This years’ program features speakers and companies leading the digital transformation in power and chemical process industries


Tuesday | April 26

  1. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Webinar: The Value of Digitalization – Cost vs Reward – Understanding your ROI

    Whether you are just beginning your digital journey are well on your way with the end goal in mind the hardest part of transitioning is creating in ROI. This webinar will look at the value of the digitalization focusing on how you can turn your cost in two assets. Presentations include: David Yankovitz is a principal at Deloitte Consulting LP Accelerating business transformation through digital technologies Digital transformation is about implementing more and better technologies and involves aligning culture, people, structure, and tasks. The digital revolution could move companies toward new business models, driven by digital ecosystems that combine products and services, enabled by technology. A properly designed and optimally deployed data and digital strategy may represent one of the biggest-ever opportunities in the post–pandemic world, primarily when a clear business strategy drives it. Otto Ricci, Digital Portfolio and Change Management Lead, Braskem America Unlocking the real value from Digital Transformation. Many industrial companies are investing in Digital Transformation, however most of them are failing to experience the huge return on investment that technology can bring. We will explore the common mistakes that prevent companies from unlocking value and lose momentum on their Digital Programs.

    Sponsored By:
    • David Yankovitz Deloitte Consulting LLP
    • Otto Ricci Braskem America
    • Randy Mullinax Southern Company

Tuesday | May 17

  1. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Webinar - Capitalizing on AI for Plant Operations

    Technologies that utilize artificial intelligence (AI) have been expanding rapidly within the power and chemical process industries. Deploying AI technologies carries potentially large benefits in identifying ways to optimize processes, but also carries risks associated with what data are used to “teach” the programs, and how the technology hones in on answers. This webinar is designed to show examples of areas where AI has proven itself to be vital in solving complex problems, such as in increasing safety and security. Join us for this webinar to learn more about these real-world examples. Canvas AI will present on - No-code AI for Predicting Product Impurities As demand for digital skills outstrips supply, chemical engineers can now take on the role of digital engineer with the rise of no-code Industrial AI platforms. Instead of relying on third party consultants or building up a data science team, no-code AI platforms put engineers in the driver’s seat to take charge of their data and extract the predictive insights that are valuable to them. This hands-on presentation will show how a chemical engineer without coding expertise can transform their data and build AI models to solve complex problems, such as predicting impurity in the product stream of a typical chemical refining process. Samsara will present on - AI-Powered Video to Advance Operations Samsara is the pioneer of the Connected Operations Cloud, which allows chemical process industries and power generation facilities to harness IIoT data to improve operations. Site Visibility is Samsara’s AI-powered video management solution that brings powerful search, smart detections, and proactive alerts to IP security cameras. Samsara’s computer vision and machine learning capabilities allow our customers across industries like chemical manufacturing, processing, and distribution to streamline workflows, reduce downtime, and improve onsite safety and security. When there is a worksite incident, it’s important to move quickly and take action. With Site Visibility’s intelligent search capabilities, organizations can find incident footage in minutes and easily share with internal stakeholders or authorities. This time saved is critical in resolving safety or security incidents and has allowed one customer to decrease investigation time by 92%. Increased efficiency allows business leaders to make the most of their employees’ time and work experiences. One customer is alerted to unplanned machine downtime using inactivity alerts, performs remote labor studies to better understand bottlenecks, and compiles video footage for ongoing coaching, ultimately reducing downtime by 45% and improving profit margins by 8%. Site Visibility’s intelligent detections also surface instances of uniform or PPE non-compliance and alert on dangerous or unusual behavior in real-time. Site managers are immediately notified when a worker enters a restricted zone and if there’s unexpected after-hours activity to proactively address safety or security concerns. From monitoring physical locations through AI-powered security cameras to providing real-time data into vehicles on the road with Vehicle Telematics and AI-Dash Cameras to gaining visibility into industrial equipment, organizations are connecting their technology stack in Samsara’s Connected Operations Cloud. With Samsara, industrial organizations gain better visibility into their supply chain in a centralized, cloud-based platform.

