Virtual 2020 International Software Summit - Americas

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Join us for DNV GL's Virtual 2020 International Software Summit

For over 20+ years, DNV GL has delivered a conference experience that keeps our attendees registering again and again. Curious why? Watch our video.

International Software Summit is going Virtual!

All of us at DNV GL continue to send you our very best wishes in these unique and challenging times. As communicated previously, the health and safety of our customers and our colleagues is our number one priority. We are continually adapting the delivery of software and services in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis to demonstrate that care and our commitment to service.  Travel restrictions and social distancing remain prudent for the foreseeable future so DNV GL is bringing our popular International Software Summit to you!

We look forward to gathering in September and aim to deliver everything you love about this conference, albeit virtually. You'll get the latest updates on product direction and new releases and you'll hear from industry peers how they are using our solutions to tackle their planning and operating challenges. And, as always, there will be plenty of opportunities to pick the brains of our team and network through the live chat and Q&A sessions. 

The learning and networking experience will be spaced over several days with sessions dedicated to:  

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September 15 - 17 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT  

  • System Planning for Gas Distribution
  • System Planning for Water 
  • Control Room 
September 22 - 24 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT
  • System Planning for Transmission - Liquid Pipelines
  • System Planning for Transmission - Gas Pipelines
  • System Planning for Midstream
  • Integrity and Risk


We'll explore together how we can apply technology to advance your digital transformation, address the requirements of the Mega Rule and improve your asset performance.  

If you have suggestions for a specific agenda topic or you would be willing to present or participate in a panel discussion, please reach out and e-mail Shelly Young. We would love to hear your agenda input!  

Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often for agenda updates. 

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For over 20+ years, DNV GL has delivered a conference experience that keeps our attendees registering again and again. Curious why? Watch our video.

International Software Summit is going Virtual!

All of us at DNV GL continue to send you our very best wishes in these unique and challenging times. As communicated previously, the health and safety of our customers and our colleagues is our number one priority. We are continually adapting the delivery of software and services in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis to demonstrate that care and our commitment to service.  Travel restrictions and social distancing remain prudent for the foreseeable future so DNV GL is bringing our popular International Software Summit to you!

We look forward to gathering in September and aim to deliver everything you love about this conference, albeit virtually. You'll get the latest updates on product direction and new releases and you'll hear from industry peers how they are using our solutions to tackle their planning and operating challenges. And, as always, there will be plenty of opportunities to pick the brains of our team and network through the live chat and Q&A sessions. 

The learning and networking experience will be spaced over several days with sessions dedicated to:  

DOWNLOAD AGENDA HERE

September 15 - 17 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT  

  • System Planning for Gas Distribution
  • System Planning for Water 
  • Control Room 
September 22 - 24 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm EDT
  • System Planning for Transmission - Liquid Pipelines
  • System Planning for Transmission - Gas Pipelines
  • System Planning for Midstream
  • Integrity and Risk


We'll explore together how we can apply technology to advance your digital transformation, address the requirements of the Mega Rule and improve your asset performance.  

If you have suggestions for a specific agenda topic or you would be willing to present or participate in a panel discussion, please reach out and e-mail Shelly Young. We would love to hear your agenda input!  

Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often for agenda updates. 

AGENDA - Virtual International Software Summit 2020 - Americas

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Agenda Overview

Track 

General Session Agenda

Tuesday, September 15  

Welcome and Keynote Address

Our keynote with Digital Solutions CEO - Kenneth Vareide, Regional Manager - Americas John Schaffer and Head of Pipeline Ecosystem, Brad Eichelberger will set the stage for the event.  Together, they will provide a view of digitalization, technology trends and regional market drivers and then connect those dots to our product road map which delivers solutions to help you manage and optimize critical pipeline data to improve the safety and reliability of your assets.

Speaker

Kenneth Vareide

CEO, Digital Solutions

John Schaffer

Regional Manager, Americas

Brad Eichelberger

Head of Pipeline Ecosystem

Track 

System Planning for Water

Tuesday, September 15  

Synergi Water Capabilities - A Whirlwind Tour

Synergi Water is a comprehensive network analysis program rich with functionality. It has so much functionality, in fact, that some of it is relatively unknown. This presentation attempts to identify several of those lesser known capabilities and offer a brief summary of what they can do for the modeler. The goal is to introduce and remind modelers of at least one piece of functionality that can improve their network analysis experience.

Speaker

Kevin Hemingway

Head of Section - Simulation and Optimization (Americas)

City of San Diego Water Quality Modeling

The City of San Diego has a complex hydraulic system with over 284,160 service connections, 3,390 miles of distribution pipelines, 326 miles of transmission mains, 134 pressure zones, three water treatment plants (each with a different source water and treatment process), 54 pump stations, and 32 distribution reservoirs.  With a system this large and with this many facilities water quality is sometimes a problem in the distribution reservoirs and areas far away from the treatment plants.  Using Synergi to trace water and calculate age, and the theoretical chlorine concentration, the City of San Diego of was able to implement operational changes to improve water quality.

Speaker

Michael Voss

Associate Engineer, San Diego Water

Draindown Modeling - How leaks impact customers

Learn how Synergi Water can help predict the impact of major leaks in your pipeline system. The Drain Down capability in Synergi Water can be used to estimate the hydraulic effects of major leaks that cause pipes to empty and then refill again after the leak is repaired.

Speaker

Scott Leone

Principal Software Engineer

The Power of Multi-Edit & Other Tools

This presentation will be a demonstration of Synergi Water's Multi-Edit feature along with several other standard tools to help set up and manage model data and to compare one what-if simulation to another.  We will cover features related to hydraulic subsystems, custom attributes, multi-edit, balance problems, and more.

Speaker

Mark Bolze

Principal Simulation and Optimization Engineer

Track 

Control Room

Tuesday, September 15  

Leak Detection Innovation: Exploring machine learning based solutions for short pipelines

At DNV GL, we have been working to advance and expand our leak detection solutions.  We have been innovating both the high fidelity model based solutions through Synergi  Pipeline Simulator that you are familiar with today and also at how we can introduce cost effective, high performance solutions for shorter pipelines with lower hydraulic  complexity.  In this session, we will introduce what is a very promising development in meeting the latter challenge.  We will explore how we have utilized single processing and machine learning methods to develp a prototype solution with minimal configuration requirements.

