By - Jon Brown

Augmented Reality and Emerging Technology for Electric Utilities Workshop
February 18, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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Immersive technologies (augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, etc.) are being touted to utilities as the next “big thing”. How much of that is real and how much is hype? This one-day workshop will delve into the aspects of immersive technology that will help the utility executive understand that question. Topics are presented to inform the utility executive what is critical in understanding the technology and the potential impact without endless jargon and unnecessary information. Presentations will include slides, videos and animation to present a fast-paced, upbeat, journey into grasping all one needs to know to succeed in immersive technology for utilities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Assess the historical overview, current trends, and future applications of immersive technologies
  • Review immersive technologies in the electric utility context
  • Articulate the value proposition of using immersive technologies at a utility
  • Be able to implement the leading practices in VR, AR and MR including design, prototyping and deployment
  • Discuss how to leverage immersive technologies in utility initiatives such as improving resiliency and training younger workers
  • Identify how to account for human physiology, psychology, usability, and safety factors
  • Discuss how to develop a practical critical framework for evaluating current and emerging immersive reality technologies and applications
  • Review the design and technological foundations for immersive experiences
  • Identify to select the correct input device–controllers, motion trackers and motion capture technologies for tracking, navigation, and gestural control
  • Review how to select the correct output device–handheld devices, head mounted displays, augmented, and mixed reality glasses
    • 3D interactive and procedural graphics
    • Using immersive surround sound
    • Using haptic and vibrotactile devices



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used

Who Should Attend?

The interactive, technical course will offer hands on support for energy stakeholders interested in the today’s uses for assistance technologies such as Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Virtual Reality, UAS. Integration officers, linemen/journeymen, onboarding and training managers, and T&D inspectors as well as any general energy technology stakeholders will benefit from attending this comprehensive and practical one-day workshop.


Thursday, February 18, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. :: Break for Lunch

Part 1: Historical Perspectives of Immersive Technology at Utilities

  • The classic definitions of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Extended Reality, Mixed Reality, and Immersive Technologies
  • Useful definitions of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Extended Reality, Mixed Reality, and Immersive Technologies
  • Why are these technologies emerging now?
  • A brief history of immersive technologies
  • The history of immersive technologies in the utility industry

Part 2: Hardware – What to Use and When

  • Overview of the hardware as of the date of this class
  • What’s hot and what’s not
  • The rise and fall of the hardware giants
  • Human physiology, psychology, usability, and safety factors
  • Questions

Part 3: Trudging Through the Software Options

  • Cutting through jargon
  • How to identify what is real and what’s vapor war
  • Questions

Part 4: The Immersive Technology Project

  • How to justify a project
  • How to pick a technology
  • How to pick an implementation vendor
  • How to manage an immersive technology project
  • How to measure the results of your immersive technology project
  • Questions

Part 5: Utility Use Cases

  • 10-15 utility use cases depending on time
  • Presentations, videos, and audio information about the projects
  • Immersive technology and Maximo
  • Questions

Utility Case Study: Kansas City Implementation

  • Voltage regulator maintenance
  • Asset Management
  • Line-assist and maintenance
  • Questions

Utility Use Case: Austin Energy

  • Emergent technology for Smart City
  • UAV and drone
  • Utilizing XR

Part 6: The Case for Web-based Immersive Technology

  • The advantages of a hardware agnostic delivery system
  • Future proofing your technology
  • Questions

Part 7: The Nexus of Immersive Technology and Artificial Intelligence

  • Why this is inevitable?
  • How to take advantage of this nexus
  • Questions

Part 8: What’s next?


Dr. John J. Simmins,  Executive Director for Research and Economic Development, Alfred University

Dr. John J. Simmins is Executive Director for Research and Economic Development at Alfred University. In this position, he oversees approximately 100 research faculty and graduate students in various areas of research. In addition, he directs the efforts of the NYS Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) as Executive Director. Simmins is also partially responsible for bringing jobs and opportunities to western NY and in particular Allegany County, one of the most underserved counties in NY State.

Dr. Simmins is an expert in the intersection of augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and geospatial information systems developed while he was at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) where he was employed for the 10 years before becoming Executive Director. While at EPRI, Dr. Simmins managed several augmented reality projects all over the world.  While at EPRI, Simmins was one of the founding members of the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (The AREA). He is currently an advisor for Ethar, an open source platform for developing and deploying device agnostic immersive technology experiences. Prior to EPRI, Simmins was responsible for IT systems to support engineering and operations at Southern Maryland Electric Company (SMECO).

Kyle Robertson, Senior Engineer, Evergy

Kyle joined Westar Energy (now Evergy) in 2007 as a project engineer, soon growing through its distribution team as an operations supervisor and staff engineer. Most recently, Kyle became the Senior Engineer, Substation Maintenance. Kyle received his BSME from the University of Kansas and associate degree in Pre-Engineering.

Victor Carr, Advance Technology Program Manager, Austin Energy

Victor Carr is currently the Program Manager over Advanced Technology at Austin Energy. In this role Victor develops and manages new technologies for the Electric Utility. This includes advances in electric grid communications, UAV (drone) management, Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality (XR), new year Datacenter planning, wildfire mitigation, and research coordination with higher education institutions. Before that Victor served in numerous management positions at Austin Energy including as a Division Manager, Technology Control Center Manager, and Comm systems Manager. Victor graduated with a degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice 1995.

Online Delivery


We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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