APGA Operations Conference: October 29-31



The APGA Operations conference is an annual event, and the 2019 edition will take place October 29-31 at the Huntsville Marriott at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama

The APGA Operations Conference will feature speakers and panels of experts on topics such as integrity management, regulatory compliance, research and development, and new technology. The conference will also include an exposition of the latest in products and services for natural gas distribution operations. 

In addition, the APGA Operations Conference provides 13 professional development hours (PDH) required by many states to maintain professional engineering licensure. View the conference schedule.

The 2018 APGA Operations Conference attracted over 200 natural gas distribution industry professionals from more than 70 public gas systems to participate in two full days of technical presentations and an equipment and services exhibit. The 2019 APGA Operations Conference should be even bigger!

The APGA Board and Committee Meetings will also take place October 27-29 in Huntsville. If you are a member of the APGA Board of Directors or an APGA committee/taskforce, please visit the Board & Committee Meetings page to register and view the agenda.

Attendee Registration & Pricing


Member Attendees:
$475
Non-Member Attendees: $675


Click here to download a PDF of the registration to mail, fax, or email back to APGA to register.
 

Who Should Attend

Any natural gas utility operations and engineering professionals, gas utility procurement personnel, organizations providing products and/or services used in natural gas distribution, state and federal pipeline safety regulators.

Conference Agenda


Attendees will get to hear and participate in:

  • Reports from industry experts
  • Roundtable discussions with your utility peers
  • Updates on safety regulations
  • Vendor exhibits to view the latest products and services
  • Professional development hours (PDH)
View Agenda

Featured Speakers

  • PHMSA Perspective: Pipeline Safety Priorities For 2019 And Beyond by Alan Mayberry, Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Hear about PHMSA’s priorities for 2020 and for Pipeline Safety Reauthorization legislation.
  • The Resiliency Of Natural Gas Systems & The Use Of Mutual Aid by Dale Calhoun, Florida Natural Gas Association The nation’s natural gas distribution system is resilient and reliable. The ability to maintain service in the wake of severe hurricanes in 2018 proved just that. Dale Calhoun will provide a presentation showing how Florida utilities were able to weather the storm and the importance that Mutual Aid programs play during and after incidents.
  • Communicating Before, During, & After An Incident by Chris Kofinis, Park Street Strategies If your system experienced a major accident, would it be prepared to manage the onslaught of public communications requests? Hear from a communications subject-matter expert (SME) about how your system can better equip and prepare, in the unlikely event of such an accident.

Two Great Tracks

New This Year! To help you tailor the APGA Operations Conference to your needs, we have two concurrent topic tracks on Operations & Engineering and Safety & Compliance offering ten breakout sessions each. Attendees can pick and choose relevant sessions to ensure you’re getting the most out of your event experience. Here are some highlighted sessions:

OPERATIONS & ENGINEERING

  • Meter Reading by Allyson Horner, Gibson County Utility District As more and more systems are implementing Automated Meter Reading (AMR) programs, benefits and challenges are being uncovered. Hear about one APGA member’s experience
  • Eyes On Your System by Ted Lakeberg, Honeywell Learn about how your system can increase data acquisition by adding telemetry throughout your system.

SAFETY & COMPLIANCE

  • Pipeline Emergency Responder Initiative by Robert Singletary, Georgia PERI This initiative is focused in improving communication between emergency responders and pipeline operators. It strengthens relationships among the various stakeholders. With oversight from PHMSA, many states are rolling out their programs. Learn more about the initiative and how your system and community may benefit.
  • Engineering Competency by Paul Armstrong or Bob Wilson, Northeast Gas Association (NGA) NGA has developed a Recommended Practice for Gas System Engineering Design Review. Learn about this guidance document and how you may be able to incorporate its recommendations into your practices

Conference Location & Hotel Information

The 2019 APGA Operations Conference will take place October 29-31 at the Huntsville Marriott at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Less than a day's drive from Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville, Huntsville is easily accessible throughout the region.

Book your room at the Huntsville Marriott by October 5 to get the group rate of $149 (plus state & local taxes and includes breakfast).

Book Your Room Online

Questions?

If you have any questions on registering for the event, please contact us!

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