Speaker

Tom Gilmour

Head of Product Management

PHMSA requirements for the future of liquid pipelines: Risk assessment model for prioritizing leak detection

As per PHMSA Mega rule for “Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines” published on October 1 2019, operators of hazardous liquid pipelines must implement a leak detection system on all portions of a hazardous liquid pipeline system including the areas that are not considered High Consequence Areas (HCA). According to the PHMSA mega rule, new lines have 1 year to comply while existing lines have 5 years to comply (deadline October 1, 2024). Many existing pipeline segments do not have a leak detection system, which has created a challenge for pipeline companies to meet the deadline for compliance. In this presentation, a risk assessment model is introduced for an organization to prioritize pipeline segments with no leak detection system. The risk model evaluates both threat or failure likelihood and consequences of failure for the pipeline segments to develop a priority order.  It has been successfully applied by clients to prioritize the upgrade of pipeline segments with greater need for leak detection. Lastly, the upcoming new PHMSA rules about liquid pipeline rupture detection and valve spacing will be discussed.

Speaker

Noorallah Rostamy

Senior Engineer

Automated Fluid Property Calculator

Accurate fluid properties are critical for both pipeline surge analysis and Real Time Transient Model (RTTM) based leak detection systems. It is well established that the accuracy of the bulk modulus for example, has a significant impact on the sensitivity of the RTTM based leak detection system (c.f. API RP 1149, 1993). An industry practice called commodity pooling, where crudes that are (mostly) similar, are pooled into one batch, can result in variations in crude oil properties posing some unique modeling challenges. Synergi Pipeline Simulator (SPS) currently uses a fixed fluid database which is statically loaded during the “Prepr” step. A limitation of this approach is that the model will not see the variations in fluid properties in real time. The SPS composition controller can calculate the bulk modulus based on the sonic velocity signal, however, at most injection sites the sonic velocity is not available with existing custody transfer meters (Coriolis, positive displacement or turbine meters). Additionally, the SPS calculated properties may not be accurate for the entire range of fluids on a pipeline.  To supplement the standard capabilities of SPS,, an iterative lightweight solution named Automated Fluid Property Calculator (AFPC) has been developed in the SPS ADL. Using a minimal set of widely available inputs, this solution calculates all fluid properties, excluding vapor pressure and viscosity, according to API MPMS 11.1/11.2.2/11.2.4. AFPC covers the full range of crude oils, refined products, lubricating oils and natural gas liquids delivering accurate fluid properties that can be utilized by SPS in real time. This session will discuss the benefits of this novel implementation and some of the remaining challenges and limitations.

Speaker

Frank Vejahati

Enbridge Pipelines

Improving your operational intelligence with Synergi Pipeline Simulator (SPS)

A look at how SPS can provide insights into your line operations both now and in the future.

Speaker

David Stobb

Principal Pipeline Engineer

Track 

System Planning for Gas Distribution

Tuesday, September 15  

Role of Synergi Gas in System Planning

This is the keynote presentation just for system planning. We'll provide an overview of Synergi Gas, discuss efforts required to establish confidence in the model, and review various ways that it supports system planning today. This is the perfect presentation for management and users new to the software.

Speaker

Michael Moore

Head of Product Management, Pipeline Ecosystem

On the road to real-time modelling: Automatic Model Builder

This presentation provides an overview of an exciting project underway to use Synergi Gas models for operational support. What makes this project special is the high level of automation applied to Model Builder for large gas distribution networks.

Speaker

Dean Jennings

Senior Network Analysis Consultant

Modeling renewable gas & hydrogen

If it hasn't already happened, you are going to be asked if your natural gas system can accommodate the infusion of renewable gases or the viability of providing some concentration of hydrogen gas as an energy source to end customers. The industry surrounding these questions is picking up steam more and more each year, but Synergi Gas has long been able to model these types of systems. In addition, recently functionality has even enhanced the capabilities of the software in this arena. This presentation will introduce the broader activities that DNV GL is taking part in around the world, and then conclude with a Synergi Gas demonstration to show the analysis in action!

Speaker

Corey Rice

Principal Technical Support Engineer

Steve Alfred

Principal Product Engineer

The Foundation of System Planning - Customer Usage

Accounting for customer gas usage is an essential component of effective system planning, whether the time horizon is next week or next decade. In this presentation we provide a broad overview, reviewing a few of our best practices along with how our software offerings fit in. We'll end with some thoughts on the future of modeling customer demand. Management and new users will especially appreciate this presentation, but at the end we will provide time for experienced users to ask all of the questions they've been saving up. You know who you are.

Speaker

Corey Rice

Principal Technical Support Engineer

Brent Mandich

Senior Network Analysis Engineer

Track 

System Planning for Water

Wednesday, September 16  

Water Hammer / Surge

Water Utility Systems are essential to everyday life, yet they are suspectable to damage from low- and high-pressure transient events caused from daily pump and valve operations. This session will cover high level transient theory, common transient design standards, and utilizing modeling tools for transient analysis.

Speaker

Paola Holleway

Liquids Pipeline Engineer

Synergi Water Tips & Tricks

Back by popular demand, this presentation aims to provide the Synergi Water modeler with some time saving tips and angst vanquishing tricks to elevate their modeling game. What is your favorite tip or trick? Was it included in the presentation this year? If not, please share with us your favorite tip and trick during the question session!

Speaker

Kevin Hemingway

Head of Section - Simulation and Optimization

City of San Diego Reduction of New Infrastructure by Use of Operational Changes

The City of San Diego has a complex hydraulic system with over  284,160 Service Connection, 3,390 miles of distribution pipelines, 326 miles of transmission mains ranging in size from 84-inch to 16-inch, 163 pressure zone, three water treatment plants, 54 pump stations, and 32 distribution reservoir.  With a system this large and with this many facilities the hydraulics can be very complex.  The northwest section of the City of San Diego was experience low pressure, but only during peak hour demand.  Using SynerGEE to understand the hydraulics, the City of San Diego of was able to implement operational changes saving City of San Diego over $50 million in unneeded infrastructure.

Speaker

Hudson McLintock

Civil Associate Engineer, San Diego Water

Uni-Directional Flushing

Flushing is an important procedure for ongoing maintenance of water systems. Sediments build up over time and can reduce the efficiency of the system and introduce discoloration. Periodic flushing helps to keep those sediments to a minimum, reducing turbidity, and improving the efficiency of the pipeline. Unidirectional flushing, or UDF, is a technique where valves are closed during the flushing process to force the flow along a single path.  This technique increases the velocity along the path while decreasing the amount of water required to be flushed, thus improving the efficiency of the flushing process. Unidirectional Flushing is much more efficient than Conventional Flushing, but with this improved technique, comes greater challenges in ensuring the operation will get the job done in the safest, cleanest, and most cost-effective way. This presentation will cover Synergi Water’s Flushing Module, which has recently received some major enhancements, and is available for all users. You are able to manually or automatically generate and optimize flushing schedules using unidirectional flushing logic and user-defined criteria. This allows the user to specify exactly what kind of flushing operations they are looking for, and then Synergi can perform the complex and challenging optimization and hydraulic computations that are required for building the most optimal flushing plan.

