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October

Wednesday/Conference Presentations


  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am

    Breakfast

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Registration Open

    Foyer/Art Gallery, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    HelpDesk Open

    Liberty Room, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Exhibitor Showcase Open

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 8:30 am

    Welcome & Opening Remarks

    Kevin Sullivan, ACS
    Leonardo Benitez, Minsait

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am

    Keynote Presentation: Real Heroes Don’t Wear Spandex

    How to positively impact the lives of others without wearing a costume. In real life, heroes aren’t rock stars, movie stars, or sports figures. Real-life heroes are people who make a difference by believing in, and investing in, the lives of those around them. In this thoroughly inspiring and uplifting program, Charles publicly honors people in your group for their contributions and recognizes them as examples of what real heroes are. Learn how to engage the Power of Belief to revolutionize your organization!

    Charles Marshall

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 9:40 am - 10:00 am

    Patterns Exposed: Designing for the Cloud

    Over the last few years, the concepts of next generation application development have finally started to crystallize into concrete practices that have been adopted across the industry as we move applications from traditional three-tier and service-oriented architectures into more flexible and elastic ones. In this talk, we’ll be walking through everything Cloud Native, from with those 12 famous factors to the concepts of Agile Integration patterns. We’ll focus on new declarative practices for application deployment, underlying infrastructure concerns, and the persistent problem of state.

    We’ll also talk about the importance of focusing on work-flows and we’ll look at a few examples of how organizational structure can constrain the adoption of these new patterns. Most importantly, we’ll be talking about the largest problem that most of us face - what to do with the vast estate of our workloads that are not Cloud Native or next generation applications. We’ll look at a few different strategies for modernizing the applications that we already have or leveraging new infrastructure patterns to gain the benefits of Cloud without having to rewrite everything.

    Michael Solberg, Red Hat

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 10:00 am - 10:20 am

    Morning Break

    Foyer/Art Gallery, 1st Floor

  • 10:20 am - 11:00 am

    ACS/Minsait Company Roadmap

    The Company Roadmap will detail the direction of ACS/Minsait products and services and how we intend to get there. We will review current and short term development to augment our products, cover the UX refresh and discuss the work being done to integrate product lines into an improved solution offering.

    Jim Sutterfield, ACS
    Eloy Gonzalez, Minsait

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 11:10 am - 11:40 am

    Business Monitor

    Eloy Gonzalez, Minsait

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 11:50 am - 12:10 pm

    The Modern Utility’s Data Dilemma: New Challenges, New Approaches

    There is a global evolution in progress where tried and true methods of utility operations are being taxed by a myriad of new influences, including new and numerous (and often intermittent) forms of energy sources/generation, evolving goals and regulations, and increasing demands from tech-savvy consumers. These factors and more are influencing and entering control rooms at an ever increasing frequency.

    New technologies and applications that address these demands are stretching the traditional methodologies of operational data gathering involving second+ scanning on legacy equipment. The future operational “edge” offers autonomous, optimized environments which cannot wait for seconds to pass for direction on how to proceed.

    This session will address a new way to address the secure, real-time data requirements of modern utility operations, based on the standards-based connectivity framework published the Industrial Internet Consortium.

    Erik Felt, Real-Time Innovations, Inc.

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 12:10 pm - 1:10 pm

    Lunch

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • 1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

    City of Fort Collins Operational Technology Roadmap

    Fort Collins Utilities embarked on their Strategic Technology Roadmap to develop a plan for implementing technologies and functions within a rapidly changing utility environment that integrates its investment in operational technology systems with information technology. Some of the business drivers identified in the roadmap project charter were: distribution planning, outage management, graphical work design, system planning and asset management.

    Now in the second year of implementing the six-year roadmap, join us as we share our experiences on this journey, from project justification and funding, to the roadmap development, to procurement and systems implementation. Plus, we’ll discuss what’s ahead.

    Mike Margenau & Adam Bromley, City of Fort Collins

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

    IGEA, in the Cloud? (Español)

    1) In applications like the GIS, the integration with the network operational systems and with customer service systems is a critical element
    2) The correct sizing of the network links (including the capacity of the switches) is a key element in this type of projects
    3) An industry oriented GIS could give the impression of having shortcomings when compared with a general GIS however fast and easy implementation and integration into our type of business can change your mindset.

    Now in the second year of implementing the six-year roadmap, join us as we share our experiences on this journey, from project justification and funding, to the roadmap development, to procurement and systems implementation. Plus, we’ll discuss what’s ahead.

    Rafael Cueto Stéfani, CDEEE

    Telfair Suite, 2nd Floor

  • 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Distribution Automation, A Rural Cooperatives Journey

    Learn how Amicalola EMC approached the plan for system reliability improvement. This started by a decision to invest in Distribution Automation, followed by putting together a plan. Once the plan was in place, vendor and system selection took place. Through the following months, the vendors worked to deliver the components, and then the onsite installation, setup, and testing began. A couple more months were involved with focus on setup, integration, and testing of all the various components, which involved several iterations until the systems worked together as desired. Once there was a working system, it was time to train the employees, which was accomplished via a fully functional demo yard consisting of 5 poles, each with a recloser installed, and constructed to mirror the live field conditions. With training complete, the rollout began. This presentation will cover the rollout progress to date, and plan to completion. **Desire to present at the conference next year with a follow up presentation on the rollout year to date, the remaining rollout, the % improvement in reliability over the past year, lessons learned, etc..

