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2019 Agenda

Tuesday | February 19

  1. 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    Introduction to all Things IIOT Workshop

    So, you want to learn more about IIOT? Not sure what Blockchain is or how it is of interest to you? If you are just getting started or you just want a refresher this is the session for you. We have selected speakers and presentations that will help educate you and get you started on the path to a stronger knowledge of how the industrial internet of things will help you in your job and your bottom line.

    • Jason MakansiPresidentPearl Street
    • Matt PetersManufacturing Engineer3M
    • Pavan SinghSr. Director, Market and Business DevelopmentWind River
      The Foundation of IIoT: 6 Things You Need to Know
    • Jonas NorinderIndustry ManagerSiemens Industry, Inc.
      Digitalization 101 – Jump on the train so you can shape your own future
    • Ryan CongerSenior Business ConsultantAspen Technology Inc
      “Introduction to, and Fundamentals of Asset Performance Management (APM) Technologies In Reducing Equipment O&M costs”
    • Aaron HusseyFounder & PrincipalIntegral Analytics, LLC
      Functional Tutorial Illustration: Applying Digital-based Analytics to Hydroelectric Generating Units.
    • Chris HinceDonaldson Company Inc
      Using IIOT Strategy to Improve Product Development
  2. 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    A Tour of NoDa, Ultramodern MicroBrewery

    NoDa Brewing Co., a unique microbrewery sited in Charlotte, got its start as a home-brewing operation in the early 1990s. Armed with the benefit of the latest technology, it has since grown into an illustrious establishment known for its variety of small-batch craft beers. The brewery today uses a semi-automated system at the brew platform, as well as sensors that allow staff to visibly track tank temperatures and tweak recipes. On this tour, attendees will be guided through the brewing process from start to finish. The experience will encapsulate both digital lessons, as well as age-old brewing wisdom—attendees will have a chance to feel and smell the hops, grains, and malts that go into NoDa beers. The tour will be followed by a craft beer tasting.

  3. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

    Welcome Reception

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Wednesday | February 20

  1. 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

    Registration Open, Breakfast/Networking

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  2. 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM


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    • Dana McClayOperations ManagerAccess Intelligence, LLC
      Opening Remarks from Show Manager
    • Brian SavoySenior VP Business Transformation and TechnologyDuke Energy
      Welcome From Host Utility
    • Chris NaunheimerUsers Experience Director - DigitalABB Inc.
    • Matthew LabovichUS Data, Analytics and Technology Leader Industrial Products and ServicesPricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services LLC
      How Digitalization Is Transforming Business
  3. 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Interactive Digital Showcase: Building Blocks of a Connected Plant

    Built by the industry, for the industry, this interactive control room and digital experience will provide an opportunity to learn first-hand about technology solutions focused on equipment reliability, predictive maintenance, and training. Participate in this interactive, experiential digital showcase of all the latest elements and technology of a connected power plant. The Interactive Digital Showcase will be open for the duration of the exhibition and available for all attendees to explore.

    Augmented / Virtual Reality Block (EPRI) Presented at 10:45 am 2-20
    Condition Based Maintenance Block (B&V/Atonix) Presented at 12:45 pm 2-20
    Power Plant Optimization/Analytics Block (ABB) Presented at 1:00 pm 2-20
    Plant Data Historian/Control System Historian Block - (AVEVA) Presented at 10:15 am 2-21
    Industrial Data Analytics Block (Seeq) Presented at 12:30 pm 2-21

    • Matt BuckSenior Technical LeaderEPRI Electric Power Research Institute
      Augmented / Virtual Reality Block
    • Andrew AtteberySales EngineerAtonix Digital
      Capture, Monitor and Analyze Data to Optimize Operations
    • Jon TowsleeDigital Engagement Leader, Industrial Automation Division, Power Generation & WaterABB Inc.
      Performance Optimization and Loop Performance Monitoring
    • Sree HameedMarketing Manager, Industry Business - Power segmentAVEVA
      Plant Data Historian/Control System Historian
    • John CoxPrincipal Analytics EngineerSeeq Corporation
      Rapid Generation of Process Insights: An Industrial Data Analytics Solution
  4. 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

    Where to Begin? - Getting Started with Digital Transformation

    In today’s globally competitive environment, it is becoming more and more important to implement technologies that help to streamline processes and overall businesses. Learn how from those who are paving the way to the connected plant of the future.

