Engineering Innovation Award

Large SGA Engineering Innovation Award

Sponsored by SGA’s Distribution Engineering Committee, this award recognizes engineering professionals or work groups who have developed and implemented innovative processes or programs. Award winners will be recognized in San Antonio during the opening general session at Natural Gas Connect on July 15, 2019. 

Sponsored by the SGA Distribution Engineering Committee


Live Presentations

All entries will present their program by live video webinar at 10:00 a.m.

  • Transmission and Midstream Entries - June 6
  • LDC Entries - June 13

Have questions? Contact Andrea Williams.


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Important Details

Entry Rules

  • Please submit a name for your innovation and company name in email form to Andrea Williams

    • Transmission and Midstream entries due by May 31
    • LDC entries due by June 7
  • Please put together a PowerPoint presentation with pictures, scanned articles, links to websites, etc. to describe your program:

    • Name of your innovation

    • Describe the innovation

    • How innovation has brought business benefits to you.

  • Each company will have 7 minutes to present the features and benefits of their program. Adherence to the 7-minute time limit will be taken into consideration when judging the entries.

  • Entries will be accepted from SGA member operating companies only.

  • All entries must schedule and attend an online training/practice session with SGA staff at least 24 hours prior to the start of the webinar.

  • Winners will be notified within a week of the presentations.


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Judging Criteria

  • Presentations will be made during a live webinar offered to all SGA member company employees. Webinars participants will have the opportunity to vote following the presentations and select the winners.
  • Presentations will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Adaptability - Can it be adopted by other companies regardless of size? Geographic location? Public or Private?

    • Impact - Does it provide opportunity for new revenue or customer growth? Reduced cost of operation? Greater efficiency/productivity? More safety? Lower rates?

    • Creativity

      • Is this a new concept or the adaption of an existing concept?
      • What was the purpose of implementation from conception to completion?
    • Presentation - How did the presenter communicate the concept within the time allotted?


Potential Entries Might Include:

  • Innovation in an engineering or design process or procedure that results in improved time or cost efficiencies during construction or maintenance activities.
  • Innovation in a construction process or standard that allows an operator to serve a new customer or group of customers.
  • Innovative partnerships with your sales and marketing counterparts that result in increased customer growth or the retention of existing customers.
  • Innovative partnerships with your human resources department that result in an enhanced ability to recruit and retain engineering talent for your organization.


Previous Winners



Winner - Pipeline Category: Operations & Maintenance Fleet Optimization by TransCanada

Winner - LDC Category: Enclosed Meter Room Guidelines by CenterPoint Energy



Winner - Pipeline Category: Reliability Analysis Platform by TransCanada

Runner-Up - Pipeline Category: GIS System Modernization by Boardwalk Pipeline Partners

Winner - LDC Category: Eight Flags Energy Combined Heat and Power Plant by Chesapeake Utilities

Runner-Up LDC Category: Seismic Assessment and Response: Promoting Public Safety Through Science and Technology by ONE Gas, Inc.



Winner: Enterprise Analytics: Transforming Data into Action by Columbia Pipeline Group

Runner Up: Engineering Recruitement and Retention by Memphis Light, Gas and Water