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5 Tips for Professional Growth in Oil & Gas

Throughout your career, you may find yourself looking for professional growth opportunities in the oil & gas industry, especially in the central hub of Houston.

What you may not realize is that ENTELEC is here to support you on that journey. ENTELEC members come together on a regular basis to network, collaborate on committees, and spread industry awareness. Membership is the perfect platform to connect to a knowledge base that will help grow your capabilities and increase your professional value.

What are the Best Sources for Professional Growth?

Consider these five tips to support your quest to grow professionally.

1. Start With Networking

Take a look at the ENTELEC membership roster (only available to current members). Industry contacts are often one of the most valuable components to help you grow professionally and possibly even gain important relationships for your business. Consider reaching out to fellow ENTELEC members in your industry to gain insight on the latest trends.

2. Read the Latest News

Take time to read up on the latest industry news, trends, and company developments. (P.S. We think our blog is a great place to start.) Industry news will give you an idea of where capital and resources are being directed, helping you gauge the current conditions of your industry to know how you can provide value to your company.

3. Attend an Industry Conference

One of the advantages of attending an industry conference is meeting face-to-face with colleagues and industry experts that you otherwise would not be able to encounter in your workday. This is a great opportunity to learn about industry developments and the latest technology that impacts your role.

4. Evaluate Education Options

Education is a critical piece of the ENTELEC association. We believe that continuous learning is essential for our members to remain leaders in their industry. Depending on your schedule, budget, and industry, you should evaluate formal education programs to find the right option to support your professional growth.

5. Serve on a Committee

As you gather more knowledge to grow professionally, you should also consider applying your expertise. Consider joining an oil & gas industry committee to expand your network pool, provide valuable input, and develop essential leadership skills.

Opportunities Available to Serve on ENTELEC Committee

ENTELEC is looking for members to volunteer on our committees, which consist of Technical, Regulatory, Marketing, Associate Membership, Corporate Membership, and Scholarship.

Committee service represents a unique opportunity to grow professionally and add value to your company. When you are ready to apply for committee service, simply complete our Volunteer Application form. We look forward to hearing from you.

Take Advantage of These New ENTELEC Membership Resources

Earlier this year, ENTELEC unveiled our new branding and website designed to improve the experience for each member and person interested in our user association.

Now, we are proud to unveil a new “Members Only” section on the ENTELEC Website.

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The Members Only portion of our website houses all of the valuable resources that are included with your membership. On the members’ homepage, you can access the following resources:

  • Information on the Regulatory & Technology Committee
  • Associate Member Directory
  • Webinar Archive
  • ENTELEC Library of Articles, News, and Updates

To gain access to the members portion of our new website, follow these steps:

  1. Visit ENTELEC.org/my-account/
  2. Create your personal account by matching your company’s member ID to your company name and adding your personal information. (Don’t know your company’s member ID? Contact the individual at your company who registered for membership or email us directly at info@entelec.org.)
  3. Complete your profile to access the Members Only resources.

What Else Did ENTELEC Update for Members?

In addition to launching the new membership homepage, ENTELEC introduced a new Members Only LinkedIn group.

In the past, you may have used the members-only forum on our website to interact with other ENTELEC members and address real challenges in your respective industry.

Now, we are advancing our collective capabilities through an enhanced LinkedIn group experience. You can post questions, answer questions, and provide updates on the latest technological developments in your industry.

If you have questions about our new Members Only offerings or your ENTELEC membership, please contact our team at info@entelec.org.

19 Speaking Sessions You Cannot Miss at the Fall Seminar Series

ENTELEC has assembled a healthy roster of education and training session speakers for the 2018 Fall Seminar Series scheduled for October 11-12 in Odessa, Texas.

Each speaker or presenter will address a critical issue facing executives and decision-makers in the energy, telecommunications, and electric industries. We carefully selected each speaker to provide the most valuable information to you during the two-day event.

Consider the 13 Education Sessions

The Fall Seminar Series kicks off Thursday, Oct. 11 with five education session opportunities.

