Natural Gas Operational Excellence

Meet the Program Development Team

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Using Data to Drive Operational Excellence
Speaker: Ellie Lynch, Manager – GIS, Data Integration and Analytics, EN Engineering
Utilities are facing a trilemma of 1) Reducing risks that are posed with aging assets 2) Installing new assets to meet the needs of customers and 3) Being cost effective. What unifies all three of these challenges is data. The availability, accuracy and traceability of data can make the difference between a good operator and a great operator. Learn about the simple steps you can take to turn data into a valued asset within your company.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Technology is Like Riding a Bike…To Keep Your Balance You Must Keep Moving Forward
Speakers: John Himmel, Manager, Business Performance, FortisBC
Ashley Quinonez, Technical Consultant, Mosaic
John Himmel will discuss FortisBC’s Gas Workforce Management project. The project will replace the current work dispatching system (Click) and field application (Syclo) with a new application that includes a map with work order, GIS, and fleet vehicle info. Mosaic will share industry wide challenges and how companies are adopting technologies to solves these common challenges.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Building Sustainable Relationships: Contractors are from Mars, Utilities are from Venus
Speakers: Neil Bolger, Senior Manager of Gas Sustaining Projects, FortisBC
Brian Taylor, Manager of Gas Operations, Avista Utilities
Joe Di Placito, Principal, RAM
How to achieve your goals and get what you want by choosing the right “contractor”. During this session we will be delving into the ever-evolving relationship structures that exist between Utilities and their Contractors. During this session our panel of 4 leaders from both Canadian and US Natural Gas and Electric Utilities will discuss: what form of contract works “best”, relationship strategies, how to drive results, and choosing the right contractor/partner.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Saving Space, the Final Frontier
Speakers: Dominic DeLucia, Customer Acquisition Engineer, NW Natural
Jesse Pickard, Operations Manager – Support, Gas & Electric Distribution Planning, FortisBC
Dominic DeLucia’s presentation will focus on the NW Natural meter room programs. These programs have resulted in a higher number of multi-unit gas hookups, which otherwise would have been electric. Dominic will discuss the meter room design, the additional responsibilities taken on by the utility, and the marketing effort required to accomplish this. The second presentation will detail the Fortis BC joint trench pilot program. Fortis and other utilities are either using or looking into a joint trench program in order to save valuable underground space and to minimize street disruption as much as possible.