WASHINGTON, D.C. – Grau & Associates, LLC recently secured a $100,000 grant for its client, the Association of Professional Pipeline Surveyors (APPS). The Pipeline Safety Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), is designed to advance pipeline safety efforts at the local level for technical assistance, best practice guidance, and outreach training programs by providing funding to communities and non-profit organizations.
APPS received the grant to expand and enhance its nationwide pipeline surveyor training and educational curriculum. APPS’ curriculum informs surveyors about the unique, demanding, and dangerous responsibilities of pipeline work and how to execute their responsibilities safely. Among many important topics, APPS training educates surveyors about the critical importance of assuring their collected data is “traceable, verifiable, and complete” and comports with PHMSA’s TVC guidelines and requirements. Importantly, APPS also helps pipeline operators mitigate dangers to pipeline professionals and the communities their pipeline assets serve.
APPS board chairman Wayne Burnett said, “We are very grateful to PHMSA for its support of our programming and very excited to begin providing our safety training more broadly across the country. We are also very grateful the Grau & Associates for its diligence and tenacity. They made this award a reality.”
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