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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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Natural Gas Station Design Best Practices - Webinar

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ABOUT THIS WEBINAR

While various natural gas operators have standard ways of designing and constructing gas metering and regulating assets, applying best practices and improvements to standard approaches will increase safety and resiliency in each system. Station Design Best Practices will discuss many design considerations and philosophies that inform many areas of best practices including site layout, launchers & receivers, piping design, filtration, tank storage, metering design, heaters, pressure regulation, piping supports & equipment foundations, odorization and site security.

 

You will learn:

  • How to design an efficient station layout
  • Foundational components in the process for equipment selection and sizing for safe and resilient gas M&R station assets

 

Attendees will receive 1.25 Professional Development Hours

 

Who Should Attend 

Natural Gas Operators, Engineers, Project Management, Construction Management, Distribution Operations and Maintenance professionals.

 

When & Where 

May 28, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:15 am /CT |Virtual (log-in information will be sent prior to the event date)

 

Registration fees (open to the public) :

 
 

Burns & McDonnell has generously agreed to sponsor 100 operating company attendees.Those positions are now full.  Registration is open for all members and non-members at standard registration rates.

 

Member: $50

Non-Member: $100

 

Registration is now closed

  

 

 

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Experienced Instructor: 

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James Culbertson, Pipeline Engineer, Burns & McDonnell

Mr. Culbertson graduated with B.S. in Engineering from the University of Akron in 2011. He spent 2 years working as an Operations Engineer and 6 years as a Facility Design Engineer with NiSource before joining the Pipelines Department with Burns & McDonnell in 2018. He presently serves Burns & McDonnell as a Pipeline Engineer providing design services for transmission and distribution pipeline facility projects.  Mr. Culbertson has experience in planning, designing, managing and constructing Metering and Regulating Stations which typically include the installation of launching and receiving traps to support pipeline in-line inspection, gas conditioning equipment to include filter/separators and natural gas-fired heaters, flow measurement, overpressure protection and natural gas odorization equipment. He has experience with natural gas systems and is knowledgeable in CFR 49 Part 192, AMSE B31.8 and API regulations.

 

 

 

 

 

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C. David Slavin, P.E., Project EngineerBurns & McDonnell

Mr. Slavin graduated Magna Cum Laude with B.S in Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. He started with Burns & McDonnell in 2011 where he presently serves as a Project Engineer providing design and project management services, while specializing in Transmission and Distribution Pipeline Facilities, specifically related to measurement and overpressure protection facilities. Mr. Slavin has experience in planning, designing and managing a multiple discipline team to execute the engineering of various Metering and Regulating Stations ranging from 6 MMSCFD to 1BCFD which typically include overpressure protection, flow metering, launching and receiving traps, electrical and control buildings, manual and remote operated valves, odorization, filter/separators, water bath heaters and natural gas analyzers.

 

 

  

 

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.

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE DURING PIPELINE construction - VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

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ABOUT THIS workshop

This two-day virtual workshop takes you through the pipeline construction and inspection process—from a general overview of the environmental inspection program to revegetation activities after construction is complete. Attendees will gain an overall understanding of elements of a pipeline construction project and how the job of an environmental inspector fits in with the overall inspection team.

Workshop Goals:

  • An overview of pipeline construction-related activities
  • An understanding of environmental inspection related requirements for pipeline construction projects
  • Recognition of the importance of good construction and inspection practices
  • The fundamental knowledge you need for successful environmental compliance during the construction of a pipeline or aboveground facility - including what is needed even before the construction equipment arrives at the construction site
  • Develop a network of peers for future support in the area of environmental compliance during construction

 

Workshop Topics: 

  • Overview of an Environmental Inspection Program
  • General Environmental Requirements
  • Clearing
  • Grading
  • Erosion Control
  • Sediment Control & Right-of-Way Revegetation
  • Trenching
  • Pipe Installation
  • Waterbody Crossing Requirements & Methods
  • Wetland Crossing Requirements & Methods
  • Site Cleanup
  • Right-of-Way Restoration

 

Attendees will receive 12 Professional Development Hours

 

Who Should Attend 

  • Engineers responsible for pipeline design and/or construction management
  • Managers responsible for pipeline permitting and construction management
  • Personnel responsible for permitting pipeline projects
  • Personnel assigned to the task of ensuring regulatory compliance during pipeline construction activities - specifically as it relates to environmental regulatory compliance

 

THE RELEVANCE OF THIS TRAINING TO INSPECTORS

Pipeline construction projects can be complex for both seasoned inspectors and for those that are new to the world of pipeline inspection activities.  This workshop provides a forum for attendees to learn from experts in the field of pipeline construction, permitting and inspection; and allows for an open dialogue to ask questions related to environmental inspection requirements.