    Sponsored By:
    • Maddy Hawkins Canvass AI
    • Alexandra Adeli Samsara

Monday | May 23

  1. 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM

    Hours of Operations

    7:30 AM - 6:30 PM: Registration Open 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Exhibitor Move in 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Conference Sessions 1:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Digital Arena Open 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Networking Reception Sponsored by GE Digital

  2. 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

    Democratizing Your Data

    Data governance — the process of managing the availability, usability, integrity, and security of data — is essential to modern digitalization efforts. However, relevant data-quality standards and policies haven’t yet been fully established. How do organizations truly avoid the data management mess?

    • Scott Drap Quartic ai Inc
    • Bill Thackston Siemens Energy
    • Sean Gregerson AVEVA
    • Jonas Hellgren APERIO Systems
    • Tim Michaelson International Paper
    • Allen Turner International Paper
    • Richard Smith International Paper
  3. 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Your Digital Journey: Building the Foundation

    Whether you're just getting started or you're already on your way, it never hurts to get a refresher course. In this session, you'll hear from industry leaders who will explain important terminology, illustrate real-world use cases, walk you through initial conversations regarding the value of digitalization.

    • Markus Larsson Novity
    • THAIS HELENA SAATKAMP Braskem S.A.
    • Thomas Sambor EPRI
    • Ian Perrin Triaxis Power Consulting, LLC
    • Samuel Gauspohl Lotte Chemical Corporation
    • Floyd Baker Antea USA
    • Rick Wheeler Life Cycle Engineering Inc.
  4. 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    How Technology and Humans Can Work Together

    “Connected Workforce” has become the newest buzzword at the forefront of modern-day industry challenges. Transitioning to digitalized processes entity-wide may be no different. As new technologies are adopted, employee skills and flexibility will be key to enabling new approaches and processes, and utilizing new data. Digitalization is an opportunity for fundamental change in plant management and execution. Digital tools connect workers, teams, and workforces, streamline collaborative work processes and dramatically improve quality and real-time communication. Digitally connected workforces are able to move faster, react quicker to change, and generate the real-time data that supports innovation in any organization.

    • Daniel Goulet Mobideo Technologies
    • Dave Maher Delek US
    • Susan Peterson Sturm Cognite
    • Suzimara Silva Braskem S.A.
    • Jim Flynn Invista
  5. 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

    Data - The Cornerstone of Digital Transformation

    In every corner of every plant and business decisions are being made based on knowledge and experience. Every decision generates data that can be used to make better decisions, choices, changes in the process. In this session you will learn about the importance of data collection, utilization, and learn from others how to avoid common mistakes.

    • Otto Ricci Braskem America
    • Gustavo Neumann Braskem S.A.
    • Reece Thompson Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    • Charles Carlson Siemens Energy
    • Bob Hooper Hexagon PPM

Tuesday | May 24

  1. 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

    Hours of Operation

    7:00 AM - 6:00 PM: Registration Open 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Breakfast and Networking 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM: Welcome/Keynote and Opening Session 9:45 AM – 10:00 AM: Networking Break 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Conference Sessions 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Networking Luncheon 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM: Conference Sessions 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM: Networking Break 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM: Conference Sessions 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Networking Reception

  2. 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM

    Future of Technology and Decoding the Dynamics of Digitalization

    The intensity of digitalization’s powerful impact on society is strengthening as stunning advances in data, analytics, and connectivity continue to enable a range of digital applications. Digital solutions are already empowering improvements in safety, productivity, accessibility, and sustainability of the power and chemical processing industries. But they may also be raising new security and privacy risks, and as markets, businesses, and the workforce transform, new strategies may be necessary to reap the most value out of connectivity, and keep intelligent systems efficient and reliable. The 2022 Connected Plant Conference in Atlanta is an event dedicated to exploring digitalization’s full influence on industry and is uniquely positioned to provide industry insight on pressing digitalization challenges. To set the momentum for the rest of the conference, four experts will open the event on May 25 with their exemplary perspectives on technology, policy, and business. Kicking off the unique event is Rich Voorberg, president of Siemens Energy North America, a growing arm of multinational energy giant Siemens Energy. Voorberg will provide a broad overview of existing and emerging digital solutions, surveying the technology landscape. Tim G. Echols, Commissioner at the Georgia Public Service Commission, will then share an overview of Georgia’s efforts to adopt digital solutions. Attendees will then hear from James Goosby, director, Office of Business Technology Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Southern Company. Goosby will share how the utility giant is tackling the dynamics of digitalization throughout its expansive tristate company portfolio, and why digitalization will be pivotal to the company’s transition toward net-zero. Our final presentation will come from technology futurist Farid Bichareh. Bichareh’s keynote speech will examine industry capabilities beyond what is currently achievable, exploring what the next iteration of digitalization has in store. Highlighting manufacturing value chain as a neural network of your body to be able to respond to any events by sensing, perceiving, and acting on it and in result to be Resilient and Self-heal or Adaptive to shocks.