Speaker

Alex Fischer

Technical Support Engineer

Water Quality Modeling

Reliable day-ahead water demand forecast can be a useful tool in making operational decisions about the supply of source water and in look-ahead modeling. Such day-ahead forecasts can be made from an analysis of historical water demand. Such analysis not only allows short term forecasts, but also gives insights into the structure of the historical data. This presentation will show some initial exploratory results in the use of Auto-regressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) models for water demand forecasting.

Speaker

Sanjay Yadav

Principal Development Engineer

Support Smorgasbord

For 50 years DNV GL and all its previous names has been extremely proud of its customer-centric culture.  We've come a long way since the days of support only by phone and then emails and I have several new initiatives to share with you.  Bring a snack and join our journey through the buffet of options available to you!

Speaker

Angela Baker

Head of Section, Customer Excellence

Track 

Control Room

Wednesday, September 16  

Successful real-time implementation starts with a strong project methodology: Learn about our approach to project delivery

Pipeline companies today are entrusted with the challenge of rolling out quality focused real-time software systems within defined time constraints for almost all of their leak detection pipelines in operation. This triggers the need for utilizing sophisticated and progressive implementation principles around the execution of those projects such that the dependencies/risks are reduced thereby empowering smooth and timely execution to deliver superior real-time models. This presentation throws light on DNV GL’s unique and effective methodology approach for the above project implementations encompassing proactive risk management, efficient data analysis techniques for evaluating model data and  well-structured model-tuning and testing activities  to successfully handover operation-ready real-time models to the pipeline control room.

Speaker

Murthy Ambadapudi

Head of Section, Project Management

Trends in RTTM (Real Time Transient Modelling) Batch Tracking for the Control Room

In this presentation we will discuss the batch tracking capabilities in Synergi Pipeline Simulator (SPS), the differences among SPS Equation of States for Batch Tracking,  and several options to visualize and provide Batch Tracking information to the Control Room.

Speaker

Boris Rodriguez

Pipeline Engineer

How to make SPS model’s run faster -  Performance tuning

This presentation provides insights in to performance tuning of Synergi Pipeline Simulator.  It will provide details about making the model run faster, What slows down a model, tradeoffs to make the model run faster, ways to debug the cause of model performance degradation and how to effectively use the SPS help.

Speaker

Raj Nuthalapati

Pipeline Engineer

10 Features to Improve Model Experience

This presentation will illustrate 10 lesser known or new Model Builder features that can improve user model experiences in the areas of Model Creation Tips, Data Visualization, and finally Model Customization.

Speaker

Chris Summers

Senior Pipeline Consultant

Rountable: How are your simulation based tools impacted by SCADA upgrades, data quality, company policy/IT, historian and other factors?

Group discussion about how your simulation based tools are impacted by SCADA upgrades, data quality, company policy/IT, historian and other factors.

Speaker

Angie Yarnitsky

Head of Section Simulation & Optimization and Electric Consulting

Chris Summers

Senior Pipeline Consultant

Richard Fletcher

Area Manager, Canada

David Stobb

Principal Pipeline Engineer

David Bell

Senior Regional Solutions Sales Manager, Pipeline- Americas

Julie Brown

Senior Regional Solution Sales Manager, Simulation & Optimization - Americas

Track 

System Planning for Gas Distribution

Wednesday, September 16  

Support Smorgasbord

For 50 years DNV GL and all its previous names has been extremely proud of its customer-centric culture.  We've come a long way since the days of support only by phone and then emails and I have several new initiatives to share with you.  Bring a snack and join our journey through the buffet of options available to you!

Speaker

Angela Baker

Head of Section, Customer Excellence

Monthly Synergi Gas tips & tricks

Explore various tips and tricks in Synergi Gas and/or Synergi Water that you may not know about. Cris will show you a variety of tools and tips that will make using Synergi easier or broaden your knowledge of the software while also demonstrating the User Community that he posts them on.

Speaker

Cris Zurita

Technical Support Engineer

An underused technique for viewing your system - The Pressure Level View

When a previous president of ours, Mr. Joe Kroon, first suggested an alternate to map views in Synergi Gas; a hierarchical view, based on pressures, of a distribution system we were all pretty stoked.  And then we added it, and before first presentation of the Pressure Levels View at a TEAM conference (10 points and a chance to play in the bonus round, where the scores can really add up, if you remember those archaic days) I was rehearsing my presentation for my then teenaged daughter.  There may have been an exchange of funds involved to earn her attention.  And I said, “And where do you think the problem is, Sarah?”  And she looked up from her phone and said “Uh, where the red box is?”  In this presentation we’ll talk about  boxes and lines and the other stuff shown in the Pressure Levels View that will help you become a hydraulics boss.

Speaker

Alex Hollis

Senior Principal Product Engineer

The Problems with Means and Measures

Have you ever seen a message about “Temperature knots added” during a Synergi Gas solution?  Elevation knots?  Pressure knots?  And wondered what a ‘knot’ was?  Have you ever tried to verify some Synergi calculations only to find your answers are fairly different from the programs?  Have you ever thought “Well, the program is probably wrong in this case”?  (Spoiler alert, it probably isn’t.)  In this discussion we’re going to talk about how Synergi handles the fact that gas speeds up as it goes down a pipe.  How rapid temperature or elevation changes can impact solutions, and how simple averages can actually lead you into places that, well, aren’t so simple. And in doing so, we’ll talk about knots.

Speaker

Alex Hollis

Senior Principal Product Engineer

Cris Zurita

Technical Support Engineer

What's New in Synergi Gas 4.9.3

Synergi Gas 4.9.3 was released in August of this year. We're really proud that nearly all of the 150 or so work items were directly requested by users just like you!

Speaker

Corey Rice

Principal Technical Support Engineer

Track 

System Planning for Water

Thursday, September 17  

Our History… 50 Years of Excellence

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Stoner Associates, Inc.  In this session we’ll talk about our history, the software, the changes, and most importantly the consistency of purpose and objectives.  Mottoes and visions and purposes and other things may change with time, but Dr. Michael A. Stoner built quite a strong business and anchored an industry based on his work.  We’ll also share photos from the 70s, and those are always embarrassing.

