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TitleLength (hours)PDH HoursDescription of Course
AC INTERFERENCE44High voltage AC power transmission systems are often collocated with natural gas pipelines, and the complex interactions between the two can pose a threat to pipeline integrity and safety to personnel and public.

In this four hour, two days workshop, we will discuss the impact that AC interference (ACI) has on the pipeline industry, corrosion symptoms, risks and threat mitigation, and the industry standards and federal regulations.

Day 1:

Part 1 - What is AC Interference and How Does It Affect your Pipelines - In the first session, you’ll learn about the complex interaction between collocated pipelines and high-voltage AC power transmission systems, and the threat they pose to the safety and overall pipeline integrity. We’ll review the impact of ACI on the pipeline industry, teach you how to recognize AC corrosion symptoms, and identify risk factors, including design and operating conditions. We’ll provide an overview of federal regulations and industry standards from organizations including NACE, INGAA, NEC and PRCI.

Part 2 - Understanding your Mitigation Options - In the second session, you’ll learn about the various mitigation and monitoring options available to you. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of computer modeling vs engineering field design as well.


Day 2:

Part 3 – AC Interference Threat Assessment - In the third session, you’ll learn how to implement a threat-based ACI mitigation and monitoring program to help you efficiently deploy your limited field resources. We’ll define a threat assessment framework and provide you with an example use case for applying the framework for inductive coupling risk factors that could cause accelerated corrosion.

Part 4 – AC Interference Monitoring- In our final session, we’ll discuss the importance of the selection, installation and use of coupon test stations and Remote Monitoring for effective mitigation. You’ll learn how to identify AC fluctuation trends and other AC corrosion risk factors so you can be confident that you're investing in a mitigation system that includes on-going monitoring of this dynamic environment.

Learning Objectives:

Learn about AC interference and how it affects your pipelines
Understand mitigation options
Discover how to implement a threat-based ACI mitigation and monitoring program
Identify AC fluctuation trends and other AC corrosion risk factors

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Pipeline Integrity and Engineers and Managers
Corrosion Managers and Engineers
Design and Construction Engineers
Compliance Managers
ASSESSING PSMS SAFETY CULTURE11What 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
ASSESSMENT TOOLS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND YOUR TEAM MEMBERS11There are many assessment tools on the market - we will explore 2 behavioral tools: Extended DiSC and StrengthsFinders during this webinar. Behavioral models allow us to better understand both how we behave and the behavior of other people - especially our team members at work.




Learning objectives:

Basic understanding of Extended DiSC and StrengthsFinders as assessment tools used to better understand team members behavior
Understand how these tools are used to improve team development/performance
Learn the difference between behavior under pressure vs crisis

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Leaders who want to propel their remote workforce to team success
Remote Team Managers/Leaders
Remote Team Members who want to better understand Team Dynamics
CONTRACTOR PSMS AND QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (QMS)11Why Should Operators Engage their Contractors on PSMS and QMS?

API RP-1173 (Pipeline Safety Management Systems - PSMS) requires operators to define, document, and measure multiple processes and activities where they use contractors. In many cases, contractors constitute a large percentage of an operator’s workforce and play a big role in ensuring the quality of new pipelines constructed and the identification and mitigation of threats identified during contracted O&M activities.

In this session, we will identify and discuss the various reasons why operators should engage their contractors to help ensure the quality and integrity of new pipelines constructed and their ongoing safety.



Learning Objectives:

Learn why it is important to engage your contractors in your PSMS program
Learn how you can involve your contractors in your PSMS program
Learn about Quality Management Systems for pipeline construction and why you should embrace it

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Natural gas operators, engineers, and contractors
CONTROL ROOM SIMULATION-BASED TRAINING11Hydraulic simulation mimics the real-world flow/pressure behavior of high-pressure supply networks and transmission lines.  Through simulation, control room operators can learn the “feel” of a piping network – its packing and drafting behavior, time of day patterns, etc.  And, with a simulator, operators can learn how to identify and react to abnormal operating conditions – including events that are rarely seen in normal operations like leaks.  This presentation demonstrates what a hydraulic simulator is able to do in support of operator training.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
By attending, participants will gain a greater understanding of

Packing/drafting behavior
Leak event response (including an example of a compressor feeding a leak)
Power plant startup of a compressible fluid (natural gas) piping system. 
Awareness of the capabilities of simulation-based training.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Pipeline Integrity and Engineers and Managers, Distribution and Transmission
Gas Control Room Operators
Gas Control Room Managers
System Modeling Engineers
COVID-19 CRISIS COMMUNICATION AND BUILDING STAKEHOLDER TRUST11When faced with a crisis, it’s essential to deliver clear, authentic messages to your target audiences and position yourself as a leader. Effective crisis leadership requires well-honed communication skills to keep stakeholders informed and focused. The current COVID-19 crisis has created lots of uncertainty, but on April 9 at 11 am MST / 12 pm CST, three industry communication authorities will share their crisis communication expertise to help the natural gas industry serve their stakeholders, safeguard communities, and build trust.

