We’ve just closed the books on a spectacular week of technical committee meetings, conference sessions and exhibitions. This AGA’s Operations Conference and Biennial Exhibition had our largest attendance since the mid-90’s. Let’s look at the numbers – more than 1,600 in attendance (1800 with “Customer Day” attendees at the Exhibition!) including 600 operations management executives registered for the conference. That’s phenomenal! Our 30,000 square feet of exhibition space housed 200 vendors in over 300 booths. All of this was powered by no less than 500 gallons of coffee, 3500 sodas and 2000 candy bars, ice cream bars and potato chips! Who said you can’t live on junk food and coffee?
On Sunday morning volunteers from our members and staff worked on community service projects from fence building, to working in food distribution vans to cleaning up areas still damaged by last year’s devastating floods. Then our work week started in earnest with committees meeting for two full days on Monday and Tuesday culminating Tuesday evening with the conference and exhibit grand opening reception. The hall was packed as we visited as many vendors as we could…all the while enjoying the Southern hospitality and food that seemed to be everywhere we turned!
Conference sessions started Wednesday morning with subjects ranging from gas quality to safety, to public awareness and plastic materials. As well as presentations from AGA staff and industry experts, we heard from senior PHMSA, NARUC and NTSB reps. Make no mistake; this is THE natural gas operations event! There was standing room only for our first DIMP sessions on Wednesday afternoon so we quickly moved subsequent DIMP sessions into the Ballroom. Attendance at the DIMP sessions was beaten out only by the General Session! With 120+ presentations over the course of the week, this event really did offer something for everyone.
On Friday we closed out the conference and gave attendees a chance to unwind with a round of golf at the beautiful Gaylord Spring Golf Links.
If you followed #agaops on Twitter during the week, you’ll know there was time for work and play and attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and AGA staff had a great time! Be sure to check out our gallery and see if you can find yourself.