2018 Schedule

9:00am – 4:00pm

GMRC Board of Directors Meeting

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Registration

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Welcome Reception

Imperial/ Colonial Ballroom - Marriott

7:00am – 5:00pm

Registration

7:30am – 10:00am

Spouse/Guest Room

12th Street Room

Breakfast will be provided

8:00am – 11:00am

2502

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.

2505

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.

2503

Pulsation and Vibration Controls for Reciprocating Compression

Eugene Broerman, Benjamin White

Pulsations and vibrations inherently generated by reciprocating compressors can adversely affect the compressor performance, increase maintenance costs, result in piping and/or component failures, and ultimately result in unavailability of equipment.  For systems with unacceptable pulsations and/or vibrations, design modifications should be considered to reduce the risk of failures and improve reliability by reducing the pulsation and vibration amplitudes to acceptable levels. 

This short course will discuss the fundamentals associated with pulsation and vibration problems in reciprocating compressor piping systems.  The course will cover areas of good general practice to control vibration and will illustrate several recent problems encountered in the field where good design practice was not used.  Field case studies and troubleshooting will be discussed.  This short course will improve the attendee’s ability to identify potential problems in new designs and to have a better understanding of existing vibration problems. 

2504

SCR Aftertreatment Systems to Gas Turbines in Gas Compression Service

Gerry Fischer, Dan Rem, Florence Rodriguez Ramos

3501 EF

Lubrication Systems for Gas Compressors and Engines – Proper Maintenance Practices and Troubleshooting Techniques

Bill Pullin

Centralized Lubrication System have been around since the late 1800’s and are an integral part of gas compressors and engines. These systems lubricate the rings, rider bands, and rod packing on gas compressors and on some engines, they lubricate the power piston rings and valve guides in some cases.
Although they are an extremely vital part of the operation of the compressor and engine, they are many times ignored until an alarm goes off. Many times, if these systems are maintained, they are not done so properly.
The “LUBRICATOIN SYSTEMS FOR GAS COMPRESSORS AND ENGINES – PROPER MAINTENANCE PRACTICES AND TROULESHOOTING TECHNIQUES” presentation will cover the importance of lubrication rates, how lubrication systems operate, what goes wrong with lubrication systems, how to properly operate, maintain, and troubleshoot a lubrication system. There will be a working lubrication training panel available for hands on demonstration of the operation and troubleshooting of the lubrication system.
The presenter has over 30 years’ experience in lubrication system design and troubleshooting instruction.

11:00am – 12:45pm

Conference Lunch and General Session

Grand Ballroom

1:00pm – 2:00pm

3501 GH

The Benefits of Hermetically Sealed Compressors: BHGE Experience

Thomas Alban, Jerome LeMoigne, Andrea Masi

3501 GH

Large Bore, Natural Gas-Fueled Integral Compressors

David E. Bell, David T. Lepley

3501 GH

Check Valves

Steve Chaykosky

3501 GH

ACI Introduces the patented GAS Pocket

John J. Bazaar

3501 GH

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

Timothy Bootsveld, Jordan Grose

3501 GH

Caterpillar General Technology Update

Jesse Kahle

3501 GH

Ariel's new KBK Compressor

Mario Latorre

2:15pm – 3:00pm

3501 EF

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. 

2502

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

Mark G. Gerken, Marybeth McBain, Scott Tackett

Although high-speed compressors are often the “go-to” option in today’s higher ratio pipeline service, slow-speed reciprocating compressors still have a place and afford certain advantages in mainline service.  In a higher-pressure ratio application (> 2.0), slow-speed reciprocating units offer unique efficiency and turndown advantages. The following case study will review the design, installation and commissioning for a new Kinder Morgan Southern Natural Gas mainline station with two motor-driven, mid-size, 9,000 horsepower (HP) units. The station is currently under construction outside Atlanta, Georgia and will be commissioned in Q3 of 2018.

2504

Reliability's Connection to Safety

Brad Grieves

If a good Reliability program is not in place, facilities are not as safe as one may think, resulting in putting personnel at greater risk.  Safety programs will never be the best they can be unless it is incorporated with a good reliability program. There have been many studies conducted that demonstrate a strong connection between reliability and safety.  This paper will discuss real life examples of why this connection exists and that complacency is the biggest threat to both personnel and process safety. Risk management will also be discussed and how to properly manage risk.

2505

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

Randy Anderson

2503

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

2502

Controlling Centrifugal Compressors

Klaus Brun, Rainer Kurz

The paper discusses the control requirements for centrifugal compressor packages. Controlling machinery has to be understood within the interaction of the compressor and the compression system around it. The focus of this paper is on variable speed, upstream and midstream applications. The impact of the interaction between system characteristics and compressor characteristics, both under steady state and transient conditions is explained. Also considered are concepts to optimize and control the units. Special attention is given to the issue of surge avoidance.
Additionally, the impact of the process and how the process dynamics interact with the compressor is analyzed, categorized, and explained.

2503

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

John Boser, Dwayne Hickman

Compressor units often experience fluctuating operating conditions and have a variety of methods of capacity control to respond to these. Additionally, automated units may respond to these conditions based off of their setpoints in unanticipated ways.
With so many possible operating points, a compressor may run the risk of overloading, rod load issues, or premature wear of capacity control devices from over-cycling. Individual operating points can be analyzed, but often fail to provide the “overall picture.” With the use of commercially available reciprocating compressor performance software, it is possible to rapidly analyze both individual operating points and the entire “map” of a compressor’s operation.
This paper illustrates two cases where performance software was used to gain situational awareness of compressor issues and avoid unsafe operation.

3501 EF

KVT to 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.

2504

Combustion Abnormalities: Causes, Effects, and Diagnostics

Craig Asbill, Shawn Damm, Eric Forthofer

Combustion systems are designed to achieve optimum performance within the physical limitations of engine hardware. Deviations from desired combustion profile can have numerous adverse effects on engine performance. This presentation will demonstrate the features of a nominal combustion profile based on in-cylinder measurement and heat release rate calculation. Then, several types of combustion abnormalities will be characterized. The effects and consequences of these abnormalities on both the combustion profile as well as the overall engine performance will be examined. Finally, several systems for detecting these combustion abnormalities will be discussed.

2505

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

2505

PRCI Gas Compression 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.

2503

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

Klaus Brun, Ryan Carter, Kelsi Katcher, Rainer Kurz, Brandon Ridens, Sarah Simons

When measuring and predicting the performance of centrifugal compressors, the most critical thermodynamic properties from the equations of state are density, speed of sound, entropy, and enthalpy. While density and speed of sound can be measured directly using conventional direct measurement techniques, both entropy and enthalpy are difficult to measure and are usually derived from secondary measurements. Therefore, large uncertainties are encountered for these properties in the different equations of state that are commonly used.

This paper describes the a novel test apparatus to directly measure enthalpy rise, the measurement methodology, and the test results for a complex hydrocarbon gas composition at elevated temperatures and pressures. The results show that commonly used equations of state significantly under-predicted the compression enthalpy rise for the test gas case by more than 3%.

