2018 Schedule

9:00am – 4:00pm

GMRC Board of Directors Meeting

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Registration

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Welcome Reception

7:00am – 5:00pm

Registration

7:30am – 12:50pm

Spouse/ Guest Program

8:00am – 11:00am

Navigating Ethical Dilemmas in the Gas Compression Industry

William Couch, W. Norm Shade

Adherence to sound Business Ethics principals is a cornerstone of most successful companies and individuals in the Gas Compression Industry. Companies and individuals alike may have widely divergent opinions of what constitutes acceptable ethical practices and behaviors. Many states have made ethics training a continuing education requirement for the renewal of PE licenses.

This will overview sound business ethics principles and conduct, especially as it pertains to the Gas Compression Industry. Presented by experienced industry business leaders, the training will include numerous case studies and real experiences that reinforce the subject matter.

Basic Thermodynamics of Reciprocating Compression

Greg Phillippi

This short course intends to explain how a reciprocating compressor works by focusing on the pressure-volume diagram and the governing fundamental thermodynamic principles - but not in an overly academic way.  This will include discussions of pressure-time and pressure-volume diagrams, volumetric efficiency, capacity, power, and compression efficiency.  In addition, it will cover the effects of changing conditions (pressures, rotating speed, gas thermodynamic properties, etc), temperature, and pulsation.  Mechanical design details will not be covered in any significant detail.   An understanding of the pressure-volume diagram and the basic thermodynamics is vital and forms a good foundation for a deeper understanding of the mechanical aspects.

Pulsation and Vibration Controls for Reciprocating Compression

Eugene Broerman, Benjamin White

SCR Aftertreatment Systems to Gas Turbines in Gas Compression Service

Gerry Fisher, Dan Rem, Florence Rodriguez Ramos

Lubrication Systems - Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Bill Pullin

This presentation will cover the proper maintenance practices and troubleshooting techniques of automatic lubrication system on gas compressors and engines. Historically referred to as “Force Feed Lubrication Systems”, these systems lubricate the rings, rider bands and rod packing of gas compressor cylinders, and engine piston rings (2 cycle), valve guides (4 cycle), and in some cases the air starters. These lubrication systems use either engine crankcase oil, compressor crankcase oil, or externally supplied oil to distribute a small amount of oil on a continuous basis to achieve a somewhat constant oil film thickness on the moving parts to reduce friction and wear of sealing components, to achieve increased life and reliability of these components. This will in-turn reduce planned and unplanned downtime of the gas compressors and engines, increasing the reliability of the compressor and engine.

Original “force feed” lubrication systems, originating in the late 1800’s, are made up of a group of pumps feeding a group of lubrication points (one pump per point) on the compressor and engine cylinders, and were called “Pump to Point” systems. There is not an economical way to monitor each point to assure proper lubrication is getting to each point. Troubleshooting consist of checking each pump to assure it has proper volume output at the rated pressure. The only monitoring/alarming available is a low level/camshaft rotation switch. There is an individual lube line monitor available, however, it is costly and has questionable reliability due to vibration and temperature/viscosity change of the oil.

In the mid 1930’s, the “series progressive” lubrication system was designed which requires only one pump per system, with each pump feeding all the lubrication points in the system. The compressor and the engine would have separate systems, each having a monitoring system which has an alarm/shutdown feature, to alert upon any lubrication point receiving a reduced amount of lubrication.

This seminar will address the operation of each lubrication system component (both “pump to point” and “series progressive”), proper maintenance procedures, and proper troubleshooting techniques to minimize costly downtime of the compressor and engine due to lubrication system failure.

There will be a video of a working lubrication system with working, clear divider blocks and a step by step method of troubleshooting each individual issue a lubrication system could encounter. An actual working lubrication system, capable of simulating all problem areas of a lubrication system will be available for “hands on” troubleshooting after the seminar.

11:00am – 12:45pm

Conference Lunch and General Session

1:00pm – 2:00pm

The Benefits of Hermetically Sealed Compressors: BHGE Experience

Thomas Alban, Jerome LeMoigne, Andrea Masi

Large Bore, Natural Gas-Fueled Integral Compressors

David E. Bell, David T. Lepley

Check Valves

Steve Chaykosky

ACI Introduces the patented GAS Pocket

John J. Bazaar

One Clamp to Rule Them All & Control of Vibration and Thermal Growth in Piping Systems

Timothy Bootsveld, Jordan Grose

Caterpillar General Technology Update

Jesse Kahle

Ariel's new KBK Compressor

Mario Latorre

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Tuscarora CS: Case Study on Solving Vibration Problems when Legacy Reciprocating Compressors had the Operating Ranges Extended

Eugene Broerman, Jeffrey Fry, Terry Kreuz, Benjamin White

Multiple operational changes were planned for the existing legacy reciprocating compressors at National Fuel Gas’ Tuscarora Compressor Station that were already experiencing pulsation related concerns.  The planned changes included:

-Modifications to the discharge piping (in addition to the installation of a new high-speed Unit #3),               

-Operating at speeds beyond the typical fixed speed of 400 rpm, and                                                         

-Running the units at higher loads in single-stage mode and different pressure ranges than used historically.

After implementing the planned changes without significant acoustic and/or mechanical improvements, piping vibrations were exacerbated.  This paper includes a description of the problem, the methods used to analyze the problem, ‘before’ field data, the resulting solutions that were implemented, and ‘after’ field data. 

