2021 APGA Operations Conference: Virtual Highlights and Encore Presentations

While we hope you will make plans to join us for APGA's 2021 Operations Conference this October 26-28 in Memphis, Tenn., it is important to APGA that all members have access to educational and informative opportunities provided by the association. We know there are numerous reasons why APGA members may not be able to attend our events in-person, so APGA is launching a four-part virtual Operations Conference series with live presentations.

The APGA Operations Conference's Virtual Highlights and Encore Presentations webinar series will allow attendees to participate in four sessions of highly anticipated topics presented in Memphis. Registrants of our in-person Operations Conference will be automatically registered for the online sessions at no additional cost. There is no need to register if you are already registered for the Operations Conference in October.

Registration & PDHs

Registration is now closed.

To request professional development hours (PDH), please complete the form found here
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Agenda & Session Schedule

    The Virtual Highlights and Encore online offering consists of four sessions over two weeks. APGA is hard at work on the session schedule and will be adding additional session descriptions. APGA will offer professional development hours (PDH) for the 2021 APGA Virtual Highlights and Encore sessions.  PDHs are required by many states to maintain professional engineering licensure. 


     Wednesday, November 10 at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET: Pipeline Safety & Security

    Presentation #1 (11:00 – 11:45 AM) PHMSA PERSPECTIVE: IMPLEMENTING CONGRESSIONAL MANDATES & PIPELINE SAFETY IN 2021 AND BEYOND

    Alan Mayberry – PHMSA – Associate Administrator of Pipeline Safety

    Hear how the Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is addressing the mandates within the Congressional PIPES Act of 2020. Better understand how these directives are driving their regulatory agenda. Alan will discuss how the change of administration has impacted both current rulemakings and expectations for pipeline safety efforts in the future.

     

    Presentation #2 (11:45 AM – 12:30 PM) STEPS ONE APGA MEMBER IS TAKING TO PROTECT THEIR SYSTEM FROM CYBERSECURITY THREATS

    Jackie Crowley – Middleborough Gas and Electric Department – General Manager

    Middleborough Gas and Electric Department (MGED) has been assessing cybersecurity capabilities and addressing gaps over the past several years.  This session will give you an opportunity to hear about their story to take some of their lessons learned back and implement at your system.  All public natural gas utilities, regardless of size or location, are facing attacks, so don’t miss this important session to see what can be done to mitigate threats.

     Friday, November 12 at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET: APGA Member Best Practices

    Presentation #1 (11:00 – 11:45 AM) A PRACTICAL WAY TO MAKE DIMP WORK FOR YOU


    Jocelyn McInturff, Knoxville Utilities Board

    Knoxville Utilities Board will share how they utilize their Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP) to drive their decision making on operations & maintenance (O&M) activities and where KUB goes above and beyond existing regulatory requirements.

    Presentation #2 (11:45 AM – 12:30 PM) OPERATOR QUALIFICATION: HOW EXPECTATIONS HAVE EVOLVED


    Tim Franklin, Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia

    The industry has learned a great deal about the skills necessary to perform jobs safely, the training needed to teach those skills, and how to test to verify the skills are present. However, the pipeline safety regulation has remained relatively unchanged in 22 years. This presentation will discuss how Operator Qualification programs have evolved and the expectations have changed.  

     

     Wednesday, November 17 at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET: Engineering & Construction: Tools and Technologies


    Presentation #1(11:45 AM – 12:30 PM) REGULATORY TROUBLESHOOTING


    Jeff Hoffman, Emerson


    Presentation #2 (11:45 AM – 12:30 PM) MEMBER CASE STUDY: IMPLEMENTING TRACKING & TRACEABILITY

    Robert Miller, City of Monroe, NC and Christophe Farnault, Patrick Engineering

    Hear from the City of Monroe, NC how they implemented Tracking & Traceability (with bar code scanning) into their GIS system with the assistance of Patrick Engineering. They will discuss why they began this endeavor, how the solution was identified, any obstacles they overcame during its launch, and how it has positively impacted their operations.

     Friday, November 19 at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET: Environmental Stewardship for Gas Distribution Operators

    Presentation #1(11:45 AM – 12:30 PM)  EMISSION MITIGATION TECHNOLOGIES: A CRASH COURSE

    Nick Pero, Artera


    Natural gas distribution operators are being asked to evaluate their operations & maintenance plans for the ability to further minimize methane emissions. There are numerous strategies and technologies that operators can use to accomplish this goal. This presentation will attempt to outline the suite of options available for systems and will discuss when they are most appropriate and effective.

    Presentation #2 (11:45 AM – 12:30 PM)
    GAS VENTING RESEARCH

    Simon Daniels & Justin Sheppard, ROSEN USA, Inc.

    For gas distribution companies, gas venting remains a necessary part of normal operations for maintenance or safety purposes. This results in unburned natural gas being released into atmosphere.  This project presents an in-depth analysis of current venting processes and provides an overview of safe, alternative options that make venting more environmentally friendly.

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