Natural Gas Operational Excellence

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Meet the Natural Gas Operational Excellence PDT.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Don’t Give Up…Technology is Here to HELP!
Speaker: Ryan Jamison, Senior Instructor, Dominion Energy
Gilbert Archuleta, Manager, Customer & System Projects, Puget Sound Energy
Learn how Dominion Energy created and implemented their own App for field technicians. This new technology eliminates the need to have a code book on-hand and saves time in the field with a trusted application in the palm of their hands. Pacific Gas and Electric Company has embarked on a business process indexing initiative to identify the essential components of what it means to be skilled and qualified worker (identifying the roles, the tasks, and their supporting materials, i.e. curriculum, standards, procedures), and creating a profile for all lines of business focused on the PEOPLE and the WORK that they do. With an implementation of a new data relationship management software, PG&E can produce an ecosystem of interrelated components of skills and qualifications, to manage and predict the impacts of change, show traceability, demonstrate PG&E employees are skilled and qualified, and report data for action and affirmation in real time.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Pioneering New Technology
Speaker: Dennis Jarnecke, Director of Research and Development, Gas Technology Institute
The Gas Technology Institute will present on how new projects are utilizing drones with a conclusion of the potential future uses of drones within the energy industry.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Fighting for Our Future: Government Energy Policy
Speaker: Jason Wolfe, Director of Energy Solutions, FortisBC
FortisBC will present on the banning of natural gas and how that impacts district energy systems.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Contractor Governance: Are you getting the most out of your team?
Speaker: Seth Plaizer, Region Operations Supervisor, Dominion Energy
This session will lead a discussion on: how utilities can set and manage expectations to ensure their inspection programs are working, how to bring in consistency with inspection, review the API 1169 certification for inspectors, and how to manage your contractor and project teams. Some of the session time will be allocated for a table top discussion. The principles discussed in this session can be applied not only to those involved with inspection, contractors, or construction projects, but anyone involved in leading teams of people.