July 25-27th, 2022 | San Antonio, TX @ SwRI

Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs) and Natural Gas Compression are the heart of the Oil & Gas Industry, yielding the power to pump vital elements through pipelines across North America.  The Engine Analyzer & Reliability Workshop has been designed to equip professionals working on, and responsible for, these assets with predictive and preventative maintenance solutions that are easily transferrable to their current work initiatives.

 

Join your colleagues and other professionals as you are educated through presentation, demonstration of working models and interaction with industry experts from companies all over the United States.  Join us in exploring a unique perspective on Natural Gas Engines and Compression in this jam-packed two-day workshop!

PDH: 20 Hours 

Agenda Coming Soon!

 

LOCATION & LODGING: 

Hosted at SwRI (Southwest Research Insitute) in San Antonio, TX

Recommended hotel: 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Antonio West-SeaWorld Area
2861 Cinema Ridge
San Antonio, Texas 78238

Book your room online.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  

YOU WILL LEARN

  • Fundamentals and Alternate Fuel Balancing Concepts
  • Compressor Rod Packing Replacement Tips/Tricks
  • Reciprocating Equipment Analysis
  • Unit Alignment and Soft Foot Concepts
  • Predictive/Preventative Maintenance Techniques
  • Quality Control
  • Generating Horsepower Curves and Loading Schedules
  • Force Fed Lubrication
  • Overhaul Project Management

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GMRC

Factors in Compression Station Design

Event Summary

 

Reciprocating and Centrifugal compressors are widely used in the natural gas industry; but when, where, why, how to use each technology is less understood.  In this 3-day training course, attendees will learn the key differences between reciprocating and centrifugal compressors and their associated equipment, how to size and select them, and when each is the ideal technology to install.  Pros and cons, including financial implications of each technology, will be viewed through the lens of real-world case studies.

This webinar acts as a follow up to a few key topics discussed in our 3 hr webex “Compressor Technologies”

 

 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the fundamentals of reciprocating and centrifugal compressors
  • Solve related problems.
  • Ask the right questions when designing.
  • Understand CAPEX vs OPEX cost implications for decisions made.
  • Manage a design project for a small station, with some help.
  • Do calculations to size equipment.
  • Choose what equipment goes with the chosen compression system.
  • Layout major equipment, and interconnecting piping.

 

Target Audience 

  • New engineers looking to enhance their understanding of compressor technologies.
  • Long time engineers looking to refresh their understanding.
  • Anyone looking for a high level, value centric approach to compressor design.

Instructor BIO:

 

Barry Gentz, Mbroh Engineering

 

Barry

 

Mr. Gentz has fifteen years of experience in the Water purification, Wastewater, and Midstream Oil and Gas industries in instrumentation and electrical design, project management, team leadership, business development, field engineering and operations, and facility installation / testing / startup / inspections. Mr. Gentz specializes in managing project timelines to produce electrical / instrumentation / controls (EIC) drawing packages, SCADA and DCS design and integration, system start-up, and customer training.     

 

Joe Avila, J-W Power Company

 

Joe

 

Joe Avila currently serves as an HSE Department Supervisor for J-W Power Company, as chairperson of the Gas Compressor Association’s Health & Safety Committee, and as vice-president of NTEPS, the North Texas chapter of the National STEPS Network.  After four years in the U. S. Army, Joe left to pursue college, obtaining an Associate’s in Environmental Health & Safety from TSTC, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Safety from UT-Tyler.  He holds numerous certifications, including H2S Master Trainer, and is a two-time recipient of the GCA Significant Achievement Award.  Joe lives in Fort Worth with his wife and daughter.

 

Misty Ingle, TOPS LLC

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Misty Ingle is the sales engineering manager for Alfa Laval’s air-cooled heat exchanger (ACE) division in Broken Arrow, OK. Misty has been in the energy industry for 15 years but began her 8-year long career with Alfa Laval as a sales engineer. Through her dedication and hard work demonstrated she was well suited for leadership. She was promoted from sales engineer to sales manager in less than a year. Prior to working at ACE/Alfa Laval, Misty worked at Smithco Engineering, Victory Energy Operations, and PSO. Misty is passionate about developing solutions with customers to meet their air-cooled heat exchanger needs. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise with customers and is delighted to be presenting today. She is a proud graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Mechanical Engineering degree. When she’s not designing air coolers and chasing around her work team, she’s home chasing around her three-year old twins, gardening, or exercising.

