Many Factors Essential In Completion Of Ohio Gas Main Replacement Project

Planning, Cooperation & Carefully Controlled Logistics
By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | November 2013, Vol. 68 No. 11

“On the first day of the project,” said DeCraene, “Columbia Gas and InfraSource conducted a ‘Safety Kickoff Meeting’ with all the players that would be working with us to share our safety goals, contact numbers, locations of medical facilities and other important information relating to safety. We began each day with a ‘Job Hazard Analysis’ meeting, discussing the day’s possible safety issues that could be encountered that day.”

From start-to-finish, DeCraene said the project required just less than four months.

“We had gas flowing through the new connections five weeks before the deadline,” he concluded.

The Columbia Gas operations group was led by Project Management Leader Dave Starkey; Gary Estep, project manager; and construction coordinators, Rich Bass and Tom Kuhner.

The InfraSource team was headed by Marlin Miller, general foreman. Chuck Coon served as the east segment foreman and Gordon DuBay as the west foreman.

Columbia Gas of Ohio safely delivers natural gas to approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio’s 88 counties. With headquarters in Columbus, it is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. and is the largest natural gas utility in the state. NiSource companies deliver energy to approximately 3.8 million customers located within the high-demand energy corridor stretching from the Gulf Coast through the Midwest to New England.
InfraSource is an industry-leading construction services provider for natural gas utilities and operators throughout North America. Its comprehensive scope of services includes transmission and distribution construction, maintenance, engineering, integrity solutions and turnkey project management.

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