Speaker

Alex Hollis

Senior Principal Product Engineer

Working with GIS Data (Background & Model Builder)

Synergi can interact with GIS data in various ways.  We can use Synergi’s Model Builder to build a model from the GIS data.  We can display GIS data as a background behind our Synergi model.  This presentation will explore the interaction between GIS data and Synergi.

Speaker

Brent Mandich

Senior Network Analysis Engineer

City of San Diego Use of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Billing Data to Generate Demand Profiles

With the increased use of smart metering, historical hourly data of water use is more readily available. Rather than relying solely on flow and pressure measurements at key infrastructure points, we are now able to get hourly flows directly at the point of consumption. This hourly data can be used to create demand profiles to be used in Synergi to more accurately model real-world scenarios.

Speaker

Daniel Boyett

Junior Engineer, San Diego Water

Using Synergi Auto-Controls for Valves & Pumps

Automatic controls are a handy and powerful way to control your time varying simulations.  This presentation will demonstrate the use of Synergi Auto-Control logic for valves and pumps.

Speaker

Mark Bolze

Principal Simulation and Optimization Engineer

Configuring & Comparing Models with SCADA

A step-by-step review on configuring SCADA to a hydraulic model’s geo-spatial elements and database. This session includes tools available within geography information system software and hydraulic modeling mapping capabilities. Topics include processes for managing large datasets, dataset comparisons, and quality assessment.

Speaker

Paola Holleway

Liquids Pipeline Engineer

R&D - Day-Ahead Demand Forecasting

Reliable day-ahead water demand forecast can be a useful tool in making operational decisions about the supply of source water and in look-ahead modeling. Such day-ahead forecasts can be made from an analysis of historical water demand. Such analysis not only allows short term forecasts, but also gives insights into the structure of the historical data. This presentation will show some initial exploratory results in the use of Auto-regressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) models for water demand forecasting.

Speaker

Sanjay Yadav

Principal Development Engineer

Track 

Control Room

Thursday, September 17  

Support Smorgasbord

For 50 years DNV GL and all its previous names has been extremely proud of its customer-centric culture.  We've come a long way since the days of support only by phone and then emails and I have several new initiatives to share with you.  Bring a snack and join our journey through the buffet of options available to you!

Speaker

Angela Baker

Head of Section, Customer Excellence

Taming the Jungle of Measured Data

Measured time series hydraulic data, usually provided by a SCADA system, can overwhelm anyone trying to glean useful information out of it.  As providers of transient models, we at DNV GL run into challenges with this data frequently and the amount of data we see just keeps growing and growing.  As part of the natural evolution of our daily work, we are attempting to use and analyze this data in different ways.  Both Transient Model-based Operator Training Systems and Leak Detection Systems are benefiting from some new approaches.  This presentation goes over this evolution.

Speaker

David Stobb

Principal Pipeline Engineer

Interfacing SPS trainer with SCADA

Operator training systems can be configured in two formats: SCADA-interfaced or graphical-interfaced. A SCADA-interfaced training system uses the existing SCADA platform to provide the display interface whereas a graphical-interfaced trainer system replicates the SCADA graphics accurately using the operational interface of DNV GL’s Synergi Pipeline Simulator. This presentation will walk you through several aspects of Interfacing a SPS trainer to SCADA : Process of SCADA mapping, trainer logic to mimic SCADA behavior, connecting multiple trainer models to SCADA,  and challenges and lessons learned.

Speaker

Prateem Hangloo

Principal Engineer

Pressure Control Valve Sizing and Tuning using SPS

Venturi will present the following workflows where SPS has allowed them to become significantly more automated and efficient:

  • Automating inprep, using a template structure, to build the model; limiting manual use of model builder.- Setting up initial state conditions without manual iterations.
  • Coding the procedure to output process conditions with the push of a button.
  • Creating appropriate displays and graphs to analyze the effects of different valves.
  • Using model lab to test different valves concurrently.
  • Establishing an automated procedure to test initial tuning parameters quickly and efficiently.

Speaker

Tyler Rushfeldt

Venturi

What's new in SPS?

Speaker

Mark Weber

Principal Engineer

Track 

System Planning for Gas Distribution

Thursday, September 17  

Our History… 50 Years of Excellence

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Stoner Associates, Inc.  In this session we’ll talk about our history, the software, the changes, and most importantly the consistency of purpose and objectives.  Mottoes and visions and purposes and other things may change with time, but Dr. Michael A. Stoner built quite a strong business and anchored an industry based on his work.  We’ll also share photos from the 70s, and those are always embarrassing.

Speaker

Alex Hollis

Senior Principal Product Engineer

Next generation analytical updates

Glance behind the scenes into what the Analytics, AI & Data Science team is working on as we advance our analytical offerings within the pipeline ecosystem.  During this presentation we discuss some of our research as we investigate new ideas through short, focused “Hackathons”.  We also present several exciting new advancements to our analytical solutions for DNV GL's next generation pipeline products.

Speaker

Andrew Daniels

Principal Software Development Scientist

Sanjay Yadav

Principal Development Engineer

Synergi Pipeline Overpressurization: network analysis of station failure and the first steps in providing these results to Synergi Pipeline

This presentation focuses on the soon-to-be-released Synergi Pipeline Overpressurization application, including how it will contribute valuable data to our regulator station risk model by utilizing a parametric study approach to analyze the hydraulic consequences of regulator stations completely failing open. This is the first web application developed by DNV GL that is powered by the engine at the heart of Synergi Gas.

Speaker

Corey Rice

Principal Technical Support

Discussion Groups

Have you ever wondered how your colleagues are addressing a certain modeling problem? Who else is being asked to apply their models to answer this new question that a guy from corporate says he needs an answer for yesterday? This is the venue for those sorts.

Speaker

DNV GL Panel

Track 

General Session Agenda

Tuesday, September 22  

Welcome and Keynote Address

Our keynote with Digital Solutions CEO - Kenneth Vareide, Regional Manager - Americas John Schaffer and Head of Pipeline Ecosystem, Brad Eichelberger will set the stage for the event.  Together, they will provide a view of digitalization, technology trends and regional market drivers and then connect those dots to our product road map which delivers solutions to help you manage and optimize critical pipeline data to improve the safety and reliability of your assets.