Case Study of an Electric Motor Driven Slow Speed Gas Transmission Reciprocating Compressor

Mark G. Gerken, Marybeth McBain, Scott Tackett

Reliability's Connection to Safety

Brad Grieves

Prime Movers - Where Did They Come From, Where are they Now, and Where are they Going

Randy Anderson

Valve Noise - Induced Problems and Mitigation and Compressor Facilities

Tim Allison, Sarah Simons

The combination of high flow rates, operating pressures and differential pressure that exist in oil & gas and petrochemical facilities can result in very high noise levels internal to the process piping. This often results in high external noise levels that require mitigation in order to meet OSHA permissible limits and/or avoid other problems. However, even more immediate reliability risks can result from high valve noise, including flow-induced turbulence and high shaking forces, flow-induced pulsations and resonant vibration of side branches or insertion elements, and acoustically induced fatigue failures of welded connections in downstream piping. Each of these phenomena manifest themselves differently based on potential failure locations and frequency content of dynamic pressures and vibration measurements. This paper describes each of these phenomena in detail, including a description of relevant physics, past and current analysis approaches, troubleshooting symptoms, and potential mitigations.

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Controlling Centrifugal Compressors

Klaus Brun, Rainer Kurz

Using Compressor Modeling Software to Cost-Effectively Ensure Safe Operations of a Compressor

John Boser, Dwayne Hickman

KVT - KVTR Conversion

Jesse Burgey, Thomas Sine

This paper gives a brief development history of Ingersoll-Rand KVT integral gas engine-compressor and related product lines, and identifies unique operational characteristics of the KVT. Explained in detail are the development efforts taken to improve engine operation with a field retrofit conversion termed the KVTR, as well as trials associated with testing and field commissioning of this newly developed engine design.  Lastly, the work includes performance data summarizing the end result of these development efforts and subsequent design revisions further optimizing engine performance.

Combustion Abnormalities: Causes, Effects, and Diagnostics

Craig Asbill, Shawn Damm, Eric Forthofer

Addressing Vibration Issues - A User's Perspectives

Marybeth McBain, Angel Rivera, Christine Scrivner

Proper design of a pulsation control system, along with good mechanical restraint of the pulsation bottles and piping, is essential for minimizing the risk of severe vibration when working with reciprocating compressors. It is important that operators of equipment with vibratory loads have the resources needed to evaluate proposed designs and to assess vibration issues with existing installations. The intent of this paper is to provide a step-by-step comprehensive methodology from a user’s perspective on analyzing and tackling the vibration issues commonly associated with skid-mounted, high-speed reciprocating compressor packages.

4:15pm – 5:00pm

PRCI Research Updates

Gary Choquette, Tom Lumadue

ABSTRACT

This document provides highlights of recently completed research and ongoing projects related to compression by the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI). Potential research projects for 2018 are also reviewed.

INTRODUCTION

PRCI was established in 1952 as the Pipeline Research Committee of the American Gas Association to address the problem of long-running brittle fractures in natural gas transmission pipelines. PRCI is a collaborative research organization where the majority of the membership dues is pooled and the members collectively decide the research work that is to be undertaken. PRCI spends more than $10M annually to research advances in safety, reliability, efficiency, and regulatory compliance for the pipeline transportation industry. There are seven different technical committees responsible for the development, execution, and technical review of PRCI research.

This paper will provide a synopsis of key research efforts being conducted by the PRCI Compressor and Pump Station Technical Committee associated with compression facilities.

A Method and Apparatus for Direct Enthalpy Rise Measurement for Gas Compression - A GMRC Project

Klaus Brun, Kelsi Katcher, Sarah Simons

Investment in Legacy Fleet and the Impact on Reliablity

Mary Savalle

The Effect of Pipe Strain and Flange Misalignment on Vibration in Reciprocating Compressor Installations

Kelly Elberle, Ramin Rahnama

Innovations in compressor cylinder and rod packing lubrication: approaches and results.

Christopher Sloan

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Conference Reception - Hosted by Ariel

7:30pm – 10:30pm

Monday Night Football Party - Hosted by Siemens

6:30am – 8:30am

Breakfast Sponsored by HOERBIGER

7:00am – 5:00pm

Registration

7:30am – 12:50pm

Spouse/ Guest Program

8:00am – 11:00am

Unlock Your Full Potential - Breaking Down Unconscious Bias

Brenna Geswein, John Ladd, Reagan Mayces

Foundation Design Practices for Reciprocating and Rotating Machinery

Debarshi Das, Kelly Elberle

Understanding Centrifugal Compressors

Klaus Brun, Rainer Kurz

Successful Field Mapping of Legacy Pipeline Engines

Greg Beshouri, Diana Grauer, Sarah Shaffer

Data Analytics Roundtable

Keary Rogers, Mike Teter, Damon Vinciguerra

11:00am – 1:00pm

Exhibits and Lunch

12:00pm – 2:30pm

Spouse/ Guest Program

1:15pm – 2:00pm

PRCI Ambient NO2 AERMOD Performance Assessment and Model Improvement Project Modeled to Observed Comparison

Adrian Huth, Christopher Nowak, Jeffery Panek

Experimental Investigation of the Effect of Upstream Elbow Placement on Centrifugal Compressor Preformance

Pablo Bueno, Kevin Hoopes

Development of a Robust Scrubber Level Controller - Part 1

Griffen Beck, Carolyn Day, Alan Puchot

Gas-liquid scrubbers rely on level control systems to maintain an appropriate liquid level within the vessel. In natural gas service, these control systems are subject to harsh environments and failures are commonplace. This presentation discusses an ongoing project for the GMRC to investigate failures related to scrubber level control systems and to identify improvements to these systems. In this work, failure reports from one operator were analyzed and the component(s) that failed most often were identified. Subsequent work to identify and evaluate alternative level controllers is discussed and the design of an externally mounted ultrasonic level switch is described.

