November 1-3, 2016
Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, FL

2015 Training Workshops


Shoreline/Inland Response and SCAT Surveys
Tuesday, November 10, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration fee: $200
The mini-course is designed for planners and decision makers and highlights the key concepts of a combined Shoreline /River Assessment (SCAT) survey program. Emphasis will be placed on pre-SCAT surveys and on the continuing phased role of SCAT from the first response through the sign-off process and how the various Spill Management Team (SMT) components and stakeholders are integrated into the program. The course includes coastal, lake, river and inland spill response situations.
Three unique elements that participants will gain from this training include:
An understanding of (a) the information flow from SCAT into the decision process and (b) how shoreline/river response decisions are developed
An understanding of how a SCAT program fits into the SMT and interacts with the Environmental Unit and Operations
Presentation of a set of generic action item checklists to mobilize and to set up a First Response SCAT capability to support the Spill Management Team
Dr. Edward Owens Ph.D., President, Owens Coastal Consultants
Helen Dubach, Senior Scientist, Owens Coastal Consultants
Spill Management Team Exercise Planning
Registration Fee: $140
Tuesday, November 10, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
This course will provide attendees with the latest best practices on planning, conducting and evaluating exercises for Spill Management Teams. It includes information on the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and how to apply its principles. 
HSEEP provides common exercise policy and program guidance that constitutes a national standard for exercises. It can be applied to government, non-government organizations and private industry. 
Participants in the course will receive an electronic copy of HSEEP. They will also receive an electronic Word file of a sample HSEEP-compliant Multi-year Training and Exercise Program.
Objectives of the course:
1. Review of multi-year training and exercise programs, and discuss implementation.
2. Review the types of exercises and how to select the proper model to achieve your objectives.
3. Review the exercise planning process, and how to efficiently run the Planning Conferences.
4. Discuss how to determine exercise objectives and view samples from actual exercises.
5. Discuss exercise resource requirements and safety considerations.
6. Understand the purpose of HSEEP and how it can improve any organization’s exercise program.
7. Review the HSEEP volumes and learn the terminology and procedures of HSEEP.
8. Learn how to apply HSEEP to your organization’s training and exercise program.
Who should attend:
Government agency exercise planners
Industry exercise planners
Non-governmental organization
Exercise and training program managers, from any organization
Anyone who participates or is involved in exercise planning and programs
William McCarson, Owner, McCarson Response Consulting
Spill Risk Assessment and Spill Contingency Planning
Tuesday, November 10, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration fee: $89
This workshop course provides attendees with fundamental concepts on developing a quantitative spill risk assessment foundation for oil spill contingency plan development and preparedness. The course provides an overview of spill scenario modeling, example spill risk assessment criteria and approaches to defining the most common spills to realistic worst-case situations, maximum likely spills and including spills from marine vessels, offshore drilling units, production facilities, pipelines, trains and terminals.
Realistic spill scenarios subsequently are a key foundation for developing appropriate spill response contingency plans, strategies, and tactics. Using the ARPEL RETOSv2 tool for oil spill response readiness assessment and guidelines from recent joint IPIECA and OGP publications, participants are provided with best practices guidelines for developing or improving contingency plans.
Who Should Attend:
•  Government agency contingency plan developers/assessors
•  Upstream and Downstream Industry planners/assessors
•  Spill contingency planners for oil transportation (Pipelines, Vessels, Rail)
Elliott Taylor, PhD., Principal & Sr. Scientist, Polaris Applied Sciences, Inc.
Andrew Wolford ScD., President, Risknology

Maritime Homeland Security Challenges including Terrorism Threats 
Tuesday, November 10, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: No charge; sponsored by and DomPrep Journal

This workshop will cover emerging maritime domain issues, including:

  • Training and exercise requirements for CBRNE incidents
  • Risk management practices
  • Budget constraints and competing demands
  • Resource requirements 
  • Enhancing interagency relationships

Who should attend:

  • Active or supporting members of Area Maritime Security Committees
  • Emergency responders including members of the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, the Environmental Protection Agency, state and local law enforcement, fire departments, and hazardous materials teams, port authorities, facility and vessel security officers, contingency planners
  • Contractors involved in security and emergency response

Moderated by Joe Leonard (CDR, USCR, ret.), presenters will be experienced maritime security leaders, many with extensive Coast Guard, law enforcement, security, and private sector experience

Modeling Tools and Methods for Quantifying and Managing Spill Risk for Oil Operations
Tuesday, November 10, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration Fee: No charge; sponsored by RPS ASA