    • Rich Voorberg Siemens Energy
    • Tim G. Echols Georgia Public Service Commission
    • James Goosby Southern Company
    • Farid Bichareh IIC Chair of Smart Factory
  3. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Preventing Pilot Purgatory: Next Steps After Implementing a Successful Pilot Program

    Technology adoption requires strategy, but in the absence of best-practices or established roadmaps, taking the next steps beyond a successful pilot program can be daunting. Participants will discuss how they have implemented “next steps,” including through asset management programs and other solutions.

    • Allison Buenemann Seeq Corporation
    • Dr. Yves Gorat Stommel Evonik Digital
    • Rich Guhl Covestro
    • Alan Karr Siemens Energy
    • Bob Lake Florida Power & Light Company
    • Dave Kroening Koch Ag and Energy Solutions
    • Kelly Borgen Black & Veatch (Power Division)
  4. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Decoding Technology - Highlighting options and opportunities

    Technology is dynamic. But the rapid pace of technology change, their wide range of application, and the growing sphere of vendors that offer nuanced solutions can be challenging. This session may provide a quick peek into technologies that have proven valuable to entities, lending some direction to your digitalization journey.

    • Randy Mullinax Southern Company
    • HIMADRI BANERJI ECOURJA INTERNATIONAL
    • Brian Boykin John Crane
    • Alex Warning Novity
    • David Shaw RedEye Apps
    • Arnold Castro MFG Analytic
    • Matt Kirchner Atonix Digital
    • Maddy Hawkins Canvass AI
  5. 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

    Cybersecurity—Not Just a Problem for the IT Department’s

    More digitalization has raised power and chemical processing vulnerabilities to cyberattacks. Despite compliance with critical-infrastructure protection standards and other industry requirements, many security functions face continual stress from addressing gaps identified in ongoing site-specific or regional-level security assessments.” The multifaceted risks posed by cybersecurity require an overall approach that should extend over an entity’s entire organization. Keeping track of new vulnerabilities and communicating new and emerging compliance standards can be challenging.

    • PE Jonathan Tubb Siemens Energy
    • Patrick Boo ABB Inc.
    • Nathan Langmack Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Jason Hollern EPRI Electric Power Research Institute
  6. 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

    The Evolution of Plant Operations Remote Monitoring

    Myriad, complex market forces that converged over the past decade have led to a rapid adoption of new digital solutions in all industries. Pandemic-related challenges, in particular, highlighted the value of secure operations from a remote environment. In the power and chemical process spaces—where reliability and safety are critical priorities—speedy digital adoption continues to drive notable technology advances to support more robust remote plant operation. In this session, experts will discuss evolving techniques and technologies to enable remote monitoring and diagnosis of crucial equipment and processes, such as shutdown events, and improve remote operation and maintenance.

    • Daniel Goulet Mobideo Technologies
    • Michael Santucci ECG
    • Brant Swidler Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    • Markus Larsson Novity
  7. 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM

    Next Steps for Your Intelligent Solution

    Now that you’ve implemented a digital twin, APM or intelligent solution that suits your organization’s goals, how do you best reap its functionality and mountains of data to efficiently resolve operations and maintenance problems, address fuel risks, improve visibility into asset health, boost plant performance, and gauge remaining asset lifetimes? Industry leaders presenting in this session may shed light on currently available solutions and discuss

    • Steven Ford Southern Company
    • Bharat Marwaha Covestro
    • Dr. Berk Birand Fero Labs
    • Anthony Chamblin Southern Company
    • Randy Mullinax Southern Company
    • Shelley Nandkeolyar Georgia-Pacific
    • Subrata Sen, PhD Georgia-Pacific
  8. 3:15 PM – 4:45 PM

    The Many Faces of the Digital Twin

    The term digital twin may mean something different to each person or organization. Whether you are creating a digital twin of your entire plant, of a particular project, or a particular position within your company the utilization of the information is very similar. In this session we will delve into the different types of digital twins, the different terms used in place of calling the project a digital twin, and understanding usage an opportunity around utilizing a digital twin.

