Brent Shuler

Manager of Risk Assessment

Brent received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from Purdue University and has held various positions of responsibility in the pipeline industry primarily focused on cathodic protection and pipeline integrity. After becoming the Manager of Risk Assessment Brent became responsible for the implementation of probabilistic risk models across transmission, distribution as well as meter and regulation asset classes. Realizing the opportunity to leverage data gathered from Advanced Mobile Leak Detection (AMLD) to enhance risk modeling, replacement and prioritization of distribution assets, Brent was tasked with the implementation of AMLD across NiSource. Since early 2021, Brent has worked with his team to utilize AMLD and begin shifting leakage inspections from traditional means to AMLD, with a heavy focus on the reduction of methane emissions.

Congratulations Brent, for your contributions to NiSource, your community and the natural gas industry.

Doug Martin

Leakage Supervisor, NW Natural

Heath Consultants is pleased to announce Doug Martin, Leakage Supervisor, NW Natural, was named as the recipient of the 2021 Milton W. Heath Sr. Memorial Award at the American Gas Association’s Operations Conference & Biennial Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward the detection, prevention and repair of natural gas leaks.

Doug was recognized for his dedication and early adoption of remote methane laser technology in leakage surveys which significantly improved the safety of NW Natural’s customers and communities. He also played an integral role in the development of enhanced training for NW Natural’s first responders in understanding gas migration and migration mitigation using ventilation techniques.

Mike Snead

Manager, Leak Survey and Meter Services, Washington Gas

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.

Dr. Kiran Kothari

Institute Engineer, Energy Delivery and Utilization, Gas Technology Institute

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-miDSC_8044[16]llion-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.

Steve Redding, Sr.

Pacific Gas and Electric

steve_reddingHeath Consultants  is pleased to announce that Steve Redding Sr., director of Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E) leak management program, was named as the recipient of the 2015 Milton W. Heath Sr. Memorial Award at the American Gas Association’s annual Operations Conference and Biennial Exhibition in Grapevine, Texas.  This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward the detection, prevention and repair of natural gas leaks.

Redding was given the award for his achievements in reducing leaks through the use of cutting-edge technologies and the development of a management process unique to PG&E that is streamlining the company’s ability to respond to leaks. Redding and his team have delivered unprecedented results in the reduction of PG&E’s backlog of minor, non-hazardous leaks by 99 percent and the ability to find 80 percent more leaks than previous models, and in less time. Redding’s work to reduce leaks on the natural gas system not only improves the safety of the pipeline for PG&E customers and communities, it also contributes to a cleaner environment by reducing methane emissions.

Since beginning his career at PG&E in gas metering, Redding has held a number of leadership positions from overseeing major pipeline construction to serving as a general rate case witness. In his current role as director of leak management, Redding and his team work to increase system safety by finding and fixing leaks and identifying more effective leak detection technology.  Redding has a Business Management degree from St. Mary’s College in California.

Larry Papst

Southern California Gas Company

Larry Papst received the AGA 2014 Milton W. Heath Sr. Memorial Award. The award, sponsored by Heath Consultants Incorporated, is given annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to leak detection prevention for repair during the preceding five years. Larry received the award for his work on gas leak detection tools for enhancing the safety, reliability and efficiency of distribution and transmission pipeline systems.

Larry has held a number of field and management positions within the Distribution and Customer Services organizations during his 24 year career with the Southern California Gas Company. He is currently the Field Technologies Team Leader whose client base consists of SCG & SDGE Field Operations Departments.

Larry has leveraged his experience and knowledge of gas operations to make strides in improving public & employee safety while effectively addressing organizational needs. The successes realized were developed through partnerships between his business partners, distributors and manufacturer’s to address issues on multiple fronts.

