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GMRC is a subsidiary of the SGA founded in 1952 to provide its member companies and industry with the benefits of an applied research and technology program directed toward improving reliability and cost effectiveness of the design, construction, and operation of mechanical and fluid systems.

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Now Available – Natural Gas Champions Online Training


SGA is revising the art of verbal persuasion and energizing an industry through the Natural Gas Champions training program. This unique course is a result of a collection of industry leaders' vision to harness the power of knowledge sharing and evaluate the sentiment of conversation about the future of energy in this country.

For more information, please contact Nicolle Billmyre.

Whether you’re already a member or considering SGA membership, you can purchase the learning module at any time here.

 

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Assessing PSMS Safety Culture - Webinar

 

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR

Safety

What goes into a proper Safety Culture Assessment?

API RP-1173 (Pipeline Safety Management Systems - PSMS) calls for Pipeline Operators to complete assessments of their safety culture. Many operators already complete safety surveys but most of these focus on occupational safety and not safety culture, which includes management systems and controls to address major hazard risks. Successfully completing a “Pipeline Safety Culture Assessment” can be complicated and time-consuming.

This session will introduce you to the three components needed to effectively assess your safety culture as envisioned by RP-1173.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about what “Safety Culture” means and why is it important
  • Gain a better understanding of the differences between traditional occupational safety surveys and a safety “culture” survey
  • Learn the steps to take in order to assess your safety culture
  • Understand how the “Plan, Do, Check, Act” process can apply to safety culture

 

Attendees will receive 1 Professional Development Hour

 

Who Should Attend 

Natural gas operators, engineers, and contractors 

 

When & Where 

June 8, 2020 |11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT| VIRTUAL

 

Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: Free

Non-Member: $50

( If you prefer to avoid the credit card fee and pay by check, we can extend a 4% discount by registering with Member Services)

 Registration is now closed

 

 

Experienced Instructor: 

 
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Stephen Allen, Executive Director of Pipeline Safety, Energy Worldnet

Mr. Allen oversees EWN’s Pipeline Safety Division and advocates for the adoption of PSMS concepts and approaches across the pipeline industry. Prior to joining EWN in 2018, he was the Director of Pipeline Safety for the state of Indiana where he was responsible for ensuring compliance with pipeline safety regulations for all intrastate operators. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Transportation in 2016 to PHMSA’s Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) where he served until joining EWN. Mr. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University, a Master of Business Administration from Butler University and is a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant in the state of Indiana.

 

 
 

Refund policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C" when cancellation is needed. 

 

 

For registration Information Please Contact Member Services

For content Information Please Contact Learning & Professional Development.

 

 

DOT Part 195 Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Regulations for Gas Operators - Virtual Workshop

 

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR

As our industry continues to experience a revelation from the shale hydraulic fracturing, more and more companies are finding creative ways to utilize existing pipeline infrastructure. One such way is to convert assets from gas-only transportation to liquid transportation. Whether installing new facilities to transport liquids or converting existing facilities, professionals who have expertise in the regulations for gas pipelines (49 CFR Parts 190, 191, and 192) are now being asked to understand and work under regulations for hazardous liquids (49 CFR Part 195).

Learning Objectives:

This workshop provides an opportunity to attendees to get a broad understanding of Part 195, but also focus in on the main differences and pitfalls to avoid when working on regulatory issues surrounding hazardous liquid pipelines.

Attendees will receive 10.75 Professional Development Hours

 

Who Should Attend 

Pipeline industry personnel as well as agency personnel who wish to gain a better understanding of the regulations that pertain to the safe operation of pipelines that transport hazardous liquids.

 

When & Where 

June 23, 2020 |8:00 am - 4:30 pm CDT| VIRTUAL

June 24, 2020 |8:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT| VIRTUAL

 

Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $725

Non-Member: $925

( If you prefer to avoid the credit card fee and pay by check, we can extend a 4% discount by registering with Member Services)

 

 Register Now

 

 

Experienced Instructor: 

 

John S. Zurcher, Principal, P-PIC

John has spent 30 years in the gas pipeline industry, actively involved in pipeline safety. He served as Vice president of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, Pipeline Group, consulting to natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators, trade associations and research organizations, Previously, he worked for Columbia Gas Transmission Company as Manager of Field Services, responsible for company compliance with Federal Regulations, management of capital budget program, and development of the corporation's risk management program.

At Tenneco Energy, he was Director of Pipeline Services, overseeing corrosion control, geographic information system development, applied systems, and

pipeline rehabilitation, integrity and safety projects. With PanEnergy Corporation, Coastal Corporation and Colorado Interstate Gas Company, his duties included design and operations, codes and standards, corrosion control, telecommunications, geographic information systems, and facility design and construction.

John is presently a member of NACE and ASME and serves on the B31.8 Section Committee. John has been Chair of the INGAA Pipeline Safety Committee and the GRI System Integrity and System Operations Committee. He was a member of the DOT Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, the DOT Risk Management Quality Action Team and their Mapping Quality Action Team. He has testified on behalf of the industry before the Congress of the United States on several occasions on matters relating to pipeline safety.

 

Refund policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C" when cancellation is needed. 

 

 

For registration Information Please Contact Member Services

For content Information Please Contact Learning & Professional Development.