Detection and Qualification of Damage During Startup

Greg Beshouri, Robert Goffin, Dan Rem

An Introduction to Torsional Vibration Analysis

Brandon Baer, Wenchao Wang, Crystal Zeller

An Introduction to Torsional Vibration Analysis (TVA) demonstrates the necessity of a TVA from an overall project point-of-view.  This discussion is designed for Purchasing Engineers, Field Engineers, and Project Managers whose roles will be involved in the analysis but do not need an intensive understanding of the industry’s torsional guidelines. The paper will include a list of required data for engine and motor driven reciprocating compressor units, discussion on the torsional model and torsional results, examples of changes made to a system in order to meet manufacturer recommended limits, and the benefits of correlating torsional models to on-site test data.

2:15pm – 3:00pm

A New Approach for Safe and Cost-Effective Compressor Station Blow-Down

Dane Hamilton, Ronald Miller, Michael Parlato, W. Norm Shade

Compressor stations require safe and reliable depressurization (blow-down) for emergencies or when maintenance is required. The required depressurization rate, noise limitations and mass flow rate determine the size of the blow-down line(s), vent valve(s), flow restriction orifice(s) and silencer(s). Conventional systems can be costly and do not necessarily optimize the blow-down time, rate and equipment sizing.

This paper examines a new approach using an automated dynamic variable orifice (DVO) to control vent line mass flow and/or the depressurization rate to optimal levels while still achieving system blow-down within the required time and reducing capital cost of the vent system.

Conceptual Design of an Advanced sCO2 Waste Heat Recovery System with Applications to Existing Gas Turbine Installations

Tim Allison, Kevin Hoopes

Evaluation of Chemical Washing of a Degraded Natural Gas Engine Oxidation Catalyst

Jonathan Goss, Bryan Hackleman, Daniel B. Olsen

This study examines the regeneration and further degradation of oxidation catalysts installed on a large bore, lean-burn, two-stroke natural gas engine. Two catalyst modules were previously degraded on the slipstream of a Cooper-Bessemer GMVH-12 engine in a previous project conducted at the Engine and Energy Conversion Laboratory (EECL). The previous study took new catalyst modules and aged them until they no longer met compliance with formaldehyde emissions limits. The first aim of this project was to regenerate the catalyst modules with a chemical washing procedure. Dresser Rand Enginuity provides a catalyst washing service involving alternating immersions in caustic soda, water and acetic acid baths. The catalysts surface was analyzed before and after washing with spectroscopy equipment in the Central Instrument Facility at Colorado State University to determine the amount of poisons (P, S, Zn) removed in the process. The catalytic performance was also tested before and after washing using a slipstream of a four-stroke natural gas laboratory engine. The washing process removed the majority of the surface poisons, thereby restoring active catalyst sites and improving performance. The catalytic performance is comparable to a new catalyst at temperatures ≥ 450°F.

Lessons Learned from Turbocharger Testing

Nick Brumbaugh, Eric Figge, Brad Grieves, Byron Jones, Mitch Opat, Keith Schaffer

Challenges in Starting Medium Voltage Motors

John Dulas, Matti Paaso

As new environmental regulations are applied regarding noise and emissions, electric motor-driven (EMD) gas compression is often considered a favorable solution. There are many benefits to electric motors, but they can also introduce some design and application challenges.  These generally revolve around motor starting.

Electric motors can be started in several ways:

1.Direct online (DOL)

2.Conventional reduced voltage start (e.g., autotransformer)

3.Medium Voltage Soft Starter (MVSS)

4.Variable Frequency Drive (VFD)

Each method has varying impact on electrical grids, compressors, gearboxes, and the electric motors themselves. This discussion will review the commonly used motor starting methods and highlight key issues.

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Digital Asset Performance Management & Optimization for your Compressor Fleet

Vinh Do, Eshang Saini, Jim Zurlo

GERP (Gas Engine Rating Pro) Web Application

Ken Hall

The DE-4000 Advanced Compressor Package Monitoring

David E. Bell

Electronic Pre-Chamber Injector & MiniSIP Development

Kent Hanson

How to Decrease Lubrication Use and Increase Compressor Performance

Ben Kluding

Product Standardization and Modularization

Peter Goretski

How the IIoT and AI can Transform Gas Transmission Business

Edward Kelleher

The Multi-Lambda Catalyst Test System - A Practical Aid to Catalyst Maintenance

Steven DeCicco, Matthew Loy, Dr. Tracy Staller

New technology for compressor lubrication

Brian Sloan, Christopher Sloan

4:45pm – 6:45pm

Exhibits and Reception

7:00am – 12:00pm

Registration

7:30am – 12:50pm

Spouse/ Guest Program

8:00am – 8:45am

Do you want to retire? A brief retirement planning discussion

Manny Angulo

Chandlersville and St. Paul: Unique Operational and Piping Vibration Issues in a New Centrifugal Compressor Installation

Eugene Broerman, Kelsi Katcher, Robert Smith

Wet Gas Formation and Carryover in Compressor Suction Equipment - Part 2

Nathan Andrews, Griffen Beck

In gas compressor applications, separating equipment is placed upstream of compressor stages to remove water and hydrocarbon condensates. However, field experience indicates that liquids can still be carried over. Furthermore, pressure and heat losses in compressor pulsation bottles and nozzles may be sufficient to condense liquids. An ongoing project sponsored by the GMRC is investigating wet gas formation and carryover within compressor pulsation bottles. In this presentation, the 3-D models used to investigate this phenomenon are described. Results of several model simulations are discussed. Recommendations are given to help identify which compressors are susceptible to problems with wet gas.