3501 EF

Investment in Legacy Fleet and the Impact on Reliablity

Mary Savalle

2504

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

Kelly Eberle, Ramin Rahnama

Pipe strain and flange misalignment can lead to higher-than-normal vibrations on piping configurations. The problem of high vibration due to pipe strain is more common on reciprocating compressor packages due to several factors: high dynamic forces that are part of normal operation, compact designs for equipment packages and improper piping assembly and installation processes.

The case study in this paper will describe the evaluation process of vibration and pipe strain on several reciprocating compressor installations. Wood performed API 618 pulsation and vibration studies and field start-up checks to ensure vibration levels were acceptable. Field testing found high vibrations at several locations. Further field assessments showed an excessive amount of pipe strain on different components. Removing the pipe strain led to a reduction of the vibrations to acceptable levels.

The paper will present the field observations and analysis results as well as recommendations to avoid vibration problems on reciprocating compressor installations.

2502

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

Christopher Sloan

This paper presents several new developments in compressor lubrication that will benefit owners and/or operators of gas compressors. These developments consist of a new lubrication system design and specially formulated lubricant. A 12-month pilot study of a compressor on which these improvements have been implemented to achieve a 92% reduction of lubricant consumption will be reviewed.  Economic analysis of the resulting impact from this reduction will also be presented.

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Ariel Reception

Midland Theater

7:30pm – 10:30pm

Siemen's Monday Night Football Event

KC Live!

6:00am – 7:30am

HOERBIGER Breakfast

Grand Ballroom

7:00am – 5:00pm

Registration

7:30am – 10:00am

Spouse/Guest Room

12th Street Room

Breakfast will be served at the convention center in the Grand Ballroom

8:00am – 11:00am

2503

Unlock Your Full Potential - Breaking Down Unconscious Bias

Brenna Geswein, John Ladd, Reagan Mayces

This short course will discuss common unconscious biases, acknowledging the benefits and traps of diversity programs while providing actionable tools to successfully improve the workplace.  The presence of unconscious biases limits employee potential and stifles company growth.  The intent of this course is to have an open dialogue, systematically breaking down unconscious bias. Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, employees have concern and fear about confronting bias. Acknowledging one’s biases empowers the individual to develop skills that appropriately address diversity. Ultimately every employee has traits that can positively and negatively impact their potential based on people’s observations and beliefs.

3501 EF

Foundation Design Practices for Reciprocating and Rotating Machinery

Debarshi Das, Kelly Eberle

This short course will provide attendees with an understanding of static and dynamic design considerations and best practices for different types of foundations supporting rotating machinery packages.

Emphasis will be placed on the dynamic requirements, as this aspect of the foundation design is often overlooked. Attendees will learn about general dynamic theory as well as specific design requirements for each foundation type, including concrete blocks, piles and gravel pads.

Several case studies and lessons learned from Wood’s extensive experience in designing foundations for rotating equipment will be used to demonstrate the course material.

2502

Understanding Centrifugal Compressors

Klaus Brun, Rainer Kurz

Centrifugal Compressors are widely used to compress gas in oil and gas applications.
This  short  course  will  address  the  general  principles  of  gas  compression,  and  explain  the  theory behind the concepts of compressibility, head, and efficiency. Also, the importance of the interaction between the compressor, and the system will be discussed.  
In  a  second  part  ,  the  working  principles  of    centrifugal  compressors,  their  operational  characteristics and their interaction with the system are explained. We will also discuss the components  of  centrifugal  compressors  required  to  make  the  compressor  function  and  drivers for centrifugal compressors
The third part is dedicated to hands on examples on how to use the information given in part 1 and 2 to size compressors, evaluate compressor test data, and trouble shoot compressor performance issues.

2505

Successful Field Mapping of Legacy Pipeline Engines

Greg Beshouri, Diana Grauer, Sarah Shaffer

Since the inception of reciprocating internal combustion engines, manufacturers and operators have mapped engines. Many of the techniques, tools and performance parameters were inherited from the steam age and still persist. This includes the use of indicator valves and transducers to create P-V cards and the calculation of IMEP. Early mapping efforts focused on the optimization of power output and efficiency. In the early 80’s the advent of emissions regulations added another dimension of optimization. The early efforts were brute force affairs. In the 1990’s a combination of factors include; the demise of the traditional OEMS, the anticipation of continuous emissions monitoring requirements and an openness to Parametric Emissions Monitoring Systems (PEMS) created the need for on-site engine mapping. While initially continuing the brute force methods, the monumental challenge posed by mapping to develop PEMS models resulted in a reevaluation of mapping techniques. Under the auspices of PRCI a new streamlined process was developed in the 1990’s. Tools for automating the process were later developed. More recently the mapping techniques have been extended to include the development of diagnostic models for Continuous Engine Performance Monitoring (CEPM). This short course covers the techniques, tools, parameters and metrics required to successful map stationary engines to support performance optimization, model development, etc.

2504

Data Analytics Roundtable

Bill Johnson, Kenneth L’Anglois, Keary Rogers, Oscar Smith, Mike Teter, Damon Vinciguerra

An Industry Open Panel Discussion, sharing different company’s approaches to applying data analytics to each of their respective Pipeline and Compression Assets. 

Industry Panel will share each of their company’s respective journey on the road to digital transformation. 

Data Analytics Panel Members will share:

- When, How and where their company’s Journey started.

- How is or was a data analytics system justified as a business investment

- How the system is being used today

- Share a few realized value-added Business Cases

- Lessons Learned – What you didn’t know before beginning the journey.

- Vision for the future

            - Process Monitoring

                    - Preventive

                    - Predictive

           - Asset condition Based vs Calendar Based Maintenance

           - Work Management

           - Enhance Collaboration/Communications

8:30am – 3:30pm

Spouse Tour of St. Joseph, Missouri

Tobiasons Stained Glass Studio Tobiasons has over 50 years of experience in designing, fabricating, installing and restoring church windows throughout the country.  Come see how they create these timeless, beautiful and architecturally harmonious windows.  You also have the experience of creating your own stained glass piece to take home and treasure for years to come.

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art The Albrecht-Kemper houses one of the finest collections of American Art in the Midwest.  This historic home is a perfect backdrop for works by Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri and Edward Hopper.

The Pony Express National Museum Mount up and head for the Pony Express.  This famous mail delivery service started within these walls on April 3, 1860 (158 years ago).  Enjoy a tour of exhibits covering the creation, running and demise of the Pony Express.

Note: There will be a 1 hour bus ride to St. Joseph’s and 1 hour return bus ride to Kansas City

11:00am – 1:00pm

Exhibits and Lunch

Exhibit Hall

1:15pm – 2:00pm

2502

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

Adrian Huth, Christopher Nowak, Jeffery Panek

AERMOD is the preferred EPA dispersion model for demonstrating compliance with the 1-hour NO2 NAAQS.  AERMOD has been shown to be overly conservative in both its application and formulation and presents a challenge for new and modified compressor units.  PRCI with additional participation by INGAA, INGAA Foundation, API and OEM’s collaborated to collect a comprehensive dataset including concurrent emissions, meteorological, and ambient ozone and nitrogen oxide measurements to assess model performance and improve near field model predictions. This paper presents a summary of AERMOD model performance using the thirteen months of field data collected at the Balko, OK compressor station. 