 

Jay LeBlanc, Ariel Corporation

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Jay LeBlanc is the Gulf Coast Regional Manager for Ariel Corporation.  He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he earned a bachelors of science in mechanical engineering as well as an MBA.  Jay has worked in the compression industry for 13 years serving in account and engineering management roles prior to his time at Ariel.

 

GMRC

Introduction to Combustion Engines

Event Summary

Combustion Engines are the heart of the Oil & Gas Industry, yielding the power to pump vital elements through pipelines across North America.  This introductory course will provide a solid foundation for individuals working on, interested in or responsible for, this equipment.  Attendees will be educated through the presentation, demonstration of working models and interaction with the instructor. Join us in exploring a unique perspective on Internal and External Combustion Engines designed specifically for SGA/GMRC.

The material for this training is covered in two short (1.5hr) portions over two days.

Attendees will receive 3 Professional Development Hours upon completion.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Participants will learn about:

  • History of Horsepower
  • Explanation of Indicated, Brake and Effective HP
  • Intro to the Combustion Cycles
  • Internal vs External Combustion
  • Two Stroke vs Four Stroke Engines
  • Reciprocating vs Centrifugal Engines
  • Diesel vs Gasoline Engines
  • Fire Triangle
  • Integral vs Separable Engines
  • Principles of Operation in Combustion Cycles

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Engineering Students
  • Entry Level Engineers
  • Analysts
  • Technicians
  • Mechanics
  • Field Service Representatives
  • Project Managers
  • Reliability Engineers interested in gaining a basic understanding of Internal Combustion Engines
  • Management responsible for a compression fleet wishing to gain a foundational understanding of their equipment

 

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Mary Savelle

A passionate and unapologetic advocate for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education, Detroit native Mary Savalle is currently the Field Demonstration Program Manager for Radical Combustion Technolgies. Mary has a BSME from Wayne State University and is currently half-way through the Master of Engineering in Engine System Design program with the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has attained a Reliability Engineering Certificate (REC) from Clemson University/Life Cycle Institute and a Project Management Professional license from PMI. Mary sits on multiple industry committees and has chaired the GMRC Engine Analyzer & Reliability (EAR) since July 2019. 

 

Prior to her current role, Mary was a Principle Reliability Engineer and Capital Investment Project Manager for DTE Gas (Gas Utility within DTE Energy) and was responsible for reliability engineering support to ten (10) compressor stations which included 57 natural gas compression units. She has published industry papers, travels nationally teaching courses on internal combustion engine concepts and has developed training devices for kinesthetic learners. She has worked with companies around the world in research, analysis and training activities.

 

Mary is also very active with STEM education within her community, creating a broad learning environment for students and engineers of the future.

 

Mary’s professional credentials include:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Reliability Engineering Certification (REC) through Clemson University
  • Student – Masters of Engineering in Engine System Design, University of Wisconsin – Madison (Expected Completion December 2022)

She has published industry papers, travels nationally teaching courses on internal combustion engine concepts, and has developed training devices for kinesthetic learners. She has worked with companies around the world in research, analysis, and training activities.

Mary’s passion for STEAM and community has resulted in partnerships with a local art store and elementary school to teach children STEAM concepts. She is currently working with multiple institutions to build up their educational programs while pursuing her advanced degree.

GMRC

Compression Technologies

Event Summary

Reciprocating and Centrifugal compressors are widely used in the natural gas industry; but when and where to use each technology is less widely known.  In this 3-hour virtual training, attendees will learn the key differences between reciprocating and centrifugal compressors, how to size them, and when each is the ideal technology to install.  Pros and cons, including financial implications of each technology, will be viewed through the lens of real-world case studies.

This webinar acts as a fundamental baseline on a few key topics discussed in our multi-day Factors in Compressor Station Design workshop.  For a more in-depth understanding of compressor station design, attendees are encouraged to also attend the workshop as well.