On-line / real-time lubricant condition monitoring in stationary engines & other applications

Cesar Lizcano

Comparison of Pipe Support Effectiveness and Recommended Applications

Francisco Fierro, Angel Rivera

9:00am – 9:45am

GHG Emission Factor Improvement for Natural Gas Compressors Based on Measurement Data from the Federal GHG Reporting Program

Wendy Coulson, James McCarthy

Centrifugal Compressors in Gas Gathering Applications

Gary Bourn, Mike Clay, Rainer Kurz

Liquid Contamination in Dry Gas Seals, Phase 2: Modelling and Testing GMRC Project Update

Tim Allison, Meera Day Towler

The effects of liquids on dry gas seal performance is a topic of limited understanding, and conflicting theories exist regarding liquid-induced failure mechanisms. This presentation provides a project update on liquid contamination failures in DGS. Two-phase CFD will be performed on a seal model. The results will be used to study liquid contamination on the seal thermal environment and forces on seal components. SwRI will also design, build, and operate a test rig for experimental investigations of dry gas seal behavior with liquid contamination. Additional health and performance instrumentation will allow for calculating temperature distributions, breakaway torque, and shear forces.

Elevated Ambient Temperature and Altitude Impacts on Air System Performance

Craig Asbill, Shawn Damm, Eric Forthofer

Reciprocating compressor foundation design with driven steel piles

Debarshi Das, Kelly Elberle

10:00am – 10:50am

Cat Electric Motors with Reagan Power and Matador

Jesse Kahle

Insight

Rainer Kurz

Waukesha 275 Engine Technology Update

Steve Dussault

rMAX High Speed Compressor Valve Material Improvement

Joe Miniot

Optimizing Condition Monitoring and Failure Detection

Michael Dollinger

Detechtion's Enbase Hub edge device can replace multiple devices and systems used to operate a compression fleet using our Monitor, Protect, Control, Optimize & paradigm

Mike Hill, Eric Neason

SwRI's Dry Gas Seal Modelling and Testing Services

Meera Day Towler

11:00am – 12:45pm

Exhibits and Lunch

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Air Regulatory Update 2018

James McCarthy

Industry Fundamentals - Gas, Marketing and Regulatory

Manny Angulo

Control of Torsional Vibrations in Direct-Driven Separable Reciprocating Compressors

Troy Feese, Ed Hauptmann, Alasdair Robinson, W. Norm Shade, Wenchao Wang, Charles Yeiser

An Introduction to Torsional Vibration Analysis (TVA) is designed to demonstrate the necessity of a TVA from an overall project point-of-view.  It will provide background information for the analysis to an audience who will be involved in TVA studies, but do not necessarily need an intensive understanding of the industry guidelines for torsional vibration.  The target audience for this paper includes Purchasing Engineers, Field Engineers, and Project Managers.  An explanation of reasons for system failures will be given and how incorrect assumptions about systems can cause failures.

This paper starts with a basic explanation of torsional vibration and explains why a TVA is necessary.  A list of data required to complete an engine and motor driven reciprocating compressor torsional analysis will be given along will an explanation of the torsional model. A torsional report will be reviewed on a motor driven compressor unit which includes a Normal Modes Analysis and a Forced Response Analysis. An explanation on how system optimization was used to make changes to the unit to meet manufacturer recommended limits will be given. This will be followed by a discussion on the system failure, how it could have been prevented, and corrective actions that were needed to get the unit back in service in a timely manner. And finally, there will be a short discussion on the benefits of correlating the torsional model to on-site test data.

Piping design practices for reciprocating and centrifugal pumps

Kelly Elberle, Michelle Witkowski

From Soup to Nuts, Complete Look at Natural Gas Filtration

William Couch, Silas Kirst

A deep dive into natural gas filtration. We will first investigate how natural gas contaminates have changed over time with shale play gas mixed with the more traditional gas streams. We will look at factors affecting the movement of contaminants. Next, we will investigate particulate size and types of contaminants and how they affect natural gas filtration technologies. We will then discuss natural gas filtration and separation technologies upstream and downstream of compressor stations and processing facilities. Lastly, we will look at several case studies of natural gas filtration, what worked and what didn’t work, and more importantly, why

4:15pm – 5:00pm

GMRC Annual Membership Meeting

5:30pm – 8:00pm

Closing Reception, Dinner, and Awards

Thomas Alban

Baker Hughes, GE
Advanced Technology Engineering Manager

No bio available.

Tim Allison

Southwest Research Institute
Manager

Dr. Tim Allison is the manager of the Rotating Machinery Dynamics Section at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX. His research at SwRI includes finite element analysis, modal testing, instrumentation, and performance testing for applications including high-pressure turbomachinery, centrifugal compressors, gas turbines, reciprocating compressor valves, high-frequency piping vibration, and test rigs for rotordynamics, blade dynamics, and aerodynamic performance. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Randy Anderson

CECO
Principal Consultant

No bio available.

Nathan Andrews

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

Mr. Andrews is a research engineer in the Propulsion & Energy Machinery Section at Southwest Research Institute, with research interests and experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), thermal/fluid sciences, and numerical modeling. He is also experienced in mechanical design, testing, and manufacturing specification. Other interests include researching and developing additive manufacturing (AM) applications. His recent research has included phase behavior of reservoir fluid prediction, oxy-fuel CFD combustion for supercritical carbon dioxide applications, development of pressurization systems for liquid rocket engines, and exploring applications for AM to make turbomachinery components. Mr. Andrews acquired his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees from the University of Utah in 2012.

Manny Angulo

Williams
Staff Engineer

No bio available.

Craig Asbill

Caterpillar
Performance Engineering Supervisor

No bio available.

Brandon Baer

IDC Engineering
Lead Engineer

No bio available.

John J. Bazaar

ACI Services Inc
Director, Mechanical Technology

No bio available.

