2021 Agenda

Monday | August 30

  1. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    Opening Workshop – Where are you in your Technology adoption journey?

    Where is your company in its digital journey? Whether you are just creating a foundation or actively deploying digital technologies, we have a workshop for you. The Connected Plant Conference will kick off the event with two simultaneous one-hour digitalization workshops with CPC Advisory Committee members. One workshop will focus on the foundational discussions needed to initiate the process of taking advantage of available digitalization technologies. The other workshop is for companies that are further along in the digital journey. In it, committee members and attendees will share lessons learned to enable progress in the digital journey.

  2. 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Intermediate/Connect then Integrate

    In this session, industry leaders will share the challenges and lessons learned from their experiences with digitalization initiatives. By discussing real-world projects with others with direct experience, attendees can gain perspective on how to take the next steps in their own digitalization journey. The objective of the workshop is to help attendees strategize how to move past the testing and piloting phase to deploying digitalization tools at scales that achieve real business results. Speakers will discuss strategy versus tactical integration planning. Also addressed: How to make sound decisions about which projects to scale up and which to abandon. The distinction between “products” and “projects” will be explored.

  3. 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

    Current and Future Landscapes of IOT, IIOT and Digital Transformation

Tuesday | August 31

  1. 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

    Breakfast on the Exhibit Floor

  2. 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM

    How Far Can AI Take Us?

    Most chemical process industries (CPI) and power-generation companies have by now embarked upon a journey toward realizing a vision for the artful use of large structured and unstructured data sets for real-time plant operation and problem solving. But in many cases, the story of this journey is one of technology, salesmanship and the difficult work of convincing companies that have been in love with Excel spreadsheets and after-the-fact problem solving that significant value lies in already collected, but often under-utilized, data sets. Part of the story involves the application of artificial intelligence (AI), but AI is not the solution – it is a solution. Through the use of volunteer audience participation and a few artful stories, this talk will discuss real-time analytics success stories that are actually simpler than “AI”-infused solutions. It will also discuss where AI fits in the CPI and power sectors, and highlight some experiences from 30 years of engagement in chemical manufacturing that can bring tremendous bottom-line value to your operations.

    • Lloyd Colegrove, Writer/Retired Data Services Director at Dow Chemical, Independent Consultant
  3. 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    Eastman Chemical Case Study

  4. 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

    The Human Side of Digital Adoption

    Digitalization and Industry 4.0 are as much about humans as they are about digital technologies. Understanding how humans interact and use technology are just as important as the technology’s attributes. This session will explore how equipment experts can integrate capabilities with data scientists; where wearable technologies are best suited; and how digital professionals can garner support and buy-in for digital initiatives. It will also explore how job profiles could shift in the future.

    • Steven Ford, Compliance and Support Mgr., Southern Company
      Next steps in a Digital Journey
    • Walter Curley, *Invited, Senior Engineer - Continuous Improvement, Nova Scotia Power
    • Stephen Kwan, Director of Product Management for Power Generation/Grid Management, Beyond Limits
      The Nexus of AI and Human Knowledge in Plant Operations
    • Matt Buck, Senior Technical Leader, EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
      The Role of the Digital Worker in a Transitioning Energy Industry
  5. 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    Lunch on the Exhibit Floor

  6. 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM

    Ensuring Data Quality for Digital Applications

    Viewing “data as an asset” is becoming the new industry norm and companies are beginning to invest heavily in digital tools and technologies to help them leverage their data to generate valuable business insights. However, the value generated from that data is often limited by poor data quality, thereby greatly reducing the return on investment to the business. With the growing need to integrate data across different systems—both internal and external—and the expanding enterprise value chain, the need for trusted high-quality data is greater than ever before. This session will explore real-world pitfalls in data collection and review data management best practices.

    • Naimi Mattos Nassiffe Souza, *Invited, Braskem
      PIMs Connectivity Where We Connected All Industrial Data To The Cloud Using Osi Solution
    • Chris Welch, *Invited, Enterprise Improvement, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
      • Sensors That Provide Real Quality Information and Proper Connectivity
    • Jonas Hellgren, CEO, APERIO Systems
      Data Integrity and Sensor Health for OT and IoT
    • Jane Arnold, VP, Global SPS Strategy & Industry 4.0 Execution, Stanley Black & Decker
      Data Integrity and Sensor Health for OT and IoT
    • Dr. Francois Laborie, President, Cognite
      IT/OT Data Contextualization: The Key to Delivering the Connected Plant
  7. 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Implementation of Digital Tools to Achieve Real Business Value

    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 break down how different technologies and their implementation can help achieve real business value.

    • Dr. Yves Gorat Stommel, Head of Cognitive Solutions, Evonik Digital
      Tools Alone Do Not Create Value: Technology Acceptance at Evonik
    • James Martin, Global Operational Excellence Manager, Allnex USA
      Operational Excellence with Advanced Analytics
    • Nicholas Gigliotti, Analytics Engineer, Seeq Corporation
      Operational Excellence with Advanced Analytics
    • Linda Salinas, Texmark
      Digital Asset & IIOT- Realizing the Value
    • Floyd Baker, Vice President, Antea USA
      Digital Asset & IIOT- Realizing the Value
  8. 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

    Networking Reception in Digital Arena

Wednesday | September 1

  1. 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

    Breakfast on the Exhibit Floor

  2. 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

    Day 2 Keynote

    • Jose Valls, *Invited, IoT Strategist, Microsoft Corporation
  3. 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

    Edge Computing/Automation

    • Alex West, *Invited, Senior Principal Analyst, OMDIA
    • David DeBari, Process Control Engineer, ExxonMobil Corporation
      The Journey to the Future of Automation
  4. 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

    Operations and Maintenance Sessions

    Learning how to select the right automation technologies and software applications is crucial to any operations and maintenance project. This session will review data visibility software, automation, flexibility, and safety solutions through case studies.

    • David Bonislawski, Project Engineer, Lonza AG/Ltd
      Operations Data Visibility fuels Productivity at Lonza
    • Fatih Abdel Kariem, Asset Management, Marubeni Corp.
      Reducing maintenance costs, reducing risk and increasing reliability by combining engineering and digital solutions on a CCGT
  5. 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

    Lunch on the Exhibit Floor

  6. 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Emerging Technologies: Development Updates

    Technology innovation and software development are continuing at a bewildering pace. Emerging technologies hold much promise, but separating the hope from the hype can be challenging. In this session, attendees will hear from leading technology developers and their end-users about how they identified and implemented new technologies or how developed novel applications for “tried and true” digitalization technologies.

    • Misbah Syed, Data Scientist, Evonik Corporation
      Forecasting the concentration of chemical components in a production plant through AutoML
    • Michael Menzel, Machine Learning (ML) Specialist in the Customer Engineering division, GOOGLE LLC
      Forecasting the concentration of chemical components in a production plant through AutoML
    • Gupreet Kainth, Principal Design Engineer, Cyient, Inc.
      Multi-Objective Design Optimization of Hydro Generators using Genetic Algorithm
    • Leslie Rittenberg, Refinery & Process Manufacturing Product Manager, Beyond Limits
      Machine Learning and AutoML
    • Martin Gonzalez, Discipline Leader, Intelligent Operations, BP Oil Co
      Machine Learning and AutoML
    • Mike Berryman, Director, Technical Services and Solutions, Advantech
      Open Nature of Edge Connectivity & Compute