Larry graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1974 and joined Northern Natural Gas Company as a Facility Planning Engineer. He spent 5 years in NNG's western Kansas office planning gathering systems and compressor stations in the gas fields of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. He moved to Omaha, NE in 1980 to join the NNG Technical Services group. During this time (beginning in 1978) Larry was developing compressor modeling software on mainframe and minicomputers to reduce project evaluation time and facility costs. Special achievements included the development of a modeling program that reduced engineering costs by $50,000 per year in the Area Office alone. In the early 1980's, while in Technical Services, Larry developed a pipeline simulation program that was used by NNG to do gathering system design and evaluation. With its interactive graphic interface, it was truly ahead of its time. Significant operational savings were attributed to this pipeline model. Larry also developed a reciprocating compressor model that resulted in the savings of $1,000,000 at a single compressor station by cancelling modifications that were thought to be necessary. For this savings, Larry received the maximum award from a corporate incentive program.
In 1987, Larry moved to Houston, TX (when InterNorth became Enron) to assume the role of Manager of Systems Support. While holding various Managerial positions related to Facility Planning and Systems Support, Larry managed a team of engineers and technologists to provide modeling and Facility Planning services to Enron Operating Companies. This afforded Larry the opportunity to be involved in several major off-line and real-time modeling projects and the implementation of a major GIS project. After becoming a Director of Facility Planning, Larry resigned from Enron Corp in 1992 to start Hayes Technical Systems, Inc.
Hayes Technical Systems, Inc.
HTS was founded in 1992 to provide consulting and modeling services to the natural gas industry. HTS simulation software has been well received by the industry and continues to break new ground with respect to program features. The HTSCompress program continues to lead the way with features that automate the compressor testing process and provide a link to SCADA data for low cost, real-time compressor analysis and monitoring.