Griffen Beck

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

Mr. Beck is a research engineer in the Propulsion & Energy Machinery Section at Southwest Research Institute where his responsibilities include design and analysis tasks to support the development of machinery systems as well as the design, analysis, and execution of unique testing programs for a wide variety of machinery. His experimental experience includes work on wet gas centrifugal compressors, tests involving liquefied natural gas, various machinery performance tests, and testing with high pressure natural gas foam for hydraulic fracturing applications. His analytical experience includes thermal/fluid design, analysis, and simulations tasks for several machinery and process related applications. Mr. Beck earned his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in December 2012.

David E. Bell

Hoerbiger Engine Applications - Altronic
Senior Vice President - Engine Applications - North America

No bio available.

Greg Beshouri

Hoerbiger
Senior Expert Engine Systems

No bio available.

Timothy Bootsveld

Wood
Research and development engineer, anti-vibration products

No bio available.

John Boser

National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation
Engineer 1

No bio available.

Gary Bourn

Anadarko
Sr Staff Facilities Engineer

No bio available.

Eugene Broerman

Southwest Research Institute
Principal Engineer

Eugene L. Broerman, III is currently a Principal Engineer in the Fluid Machinery Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, TX. He is a 2001 graduate of Texas A&M University-Kingsville with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has over 17 years of experience in the fields of mechanical vibrations, compressor and piping system design, acoustics, finite element analysis, and thermal piping stress.

Nick Brumbaugh

Baker Hughes

No bio available.

Klaus Brun

Southwest Research Institute
Director

No bio available.

Pablo Bueno

Southwest Research Institute
Senior Research Engineer

No bio available.

Jesse Burgey

Siemens
Engineer

No bio available.

Steve Chaykosky

Dresser-Rand
Manager, Valve Engineering

No bio available.

Gary Choquette

Pipeline Research Council International
Sr Program Manager

Gary Choquette has worked in the natural gas transportation industry for more than 30 years. He has experience in facility design, construction, technical support, hydraulic modeling, compression performance, noise, vibration, pulsation and controls, software design, SCADA, gas measurement, and gas control. He has served in management roles in gas measurement, engineering design, construction and right of way, operations software development and SCADA support, and gas control. Mr. Choquette earned a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nebraska and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. He is a full-time research program manager for the Pipeline Research Council International and a principal with Optimized Technical Solutions, LLC.

Mike Clay

Solar Turbines
Program Manager

No bio available.

William Couch

Parker
Marketing Analyst

For over twenty years Bill has been involved in many activities associated with the Gas Machinery Research Council as a member of GMC Project Supervisory Committee and the GMC Planning Committee. Bill was Chairman of the 2012 GMRC Gas Machinery Conference in Austin, Texas and received the GMRC’s Edward N. Henderson Distinguished Service Award in 2014.  He has written and presented numerous technical papers and short courses on natural gas related topics as well as non-tradition subjects of relevance to Engineers, Managers and Professional Engineers within our industry.

From 2005 to 2012 Bill Chaired the Compressor and Pump Station Technical Committee for the Pipeline Research Council International, Inc. (PRCI).  During Bill’s tenure with the committee he oversaw the challenging transition from ‘entitled’ research funding to the more competitive ‘vote your dollars’ research funding by the PRCI member companies.

For many years Bill was actively involved in natural gas industry research and Engineering education performed at Colorado State University’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory.  He also worked with the Kansas State University’s National Gas Machinery Laboratory, advancing their educational and natural gas research activities.

The majority of Bill’s professional career was spent with El Paso Natural Gas and Tennessee Natural Gas where he held various positions in Design Engineering, Project Management and Management.  He is presently employed by Parker Hannifin, providing marketing research and filtration training for employees, distributors and customers worldwide.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Long Beach and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University.  Bill is a registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico and Texas.

Wendy Coulson

Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc.

No bio available.

Shawn Damm

Caterpillar
Performance Engineer

No bio available.

Debarshi Das

Wood
Team lead, structural analysis

No bio available.

Meera Day Towler

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

No bio available.

Carolyn Day

Southwest Research Institute
Engineer

Ms. Day is an engineer in the Propulsion & Energy Machinery Section at Southwest Research Institute. Her main responsibilities include analysis, design, and testing for turbomachinery. She has performed thermal and fluid analysis, worked on prototype and test system design, and performed testing for various projects. Ms. Day earned her Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University.

Steven DeCicco

MIRATECH
Chief Operating Officer

No bio available.

Vinh Do

Baker Hughes, GE
Senior Systems Engineer

No bio available.

Michael Dollinger

Siemens
Field Service Engineer

No bio available.

John Dulas

ABB

John Dulas is Global Market Manager, Synchronous Motors, Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Industries, at ABB Inc. in Houston, Texas. He has more than 40 years of experience in Design, Product Management, and Sales of large induction and synchronous motors.  John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. He is a member of IEEE Industry Applications Society and currently sits on the API task force responsible for API 541/546/547 motor standards.

Steve Dussault

GE Distributed Power - Waukesha
Sr. Product Manager

No bio available.

Kelly Elberle

Wood
Principal Engineer

No bio available.

Troy Feese

Engineering Dynamics, Inc.

Troy Feese is a Senior Engineer at Engineering Dynamics Incorporated (EDI) in San Antonio, Texas.  He has 28 years of experience performing torsional vibration, lateral critical speed, and rotordynamic stability analyses as well as evaluating structures using finite element methods.  He conducts field studies of rotating machinery, reciprocating equipment, piping, structures, and foundations around the world.

He received a BSME from The University of Texas at Austin, has a MSME from UTSA, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.  He is a member of ASME, Vibration Institute and contributed to the GMRC torsional sub-committee and previous version API 684.  He is a lecturer at the EDI seminar, has made presentations at Gas Machinery Conference and Turbomachinery Symposium, and written technical papers and articles on torsional vibration, lateral critical speeds, and balancing.

Francisco Fierro

Southwest Research Institute
Senior Research Engineer

No bio available.

