GMC 2017 Call for Papers

2017 Paper Deadlines

  • March 17 - Abstracts due
  • April 11 - Acceptance notices mailed
  • June 30 - Draft papers due to GMC Committee for peer review and comments
  • August 11 - Executive Summary of paper due
  • September 1 - Final papers due

2017 Schedule

9:00am – 4:00pm

GMRC Board of Directors Meeting

3:00pm – 6:00pm


4:00pm – 5:30pm

NEW to the Industry Event

First Time Attendee?  New to the Industry?  Please attend this session to meet others who are new to the event or industry.  The GMC Planning committee will be there to answer any questions you may have and for information on GMRC and the GMC Conference. Beverages will be served.

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Welcome Reception - Sponsored by Siemens

7:00am – 5:00pm


7:30am – 7:30am

Spouse/Guest Program

Breakfast will be served for registered spouse/guest only

8:00am – 11:00am

Short Courses
Strong Business Ethics Practices for the Gas Compression Industry

William (Bill) Couch, Norm Shade

Surge Avoidance in Mixed Centrifugal and Reciprocating Compressor Stations

Klaus Brun, Rainer Kurz, Sarah Simons

Basic Thermodynamics of Reciprocating Compression

Greg Phillippi

Dry Gas Seals and Panels: Design, Operation, and Maintenance Techniques for Improved Reliability

Tim Allison, Meera Day, Hector Delgado

Trapped Equivalence Ratio for Air Fuel Ratio Control - Review and Update

Greg Beshouri, Hans Mathews

11:00am – 12:45pm

Conference Lunch & General Session

Keynote Speaker - Rocky Bleier

Rocky Bleier’s life story - a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam – has held audiences in rapt attention for years. Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century.

With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Rocky Bleier takes audiences from his early years through his professional career and talks about the lessons he learned along the way.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Technology Updates
Lowering Site NOx Emissions by 40% Without Incremental Capital or Operating Impacts

Andy Loetz, Bil Mermoud, Jim Virginillo

Flexible Fuel System Development for Low BTU Gas Compression

Greg Sorge

New Business model: Information and Technology Driven Valve Exchange Program

Tonya Page, Scott Waughtal

Next Generation Ignition Technology From Altronic - NGI-3000 Advanced Ignition System for Large Gas Engines

David E. Bell

Reliable Valve Performance in Dirty Service

Stephen Mish

Electronic Pre-chamber Injector Development

Keng Hanson

Siemens Update

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Technical Papers
Evolved Expectations, Capabilities, and Topology for Twenty-First Century Gas Compressor Package Monitoring and Control Systems

David E. Bell, David T. Lepley

Back-to-Basics Vibration Problem Solving

Mathieu Barabe, Kelly Eberle, Guy Gendron

An Effective Systematic Approach to Tuning Reciprocating Compressors towards Field Measured Data from Analyzer Reports for Legacy and New Units, for Slow-speed and High-speed Units, and for Single-stage and Multi-stage Units

Dwayne Hickman

Dynamic Simulation and Testing of a Modified Compressor Station

Klaus Brun, Rainer Kurz, Rienk Zwerver

Development of a Liquid Seal: Baseline Emissions Measurements

Ryan Cater, Sarah Simons, Andreas Soderberg

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Technical Papers
Case Study: Field Demonstration of an Online, Real Time Analytical System for Lube Oil Monitoring Of a Gas Engine Driven Compressor Set

Bill Gillette, Chas Ogden, Jon K. Tice

The Risks of Mounting Low Horsepower Reciprocating Compressors on Sand/Gravel

Francisco Fierro, Angel Rivera, Chester Whinery

Making the most of pipeline compressors: Horsepower augmentation options

Marybeth McBain, James Trent

Gas Turbines: Emissions, Combustion and Fuels

Benjamin Emerson, Tim Lieuwen, Christopher Perullo

A Case Study in the Application of SCR to Gas Turbines in Gas Compression Service

