CGA 2021 Safety and Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment, and Facilities Seminar

October 12-13, 2021

McLean, Virginia, USA | Virtual

(CGA’s inaugural hybrid event: part of the CGAConnect 2021 family of online events, with limited capacity in-person registrations also available)

In-person Early Registration & Hotel Reservation Deadline Fast Approaching!

Join us for the Compressed Gas Association’s first-ever hybrid event! On October 12-13, 2021, our longest running seminar – first held in 1962 – returns as both a two-day webinar series, and as a limited capacity in-person event hosted by CGA in McLean, Virginia.

Since CGA’s founding in 1913, it has been our mission to promote ever improving safe, secure, and environmentally responsible manufacture, transportation, storage, transfilling, and disposal of industrial, medical, and food gases and their containers. Consistent with that mission, CGA is proud to present the 2021 Safety & Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment, and Facilities Seminar.

Last year, 118 individuals from nearly 20 countries participated in the 2-part, all-virtual CGA 2020 Safety & Reliability Seminar – almost double the number of people who attended the 2019 seminar, which was held in the traditional in-person format. We are hoping to match or exceed last year’s participation numbers for our 2021 hybrid event.

Open to CGA members and members of affiliated associations, this seminar focuses on improving the safe operation of air separation facilities and processes. Industry experts from around the world will present, sharing insights on a range of topics, including:

  • HYCO plant catalyst safety and design considerations for safe operation
  • Project safety review process
  • Enhancement of safety programs
  • Cold box casing safety upgrade program
  • Quality assurance of instrument tubing support bracket fabrication/installation
  • Spillage detection and management for flat bottom storage tanks
  • Retrofit barrier designs for oxygen compressors
  • Nitrous oxide reactor relief valves
  • High pressure oxygen pipelines
  • Oxygen system safety improvements
  • Liquid disposal systems
  • Cryogenic liquid dump vaporizers
  • Panel discussion on safe design and operation of flat bottom tanks

Who Should Participate?

Plant managers, designers, engineers, operators, safety personnel, and anyone who interacts with air separation operations and processes.

Whether you attend virtually or in-person, we hope you’ll join us for this event, which has long played a crucial role in advancing safety in our industry.

Use the expanding menus below to view the full meeting program as well as all details on how to register for the meeting and make hotel reservations. This page will be updated as event details change, so be sure to refresh your browser to see the latest information.

In-person Early Registration & Hotel Reservation Deadline: 11:59PM (Eastern) Friday, September 17, 2021

Safety & Reliability Seminar Sponsorship Program

For the first time this year, a limited number of sponsorships will be made available for this event. By helping to underwrite live streaming and other program costs, sponsoring companies demonstrate their commitment to industry safety, while enabling CGA to make this invaluable programming available to a wider audience.

Event sponsorships will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and are available only to CGA member companies. To learn more, see the “Sponsors” section below, or contact Sarah Saunders, CGA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, at 703-395-0696.

Registration Information & Policies

Overview

CGA is bringing industry safety leaders together for our first hybrid event: the CGA 2021 Safety & Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment, and Facilities Seminar. This year’s seminar offers two experiences: in-person and virtual.

Due to social distancing requirements, a maximum of 40 people may be accommodated for the in-person event. We will confirm the first 40 individuals who register for the in-person seminar and pay in full. A waitlist will be maintained on a first come, first serve basis, for any additional in-person registration requests. In order to be added to the in-person waitlist, interested individuals must first complete and pay for virtual registration.

An unlimited number of qualifying participants (CGA members and members of affiliated organizations) may register for the virtual seminar.

Who should participate in the seminar? Plant managers, designers, engineers, operators, safety personnel, and anyone who interacts with air separation operations and processes.

Registration for this seminar is open to CGA members and members of the following affiliated organizations:

  • All India Industrial Gases Manufacturers Association
  • Asia Industrial Gases Association
  • Australia New Zealand Industrial Gas Association
  • British Compressed Gases Association
  • Canadian Propane Association
  • European Cylinder Makers Association
  • European Industrial Gases Association
  • Fire Suppression Systems Association
  • Gases and Welding Distributors Association
  • Industriegaseverband e.V.
  • International Beverage Dispensing Equipment Association
  • International Oxygen Manufacturers Association
  • Japan Industrial and Medical Gases Association
  • National Propane Gas Association
  • Southern Africa Compressed Gases Association

Everyone participating in the CGA 2021 Safety & Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment, and Facilities Seminar must register for the meeting and pay any applicable fees. In-person attendees must agree to CGA’s Policy for In-Person Meetings (as of September 10, 2021) and the Event Attendee Waiver And Release Regarding COVID-19. That policy may be accessed here: CGA Meeting Policies (as of 10 Sep 2021).

Please review all the meeting and registration information provided here on this webpage prior to completing your registration.

