UEG Gas Leak Survey

Project scope

Gas leak surveys are routinely undertaken to ensure the safety and integrity of Gas Supply infrastructure, with competent gas survey technicians required to adhere to a range of legislative requirements.

The rapid expansion of remote pilot aircraft systems (RPAS) both in Australia and internationally has led to the need to enhance vocational skills required to safely operate and control RPAS within a broader range of operating environments. RPAS technology is increasingly used for pipeline patrolling and leak surveying of pipeline infrastructure. This reduces survey duration and costs and enables high levels of survey capability in remote or inaccessible pipeline locations. Gas Supply infrastructure surveys undertaken using RPAS reduce safety risks during potentially dangerous gas leak survey operations and incidents.

The Gas Industry Reference Committee (IRC) proposed to develop two new Units of Competency to support the skills needs of gas technicians undertaking foot and vehicle gas leak surveys and a range of other gas industry tasks using RPAS. The Gas IRC will consult with the Aviation IRC to ensure the development of RPAS skills, are aligned with remote pilot licensing requirements, aviation safety, and Gas Supply industry skill requirements.

 

VIEW 2019 IRC SKILLS FORECAST

 

Deliverables

Develop two new Units of Competency.

 

Timeline

The Case for Endorsement is expected to be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee by 30 October 2020.

 

How to get involved

A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed to provide expertise for this work. If you are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC please contact the Industry Manager.

Stakeholder feedback on draft training materials will be sought as part of the development phase of work.

Technical advisory committee

28 OCTOBER 2019

GAS INDUSTRY SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS NEEDED

Work on this project has commenced and the Gas IRC is forming a TAC.

Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to help review and develop Training Package materials to:

Develop two new Units of Competency for gas leak surveying including:

  • One new Unit for undertaking gas leak surveys
  • One new Unit for using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems within the gas industry.


TAC nominations closed on Friday, 6 December 2019.

 

 

Summary of development

Draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications are developed in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and industry stakeholders.

Initial drafting of Training Package material (Units of Competency, Skill Sets and/or qualifications) is being undertaken by a Technical Advisory Committee established by the IRC. Comprising people with diverse expertise and experience in Gas, it has ensured that the draft Units are informed by the needs of industry.

 

Consultation

4 MARCH 2020

DRAFT MATERIAL

The Gas Leak Survey TAC has prepared draft materials for this project and would like your feedback.

Feedback on draft materials closed on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 for consideration by the TAC.

Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.

Consultation

9 APRIL 2020

DRAFT MATERIAL

The Gas Leak Survey TAC has considered all stakeholder feedback and finalised a draft new Unit of Competency UEGNSG993Y Undertake Gas Leak Surveys.

The Gas Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is now seeking your feedback to validate this draft to ensure the proposed product meets industry needs.

Detailed mapping information, tracking changes to the existing Training Package, is also available to view.

Please note that the TAC has agreed to import the Unit of Competency AVIW0006 Perform Infrastructure Inspections Using Remote Operated Systems from the Aviation Training Package, to address the skill requirements for using RPAS in the Gas Supply Industry. This decision is also supported by the Gas IRC at their meeting on 5 March 2020. For more information, please read the briefing document below:

BRIEFING DOCUMENT

Feedback on draft materials closed on Wednesday, 29 April 2020 for consideration by the TAC.

Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.

 

1 SEPTEMBER 2020

FINAL DRAFT CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT

The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance, and can be accessed via the links below.

To view the final drafts, please click below.

CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT 

COMPANION VOLUME IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE

MAPPING ATTACHMENTS DOCUMENT

QUALIFICATIONS 

UNITS OF COMPETENCY

The Case for Endorsement is scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in October.

 

Summary of feedback

The comments received were predominantly around language consistency and content clarification in the Elements and Performance Criteria as well as in the Performance and Knowledge Evidence.

 

Quality assurance

The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance.

The Case for Endorsement is scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in August 2020.

Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.

 
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Klausch Schmidt

Industry Manager - Electrotechnology, ESI Generation, ESI - Transmission, Distribution and Rail, Gas Supply

 

Email: klausch.schmidt@aistnds.org.au

Phone: 03 9604 7223

Mobile: 0417 568 967