    Cody McFarland & Barry Satterfield, Amicalola + Sam Mullinax, Southern States

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 2:40 pm - 3:10 pm

    Advanced Distribution Management (ADMS): Why, How and a Technology Road Map

    The power industry is changing, from an analog, one directional grid to a mix of DER and digital technology. This new paradigm is challenging utilities that must manage and control an ever more complex system. Advanced software solutions are increasingly required for utilities to adjust to this change. Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) and DER Management Systems (DERMS) provide technology platforms for utilities to control, manage and optimize the distribution grid. This presentation will provide a guideline for evolving your existing Distribution SCADA system to adapt to the digital requirements of the present and the needs of the future.

    William Rambo, POWER Engineers

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 2:40 pm - 3:10 pm

    Operation Management and Its Impact on Customers (Español)

    - Market segmentation in Dominican Republic
    - Operation model before the system integration
    - Operation Model after the system integration
    - Impact over customers

    Rafael Medina & Felix Otto, Edeeste

    Telfair Suite, 2nd Floor

  • 2:40 pm - 3:10 pm

    Increasing Value of an MDM System

    This presentation will describe what and MDM is, why utilities are moving to have them and the added benefits of an MDM from data warehousing and Asset tracking to enterprise interfacing to systems like OMS, SCADA, CIS etc.

    Edward Kobeszka, ACS

    Monterey Suite, 2nd Floor

  • 3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

    Afternoon Break

    Foyer/Art Gallery, 1st Floor

  • 3:40 pm - 4:10 pm

    Minsait Digital Solutions

    Giovanni Polizzi, ACS

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 4:20 pm - 4:50 pm

    Automation Trends with DER Integration

    Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) are changing the way utilities control and operate the power system. A growing trend to accommodate the challenges with DER proliferation is to utilize more automation for distribution operations. This presentation will take a closer look at Distribution Automation (DA) like Fault Location Isolation Service Restoration (FLISR), Volt-VAR Optimization (VVO) and system reconfiguration to show how these are being leveraged to assist with increase DERs.

    Jon Grooters, ACS

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    SCADA Integrated Thermal Asset Monitoring

    Infrared technology is widely used by utilities to find hotspots in the electrical system that could be indications of potential problems. Portable infrared cameras have been typically used by thermographers to periodically inspect substations and other key areas of the grid. Periodic scanning is useful but may be subject to ambient temperature, wind and humidity and may not account for changing load conditions. Advancements in technology and the communications around it make thermal imaging more widely available through reduced cost, ease of use and accessibility to the data. Automating thermal inspections can greatly reduce the cost of travel while increasing employee safety and the amount and quality of data that is collected. Furthermore, the data can be made available to SCADA and asset management applications as part of a condition-based maintenance program to increase the utility’s bottom line through improved asset life, efficiency and reduced outages.

    Edgar Sotter, Systems With Intelligence

    Monterey Suite, 2nd Floor

  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Riverboat Dinner Cruise

    This two-hour dinner cruise is a great way to see Savannah. Sit back and relax on board in a beautifully appointed ballroom while the Riverboat glides down the Savannah River. Complete with a specially prepared buffet style dinner made with the freshest, local ingredients and a cash bar (drink tickets also provided). Guests of attendee are welcome.

    Savanna Riverboat Cruises
    9 E. River Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    (15 min. walk or 5 min. drive)

03

October

Thursday/Conference Presentations


  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am

    Breakfast

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Registration Open

    Foyer/Art Gallery, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    HelpDesk Open

    Liberty Room, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Exhibitor Showcase Open

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Manufacturer Reps Meeting

    *By invitation only*
    Monterey Suite, 2nd Floor

  • 8:00 am - 8:20 am

    Opening Remarks, Recap & Update

    Adrian McNulty, ACS

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 8:20 am - 9:00 am

    Keynote Presentation: Eco-District Innovation for Future Utility Business Model

    The eco-district centralized control strategy will balance the certification requirements of net-zero, carbon free developmentsagainst optimizing grid system performance to reduce shared investment by other rate payers in grid infrastructure. A project strategy we are branding Grid Two Green (G2G).

    John Gibson & Curtis Kirkeby, Avista Utilities

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 9:10 am - 9:40 am

    PRISM UX Refresh

    Eloy Gonzalez, Minsait

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 9:40 am - 10:00 am

    Morning Break

    Foyer/Art Gallery, 1st Floor

  • 10:10 am - 10:40 am

    Taking SCADA to the Grid Edge: Leverage AMI to Optimize Voltage Where it Matters Most

    Voltage Management is a powerful tool, but its most important constraint is the potential impact on customers.  In this session, Morristown Utility Systems and Tantalus will describe how a fleet of AMI-connected meters were turned into a distributed network of intelligent voltage monitors for the grid edge.  This has been allowing Morristown to run the optimal level of voltage reduction dynamically in its ACS system while ensuring power quality for its customers.  This technique can be applied to any voltage management scenario, whether for peak management, conservation, or grid operations including the integration of renewables.

    Jody Wigington, Morristown Utility Commission + Rick Szijarto, Tantalus

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 11:10 am - 11:30 am

    Situational Awareness – See, Share, Respond

    Ideas and concepts that add situational awareness and collaboration to your operations.

    Mark Dunlap, Activu

    Pulaski Room, 1st Floor

  • 11:20 am - 11:50 am

    Conference Summary & Closing Remarks

    Kevin Sullivan, ACS & Leonardo Benitez, Minsait

    Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor

  • 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Exhibitor Tear Down

    Madison Ballroom, 1st Floor

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