2504

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

Pablo Bueno, Kevin Hoopes, Natalie Smith

The performance of a centrifugal compressor depends strongly on the inlet velocity and total pressure profiles. Thus, one of the primary goals of the design of inlet piping is to ensure that the inlet flow is as uniform as possible. Indeed, significant reductions in both compressor efficiency and operability have been reported due to inlet flow distortion. To design inlet piping, many manufacturers and operators today still use design guidelines that were developed in the 1960s and 70s and that have not been updated. This paper investigates the relationship between inlet swirl distortion created by a long radius elbow, characterized by the distance between the compressor inlet and the elbow, and compressor performance. The results from a series of experiments is presented in which the amount of swirl distortion is varied by increasing the length between an elbow and the compressor inlet. It is shown that for the tested impeller, for the tested configurations, while compressor performance was only minimally impacted by variations of inlet swirl, current industry guidelines for compressor inlet configurations to minimize the impact of swirl distortion are inadequate.

3501 EF

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.

2505

Detection and Qualification of Damage During Startup

Greg Beshouri, Robert Goffin, Dan Rem

The application of modern automation and combustion control technologies has greatly increased the reliability of engine operation when operating under load. Detonation and preignition along with unanticipated shutdowns have been reduced if not eliminated on modernized legacy engines. However starting and unloaded operation can result in substantial detonation and preignition resulting in pressure and temperatures which significantly exceed loaded operation. In addition, these combustion aberrations can trip an engine offline before it achieves stable loaded operation. 

2503

An Introduction to Torsional Vibration Analysis

Brandon Baer, Greg Funk, 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

2505

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.

2503

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

Tim Allison, Kevin Hoopes, Grant Musgrove

Many natural gas compression stations operate gas turbines to power compression equipment. Without a waste heat recovery system in place, a vast amount of energy is wasted as excess heat leaves the exhaust of the gas turbine. This paper presents the concept of an sCO2-based waste-heat recovery system (WHRS) currently under development by Southwest Research Institute and Hanwha Power Systems. Due to the unique thermodynamic properties of sCO2, the WHRS will have enhanced efficiency and smaller machine footprint when compared to competitive technologies such as Organic Rankine Cycle based waste heat recovery systems. An sCO2 based WHRS also has the added advantage that the working fluid is inert. This WHRS can be added to an existing gas turbine at a natural gas compression station to recover wasted heat as electrical or mechanical power to aid in compression station operation.

3501 EF

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.

2502

Lessons Learned from Turbocharger Testing

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

2504

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 – 4:30pm

3501 GH

Digital Asset Performance Management & Optimization for your Compressor Fleet

Vinh Do, Eshang Saini, Jim Zurlo

3501 GH

GERP (Gas Engine Rating Pro) Web Application

Ken Hall

3501 GH

The DE-4000 Advanced Compressor Package Monitoring

David E. Bell

3501 GH

Electronic Pre-Chamber Injector & MiniSIP Development

Kent Hanson

3501 GH

How to Decrease Lubrication Use and Increase Compressor Performance

Ben Kluding

3501 GH

Product Standardization and Modularization

Peter Goretski

3501 GH

How the IIoT and AI can Transform Gas Transmission Business

Edward Kelleher

3501 GH

Catalyst Breakthrough Using Advanced Substrates and Chemical Formulations

Mark McKenny

3501 GH

New technology for compressor lubrication

Brian Sloan, Christopher Sloan

4:45pm – 6:45pm

Exhibits and Reception

Exhibit Hall

7:00am – 12:00pm

Registration

7:30am – 10:00am

Spouse/Guest Room

12th Street Room

Breakfast will be provided.

8:00am – 8:45am

2503

Do you want to retire? A brief retirement planning discussion

Manny Angulo

2505

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

Eugene Broerman, Augusto Garcia Hernandez, Kelsi Katcher, Robert Smith

An unexpected vibration issue was seen at two of Tallgrass Energy’s recently installed compressor stations (Chandlersville and St. Paul) and was associated with certain operating conditions when specific combinations of the three identical centrifugal compressors were in operation.  A second vibration issue at the Chandlersville Compressor Station was causing some of the air-cooled heat exchangers to shut down due to high vibration during centrifugal compressor fast-stop shutdowns.  For each of the two above-noted vibration issues, this paper will describe the problem, ‘before’ field data, methods used to analyze the problem, resulting solutions that were implemented, and ‘after’ field data. 

2504

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.

2502

On-Line, Real-Time Lubricant Condition Monitoring In Stationary Engines & Other Applications

Cesar Lizcano

Laboratory based oil analysis helps predict conditions leading to failure and determine oil suitability to continue in service, but its effectiveness is limited by oil sampling frequency and results availability timeframe. The use of real-time sensors complements traditional monitoring programs offering the possibility of constant condition monitoring, data gathering and advanced notice of impending failures. The sensor technology reviewed provides a holistic approach to oil condition allowing deduction of various failure types including contamination, oil degradation and equipment deterioration. Two case examples are presented including installation details and showing correlation results between traditional oil analysis and sensor inputs.

3501 EF

Comparison of Pipe Support Effectiveness and Recommended Applications

Francisco Fierro, Angel Rivera

Pipe supports are often viewed as interchangeable, with little regard to the amount of stiffness they provide. It is often assumed installing a support is sufficient to control piping vibration and creates a fixed point on the piping; however, a flexible support cannot restrain the movement of piping when significant excitation is present or the mass of the system is high. This paper investigates the improvement or reduction of vibration control that is experienced by changing a pipe support type. A number of supports were studied including u-bolts, strap type clamps, and gusseted strap type clamps. Results from finite element analyses show the comparative stiffnesses of each support type as well as predicted vibration amplitudes due to varying excitation forces.  Recommendations on which supports should be used for different applications are discussed and reveal for certain conditions, a more robust pipe support is not always necessary.  Case studies of real world cases are discussed which show changing support types can significantly alter the vibration profile of a piping run.

9:00am – 9:45am

2505

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

Wendy Coulson, James McCarthy

Subpart W of the EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) requires over 500 affected compressor stations to measure compressor vent and rod packing emissions.  GHGRP emission estimates typically use emission factors (EFs), and annual measurement requirements for transmission facilities are relatively unique.  This paper reviews results from a PRCI project that gathered and evaluated 6 years of Subpart W compressor methane emissions measurement data, and presents methane EFs based on these data for reciprocating and centrifugal compressors.  The EFs are based on over 10,000 measurements and show lower compressor emissions than previous estimates.  Implications for national inventory estimates, supplanting Subpart W measurements with these EFs, and leak mitigation program efficacy are discussed.

2502

Centrifugal Compressors in Gas Gathering Applications

Gary Bourn, Mike Clay, Rainer Kurz, Roman Zamotorin

A review of Centrifugal Compressors being used in gas gathering applications where high ratio compression is needed to bring the raw natural gas via pipelines to a gas processing plant for processing or treatment prior to sale. General comparisons are made of the use of centrifugal & reciprocating compressors in a typical high ratio gas gathering scenario, alternative approaches to equipment configurations, and their impact are discussed. We will also review the requirements, challenges, and helpful tips when applying centrifugal compressors in these gas gathering applications.