    • Matt UsherCharge Portfolio LeadAmerican Electric Power - AEP
      How AEP’s Journey to Digital Began to What’s Next
    • Mike LaprocidoStrategic Industry Advisor - Chemicals Energy & Natural ResourcesSAP America, Inc
      Getting Started with Digital Transformation - Why, Why Now and to Begin
    • Rick KephartVice President, Software DevelopmentEmerson Power & Water Solutions
      Enhancing Operator and Control System Effectiveness with Machine Learning and Data Analytics
  5. 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

    Networking Break

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  6. 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

    Financial Engineering/Optimization

    Efficiency is the name of the game, and in today’s competitive market it is important to have as much information at your fingertips as possible in order to make the right decisions at the most opportune time. This session will review solutions that will enable operators to make better decisions on the use of algorithms that show the best time to use battery and shave peaking, and how to make microgrids and distributed generation work for you.

    • Mr. Mark ScherluebbeSenior ManagerEY
      Robotic Process Automation in Power Gen
    • Craig TruempiDirector of IIoT ReliabilityATEK Companies
      Equipment Reliability Case Studies using Artificial Intelligence and IoT for Condition Monitoring
    • Paul ManchesterOperations & Maintenance Manager-GenerationSilicon Valley Power
      When Silicon Valley Power Turned to Predictive Analytics to Power Up California
  7. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Using Technology to meet Customer Needs

    A detailed and robust understanding of how and why customers use your products can be powerful information. The focus of this session will be on using data to provide information that can be used to better understand your customers and meet their needs.

    • Kaytlin HendersonAnalytics Architect SpecialistThe Dow Chemical Company
      Mechanical Reliability in the Chemical Industry—Challenges and Successes in Predictive Maintenance Modeling
    • Michael DessauerAnalytics Lead Architecture Specialist at The Dow Chemical Company Digital Operations CenterThe Dow Chemical Company
      Mechanical Reliability in the Chemical Industry—Challenges and Successes in Predictive Maintenance Modeling
    • Tom OBanionDirector- Chemical Industry Application InnovationEmerson Automation Solutions, Micro Motion
      An Evaluation of Options for Fuel Flow Control in Fired Heaters
  8. 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

    Networking Luncheon

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  9. 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

    How to Get Value Out of your Data

    Digital transition offers data from many sources. This session will help show how to gain value from moving to a more-digital solution throughout your plant and utilizing that data to your benefit.

    • Gregory AugspurgerTechnical Manager - M&D Performance CenterDuke Energy
    • Kelly WhittenbergPerformance EngineerBlack & Veatch
      Case Study - Early Detection of Vertical Pit Pump Failure Using Advanced Pattern Recognition Modeling and Condition Monitoring Techniques
    • Chris StrohmSales ManagerMetso Flow Control-Performance Solutions
      Increasing production without increasing energy
    • Martin GasconSenior Data Scientist and Product ManagerIntertek
      Predicting Power Plant Remaining Useful Life using Machine Learning
    • Rodney DurbanDigital LeadABB
      Creating a single version of operational truth- applying digital solutions to bridge generation and trading teams
  10. 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

    Risk Management

    Operating a CPI plant involves constant risk management. Every day, plant managers and engineers are trying to balance a host of risks with production goals, costs and plant logistics and other factors. Using advanced data analytics has the potential to help them reach the best decisions more accurately and efficiently. In this session, the speakers will discuss how data analytics techniques are being used in their plants for assessing and managing plant, personnel and process risks.