This one-hour live online panel, “COVID-19 Crisis Communication and Building Stakeholder Trust,” will feature a discussion with: Tisha Schuller, Principal of Adamantine Energy, Debbie Schramm, President of Saxum Communication and Suzanne Ogle, APR, IRC, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Gas Association.

Moderated by Nicolle Billmyre, Senior Director of Learning and Professional Development, the Southern Gas Association, this webinar will examine:

You will learn:

Communication tools to respond to the changing, uncertain effects of COVID-19
Establishing your place as a trusted information source both internally and externally
How to determine what information to share with stakeholders
The importance of keeping your message consistent across platforms and developing a reliable communication cadence
CYBERSECURITY BEST PRACTICES FOR REMOTE WORKERS11We are in the middle of a gold rush for cybercriminals - a huge number of people working from home on their personal devices, a global health crisis, many people out of work and desperate to make money, tax season, government stimulus programs, the US census...all happening at the same time! There are endless opportunities for criminals to prey on this situation.
In this webinar, we'll talk about the threats you need to be aware of, along with how to spot and avoid them. We'll go over some of the technology and tools that can help you stay safe. And we'll end with a Q&A so we can make sure all your security questions are answered.

Learning Objectives:
Learn to identify potential cyber threats
Discover ways to avoid threats
Review available technological tools mitigate cyber threats

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Newly remote workers
Internet users who desire increased security
DECARBONIZATION: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE, AND HOW NATURAL GAS MAKES IT POSSIBLE0.5Decarbonization is an important part of the future electric grid. Join us to discover how natural gas is the key to maintaining a reliable energy source while also helping to decarbonize the electric grid!
DIRECT USE OF NATURAL GAS VS ELECTRIFICATION1.15 hrs1.25The 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

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.
EXHIBIT YOUR BRAND, EXPAND YOUR FINANCIAL ACUMEN, EXERCISE YOUR PASSION FOR LEADERSHIP3.53.5Leaders face challenges that require practical strategies to navigate the professional landscape. The SGA Women and Leadership Committee presents this workshop to better equip ALL leaders in the natural gas industry. Take part in this three-session virtual training opportunity to continue developing your leadership competencies and stand out as a leader in our industry.


By attending this workshop, you qualify for 3.5 hours towards the Leadership in Energy Certificate. This program also qualifies for 3.5 Professional Development Hours.





KEY LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Learn how to craft your personal brand and professional presence to impact how others see and respect you
Develop your natural gas financial acumen competency
Hear how executives in the natural gas industry use leadership competencies to grow and enhance their leadership styles and impact their organizations



WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Senior Leaders
Mid-level leaders
Emerging leaders

Session 1: Personal Branding and Professional Presence:

In this context, a “personal brand” can be defined as the professional persona you create and cultivate to influence the perception of your peers and colleagues. It is the unique combination of skills, experience, and personality that you want people to see. It is, essentially, the telling of your story by reputation.

If you want to make an impact in your organization and industry, creating a branding strategy is definitely the place to begin.

What Is Personal Branding?
What do you want to be known for?
If someone mentions your name, what do you want them to say?
Personal branding is essential for any influencer thought leader, or a person who wants to share their story with the world.
Session 2: Financial Acumen:

This session will cover an introduction to the financial landscape under which utilities operate. Topics covered include the investment, financing, regulatory considerations, and the metrics used to drive and gauge performance both internally and externally.

Session 3: Executive Panel:

This panel will be composed of natural gas industry executives that will share their stories and identify competencies that made them succeed as leaders. After sharing their stories, the panel will participate in a Q&A session with the audience.
FALL ACCOUNTING & FINANCE FORUM1.5This will be an opportunity to hear from and discuss with other Accounting and Finance professionals on various hot topics impacting the regulated accounting industry.





EVENT SUMMARY:
Accounting & Finance Roundtable – Various topics including, but not limited to:


Impact of COVID-19
Cloud Computing
Automation
Virtual Close Best Practices
Life After Major Accounting Standard Adoption – What’s going well? What’s still a challenge? What’s next?

PDH credits will be available. CPE is available for the State of Texas.





WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Accounting and Financial Reporting professionals.
THE FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY33This webinar considers the role of natural gas in a lower carbon economy. We will look at natural gas opportunities and possible impacts on key stakeholders, including energy consumers, infrastructure investors and policymakers.

Further, we’ll examine how natural gas and its requisite infrastructure will be needed and utilized in a lower-carbon economy. Additionally, discussion of current and future technologies for the automation and digitalization of the industry.

A. Gathering, transmission and distribution of natural gas are at the front line of the climate debate, and each sector must have a successful methane management plan to thrive in today’s operating conditions. The most critical tool in managing and reducing methane emissions is not technology - it is demonstrating a true commitment to environmental stewardship with three key elements: people, culture, and relationships. Methane management by definition includes engineering and best practices in operations – but to stop there may be short-sighted. A holistic approach including culture and leadership is critical to the success in reducing or eliminating methane emissions. Gaffney Cline and Associates, an international global oil and gas consultancy, will share best practices in a successful methane management program, including:

Creating and maintaining an employee and leadership culture that values environmental stewardship
Demonstrating methane management as a strategic priority
Establishing positive, transparent working relationships with critical external stakeholders

B. RNG enhances fuel diversity for natural gas utilities and provides a waste management solution and a new revenue stream for family farmers. Ryan Childress, Director-Gas Partnership Business Development, Gas Infrastructure Group Dominion Energy will discuss the Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods’ joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas.


