authored or co-authored over 90 published articles or public presentations dating to 1988, is an ASME Fellow, and is a Professional Engineer registered in the State of Ohio.