Speaker

Kenneth Vareide

CEO, Digital Solutions

John Schaffer

Regional Manager, Americas

Brad Eichelberger

Head of Pipeline Ecosystem

Track 

Integrity and Risk

Tuesday, September 22  

Enterprise Risk Management – A DTE Journey

DTE is in the midst of implementing an Enterprise Risk Management system for DIMP, TIMP and Underground Storage.  The solution will leverage probabilistic risk analysis (PRA) across all three industry verticals.  Learn why DTE decided to implement PRA across their asset portfolio and the benefits they will realize when the project is complete.

Speaker

Peter Rusche

Engineering Supervisor - DIMP, DTE

Better decision making through PowerBI dashboard and custom reporting examples

The emphasis of the presentation would be on how PowerBi dashboards are customizable and designed to pinpoint the biggest risk contributions for better decision making (PRA). I would also highlight how PowerBi reports can be used for regulatory reporting (PHMSA). I would ideally give an example for DPRA, TPRA, PHMSA & KPI, assuming they all exist at that time. I would also include that, for azure implementations, these reports can be embedded within the software.

Speaker

Rachel Mumma

Junior Software Developer

Exploring Analytical Modeling in Synergi Pipeline

Synergi Pipelines Analytical models give users the power to create, edit, and modify models that can be used to perform stand-alone assessments, or risk model consumable assessments. This session will briefly discuss some common analytical models and then focus on one example using a time to failure statistical model, which is a critical piece of information that can be used to predict an assets lifespan by considering the length of time that it will take for an assets starting pipe wall thickness to decrease to the point of failure.

Speaker

James Bolze

Asset Integrity Software Consultant

Roundtable1: MRP

Join DNV GL in a discussion on distribution mains replacement and repair and share your thoughts and ideas on how our next generation MRP product can support your company's requirements and business process

Speaker

Matt Julias

Principal Lead Consultant

Troy Weyant

Product Manager Pipeline

Track 

System Planning for Midstream

Tuesday, September 22  

Role of Synergi Gas & SPS in Planning & Simulation

This is the keynote presentation just for offline pipelines and gathering. We'll provide an overview of SPS and Synergi Gas, present their place in the market, and review numerous ways that they support simulation and planning efforts today. This is the perfect presentation for management and users new to the software.

Speaker

Michael Moore

Head of Product Management, Pipeline Ecosystem

Support Smorgasbord

For 50 years DNV GL and all its previous names has been extremely proud of its customer-centric culture.  We've come a long way since the days of support only by phone and then emails and I have several new initiatives to share with you.  Bring a snack and join our journey through the buffet of options available to you!

Speaker

Angela Baker

Head of Section, Customer Suppport

Produced and fracking water demand - a Synergi Water paper

Shale oil and gas fields can have hundreds of wells that each need a substantial amount of water, in the order of hundreds of thousands of barrels, for hydraulic fracture. However, each well only needs this amount for a relatively short period of time. A water system, routing both fresh and produced water to these hydraulic wells, is different from a conventional water system due to the significant variations in demand both as a function of time and location. These differences present challenges in hydraulic modeling and design where the goal is to maximize re-use of produced water before utilizing water from fresh natural occurring sources. This presentation will discuss an optimization methodology to model and design a typical fresh/produced water system in Synergi Water. Some of the key features include determining flow paths that minimize hydraulic head, minimizing friction loses through optimal selection of freshwater sources and the sizing of booster pumps. Minimizing energy consumptions and ensuring no MAOP violations or column separations also played a factor in the optimization.

Speaker

Michelle McInerney

Engineer

Guohua Li

Principal Hydraulic Engineer

Forecast Growth Modeling Utilizing Solver

Challenges to modeling a gathering system include an ever changing set of producer forecasts as well as defining a “system peak” of the forecasts.  Pipelines can be oversized if a “system peak” only occurs for a brief period.  Also, insufficient recommendations could be made if a subsystem has a peak volume month different than the overall “system peak”.  Synergi Gas offers Time Varying Module (TVM) to simulate every month of a forecast.  However, ONEOK requires additional flexibility within the time-step runs to account for operational challenges.  Therefore ONEOK developed a program utilizing Synergi’s Solver engine to automate our process.  The results are then uploaded to a GIS based portal and Spotfire that can be easily analyzed and presented.

Speaker

Anne Carlson

Pipeline System Planner II, ONEOK

Track 

System Planning for Transmission - Liquids Pipelines

Tuesday, September 22  

What's new in Synergi Pipeline Simulator 10.7

In this presentation, Mr. Weber will discuss the new capabilities in the coming SPS 10.7 release. Mr. Weber will also review the major capabilities added previously in recent releases of SPS.

Speaker

Mark Weber

Principal Software Developer

Automating Your SPS Runs to Save Engineering Hours

Best practice methods and workflows will save you time and get the most out of each simulation. This presentation will cover methods and workflows on how to automate simulation scenarios, data analyzation, and data collection that you may be performing manually, or never thought of.

Speaker

Alex Fischer

Technical Support Engineer

Role of Synergi Gas & Synergi Pipeline Simulator (SPS) in Planning & Simulation

This is the keynote presentation just for offline pipelines and gathering. We'll provide an overview of SPS and Synergi Gas, present their place in the market, and review numerous ways that they support simulation and planning efforts today. This is the perfect presentation for management and users new to the software.

Speaker

Michael Moore

Head of Product Management, Pipeline Ecosystem

Support Smorgasbord

For 50 years DNV GL and all its previous names has been extremely proud of its customer-centric culture.  We've come a long way since the days of support only by phone and then emails and I have several new initiatives to share with you.  Bring a snack and join our journey through the buffet of options available to you!

Speaker

Angela Baker

Head of Section, Customer Excellence

Track 

System Planning for Transmission - Gas Pipelines

Tuesday, September 22  

Support Smorgasbord

For 50 years DNV GL and all its previous names has been extremely proud of its customer-centric culture.  We've come a long way since the days of support only by phone and then emails and I have several new initiatives to share with you.  Bring a snack and join our journey through the buffet of options available to you!

Speaker

Angela Baker

Head of Section, Customer Excellence

Role of Synergi Gas & Synergi Pipeline Simulator in Planning & Simulation

This is the keynote presentation just for offline pipelines and gathering. We'll provide an overview of SPS and Synergi Gas, present their place in the market, and review numerous ways that they support simulation and planning efforts today. This is the perfect presentation for management and users new to the software.