Gerry Fischer, Dan Rem, Florence Rodriguez Ramos

4:15pm – 5:00pm

Technical Papers
Case Study of Solving Screw Compressor Package Vibrations

Eric Brink, Kelly Eberle, Martin Maculo, Ramin Rahnama

Shaft Forces During Centrifugal Compressor Surge

Klaus Brun, Rainer Kurz, Sarah Simons

Reducing Centrifugal Compressor Flange Loads with Respect to Thermal Growth of Piping

Trenton Cook, Francisco Fierro, Angel Rivera

The influence of analytical instrument and sampling parameters on the NOx measurement

Robin (Linjie) Hu, Sam Kirk, Rajesh Parmar

Considerations for Flexibility Analyses of Piping Systems in Vibration Applications

Jaehee Chae, P. Eng, Carol Palynchuk

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Conference Reception - Sponsored by Ariel Corporation

Heinz History Museum

1st Floor Great Hall, 2nd Floor Foyer Sports Exhibit, 3rd Floor Foyer Exhibit & 4th Floor Campbell Gallery

1212 Smallman Street

Pittsburgh PA 

Live Music by Ariel’s Own, Square Fours

7:30pm – 10:30pm

Monday Night Football Party - Sponsored by Dresser-Rand, A Siemens Business

Washington Redskins vs Kansas City Chiefs

Come join us for a party!  Dresser-Rand, A Siemens Business, is hosting a Monday Night Football party during the 2017 Gas Machinery Conference.

Where: PNC Champions Club

Heinz Field

100 Art Rooney Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

When:  October 2, 2017

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

We invite you to stop by the PNC Champions Club to watch the Washington Redskins vs. Kansas City Chiefs in a Monday Night Showdown!  Prizes will be awarded that include four Fitbit Blaze Smart watches.

***Friends, Fun, Food – Can it get any better?***



6:30am – 8:00am

Conference Breakfast - Sponsored by HOERBIGER

7:00am – 5:00pm


7:30am – 7:30am

Spouse/Guest Program

8:00am – 11:00am

Short Courses
Diagnostics for Reciprocating Engines/Compressors

Gregg Arney, Greg Beshouri, Gary Choquette

Reciprocating Compressor Fleet Reliability- Asset Management Approaches and Trends from the Field

Wally Bratek, Gary Maxwell, Alex Sosnowski

Basics of Compressor Valve Design and Troubleshooting

Ben Boutin, Patrick Taylor

Industrial Gas Turbines - Applications, Performance, Maintenance

Klaus Brun, Rainer Kurz

Clark TCVC Troubleshoot Frame and Running Gear

Forrest "Richie" Reid, Danny Vickers

9:00am – 9:00am

Spouse/Guest Tour

Times of Tour - TBD

11:00am – 1:00pm

Exhibits & Lunch

Lunch served in the exhibit hall for all Conference registrants.

1:15pm – 2:00pm

Technical Papers
Diversity & Leadership

Manny Angulo, Brenna Geswein

Torsional Damping Benefits for Reciprocating Compressors

Sonny Noon, Dr. Klaus Prenninger, Thomas Stephens, Charles (Chuck) Yeiser

Field Demonstration of Improved DLE Gas Turbine Control Algorithm to Reduce Part Load Emissions for Less Restrictive Load Following

Luke Cowell, Chris Nowak, James Roesch

An Economic and Emissions Study of Caterpillar 3600 Series Engines, from A3 to A4

Charles Schmidt

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Technical Papers
Maximizing compressor output by utilizing excess cooler capacity.

