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. 1:00 PM – 2:30 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.

    • Dr. Yves Gorat Stommel, Head of Cognitive Solutions, Evonik Digital
  3. 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

    Current and Future Landscapes of IOT, IIOT and Digital Transformation

Tuesday | August 31

  1. 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

    Day 1 Keynote

    • Cheryl Ingstad, Director, Office of Artificial Intelligence & Technology Office, US DOE
    • Lloyd Colegrove, Writer/Retied Data Services Director at Dow Chemical, Independent Consultant
  2. 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    What Can 2020 Teach us About Digital Adoption?

    All industry sectors suffered significant disruptions in 2020, from stringent public health countermeasures that required remote work on a widespread basis, to supply chain challenges and slumping end-use markets. This session, formatted as an expert panel discussion, will feature plant managers from different sectors of the CPI and power generation industries. The experts will share key takeaways about why and how they tackled digital adoption during a global pandemic. Topics of discussion will include: remote operation needs; pandemic-related supply-chain disruptions; cybersecurity concerns; and other pandemic on digitalization efforts.

  3. 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.

    • Walter Curley, *Invited, Senior Engineer - Continuous Improvement, Nova Scotia Power
    • Stephen Kwan, Director of Product Management for Power Generation/Grid Management, Beyond Limits
    • Paul Simmons, *Invited, Maintenance Superintendent, Phillips 66 - Lake Charles Refienry
      Digital Tools for Workers
  4. 2:00 PM – 4:00 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
    • Jane Arnold, VP, Global SPS Strategy & Industry 4.0 Execution, Stanley Black & Decker
      Data Integrity and Sensor Health for OT and IoT
    • Gabe Prado, PRODUCT MARKETING DIRECTOR, POWER & UTILITIES, Cognite
      IT/OT Data Contextualization: The Key to Delivering the Connected Plant

Wednesday | September 1

  1. 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

    Day 2 Keynote

    • Jose Rodriguez, *Invited, Global Manager, Data Center Engineering at Microsoft/ D&I Advocate, Microsoft Corporation.
  2. 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

    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.

    • Angela Langner-Thiele, Digital Strategist, Evonik Industries
      Tools Alone Do Not Create Value: Technology Acceptance at Evonik
    • James Martin, Global Operational Excellence Manager, Allnex USA
      Driving Energy Efficiency with Advanced Analytics
  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.

    • Isabelle Lacaille, Data Infrastructure Engineer, Lonza AG/Ltd
      Operations Data Visibility fuels Productivity at Lonza
    • Fatih Abdel Kariem – Marubeni, Asset Management, Uniper Enerlytics
      Reducing maintenance costs, reducing risk and increasing reliability by combining engineering and digital solutions on a CCGT
  5. 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 along with their end-users, about how they identified and implemented new technologies or how they 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
    • Gupreet Kainth, Principle 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
    • Michael Fahrion, Chief Technology Officer, Advantech
      Open Nature of Edge Connectivity & Compute