– Washington Report: Wesley Wright and Greg Kunkle of Keller and Heckman LLP will discuss FCC regulatory developments.

– Enabling Next Generation IoT Communications: SCADA professionals will want to hear Austin Pivarnik of XetaWave present on future developments in network connectivity.

– LTE Spectrum Bands: Louis Lambert of Redline Communications will discuss how to deliver a private LTE infrastructure to serve your business units.

– Field Area Networks: John Yaldwyn of 4RF USA, Inc. will discuss the challenges of modernizing and upgrading radio-based networking technology.

– Preventing Power Failures: Andre Scholtz of Solarcraft will discuss how to prevent power failures in the field using reliable field power sources.

The Fall Seminar Series includes eight more education session opportunities on Friday, Oct. 12.

– Spectrum Efficiency: Thomas Schwartz & Jeff Wilczewski of GE MDS will present on how to maximize the efficiency of your wireless communication system.

– LPWAN and LPFAN: John Geiger of Machfu will discuss how to leverage LPWAN/FAN sensing solutions in your SCADA system.

– SCADA Narrow Band: Ken Crandall & Darryl E. Parker of Alligator Communications, Inc. will discuss issues and solutions for modernizing narrow band radio systems in the IoT era.

– IOT Security: Roman Arutyunov of Xage Security and Chuck Drobny of GlobaLogix will present solutions for enhanced security as a necessary platform for IoT innovation.

– Wireless Networking: Tisha Hayes of 4RF USA will discuss wireless network capabilities and synergistic solutions for Oil & Gas SCADA, Metering, and IOT.

– Cybersecurity in the Value Chain: Davinder Harcharan Singh of Siemens Industry, Inc. will present his findings on the frequency of cyber attacks on critical infrastructures.

– LTE to 5G: Ajay Grewal of GE MDS LLC will present on the industry switchover to 5G and how to deploy this new technology for wireless communications.

– SCADA Data: Randy Krall of Wellkeeper will discuss using modern data analysis tools to manage upstream operations.

Consider the 6 Training Session Speakers

ENTELEC believes that learning also needs to be applied to advance the capabilities of our industries. During the Fall Seminar Series, you will have several training opportunities to grow your team’s skills.

We are offering three training sessions on Thursday, Oct. 11:

– Wireless Device Implementation: Sandra Esposito of SignalFire Telemetry, Inc. will be hosting a training session on wireless device network setup and troubleshooting.

– Wireless Communications Projects: Peter Cappiello and Dave Rumore of Future Technologies Venture LLC will concentrate on the life cycle of a wireless communication project using various technology.

– Spectrum Analysis: Rolland Zhang of Keysight will provide introductory, hands-on training on RF/MW communication networks, troubleshooting, interference, and more topics.

ENTELEC will offer three more training session opportunities on Friday, Oct. 12:

– Spectrum Analysis: Rolland Zhang of Keysight will return on Friday morning for another opportunity to receive hands-on training on spectrum analysis.

– Wireless Network Planning Tools: Vernon Tindell of Cambium Networks will train attendees on how to use Cambium’s wireless and communication planning tools.

– Drones: Renner Vaughn and Kabe Termes of Cape will provide training on real-time remote facility inspection using drones that are trained by Cape.

Register Today for the Fall Seminar Series

ENTELEC is confident that you will walk away from the 2018 Fall Seminar Series with the education and training you need to leverage new technology across the business units of your company.

Additionally, when you consider the price of the conference and the amount of education and training opportunities, you cannot find a better value for professional development this fall:

  • Corporate ENTELEC Member Rate: $75 pre-registration ($100 onsite)
  • Corporate non-ENTELEC Member Rate: $185 pre-reg ($225 onsite)
  • Associate Member/Non-Sponsor: $165 pre-reg ($190 onsite)

– Find out how to become an ENTELEC member today.

– Register for the Fall Seminar Series today.

We look forward to seeing you at the Fall Seminar Series in Odessa. If you have questions about the conference or becoming an ENTELEC member, please contact our team at info@entelec.org.