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will better understand the overall construction process and how an environmental inspector fits within the overall construction inspection team.  This knowledge will allow the environmental inspector to better manage their responsibilities and how those responsibilities interact with other construction inspectors.

 

When & Where 

May 27 - 28, 2020 | 08:00 am - 4:30 pm /CT 

 

Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $595

Non-Member: $825

Registration is now closed

 

 

Experienced Instructor: 

Stacey Atella

Stacey Atella is a Project Manager with nearly 20 years of experience providing regulatory compliance and project management support for major natural gas pipeline systems. With a technical background ranging from initial routing and siting studies to planning and permitting to training program development and construction compliance management, she is experienced in managing the environmental aspects of natural gas projects from conceptual siting to placing the line in-service.

Stacey’s experience includes federal and state permitting in support of the National Environmental Policy Act process, with specific expertise in projects regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She is skilled in the acquisition of permits and clearances in compliance with the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act. Her permitting and compliance experience spans a variety of environmental settings from urban and industrial areas to wetland complexes and offshore habitats in support of a diverse portfolio of natural gas infrastructure projects.

Scott Rowland

Over the past 26 years, Scott Rowland has worked on all phases of environmental planning, construction and compliance management, and operations and maintenance activities for small and large-scale utility projects. He is experienced in state and federal regulatory requirements related to small and large-scale utility and energy projects, and has successfully negotiated agency agreements, permits, and required filings for complex linear infrastructure projects in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. He combines environmental resource expertise and regulatory knowledge with practical construction experience, managing environmental compliance programs and overseeing environmental compliance activities during the construction of natural gas transmission, electric transmission and distribution, water, fiber, and other energy-related projects. Mr. Rowland has extensive experience providing biological and regulatory support for the construction, restoration, operation and maintenance of natural gas, electric, fiber optic, and water utilities throughout the western United States. Mr. Rowland is also an experienced field biologist, whose biological expertise is focused on the flora and fauna of the Western United States. Mr. Rowland has a Master of Arts in Biological Science/Vertebrate Ecology and a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Science.

Steve Riggs

Steve Riggs has a strong background in environmental inspection with expertise in stream and wetland crossings along with final cleanup operations. He has inspected both oil & gas pipelines and electric transmission construction across a diverse range of habitats in Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana, California and throughout the Midwestern United States. He’s a highly capable environmental consultant, project manager, lead environmental inspector, and environmental trainer with experience working with agency and contractor personnel on multi-jurisdictional projects. Besides his field experience, he has also worked in office settings in Denver, CO; Minneapolis, MN; San Diego, CA; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO, Las Vegas, NV; and Los Angeles, CA.

 

Chris Cable

With 20 years experience, Mr. Cable is among the industry’s most experienced and recognized pipeline construction professionals.  Mr. Cable has served as the Environmental Project Manager/Inspection Coordinator on several high-profile projects including the TGP 300 Line Expansion, Energy Transfer Company Tiger Pipeline Project, Dominion Cove Point Expansion Project, as well as serving as the Chief EI/Environmental Coordinator for the Columbia Gas Pipeline Line 1278 Replacement, Duke Energy Patriot Project, Williams Market Link and Leidy East Pipeline Project, and El Paso/Petal Gas Storage 100-Line Project. Mr. Cable also has a thorough understanding of FERC requirements having performed environmental permitting and served as a FERC Monitor on El Paso/SONAT’s North Alabama Project and the Maritimes & Northeast Project, as well a number of other projects nationwide.  Mr. Cable is nationally recognized as an invited speaker at Southern Gas Association’s Environmental Inspector training sessions.  Mr. Cable’s depth of experience includes all phases of pipeline project development from environmental field surveys, permitting, mitigation planning and design, to environmental inspection and coordination of inspection programs and post-construction monitoring programs.  Mr. Cable is based near Albany, New York.

Tim Drake

Tim Drake is a senior consultant at Environmental Resources Management, specializing in pipeline routing, construction, restoration, and environmental inspection issues. Tim has extensive experience working with clients to develop project-specific environmental mitigation plans and support environmental inspection and compliance programs. He has worked closely with project engineers, construction supervision teams, and agency regulators to develop and implement project plans and techniques to construct through sensitive resource areas including trout streams, wetlands, and national forests.

 

 

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.

 

 

Direct Use of Natural Gas vs Electrification - Webinar

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ABOUT THIS WEBINAR

The emerging push toward electrification has gained traction in many areas, but is it really a beneficial alternative to the direct use of natural gas? This webinar reviews the background of electrification and examines the impact it would have on efficiency, carbon emissions, and the cost of energy in the U.S. The participant will learn how to communicate in a positive way about the role of natural gas in the future.

