Agenda

Thank you for attending the 8th Annual Connected Plant Conference and making it such a success!
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We are excited to introduce new content tracks crafted to propel you into the forefront of innovation and collaboration.

Bid farewell to static sessions. The Connected Plant Conference revolves around interactive learning and dynamic engagements. Envision thought-provoking panel discussions, captivating roundtables, and immersive forums where you play an active role in shaping conversations and fostering your growth.

Monday | May 20

  1. 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

    Registration Hours

  2. 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Industry Day of Golf

  3. 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

    Island Escape Reception: Welcome to Margaritaville

Tuesday | May 21

  1. 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

    Registration Hours

  2. 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    Breakfast in Digital Arena

  3. 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

    Tech Talks: 5-Minute Technology Previews

    Tech Talks – brand new to Connected Plant this year is the opportunity to learn more about the technology being showcased at the event by our sponsor partners in short 5-minute quick-hitting demo presentations featured in our digital arena. This will be open to all attendees during networking breaks, lunches, and receptions providing the opportunity to learn more about the latest and greatest available technology in a relaxed environment as well as the ability to learn even more and continue the discussions at their booth.

    • Tarik Radwan Siemens Energy, Inc.
    • Matt Wiseman OPSWAT
  4. 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

    Welcome and State of the Industry

    • Scott Jenkins Chemical Engineering Magazine
    • Sonal Patel POWER magazine
  5. 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

    Powering your Transformation: How to leverage Culture and Change Management to drive higher Performance

    This insightful session that will uncover the value and impact of positioning culture evolution and change management as strategic drivers of Transformation. We will explore techniques that can be used to jumpstart and power your change efforts — and share case studies yielding breakthrough results. Join us for this enlightening keynote experience that transcends the traditional mindset around change management and its critical role in the success of organization transformations. Whether you are a technology enthusiast, business leader, change management agent, or you are looking to drive higher performance from your teams and initiatives, this keynote presentation will change your mindset on culture and change to it being a gamechanger for powering your Transformations.

    • Rich Voorberg Siemens Energy, Inc.
    • Rod Walker Kearney
    • Kristen Etheredge Kearney
  6. 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

    Break in Digital Arena

  7. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Cyber Insights Unveiled: A Roundtable Exploration of Current Challenges

    Explore the multifaceted landscape of cybersecurity as we tackle pressing issues, including the consequences of cyber attacks, proven techniques for fortifying environments, and the ongoing debate surrounding informal versus formal cybersecurity approaches. This session is designed for professionals seeking a comprehensive understanding of the evolving landscape of cybersecurity in the context of technology adoption. Don't miss this opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations that bridge the gap between compliance and functionality, and gain practical insights into safeguarding critical industrial processes.

    • James Goosby Southern Company
    • Jay Cribb Southern Company
    • PE Jonathan Tubb Siemens Energy, Inc.
    • Tricia Schulz Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  8. 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

    Lunch in Digital Arena

  9. 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

    Tech Talks Continue: 5-Minute Technology Previews

    • Bill Thackston Siemens Energy, Inc.
    • Speaker TBA from Procronex TBA
    • Brian Crandall APERIO Systems
  10. 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

    Utilizing Private LTE & 5G Networks to Accelerate Your Digital Transformation

    We will highlight how Nokia private wireless networks coupled with DXC’s managed services have helped 100’s of customers overcome indoor and outdoor connectivity challenges, and enabled customers to quickly transform their business to enable digital transformation connecting IoT sensors, devices and applications. The foundation of this connectivity is a resilient customer owned mobile network with all data residing on the customer premise. Please join the session to understand how we can help overcome your wireless connectivity hurdles to improve worker safety, yields and margins at your facility.

    • Mario Giacchino Nokia
  11. 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

    Efficiency Unleashed: Bridging Excellence in Operations and Maintenance through Digital Transformation

    Embark on a comprehensive exploration of how integrated solutions are reshaping industries by seamlessly combining machine monitoring, the use of vehicles, sensors, and software. Join us for a dynamic session that unveils the revolutionary impact of cutting-edge technology in solving challenges from inception to completion. Discover how machine monitoring has eradicated uncertainties surrounding growth, providing organizations with data-driven insights for strategic planning. Delve into the Swedish utility perspective as we uncover the intricate integration of vehicles, sensors, and software in optimizing operations and contributing to sustainability goals. But that's not all—explore the concept of a unified platform that brings together diverse technologies, offering a holistic approach to problem-solving from start to finish. Learn how this comprehensive solution addresses challenges at every stage, streamlining processes and maximizing efficiency. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into the future of technology integration, where a single platform serves as the nexus for innovation, growth, and sustainability. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion that unveils the transformative power of integrated solutions in shaping the industries of tomorrow.