3 Trends Affecting Oil & Gas This Fall

The summer season is almost in the books, which means it’s time to look ahead to oil & gas industry trends this fall that could affect your company and role.

Most notably, there is tremendous activity in West Texas, which ENTELEC will be part of this October when we host our Fall Seminar Series. There are other key considerations that you should be aware of.

Which Oil & Gas Trends Should You Pay Attention To This Fall?

ENTELEC will continue monitoring the latest developments in West Texas, the U.S. as a whole, and internationally to ensure that our members and conference attendees are kept up-to-speed on the latest information affecting them.

Trend #1: West Texas is Booming and Technology Will Keep It Booming

Oil boom. Gold rush. Sand revolution. There are many nicknames for what’s happening in West Texas with people and resources flowing to the Permian Basin to take advantage of natural gas resources.

The key to this production boom is the emergence of new technology to accelerate the rate of production. Energy technology, telecommunications technology, and oil & gas technology have all come together in one central location to help mine valuable resources beneath sand dunes that previously were worth nothing.

According to Bloomberg, companies will mine and ship about 22 million tons of sand to shale drillers around them in the Permian Basin, which has become the “hottest oil patch on earth.” Bloomberg adds that within a few years, the figure will double to about 50 million tons of sand mined and shipped.

This fall, ENTELEC looks forward to hosting decision-makers and industry leaders at our Fall Seminar Series in Odessa. This conference will bring together industry knowledge and experience to help solve real challenges faced by companies looking to take advantage of the capabilities in West Texas.

Trend #2: The U.S. is On The Way to the No. 1 Producer

A rising tide is raising all boats for U.S. oil producers. According to information released by the U.S. government this summer, the U.S. is on the way to becoming the No. 1 oil producer in the world.

This fall, production is expected to continue climbing as the U.S. looks to reach an average of 11.8 MMbpd of crude oil production in 2019. The government hopes to reach 12-even at some point in 2019.

“If the forecast holds, that would make the U.S. the world’s leading producer of crude,” said Linda Capuano, Administrator of the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The key to reaching this target is resolving production bottlenecks in West Texas, which could affect domestic output throughout the fall into the end of the year. That’s why advancing the technological capabilities of companies operating in the Permian Basin is crucial for the U.S. to reach its production goals.

Trend #3: OPEC Has a Key Year-End Meeting

At the end of the fall, OPEC will be meeting in Vienna, Austria. This meeting on December 3 will be critical for setting the pace and tone for domestic and international supply in 2019.

Over the summer, OPEC tried to curb enthusiasm for massive production output by saying they do not want to contribute to a market where there is excess supply, which triggered the industry downturn a few years ago.

The position taken by OPEC has led to back-and-forth discussions with U.S. President Trump over the actions taken — or not taken — by OPEC to reduce the price of oil.

It will be interesting to see what OPEC decides in December because their stance on international oil supply could affect the overall industry in the new year.

Be Part of the Solution at the Fall Seminar Series

ENTELEC has strategically scheduled our Fall Seminar Series for Odessa, Texas, in mid-October. We believe this is the right location and time to bring together decision-makers and industry leaders to strategize solutions, learn about emerging technology, and address the latest oil & gas trends to continue fueling the U.S. energy revolution.

Find out how to register for the Fall Seminar Series, either as an ENTELEC member or as a non-member. If you have questions about the fall conference or becoming an ENTELEC member, please contact our team at info@entelec.org.

5 Reasons to Attend the ENTELEC Fall Seminar Series

The ENTELEC Association is looking forward to the 2018 Fall Seminar Series in West Texas this fall. The two-day event is scheduled for October 11-12 in Odessa at the four-star MCM Elegante Hotel.

We know from experience that when industry leaders gather together in an intimate setting to share knowledge and experience, there will be ample opportunity to receive valuable insight to pour back into your company.

Because of the past success of the Fall Seminar Series, we expanded this year’s conference and moved to a new location to provide even more value to attendees.

