Natural Gas Distribution + Transmission Emergency Response + Customer Field Services

Meet the Program Development Team

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Tech & Talk: Using Technology and Communications for Customer Impacted Work

Speakers: Aaron Quilici, Operations Supervisor – DMDP, Southwest Gas Corporation
Lisa Flynn, Manager, Process Improvement, Gas T&D Operations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Bad Dog? Locked Gate? Trouble Communicating with the Customer? Gas and Electric utilities are required to perform safety inspections and maintenance to ensure the integrity of their assets. But what happens when you can’t get in? Access issues like locked gates, meters in garages or language barriers limit our ability to access a customer premise. PG&E has a new team in place responsible for reducing access issues and missed compliance dates through proactive communication with the customer, technology-based solutions, and coordinated safety inspections.

This session will focus on a variety of solutions and data insights from several pilots, some successful and some unsuccessful, to crack the access barrier with customers. The discussion from different utilities will offer up new avenues for working directly with your customers to complete regulated inspections and maintenance of utility assets. Many of these process improvements can be taken directly back to your companies to implement immediately!

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
CYA (Covering Your Assets) with the FBI Perspective
Speakers: Matthew Miller, Manager, Corporate Security, Western Region Services Company
Mike Barnett, Corporate Security, Dominion Energy
Two former FBI agents, now working in the natural gas industry, will share their advice on how to physically protect your facilities and infrastructure – including pipelines, compressor stations, regulator stations, storage facilities and buildings. They will share tactics on how to properly protect your property and facilities from outside sources, in both rural and urban environments.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Mock It Up
Speakers: T.M. Sandulak, Manager, Emergency Management & Business Continuity, FortisBC
Jimmy Yip, Emergency Program Lead, FortisBC
This session provides a 90-minute table-top scenario for an incident. We will assign roles for participants to actively participate in the mock drill. After the mock drill, we will take time for lessons and as a group, discuss the “ah-ha moments” from the exercise.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
“When/If Disaster Happens” – Earthquake 2018 Alaska
Speakers: Zack Meehan, P.E., ENSTAR Natural Gas Company
Shannon Helveston, ENSTAR Natural Gas Company
On November 30, 2018, at 8:29a.m., a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit South Central Alaska. By December 3rd, 170 magnitude 3.0+ aftershocks had struck. Having Natural Gas unavailable in Alaska in December is not an option. Come join our speakers from ENSTAR Natural Gas Company who will describe how they prepared, reacted, communicated, and what they will do differently next time.