    • Randy Mullinax Southern Company
    • Chris Moore LCM2M (Caddis Systems)
    • Craig Spivey Air Liquide
    • Seth Courington Southern Company
  12. 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

    Unlocking the Power of Data: Why and What It Can Accomplish When Done Right

    Join us for an enlightening session where we explore the profound impact of data when harnessed correctly. Learn the essential 'whys' behind leveraging data effectively and discover the remarkable accomplishments that await those who navigate the data landscape with precision and insight.

    • Jasper M. Rutten Huntsman Chemical
    • Amine Benammar Air Liquide
    • Dustin Corey Southern Company
  13. 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

    Unlocking Potential: A Deep Dive into Digital Twins for Optimization

    Join us for a dynamic session exploring the transformative power of Digital Twins in driving optimization across various domains. Learn from end users as they share firsthand experiences on the value drivers of digitization, highlighting the practical benefits derived from their Digital Twins. Delve into the realm of operational excellence and equipment maintenance, discovering how Digital Twins harness vast data sets to establish meaningful relationships, enabling the resolution of common problems at scale. Additionally, explore the role of Digital Twins in fostering sustainability and discover innovative ways to leverage this technology for a more environmentally conscious future. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your understanding and take the next step toward optimization through Digital Twins.

    • Jane Arnold APERIO Systems
    • Samir Khanna bp
    • Chris Jackson Vistra Corporation
    • Mark Christofferson Stephenson Technologies Corporation-LSU
  14. 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

    Unlocking the Potential: Why and What AI and Machine Learning Can Accomplish When Done Right

    Embark on a journey of discovery in this session, where we delve into the profound impact of AI and Machine Learning when implemented effectively. Understand the 'whys' behind these technologies and explore the remarkable accomplishments achievable when navigating the AI and ML landscape with strategic precision.

    • Arnold Martin Air Liquide
    • Jonathan Alexander ALBEMARLE
    • Joe Witkowski The Energy Authority
    • Alan Karr Siemens Energy, Inc.
    • Arpan Seth Evonik Corporation
  15. 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Break in Digital Arena

  16. 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    Navigating the Tech Terrain: Selecting the Right Data Technology Offerings for Your Success

    In this session, we delve into the diverse landscape of data technology offerings. Demystify the choices available and gain insights into selecting the right technologies tailored to your specific needs. Equip yourself with the knowledge to make informed decisions that align with your objectives, ensuring a successful journey in the dynamic realm of data technology.

    • Michael Clark OPC Foundation
    • Peter Seeberg Independent Consultant
  17. 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    Securing Alignment from Management to Frontline – A Blueprint for Workforce Empowerment in the Age of Skills Transformation

    Embark on a crucial exploration in this session dedicated to understanding the 'why' behind garnering support—from top-level decision-makers approving budgets to frontline workers embracing and implementing technological advancements. Delve into the critical importance of accurate data collection for informed decision-making and discover strategies to ensure seamless adoption. Additionally, we'll tackle the evolving expectations of a new generation in the workforce, addressing the intersection of technology and daily work life. Learn how to preserve institutional knowledge while staying ahead in a rapidly changing technological landscape, ensuring a harmonious transition into the future of work.

    • Steven Ford Southern Company
    • Roland Block Texas A&M University
    • Matthew Kleiman Cumulus Digital Systems
    • Rod Walker Kearney
  18. 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

    It’s Taco’Clock Somewhere

Wednesday | May 22

  1. 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

    Registration Hours

  2. 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

    Breakfast in Digital Arena

  3. 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    Smart Cyber - Balancing Innovation and Protection in the Digital Age

    Embrace the digital era without compromising security. In this session, we explore strategies for implementing robust cybersecurity measures while harnessing the power of technology to drive efficiency and enhance the bottom line. Navigating the fine line between innovation and cyber standards can be challenging, but our discussion will shed light on key aspects: Techniques for hardening our cyber exposures Practical example of work practices that we should be doing Case Study: Explore real-world consequences through a case study, gaining insights into the impact of cyber-attacks and learning from practical examples. Attendees will discuss challenges with balancing cybersecurity compliance while still making technology adoption functional for operators.