Speaker

Michael Moore

Head of Product Management, Pipeline Ecosystem

New method for modeling centrifugal compressor fuel usage

We have always prided ourselves on how well we model compressor stations in Synergi Gas. But we also have the humility to accept feedback that suggests we can do it even better.  A recent instance of this resulted in a collaboration between DNV GL and Solar Turbines, one of the largest OEMs of centrifugal compressors and drivers, to produce a new fuel calculation method for centrifugal compressors in Synergi Gas 4.9.3. This presentation will explain this new method and illustrate the advantages it has over existing options.

Speaker

Abhijat Tilak

Senior Engineer

Roman Zamotorin

Solar Turbines

Modeling Storage Injection Capacity Using Synergi Gas Optimizer

Compressor data generated from ACI eRCM, a reciprocating compressor modeling application, was used to build a storage injection model. Synergi’s Station Analysis program assessed compressor performance.  Optimization estimated maximum throughput for system conditions.

Speaker

Sarah Florance

Gas System Planning Engineer, Pacific Gas & Electric

Track 

Integrity and Risk

Wednesday, September 23  

Effective Integrity Plan Management & reduction of operational barriers

These presentations will demonstrate how Synergi Pipeline will support your company's inspection management workflow from activity scheduling and operational planning to data review and tracking anomaly lifecycle from the inspection through the followup activities to mitigations performed. DNVGL will highlight new functionality available in the upcoming 8.5 release.

Speaker

Troy Weyant

Product Manager Pipeline

Exploring Anomaly Lifecycle Management with Synergi Pipeline

A continuation of the previous session, this presentation will explore the Anomoly Lifecycle Management process in Synergi Pipeline.

Speaker

Puja Pandya

Integrity Support Engineer

Artificial Intelligence: A paradigm shift in integrity management?

AI is prevalent in our everyday live, frequently unseen. The O&G and utility sectors have been amongst the slower adopters of the technology, but that is changing. Around 25 years ago, GIS emerged as a fledgling tool used by risk and integrity management. It is now a standard tool used by engineers directly or in domain centric apps. AI in the form of machine learning and data exploration is the next "GIS", arguably with much greater impact. Here we will discuss our views on its direction and the applications of it that we are exploring as part of the future of our Pipeline Ecosystem in the context of our risk and integrity management solutions.

Speaker

Tom Gilmour

Head of Product Management

Addressing Mega Rule requirements with HCA & MCA assessment management

NiSource recently changed the way they analyze their HCA segments and are working on utilizing the same process to tackle the MCAs.  Learn about NiSource’s revamped processes and the benefits they are realizing by making these improvements.

Speaker

Dan Rowe

NiSource

Roundtable 2: Using IM for risk model inputs

Inspection Manager, as well as other inspection and compliance systems, contain a wealth of information that should be considered for input to asset integrity programs and especially risk models. This roundtable is for both Inspection Manager and Synergi Pipeline users and will explore examples of where inspection data has been applied as well as possible pitfalls and approaches to integrating inspection data.

Speaker

Moderator: Elaine Petterson

Principal Lead Consultant

Track 

System Planning for Midstream

Wednesday, September 23  

Building Reliable Crude/Condensate/Produced-Water Systems using Synergi Water

This presentation will delve into basic model-building in Synergi Water: how our company has built and calibrated our liquid-gathering pipe networks (crude, condensate, and produced water systems.)  We will touch on some of the things we have learned along the way -both 'upstream' of Synergi and within the application.  Participants will see a few "demos" of Synergi features we have found particularly useful. Finally, we will share an optimization analysis we were easily able to tackle once these base models were built.

Speaker

Kevin Braddock

Lead Hydraulics Engineer, Enable Midstream

Applying steady state optimization to a gas gathering system

Of all the sectors in the Natural Gas industry, the Midstream sector just might be the one whose pressure and flow conditions are best suited for the Synergi Steady State Optimization Module. This presentation will show how clients can build on their existing models and use the Optimizer to help increase fuel efficiency or determine available capacity for incremental flows.  This presentation will take the viewers all the way from adding a point to interpreting the analysis results. I'll open up with a PowerPoint, then branch to a model to show how it's done.

Speaker

Steve Alfred

Principal Product Engineer

Field Decline Analysis

A Field Decline Analysis is a means to plan for compression re-optimization and predict field pressures as a gathering field proceeds through the decline production phase.  This analysis allows both gatherer and producer to pro-actively determine optimal field compression configuration as well as assess impacts of any potential options.

Speaker

Richard Glosup

Senior Facility Planning Engineer, DTE Midstream

Scripting Examples for Midstream Gas Gathering Systems

A presentation outlining two scripts that help the midstream modeler provide better modeling results. The first is an iterative uplift/impact solver that will modify source node flows according to pressure changes on the system. The second is a utility that solves for the most economic pipeline sizes that will satisfy pressure requirements in steady state and time varying scenarios.

Speaker

Robert Welchman

Senior System Planning Engineer, Williams

What's new in Synergi Gas 4.9.3 with a cameo by Synergi Water

Synergi Gas 4.9.3 was released in August of this year. We're really proud that nearly all of the 150 or so work items were directly requested by users just like you! We'll also talk about selected functionality in recent releases of Synergi Water.

Speaker

Corey Rice

Principal Technical Support Engineer

Track 

System Planning for Transmission - Liquid Pipelines

Wednesday, September 23  

Averting Disaster: Surge Study Scenarios You Don't Want to Skip

What we learn in school can give us a false sense of security when we use use only that book knowledge to decide what the "worst case" surge case will be, and we run only those cases. 

  • Myth 1: closing a valve faster will always cause a larger surge pressure.
  • Myth 2: the highest flow rate case will always produce the maximum surge pressure.
This presentation will expose how textbook transient theories can get us into trouble, and how we can avert those situations with SPS.

Speaker

Jim Short

Principal Client Services

10 Features to Improve Model Experience

This presentation will illustrate 10 lesser known or new Model Builder features that can improve user model experiences in the areas of Model Performance, Data Visualization, and finally Model Customization.

Speaker

Chris Summers

Senior Pipeline Consultant

Boundaries Definition for Modeling Transients in Oil Terminals

Terminals are an integral part of transmission pipelines that can operate in different modes, the two most common being single injection and single delivery.  Because pressure waves that are generated after accidental valve closures, pump trips, or other events can travel many miles in a few seconds, it is a common practice to simulate the full length of the main pipeline (mainline) to the next pump station, upstream or downstream.   This paper proposes a method to define the minimum modeling boundary when crude oils are shipped.  This boundary is especially useful when the available data is limited; e. g. the case when multiple suppliers / pipeline owners are connected to a terminal. Other benefits may be to avoid the need of more advanced software and reduce simulation time and durations.

