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Natural Gas Transmission & Distribution

Some assert that standards advocacy is not unlike watching paint dry.  It is if you are only looking at one standard.  When you are tracking the better part of 10,000 standards every day, the view is rather different. The social negotiation of technical change affecting the global education industry is happening by the minute.


Natural Gas Transmission & Distribution

July 8, 2019
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Most school districts, colleges, universities and university-affiliated health care systems depend upon a safe and reliable supply of natural gas.   One of the first names in standards setting for the natural gas industry in the United States is the American Gas Association (AGA) which represents companies delivering natural gas safely, reliably, and in an environmentally responsible way.  From the AGA vision statement:

“….(AGA) is committed to leveraging and utilizing America’s abundant, domestic, affordable and clean natural gas to help meet the nation’s energy and environmental needs….”

We do not advocate in natural gas standards at the moment but AGA standards do cross our radar because they assure energy security to the emergent #SmartCampus.  We find AGA standards referenced in natural gas service contracts (for large district energy plants, for example) or in construction contracts for new buildings.  As with all other energy technological developments we keep pace with, improvements are continual even though those improvements are known to only a small cadre of front line engineers and technicians.

AGA has released seventeen redlines containing proposed changes to GPTC Z380.1 Guide for Gas Transmission, Distribution, and Gathering Piping Systems. The redlines are listed in the link below:

American Gas Association Standards Public Review Home Page

Comments due July 8th.

You may obtain an electronic copy from:  Order from: Michael Bellman, (202) 824-7183,  Send comments to Michael (with copy to  Any questions you may have concerning public reviews please contact Mike as well.

We meet online every day at 11 AM Eastern time to march through technical specifics.  Feel free to click in.   Also, we meet with mechanical engineering experts from both the academic and business side of the global education community once per month.  See our CALENDAR for our next Mechanical Engineering monthly teleconference; open to everyone.

Finally, now that the worst of the winter weather is behind most parts of the United States, we should reflect upon the legacy energy systems fueled by natural gas that are challenged by the “green zietgiest” we find in the business and academic side of the education industry.  There is no way most school districts, colleges, universities and related hospital systems  could have survived the extreme weather with solar panels and windmills.  

Issue: [19-27]

Category: Energy, Mechanical, Risk Management

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Richard Robben, Larry Spielvogel


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