NG Operational Excellence

The NG Operational Excellence track focuses on sharing experiences, solutions and current best practices in natural gas operations. This session will cover topics in GPS referencing, workforce development, and gas leak investigation, mitigation and upcoming tools and technologies.

Meet the NG Operational Excellence Program Development Team.

April 15, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
GPS Referencing – Assets Traceability and Tracking
Speaker: Tren Giles, Operations Project Manager, Dominion Energy Utah
GPS technology has enhanced underground utility communication by improving and providing accurate and timely information between locators, excavators, and billing. Through GPS referencing we have developed a way to better track our assets. We are now capable of tracking material identification and fusion information. Taking on and offline points down to a precise measurement and immediately plotting them on the map. We are also using this technology for third party billing and tracking on materials installed. We are hoping in the future we can expand further and utilize this technology.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
An Army of Veterans, Gen Y’s and Gen Z’s are fast approaching: How to get them in your trenches
Speaker: Rishona Harris, Director, Talent Acquisition & Development, Centuri Group, Inc.
Learn how to effectively engage veteran, Gen Y, and Gen Z job candidates. In a joint presentation, Rosa Schmidt, leader of the “Troops to Energy” campaign with the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), will offer insight to recently published Energy jobs statistics. Rishona Harris, Director of Talent Acquisition at Centuri Group, a gas and electric utility infrastructure contractor employing 8,000 across the U.S. and Canada, will discuss how Centuri is using that data, including best practices for building a strong employer brand, approaches to workforce labor pools, and workforce development.

April 16, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Innovative Gas Leak Investigation /Mitigation Approach
Speaker: Shahid Razzak, Team Leader, Southern California Gas Company
This presentation will provide an overview of gas leak investigations and mitigation work conducted at SoCalGas. The presentation will cover step by step approach and a process from leak surveys to actual gas analysis to determine the source of the leakage gas. Also covered are innovative analytical techniques for determining the source of leakage gas and performing mitigation work. Do you want to learn how to effectively differentiate between field gas and pipeline gas to avoid unnecessary digging and reducing your overall O&M? Would you like to learn how to effectively remove residual gas in the ground after a big gas leak or like to enhance your knowledge in gas mitigation? If yes, then is the workshop you must attend!

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Look Forward Technology – What is the new Gadget?
Speaker: Dennis Jarnecke, Director R&D, Gas Technology Institute
This track provides awareness of and key components to the application of cutting-edge tools & technology to optimize outcomes and performance. With this latest information from The Gas Technology Institute, attendees will gain valuable information on up to date products and procedures to provide easier and more efficient gas delivery. Topics include Remote Monitoring, Drone Inspection, Excavation Encroachment Notification Systems, Safety Devices and Virtual Reality.