C. Digital Transformation for the natural gas industry – Mosaic’s nation-wide benchmark study provides insight from senior electric, gas, and pipeline leaders concerning the workforce impacts of the continuous evolution the energy industry is experiencing. The study addresses significant changes industry leaders are experiencing and anticipate related to digital and technological transformations; as well as how to build and sustain a skilled and competent workforce.
HOW DIGITAL FLARE MITIGATION BENEFITS THE ENVIRONMENT AND OIL AND GAS OPERATORS10Reducing flaring and related emissions are critical to reducing carbon and attaining corporate ESG goals. New technologies have emerged to enable efficient and cost-effective management of stranded or flaring gas volumes.


Join SGA for “How Digital Flare Mitigation Benefits the Environment and Oil and Gas Operators” as we discuss Digital Flare Mitigation® technology with Crusoe Energy Systems & INNIO Waukesha. Crusoe Energy Systems deploys mobile, modular data centers and rich burn gas engines to convert flare gas into electricity for energy-intensive computing processes at the well site. We invite you to learn how this innovative technology can help reduce flaring and related emissions and help operators meet ambitious ESG goals.





TOPICS COVERED:
What is Digital Flare Mitigation?
How does Digital Flare Mitigation work?
What are the costs and deployment considerations to operators?
What are the use cases?
Who are Crusoe's clients?
How does Crusoe use Waukesha Gas Engines’ technology?
HOW NATURAL GAS IS HELPING ACHIEVE RENEWABLE GOALS FEATURING ANHEUSER-BUSCH AND AMERICAN NATURAL GAS11Anheuser-Busch recently converted 180 trucks to renewable natural gas. These trucks join a fleet of CNG trucks already in service. All conversions are part of a strategy to improve the sustainability of the fleet and to reduce carbon emissions.

This webinar will cover, an overview of RNG, the role it plays in the customer’s sustainability story, social/ environmental pressures and benefits.
HR FORUM:  EMPLOYMENT LABOR LAW SESSION22This is an opportunity for all those interested in learning more about employment law and how to navigate the changes in your organization. Whether you are a seasoned HR professional or a new leader, you will want to gain insight into the current legal updates.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
COVID-19's impact, with a focus on the FFCRA and the ADA
The interplay between the FMLA and the ADA
Recent Supreme Court decision regarding sexual orientation and transgender employees
Legalization on marijuana and the use of CBD and the impact on your workplace




WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
HR leaders, management professionals, anyone interested in learning more about these ever-evolving changes in employment law.
LEADING INCLUSIVELY IN A VIRTUAL WORLD11As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, we must enhance our commitment to embracing, respecting, and valuing differences. Working during this uncertain time requires leaders to lean into inclusive leadership principles which support psychological safety and well-being. This webinar will discuss strategies to help leaders lead inclusively in today’s virtual world.



You will learn:

Ways to support an inclusive remote working environment
How to manage unconscious bias and how to create communities of support virtually
Practical tips for protecting mental health
LNG AND CNG - OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET DEMAND IN AN EVOLVING ENERGY LANDSCAPE11Natural gas is transported by pipeline, boat, truck and soon, rail. What are the impacts on pipeline operators as well as the end-users?

Future outlooks anticipate that natural gas is set to overtake oil as the world’s primary energy source in the mid-2020s. This will require liquefied natural gas (LNG) to occupy a larger role in the energy mix.

LNG is natural gas that has been supercooled to a liquid state, for shipping and storage. The volume of natural gas in its liquid state is about 600 times smaller than its volume in its gaseous state. This process makes it possible to transport natural gas to places pipelines do not reach and to use natural gas as a transportation fuel.

LNG makes it possible to provide this fuel to areas where natural gas pipelines are not feasible or do not exist. Liquefying natural gas is a way to move natural gas from producing regions to markets, such as from the United States to countries overseas. As a group, Asian countries are the largest global importers of LNG.





LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
By attending, participants will gain a greater understanding of the following:

LNG and CNG in the US, the current state of LNG export, emerging uses for LNG and CNG as a non-pipeline solution to growing natural gas demand and increasing regulations

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Interstate pipeline companies
LDC operators
Commercial and Industrial energy buyers
Pipeline inspection and construction companies
Natural gas Marketing companies
LDC Transport and marketing teams
Gas Supply teams
MODELING LINE PACK TO OPTIMIZE GAS PIPELINE OPERATIONS AND PLANNING11Hydraulic modeling of proper line pack and system pack thresholds is a common task, yet critical to ensure you are aware of how much line pack you have and how you can adjust for peak hour loading. This presentation (via hydraulic modeling software Synergi Gas) will demonstrate how to calculate and display line pack for individual pipes and overall system pack. Some of the features to be shown will include annotation, labels, reports, charts, and scripting to create ‘alarms’ when line pack violates acceptable thresholds.



LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
By attending, participants will gain a greater understanding of the following:

Will learn the tools and techniques available in Synergi Gas and the Unsteady-State Module for calculating and displaying line pack and system pack in a natural gas system.

Attendees will receive 1 Professional Development Hour


WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Pipeline Integrity Engineers and Managers, Distribution and Transmission
Gas Control Room Operators
Gas Control Room Managers
System Modeling Engineers
NATURAL GAS AND HUMAN FLOURISHING11Continuing natural gas use is essential for billions of people around the world to flourish—including billions who currently lack access to energy.

During this free webinar, Alex Epstein will discuss:

The unique role of natural gas as a reliable, low-cost, scalable, versatile, and clean source of energy.
Natural gas’s unique and underappreciated roles in home heating and industrial processes.
How intermittent renewables depend on the unmatched flexibility of natural gas.
Natural gas’s unique and underappreciated role in thousands of synthetic, life-enhancing materials.
The need for more energy production to alleviate poverty worldwide.
The technological revolution in natural gas production that will make it abundant for generations to come.
NATURAL GAS INNOVATION - HYDROGEN1.5This webinar will discuss: The Why, What, When, Where and How of Hydrogen.
Why is green hydrogen relevant for large gas / electric utilities?
What technologies are included in the green hydrogen definition?
When do you see green hydrogen being deployed by utilities?
Where in the US is green hydrogen most readily available?
How do utilities get regulatory approval (i.e. recovery rate) for large green hydrogen projects?
Finally, H2 in transportation.

NATURAL GAS IS ESSENTIAL, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE11We’ve gathered three leaders from across the industry to answer your questions and share their perspectives on the past, present and future of natural gas. The town hall format will allow the audience to interact with the panelist and ask the questions that are top of mind. Please join Don Raikes (Distribution, Dominion Energy), Jimmy Staton (Transmission, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline) and Arthur Corbin (Municipal, Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia) for their introspective look at the state of the union of how natural gas is essential.
NATURAL GAS SCHEDULING 1011.51.5In this webinar, you will learn how physical natural gas is scheduled and allocated, and how to use a pipeline’s electronic bulletin board to find information.




LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Nominations cycles
Receipts and deliveries
Nominations and their components
OFOs and Critical Days
Balancing
Allocations
Storage
Capacity Release
Pipeline EBBs
Pipeline Tariffs


Attendees will receive 1.5 Professional Development Hours




WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
New natural gas schedulers, new physical natural gas traders, or anyone wanting to learn about the physical movement of natural gas.
NATURAL GAS STATION DESIGN BEST PRACTICES1.15 hrs1.25While 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.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Natural Gas Operators, Engineers, Project Management, Construction Management, Distribution Operations and Maintenance professionals.
ONE EYE ON THE PRESENT, ONE EYE ON THE FUTURE11In this special “One Eye on The Present, One Eye on the Future” webinar for SGA, Tisha Schuller, Principal at Adamantine Energy, will explore strategies for natural gas operators who are in the midst of COVID-19.  There are risks and opportunities in this fluid environment.  Tisha will lay out how to minimize risks of a pandemic and maximize opportunities. Finally, she will frame a discussion for seizing this moment for individual and company leadership.
PRESENTING VIRTUALLY FOR IMPACT11Every audience wants the presenter to be engaging but doing that in a virtual environment creates a whole new set of challenges. Learn how to pivot your presentations to a virtual delivery and engage your audience from the very first slide!

Let’s be honest, not every business presentation you’ve seen has been stellar. Now, throw in the extra hurdle of delivering that presentation on a virtual platform and the hurdle now seems more difficult.

Proper virtual engagement includes three key areas: what they see (slides/video), what you say (message), and how you deliver it (vocals). Join SGA in the iSpeak Virtual Presentations webinar where you will learn how to engage your audience in all three of these areas. You will also receive simple methods to overcome the typical mistakes made by virtual presenters.

Take your virtual presentations to a whole new level. Learn how to present virtually from the name you trust… iSpeak.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR ENGINEERS22Project 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
SENSITIVITY TRAINING: EXPECTATIONS IN THE NEW WORLD OF INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY1.51.5We are navigating unprecedented times, and shifting toward providing a culture of inclusion, diversity, and belonging requires a new approach that will equip employees for success in our evolving work environments. How can we ensure that our teams are prepared to grow and work successfully, as the environment around them is changing? We’ll tackle tough questions about shifting expectations and offer guidance to leaders and organizations on how to handle challenges they are likely to face. Tommi Paris, Director, Diversity and Inclusion with Southern Company Gas, shares an approach to sensitivity training and provides a forum for questions and discussion.




LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
1. Understanding the need for and purpose of sensitivity training

2. Reviewing an example of sensitivity course content

3. Sharing successes and challenges of implementing sensitivity training



Attendees will receive 1.5 Professional Development Hours.




WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
HR and Inclusion and Diversity Management, Legal, Learning and Development Management, all Management
SUSTAIN THROUGH THE PANDEMIC: SUPPLY CHAIN BEST PRACTICES11When 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

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Supply Chain professionals
Executives who supervise supply chain
Planning and analysis, finance professionals
YOU ARE EQUIPPED, NOW BE A NATURAL GAS CHAMPION11Now that you are equipped with information, inspiration and tools, go forth and communicate. This webinar is an abbreviation of our Natural Gas Champions training course and will share best practices of navigating a constructive conversation around natural gas as well as help you craft your elevator speech. That quick well-crafted pitch designed to convey your position on natural gas. The most important part of the elevator pitch is that it organizes your thoughts and doesn’t make the listener yawn.
Linepacking - DNV GL11Hydraulic modeling of proper line pack and system pack thresholds is a common task. This presentation will show features available through technological tools to calculate and display line pack for individual pipes and overall system pack. Some of the features to be shown will include annotation, labels, reports, charts, and scripting to create ‘alarms’ when line pack violates acceptable thresholds.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
By attending, participants will gain a greater understanding of the following:
• Will learn tools and techniques available for calculating and displaying line pack and system pack in a natural gas system.

TARGET AUDIENCE
* Pipeline Integrity and Engineers and Managers, Distribution and Transmission
* Gas Control Room Operators
* Gas Control Room Managers
* System Modeling Engineers

 

SGA Workshops

TitleLengthPDH HoursDescription of Course
Advanced Inline Inspection 2.75 days22Operations and maintenance engineers in pipeline companies with the knowledge to establish and manage an ILI program that contributes to optimum value toward improved pipeline integrity.
Advanced Pipeline Design1.5 days9This workshop takes you throught the advanced design process. Attendees will gain an in-deptj understanding of all elements related to the design of these specific components and the process associated with planning and performing the actual tasks during construction.
Analytic Problem Solving (Technical Troubleshooting)1 day8Analytic Problem Solving (APS) teaches participants how to identify, diagnose, and solve product, process and equipment problems. The typical audience includes supervisors, operators, maintenance, engineering, and key support staff. The basic theory in APS is that the only way to resolve a problem is to remove the root cause. APS gives participants the system and tools to identify that root cause.
Direct Use of Natural Gas vs Electrification Workshop75 minutes1.25The 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.

DOT 192 Compliance For Natural Gas Pipeline Operators Workshop2 days15When people hear the word "regulations" they grow concerned about weaving through the maze of Federal Register documents to find what they are looking for. In addition, there is the challenge of reading and really understanding what the regulations say and more importantly what they mean. That is no different than understanding and applying what is commonly referred to in the industry as the "DOT Regulations". More specifically, those in our industry must understand 49 CFR Part 190, 191 & 192. Just looking through the table of contents can be daunting for a newcomer to the industry or those who are transitioning into positions within their organization that require them to understand the regulations. This workshop provides attendees an opportunity to learn from subject matter experts in the industry with the instructors, but also allows them the opportunity to network with one another and develop connections to reach out to upon your return to your office. This workshop will address the upcoming Mega Rule Changes including discussions of the new requirements, and a review of situations when the new requirements would be triggered. In addition, what is TVC (Traceable Verifiable and Complete) and the newest technologies available to meet requirements.
DOT 195-Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Regulations for Gas Operators1.5 days10.75As 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).
Emergency Management Workshop3 days12This annual workshop combines training and education for managing both natural disasters and third party damage emergencies. This year’s workshop will include a special learning opportunity featuring gas operators and an emergency responder who responded to the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building in April of 1995.
Engine Emissions Stack Testing & Analyzer Workshop3 days14With current regulations changing or new regulations proposed, working in air emissions can be overwhelming. This workshop provides attendees an overview of regulations (current and proposed), catalyst basics, emission calculations, and utilization of portable analyzers to allow the industry to meet or exceed regulatory requirements.
All these elements combined throughout the workshop will create an experience that is applicable to the day-to-day work for those that perform engine emission testing and regulatory compliance for air permits.
Environmental Compliance During Pipeline Construction Workshop212This 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.
Frontline Supervisor Training4 hours4Provides instruction and hands-on exercises of essential core management fundamentals for
managers and supervisors. From setting clear objectives, to monitoring performance, to motivating
your team including situational leadership and more. Practice key management concepts and what was
learned in a role play activity. (1-Day Session)
Horizontal Directional Drilling1 day6.75This workshop will discuss the trenchless technologies of Horizontal Directional Drilling and Direct Pipe for pipeline installations. It will include discussion of engineering design considerations, routing, hydraulic fracture, equipment and tooling, steering capabilities, fluid management, construction execution and risk mitigation. 
How Natural Gas is Bought and Sold1.5 days9Topics Covered: What is Natural Gas and how is it used. Where is Natural Gas found and the size of the market. Who are the industry participants and what are the general roles they perform?
Introduction to Natural Gas Industry1 day7This workshop provides practical information about the natural gas industry. A broad range of subjects will be covered, from exploration and production to the latest technology and issues impacting the industry.
Introduction to Ratemaking1.5 days12This 1.5-day course will introduce the student to the ratemaking process as it pertains to the natural gas industry. It is important that individuals working in the natural gas industry gain an understanding of this process since almost everyone in the industry has some impact on rates.
Introduction to Natural Gas Midstream Facilities and Operations1 day7This one-day virtual workshop provides natural gas professionals with an introduction to facilities and operations within the midstream segment of the natural gas industry. Non-technical descriptions of equipment and processes employed to gather, treat and process gas in order to render it commercially acceptable and to transport, store and trade the commodity prior to delivery to consumers are provided.