What Are the Benefits of Attending the Fall Seminar Series?

ENTELEC carefully strategized this year’s Fall Seminar Series to provide the most value to high-level decision-makers and industry leaders. Consider these five reasons why you should attend.

Reason #1: Located Where the Industry Action Is

In 2017, ENTELEC hosted a one-day Fall Seminar Series in Midland, Texas. We enjoyed this conference immensely and wanted to expand this year’s event.

That’s why we created a two-day event in Odessa to take advantage of the booming energy and oil & gas activity in the Permian Basin.

Now, with advanced technological capabilities helping fuel the “oil boom” in West Texas, we are gathering industry leaders to discuss the latest technology and find solutions to the latest challenges to ensure companies can advantage of new opportunities.

Reason #2: Focus on the Key Topics You Care About

As part of our technological focus at the Fall Seminar Series, the conference will include discussion of critical topics and pressing industry issues such as LTE, SCADA, IIoT, Field Communications, and regulatory developments.

ENTELEC Fall Seminar

You will be able to hear from industry leaders on each of these topics to learn how they are approaching new technological challenges in their company. Then, you can readily apply the information from the presentations in your company.

Reason #3: Hands-On Training Opportunities

As part of our expanded conference offering, ENTELEC is offering more hands-on training opportunities to learn how to troubleshoot equipment, analyze problems, and reach real-time decisions. The training is especially beneficial for learning about new and emerging technology to be used in the field.

The primary training topics will include:

  • IoT/Field Communications Technology for Oil & Gas
  • SCADA Integration
  • FCC/Tower Regulations
  • LTE Specific training
  • Drone Applications in Oil & Gas

We will have hands-on training opportunities on other topics, including topics relevant to operating in the Permian Basin.

Reason #4: Intimate Setting of Industry Executives and Leaders

In the spring, ENTELEC offers the annual ENTELEC Conference & Expo in Houston. The event is open to attendees from all levels of the energy, telecommunications, and oil & gas industries.

In the fall, we close the gathering to executives, leaders, operators, and managers who are tasked with making critical decisions for their company. This setting creates opportunities for decision-makers to gather valuable information they need to support their decision-making process, especially deciding where to allocate resources to take advantage of new technological opportunities.

Reason #5: The Price is Right

Finally, we believe the price for this intimate gathering of industry leaders is a bargain considering the amount of education, training, and networking opportunities available.

Registration includes technical education sessions, training sessions, lunch, and a networking event on Thursday, Oct. 11. Then, on Friday, Oct. 12, your registration includes a valuable breakfast and lunch session.

Consider the Fall Seminar Series pricing options:

  • Corporate ENTELEC Member Rate: $75 pre-registration ($100 onsite)
  • Corporate non-ENTELEC Member Rate: $185 pre-reg ($225 onsite)
  • Associate Member/Non-Sponsor: $165 pre-reg ($190 onsite)

Register Today for the Fall Seminar Series

We look forward to seeing you at the Fall Seminar Series in Odessa. As you can see by the pricing, you will receive a discount as an ENTELEC member. However, you may also attend if you are not a member of our user association.

– Find out how to become an ENTELEC member today.

– Register for the Fall Seminar Series today.

If you have questions about the fall conference or becoming an ENTELEC member, please contact our team at info@entelec.org to get answers to your questions.

7 Benefits of Joining an Oil & Gas Industry Committee

Throughout the history of ENTELEC, industry professionals have taken a significant leap in their professional career path by volunteering on one of our committees.

Whether you are just starting in your industry or have decades of industry experience, our user association offers tremendous professional value through committee service.

Specifically, committee service provide opportunities for professional development in the oil & gas industry and other related industries by advancing the technology and communication used in these industries.

Take Advantage of These 7 Benefits of Committee Service

Consider the seven most important benefits to you professionally by volunteering on a committee organized by ENTELEC.

1. Apply your expertise to sharpen your skills. We believe the best way to hone your professional abilities is by applying your skills and knowledge in real-life settings.