    • Bill LutzSolutions ExecutivePetrotechnics, a Sphera Company
      Smart Facilities - Using Digitization
    • Tom OBanionDirector- Chemical Industry Application InnovationEmerson Automation Solutions, Micro Motion
      Latest Developments in Coriolis Technology: Get More Confidence in Your Flow Measurement!
    • Mark BeckerSenior Marketing Manager, Digital Solutions, Nalco WaterNalco Company
      Maximize Heat Exchanger Performance and Cost Optimization with OMNI
  11. 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

    Risk Management

    Plant managers and engineers are constantly managing risks. Should a unit be taken offline to make an emergency repair or can it be safely operated until the next planned shutdown? How can data analytics help improve the decision-making process? In this session peers share case studies showing how analytics are used in their plants for risk assessment and management.

    • Jason MakansiPresidentPearl Street
    • Anup AggarwalDirector of Digital SolutionsStructural Integrity
      Real-Time Health Tracking of Headers and Piping
    • Manjari AsawaDirector, IoTWipro
      Prognostic Maintenance of Turbines and Assets
  12. 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

    Improving Operations Through Digitization

    Digitization offers many advantages to plant operators in areas including process optimization, training, maintenance, safety, mobility and more. Technologies such as virtual and augmented reality and machine learning are becoming more common in the workplace, making their implementation important to remain competitive.

    • Dr. Berk BirandCEOFero Labs
      AI for Process Industries: A few Myths, a lot of Hype and some real Success Stories
    • Yaron EppelCEO and Co-founderMobideo
      The Digital Turnaround - Lessons Learned and Critical Outcomes from 60+ Digital Turnaround projects
  13. 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

    Networking Break

  14. 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

    Plant/Enterprise to Network/Ecosystem Architecture

    This session will focus on the architecture and the technologies that are available to help set up your process the right way, the first time around—or help correct mistakes for those already on the path.

    • Sree HameedMarketing Manager, Industry Business - Power segmentAVEVA
    • Dee KimataCyber Security and Collaborative Operations Center Product ManagerABB Inc.
      Extended Digital Control Rooms: Success with an International Digital Delivery Model (Collaborative Operations)
    • Salvatore DellaVillaPresident & CEOStrategic Power Systems, Inc.
      Data Fusion: Transforming, analyzing, and acting on total plant data from multiple sources with a foundation in subject matter expertise is essential for effectively managing assets for optimum performance and profitability.
  15. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

    Networking Reception

    Join us on Wednesday in the Digital Arena for our opening reception! Sip on cocktails and enjoy appetizers as you network with peers in this relaxed setting.

Thursday | February 21

  1. 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

    Registration Open, Breakfast/Networking

  2. 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    Plant Digitalization/Asset Optimization

    This session will introduce the next step in the connected plant - how to increase efficiency through digitization, and reviewing the best solutions to asset optimization.

    • Chris WelchRotational DevelopmentTennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
    • Dr. Stephen ZitneyProcess System EngineerNational Energy Technology Laboratory
      Dynamic Model-Based Digital Twin, Optimization, and Control Technologies for Improving Flexible Power Plant Operations
    • Cynthia MasonCloud Applications Services ManagerSiemens PLM Software
      Transforming Operations with IoT
    • Mark BeckerSenior Marketing Manager, Digital Solutions, Nalco WaterNalco Company
      Predict Performance, Prolong Asset Life and Optimize Total Cost of Operation with OMNI
    • Mike GreeneOperational Technology LeadNova Scotia Power
      Enabling Asset Management Through Strategic Use of Data
    • Rahul ChillarSenior Director – Product Management Asset Performance ManagementGE Power Digital Solutions
      Co-Presenter on Enabling Asset Management Through Strategic Use of Data
  3. 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    Applications for Operations Optimization

    Ultimately the objective of the connected plant is to increase efficiency, cost, quality, safety and compliance through the automated collection and processing of plant data, followed by delivering of actionable insights. This session will discuss how cutting-edge applications help reach those goals.

    • Dr. Yves Gorat StommelDirector Business Development and InnovationEvonik Corporation
    • Anne-Marie WaltersIndustry Marketing Director, process & ResourcesBentley Systems, Inc
      Improving the Reliability and Efficiency of Existing Plants with Immersive Digital Technologies
    • David HirschPresident/CEOSystran, Inc.
      Integrating Mobile Technology with VR and Simulation to Improve Operator Training
    • Michael MagerstädtManager, Global Industry Division ChemicalKROHNE AG
      Chemical Plant Instrumentation, Internet of Things - or Things in the Internet?
  4. 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    Networking Break

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  5. 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    New Technology Security Issues - Panel Discussion

    As we move toward connecting more and more data in our plants, securing those data is, of course, a serious concern. This panel will review the many facets of security at the plant level, including the legal aspects of protecting data, and implementation at the plant level. End-users on the panel will share lessons they have learned in the process.