An area of priority that Larry and his team are proactive in is soliciting feedback regarding existing processes, performance and deficiencies as it relates to leakage investigation and mitigation equipment. He actively identifies solutions through research and builds relationships with vendors and manufacturer’s to advance processes and technologies that support existing and future industry requirements pertaining to safety, performance and reliability. His team effectively supports field personnel by providing supplemental training to promote tool familiarization, proper operation of equipment, and revisions to corresponding company policies.

Larry has successfully positioned his organization to maintain pace with the natural gas industry by proactively identifying and addressing the needs of his business partners. He strives to enhance the end-user experience incorporating the development and integration of new technologies in conjunction with processes that strengthen employee safety, knowledge and performance.

Angelo Fabiano

NYSEARCH

Recognizing his lifetime of work to advance the natural gas industry, the American Gas Association honored Angelo Fabiano as the winner of the 2013 Milton W. Heath Sr. Memorial Award at its biennial exhibition held May 21-24.  The award, sponsored by Heath Consultants Incorporated, is given annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to leak detection, prevention or repair during the preceding five years.

Colleagues from across the natural gas industry commended Angelo for his extensive work in the research and development of leak surveillance and pinpointing technologies during his tenure as the Technical Manager at NYSEARCH, the research, development and demonstration committee of the Northeast Gas Association. While at NYSEARCH, Angelo played a critical role in bringing several groundbreaking technologies to market, including the design, development, testing and commercialization of  the Remote Methane Leak Detector, a product that revolutionized methane leak detection. Angelo also led the development of several projects in damage prevention and live PE pipe repair, many of which are expected to become commercially available. Additionally, he developed leak technology evaluation protocols and worked with NYSEARCH members to assess the readiness of developing technologies.  In each of these endeavors, Angelo worked with a diverse group of members, funding sources and contractors to reach successful outcomes.  The technologies with which Angelo has worked have made a tremendous impact in the both the United States and abroad, and his expertise on emerging technologies has proven to be an invaluable resource for the next generation of natural gas professionals.

Angelo retired from NYSEARCH in 2013 after 13 successful years.  Before joining NYSEARCH, he worked for more than 20 years as an engineer for Brooklyn Union, now part of National Grid.  He currently works as an independent consultant.

Jerome Themig

Ameren Corporation
 Jerome Themig received the AGA 2010 Milton W. Heath Sr. Memorial Award. The award, sponsored by Heath Consultants Incorporated, is given annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to leak detection prevention for repair during the preceding five years.

Jerome efforts are being recognized with the receipt of this award on his efforts to obtain a precedent setting waiver to align the frequencies of leak survey and atmospheric corrosion inspections in order to realign Ameren’s safety resources to promote efficiency without compromising safety. Recognizing that system reliability could be improved by more frequent leak surveys and atmospheric corrosion surveys could be more effective by utilizing qualified leak surveyors rather than the historical meter reader approach, Jerome worked diligently on a waiver to increase the frequency of distribution / high pressure leak surveys from five years to four years and extend the frequency of atmospheric corrosion surveys from three to four years. Historical data showing that the impact of atmospheric corrosion on above ground facilities at Ameren would not be compromised by adding one year to the survey cycle was an important fact that helped gain the support of the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) for the waiver application.

As a result of Jerome’s work he has presented the waiver process and results as it relates to alternate inspection at several conferences and meetings around the country as it relates to the Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP). As a result many operators may choose to explore alternate inspection intervals for leak and atmospheric corrosion surveys.

Jerome Themig – Manager, Gas Compliance – Ameren Corporation began his career in the energy business in 1980. He is a mechanical engineering graduate from Southern Illinois University and started his career as a summer roustabout with Shell Pipeline at the Patoka Tank Farm. Following graduation he spent seven (7) years with Dresser Industries and later joined the Local Distribution Company (LDC) in Illinois as a Gas Field Engineer. He has now been with Ameren for twenty-three (23) years in Gas Operations, Staff Engineering and Supervisory positions. He currently has responsibilities for regulatory compliance both state and federal, standards / materials, public awareness and quality assurance.