Natural Gas Operational Excellence

View the full Operations Conference agenda here.
Meet the Natural Gas Operational Excellence PDT.
Location: Highland 3

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. As delivering energy becomes more reliant on technology, utilities in the industry face a challenge in their relationship with technology and the change management required to bring employees along. Puget Sound Energy is responding to this challenge by introducing palatable technologies that will directly impact larger technological deployments in the future. Using the need for modern training as a platform, PSE has begun leveraging visual process mapping, updated knowledge portal techniques and a competency-based approach to training. These smaller efforts will be the gateway to the adoption and acceptance of larger efforts.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Applying New Technology to the Gas Industry
Speaker: Dennis Jarnecke, Director of Research and Development, Gas Technology Institute
The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) will present on current research efforts utilizing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and discuss the future uses of drone technology within the energy industry.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Navigating the Changing Policy Environment
Speaker: Jason Wolfe, Director of Energy Solutions, FortisBC
How FortisBC is adapting to new customer and policy requirements.

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.