 

You will learn:

  • History of electrification in the U.S.
  • Why various groups are pushing for a different type of electrification
  • What electrification would mean for consumers and energy companies
  • About the impact on carbon emissions and energy prices
  • How to communicate effectively about this subject

 

Attendees will receive 1.25 Professional Development Hours

 

Who Should Attend 

Any industry employees interested in improving their knowledge of the industry and their communication skills, particularly those that are engaged in any way with the public.

 

When & Where 

June 2, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:15 am /CT 

 

Registration fees (open to the public) :

Member: $75

Non-Member: $125

Registration is now closed

 

 

Experienced Instructor: 

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Bill Cantrell, Executive Liaison at Southern Gas Association (SGA)

William N. (Bill) Cantrell is the Executive Liaison at Southern Gas Association (SGA). With more than 40 years of experience, he has become a trusted leader across the energy industry and developed a passion for working to advance the field. Before joining SGA Bill was president and chief executive officer at SourceGas, now part of Black Hills Corp., an SGA member company. In 2009, he led SGA as chairman of the board of directors. Bill worked for TECO Energy for over 34 years, with the last 12 years serving as President of Peoples Gas. He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tampa and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. 

 

 

 

  

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.

 

 

Sustain Through The Pandemic: Supply Chain Best Practices - Webinar

  

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR

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When a pandemic strikes, the entire supply chain is impacted. This lack of access to crucial materials often results in panic buying, which then compounds the crisis. 

In this webinar, Sustain Through the Pandemic, you will learn supply chain best practices for future planning related to supply chain logistics during a crisis, as well as lessons learned through the impact of COVID-19 upon natural gas companies.

This webinar will discuss recent hot topics including:

  • delays in shipping
  • project interruptions
  • the need to refocus priorities

Each are considered from a supply chain optimization perspective and the very real post-COVID-19 reality.  Learn how to improve communication within the organization and to skillfully manage the impact of a scarcity mindset versus the reality of adequate supplies.  

 

You will learn:

  • The impact COVID-19 has had on natural gas companies related to maintaining a functional supply chain during the pandemic
  • Communication strategies for internal audiences
  • Best practices for future planning related to supply chain logistics during a crisis

 

Attendees will receive 1 Professional Development Hour

 

Who Should Attend 

  • Supply Chain professionals
  • Executives who supervise supply chain
  • Planning and analysis, finance professionals

 

When & Where 

May 14, 2020 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am /CDT | VIRTUAL 

 

Registration fees (open to the public) :

Michels has generously agreed to make this webinar free to all SGA and our sister associations' members. Are you a member of IPAA, NGA, AGA, MEA, APGA, SPE? Be sure to enter your association code when you register!

Non-Member: $25

Registration is now closed

 

SUSTAIN THROUGH THE PANDEMIC: SUPPLY CHAIN BEST PRACTICES IS POWERED BY OUR SPONSOR:

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Experienced Instructor: 

Gwen Mitchell

Gwen Mitchell, founder and managing partner of 3rd I Business Solutions, (dba VertiSales, Incorporated) has a 20+ year record of transforming mission-critical legacy supply chain processes into state-of-the-art operations delivering on-time, budget-positive outcomes that have a direct impact on the bottom-line

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Gwen Mitchell has previously held executive leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies including Air Liquide, Ernst & Young, General Motors, and Upjohn. In addition to corporate achievements, Gwen has a strong commitment to community service:

  • Serves as current President of the ISM-Houston “Institute of Supplier Management”
  • The Co-founder and Advisor to "Real Initiative Giving Help Today" (R.I.G.H.T), which focuses on the needs of the most vulnerable youth
  • Chairperson of the "Houston Minority Supplier Development Council" (HMSDC) scholarship fundraiser
  • Board member of the "Texans for Dental Reform", an advocacy organization for consumer protection in the dental industry
 

Academic and professional designations include:

  • BS in Management Information Systems from Bowling Green University
  • BA in Marketing from Bowling Green University.
  • Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) from the Project Management Institute,
  • Certified Process Professional Champion (CPPC) from the BP Group. 
  • The Goldman Sachs 1,000K Small Business Program 
  • Certificate in Conversational-IQ from the CreatingWE Institute 
  • The Dartmouth University Tuck School of Business Executive Program
  • Certification in Narrative Coaching by Dr. David Drake 
  • Member of the Industry Leaders Group (ILG) Presentation Power Program
 

SGA is pleased to present Gwen Mitchell's insight and perspective as we navigate supply chain best practices.

 

   

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.