Jesse Kahle, Jeremy Osborne

Design Considerations Associated with Reverse Flow Retrofitting

Phillip Bohannon, Kelsi Katcher, Chester Whinery

GMRC Project: Wet Gas Reciprocating Compressor Performance Testing

Klaus Brun, Ryan Cater, Sarah Simons

Performance, Durability, and Reliability Benchmark Testing Guidelines for High Speed Reciprocating Compressor Valves

Randy Dal Molin

Development of enhanced liquid separation technology for On Skid Application and Protection of Recip Compressors

Ralph Harris, Christine Scrivner, Joshua Shaver

3:15pm – 4:30pm

Technology Updates
Managing a leased compression fleet utilizing an Industrial IoT Platform

Steve Abernathy, Fredrick Dessureault

The effects of reducing emissions utilizing a closed loop rich burn air-fuel ratio control system combined with a premium three-way catalyst loaded with high concentration of precious metals

Nick Klosinski

Caterpillar Technology Update

Jesse Kahle

Product Improvements on High Speed Reciprocating Compressors

Gary Tas

A new approach for a smart compressor lubrication system

Dr. Gunther Machu, Dr. Matthias Richtig

Methane Emissions: Measurement and Reduction

Sarah Simons

Free Piping Vibration Risk Software for Industry

Mena Ghattas, Jordon Grose

Modular Compressor Stations

Ken Rumsey

4:45pm – 6:30pm

Exhibits & Reception

Open to all conference registrants and spouse/guests.

7:00am – 12:00pm


7:30am – 12:00pm

Spouse/Guest Program

Breakfast will be served for registered spouse/guest only

8:00am – 8:45am

Technical Papers
Case Study: Evaluation of Combustion Anomalies on a High Pressure Fuel Injected Clark TCVC-20M

Mitchell Grace, Steven Hawley, Doug Tillison

Retrofitting Existing Compressor Stations

Cesare Ferrero, Sajeed Islam, Mitchell Mauch

Using Business Intelligence Tools to Drive Asset Performance Management Improvements

Mark Brennan, Alesio Lanzara, Philippe Loustau

PRCI Research Updates

Gary Choquette

Wet Gas Formation and Carryover in Compressor Suction Equipment - Part 1

Griffin Beck

9:00am – 9:45am

Technical Papers
How to select Filtration Guidelines - Chronic Obstructive Inlet Filtration (COIF), a New Acronym for the Natural Gas Transmission Industry

Eric Babler, William (Bill) Couch

Starting Methods for Large Electrical Motors

Michael Glasbrenner, Peter Lilje

Effects of Modeling the Kinematics of an Articulated Crank to Match In-Cylinder Compression Pressures and Port Timings

Kelsey Fieseler, Timothy Jacobs, Mark Patterson

Purchasing and Execution Considerations for Turbomachinery Equipment

Sharzad Winkelmann

Systemic Fluid Flow Excitations of Piping Systems

Benjamin White

10:00am – 10:50am

Technology Updates
The New VHP Engine for Gas Compression

Ryan Krafcheck

Maximize compressor throughput with automated VVCP capacity control

Dr. Gunther Machu

Neuman-Esser Update

Scott DeBaldo

Novel Technique for Addressing Liquids-Rich Compression Applications

Jeremy Pitts

BasicMicro - The Evolved Compressor Control Panel

Ryan Fitzgerald, Charles Huizenga

11:00am – 12:45pm

Exhibits & Lunch

Lunch served in the exhibit hall for all Conference registrants.

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Short Courses
Air Regulatory Update 2017

James McCarthy

Pulsation and Vibration Control for Reciprocating Compressors

Eugene "Buddy" Broerman, Kelsi Katcher, Benjamin White

Turbocharger Fundamentals: Performance Evaluation and Monitoring

Eric Figge, Byron Jones

API 541 5th Edition -Practical instruction of the newest industry specification for AC induction motors

Mark Chisholm, Bart Sauer

Field Performance Testing and Instrumentation of Reciprocating and Centrifugal Compressors

Tim Allison, Hector Delgado, Nathan Poerner

4:15pm – 5:00pm

GMRC Annual Membership Meeting

5:30pm – 8:00pm

Reception & Closing Dinner