TOPICS COVERED:
Gas Industry segments and US supplies of natural gas
Separation of gas at the wellhead
Gathering of gas (measurement, composition analysis and transport)
Gas treating (acid and sour gas, dehydration)
Gas processing (NGL recovery, ethane recovery/rejection)
NGL transportation, fractionation (US markets and exports)
Transportation of gas (gas transmission pipeline facilities: operations, P/L integrity, changes in flow patterns)
Gas commodity location basis differential and implications
Transportation of gas (LNG)
Underground storage of gas
Exports of gas
Wholesale gas sales, deliveries to consumers and commodity price hedging
Produced water handling (new midstream entities)

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Participants will:

Be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the size, source and disposition of US natural gas supplies including domestic production, imports, consumption and exports
Be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of what physically happens to natural gas after it leaves the well on its journey to consumers
Be able to identify and describe the services provided by gas midstream entities and how fees for such services are established
Be able to identify and explain the relationship between midstream entities and both gas producers and gas consumers
Be able to differentiate between entities charging market-based rates and rate-regulated entities and between entities bearing commodity price risk and those that do not






WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Any relatively new employee of a gas industry entity and experienced gas industry professionals (administrative, financial, operations, legal, marketing, and other disciplines) seeking to broaden their understanding of the gas midstream segment.
Introduction to Regulated Natural Gas Accounting1 day7The buying, selling, transport and distribution of natural gas is one of the most regulated industries in the United States. The reporting of financial accounting results for a natural gas utility is directly related to regulated oversight at the local, state, and federal level. The course introduces how regulation impacts the books and records of a natural gas utility and provides an insight to what regulators require. Further, it provides an insight into what an accountant needs to provide to regulators beyond generally accepted accounting requirements. Included among other topics in the course, is the determination of the revenue requirement, the uniform system of accounting required by regulators, the uniqueness of allowance for funds during construction, construction accounting, and the unique role depreciation plays in the determination of cash flow for a utility.

Leadership Skills for Frontline Managers1.5 days13This 1.5 day training program and is designed to prepare mid level supervisors for the challenges of being an effective leader. Participants will gain insight into what people respect in leaders and how to develop their own unique leadership style. This course lays the foundation for future topics in leadership.
Managing Natural Gas Emergencies3 days12This 2-day workshop brings awareness to and educates attendees on some basic needs associated in dealing with natural gas emergencies. Attendees will gain an overall understanding of elements related to emergency planning and management and how to work with emergencyu response personnel. This workshop can be customized during the emergency response drills to utilize your facilities.
Measurement & Regulator Station Design Workshop4.5 days3.4 CEU creditsThis four and a half-day course is the place where seasoned design experts will explore the many important aspects of designing pressure regulation, overpressure protection, and pressure control facilities. Learn system metering for optimal accuracy and ease of maintenance. Examine the issues that need attention when retrofitting or replacing the facilities or altering their operation and maintenance – with an emphasis on safety.
Natural Gas Champions4 hours4The natural gas industry is facing increased attention from a variety of interest groups that have con-cerns with natural gas and the hydrocarbon energy industry. SGA has designed a robust program to prepare natural gas industry employees to respond to questions about the industry and the concerns expressed. Now is the time more than ever to pull together natural gas industry professionals to en-sure we are telling a compelling story to reinforce natural gas as part of the low carbon future. This webinar equips you to better understand core basics of the natural gas industry, and more important-ly, how to engage in those casual yet crucial conversations. Successful completion of all three com-ponents of this webinar series will make you eligible for a Natural Gas Champion digital badge and certificate.

You will learn:
• About the benefits natural gas provides to customers, the general public, and the country,
• How to identify the concerns individuals and interest groups have with fossil fuels in general and natural gas in particular, as well as how the industry is responding to those concerns
• Why clean, efficient natural gas is critical for a low carbon future
• Effective, proven methods to communicate in a positive way to the more than 50% of the coun-try that are persuadable with facts, figures and stories.

Pipeline Design Workshop3 days21This 3-day workshop takes you through the pipeline design process from pipe sizing to post-construction record keeping. The workshop is built around activities that provide instruction and all steps in the design cycle based on a real-life pipeline design project. The workshop includes modules on the latest Mega Rule changes that came into effect on July 1, 2020. Please have a scientific calculator during the session.
Pipeline Integrity Management1.5 days9Leveraging from the success of the workshop performed by SGA for many years, we take this opportunity to introduce "Gas Pipeline Integrity Management 2.0" and begin to understand the last decade of baseline work plus the impending regulations of PHMSA. This seminar goes beyond understanding U.S. PHMSA IMP regulations and ASME B31.8S, Managing the Integrity of Gas Pipelines, and focuses on the future of IMP. Seminar facilitators will provide case study scenarios of IMP work over the past decade as well as regulatory requirements (current and future) and processes. Facilitators will then engage the attendees in lively and meaningful discussion to leverage the subject matter expertise int he room to determine how we advance those thoughts collectively.

