2020 Agenda

Tuesday | February 25

  1. 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

    GE Invites You to See the “Connected Plant” Come to Life as You Tour its M&D Center

    GE’s digital center in Atlanta uses data from power plants to spot trouble and save money. The center, the largest of its kind in the world, looks a lot like a smaller version of NASA’s mission control center. It has banks of computers and a wall-to-wall colorful LED screen flashing real-time operating conditions inside 5,000 turbines, generators, and other equipment churning away at more than 950 power plants located in 75 countries and serving 350 million people. Every day, 1 million sensors attached to the machines send 200 billion data points to the cloud and to computers sitting directly on the machines. The brain of the center is GE’s new Asset Performance Management (APM) software application, and it will make the center’s predictive powers even more formidable, by giving customers more advanced warning of issues that might trigger an outage. The “brain” also makes it easier for GE engineers and their customers to compare notes in real time and spot problems before they happen. Customers with the software see exactly what GE’s experts see. As a result, they minimize downtime and optimize power plant performance and save utilities money. Come take a look behind the curtain and see how predictive analytics can help you to be more productive and reliable. ** This event is open to end-users only and requires a $25 fee to secure your spot. Tours will run at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Limited Seating. Must have identification with you to go on the tour.

  2. 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

    Implementation Case Studies: How Digital Technologies Are Affecting Safety

    Ensuring personnel safety must be paramount in every industrial setting. Emerging digital solutions are equipping employers with novel ways of ensuring safety—and the value benefits could extend to performance gains, reliability, customer satisfaction, and regulatory compliance.

    • Craig Nicholson, Consultant, IEM Energy Consultants
    • David Culler, Jr., CAPT USN (ret), General Manager - Energy-Utilities, PrecisionHawk
      Storm Hardening Using Drones
  3. 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Maintenance Digitalization: A Connected Workforce

    Optimizing Workforce Performance during Shutdown, Turnaround, and Outage Execution Presented by: Paul Muir, Chief Revenue Officer, Mobideo Maintenance Digitalization Platforms connect teams with each other and the information they create and consume at the workface, streamlining collaborative work processes, and dramatically improving manageability while improving quality and real-time communication. This session will look at how a digitally connected workforce moves faster, reacts to change quicker and generates the data to support innovation in a learning organization. Additionally, we will discuss how maintenance digitalization facilitates the automation of coordination and administration tasks, leaving experienced and highly valuable resources more time to manage changing priorities and emerging work effectively.

    • Paul Muir, President and Chief Revenue Officer, Mobideo
  4. 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    Interactive Digital Showcase - Building Blocks of a Connected Plant

    • Lucian Fogoros, Co-Founder & Managing Director, lloT World
  5. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

    Opening Reception in the Sundial Restaurant

Wednesday | February 26

  1. 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM

    Interactive Breakfast Workshop hosted by Mobideo

    MAINTENANCE DIGITALIZATION SIMULATION Enjoy a hot breakfast and take part in this interactive session that will provide a unique opportunity to utilize intrinsically safe tablets to navigate procedures as a skilled technician, discover real-time alerts that trigger craft handover workflow, and report a delay as an Inspector. Throughout this simulation, you will assume the role of Connected Manager™ and witness firsthand the real-time visibility for enhancing, streamlining, and expediting decision making by leveraging Mobideo’s Digital Wall Chart. Finally, you will examine analytics to drive process improvements for the next shutdown, turnaround, outage or maintenance event. JOIN US! This FREE Simulation is open to all end-user conference attendees! Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – 7:00-7:45am Thursday, February 27, 2020 – 7:00-7:45am

  2. 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    Welcome and Keynote

    • Sonal Patel, Senior Associate Editor, POWER magazine
    • Scott Jenkins, Senior editor, Chemical Engineering Magazine
    • Benjamin Blanchette, Sr. Director - Digital Innovation & Transformation, Georgia-Pacific
    • Dr. Mark Berry, Vice President of Environmental & Natural Resources and Research & Development for SCS, Southern Company
    • Chris Benson, Principal Artificial Intelligence Strategist, Lockheed Martin
      Artificial Intelligence - Hype/Hope/Potential
  3. 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Cyber and Physical Risk Mitigation Strategies for Operational Technology

    Like safety, security must be baked into every connected plant application. While security risk mitigation has evolved in parallel with technology application, navigating its complexity in an ever-changing threat environment can be daunting. In this session, learn how effective cyber-risk mitigation strategies can be deployed for operational technology.