    • Brad Thurman Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Joe Edwards OPSWAT
    • Matthew Rogers, PhD Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
    • Michael Clark OPC Foundation
  4. 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    Unveiling Digital Twins: Case Studies of Technical Solutions Demonstrating Tangible Value

    Explore the realm of Digital Twins through insightful case studies that delve into cutting-edge topics such as leveraging Digital Twin technologies for real-time gas turbine monitoring. Witness the latest advancements with Hub PiAF as it updates the Asset Monitoring platform, and delve into the application of AI for Predictive Maintenance, both with and without the use of Vibration Sensing. Gain valuable insights into technical solutions that deliver tangible value in the dynamic landscape of Digital Twins.

    • Chris Jackson Vistra Corporation
    • IIRO OLAVI ESKO Siemens
    • Bharat Marwaha Covestro
  5. 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    Break in Digital Arena

  6. 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    Decoding the Tech Maze: Selecting the Right AI and Machine Learning Technology Offerings for Your Success

    Join us for an insightful session that navigates the diverse landscape of AI and Machine Learning technologies. Gain clarity on the array of offerings available and acquire the knowledge to make informed decisions on selecting the right technologies for your unique objectives. Equip yourself with the insights needed to thrive in the dynamic world of AI and Machine Learning.

    • Dr. Yves Gorat Stommel Evonik Digital
    • Eric Smith c3.AI
    • Yousef Mohassab facilis.ai
  7. 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

    Towards Autonomous Plants

    AI is all around us. Some of us made their first encounter through Machine Learning. Meanwhile all of us have heard of ChatGPT and other Large Language Model applications. Peter will give an overview of AI technologies and how they can help us improve plant performance, moving towards autonomous plants. He will share several power and process industry use-cases and explain the special role OPC UA may play in allowing for a rolling AI start.

    • Peter Seeberg Independent Consultant
  8. 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

    Lunch in Digital Arena

  9. 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

    Breaking Barriers: Exploring Open Source, Open Standards, and the Future of Collaboration

    While Open Source software offers a collaborative and cost-effective path for building the future of software-defined systems, it's important to remember it's not without its costs. In the realm of Building Automation Systems, achieving a seamless "plug and play" experience hinges on establishing Open Standards, which will simplify integration across different systems. Ultimately, the success of any Digital Transformation initiative rests heavily on fostering improved collaboration, as it unlocks the true value and ensures the smooth implementation of these transformative efforts. In this panel discussion, we will address these issues and possible solutions and ways to work with your teams.

    • David DeBari ExxonMobil Corporation
    • Michael Clark OPC Foundation
  10. 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    Empowering Connectivity: A Deep Dive into Wireless Communication for IIOT

    Join us for an immersive workshop where we'll unravel the intricacies of harnessing the power of wireless communication for enhanced connectivity. Explore key topics such as secondary sensors, strategic deployment of wireless technology, and optimizing the functionality of your data-collecting sensors.

    Workshop Highlights:

    • Secondary Sensors Unveiled: Delve into the world of secondary sensors, understanding their role and significance in expanding the capabilities of your wireless communication infrastructure.
    • Strategic Deployment: Discover the diverse applications of wireless technology and where it can be strategically employed to maximize efficiency and connectivity in various environments.
    • Optimizing Mobile Working: Revolutionizing Digital Worker strategy, plant efficiency, and improving worker performance during utilizing the transformative power of digitalization tools.

    Key Takeaways:

    • A deep understanding of secondary sensors and their role in advanced connectivity.
    • Insight into strategic deployment scenarios for wireless technology.
    • Practical tips and techniques for optimizing data collection through wireless sensors.

    Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your knowledge and skills in the realm of wireless communication. Join us and empower your connectivity for a future where wireless technology plays a pivotal role in shaping innovative solutions.


    • Rich Guhl Covestro
    • Steve Hedge NRG
    • Matthew Sudeesh Covestro
    • Mike Higgins NRG Energy, Inc.
    • Josh Tauber Delek US
    • Doug Kibler Mobideo