 

 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the fundamentals of reciprocating and centrifugal compressors
  • Understand CAPEX vs OPEX cost comparisons between these two technologies
  • Identify potential benefits and drawbacks of selecting one tech over the other
  • Identify which compressor type to use in a variety of real-world situations

 

Target Audience 

  • New engineers looking to enhance their understanding of compressor technologies
  • Long time engineers looking to refresh their understanding
  • Anyone looking for a high level, value centric approach to compressor design

 

Instructor BIO:

               

Josh Shaver, Sr. Project Manager, LJA Engineering

 

Josh

 

Mr. Shaver has 17 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, with experience across OEM, Operator, Owner, and consulting sectors. During this time, he has held the position of Professional Engineer in 18 states, with duties including various degrees of design for elements of mechanical, structural, civil, electrical, automation, and process design, project and construction management, purchasing, and quality control.

GMRC

Ethical Decision Making in Organizations

EVENT SUMMARY: 

Ethics and compliance are central to business strategy. It’s up to leaders at all levels across the organization to create and sustain a culture of integrity. This course will empower the participant to analyze the risks of unethical behavior that might be triggered by powerful situations. It also analyzes some of the most prominent organizational scandals of the recent decades through the lenses of management, psychology, sociology, and philosophy, in order to contribute to a better understanding of unethical behavior.

Whenever we hear about ethical scandals, we tend to believe that unethical or illegal behavior in organizations is driven by character deficiencies of the individual. However, numerous corporate scandals have demonstrated that even people with a high level of integrity can break the rules if they are put into a strong context. A better understanding of why and under what conditions good people make bad ethical decisions will enable us to better protect individuals as well as their respective organizations against the potentially overwhelming power of the context.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:  

At the end of the course, you are able to:

  1. Explain the impact of social context on individual decision-making using various theories (from Management, Sociology, Psychology, and Philosophy)
  2. Apply these theories to the analysis of some of the most eminent organizational scandals of the recent decades
  3. Assess risks of ethical blindness in your own organizational context
  4. Design interventions to reduce such risks for yourself and your organization

TARGET AUDIENCE:

All organizational leaders.

Speaker BIO:

Suzanne

Suzanne Ogle

President and CEO, Southern Gas Association


Suzanne Ogle is President and CEO of the Southern Gas Association.  As CEO she helps SGA members overcome the challenges, they face operating in the natural gas industry and navigating public perception.  With her entrepreneurial mindset and wide range of experience across the natural gas value chain from service, to exploration and production, midstream and transmission she focuses on business process, optimization and effective communication to prepare the SGA members for resilience and innovation in an industry in transition.

Suzanne is an Accredited Public Relations and Certified Investor Relations professional.  She holds an Advanced Marketing certificate from Southern Methodist University, as well as Finance Management, Business Analytics and Change Management certificates from Cornell University and an Executive Leadership for Energy Professionals certificate from the University of Houston. She received a Master of Education in educational psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in business marketing from California Lutheran University.

GMRC

Combustion Stabilization in Natural Gas Reciprocating Engines and the Impact on Reliability

EVENT SUMMARY: 

Legacy reciprocating engines are critical assets to all pipeline companies. The method in which they are monitored and maintained significantly impacts each asset’s overall Reliability and Life Cycle. Combustion stabilization within this equipment has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, extend mean time between failure (MTBF), improve fuel economy and extend useful life.

This course builds on the GMRC Introduction to Internal Combustion Engines course (available on-demand) in which deeper concepts will be explored. Note that attendance at the Intro course is not required but is encouraged for those who are new to combustion engines. Attendees will be educated through presentation, virtual interaction and demonstration by use of a simulator built by the instructor. Join us in exploring a unique perspective on Combustion Stabilization in Natural Gas Reciprocating Engines and the Impact on Reliability.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Combustion and Fire Triangle Review
  • Combustion Chemistry
  • What is Fuel Balancing?
  • Importance of Fuel Balancing/Combustion Stabilization
  • Steps to Complete Fuel Balancing
  • Air/Fuel Ratio vs Trapped Equivalency Ratio
  • Fuel Balancing Components (Mechanical Breakdown)•Impact of Balancing/Stabilization on Emissions
  • Balancing Utilizing a Windrock PA System
  • Introduction to Equalization Lines
  • Full ‘Virtual’ Demonstration Utilizing a Fuel Rail Simulator