    • James Goosby, I&C Support General Manager, Southern Company
    • Kenneth Ferguson, Vice President, Nuclear Technology, Global Nuclear Associates
    • David Foose, Security Program Manager, Emerson Power & Water Solutions
    • Shahrul A. Rashid, Custodian, Instrument and Control, Petronas
  4. 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Operational Technology Network Strategies

    How do you implement an operational technology network that will adequately support your digitalization plan? This session offers approaches that can be utilized to "connect" your plant and realize effective and secure systems integration.

    • Lauhael S. Godinho, Director, Digital IT: Logistics, Controls, PCN & Operational Systems, Phillips 66
    • Bradley G. Houk, PE, Senior Engineering Advisor ExxonMobil Open Process Automation Project Manager, ExxonMobil Corporation
    • Juan Panama, Global Business Development Manager, Emerson
    • Benjamin Blanchette, Sr. Director - Digital Innovation & Transformation, Georgia-Pacific
  5. 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

    Digital Transformation Models

    In this open forum, attendees will discuss how best to achieve an effective digital transformation through a focused comparison of prevailing strategic approaches: a formal asset management philosophy; the deployment of diagnostic centers; and an “operational excellence” approach. After a brief overview of each approach, the discussion will seek to compare commitments they require, such as the human and capital resources they need. Discussions will also cover how to best leverage data for operational intelligence gains, and how existing business processes should be adjusted to support digital transformations.

    • Mike Greene, Operational Technology Lead, Nova Scotia Power
    • Andrew Wise, Senior Analyst, Delek US Holdings, Inc.
    • Michael Reid PhD, General Manager of Technical Programs, Duke Energy
  6. 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

    Leveraging Data Analytics for Production Improvement

    In this open forum, attendees will discuss a real-world case study to understand and share ideas on how data can be best leveraged to reap actionable operational intelligence insights. Discussions will also cover how existing business processes should be adjusted to cater to an ongoing digital transformation.

    • Dr. Yves Gorat Stommel 9417016, Head of Cognitive Solutions, Evonik Corporation
    • Matthew Peters, Manufacturing Engineer, 3M
  7. 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

    Time is Money - Digitizing the Outage

    Turnarounds and outages are ridden with high risks, and critical delays can be costly. This session will survey digital tools that can help identify, with more precision, the scope of work required. Tools can also enable more efficient scheduling, helping to ensure safety during a turnaround, and ensuring a project will be completed on time and on budget.

    • Matthew Peters, Manufacturing Engineer, 3M
    • James Del Rossi, Mobile Hardware Architect, Dow Water & Process Solutions
    • David Harper, Chief Manager - Digital Sales Transformation, GE Power
    • Ares Panagoulias, Sales & Engineering Manager- Wireless Condition Monitoring, Test Lab Manager, Hydro, Inc
      The Advantages of Wireless Condition Monitoring over Route-Based Monitoring for Developing a Successful Predictive Maintenance Strategy
    • Bhanu Srilla, Director of Product Marketing, Grace Engineered Products, Inc
      Using Technology to Enhance Plant Electrical Safety and Maintenance Operations: A Reliability Topic
    • Anne-Marie Walters, Industry Marketing Director, process & Resources, Bentley Systems Incorporated
      Digitalizing Substation Upgrades – Saving Time and Money
  8. 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

    Digital Solutions in the Power Plant

    Digitalization’s most prominent value in the power sector is perhaps its ability to boost an entity’s competitiveness while keeping it in step with customer and stakeholder expectations. This session will examine three case studies in which innovative data management approaches are tied to improved power plant or fleet performance. The first case study explores a hybrid solution that includes both physics-based solutions and data-driven analytics. In the second case study, the benefits of applying model-predictive control (MPC) to large utility power plants is reviewed. The session wraps up with a review of how leveraging the right data within the power generation business could successfully achive digital transformation and operational excellence objectives.