By volunteering on a committee, you will be able to apply your industry education to grow your knowledge base and sharpen the individual skills that you can bring back to your company.

2. Become more valuable to your company. By sharpening your skills and gaining relevant experience, you will instantly become more valuable to your company. You will have a firmer grasp of your role and be able to share information vertically to managers and horizontally to peers, better positioning you as a reliable industry expert in your company.

3. Grow in your company role. Serving on an ENTELEC committee will better position you for job security and career advancement. Refining your skills and growing in confidence will help you become more valuable to your company.

Then, when you reach the point of career advancement, your ENTELEC service and committee role will look more attractive to managers who are looking for future leaders in your company.

4. Develop necessary leadership skills. One of the most important ways that you can secure your job now and position yourself for future roles is developing leadership skills.

Serving on an ENTELEC committee provides you with an opportunity to enhance your communication, share constructive feedback, evaluate options, make decisions, and guide the committee toward the best choice. This experience can be applied in your company both now in your current role and in the future as your decision-making responsibility increases.

5. Learn how to work on a team. A crucial piece of developing leadership skills is learning how to work on a team in a real-life setting, advancing beyond hypothetical scenarios you may have experienced in your educational background.

ENTELEC committee members come from various backgrounds, represent oil & gas and other industries, and have unique personalities. Learning how to communicate effectively, contribute to the conversation, and help make decisions together — and not individually operating in silos — will benefit you professionally.

6. Network with other industry professionals. As part of your committee service, you will have numerous networking opportunities to help you grow professionally.

For young professionals, you can build your base of industry contacts that will benefit you as you advance in your career. For experienced professionals, this is an opportunity to continue learning and growing in your role by leaning on others for industry expertise.

7. Influence the technological future of oil & gas. Collectively, ENTELEC committees have the opportunity to influence the future of the technology serving the oil & gas industry and other industries. This is accomplished through a commitment to making forward-thinking decisions that drive growth as professionals, as companies, and as industries.

Which ENTELEC Committee Should You Join?

To serve on an ENTELEC committee that drives the technological future of the oil & gas industry, you must be an ENTELEC member. Then, once you are a member, you can apply to volunteer on a committee.

Our committee opportunities include:

  • Technical
  • Regulatory
  • Marketing
  • Associate Membership
  • Corporate Membership
  • Scholarship

If you believe that you are decisive, have excellent communication skills, and desire for your industry to grow, consider volunteering on an ENTELEC committee. We look forward to hearing from you!

3 Technology Trends in Pipeline Communication for 2018

In the current era of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), advanced technology is readily available to enhance communications for pipeline operators and midstream companies. However, there are roadblocks to deploying the technology.

Fortunately, the collective efforts of ENTELEC members can help solve some of the communication challenges that are embedded in the pipeline technology trends of 2018.

Three Trends That Require Collaborative Thinking

ENTELEC believes in the power of collaboration to solve real challenges that help real companies grow in their capabilities. Consider how working together can enhance your company’s ability to capitalize on this year’s most important communication trends.

Trend #1: Rural Communication is Growing

Communication to and from rural locations is vital for pipeliners and midstream companies. Unfortunately, many companies are still relying on landlines that were installed decades ago and require access to a small local provider. In this scenario, it’s a nightmare trying to get network connectivity to remote locations.

Operators need to find ways to tap into infrastructure to bypass landlines and use advanced technology to collect valuable data in real-time.

Fortunately, the federal government is funding a program to enhance rural communication. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development) launched the Community Connect program to “help fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service.”

The deadline to submit an application for the grant expired on May 14. However, if your company missed the deadline, you can take solace in the fact that there is clear momentum for a robust rural communication infrastructure.

This momentum also points to companies soon having the capability to come together to tap into technology without having to rely on major network carriers.

Trend #2: Private Infrastructure is Growing

Think about how major cellphone carriers try to market themselves to consumers. Don’t they try to distinguish themselves by highlighting their coverage map? Sure, these carriers cover enough of a massive state such as Texas to make it seem like they cover the entire state, but if you were to zoom in closely on the coverage map, you would see little coverage in rural areas.