Key Dates

  • In-person Early Registration & Hotel Reservation Deadline: September 17, 2021
  • In-person Online Registration Closes: September 27, 2021 at 11:59PM (Eastern)
  • Cancellation/Changes Deadline: September 27, 2021 at 11:59PM (Eastern)
  • Virtual Registration Closes: October 10, 2021 at 11:59PM (Eastern)

Registration Deadlines:

In-person Attendees September 27, 2021

Virtual Attendees October 10, 2021 at 11:59PM (Eastern)

Register Online Today: Click Here for CGA 2021 Safety & Reliability Seminar Registration


Registration Fees

Registration fees are per person, in U.S. dollars. The early registration fee for in-person attendees applies for all registrations received through September 17, 2021; all registrations received on or after this date will be charged the regular registration fee.

In-person Attendee

Registration Fees Early Regular
CGA members $595 $695
Affiliated association members $695 $795

Virtual Attendee

Registration Fees  
CGA members $295
Affiliated association members $395

Payment must accompany your registration. Registrations will not be processed or confirmed until payment is received. Only individuals who have received a confirmation may participate in the seminar.

How to Register

To begin your online registration for the CGA 2021 Safety & Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment, and Facilities Seminar, click this link: Register Now. Be sure to complete the online registration process to the end.

Please note that early in the online registration process, you will be asked to indicate whether you are registering as an in-person or virtual attendee, and as a CGA member or a member of an affiliated association. To attend in-person, registrants must agree to CGA’s Policy for In-Person Meetings (as of September 10, 2021) and the Event Attendee Waiver And Release Regarding COVID-19. That policy may be accessed here: CGA Meeting Policies (as of 10 Sep 2021).

If paying by credit card, registration fees must be paid online, in full, at time of registration.

Registrants may also opt to pay registration fees by wire transfer. If you wish to pay by wire transfer, please first complete your full registration using our online system, Cvent, then indicate that you wish to pay by wire transfer. Once you have completed your registration, you will be given the opportunity to print your receipt.

To pay by wire transfer, contact CGA for instructions.

Cancellation/Substitution Policy

All registration cancellations, changes, and requests for refunds must be submitted through Cvent using your registration confirmation, and must be submitted by September 27, 2021. Refunds are subject to a $50 (USD) processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the deadline for any reason. Refunds are processed after the seminar.

Substitutions must be submitted in writing to Jana Hollis before September 27, 2021 (use the form below to send Jana an email). You may transfer your full registration to another employee of your organization, provided you notify CGA in writing in advance. Substitutions are only allowed for the full seminar and are not allowed on a daily basis.

Questions?

If you have any questions about your registration, send an email to Jana Hollis by completing the form below and clicking “Submit.” All required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

Alternatively, you may call Jana at +1-703-788-2746 for assistance.

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Hotel Information & Reservations

CGA 2021 Safety & Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment & Facilities Seminar Hotel:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tysons Corner
8517 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
Telephone: 1-703-883-0707

Reserve Your Room: CGA 2021 Safety & Reliability Seminar Hotel Reservations

Located within walking distance (.4 miles across Route 7) of the CGA office, the Embassy Suites Tysons Corner is convenient to both Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD; 13 miles) and Reagan National Airport (DCA; 15 miles, metro access available). Spring Hill Metro station is a five-minute walk from the hotel and gets you into central DC within the hour. Currently available but with modified service: complimentary breakfast, evening reception, and shuttle service (shuttle only to and from the CGA seminar).

The CGA group rate is $139.00 single or double, and is subject to applicable taxes, currently approximately 13%, subject to change. The CGA group rate includes complimentary self parking, basic internet access in all guest rooms, and shuttle service to and from the seminar.

Hotel Reservations due Friday, September 17, 2021 to receive the CGA rate.

Reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space-available basis and are subject to prevailing room rates.

Reservation Instructions

Make your reservation online by clicking the hotel’s reservation web link for the CGA 2021 Safety & Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment & Facilities Seminar, or Call the hotel’s reservations line at 1-800-445-8667. When you call, be sure to reference Group Code “SAR”, or Group Name “Safety & Reliability Seminar” to receive the Compressed Gas Association group rate.

Please Note: Any requests for special room arrangements must be made at the time of reservation.

An email confirmation of your reservation will be provided by the hotel, upon request.

Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card or accompanied by a deposit equal to the first night’s room and taxes. Deposits are refundable if cancellation is received 7 days in advance of guest’s arrival date.

A $75 early checkout fee will be assessed to any guest who departs prior to the date confirmed at check-in. The fee will be automatically posted to the guest folio, on or after departure. This fee will be waived only with 7-day advance notice provided prior to guest’s departure date.

Embassy Suites is an all King suite hotel. All rooms have a Queen pull out sofa bed in the living area.

Please Note: CGA has contracted with the meeting hotel to set aside a block of rooms at this rate for meeting registrants. The Association is contractually obligated to fill this room block and may be exposed to significant financial liability should our members fail to support this room block. We appreciate members choosing to stay at the Seminar host hotel. CGA cannot guarantee that rooms will be available after the deadline or once the room block is full.