    • Michael Hallgarth, EHS Manager, Flint Hills Resources
    • Scott Affelt, President, XMPLR Energy LLC
      Hybrid Analytics Solution to Improve Coal Power Plant Operations
    • Sandy BouIssa, Advanced Services Specialist, ABB
      IIoT Digital Twin: Self-Optimizing Combustion System
    • Ramiro Rivera, Asset Performance Sr. Manager, Global Operations Support, AES Puerto Rico
      Leveraging Digital Technologies to Achieve Global Fleetwide Performance Improvements
  9. 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

    Using Analytics to Advance Operation

    The importance of effectively managing data within the broad and ever-changing digital landscape cannot be overstated. More specifically, plant operations can be greatly enhanced or detrimentally influenced by a site’s ability to utilize data analytics. This session will begin at the operational level, examining the positive impacts of putting the right data analytic tools into the right hands at the right time. From there, the session will look more broadly at how data analytics applications could optimize plant operations from an equipment and process control standpoint. Finally, the session will explain the “open process automation” concept and shed light on its potential benefits to facility operations.

    • Gloriana Teh, Sr. Manager for Manufacturing Process Optimization, Lonza AG/Ltd
    • Sunny Dixit, Data Analytics Engineer, TrendMiner
      Digitalization in Production—How Data Analytics Increases Operational Performance
    • Liwei Huang, Sr. Optimization Engineer, ABB
      Achieving Optimal Operating Conditions Through Digitization and Data Analysis
    • David DeBari, Process Control Engineer, ExxonMobil Corporation
      Open Process Automation - Unlocking Value Generation to the Business
    • Daniel Parker, Sr. Manager, Product Marketing, GE Power
      The Convergence of Predictive and Preventative Maintenance
  10. 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

    Game Changer Presentations

    Behind the digital tools that make the industrial internet of things (IIOT) in the power generation and chemical process industries are people. At this session, open to all attendees, the editors of POWER and Chemical Engineering will recognize the achievements of individuals and companies who are fast risers in the field, and through insight and experience, have championed “game changing” innovations, solved problems, or made extraordinary improvements.

  11. 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

    Networking Reception on Exhibit Floor

Thursday | February 27

  1. 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM

    Interactive Breakfast Workshop hosted by Mobideo

    MAINTENANCE DIGITALIZATION SIMULATION Enjoy a hot breakfast and take part in this interactive session that will provide a unique opportunity to utilize intrinsically safe tablets to navigate procedures as a skilled technician, discover real-time alerts that trigger craft handover workflow, and report a delay as an Inspector. Throughout this simulation, you will assume the role of Connected Manager™ and witness firsthand the real-time visibility for enhancing, streamlining, and expediting decision making by leveraging Mobideo’s Digital Wall Chart. Finally, you will examine analytics to drive process improvements for the next shutdown, turnaround, outage or maintenance event. JOIN US! This FREE Simulation is open to all end-user conference attendees! Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – 7:00-7:45am Thursday, February 27, 2020 – 7:00-7:45am

  2. 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

    Improving Operation Conditions Through Technology

    As the use of innovative digital technologies becomes more widespread in the power sector, emerging cases demonstrate how these solutions are yielding better and more profitable outcomes for associated plants. Echoing this theme, the first two presentations in this session examine how application of digital solutions relate to a fleet of plants that are more flexible, productive, and, at the same time, less costly to operate. In the last presentation, the focus shifts to the operator as a key driver to plant success. In this presentation, the presenter will convey experiences and lessons learned in upgrading operator human-machine interface (HMI) across a large fleet of plants.

