A foundation of DCP’s digital transformation is having rapid, near real time, accurate, meaningful and complete data with context. An important part of this capability is provided by a company-wide PI System that was deployed in 2017. Change has been rapid, with DCP moving from no centralized means of collecting and using operational data to having 28 gas plant, 500 compressor stations (and their associated gathering systems), and the company’s major interstate pipelines connected to the PI System in 10 months. In parallel with deployment, DCP has put PI to use, building products that support the improved business processes and organizational changes. Two examples of these efforts are our Plant Views (optimizing cryo plant operation) and Compression Health Monitoring (focused on condition-based maintenance). Since deploying PI in 2017 DCP Midstream are reporting more than $20million of cost savings and operational benefits attributable to OSIsoft PI.
Bill Johnson is group vice president and chief transformation officer for DCP Midstream accountable for information technology, operations technology, digital solutions and the company’s integrated collaboration center.
Bill previously served as vice president of operations for the north and Permian business units, and also formerly as vice president of technical services, responsible for regional engineering, corporate reliability, compression services and measurement and communications. He joined DCP in 2011 with 20 years of experience in the refining and chemical industries. Prior to joining DCP, Bill held various management positions in project engineering, operations, reliability and maintenance, turnarounds, corporate engineering and plant management at multiple chemicals and refining plant sites as well as in regional organizations and at corporate headquarters.
Bill has served on the boards of directors for the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, the Houston area Wendel D Ley Family YMCA, and as chairperson of the Houston Chapter of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals. Bill has published technical papers and served on discussion panels and as a group facilitator at the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) annual reliability and maintenance conference.