Pipeline Construction Forum

8:30 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Jeff Share, Contributing Editor, Hart Energy
8:35 AM
Opening Keynote: A Washington Perspective
This Beltway insider discusses community relations, climate change, the 2020 election and other key issues confronting the pipeline industry.
Nichole Francis Reynolds, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
9:05 AM
A Consultant’s Perspective
This industry analyst provides an expert overview of economic and political challenges facing the pipeline industry in this election year.  
Ed Kelly, Vice President, Power and Gas, IHS Markit
9:30 AM
Advances in Trenchless Technology
Trenchless technologies have revolutionized pipeline construction. Hear firsthand about the latest advances.
Dr. John Matthews, Director, Trenchless Technology Center, Louisiana Tech University
10:00 AM
Networking Break
10:30 AM
Contractors Roundtable
Leading contractors discuss looming challenges and opportunities likely to affect future pipeline construction projects.
Ed Wiegle, President, TRC Companies Inc.
Paul Sparkman, President of Energy Services South, PLH Group
11:30 AM
Reckoning with Regulations
Will there be more or less? What are the regulatory challenges that pipelines will have to contend with?
Simon Peña, Principal Consultant, SRP & Associates
Networking Luncheon
1:00 PM
Advanced Work Project for Pipelines
AWP is a new concept to enhance relationships between operators and contractors, leading to greater efficiencies and lower costs.
2:00 PM
New Technologies in Natural Gas, Pipelines
Researchers describe new innovations being developed for pipelines and natural gas.
GTI Energy, Speaker TBA
Fahmy Haggag, President, ABI Innovation
2:45 PM
Networking Break
3:15 PM
Heavy Equipment Review
Pipeline construction requires the latest in heavy equipment. Leading manufacturers discuss this key market and what contractors can expect to see.
Rebecca McNatt, Director of Construction Technology, Kirby-Smith Machinery
Perry Redman, Global Product Manager, Caterpillar Inc.
4:00 PM
Pipeline Services
Successful pipeline projects need the participation of service providers. Vacuworx has been involved in construction activities for many years.
George Denny, Gulf Coast Sales Director, Vacuworx
4:30 PM
Networking Reception