    • Paul TiaoPartnerHunton Andrews Kurth LLP
      Cybersecurity in the Energy Sector – An Overview of Threats and Legal Developments
    • Larry AllsEnterprise Digital ArchitectABB Inc.
      Cyber security- Next generation security technologies tailored for plant networks.
    • Charlene MoweryVP Business, Cybersecurity SMEUltra Electronics, 3eTI
      Intelligent Monitoring and Control: Essential Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Security
    • Benjamin WinslettSenior Security AnalystArizona Public Service
      Confidentiality vs Availability on the Security Continuum
  6. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

    Networking Luncheon

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  7. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    Using Wireless, Digital, and Drone Technology to Enhance Plant Maintenance and Improve Efficiency

    Digitization can have many advantages but none more important than improving efficiency and enhancing maintenance capabilities. In this session, experts will share lessons learned from various projects that incorporated wireless solutions; optimized resources during shutdown, turnaround, and outage projects; and improved inspection techniques using drone technology.

    • Greg TanckAsset Management Services GroupBlack & Veatch
    • James MurrayPlant ManagerOrlando CoGen
      Making Maintenance Decisions Using Wireless Remote Condition Monitoring System: A Case Study at Orlando CoGen
    • Patrick SaraccoVP Technology SolutionsCyberhawk
      Driving Efficiency Through Drone-Captured Data and Asset Visualization Software
    • Paul MuirPresident and Chief Revenue OfficerMobideo
      The Digital Outage - Lessons Learned and Critical Outcomes from 60+ Digital Outage projects
  8. 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Data Value

    This session is designed to demonstrate the value proposition of moving toward fully digital solutions throughout your plant.

    • Richard WalkerSenior Product Marketing ManagerJohn Crane, Inc.
      Predictive Diagnostics for Pumps and Compressors – Learnings from IIoT Field Trials
    • Livia WileyMarketing Director, Oil & Gas/Chemicals IndustriesAveva
      Why You Can\'t Compete without Virtual/Augmented Reality in your Plant
    • Sunny DixitData Analytics EngineerTrendMiner
      Fueling Continuous Improvement with Self-Service Analytics
    • Julianne WagonerSr. Analytics EngineerSeeq Corporation
      Improved process manufacturing results with advanced analytics
  9. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Insuring Your Data is Secure in the Cloud

    With more information, more space is needed. This session will help you ensure that your information is secure even while using the cloud.

    • James GoosbyI&C Support General ManagerSouthern Company
    • Mr. Allen KentNERC CIP SpecialistNAES
      BCSI storage on the Cloud: NERC CIP Compliance Concerns
    • Brian RomanskyDirector, Business DevelopmentOwl Cyber Defense
      IIC Perspective on Secure Cloud Connections
    • Dr. James HuntCEOaicas GmbH
      Edge Computing and Security: It is not just Data
  10. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

    Networking Break

  11. 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

    How It All Comes Together - End User Case Studies

    The Connected Plant Conference has provided a wide-ranging look at the steps required to move your plant into the digital age. This final set of presentations are success stories from Power and Chemical Processing companies on their way to a digital future.

    • Susan MaleyPrincipal Project ManagerEPRI Electric Power Research Institute
    • Michael MerwaldPerformance EngineerBlack & Veatch
      Remote Monitoring & Diagnostic Successes at Merom Generating Station
    • Jim SimmonsPrincipal ConsultantDuPont
      Piloting Digitalization at DuPont
    • Donald MackDuPont Alliance ManagerSiemens
      Piloting Digitalization at DuPont
    • Michael Reid PhDGeneral Manager of Technical ProgramsDuke Energy
      An Integrated Digital Approach to Condition Based Maintenance

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