HOUSTON, TEXAS (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Heath Consultants Incorporated (Heath) and Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), demonstrated the usefulness of drone-mounted laser-based leak detection technology for emergency response. The Remote Methane Leak Detector Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (RMLD-UAV) was deployed to inspect underground gas lines around Beaumont and Port Aransas, Texas for major leakage of areas which were inaccessible to vehicles and unsafe for walking due to down utility lines, flood water, hazardous debris such as fallen trees, fences and metal roofing. The operation illustrates the benefits of drones in situations when typical land surveys are not possible.
The RMLD-UAV integrates Heath’s industry-leading, laser-based, Remote Methane Leak Detector (RMLD®) with PSI’s two-foot-wide quadrotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle featuring highly advanced autonomy and all-weather operation. This technology combination can implement self-directed flight patterns to continuously monitor, locate, and quantify volumetric leak rates of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from natural gas production sites.
The RMLD-UAV measures methane by sending an infrared laser light beam downwards from the vehicle and detecting some of the laser light which is reflected from the ground. It relies on attenuation of the laser beam by the methane in the laser path at certain wavelengths, as compared to little attenuation at other wavelengths.
Development and evaluation of RMLD-UAV is sponsored by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA-e).
ABOUT HEATH CONSULTANTS INCORPORATED
Since 1933 Heath Consultants Incorporated has been the leader in natural gas detection technologies and services. Heath partners with well-recognized research and development organizations as well as industry trade associations to provide state-of-the-art products and services to various utility markets including products specifically designed to detect greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and services for environmental safety. For more information, please visit: http://heathus.com.
ABOUT PHYSICAL SCIENCES INC.
Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) provides contract research and development services in a wide diversity of technical areas to both government and commercial customers. PSI’s interests span basic research to technology development, with an emphasis on applied research. PSI develops advanced technologies for aerospace, chemical, defense, energy, environmental, manufacturing and medical applications. Core technologies have been developed with more than $900 million of federal and industrial funding over four and a half decades of operations, a period in which PSI has acquired an international reputation for technical excellence and innovation. For more information, please visit: http://www.psicorp.com.
Heath Consultants is pleased to announce Mike Snead, Manager, Leak Survey and Meter Services, Washington Gas, was named as the recipient of the 2017 Milton W. Heath Sr. Memorial Award at the American Gas Association’s Annual Operations Conference in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward the detection, prevention and repair of natural gas leaks.
In 2001, Mike began a career path in the gas industry with Washington Gas where he’s worked in gas operations, maintenance, corrosion control, safety and leak survey. In 2015, he was selected to manage all the leak survey programs in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area as well as the meter service programs in the field. All leak survey technicians are currently using state of the art intrinsically safe methane leak detection to perform inside leak surveys.
The leak data for Washington Gas is paired up with tablets in a new pilot program which represents another aspect of Mike’s contribution in advanced programmatic leak survey with the use of mobile and portable leak detection software. The software platform integrates GPS, system maps, instrumentation readings and survey tracking in real time allowing Washington Gas the means of setting strict auditing parameters for its in-house crews and contractors.
Mike’s contributions have significantly improved the quality, thoroughness, and efficiency of the leak survey program at Washington Gas not to mention his deep, personal, and genuine commitment to pipeline safety and the customers he serves.
Houston, TX – April 18, 2017 – This year Heath kicked off our Earth Day celebrations early with a charity drive benefiting the Brazoria County Dream Center (BCDC) a local charity in Texas that provides basic essentials such as food, clothing, and other resources to help families in difficult times. They also offer individuals the chance for renewed opportunities to succeed, through educational classes and other resources to improve basic life skills and the opportunity to network with other community agencies.
Through Heath’s fundraising efforts we were able to donate $3,565.15 and 186 cans of ravioli which is a highly requested food item by the children in BCDC’s Backpack Buddies lunch program.
In addition to our fundraising efforts Heath will celebrate Earth Day doing what we do best – “Reducing Our Carbon Footprint” by providing world class natural gas leak detection services, manufacturing leak detection instruments for the maintenance of pipeline integrity, environmental protection and safety worldwide.
Pictured are members of Heath’s Executive and Human Resources teams presenting Brazoria County Dream Center representatives Heath’s donation check. Also pictured are team members of Heath Consultants Incorporated at the main campus and corporate office in Houston, Texas. The Houston Campus is where field operations are managed and leak detection instruments are manufactured. Each team member proudly wears their Earth Day shirt.
Heath is a long-standing member of numerous international, national and state gas associations and have business relationships with the majority of their members.
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The EyeCGas OGI (Optical Gas Imaging) camera has received independent verification for its technology in relation to the new Environmental Protection Agency ‘QuadOa’ regulation (EPA NSPS 40 CFR part 60 subpart OOOOa).
EyeCGas, the OGI camera that enables users to identify hydrocarbon and volatile organic compound (VOC) leaks with pinpoint accuracy, was independently tested at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory, and was proven compliant with the regulation requirements. The rule requires the OGI camera to be capable of imaging a gas that is half methane, half propane at a concentration of 1% at a flow rate of ≤60g/hr.
