2013 Session Archives

Conference Program


Frac Sand Insider Conference Agenda

Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA USA

June 6-7, 2013


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

1:00pm - 3:00pm   Dont Miss out on the exlcusive Heyl & Pattterson pilot plant testing lab facility tour!
 Whether your company is adding new equipment, applying new processes, or simply trying to assess efficiency, Heyl & Patterson's testing lab can help determine the best available technologies and equipment for your operations. Our experience lab personnel, working in conjunction with our chemical process engineers and clients, can accurately produce scalable results.  
Since 1887, Heyl & Patterson Inc. has provided custom-engineered  thermal processing equipment that can be used for a number of applications, including the processing of frac sand proppant for the shale gas industry.
Heyl & Patterson’s pilot plant testing laboratory features a rotary dryer, which is the preferred method for drying frac sand, as well as a fluid bed dryer, indirect disc dryer and rotary calciner.  These machines are designed to reach high temperatures that will remove impurities from wet sand, break up any agglomerates, and remove moisture and burn off volatiles from many different types of materials.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
7:00am – 8:30am Exhibitor Set-Up
7:00am – 5:00pm Registration Open
8:30am – 9:30am Breakfast on Show Floor - Exhibits Open
9:30am – 10:00am  Economic Analysis of Industrial Sand Operations;Benefits and Costs to State and Local Communities-By Mark Krumenacher, principal and senior vice president, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
Powerpoint Presentation (Presentation removed due to copyright violation.)
An economic analysis of industrial sand operations in Minnesota and Wisconsin included a review of economic benefits and cost to state and local communities based on available resources and interviews. The economic benefits of industrial sand mining and processing operations are quantifiable, can be calculated and are verified, and are widely documented by state and local agencies. The majority of economic costs that affect local communities are caused by local mining opposition groups, not by the mining operations. The majority of references to costs associated with industrial sand mining and processing operations are not economic, but are intangible, not directly measurable, and unverifiable. The available literature shows that the economic benefits to industrial sand operations are real and positive and greatly outweigh any actual or perceived cost to state or local communities.
10:00am – 10:45am  Hydraulic Frac Sand – Exploration & Evaluation Deposits – By: Mark J. Zdunczyk, CPG., consulting geologist
Hydraulic fracturing sand (frac sand) currently and for about the past seven to eight years has been in high demand in the United States and Canada. This had led to many new and potentially new production sites especially in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Texas. Other states have also seen an increase of exploration for silica sand deposits such as Nebraska, Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Frac sand consists almost entirely of the mineral quartz and must meet strict specifications as do many industrial silica sands being produced. Each major industry that consumes industrial sand set forth their requirements. In the case of frac sand, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the International Standards Organization (ISO) have rather strict specifications rendering many quartzose sands marginal deposits. The implementation of well thought out exploration and evaluation program for these deposits or the evaluation of additional reserves, revolve around these specifications. A proper drilling, sampling and testing program are needed to begin the process of meeting these specifications. This paper will be discussing proper drilling techniques, sampling and testing procedures that are needed to determine the quality and quantity of a frac sand reserve.
10:45am – 11:30am  How to Design and Build an Efficient Trans-Load Facility – By: Fabian Ros, president, Industrial Project Solutions, Inc.
How to design and build an efficient trans-load facility with the following criteria:
Answers specific customer needs
Has friendly and efficient load out systems
Close caption dust collection system, and 
Remote inventory management system
11:30am – 12:15pm  Overcome NIMBY Opposition: Managing the Politics of Permitting – By: Darden Copeland, managing partner, Calvert Street Group
As facility developers seek to permit a new site or expansion, the Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) crowd can derail the best-laid plans. This presentation will highlight public relations techniques such as: pre-empting negative information; sharing positive information; handling angry constituents; managing elected officials; press management; strategic sponsorships/events. Using case studies we’ll explore how effective outreach brings supporters to the table and overcomes opposition to a frac sand processing facility. 
12:15pm – 1:30pm  Lunch on Show Floor – Exhibits Open
