for Petroleum and Chemical Professionals 2013
Ship Channel, Houston TX
October 10, 2013

Lightning: The Underestimated Threat and Unnecessary Risk Know your Enemy – Plan, Prepare and Prevent

PLANUnderstand how lightning works and what the future holds for this erratic weather event: Learn the most current information available with regard to lightning; its origins, its occurrence and anticipated future behavior. Hear what science is saying about lightning and learn what you need to know with regard to the most contemporary data and testing presently available as presented by the University of Colorado’ s  Dr. Ai J. Gasiewski based on the most recent research conducted at MIT.

PREPAREHear the facts and best practices in line with the repercussions of our evolving weather patterns: Learn how several of the largest Petroleum and Chemical companies have prepared and prevented lightning disasters. Lightning is unpredictable and no matter where you are located, if lightning is present you, your employees, and your assets are at risk. It only takes one strike. Learn about Lightning protection “Best Practices” and solutions implemented around the world with over a 99% success rate. Join Peter Carpenter, E.V.P. of Applied Engineering as he discusses the most reliable and comprehensive solutions available to protect your facility from lightning devastation.

PREVENTDiscuss the petroleum and chemical industries’ means of lightning protection: The Earth’s weather is changing in line with changes to the climate and atmosphere. Lightning events are seemingly on the rise in places where lightning has historically been scarce, but regardless, lightning is a threat as long as it exists or strikes where your facility is located. Locations that have not experienced large amounts of lightning in the past, such as Oregon and the UK, are experiencing more and those that are used to frequent lightning are finding weather events to be more severe. Those areas that are subject to frequent lightning, such as the Gulf Coast and Texas are finding an increase in intensity and frequency resulting in disaster.
Albin J. Gasiewski Ph.D Professor Gasiewski received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989. Previously, he received the M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and the B.S. degree in mathematics from Case Western Reserve University in 1983. From 1989 to 1997 he was faculty member within the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. As an associate professor at Georgia Tech, he developed and taught courses on electromagnetics, remote sensing (including radar and radiometry at both the undergraduate and graduate level), instrumentation, and wave propagation theory. From 1997 through 2005 he was with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), in Boulder, Colorado, USA, where he was Chief of the Microwave Systems Development Branch of the Physical Science Division.

In January 2006 he joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the CU Center for Environmental Technology (CET). His technical interests include passive and active remote sensing, radiative transfer theory and applications, electromagnetics, antennas and microwave circuits, electronic instrumentation, airborne sensors, meteorology, and oceanography. Prof. Gasiewski is a Fellow of the IEEE, and was the 2004-2005 President of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. He was the General Co-chair of the 2006 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2006), held in Denver, Colorado. He is a member of the International Union of Radio Scientists (URSI), where he currently serves as Vice Chair of USNC/URSI Commission F. He served on the U.S. National Research Council's Committee on Radio Frequencies (CORF) from 1989-1995. Prof. Gasiewski is a member of the IEEE Committee on Earth Observations (ICEO) ExCom and IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society AdCom.


Lightning: Fact, Fiction and Protection - A two part presentation which focuses on the aspects and recent data collected on lightning as a weather event and Lightning Protection “Best Practices” based on over 41 years of successful installations worldwide and throughout the Petrochemical and Chemical Industries.

Albin J. Gasiewski Ph.D-Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Director, NOAA-CU Center for Environmental Technology, University of Colorado at Boulder and research performed at MIT.

Peter Carpenter – E.V.P. of Applied Engineering

Date: October 10, 2013​
Where: Houston, Texas​
Location: The Monument Inn
Address: 4406 Independence Parkway, La Porte, TX 77571
Ph: (281) 479-1521

11:00 AM – 1:30 PM (Lunch will be served)​
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM (Dr. Al Gasiewski)​
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM (Peter Carpenter E.V.P. of Applied Engineering)​
1:15 PM (Questions and Answers)

Who should attend: Petroleum, Oil and Gas and Chemical professionals – Manager, General Managers, Directors, Supervisors, Superintendents, Engineers, V.P.’s, Presidents and c-Level executives.

Contact: JoOnna Silberman to register or if you know an executive who should attend and for any additional information you require or questions at:
phone 303-951- 3158