Speaker

Wilfredo Vargas

Senior Engineer, Universal Pegasus International

Power and DRA Optimization using Model Lab

Energy costs and Drag Reducing Agent (DRA) costs are both significant expenses for operating pipelines. Optimization studies can be performed to determine the lowest cost operation considering: which pumps to run, what station control pressures to set, and what DRA concentration to use. This presentation will cover how to configure SPS to integrate energy and DRA costs for our models. We will also present how to use Model Lab to run lots of different cases efficiently for our optimization studies.

Speaker

Jim Short

Principal Client Services

EOS for Your Liquid Models and using SPS 10.7's New SCL Calculator

Selecting the proper equation of state to best model your fluid, simulation scenario, and operating range is challenging. This presentation will cover the different Equations of State options for Liquid models and go over the abilities and limitations of each. There will be a major focus on how to decide what Equation of State may be best suited for your fluid and simulation scenario, and also how to configure your fluid using the SCL equation of state in SPS today, and how this process will change with the SCL calculator releasing with SPS 10.7

Speaker

Alex Fischer

Technical Support Engineer

Track 

System Planning for Transmission - Gas Pipelines

Wednesday, September 23  

Monthly Synergi Gas tips & tricks

Explore various tips and tricks in Synergi Gas that you may not know about. Cris will show you a variety of tools and tips that will make using Synergi easier or broaden your knowledge of the software while also demonstrating the User Community that he posts them on.

Speaker

Cris Zurita

Technical Support Engineer

Forecast Growth Modeling Utilizing Solver

Challenges to modeling a gathering system include an ever changing set of producer forecasts as well as defining a “system peak” of the forecasts.  Pipelines can be oversized if a “system peak” only occurs for a brief period.  Also, insufficient recommendations could be made if a subsystem has a peak volume month different than the overall “system peak”.  Synergi Gas offers Time Varying Module (TVM) to simulate every month of a forecast.  However, ONEOK requires additional flexibility within the time-step runs to account for operational challenges.  Therefore ONEOK developed a program utilizing Synergi’s Solver engine to automate our process.  The results are then uploaded to a GIS based portal and Spotfire that can be easily analyzed and presented.

Speaker

Anne Carlson

Pipeline System Planner II, ONEOK

What's new in Synergi Gas 4.9.3

Synergi Gas 4.9.3 was released in August of this year. We're really proud that nearly all of the 150 or so work items were directly requested by users just like you!

Speaker

Corey Rice

Principal Technical Support

The Compressor Station Spacing Tool

Marketing needs estimated costs and fuel requirements for a new 1Bcf pipeline from the West Anywhere basin area into the Any state market. They want ballpark numbers this afternoon and I have other things on my plate. Synergi has a tool that can help with this type of project and it's called the Compressor Station Spacing tool. It's not new, but new Synergi users might not be aware of what it is and how it can help. The Compressor Station Spacing tool leverages Synergi's layered GIS backgrounds for routing and distancing and Synergi's hydraulic analysis functionality to provide Planners with a powerful tool for the preliminary design and costing of projects just like this one, where time is more critical than a high level of accuracy.

Speaker

Steve Alfred

Principal Product Engineer

Better modeling of what's inside the fence with compressor station site polygons

Views, I mean Polygons, have been around in Synergi Gas for as long as I can remember. But they're more than just boxes to approximate a grid or cleverly shaped to define a river running through your system. Polygons include the ability to interact with compressor station sites directly, including individual units. There's even a simplification feature. But who doesn't like things to be as simpler as possible?

Speaker

Alex Hollis

Senior Principal Product Engineer

Track 

Integrity and Risk

Thursday, September 24  

Support Smorgasbord

For 50 years DNV GL and all its previous names has been extremely proud of its customer-centric culture.  We've come a long way since the days of support only by phone and then emails and I have several new initiatives to share with you.  Bring a snack and join our journey through the buffet of options available to you!

Speaker

Angela Baker

Head of Section, Customer Excellence

Synergi Pipeline Overpressurization: network analysis of station failure and the first steps in providing these results to Synergi Pipeline

This presentation focuses on the soon-to-be-released Synergi Pipeline Overpressurization application, including how it will contribute valuable data to our regulator station risk model by utilizing a parametric study approach to analyze the hydraulic consequences of regulator stations completely failing open. This is the first web application developed by DNV GL that is powered by the engine at the heart of Synergi Gas.

Speaker

Corey Rice

Principal Technical Support Engineer

Risk Analysis Methodologies for Regulator Stations

The number of factors that affect the risk associated with regulator station failures can make it difficult to determine which regulator stations need special attention.  Regulator stations are susceptible to numerous threats, such as corrosion or vehicle impacts, which could lead to a loss of containment at the station. In addition to these loss of containment concerns, these stations are also susceptible to threats, such as debris, which could result in the loss of operability of the station.  The impact of these types of failures are different, but both can be significant. The consequences associated with regulator station failures can extend well beyond the boundaries of the stations themselves. Among other things, regulator station failures can cause ruptures in pipelines downstream, homes to be damaged, and people to be harmed.  Because of the complexity of the threats and consequences associated with regulator station failures, it is extremely difficult to manage regulator station risk without the use of advanced risk modeling software. Using Synergi Pipeline, DNV GL developed a model to calculate regulator station risk. To help you understand how this model works, this presentation will be used to explain how DNV GL quantifies the frequency of failure for each threat, the consequence of failure for each consequence, and the risk associated with regulator station failures. And how data and SME input can be used in conjunction with this model to help clients make informed decisions about their regulator stations.

Speaker

Dan Toperek

Engineer

Facility Asset Integrity Management: Light at the end of the tunnel or oncoming train?

In this presentation I will give a brief overview of how facility asset integrity management can easily be handled and even applied to pipelines in low data environments. We will discuss the Plan Do Check cycle and how we use API RP 581 to reduce risk and increase cost effectiveness of maintenance and inspection actions.

Speaker

Daragh Stokes

Sales Manager, Process Safety Risk and Reliability

Effective use of Sewer cross bore Assessment

How are you accounting for a crossbore threat? This presentation will discuss an approach in Synergi Pipeline as a stand-alone risk model as well as how the Crossbore threat and model fit within an overarching DIMP model such as DNV GL’s DRAM and DIMP Probabilistic Models.

Speaker

Geoff Craig

Principal Asset Integrity Consultant

Roundtable 3: How DNV GL consulting approaches data quality and testing

How DNVGL consulting approaches data quality and testing.