As the Community Connect program points out, it has not yet become economically viable for major phone carriers to build connectivity in select rural areas, which is precisely where pipeliners and midstream companies need enhanced connectivity.

However, advanced technology for communication is making it possible for companies to get together to build a private infrastructure, bypassing the major carriers. It’s not reasonable to wait for carriers to decide when they can justify the cost of building infrastructure when you need to collect valuable data from rural locations right now.

What’s the solution? Companies with a vested interest in rural communication need to come together to collaborate and leverage technology capabilities to build a private infrastructure and work with regulatory bodies. Fortunately, ENTELEC is the forum to make this happen because of our commitment to shared learning to advance our respective industries forward.

Trend #3: Redundancy Capabilities are Growing

The underlying reasons why operators and midstream companies need access to data from remote locations is to enhance reliability, operate safely and efficiently, and to remain compliant.

To achieve these objectives, companies need enhanced redundancy capabilities to increase the reliability of their communication systems.

One of the growing pipeline technology trends is building more redundancy into SCADA systems to ensure that a company can remain operable in abnormal operating conditions.

Within the infrastructure of your SCADA system, it’s critical to have robust communications from your network. That’s why access to data is valuable to ensure that companies can build a practical plan of action beforehand and then make informed decisions in real-time.

The solution to take advantage of growing redundancy capabilities is companies working together to ensure connectivity. Essentially, communications connectivity is a bridge that must be built; otherwise companies cannot take full advantage of available technology.

Be Part of the Solution

Right now, a significant issue facing our members is building infrastructure for pipeline communication.

The technology is available. The data is ready to be collected. However, the infrastructure is not yet built. Together, we can work together to solve this challenge.

Your Challenges Solved for Oil & Gas Networking in Houston

Whether you are an individual contributor in the oil & gas, energy, or telecommunications industry or if you are a manager/executive, you face a unique challenge deciding which Houston networking events provide the most value.

Perhaps you had a poor experience with oil & gas networking in Houston in the past. Or, you are uncertain whether you or your team will actually benefit from attending events. We are proud that ENTELEC addresses common networking concerns to ensure that you gain valuable knowledge, experience, and resources to apply directly to your company.

Which Oil & Gas Networking Challenges Apply to Your Situation?

Consider which of these five challenges apply to your situation and how ENTELEC addresses each challenge to ensure the most value for you or your team.

Networking Challenge #1: So Many Networking Options

We have found that industry professionals in Texas genuinely enjoy getting together to share ideas and information. But, which event or conference is the best fit for your needs?

There are large gatherings such as the annual ENTELEC Spring Conference & Expo in Houston, and there are smaller gatherings such as lunch-and-learns that have similar networking opportunities in a more intimate setting.

Fortunately, we believe that ENTELEC achieves the best of both worlds.

We host a large gathering at the ENTELEC Spring Conference & Expo, but within that forum, we have breakout sessions that allow for personalized interaction and discussion with industry leaders.

We also will be hosting our annual Fall Seminar Series in Odessa, Texas this year. Our fall conference usually takes place in a smaller venue, attracts remote participants, and includes collaborative breakout sessions that allow for engagement with industry peers. The result is being able to talk about your company’s real challenges to get real answers.

Networking Challenge #2: Are These Events a Good Use of Time?

You could sum up oil & gas networking in Houston as an input/output relationship. What you put in is what you will get out. If you walk into a conference or send your team to a conference not expecting to get much out of the event, then they won’t find much value.

However, if you expect to gain valuable knowledge or even find a solution to solve your company’s existing problem, then you will see positive results.

We are proud of the track record of our member organization connecting companies with other companies to solve real problems and find solutions they can readily apply in the field.

Networking Challenge #3: Exposing Ourselves to Competitors?

A third common reason why companies are hesitant to engage in networking events is the possibility of exposing your products or services to competitors.