2503

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

Tim Allison, Meera Day Towler, Kevin Hoopes, Matthew Leopard, Dr. Amy McCleney, Aaron Rimpel

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.

3501 EF

Elevated Ambient Temperature and Altitude Impacts on Air System Performance

Craig Asbill, Shawn Damm, Eric Forthofer

Efficient turbocharging is critical to the high-power density, high efficiency, and low emissions of modern internal combustion engines. This presentation will describe the layout of a typical air system, including turbomachinery as well as control hardware such as wastegate, compressor bypass, and throttle. Nominal turbocharger operation and the impacts of high ambient temperature and altitude conditions on turbo performance will be examined. Finally, in the context of ambient temperature and altitude impacts, the limitations of the air system will be described, including both hardware limits and control limits, will be discussed.

2504

Reciprocating compressor foundation design with driven steel piles

Debarshi Das, Kelly Eberle

This presentation will outline best practices for designing safe and economical driven steel pile foundations.

Attendees will learn about:

-Definition of soil properties

-Pile arrangement and design goals for pile foundations

-Rules of thumb for preliminary foundation sizing

-Design practices for reciprocating compressor packages with pile foundations

-Pile-to-skid connections Local skid reinforcements

-Analysis requirements for skid and foundation design

Emphasis will be placed on the dynamic requirements as this aspect of the foundation design is often overlooked. Wood’s engineers will use three case studies to demonstrate design principles and practical tips from their experience with foundation design for reciprocating compressors.

10:00am – 10:50am

3501 GH

Cat Electric Motors with Reagan Power and Matador

Brian Hill

3501 GH

Insight

Rainer Kurz

3501 GH

Waukesha 275 Engine Technology Update

Steve Dussault

3501 GH

rMAX High Speed Compressor Valve Material Improvement

Joe Miniot

3501 GH

Optimizing Condition Monitoring and Failure Detection

Michael Dollinger

3501 GH

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

3501 GH

SwRI's Dry Gas Seal Modelling and Testing Services

Meera Day Towler

11:00am – 12:45pm

Exhibits and Lunch

Exhibit Hall

1:00pm – 4:00pm

2505

Air Regulatory Update 2018

James McCarthy

This annual update will focus on air quality and GHG regulations and emission reduction requirements, including federal trends and future implications, highlighting changes since last year.  Potential changes to federal Clean Air Act and State regulations that may establish regulatory precedent will be discussed, including State focus on methane emissions from venting and leaks.  This session will cover the status and potential impact of developing regulations and policy affecting the natural gas industry, focusing on the gas transmission sector.  Topics will include air quality and GHG implementation issues, and State actions that may provide precedent or supplant federal requirements.   

2504

Industry Fundamentals - Gas, Marketing and Regulatory

Manny Angulo

2502

Control of Torsional Vibrations in Direct-Driven Separable Reciprocating Compressors

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

Safe and reliable operation of reciprocating compressors depends on proper analysis and control of torsional natural frequencies and response levels. Torsional problems can often go undetected because there are no operational, visual or audible signs of them until a significant failure occurs. In this course, a team of experienced torsional analysts will introduce the GMRC GUIDELINE AND RECOMMENDED PRACTICE FOR CONTROL OF TORSIONAL VIBRATIONS FOR DIRECT-DRIVEN LOW-SPEED AND HIGH-SPEED SEPARABLE RECIPROCATING COMPRESSORS and explain how to use the Guideline to select, design, analyze and test reciprocating compressor systems to avoid torsional vibration problems.

3501 EF

Piping design practices for reciprocating and centrifugal pumps

Kelly Eberle, Michelle Witkowski

Designers of pump packages and associated piping systems are generally familiar with centrifugal pump best practices that ensure a safe and reliable installation. Reciprocating pump installations, however, require special design considerations.

An incomplete design basis can lead to costly remedial actions after commissioning, significant downtime or more serious problems which, if undetected, can lead to failures of pump components, requiring a major redesign of the pump installation.

This short course will provide insights into the design considerations and best practices for reciprocating pump installations. Attendees will learn how to maximize system integrity and avoid costly redesigns and repairs.

2503

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

Andy Kirk Room - Marriott

5:00pm – 6:30pm

New! Networking Reception

Imperial/ Colonial Ballroom - Marriott

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

Craig Asbill is an Engineering Manager within Caterpillar’s Large Power Systems Division. He leads the Spark Ignited Performance Development team with team members located in both Lafayette IN. and Mossville IL. With 20 years of experience in SI Gas Engines, he has worked in areas of design, testing, and performance. Craig has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University.

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

Mr. Beshouri received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, in 1979 and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley in 1980. He then worked for Enterprise Engine Company (a manufacturer of large bore high output marine diesel engines) as a Field Service Engineer, Research Engineer, and then manager of the R&D, Service and Controls departments. During his career at Enterprise, Mr. Beshouri worked on a wide variety of State of the Art projects related to engine performance optimization, emissions reduction and design improvement.
In 1988, Mr. Beshouri, with other industry experts, founded Advanced Engine Technologies Corporation (AETC) focusing on the application of "State of the Art" technologies to reciprocating engines and other combustion sources. This includes the application of parametric emissions monitoring, combustion performance monitoring, engine control technology and new technology development for large bore engines.
In 2011 Mr. Beshouri joined HOERBIGER to support its efforts in establishing a worldwide reputation as a premium supplier of engine technologies and retrofit engine systems.
Mr. Beshouri has authored numerous papers on engine modeling, testing and analysis. He is a member of the ASME-Internal Combustion Engine Division and Society of Automotive Engineers.

Timothy Bootsveld

Wood
Research and development engineer, anti-vibration products

Timothy is a mechanical engineer specializing in vibration and pipe stress design. In his current role as applications and research and development engineer, Timothy is involved in the development of Wood’s anti-vibration products and provides specialist advice on their application, based on his background in pulsation and finite element modeling of piping systems.

Timothy has been with Wood’s vibration, dynamics and noise team for over seven years, focusing on pipe stress and vibration analysis projects, balancing both requirements for B31.3, API 618/674 studies. He also delivers detailed training seminars on acoustical pulsation and mechanical vibration simulations.

John Boser

National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation
Engineer 1

John Boser, E.I.T., is currently an Engineer 1 for Compression Engineering at National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation (NFGSC), located in Williamsville, NY. He is responsible for managing capital construction projects, process design, and engineering support activities, including compressor and equipment analysis. He graduated from the University at Buffalo with a B.S. in civil engineering in 2013 and an MBA in 2017.

Gary Bourn

Anadarko
Sr Staff Facilities Engineer

Graduate Texas Tech University, 1993 – B.S. Mechanical Engineering. Began his career in research and development at Southwest Research Institute, working up to a Principal Research Engineer after 13 years in the Gas and Large Engine Development group.  Then worked at El Paso and Kinder Morgan for 7 years as a Principal Reliability and Compressor Engineer, respectively.  The past 3 years he has served as a Sr. Staff Facilities Engineer for Anadarko’s Midstream Operations Services and Gas Plant Engineering Group, supporting compression design and operations for Anadarko’s onshore developments.