Eric Figge

Kansas State University
Engineering Manager, National Gas Machinery Laboratory

No bio available.

Gerry Fisher

W-Industries
PhD

No bio available.

Eric Forthofer

Caterpillar
Performance Engineer

No bio available.

Jeffrey Fry

National Fuel Gas (NFG) Company
District Manager

Jeffery Fye is a District Manager for National Fuel Gas (NFG) Company.  He’s been with NFG since July 2008.  Mr. Fye is a manager in the compressor maintenance group.  He is responsible for compressor analysis, emissions testing, vibration testing and compressor performance.  Mr. Fye supports compressor engineering, compressor maintenance and operations.  He earned an Associates in Mechanical Engineering (ASME) from Penn State University.  

Greg Funk

IDC Engineering
Overseer

No bio available.

Mark G. Gerken

Kinder Morgan
Sr. Pipeline Engineer

No bio available.

Brenna Geswein

Caterpillar
Application Engineer

No bio available.

Robert Goffin

AETC

No bio available.

Peter Goretski

Voith Turbo
Product Manager VoreconNX

No bio available.

Jonathan Goss


No bio available.

Diana Grauer

Hoerbiger
Vice President - Engineering

No bio available.

Brad Grieves

Energy Transfer
Reliability Engineer

As a Reliability Engineer for Energy Transfer Partners, currently working with the company’s Houston, Texas based Operations Technical Support Staff, Brad Grieves is committed to excellence in the development of sound Mechanical Integrity and Equipment Reliability Strategies. Coupled with the belief that superior reliability directly correlates with improved process safety, he has developed a robust Mechanical Integrity Rotating Equipment and Controls Instrumentation Program, for the company’s fast growing gas processing facilities.

Brad joined Panhandle Eastern Pipeline in 1979, conducting performance testing, managing the field Equipment Analyst program as well as, the Equipment Efficiency Monitoring programs.

Brad left the natural gas transmission field and spent twelve years in the Nuclear Industry. He returned to the gas industry in 2002 and now works for Energy Transfer Partners overseeing various Physical Asset and Mechanical Equipment Integrity Projects.

Mr. Grieves is a graduate of Kansas State University, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and is an active member of the Compressor and Pump Station Technical Committee for the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI).

Jordan Grose

Wood
Product line manager, anti-vibration products

No bio available.

Bryan Hackleman

Colorado State University
Graduate Research Assistant

No bio available.

Ken Hall

Caterpillar

No bio available.

Dane Hamilton


Dane Hamilton has been an engineer in the automation and controls department at Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc. (DETI) for four years where he helps to design and maintain the control system for the natural gas pipeline system. Before working at DETI he was a graduate student at West Virginia University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He has experience teaching as a GTA, working with electricians in an aluminum mill, verifying software for the ISS at NASA, and validating the control components of the electric transmission system at First Energy.

Kent Hanson

Siemens
Senior Mechanical Project Engineer

No bio available.

Ed Hauptmann

Lo-Rez Vibration Control, Ltd.
Director, Engineering

Ed Hauptmann, P.Eng., Ph.D. Director, Engineering.
Lo-Rez Vibration Control Ltd. 186 West 8th Ave., Vancouver BC Canada V5Y 1N2

604- 879-2974
[email protected]

• B.Sc. (Mechanical Eng.), University of Alberta (1960).
• Ph.D., Applied Mechanics, Cal. Tech. (1966).
• Head, Mechanical Engineering. U, of British Columbia (1995).
• Professor Emeritus, U. of British Columbia (1996-present).
• Director, Engineering, Lo-Rez (2003-present), responsible for ongoing and new product concepts.

Dwayne Hickman

ACI Services, Inc.
Vice President

No bio available.

Charles Hill

Engineering Dynamics Inc.

No bio available.

Mike Hill

Detechtion Technologies
Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing

No bio available.

Kevin Hoopes

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

No bio available.

Kyle Howard

Ensite USA

No bio available.

Adrian Huth

Pipeline Research Council International

No bio available.

Bill Johnson

DCP Midstream

No bio available.

Byron Jones

Kansas State University
Engineering Manager, National Gas Machinery Laboratory

No bio available.

Jesse Kahle

Caterpillar

No bio available.

Kelsi Katcher

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

No bio available.

Edward Kelleher

Windrock, Inc.
Senior Sales Application Engineer

No bio available.

Silas Kirst

Parker
Manager Global Market

No bio available.

Ben Kluding

CPI
Inside Sales Engineering Manager

No bio available.

Terry Kreuz

National Fuel Gas
Project Engineer

Terry Kreuz is a General Manager for National Fuel Gas (NFG) Company.  He’s been with NFG since June 1984.  Mr. Kreuz is a General Manager of Compressor Engineering and New Construction.  He’s responsible for managing and controlling the engineering design function for natural gas compression, electrical, automation, processing, measurement and pipeline for transmission and gathering areas. Mr. Kreuz co-manages the daily activities of engineering support and maintenance personnel having responsibility for optimizing the Company’s compression capability. He’s also responsible for managing all capital construction, regulatory compliance, O&M support of all company compression facilities. Mr. Kreuz earned a BSEE from the University at Buffalo. 

Rainer Kurz

Solar Turbines
Manager, Systems Analysis and Field Test

No bio available.

John Ladd

Hoerbiger
Solutions REE Engineer

No bio available.

Mario Latorre

Ariel Corporation
Design Engineer

No bio available.

Jerome LeMoigne

Baker Hughes, GE
Senior Product Leader

No bio available.

David T. Lepley

Hoerbiger Engine Applications - Altronic
Head of BU - Hoerbiger Engine Applications

No bio available.

Cesar Lizcano

Shell Oil Product US
Product Application Specialist

No bio available.

Matthew Loy

MIRATECH
Technical Services Coordinator

No bio available.