Sure, there are some conferences where companies send team members mainly to scout the competition and try to discover trade secrets to bring back to their company. That is not the spirit of ENTELEC.

At ENTELEC, the gathered companies and professionals might be competitors, but at the end of the day, the spirit of our organization is shared learning to grow our respective industries. It is about moving forward in a respectful manner to ensure that everyone grows, even as competitors.

Networking Challenge #4: How Do I Justify Attending a Conference to My Boss?

If you are an individual contributor who wants to gain knowledge to pour back into your company, congratulations! You are ahead of the game wanting to grow in your profession and secure your future in the industry.

One of the best ways to justify attending a networking event in Houston is relaying the key benefits to your company if you participate.

For example, when your company becomes an ENTELEC member, you gain a discounted rate to the ENTELEC Conference & Expo, free access to unique educational opportunities such as webinars and lunch-and-learns, and the chance to participate in the Regulatory & Technology Committee.

Networking Challenge #5: How Do I Justify Sending My Team to a Conference?

If you are a manager or executive considering sending your team to an oil & gas networking event in Houston, then you are positioned to jump ahead of your competition.

These events are a unique opportunity for your individual contributors to gain tremendous knowledge and experience, then bring those resources back into your company.

Related to ENTELEC, we offer a Corporate Membership to companies that employ personnel in the telecommunications, automation, electrical power, information processing systems, or allied fields. We help these individual contributors grow in their profession to deliver results for your company.

Consider Becoming an ENTELEC Member

We believe we offer the best value for oil and gas networking in Houston through our annual ENTELEC Conference & Expo and other membership events throughout the year.

If you are an individual contributor who wants to encourage your superior to register your company for ENTELEC membership, or if you are a manager who is ready to register your team, then you can learn more about how to start the application process today.

We look forward to hearing from you as we continue to provide valuable resources to industry professionals to keep growing in their profession and growing their companies.

3 Pipeline Safety Issues You May Not Have Been Aware Of

In late April, CenterPoint Energy released a detailed pipeline safety message to residents in the city of Houston, surrounding areas in Texas, and other Gulf Coast states where they operate.

The message was geared toward residential users to share valuable information with family, neighbors, and co-workers to ensure safe interaction with pipelines running throughout a given area.

After reading the message, we believe there is also relevant information to share with professionals who interact with pipelines on a daily or semi-regular basis.

Pipeline Safety Issues

Consider the following pipeline safety issues that you may not be aware that could help you in your current role.

Pipeline Safety Issue #1: Some Areas Are More Critical Than Others

Related to pipeline risk, not every area in a particular region is treated the same. If a portion of a pipeline system is located in a “populated or environmentally sensitive” area, this is designated as a High Consequence Area (HCA).

Additionally, the HCAs are subject to increased inspections and additional maintenance measures that are part of an Integrity Management Program (IMP).

The HCA designation and subsequent IMP program are managed by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). To ensure that residents, pipeline operators, and other professionals are aware of these high-consequence areas, PHMSA has provided the National Pipeline Mapping System for public access and viewing.

Pipeline Safety Issue #2: Pipeline Markers Are Not Exact

Most pipelines in a given area are buried underground. To help indicate where pipelines are located, pipeline markers are used to indicate their “approximate location.”

These pipeline markers help identify where a pipeline intersects with a street, highway, or other road feature. On the marker, you can find pertinent information such as the material in the pipe, the name of the pipeline operator, and the phone number of the operator.

However, pipeline markers “cannot be relied upon to indicate the exact position of the pipeline,” according to CenterPoint. Why is this? A pipeline typically does not run in a straight course between markers. That is why it is essential to use the mapping system to identify the exact location of a pipeline to ensure pipeline safety if you need to work with a particular stretch of underground pipe.

Pipeline Safety Issue #3: Check the Pipeline Right-of-Way Before Taking Action

Before you interact with a pipeline, you should check the pipeline right-of-way, which provides access to the pipeline for maintenance and other services.