Hotel Overview

  • Check in: 3:00 PM; check out: 12:00 PM
  • Self parking is complimentary (valet parking is not available at the hotel)
  • Non-smoking facility
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary evening reception
  • 24 hr Fitness Center
  • Indoor pool
  • On-site restaurant open daily 5-9:30PM
  • All hotel rates and prices quoted on this page are in United States dollars (USD)

Event Schedule

CGA 2021 Safety & Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment & Facilities Seminar Program

Hybrid Event: 2-day webinar series and limited capacity in-person meeting

Meeting schedule and program as of July 29, 2021; subject to change. Be sure to hit the refresh button on your internet browser to see the most up-to-date information.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

8:00AM-5:00PM – General Session

General Session Presentations

Safe Catalyst Handling in HYCO Plants

Oliver Smith, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Reverse Flow of Flue Gas in SMR Furnaces

Eric Wolfgang, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

HYCO Plant Design Considerations for Safe Operation
Lindsey Turney, Air Liquide
Project Safety Review Process

Ricardo Aldana, Messer North America

Smart Glasses AR – Enhancement of Safety Programs

Manolis Koutsourelakis, Linde Hellas

Air Liquide Cold Box Casing Safety Upgrade Program

Dr. John A. Somavarapu, Air Liquide

Quality Assurance of Instrument Tubing Support Bracket Fabrication/Installation
Gill Craig, Messer North America
Prevention of Safety Incidents in Deoxo Argon Systems

Florent Le Clainche, Air Liquide

11:45AM-12:45PM – Lunch (those attending in-person to receive boxed lunch)
Cryogenic Spillage Detection and Management for Flat Bottomed Storage Tanks

May-Yee Wendy Yip, Air Liquide

Creative Retrofit Barrier Designs for Oxygen Compressors

Patrick Smith, Air Product and Chemicals, Inc.

Oxygen Fire in a Process Control Valve

Jim White, Linde PLC

Nitrous Oxide Reactor Relief Valve Study

John Romer, Linde PLC

Panel Discussion – Safe Design and Operation of Flat Bottom Tanks
Sudhir Phakey, Linde PLC

Dr. John Somavarapu, Air Liquide

Kevin Tapsfield, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

 5:15PM-6:00PM – Seminar Welcome Reception (to be held outdoors, weather permitting)

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

8:00AM-12:00PM – General Session
General Session Presentations

High Pressure Oxygen Pipeline Combustion
Jerry Lu, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Oxygen System Safety Improvements

Erik Hendrickx, Air Liquide

ASU Oxygen Fire at Check Valve at LOX IC Pump Discharge

Sven Erhardt, Linde GmbH

Major Failure Inside an Air Distillation Column: Lessons from Incident
Timothy Wong, Messer North America
Liquid Disposal Systems: Incident Lessons and Best Practice Discussion
Walt Mishkovsky, Messer North America
Cryogenic Liquid Dump Vaporizer Incident

Pierre Petit, Air Liquide

Failure of a Brazed Joint Between a Bronze Valve Body and Stainless Steel Pipe
Anna Wehr-Aukland, Linde PLC

Sponsors

Safety & Reliability Seminar Sponsorship Program

For the first time this year, a limited number of sponsorships will be made available for this event. By helping to underwrite live streaming and other program costs, sponsoring companies demonstrate their commitment to industry safety, while enabling CGA to make this invaluable programming available to a wider audience.

Last year, 118 individuals from 17 countries across the globe participated in the 2-part, all-virtual CGA 2020 Safety & Reliability Seminar – almost double the number of people who attended the 2019 seminar, which was held in the traditional in-person format. We are hoping to match or exceed last year’s participation numbers for our 2021 hybrid event. Sponsors can help us to achieve that goal.

Event sponsorships will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and are available only to CGA member companies. To learn more, contact Sarah Saunders, CGA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, at 703-395-0696. See below for full sponsorship program details.

Sponsorship Program & Benefits

 

  Emerald

Sponsor

($12K)

1 available

Gold

Sponsor

($8K)

3 available

Silver

Sponsor

($4K)

4 available

Bronze

Sponsor

($2K)

unlimited

Exclusive Sponsorship of In-person Welcoming Reception (Tues Oct 12) X
Exclusive Opportunity for sponsoring company executive to provide brief welcome remarks before Tues General Session; remarks may be pre-recorded X  
Tabletop display at in-person event X X  
Recognized as joint sponsors of in-person Tuesday boxed lunch   X  
Complimentary seminar registration(s) [1] 2 in-person; 5 virtual registrations 1 in-person; 3 virtual registrations 2 virtual registrations 1 virtual registration
Logo on CGA’s 2021 Seminar communications (web, email, social media, etc.) X X X
Logo on Rotating Slide Show prior to Seminar General Sessions (Oct 12 & Oct 13) X X X
Company Name on 2021 Seminar communications (web, email, social media, etc.)       X
Company Name on Rotating Slide Show prior to Seminar General Sessions (Oct 12 & Oct 13) X

[1] Sponsoring company may assign complimentary registrations to employees, or may gift registrations to others outside the sponsoring company (outside invited party must meet seminar participation criteria; see “Registration Information & Policies” tab on this webpage for qualification details).

To learn more about sponsoring this seminar, contact Sarah Saunders, CGA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, at 703-395-0696.