Tom Lumadue

TransCanada
Manager Air Quality

No bio available.

Andrea Masi

Baker Hughes, GE
Senior Product Configuration Leader

No bio available.

Reagan Mayces

Enbridge
Supervisor - Air Permitting

No bio available.

Marybeth McBain

Kinder Morgan
Senior Pipeline Engineer

No bio available.

James McCarthy

Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc.

No bio available.

Ronald Miller

Basic Systems Inc.
Exec. Vice-President

Ron Miller is Executive Vice President at Basic Systems Inc., where he enjoys working with clients and company project teams to implement the design of compression, gas handling, and process facilities for the gas industry.  After graduating from Case Institute of Technology in 1969 with a BSEE, Ron started his career at Cooper Bessemer’s Entronic Controls Division as a project engineer, where he helped develop what may have been the first integrated circuit based unit control system and was later promoted to Manager of Application Engineering.  After leaving Cooper he was an independent controls and power consultant for three years before joining Basic Systems as a project engineer and then becoming Executive Vice President.  Ron is a registered electrical Professional Engineer in several states and enjoys mentoring younger engineers as they gain experience and confidence in their chosen field.

Joe Miniot

CECO
Vice President - Sales

No bio available.

Eric Neason

Detechtion Technologies
Senior Vice President Products and Services

No bio available.

Christopher Nowak

Kinder Morgan
Director, Operations

No bio available.

Daniel B. Olsen

Colorado State University
Associate Professor

No bio available.

Mitch Opat

Arch Rock

No bio available.

Matti Paaso

ABB
COG Segment Manager, Drives and Controls

Matti Paaso is the Chemical, Oil and Gas Segment Manager for the Drives and Controls business at ABB, Inc. in Houston, Texas, and he has more than 20 years of experience in Service, Product Management and Sales.  Matti has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Automation, both from the Technical College of Kemi, Finland, and he is a member of IEEE Industry Applications Society.

 

Jeffery Panek

Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc.

No bio available.

Michael Parlato

Vanec Industrial Silencers
Application Engineer

Michael P. Parlato is Sales & Engineering Manager for VANEC Industrial Silencers. Following graduation with a BSME from the State University of New York at Buffalo, he spent two years conducting FEA structural analysis of rotating equipment (blowers / compressors) and then 12 years of industrial silencer application and design engineering for all types of industrial silencers for rotating equipment (blowers, compressors, engines gas turbines), vents and blowdown silencers, including oil & gas production, compression equipment. He has 20 years sales and field service supervision and  30 plus years experience with VANEC Industrial Silencers and, earlier,  Burgess-Manning, Inc. Mike co-authored U.S. Patent No. 6,332,511 B1 – Silencer Assembly Having Single Strand Fiberglass Acoustic Pack Material.

Greg Phillippi

Ariel Corporation
Director, Process Sales

Greg Phillippi is a specialist – product and distributor support for Ariel Corporation in Mount Vernon, Ohio.  Greg began his career at Cooper Energy Services in 1978 as a design engineer, joined Ariel in 1985, moved to ACI Services Inc. in 2000, and back to Ariel in 2004.  Greg received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Ohio Northern University in 1978 and a master’s in business administration from Ashland University in 2000.  Greg has spent his entire 40 year career involved with various aspects of reciprocating compressors.  Experience includes developing a thorough understanding of gas compression thermodynamics and compressor cylinder mechanical design, and an appreciation for marketing and sales.

Alan Puchot

Southwest Research Institute
Senior Research Engineer

Mr. Puchot is an engineer in the Sensor Systems and NDE Technology Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). He has expertise in many aspects of ultrasonic sensor system design and implementation. He has worked in the areas of ultrasonic guided wave sensor design, ultrasonic acquisition electronic design, development of automated acquisition and signal processing techniques, procedural development for ultrasonic inspection techniques, and implementation structural health monitoring systems. Mr. Puchot also acts as the programmatic and technical lead of the Automated Ultrasonic Testing (AUT) Offshore Weld Qualification Program. In this program, SwRI serves as an independent evaluator of AUT vendor performance for the offshore riser pipeline industry. Mr. Puchot earned his Engineering Science degree from Trinity University in August 2006.

Bill Pullin

Reynolds French & Company
Lubrication Systems Product Manager

No bio available.

Ramin Rahnama

Wood
Principal Engineer

No bio available.

Dan Rem

Enbridge
Senior Engineer

No bio available.

Angel Rivera

Kinder Morgan
Engineering Manager

No bio available.

Alasdair Robinson

Wood Group - Vibrations, Dynamics & Noise
Principal Engineer

Alasdair Robinson is a Professional Engineer from Calgary, Alberta with more than 20 years of experience working with compressors and other rotating equipment.  With a background in vibration from Beta Machinery Analysis, he has worked in Sweden with SKF Reliability Systems and in Alberta as Engineering Manager for the Rentals & Retrofit division of Enerflex. Alasdair is currently a Principal Engineer with Wood VDN.

Florence Rodriguez Ramos

Enbridge

No bio available.

Keary Rogers

TransCanada
manager of Core Reliability

No bio available.

Eshang Saini

GE Distributed Power
Analytics Engineer

No bio available.

Mary Savalle

DTE Energy Gas Co
Senior Reliability Engineer

No bio available.

Keith Schaffer

TransCanada
Manager, Compression Engineering

No bio available.

Christine Scrivner

Kinder Morgan
Technical Specialist

No bio available.

W. Norm Shade

ACI Services
Senior Consultant & President Emeritus

W. Norm Shade is Sr. Consultant and President-Emeritus of ACI Services Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, OH. He received BME and MSME degrees from The Ohio State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1970, and he is a registered professional engineer in the States of Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas.