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

Dr. Brun is the Machinery Program Director at Southwest Research Institute where he leads an organization that focuses on R&D for the energy industry.  His past experience includes positions in engineering, project management, and management at Solar Turbines, General Electric, and Alstom.  He holds seven patents, authored over 250 papers, and published two textbooks on gas turbines.  Dr. Brun is a Fellow of the ASME and won an R&D 100 award in 2007 for his Semi-Active Valve invention.  He also won the ASME Industrial Gas Turbine Award in 2016 and ASME Oil & Gas Committee Best Paper/Tutorial awards in 1998, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016.  He was chosen to the "40 under 40" by the San Antonio Business Journal in 2007.  Dr. Brun is the past chair of the ASME-IGTI Board of Directors, the past Chairman of the ASME Oil & Gas Applications Committee, and the current chair of the ASME sCO2 Power Cycle Committee.  He is also a member of the API 616 Task Force, the Asia Turbomachinery Symposiums, the Fan Conference Advisory Committee, and the Supercritical CO2 Symposium Advisory Committee.  Dr. Brun is the Executive Correspondent of Turbomachinery International Magazine, an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Gas Turbines for Power, and an Associate Editor of the Elsevier Solar Power Journal.

Pablo Bueno

Southwest Research Institute
Senior Research Engineer

Pablo Bueno is a Senior Research Engineer in the Fluid Machinery Systems section of the Mechanical Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). He has 10 years of R&D experience in the oil and gas, and energy sectors with emphasis on fluid systems. His expertise includes experimental and computational analysis of oilfield machinery, development of thermal energy storage methods for concentrated solar plants, and thermal stress analysis of piping systems. Prior to joining SwRI, Dr. Bueno was a design engineer at FMC Technologies and a postdoctoral research associate at the City College of New York. Dr. Bueno obtained a BS degree in aeronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1998, and MS and PhD degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and 2006 respectively.

Jesse Burgey

Siemens
Engineer

Jesse Burgey is a senior mechanical project engineer with Dresser-Rand Company since starting his career with the company in 2006. He currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, working at the Gas Engine Technology Center where he concentrates on emissions reduction retrofits for gas engines as well as automation and controls. His roles also extend to application engineering and product development activities. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2009, he started his career at Dresser-Rand’s Engine-Process Compressor Division in Painted Post, New York. Here he focused on leading gas engine emissions reduction retrofit projects as well as torsional analysis for both two-stroke-cycle and four-stroke cycle, large bore, slow-speed integral gas engine-compressor performance.  Additional experience also included production process compressor sizing and performance analysis. He holds a Bachelors of Engineering degree from the University at Buffalo and an Associate in Science degree from Corning Community College. When not traveling, Jesse spends a majority of his time renovating his home, generally trying to keep up with his one-year old daughter, or on a trail enjoying the Rocky Mountains with his family.

Ryan Carter

Southwest Research Institute

Ryan Cater is a Research Engineer at Southwest Research Institute. He has experience performing a spectrum of work on rotating and reciprocating compressors including field work, design of experimental test setups, testing, and data analysis. Some of his past work on reciprocating compressors includes creating lubrication models for piston rings, designing and testing zero-leakage rod seals, testing valve performance, and measuring compressor performance in standard and extreme conditions such as wet gas compression.

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

Mike Clay is the Business Development Manager for North America at Solar Turbines Incorporated in Houston, Texas. He is responsible for supporting the Sales, Marketing, and Business Development efforts in the Oil & Gas marketplace. He began his 29-year career with Solar Turbines in 1989 as a Field Service Representative in the Western U.S. installing, commissioning, & troubleshooting gas turbines, centrifugal compressors, and generators. In 2000, he joined Solar’s Commissioning Services group in San Diego where he coordinated field support efforts for packages being installed and commissioned around the world. In 2003, he took on the role as Account Manager for Aftermarket Sales & Support efforts in Package Refurbishments, Engine Overhauls, and Systems Upgrades for all Solar products in the Western U.S. In 2009, he became the Account Manger covering New Equipment Sales for the Western U.S. & Alaska working with Solar to develop projects from concept to project kick-off. He began his career with Gas Turbines began while serving in the U.S. Navy.

William Couch

Parker Hannifin (PECO)
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.

In the past three decades, Dr. Wendy Coulson has contributed to the research, development and manufacture of medical devices, thin film devices, fuel cell systems, and environmental engineering solutions utilizing her expertise in electrochemistry and process engineering.  She earned bachelor and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering at U.C. San Diego, and joined Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc. in 2014.  Selected projects with IES include greenhouse gas reporting and emission factors evaluations, natural gas industry methane emissions literature review, NOx emissions and ozone implications, tank battery emissions and operational evaluation in response to an EPA consent decree, and portable gas analyzer test method development and evaluation.

Shawn Damm

Caterpillar
Performance Engineer

Shawn is a Mechatronics team lead within Caterpillar’s Large Power Systems Division. His previous experience includes 7 years as a spark ignited performance engineer. Shawn has a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on computational combustion simulation from the University of Illinois.

Debarshi Das

Wood
Team lead, structural analysis

Debarshi is a civil engineer and team lead at Wood, focussing on foundation and structural dynamic analysis. His more than 12 years’ experience includes dynamic analysis of skids, offshore platforms and foundations (block and pile) supporting reciprocating compressors and pumps. He also has a broad range of experience in steel and concrete design for static and dynamic loadings. 

Meera Day Towler

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

Meera Day Towler is a Research Engineer in the Rotating Machinery Dynamics Section at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX.  While at SwRI, her research has included instrumentation, performance testing, control systems, and rotordynamics analysis intended for applications such as turboexpanders, centrifugal compressors, and utility-scale cycles.  She has Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from Southern Methodist University. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a specialization in controls and dynamic systems.

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 Eberle

Wood
Principal Engineer

Kelly is a principal consultant and technical authority for machinery vibration and dynamic analysis at Wood.

With more than 30 years’ industry experience, Kelly has accumulated a wide range of design and field expertise, particularly in the area of pressure pulsation analysis and mechanical analysis of reciprocating compressor and pump installations.

Kelly has authored and presented numerous technical papers involving acoustical simulations, thermal flexibility, dynamic finite element analysis, machinery, structural and foundation analysis.

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

Eric Figge is the engineering manager with the National Gas Machinery Laboratory. He received his associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from K-State Salina and his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University. Eric has worked with the NGML for the past 20 years. During that time he has been actively involved with design and installation of mechanical, electrical and automation systems, as well as hundreds of turbocharger tests.

Gerry Fischer

W-Industries
Senior Engineer

Dr. Fischer received his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with focus on Internal Combustion Engines from the Technical University of Aachen, Germany and his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. He spent the early part of his career at German Automotive Engine R&D facilities. After a postdoctoral position at UC Berkeley, CA, Dr. Fischer worked as an expert in thermodynamics, combustion technologies & controls, and emission systems at various positions in the applications of industrial engines in the fields of power generation, propulsion and compression. Over the last decade, Dr. Fischer worked as a consultant for the gas compression industry on engine and turbine upgrade projects and has joined W-Industries as Senior Engineer in 2018.