    • Michael Nash Arxada
    • Matthew Bryan Siemens Energy
    • Preston Johnson CBT
    • Sean Gregerson AVEVA

Wednesday | May 25

  1. 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

    Hours of Operation

    7:30 AM - 3:00 PM: Registration Open 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Breakfast and Networking 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Keynote 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM: Conference Sessions 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Networking Break 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Conference Sessions 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Networking Luncheon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Conference Sessions 3:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Exhibitor Move-out

  2. 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

    Connecting the Workforce with the Connected Plant

    People —representing a vast diversity of talent and behavior — are the bedrock of any given industry. In the power and chemical processing sectors, where safety, efficiency, and flexibility have always been paramount, human resources are essential for an organizational culture that implements and nurtures digitalization. Achieving a truly connected plant relies upon acquiring the right skills and talent, as well as on engaging the workforce and generating buy-in for the digital transformation. Our keynote presenter, Marta Kondryn, is a people and culture enthusiast who leads human resources initiatives at global transformation learning platform Mindvalley. Marta brought global movement of DisruptHR to Kuala Lampur–headquartered MindValley, and her initiative is now functioning as a solid blueprint for human resources leaders worldwide who want to inspire fourth revolution industrial workforces. Marta will discuss significant barriers to a cultural change that embraces digitalization, and successful strategies—with people at its heart—to implement the solid connectivity needed to link an organization's people, their products, and their projects.

    • Marta Kondryn HR Atlas
  3. 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    Effecting a Cultural Shift for Digitalization Sustainability

    A sustainable digitalization strategy must institute an entity-wide culture that embraces digitalization, recognizes its benefits and challenges, and encourages commitment to investments and projects, big and small. But effecting a cultural shift will mean retraining workers to utilize their experience and skills in a different way. Participants in this session will discuss strategies to encourage digitalization adoption, and the importance of laying out a long-term vision to engage all levels of leadership so that digital investments may be ultimately utilized to their full potential.

    • Dr. Yves Gorat Stommel Evonik Digital
    • Steven Ford Southern Company
    • Stephen Reynolds AVEVA
    • John Korsedal GE Digital
  4. 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    Trusting the Cloud: Experience and Lessons

    As more and more data are moved to the cloud, the largest concern in most industries is the security and safety of those data. In this session, speakers will talk about securing your infrastructure, different approaches to use cloud computing, and the opportunities that 5G connectivity may offer.

    • Scott Drap Quartic ai Inc
    • Vincent White WOOD
    • Dominic Gallello Symphony Industrial AI
    • Michael Higgins NRG Energy, Inc.
  5. 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

    Beyond the Plant - Building a Digitalization Link to the Ecosystem

    When starting digitalization, the focus is typically on internal data and processes. A next logical step would be to leverage both internal and external data, to holistically address supply, production, and demand challenges. This session will share several examples of use cases that go “beyond the plant”.

    • Dr. Yves Gorat Stommel Evonik Digital
    • Israel Wink Braskem
    • Celso Recalde Escuela Superior Politecnica de Chimborazo
    • Galen George Siemens

Thursday | May 26

  1. 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

    Join us for the Tech Square Microgrid Tour:

    Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power, in collaboration with Georgia Tech, opened a 1.4 MW microgrid project in Tech Square near the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta. Microgrids are self-contained power systems co-located with the facilities they serve that include generation resources, storage systems and energy management systems. Join a small group tour of this facility and learn about the latest technology being used to evaluate how a microgrid can effectively integrate into and operate as part of the overall electrical grid. Get an up-close look at fuel cells and battery storage in use and the integration of existing, proven technologies like diesel generators and a natural gas generator into microgrid configuration. The installation also serves as a living laboratory for Georgia Tech professors and students who will use the asset to gather data on controllers, cybersecurity devices and energy economics. (limited to End Users only) First tour at 8 am second tour leaves at 9:15 am.