Before leading ACI from 2004 through March of 2013, he spent 32 years in various engineering, management and executive positions with Cooper Cameron Corporation including Director of Engineering, General Manager, and VP - Product Development. In 2003 he started his own Houston, TX based consulting company that continues to provide market research and technical services to companies in the oil and gas industry and related fields. He has authored more than 400 published articles and technical papers, serving as a regular Contributing Editor for COMPRESSORTechTwo magazine. His new book, Gas Compression: A Primer on Compression Equipment and Technology, is being published one chapter at a time in the monthly issues of Gas Compressor Magazine, and he is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and training events. His recent work with ACI included development of a revolutionary linear motor reciprocating compressor in conjunction with Southwest Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as leading an industry-wide Gas Machinery Research Council program to develop new guidelines for high-speed reciprocating compressor packages.

Shade is Past-Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Gas Compressor Association (GCA) and is active in the Gas Machinery Research Council (GMRC), Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Gas Electric Partnership and the American Petroleum Institute (API) 11-P Task Force, having held many positions and committee chairmanships. He is an ASME Fellow and has received a number of other awards including the GCA Distinguished Service Award, the GMRC Edwin N. Henderson Award for service to the gas compression industry, the ASME Distinguished Service Award, the Ohio State University E.G. Bailey Entrepreneurship Award, nominee for the Association of Ohio Community Colleges Friend of Community Colleges Award and Honorary Associate in Public Service Degree from Zane State College. He has taken leadership roles in churches and other community organizations wherever he has lived. He enjoys singing in church and community choirs, playing his 12-string guitar and watching college athletics in any spare time. Norm and his wife of 50 years, Patricia, have 2 daughters, 1 son (deceased) and 6 grandchildren.

Sarah Shaffer

Hoerbiger
Engineering Manager

No bio available.

Sarah Simons

Southwest Research Institute
Scientist

Sarah Simons is a Research Scientist in the Fluid Machinery Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI). In her seven years at SwRI, she has led research in the fields of acoustics, vibrations, and compressor operation. In this position, she has acquired extensive experience in test design, setup, and data analysis. She has performed many acoustic, thermal, and modal analyses of complex existing and new machinery piping systems (for both compressors and pumps) with the aid of commercial and in-house digital design tools. Ms. Simons has written and co-authored papers on the subject of acoustics, pulsations and vibrations in compressors and pumps which have been published in industry-leading magazines and conferences.

Thomas Sine

Siemens
Engineer

No bio available.

Brian Sloan

Sloan Lubrication Systems
CFO

No bio available.

Christopher Sloan

Sloan Lubrication Systems
CTO

No bio available.

Oscar Smith

EQT Gathering, LLC
Sr. Principal

No bio available.

Robert Smith

Tallgrass Energy
Sr. Engineer, Compression

No bio available.

Dr. Tracy Staller

MIRATECH
Director of Product and Process Development

No bio available.

Scott Tackett

Siemens
Director, Midstream Compression

Scott started his career in the US Army in 1996 where he held leadership positions as an Armor officer deployed domestically and overseas; after the Army, Scott has worked at several Oil & Gas companies to include GE, Cameron, Rolls-Royce Energy in which he held Marketing, Aftermarket and New Unit Sales related positions dealing in turbomachinery.  His current position is Director of Midstream responsible for compression sales in North America.

Mike Teter

Williams
Senior Engineer - Asset Performance and Benchmarking

No bio available.

Jon Tice

DCP Midstream
Principal Engineer

No bio available.

Damon Vinciguerra

DCP Midstream

No bio available.

Wenchao Wang

IDC Engineering
Lead Engineer

Wenchao Wang, Ph.D., P.E., has a B.S.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, M.S.E. degree in Automotive System Engineering from University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University. His Ph.D. research focused on the vibration mechanics of composite structures. He has been a Professional Engineer since 2016. Wenchao has worked with IDC ENGINEERING since 2012. His job responsibilities include torsional and lateral vibration simulation of reciprocating machine drivelines, and structural and acoustical analyses of reciprocating machine packages. He has authored several papers in the vibration field including "Linear and Torsional Vibration Study for an Engine Driven Compressor System,” presented at the GMRC 2013 Gas Machinery Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2013. The paper was also selected to be presented at the first Torsional Vibration Symposium, in Salzburg, Austria in 2014.

Benjamin White

Southwest Research Institute
Manager

Benjamin A. White, P.E., is currently the Manager for the Fluid Machinery Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, TX.  He is a 1995 graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He has over 20 years of experience in the fields of mechanical vibrations, compressor and piping system design, finite element analysis, thermal piping stress and acoustics. 

Michelle Witkowski

Wood
Team lead, machinery analysis

No bio available.

Charles Yeiser

Rotor Bearing Technology & Software, Inc.
Principal Engineer

Charles W. Yeiser is a Principal Engineer at Rotor Bearing Technology & Software, Inc. (RBTS), a software and consulting services company, specializing in rotating systems, in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.  His responsibilities include modeling, analyzing, and measuring the performance of rotating systems.  Mr. Yeiser has been extensively involved in the development and implementation of computational solution algorithms related to rotordynamics, torsional vibration, and fluid-film/rolling element bearings.  Prior to working at RBTS, he was employed by the Franklin Research Center (formerly the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories), as a mechanical engineer.  His fields of expertise include torsional vibration, rolling element bearings. rotordynamics, finite element analysis, and customized field test/sensor development (strain gages. proximity probes. accelerometers. data acquisition, etc.).

Mr. Yeiser has a B.A. degree (Physics) from Franklin and Marshall College, and B.S.E. and M.S.E. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has authored numerous technical reports and papers for private industry and government agencies.

Crystal Zeller

IDC Engineering
Project Engineer

No bio available.

Jim Zurlo

GE Distributed Power
Consulting Engineer

No bio available.