 

 

DOT Part 195 Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Regulations for Gas Operators - Virtual Workshop

 

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR

DOT 195

As our industry continues to experience a revelation from the shale hydraulic fracturing, more and more companies are finding creative ways to utilize existing pipeline infrastructure. One such way is to convert assets from gas-only transportation to liquid transportation. Whether installing new facilities to transport liquids or converting existing facilities, professionals who have expertise in the regulations for gas pipelines (49 CFR Parts 190, 191, and 192) are now being asked to understand and work under regulations for hazardous liquids (49 CFR Part 195).

Learning Objectives:

This workshop provides an opportunity to attendees to get a broad understanding of Part 195, but also focus in on the main differences and pitfalls to avoid when working on regulatory issues surrounding hazardous liquid pipelines.

Attendees will receive 10.75 Professional Development Hours

 

Who Should Attend 

Pipeline industry personnel as well as agency personnel who wish to gain a better understanding of the regulations that pertain to the safe operation of pipelines that transport hazardous liquids.

 

When & Where 

June 23, 2020 |8:00 am - 4:30 pm CDT| VIRTUAL

June 24, 2020 |8:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT| VIRTUAL

 

Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $725

Non-Member: $925

Registration is now closed

 

 

Experienced Instructor: 

 

John S. Zurcher, Principal, P-PIC

John has spent 30 years in the gas pipeline industry, actively involved in pipeline safety. He served as Vice president of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, Pipeline Group, consulting to natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline operators, trade associations and research organizations, Previously, he worked for Columbia Gas Transmission Company as Manager of Field Services, responsible for company compliance with Federal Regulations, management of capital budget program, and development of the corporation's risk management program.

At Tenneco Energy, he was Director of Pipeline Services, overseeing corrosion control, geographic information system development, applied systems, and

pipeline rehabilitation, integrity and safety projects. With PanEnergy Corporation, Coastal Corporation and Colorado Interstate Gas Company, his duties included design and operations, codes and standards, corrosion control, telecommunications, geographic information systems, and facility design and construction.

John is presently a member of NACE and ASME and serves on the B31.8 Section Committee. John has been Chair of the INGAA Pipeline Safety Committee and the GRI System Integrity and System Operations Committee. He was a member of the DOT Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, the DOT Risk Management Quality Action Team and their Mapping Quality Action Team. He has testified on behalf of the industry before the Congress of the United States on several occasions on matters relating to pipeline safety.

 

Refund policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C" when cancellation is needed. 

 

 

For registration Information Please Contact Member Services

For content Information Please Contact Learning & Professional Development.

 

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Project Management for Engineers - Webinar 

 

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR

Project management practices and methods vary widely in technique, rigor, description and label. But they all share a common goal: the desire for the successful delivery of a solution, accomplished through a new product or other resolution to address long-standing issues.

Project Management for Engineers is designed to provide a tour of three common techniques of project management and a review of six central themes that can be applied regardless of which technique is chosen to manage the solution.

What you will learn:

  • The foundational terms used in project management for common communication
  • To differentiate Programs and Projects as these terms are used in the delivery of products and services
  • To compare various project lifecycle methods and quality practices for effective and efficient solution delivery
  • To effectively summarize the components and importance of Scope, Schedule and Cost estimates
  • To discuss the pivotal part that Risk Management, Quality Specifications and Resource Planning play in effective Project Management
  • The importance of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) in efficient project management
  • How to define and then engage stakeholders in key elements of a project in order to improve preparation, adoption and successful transfer to receiving asset owners

Attendees will receive 2 Professional Development Hours

 

Who Should Attend 

  • Field operations employees and engineers

 

When & Where 

June 17, 2020 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT| VIRTUAL

 

Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member:  $100

Non-Member:  $200

( If you prefer to avoid the credit card fee and pay by check, we can extend a 4% discount by registering with Member Services)

 

 Register Now

 

 

Experienced Instructors: 

 

Brian Gibson, PMP, Program Manager – Project Management Excellence, Duke Energy

Brian is a skilled, accomplished, resourceful Mechanical Engineer (BSME) with 20 years professional experience including over 17 years in project management and project controls for large capital projects, including brownfield major construction. A proven leader capable of interfacing effectively with involved parties for monitoring, optimization, analysis, and resolution of issues critical to successful project execution.

 

Derrick Allman, PMP, Senior Project Manager, Project Management Center of Excellence, Duke Energy

Derrick has four decades of Utility/Energy Sector experience and presently works in the Duke Energy Enterprise Project Management Center of Excellence (PMCoE) providing governance, oversight and support for project across the company. His resume also includes nuclear project management, implementation management, human performance improvement coordinator, nuclear work sponsor, and Nuclear and Corporate training professional.

Current PMCoE assignments include support of Natural Gas, Coal Combustion Products and Fossil-Hydro Operations business units to implement Enterprise Standards for project performance. This involves; 1) assisting in review and development of project charters, 2) work identification, 3) scope, schedule and cost estimates, and 4) risk management.

Derrick’s direct project experience came through managing several complex efforts in the Nuclear industry to improve generating station efficiency, extend unit operational life, mitigate welding issues (Alloy 600 repairs), and replace settling basins to mitigate groundwater contamination.

Derrick holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Business Administration from Belmont Abbey College with a Minor in Computer Studies. He has worked with Engineering functions throughout his career. He also achieved his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification with the Project Management Institute (PMI) in 2017.

 

 

Refund policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C" when cancellation is needed. 

 

 

For registration Information Please Contact Member Services

For content Information Please Contact Learning & Professional Development.