Eric Forthofer

Caterpillar
Performance Engineer

Eric Forthofer is a Performance Engineer with Caterpillar’s Large Power Systems Division. His responsibilities include Development test cell support, engine calibration / development, and performance data analysis. Eric has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University.

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

Greg has dedicated his 38 year career to innovation and problem solving.  He holds Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees from Bradley University.  In 1992 he established IDC Engineering after recognizing the need for an engineering services firm that specializes in torsional vibration analysis. Working in all major rotating equipment industries, Greg brings a better understanding to solving new vibration issues in the gas compression market. He grew the firm to become trusted experts in the industry by setting high standards, integrating onsite testing services, and developing proprietary analysis software.  Greg continues to lead IDC Engineering as they grow their service offerings to include product development using automation and IoT applications for remote monitoring and machine learning.

Augusto Garcia Hernandez

Southwest Research Institute
Principal Engineer

Augusto Garcia-Hernandez is a Principal Engineer at Southwest Research Institute. He has 16 years’ experience in flow hydraulics including upstream and downstream systems. Mr. Garcia-Hernandez holds a MS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. 

Mark G. Gerken

Kinder Morgan
Sr. Pipeline Engineer

No bio available.

Brenna Geswein

Caterpillar
Corporate Account Manager

Brenna Geswein is a corporate account manager with Caterpillar Oil & Gas.  In this position, she develops account strategies with key customers at the corporate level to establish long term relationships for the sale and support of Cat products and services globally.  She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is currently pursuing an MBA degree at Illinois.

Robert Goffin

AETC

Mr. Goffin received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. He has been working for Advanced Engine Technologies Corporation (AETC) since 2011. Mr. Goffin specializes in data reduction and modelling, custom build/design/implementation of data acquisition systems, and building/designing software for engine testing.

Peter Goretski

Voith Turbo
Product Manager VoreconNX

No bio available.

Jonathan Goss


No bio available.

Diana Grauer

Hoerbiger
Vice President - Engineering

Dr. Grauer holds both a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University where she graduated with honors. Dr. Grauer recently joined Hoerbiger as Vice President of Engineering. She currently serves as Chair of the Internal Combustion Engine Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Prior to joining Hoerbiger, Dr. Grauer held various management roles within Schlumberger and also worked as Corporate Technology Manager of OneSubsea, A Schlumberger Company. Prior to the acquisition of Cameron International Corporation by Schlumberger, Dr. Grauer served as Engineering Manager of Technology & Engine Development for Cameron. Prior to Cameron, Dr. Grauer was a Research Engineer and Program Manager for the Department of Energy Efficiency & Industrial Technology departments at the U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho National Laboratory. Dr. Grauer has also taught Mechanical Engineering courses at Idaho State University and Kansas State University.

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

Jordan is a mechanical engineer with more than 15 years of design, field and monitoring experience with compressors, pumps and piping. Jordan currently leads Wood’s anti-vibration product group which develops innovative solutions to control and mitigate vibration in rotating equipment applications.

Jordan has authored and presented several papers at international industry conferences.

Bryan Hackleman

Colorado State University
Graduate Research Assistant

No bio available.

Ken Hall

Caterpillar

No bio available.

Dane Hamilton

Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc.
Engineer- Automation and Controls

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

Dwayne graduated from The Ohio State University, taught college courses in Mathematics and Computer Science for 13 years, designed and published educational software, and has spent the last 25 years in the Reciprocating Compressor Industry,

Mr. Hickman has developed several reciprocating compressor performance software packages, including software for seven major OEMs.

Dwayne has presented numerous technical papers and short courses at the GMC, IPC, GSRMS, and EGCR, and has written many articles for both COMPRESSORTechTwo and Pipeline & Gas Journal.

Currently, Dwayne is the VP of Compressor Performance Technology for ACI Services, Inc., located in Cambridge, Ohio.

Brian Hill

Caterpillar Oil & Gas
Market Development Consultant

No bio available.

Mike Hill

Detechtion Technologies
Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing

No bio available.

Kevin Hoopes

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

Kevin Hoopes is a Research Engineer in the Rotating Machinery Dynamics Section at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio Texas. Mr. Hoopes joined SwRI in 2013 after completing his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. His interests include aerodynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, turbomachinery, and digital manufacturing. In these areas, Mr. Hoopes is especially interested in numerical simulation and physics based design optimization of turbomachinery and related components.

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

Kelsi Katcher is currently a Research Engineer for the Rotating Machinery Dynamics Section at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, TX.  She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Kelsi supports a variety of machinery design activities, including acoustic/pulsation analyses of machinery piping systems, dynamic piping analyses, thermal analyses, and modal design analyses. Kelsi also supports field and novel component testing programs. 

Edward Kelleher

Windrock, Inc.
Senior Sales Application Engineer

No bio available.

Silas Kirst

Parker
Manager Global Market

Silas Kirst is a Mechanical Engineer who works with Parker Hannifin – Industrial Process Filtration Division to develop the upstream and midstream markets. Silas believes that the knowledge about the customer’s applications and real-life issues helps the company better understand the situation and provide the best solutions for the customer’s needs. Silas has led the company’s team in Brazil and secured nearly 80% of the natural gas filtration for the latest Petrobras’ offshore platforms, and increased the company revenue in over 40%. After being transferred to the United States Silas has helped the global sales team approach process licensers and end users to improve their systems and reduce cost with proper filtration. Silas holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidade do Vale dos Sinos in Brazil.

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

Rainer Kurz is the Manager, Systems Analysis at Solar Turbines Incorporated, in San Diego, California. His organization is responsible for predicting compressor and gas turbine performance, for conducting application studies, and for field performance testing. Dr. Kurz attended the Universitaet der Bundeswehr in Hamburg Germany, where he received the degree of a Dr.-Ing. in 1991.   He joined Solar Turbines in 1993, and holds his current position since 1995.

 Dr. Kurz  is the past chair of the ASME/IGTI Oil and Gas Applications Committee, a member of the Gas Machinery Research Council Project Supervisory Committee, the GMC Conference Organizing Committee, the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee, the Asian Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee, and the SDSU Aerospace Engineering Advisory Committee. He  was elected ASME Fellow in 2003. He has authored numerous publications on turbomachinery related topics, with an emphasis on compressor applications, dynamic behavior, and gas turbine operation and degradation. Many of his publications were considered of archive quality and were accepted for publications in Engineering Journals. He has received  several ‘Best Paper’ and ‘Best Tutorial’  Awards at the ASME TurboExpo Conferences and is the recipient of the 2013  Industrial Gas Turbine Technology award.

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.

Matthew Leopard

Southwest Research Institute
Engineer

Matthew Leopard is an Engineer in the Rotating Machinery Dynamics Section at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX.  His primary responsibilities include providing mechanical design support for various turbomachinery research and development projects.  Additionally, his research has included finite element analysis and modal analysis and testing.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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

Cesar Lizcano is a Mechanical Engineer graduated in Venezuela with 20 years of experience in commercial and technical positions in the oil downstream business, most prominently in finished lubricants for various industrial sectors, oil & gas, stationary power and marine. He has specialized in the implementation of chemical management projects, OEM approvals, field validation projects and support to key accounts. Cesar joined Shell in 2010 as Technical Advisor for indirect markets in the Americas and in his current role with base in Houston, TX he primarily focuses in value saving initiatives and development of total cost of ownership reduction projects involving lubricant applications and related services, support to new product development activities and other field support engagements including trouble-shooting and lubricants application advice for the Americas.