RPS block

Do you need to evaluate and implement risk mitigation measures to prevent spills and minimize spill impacts through effective response planning? This workshop will address both sides of the risk equation – probability and consequences – and their respective mitigation, through the use of state-of-the-art modeling tools to analyze, quantify, and manage spill risk from all phases of your oil operations. Our experts will help you increase your knowledge about the newest and most comprehensive modeling approaches to quantifying probabilities of oil releases and predicting the characteristics of spills (e.g., volumes, locations, oil types) that will be the driving factors in determining their effects. Qualitative and quantitative methods for evaluating effective prevention measures to mitigate the probability of incidents occurring will be discussed. The workshop will also present robust approaches to analyze consequences of spill events through trajectory and fate modeling, exposure modeling, and methods to simulate and evaluate impact mitigation measures of spill response. These modeling tools and approaches are appropriate for spills related to all aspects of the oil industry from exploration and production, to transportation by tank vessel, rail, pipeline, or truck, to storage at facilities, and refineries. These risk analysis tools are appropriate for applications related to oil spill response planning, environmental impact analysis, net environmental benefit analysis, bow-tie analysis, risk management, and engineering design. Our instruction team has extensive experience meeting the regulatory requirements in the United States and internationally. Attendees will leave this workshop better informed on how to manage and quantify spill risk on future projects.

Who Should Attend: 

Members of the oil industry (upstream/midstream/downstream), government, transportation, and others who need to understand and apply risk analysis and management in their operations.

Utilizing New Technologies to Manage Field Operations: Online and Offline
Tuesday, November 10, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration fee: no charge, sponsored by LiquidFrameworks 


With the challenges inherent in today’s modern environment, it’s important for companies in the environmental services industry to look for opportunities to utilize new technologies that optimize resource utilization. In this workshop, attendees will learn: 

  • How organizations are improving accuracy and eliminating paper from their workflow 
  • How to enhance physical asset management by providing process and intelligence that increases equipment reliability 
  • How to enhance the quote-to-cash process to prevent revenue leakage 
  • How to utilize technology to empower your customer with the ability to access their job and ticket data 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in product labs, receiving one-on-one consultations and demonstrations


‘Four Chairs, One Table’ From the Exxon Valdez to Crude-by-Rail Incidents
Tuesday, November 10, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Registration fee: no charge, sponsored by Witt O’Brien’s 



This workshop is designed to be instructive for all attendees of CLEAN GULF to gain a much deeper understanding of the perspectives, responsibilities and decisions made by the multiple stakeholders to a significant event. It is designed to provide insight and best practices from three decades of response and crisis management from different perspectives.

ORM will utilize a typical response and use the workshop setting to analyze from four perspectives.

  • United States Coast Guard, United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • States
  • Local Stakeholders
  • The Media, including Social Media


  • Participants will be divided into four rotating groups and assigned subject facilitators. The overall moderator will brief the participants on the initial incident report and initial incident action plan, which will be the basis for all discussions
  • Participants will be presented with subject matter specific questions for discussion delineated from the different stakeholder perspectives
  • Participants will then rotate from Group 1-2, Group 2-3, Group 3-4 and Group 4-1. The cycle continues until participants have cycled through each group
  • Different technologies will be employed during the workshop to facilitate the process

Participants will be encouraged to bring their tablets, laptops, and/or smart phones

Dispersant Science and Communication
Tuesday, November 10, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
No charge, sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute

NOTE: this workshop caps off at 60 registrants 

Dispersants are products used in oil spill response to enhance natural microbial degradation, a naturally occurring process where microorganisms remove oil from the environment.  A variety of perspectives about the value of dispersants draw upon information generated from over forty years of research on dispersants and their use.  This workshop will provide participants an overview of dispersant-related topics including how they work, the process of biodegradation, decision-making, current research activities, and tools that are available to help understand and communicate information about dispersants.
Participants in the course will receive an electronic copy of the recently updated ExxonMobil Oil Spill Field Manual and API’s Dispersant Fact Sheets.
Objectives of the course:
1.    Provide background information on dispersants and address misperceptions and misunderstandings about their use during a spill 
2.    Understand the natural biodegradation and fate of dispersed oil
3.    Discuss the historical barriers to dispersant application and show that in the context of Net Environmental Benefit, dispersant response may be the best choice
4.    Introduce dispersant toxicity testing guidance
5.    Provide an overview of current research activities
6.    Provide an overview of communication tools on dispersants