Leveraging from the success of the workshop performed by SGA for many years, we take this opportunity to introduce "Gas Pipeline Integrity Management 2.0" and begin to understand the last decade of baseline work plus the impending regulations of PHMSA. This seminar goes beyond understanding U.S. PHMSA IMP regulations and ASME B31.8S, Managing the Integrity of Gas Pipelines, and focuses on the future of IMP. Seminar facilitators will provide case study scenarios of IMP work over the past decade as well as regulatory requirements (current and future) and processes. Facilitators will then engage the attendees in lively and meaningful discussion to leverage the subject matter expertise int he room to determine how we advance those thoughts collectively.

Pipeline Safety Management Systems2 days18If you want to better understand each element within RP 1173, and how to implement those elements into your operating procedures, the Pipeline Safety Management Workshop is your workshop.
Practical In-Line Inspection3 days18This workshop provides operations and maintenance engineers in pipeline companies with the knowledge to establish and manage an ILI program that contributes optimum value toward improved pipeline integrity. It focuses on: Overview of ILI technologies; Field operations; Geometry ILI tools; Magnetic Flux Leakage ILI tools for metal loss; Applicable standards.
This workshop or equivalent experience is a prerequisite for the SGA Advanced ILI workshop. The content of the Practical ILI workshop will not be repeated in the Advanced ILI workshop.
Project Management For Engineers 2 hours2Solutions for opportunities or threats eventually produce a unique product or service that can be thought of in the context of a Program or Project. In order to bring the most effective and efficient solution for these, individuals, and companies, apply scaled practices and methodologies for managing the effort. Project practices and methods vary widely in technique, rigor, description and label. But they all have one thing in common; the desire for successful solution delivery either through a new product or resolution of long-standing issues. This course is designed to provide a tour of three techniques of project management and a review of six central themes that can be applied regardless of methodology or technique chosen to manage the solution
Project Planning and Management 2 days17This workshop will introduce skills to plan and implement projects effectively with others using basic group and interpersonal skills. You will learn why it is important to stress effective planning, the cost of poor planning and the use of several simple yet powerful planning tools resulting in increased motivation to plan more effectively.
SPEW-Skilled Performance Evaluator Workshop1 day6This one-day workshop allows participants to discover the principles of effective evaluation through analysis of seven typical scenarios that cover the assessment of technical tasks. These scenarios are:
Shut Down Main Unit
Inspect Exposed Pipe
Perform Flame-Ionization Procedure
Test Meter Station Regulators
Locate And Mark Pipe
Start/Load/Stop Compressor Units
Underground Storage School3.5 days18This multi-day training program provides an opportunity for underground storage professionals to learn together in a multitude of technical areas. While offering the technical content from subject matter experts, this opportunity also allows attendees to grow their professional network of peers through interactive exercises during the program. 
Women & Leadership Workshop3.5 hours3.5Leaders face a variety of unique challenges that require practical strategies to navigate the professional landscape. The Women and Leadership workshop provides an opportunity to learn different approaches for effectively handling common obstacles, demonstrating professional presence to bolster credibility, strengthening emotional intelligence, and developing competencies necessary to stand out as a leader among both men and women in the natural gas industry.

The Workshop features renown industry experts who will develop your competency in:

Developing Your Executive Presence and Leadership Brand
Emotional intelligence: Self-Awareness and Self-Management
Influencing Others

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
A business person at various points in their career seeking career-enhancing and advancing skills, as well as those considering a new career path.

Designed for industry leaders and aspiring leaders, including:

Senior leaders
Mid-level leaders
Emerging leaders

 

GMRC Webinars

TitleLengthPDH HoursDescription of Course
COMBUSTION STABILIZATION IN RECIPROCATING ENGINES AND ITS IMPACT ON RELIABILITY22Legacy reciprocating engines are critical assets to all pipeline companies. The method in which they are monitored and maintained significantly impacts each asset's overall life cycle. Combustion stabilization within this equipment has the potential to reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions, extend mean time between failure (MTBF), improve fuel economy and extend its useful life.

This course is a continuation of the GMRC Introduction to Internal Combustion Engines course (available on-demand) in which deeper concepts will be explored. Attendees will be educated through presentation, virtual interaction and demonstration by use of a simulator built by the instructor. Join us in exploring a unique perspective on Combustion Stabilization in Reciprocating Engines and its Impact on Reliability.

You will learn:

Combustion and Fire Triangle Review
What is Fuel Balancing?
Importance of Fuel Balancing/Combustion Stabilization
Steps to Complete Fuel Balancing
Air/Fuel Ratio vs Trapped Equivalency Ratio
Fuel Balancing Components (Mechanical Breakdown)
Impact of Balancing/Stabilization on Emissions
Balancing Utilizing a Windrock PA System
Introduction to Equalization Lines
Full 'Virtual' Demonstration Utilizing a Fuel Rail Simulator

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
All level Engineers, Analysts, Technicians, Mechanics, FSRs, Project Managers and Reliability Engineers interested in gaining a more in-depth understanding of Fuel Rail Balancing and Combustion Stabilization
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES22Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs) are the heart of the Oil & Gas Industry, yielding the power to pump vital elements through pipelines across North America. This introductory course will provide a solid foundation for individuals working on, interested in or responsible for, this equipment. By exploring the History of Horsepower, participants will be introduced to External Combustion Engines as well in order to understand efficiencies of both types. Attendees will be educated through presentation, demonstration of working models and interaction with the teacher. Join us in exploring a unique perspective on Combustion Engines.