Speaker

Moderator: Nick Lello

Senior Consultant

Track 

System Planning for Midstream

Thursday, September 24  

Our History… 50 Years of Excellence

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Stoner Associates, Inc.  In this session we’ll talk about our history, the software, the changes, and most importantly the consistency of purpose and objectives.  Mottoes and visions and purposes and other things may change with time, but Dr. Michael A. Stoner built quite a strong business and anchored an industry based on his work.  We’ll also share photos from the 70s, and those are always embarrassing.

Speaker

Alex Hollis

Senior Principal Product Engineer

Next generation analytical updates

Glance behind the scenes into what the Analytics, AI & Data Science team is working on as we advance our analytical offerings within the pipeline ecosystem.  During this presentation we discuss some of our research as we investigate new ideas through short, focused “Hackathons”.  We also present several exciting new advancements to our analytical solutions for DNV GL's next generation pipeline products.

Speaker

Andrew Daniels

Principal Software Development Scientist

Sanjay Yadav

Principal Development Engineer

Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks – A promising approach for speeding up individual simulations for really large pipeline systems

Vast, exponential  increases in available computational resources continue, yet the ability to exploit these resources has seen very slow progression. Running large numbers of simulations in parallel for parametric or statistical studies is straightforward, but an equally important goal is speedup of individual simulations to enable timely operational decisions in really large systems. In this talk we will first take a quick overview of the evolving resource landscape. We will then pick transient pipeline simulation as a target example, and illustrate how traditional pipeline algorithms can be recast using “standard” parallelization methodologies to exploit the capabilities of a surprising variety of modern hardware.  Although promising, a pitfall of such standard approaches is that they are extremely difficult to retrofit into existing simulation software. We present a novel approach under development which can use multiple instances of preexisting software such as SPS, with no low level code changes, to speed up individual simulations of large pipelines. The promise and limitations of this approach will be discussed.

Speaker

Richard Carter

Principal Software Development Scientist

Discussion Groups

Have you ever wondered how your colleagues are addressing a certain modeling problem? Who else is being asked to apply their models to answer this new question that a guy from corporate says he needs an answer for yesterday? This is the venue for those sorts of questions! Each 'room' will be assigned a topic and manned by a DNV GL moderator to help the discussion flow.

Track 

System Planning for Transmission - Liquid Pipelines

Thursday, September 24  

Our History… 50 Years of Excellence

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Stoner Associates, Inc.  In this session we’ll talk about our history, the software, the changes, and most importantly the consistency of purpose and objectives.  Mottoes and visions and purposes and other things may change with time, but Dr. Michael A. Stoner built quite a strong business and anchored an industry based on his work.  We’ll also share photos from the 70s, and those are always embarrassing.

Speaker

Alex Hollis

Senior Principal Product Engineer

Next generation analytical updates

Glance behind the scenes into what the Analytics, AI & Data Science team is working on as we advance our analytical offerings within the pipeline ecosystem.  During this presentation we discuss some of our research as we investigate new ideas through short, focused “Hackathons”.  We also present several exciting new advancements to our analytical solutions for DNV GL's next generation pipeline products.

Speaker

Andrew Daniels

Principal Software Development Scientist

Sanjay Yadav

Principal Development Engineer

Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks – A promising approach for speeding up individual simulations for really large pipeline systems

Vast, exponential  increases in available computational resources continue, yet the ability to exploit these resources has seen very slow progression. Running large numbers of simulations in parallel for parametric or statistical studies is straightforward, but an equally important goal is speedup of individual simulations to enable timely operational decisions in really large systems. In this talk we will first take a quick overview of the evolving resource landscape. We will then pick transient pipeline simulation as a target example, and illustrate how traditional pipeline algorithms can be recast using “standard” parallelization methodologies to exploit the capabilities of a surprising variety of modern hardware.  Although promising, a pitfall of such standard approaches is that they are extremely difficult to retrofit into existing simulation software. We present a novel approach under development which can use multiple instances of preexisting software such as SPS, with no low level code changes, to speed up individual simulations of large pipelines. The promise and limitations of this approach will be discussed.

Speaker

Richard Carter

Principal Software Development Scientist

Discussion Groups

Roundtable session for Synergi Pipeline Simulator (SPS).

Speaker

Moderator: To be announced

Track 

System Planning for Transmission - Gas Pipelines

Thursday, September 24  

Our History… 50 Years of Excellence

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Stoner Associates, Inc.  In this session we’ll talk about our history, the software, the changes, and most importantly the consistency of purpose and objectives.  Mottoes and visions and purposes and other things may change with time, but Dr. Michael A. Stoner built quite a strong business and anchored an industry based on his work.  We’ll also share photos from the 70s, and those are always embarrassing.

Speaker

Alex Hollis

Senior Principal Product Engineer

Next generation analytical updates

Glance behind the scenes into what the Analytics, AI & Data Science team is working on as we advance our analytical offerings within the pipeline ecosystem.  During this presentation we discuss some of our research as we investigate new ideas through short, focused “Hackathons”.  We also present several exciting new advancements to our analytical solutions for DNV GL's next generation pipeline products.

Speaker

Andrew Daniels

Principal Software Development Scientist

Sanjay Yadav

Principal Development Engineer

Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks – A promising approach for speeding up individual simulations for really large pipeline systems

Vast, exponential  increases in available computational resources continue, yet the ability to exploit these resources has seen very slow progression. Running large numbers of simulations in parallel for parametric or statistical studies is straightforward, but an equally important goal is speedup of individual simulations to enable timely operational decisions in really large systems. In this talk we will first take a quick overview of the evolving resource landscape. We will then pick transient pipeline simulation as a target example, and illustrate how traditional pipeline algorithms can be recast using “standard” parallelization methodologies to exploit the capabilities of a surprising variety of modern hardware.  Although promising, a pitfall of such standard approaches is that they are extremely difficult to retrofit into existing simulation software. We present a novel approach under development which can use multiple instances of preexisting software such as SPS, with no low level code changes, to speed up individual simulations of large pipelines. The promise and limitations of this approach will be discussed.

Speaker

Richard Carter

Principal Software Development Scientist

Discussion Groups

Have you ever wondered how your colleagues are addressing a certain modeling problem? Who else is being asked to apply their models to answer this new question that a guy from corporate says he needs an answer for yesterday? This is the venue for those sorts of questions! Each 'room' will be assigned a topic and manned by a DNV GL moderator to help the discussion flow.

Speaker

Moderator to be announced