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: 

All level Engineers, Analysts, Technicians, Mechanics, FSRs, Project Managers and Reliability Engineers interested in gaining a more in depth understanding of Fuel Rail Balancing and Combustion Stabilization

Attendees will receive 3 Professional Development Hours.

 

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR 

Mary Savalle, PMP, REC

A passionate and unapologetic advocate for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education, Detroit native Mary Savalle attended Wayne State University and completed her final year of undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Polytechnica Universidad de Puerto Rico.

Her multi-faceted career began with DTE in 2007 and includes experience with large natural gas engines and compressors, diagnosing engine/compressor defects, fleet management, Lean Six Sigma, and Reliability Engineering. Mary held the title of Principal Reliability Engineer when she parted with DTE in 2020. She is currently pursuing her Master of Engineering in Engine Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and serves as a Technical Consultant in the Oil & Gas Industry.

Mary’s professional credentials include:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Reliability Engineering Certification (REC) through Clemson University
  • Student –Masters of Engineering in Engine SystemsDesign, University of Wisconsin –Madison (Expected Completion December 2022)

She has published industry papers, travels nationally teaching courses on internal combustion engine concepts and has developed training devices for kinesthetic learners. She has worked with companies around the world in research, analysis and training activities.

Mary’s passion for STEAM and her community resulted in partnerships with local businesses and elementary schools to educate children on STEAM concepts. She has spent the last year working with multiple institutions to build up their educational programs while pursuing her advanced degree.

GMRC

Introduction to Gas Turbines/Introduction to Centrifugal Compressors

Event Summary

This workshop explains the working principles and components of centrifugal compressors and industrial gas turbines used in the oil and gas industry. Performance characteristics of compressors and their drivers are explained.  The application of these machines in different oil and gas applications is discussed. Finally, issues of packaging, seals, fuel and air, testing and condition monitoring are addressed.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the components of centrifugal compressors and industrial gas turbines
  • Understand their working principles and applications
  • Understand their performance characteristics
  • Understand key maintenance issues

 

Target Audience 

  • Young Engineers who want to learn to understand Turbomachinery
  • Experienced Engineers in the industry who want to refresh their knowledge

 

Instructor BIO:

 

DrRainer

Dr. Rainer Kurz, PhD., Solar Turbines

 

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 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. He is a member of the GMRC Board of Directors, the GMC Organizing Committee and the GMRC Project Supervisory Committee.

 

GMRC

Basic Vibration Analysis

Event Summary

This 2-hour workshop will go over the fundamentals of vibration theory, followed by a discussion on best practices for making vibration measurements.  Using these basic theory and measurement techniques, several case histories will be presented and explained to help the attendees understand real-world applications of these principles.

 

 

 

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a working knowledge of basic vibration concepts (mass, stiffness, resonance, etc.).
  • Understand measurement procedures that greatly enhance the ability to evaluate vibration issues and communicate results.
  • Combine the knowledge of basic theory and good measurements to improve the real‑world success rate for solving vibration related problems.

 

 

Target Audience 

  • Engine Analysts
  • Mechanics
  • Entry Level Engineers

Instructor BIO:

Ken Atkins

Ken Atkins is President and Manager of Engineering at Engineering Dynamics, Incorporated (EDI).  He has over 40 years of experience with rotating machinery and structural dynamics.  Prior to co-founding EDI in 1982, he was with Southwest Research Institute and Exxon Chemical Americas.  Ken has authored several technical papers on machinery dynamics.  He has lectured frequently at the Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia, including tutorials and short courses. He joined the Turbomachinery Advisory Committee in September, 2012.

 

Mr. Atkins received a B.S. Degree in Engineering Science from Trinity University in 1978, graduating as a University Scholar.  He is a member of ASME, several API committees, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

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