    • Jon Towslee, Advanced Services Leader, Americas Industrial Automation, Energy Industries (IAEN), ABB
    • Tom Cross, ABB
      Leveraging Digital Solutions to Increase Operator Effectiveness & Plant Performance
    • John Korsedal, Principal Digital Product Manager, GE Digital
      Digital Worker and Remote Power Plant Operations for Safer and Cost Effective Plant O&M
    • Steven Seachman, Principal Technical Leader, Electric Power Research Institute
      Role of Process Controls and Automation in Plant Digitization
    • Joe Michienzi, Vice President, Asset Management, Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. [CPV]
      3 Essential Elements to Realizing Value: The Business of Digitization with Competitive Power Ventures
    • Rachel Farr, Principal Digital Product Manager, GE Power Digital
      3 Essential Elements to Realizing Value: The Business of Digitization with Competitive Power Ventures
    • Dave Magill, Senior Vice President, Asset Management, Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. [CPV]
      3 Essential Elements to Realizing Value: The Business of Digitization with Competitive Power Ventures
  3. 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

    Leveraging Equipment Hierarchy Across Platforms

    This technical presentation will shed light on how Nova Scotia Power has leveraged a common equipment hierarchy across multiple software platforms to create operational intelligence for their fleet of assets. Nova Scotia Power is currently in the middle of a pilot project that uses the Element Analytics PI Asset Framework Accelerator to construct a PI AF hierarchy that matches the master hierarchy in the MMS system and in GE APM. This PI AF framework is used to contextualize equipment assets with their associated tags and to construct asset templates for the major asset classes that can be cloned across the fleet.

    • Mike Greene, Operational Technology Lead, Nova Scotia Power
    • Jacqueline Grunwald, CIO, AdvanSix, Inc.
      End to end Digital Engagement/ From Value Estimation to Adoption to Value Realization
    • Jared Hartness, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, GE Digital
      End to end Digital Engagement/ From Value Estimation to Adoption to Value Realization
    • Michael Magerstädt, Manager, Global Industry Division Chemical, KROHNE AG
      Chemical Plant Instrumentation IOT and Industry 4.0 – the last 12 months and the future
  4. 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

    Breaking Out of the Research Lab - AI Technology Has Arrived in Daily Operations

    Industrial companies are sitting on a tremendous amount of data - a treasure that grows every single day. With the advent of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) technology mining this data for value is quickly becoming reality. This session will focus on providing an understanding of some of the building blocks needed to deploy AI and ML, as well as provide a few examples and learning journeys for specific applications of AI and ML for predictions, creating insights and taking further steps towards automation (predictive maintenance, corrosion detection and plant operation, to name a few).

    • Mr. Pete Davies, VP of Digital Engineering Solutions, Uniper Enerlytics
    • Dr. Yves Gorat Stommel, Head of Cognitive Solutions, Evonik Corporation
    • Dr. Berk Birand, CEO, Fero Labs
      Leveraging Explainable Machine Learning to Drive Plant Optimization
    • Ben Berwick, Strategic Marketing Specialist, Honeywell Connected Plant
      The Importance of Good Data Science in Effective Asset Performance Monitoring
    • Javier Martinez Sanchez, O&M Supervision Director, Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.)
      Why Breakthroughs in Scaled Asset-Centric Modeling Are Critical for the Connected Plant
    • Slavek Zaremba, Chief Technology Officer of Predictive Maintenance, SparkCognition
      Why Breakthroughs in Scaled Asset-Centric Modeling Are Critical for the Connected Plant
  5. 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Digital Horizon: Emerging Technologies That You Need to Track

    Digitalization’s potential is vast. As uptake of the multitude of connected industrial devices becomes more widespread, efforts are ongoing to explore how they can better monitor, collect, exchange, analyze, and deliver valuable new insights to drive smarter, faster business decisions for industrial companies. Technologies like fourth-generation sensors, Big Data, edge intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and blockchain promise to open up a vast realm of intelligence for new applications. However, their complexity must be understood within the context of current limitations. This session will delve into why and how some technologies on the horizon are worth considering from a value perspective

    • Sydni Credle, Ph.D., Project Manager and General Engineer Enabling Technologies & Partnerships, US Dept of Energy/National Energy Technology Lab
    • Mr Chris Welch, Enterprise Improvement, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
    • Hannah Davis, Blockchain Project Lead, EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
      The Growth of Blockchain
    • Kim Gilbert Ph.D., Director of Technical Commercial Engineering, Beyond Limits
      Increase Efficiency in Power Generation with Artificial Intelligence That Encodes Human Knowledge, Expertise, and Experience
    • Brian D. Wolf, Lead Performance & Optimization Consultannt, Black & Veatch
      Next Generation Operations using Smart Data Analytics

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