The pipeline marker will typically indicate a pipeline right-of-way. However, if you do not see a pipeline marker, you should not interact with the pipeline or place anything near it before the pipeline is marked and the right-of-ways are staked.

This process is important because the right-of-ways help indicate areas where certain actions are prohibited to protect public safety and the integrity of the pipeline. They also help identify areas that should be clear in the event of an emergency.

ENTELEC Supports Members in the Pursuit of Pipeline Safety

As part of our commitment to education and shared learning, ENTELEC believes it is important for all industry professionals to be reminded of pipeline safety. We want our members and colleagues to safely perform tasks in their given role, no matter how often you interact with pipelines.

Consider joining the ENTELEC user association to receive more valuable resources throughout the year — many of our members find the committees particularly valuable for staying current on the issues that impact their work. We look forward to serving your professional needs in the petroleum, natural gas, pipeline, and electric utility industries.

ENTELEC 2018: Thank You For Advancing Our Capabilities at the Spring Conference

ENTELEC has been gathering since 1928 to share the latest education and technology with users in the energy, telecommunications, utility, and natural gas industries. After 90 years, we are still committed to moving these industries forward by pooling our collective resources in one gathering location.

This year’s ENTELEC Spring Conference and Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston demonstrated the power of collaboration. We heard from industry leaders, policymakers, and vendors who are primed to capitalize on the latest opportunities for industry growth by working together. However, we also heard about roadblocks and obstacles that could slow our collective push forward.

ENTELEC Prepared Users to Meet the Challenge

As new technology has emerged, companies have realized that the only way to truly capitalize on these capabilities is through collaboration. That makes ENTELEC a powerful resource for our members because shared learning and experience is at the core of our user association.

During education sessions at ENTELEC 2018, we heard questions and discussions about how to tap into the latest technology when faced with roadblocks.

Your roadblock could be federal government regulations, access restrictions, or conflict with major infrastructure providers who are not keen on building systems for network connectivity in rural areas. You may even be frustrated by how close you are to realizing the full capabilities of available technology because of the significant positive impact it could have on your company.

ENTELEC is the place to work together to solve these problems and find solutions through our collective resources. To help bridge that gap, we were excited to see vendors displaying amazing technology to support companies, such as Virtual Reality, advanced wireless network systems, and software to manage a control room.

Alden Mills Captures the Power of Collaboration

ENTELEC was proud to feature former Navy SEAL Alden Mills as the keynote speaker for ENTELEC 2018. Alden spoke about the power of success through teamwork and collaborative efforts, which he also wrote about in his influential book, “Unstoppable.”

Alden inspired the room of ENTELEC members and vendors with his stories from the battlefield and through his lessons from the military and business leadership experience.

Alden’s military experience includes the distinction of a three-time No. 1 ranked Navy SEAL platoon commander. In business, Alden co-founded Perfect Fitness, has been awarded more than 40 patents, and has helped companies build, lead, grow, and innovate through successful collaboration.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Each ENTELEC gathering is the result of the Board of Directors, members, vendors, and sponsors coming together with one mission to provide information, training, and resources that benefit the end user.

Without a collaborative approach to advancing our respective industries forward, ENTELEC would not be as powerful influencing and advancing key industries.

We want to thank the following sponsors for supporting ENTELEC 2018 — whether the overall event, a booth, training sessions, panel discussions, or our keynote speaker.

Platinum Sponsors: Athonet, GE, and RigNet
Gold Sponsors: Juniper Networks, PTC, and Tessco
Silver Sponsors: AccessSpectrum, Lockard & White, and Nutanix

We Look Forward to Our Next Meeting

Now that the Spring 2018 ENTELEC conference is in the books, we are looking forward to our next formal gathering later this year.

The Fall 2018 Seminar Series will be held October 11-12 in Odessa, Texas. This exclusive meeting will focus on critical industry topics such as SCADA, IIoT, LTE, Field Communications, and Regulatory developments.

If your company would like to join the conference, then act fast to reserve your spot. Because of the exclusive nature of the conference, spots are limited. Find out how to register your team today!