Tom Lumadue

TransCanada
Manager Air Quality

No bio available.

Kenneth L’Anglois

DCP Midstream
Regional Technical Services Director

Kenneth L’Anglois began his engineering career in the US Nuclear Power Program in Submarines after graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering in 1985. He finished his military career as a Navy Lieutenant in 1993, entering a new civilian career in semiconductor manufacturing. Kenneth received a US Patent for Semiconductor Polish reconstitution in 1997 while working for Texas Instruments. He pursued yet another new engineering career for the first time in Oil and Gas starting in 2008 with El Paso Corporation where he was a Reliability Superintendent and later Operations Manager for East Houston assets.  He is currently the Regional Technical Services Director at DCP Midstream in Midland, TX for all Permian Operations, responsible for executing all regional engineering projects under $50MM, gas plant process engineering for 11 facilities and asset optimization at over 200 compressor stations. Kenneth is currently Vice Chair of the GMRC Planning Committee. Kenneth enjoys hiking and amateur astronomy in his spare time.

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

Mrs. Marybeth Mcbain works as a Senior Pipeline Engineer in the compression group at Kinder Morgan, supporting primarily the KM midstream group and the NGPL pipeline assets.  Marybeth’s primary functions involve recommending new compression for prospective projects, advising on retrofits and compressor modifications, and supporting new compressor station projects currently in the design or construction phase.  Mrs. Mcbain previously worked at Southwest Research Institute for ten years as well as Apache Corporation from 2011-2015.  She holds four patents mainly related to innovative pulsation control concepts and has published over thirty publications related to natural gas machinery.  Her career is supported by a BSME from the University of Texas at Austin and an MSME from Georgia Tech.

James McCarthy

Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc.

No bio available.

Dr. Amy McCleney

Southwest Research Institute
Engineer

Dr. Amy McCleney is an Engineer in the Multiphase Flow and Flow Assurance Section at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX. Her research at SwRI includes multiphase computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for oil and gas and space fluids applications, quantitative image analysis for complex fluid flow phenomena, and multiphase flow loop testing for high pressure applications. She holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from The George Washington University, with specialization in fluid mechanics, thermal sciences, and energy with emphasis in computational and imaging diagnostics for multiphase flows.

Mark McKenny

Miratech

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.

Grant Musgrove

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

Grant Musgrove is Senior Research Engineer and Aero/Mechanical Coordinator in the Machinery Program at Southwest Research Institute. He currently conducts applied research for heat exchanger and turbomachinery applications in oil and gas, power generation, and propulsion applications. Mr. Musgrove has been involved with the technical development of both compressors and heat exchangers for sCO2 applications. His active research areas are turbomachinery design, wet gas compression, and supercritical CO2. Mr. Musgrove earned his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and from The Pennsylvania State University.

Eric Neason

Detechtion Technologies
Senior Vice President Products and Services

No bio available.

Christopher Nowak

Kinder Morgan
Director, Operations

Chris Nowak is a currently Director of Operations with Kinder Morgan with 28+ years of experience in the Natural Gas Industry.  He has held a variety of roles throughout his career, such as research engineer, roles in environmental, compliance, operations and engineering.  Chris’s experience includes roles in R&D on emissions measurement, combustion, control of NOx, CO and GHG emissions from combustion equipment in the energy industry. Chris has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. 

Daniel B. Olsen

Colorado State University
Associate Professor

Dr. Olsen is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU).  He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from CSU. Dr. Olsen teaches undergraduate and graduate courses thermal sciences and performs industrial engine research at the CSU Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory.   

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.

Jeff Panek is a Principal with Innovative Environmental Solutions, Inc. with over 30 years of experience in the air quality field.  IES is a technical consulting firm that primarily supports the natural gas industry to address and strategically resolve air quality and greenhouse gas emission issues.  He specializes in air quality permitting, air toxic and criteria pollutant emission inventory preparation, continuous and accidental release dispersion modeling, meteorological data analysis and reporting, risk analysis, control technology evaluation, and regulatory review and interpretation.  Jeff’s specialties and experience also include emissions measurement, control of NOx, air toxic, and GHG emissions from combustion and process equipment in the energy industry, and facilitation of natural gas industry efforts to integrate best science principles into federal and state regulations.  Prior to IES, Jeff was a program manager at the Gas Research Institute (GRI) air quality research and development program that addressed the characterization and reduction of criteria pollutant, air toxic, and GHG emissions for natural gas systems.  Previous to GRI, he was an Air Quality Programs Coordinator at BP Amoco responsible for permitting, emissions characterization, dispersion modeling assessments, facility environmental audits, and regulatory interpretation and implementation.  Jeff has a B.S. in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University. 

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

Bill Pullin began his engineering career as a Design Engineer with Otis Engineering in Carrollton, TX after graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering in 1979.  Pullin received three US and Foreign Patents for down hole and horizontal well completion equipment.  He also holds a US Patent for high pressure lubrication system monitoring. Pullin pursued a sales engineering career starting in 1986 with the Wilson Company and later Lubriquip in Dallas, TX, before moving to Tulsa, OK with T.F. Hudgins in 1995, where he was the Lubrication Systems Subject Matter Expert and Product Manager.  He is currently the Lubrication Systems Product Manager at Reynolds French & Company in Tulsa OK, and spends a good amount of time teaching lubrication system maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting to customers throughout the US. Pullin has been active in ASME since 1980, serving as Chairman of the ASME North Texas Section and North Texas Petroleum Division. He was also chairman of the OU Gas Compressor Short Course Committee.  Pullin enjoys boating and water sports in his spare time.

Ramin Rahnama

Wood
Principal Engineer

Ramin’s nearly ten years’ experience at Wood’s vibration, dynamics and noise team include conducting design studies, field assessments, troubleshooting and root cause failure analysis involving reciprocating pumps and compressors, screw compressors and industrial fans.

Ramin holds a master’s degree specialised in machinery dynamics and has authored and presented technical papers at international industry conferences.

Dan Rem

Enbridge
Senior Engineer

No bio available.

Brandon Ridens

Southwest Research Institute

No bio available.

Aaron Rimpel

Southwest Research Institute
Senior Research Engineer and the Machine Design Coordinator

Mr. Aaron Rimpel is a Senior Research Engineer and the Machine Design Coordinator in the Rotating Machinery Dynamics Section at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, TX. His experience includes rotordynamic analyses, design and testing of bearings and seals for conventional and oil-free turbomachinery, aerodynamic performance testing, supercritical CO2 power cycle applications, and test rig design. Mr. Rimpel received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2008 with a focus on gas bearings and rotordynamics.