1:30pm – 2:15pm   Understanding Frac Sand Requirements - How to Get There from Here –By: Alan Bennetts, senior process engineer, Weir Minerals Linatex
Process design and equipment selection can make a difference when making an “in-spec” proppant fracturing sand (Frac Sand). This presentation will look at the API standard, what can be done to develop the deposit and how different equipment fits into the process. It will also look at some “best practice” to stabilize the process and optimize production. The main focus will be on the wet plant of the process.
2:15pm – 3:00pm Afternoon Break on Show Floor – Exhibits Open
Thursday, June 6, 2013 (continued)
3:00pm – 3:45pm  Conveyor Systems – Essentials to Maintenance and avoiding Catastrophic Failure – By: Laura Hoggan, sales manager, Rubber & Plastics, Inc.; and Rodney Roalsen, president, Rubber & Plastics, Inc. 
Conveyor system and belt maintenance is essential to keep a well site running. Conveyor systems are dynamic and require constant monitoring and cleaning. The high costs associated with a system failure make this a critical issue faced by all site managers. An understanding of the system, interaction between the various parts and they symptoms seen when the system is out of synergy is essential. Learning what causes belt behavior, how to repair belts and the terminology of the conveyor belt failure, misalignment and how to solve the problem will enable site managers to increase the efficiency of their systems.
3:45pm – 4:30pm Are You Prepared for the Growing Opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico?-By Joseph Linck,Jr., private consultant, NAFTA Marine Highway Company.
Powerpoint Presentation
You won't want to miss the special presentation from Joseph P. Linck, Jr, former CEO and Port Director of the Port of Brownsville, TX. Having worked as a crude oil buyer and commodity trader, and now a private consultant to the frac sand proppant and general petroleum industries through NAFTA Marine Highway Company, Linck brings his extensive experience to the Frac Sand Insider 2013. This timely presentation will focus on practical issues for transport and export of product.
Armed with Linck's insight, conference attendees will be well-prepared for the opportunities that are growing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Topics will include:
1. How to charter a river barge.
2. How to load, stow, and trim a barge.
3. Is barge demurrage really only $50 a day ?
4. How to ship frac sand to Mexico ?
5. How to export frac sand.
6. Why so many frac sand distribution silos popping up everywhere ?
7. Stockpile quality problems -- product segregation.
8. The Marcellus has four navigable rivers, the envy of Texas frac sand suppliers. 
4:45pm – 6:00pm Networking Reception on Show Floor – Exhibits Open
Friday, June 7, 2013
7:30am – 3:00pm Registration Open
8:30am – 9:30am Breakfast on Show Floor – Exhibits Open
9:30am – 10:00am  Making Product in Spec – By: John Getty, instructor and lab director, petroleum engineering department, Montana Tech
In order for new oil and gas wells to be economic, operating companies are today conducting hydraulic fracturing operations on something in excess of 90% of those wells.  And in order for that process to be successful, those operators need access to high quality poppants.  This discussion will focus on ways to confirm that the product being delivered to the well head meets the strict quality standards demanded by the industry.
10:00am – 10:45am   Frac Sand Drying Techniques – By: James GriDa  
Basic Equipment Regarding the drying of Frac Sand
10:45am – 11:30am  Wet and Dry Frac Sand Processing – By: Chris Kelley, general manager – aggregate processing division, McLanahan
11:30am – 12:15pm-Closing Panel- Overcoming Challenges Obtaining Special Use Permits for Industrial Sand Mining – By: Mark Krumenacher, principal and senior vice president, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. 
There has been a quiet revolution in land-use control through the developmental of local zoning ordinances that place the future of mining in the hands of the residents and locally elected municipal, Township and County representatives. Mining is a unique industry that has in recent decades transitioned from a private business operating behind tall fences to one of the most heavily regulated industrial businesses with increased public exposure and public control over the permit to operate. Mining permits are now written largely by the public; specifically to incorporate input from residents, community groups, NGOs and other stakeholders and greatly increased cost of permitting and, in some cases, operation. Due to 1) historical private nature of mining, 2) mining’s relatively negative reputation, 3) general lack of public education on the mining processes and 4) role that mining plays in everyday life, obtaining a Special or Conditional Use Permit for mining requires engaging a multitude of stakeholders; most importantly the local community as well as a commitment by the mining entity to the public interest in health, safety, environment and sustainable business practices.
12:15pm – 1:30pm Lunch on Show Floor – Exhibits Open
1:30pm – 5:00pm Exhibitor Move-Out

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