Omer Yanai, vice president of gas imaging and technology innovation at OPGAL, commented:
The EPA identified optical gas imaging as the best system for emission reduction (BSER), as it enables detecting leaks safely, remotely and efficiently. EyeCGas is the only camera compliant with QuadOa that is also certified for Class I Div 2 hazardous locations. This verification gives operators confidence that EyeCGas is the right tool for the job.”
QuadOa was introduced to reduce greenhouse gas and VOC emissions in upstream and midstream operations. Its leak detection and repair (LDAR) requirement means that oil and gas operators now need to routinely monitor fugitive emissions from equipment at new, modified and reconstructed well sites and compressor stations.
“It is crucial for companies to detect and repair leaks quickly to protect people and the environment, optimize production and minimize product loss. The third-party verification is testament to the quality of our technologies and reassures clients that EyeCGas can help them meet emission reduction targets.”
For additional information, please contact the Heath Customer Service Department at email@example.com.
HOUSTON, Sept. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Heath Consultants Incorporated (Heath) announced today that the company’s CEO, Graham Midgley, will retire at the end of November, 2016. Graham’s remarkable career spans 20 years of continuous service to the company and its employees. Jeffrey M. Tuttle, currently General Manager for Greer Commission of Public Works and current Heath Board of Directors member, will succeed Mr. Midgley as Chief Executive Officer.
“It has been a great honor to lead Heath over the last 20 years and see it grow into one of the world’s leading leak detection service and manufacturing businesses,” Midgley said. “It’s time to hand over the reins as Chief Executive Officer to a new generation of leadership.”
During Graham’s tenure with Heath the company has more than tripled business in both services and products. His career has been one marked with many recognizable technological achievements to the natural gas leak detection industry.
“Graham’s influence and leadership has made Heath a true leader in the gas industry. His guidance and mentorship has influenced many of us at Heath. He knows how to build a solid team and develop people. His footprint on Heath will be long lasting,” said Carolyn Heath Haag, President. “The Heath board is grateful for his innumerable contributions to the company and his distinguished tenure as CEO over the past 20 years.”
Mr. Tuttle was selected after an extensive search by the Heath board of directors and supported by Heath President, Carolyn Heath Haag. The company was searching for a CEO that would embrace a third generation family-owned business in addition to its new status as a nationally certified Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance.
Jeff has worked in various capacities within the utilities sector over the last 33 years. He served most recently as General Manager for Greer Commission of Public Works since 2014 where he directed the company’s day-to-day operations and long-term direction of all utility operations.
Prior to joining Greer CPW Jeff was Vice President and Principal, Gas Utility Services for G2 Integrated Solutions, where he was responsible for expanding G2’s presence and services provided to natural gas utilities throughout the United States. From 2002 to early 2013, Jeff worked for CPS Energy and served as the Vice President for CPS Energy’s Gas Business Unit in San Antonio, Texas, serving over 330,000 customers. During his tenure, the gas unit consistently ranked among the industry leaders in gas residential customer satisfaction, safety, response times to odor complaints, and financial expense metrics. Jeff enjoyed a successful tenure with Consumers Energy and CMS Energy in Michigan from 1983 to 2002.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency (PMPA), American Public Gas Association (APGA), Blue Ridge Scouting Council, and Greer Relief. From 2011 to 2012, he served as the Chairman of American Public Gas Association (APGA) and Texas Gas Association.
Jeff earned his Master of Science Degree in Industrial Relations from Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
ABOUT HEATH CONSULTANTS INCORPORATED
Since 1933, Heath Consultants Incorporated has been the leading service provider and manufacturer offering a wide range of products and services to the various utility markets. Heath is based in Houston, Texas with over 1,200 employees across the United States. Heath partners with well-recognized research and development organizations as well as industry trade associations to provide state-of-the-art products and services to various utility markets.
CONTACT: Vivian Marinelli, Marketing Supervisor – (713) 844-1387
Heath Consultants is pleased to announce that Dr. Kiran Kothari, Institute Engineer, Energy Delivery and Utilization, Gas Technology Institute, was named as the recipient of the 2016 Milton W. Heath Sr. Memorial Award at the American Gas Association’s Annual Operations Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward the detection, prevention and repair of natural gas leaks.
Dr. Kothari was given the award for his achievements in developing and conducting research on multi-million-dollar research and development programs related to the improvement of distribution, transmission, and storage operations of natural gas. Kothari’s current R&D responsibilities are focused on gas distribution operations, with objectives of reducing gas industry operations cost and improving safety.
In the past, Dr. Kothari completed several R&D programs on improving high pressure gas measurement accuracy, improving in-line inspection technologies for high-pressure gas transmission pipelines, improving gas storage technologies with emphasis on LNG storage and safety, and developing methodologies to quantify unaccounted-for-gas for the gas industry.
Dr. Kothari received his Ph.D. in Civil engineering from Colorado State University, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nebraska, and B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Bombay University.