Angel Rivera

Kinder Morgan
Engineering Manager

Angel Rivera is currently the Manager of the Engineering Design group at Kinder Morgan in Houston, TX. He is a 1996 graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. His area of expertise includes the fields of mechanical design, mechanical vibrations, conducting field studies on various natural gas systems (including dynamic pulsation and strain data), compressor and piping system design and analysis, finite element analysis, compressor station layout design and pipeline design.

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

Keary Rogers joined TransCanada in 2005 and has held several roles with increasing responsibilities.   Keary has over 20 years of oil and gas transmission, production, and exploration experience.  Keary is the Manager of Core Reliability, accountable for the strategic development and execution of Real-time Predictive Analytics, Performance, and Optimization of the compression fleet for TransCanada U.S. Natural Gas Pipelines.  His responsibilities cover over 800+ compression units in 37 states.

Eshang Saini

GE Distributed Power
Analytics Engineer

No bio available.

Mary Savalle

DTE Energy Gas Co
Senior Reliability Engineer

No bio available.

Keith Schafer

TransCanada
Manager, Compression Engineering

No bio available.

Christine Scrivner

Kinder Morgan
Technical Specialist

Christine Scrivner is a Technical Specialist with the Engineering and Technical Services Department at Kinder Morgan. She holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has 28 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Christine spent 20 of those years at Southwest Research Institute and is a subject matter expert in pulsation and vibration control. She has served on several technical committees throughout her career. Mrs. Scrivner currently supports Kinder Morgan’s midstream and natural gas assets in the areas of compressor station design, pulsation and vibration control, and construction inspection.

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

Mrs. Shaffer received a B.E. in Electrical Engineering and B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Geneva College in 2012. She then worked as a contractor for Westinghouse Electric Company in the Nuclear Division as a Safety Systems Design and Testing Engineer for the APR1400 Plants built in the UAE. During her career at Westinghouse, her job responsibilities ranged from Requirements Management, Authorship of System Design drawings, small scale Project Planning for Process Management, Design and Test Issue Tracking and Resolution, and Customer Relations concerning Safety System design and verification testing requirements. In January 2017, Mrs. Shaffer began working as a Quality Test Engineer and then as a OEM Process Engineering Manager for Altronic, LLC of HOERBIGER Engine Division.  During her time in this position, acted as the key member for QA Testing on New Product Development Project, authored over one hundred for ISO Quality Procedures and Work Instructions for alignment with ISO 9001:2015 Standard, primary point of project interface for external OEM Customer Interfaces for the Engineering Department, leading the effort in the restructuring of the Product Lifecycle Management Processes including Verification and Validation processes.

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

Mac Sine joined Dresser-Rand Company in January 1988 as a Project Supervisor during contract operation of the West Desert Pumping Project on the Great Salt Lake in Utah, followed by a similar assignment at the Red Oak Gas Gathering Station, in Red Oak, Oklahoma.

In 1990 he moved to Dresser-Rand’s Engine-Process Compressor Division in Painted Post, New York to work as a test and development engineer supporting new production of both two-stroke-cycle and four-stroke-cycle, large-bore, slow-speed integral gas engine-compressors.  Additional experience includes engine application engineering, engine revamp engineering, design of engine control systems, torsional critical speed analysis, conducting in-plant and site-specific customer engine schools and supporting the resolution of field problems.

Prior to joining Dresser-Rand, he was working in the alternative fuel vehicle industry involved in the application of and production testing of vehicular and stationary engine natural gas and propane gas fuel systems; applied on both spark ignition and dual-fuel diesel engines. 

He holds a Master of Engineering in Engine Systems degree from the University of Wisconsin (Madison), a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia State University and an Associate of Applied Science degree from Northern Virginia Community College.

Brian Sloan

Sloan Lubrication Systems
CFO

No bio available.

Christopher Sloan

Sloan Lubrication Systems
CTO

C.J. Sloan has in-depth experience designing, improving, and implementing lubrication systems for the reciprocating gas compressor market. By working with the Sloan Lubrication Systems team, he aims to use the highest quality components to help reduce lubrication rates, thereby decreasing consumption and increasing efficiency, lowering operating costs, and increasing maintenance intervals throughout the oil & gas industry.

As Chief Technology Officer. C.J. has led Sloan Lubrication Systems down the path of becoming a vertically integrated manufacturer with the goal of increasing reliability while reducing cost and streamlining manufacturing processes. Through product development and innovation, Sloan is now making the highest quality lubrication products in the energy industry and is rapidly growing into the world leader in compressor lubrication.

Specialties: Lubrication system design, precision machining, process improvement, new technology implementation.

C.J. graduated from Bucknell University and lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and three children.

Natalie Smith

Southwest Research Institute
Research Engineer

Dr. Natalie Smith is a Research Engineer in the Rotating Machinery Dynamics Section at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Her research experience at SwRI includes aerodynamic design, analysis, and testing of turbomachinery for various applications including power generation, oil and gas, and supercritical CO2. She earned her Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University where her research focused on axial compressor aerodynamics.

Oscar Smith

EQT Gathering, LLC
Sr. Principal

Oscar Smith, Senior Principal Engineer at EQT Corporation, a leading natural gas producer in the Appalachian Basin, has 39 years of experience in all phases on the natural gas industry. He began his career in 1979 in Detroit, MI, with ANR Pipeline (now a subsidiary of TransCanada Pipeline Co). Smith worked at numerous other Natural Gas Pipeline Companies and Consulting firms and in 2007 he returned back to Pittsburgh, PA, to join EQT Corporation . He received his MBA from West Virginia Wesleyan in 2002 and is a proud graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.   Smith started working with the EQT Midstream Operational Intelligence System in 2015 and is the program coordinator, which is improving the Company’s ability to effectively predict equipment issues and reliability.

Robert Smith

Tallgrass Energy
Sr. Engineer, Compression

Robert D. Smith is currently the Sr. Compression Engineer in the Engineering and Tech Services Department with Tallgrass Energy, Lakewood, Colo.  He has 39 years of experience in gas compression including installation, manufacturing with extended service/operations experience.  He holds a BS in General Engineering from Kennedy-Western University and a 2-year certificate from Lamar University, Beaumont, TX. 

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.

Damon Vinciguerra

DCP Midstream

No bio available.

Ronnie Walker

Hoerbiger
Sales Manager

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

Michelle is an experienced engineer and team lead at Wood, focusing on acoustical simulations, dynamic finite element analysis and torsional analysis.

Her experience includes application engineering, field troubleshooting and package design for reciprocating compressor and pumps.

Michelle has presented several papers and training courses at industry conferences.

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.

Roman Zamotorin

Solar Turbines Incorperated
Project Applications / System Analysis Engineer

Roman Zamotorin is the Project Applications / System Analysis Engineer at Solar Turbines Incorporated in Houston, Texas. He is responsible for supporting O&G Sales in the part of predicting compressor and gas turbine performance and pipeline modeling. Dr. Zamotorin received his PhD degree in 2000 at Saratov State Technical University in Russia. He joined Solar Turbines in 2004 and holds his current position since 2006.

Crystal Zeller

IDC Engineering
Project Engineer

No bio available.

Jim Zurlo

GE Distributed Power
Consulting Engineer

No bio available.