You will learn:

History of Horsepower
Internal vs External Combustion
Explanation of Indicated, Brake and Effective HP
Intro to the Otto Cycle
Two-Stroke vs Four-Stroke Engines
Reciprocating vs Centrifugal Engines
Diesel vs Gasoline Engines
Fire Triangle
Integral vs Separable Engines
Principles of Operation in Combustion Cycles


WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Entry-Level Engineers
Analysts
Technicians
Mechanics
FSRs
Project Managers
Reliability Engineers interested in gaining a basic understanding of Internal Combustion Engines
ETHICAL DECISION MAKING44Ethics are a system of moral principles that determine how one makes decisions. Some ethical decisions are easily made but others are more difficult and require careful consideration of ethical implications.

Studying ethics is critical to the success of every decision-maker. By studying ethics, one further develops skills in determining and expressing one’s values and moral principles.

This webinar further develops these skills using real-world scenarios including office setting, engineering design, field operations, financial, and personal life cases. Simulating scenarios allows participants to evaluate what they would do when faced with an ethical decision via group interaction and discussion.

 

GMRC Trainings

TitleLengthPDH HoursDescription of Course
Engine Analyzer & Reliability Workshop1616Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs) and Natural Gas Compression are the heart of the Oil & Gas Industry, yielding the power to pump vital elements through pipelines across North America. The Engine Analyzer & Reliability Workshop has been designed to equip professionals working on, and responsible for, these assets with predictive and preventative maintenance solutions that are easily transferrable to their current work initiatives.

Join your colleagues and other professionals as you are educated through presentation, demonstration of working models and interaction with industry experts from companies all over the United States. Join us in exploring a unique perspective on Natural Gas Engines and Compression in this jam-packed two-day workshop!

YOU WILL LEARN
Fundamentals and Alternate Fuel Balancing Concepts
Compressor Rod Packing Replacement Tips/Tricks
AutoBalance Installation Management
Reciprocating Equipment Analysis
Unit Alignment and Soft Foot Concepts
Predictive/Preventative Maintenance Techniques
Quality Control
Generating Horsepower Curves and Loading Schedules
Force Fed Lubrication
Overhaul Project Management

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
All level Engineers, Analysts, Technicians, Mechanics, FSRs, Project Managers and Reliability Engineers interested in gaining a more in-depth understanding of Natural Gas Engines and Compressors.
ENGINE EMISSIONS STACK TESTING & ANALYZER WORKSHOP2-3 days18WORKSHOP SCOPE:
With current regulations changing or new regulations proposed, working in air emissions can be overwhelming. This workshop provides attendees an overview of regulations (current and proposed), catalyst basics, emission calculations, utilization of portable analyzers, and hands-on training to allow the industry to meet or exceed regulatory requirements.

All of these elements combined throughout the workshop will create an experience that is applicable to the day-to-day work for those that perform engine emission testing and regulatory compliance for air permits.



TARGET AUDIENCE:
Field operations technicians responsible for performing engine emissions testing
Field support engineering and technical staff responsible for calculating and determining optimum engine air to fuel ratios for efficient engine run performance
Environmental and engineering office support personnel responsible for air permit regulatory compliance for stack testing and engine emissions


WORKSHOP GOALS:
Overall understanding of engine emission stack testing and the importance in relation to air permit compliance
Overview of different state requirements and how they differ from federal compliance requirements
Catalyst basics overview and an understanding of how catalysts work and practical application of catalysts
Hands on experience for evaluating engine emissions data to determine effective engine balancing techniques to achieve optimum performance for various engine types
Performing engine emission calculations to better understand engine performance and its relationship to engine emissions
Overview of multiple portable analyzers available in the industry and utilization of each type
Hand on field testing of equipment and performing calculations using portable and trailer mounted analyzer equipment
Current and proposed air regulations from both the federal and state perspective and how they currently or might affect field operations of engines

COURSE CONTENT
Introduction to Engine Testing
Regulatory Update
Emission Test Planning, Permitting & Performing
Emission Data Interpretation
Catalyst 101
Foundation Design and Repair2 days15.5An overview of foundation design and analysis methods for new installations.
Re-grouting, engineering considerations and repair procedures that must be implemented.
This two-day course presents a unique understanding of the design and analyses of new foundations for reciprocating compressors, as well as, the failure and repair of existing compressor foundations. The instructors will cover topics such as vibration dissipation, equipment mounting, soil characteristics, design specifications, foundation loads, failure analysis methods, and repair techniques. In addition, important aspects of various ACI specifications will be reviewed in a practical manner.
The basics of installing a foundation and common problem areas will be discussed. This course covers reciprocating compressor foundations through inception, design, installation, operation, failure, and repair.