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By - Jon Brown

2017 UAS for Electric Utilities
The Business Case, Practical Considerations, & Emerging Technology
May 8-9, 2017 | Chicago, IL

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Overview

For many utility industry observers, it’s not a matter of whether drones will be integrated into the operational landscape—it’s when. The practical applications of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) are poised to transform the industry with strong implications for worker safety, system reliability, and data collection & storage. The opportunity to get an aerial view of transmission and distribution lines, towers, and poles without deploying a crew is attractive to many utilities.

This conference gathers industry experts to discuss all the important topics relevant to UAS use for electric utilities. An FAA representative will discuss the Final Rule for drones and its implications for the utility industry. National Grid, San Diego Gas & Electric, CenterPoint, Entergy, Southern California Edison, Com Ed, and Xcel Energy will provide case studies pertaining to their usage of UAS. EPRI will describe their cutting-edge research regarding drone use for electric utilities. NV Energy will explain data storage and security around UAS. Oak Ridge National Laboratory will discuss UAS technological advances and their application for the utility industry. Finally, a panel of experts will convene and discuss hot topics and audience questions regarding UAS.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss current FAA rules and regulations pertaining to UAS and their implications for the utility industry
  • Describe advances in sensors, systems & communications for utility-focused unmanned aerial systems
  • Review CenterPoint’s UAS utility inspection work program
  • Explain San Diego Gas & Electric’s UAS internal training program
  • Discuss UAS data storage and security
  • Address the technological advances and barriers that factor into UAS program decisions
  • Describe National Grid’s UAS program development
  • Review Southern California Edison’s UAS program operations and future fleet considerations
  • Participate in a Q&A panel with experts from the UAS industry
  • Explain UAS-based sensors and measurements and their utilization in the utility industry
  • Discuss Entergy’s UAS reliability inspection case study
  • Describe Com Ed’s UAS program, including risks, uses and benefits to date and plans for the future
  • Review Xcel Energy’s UAS program updates

Credits

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 1.0 CEUs for this event.

 

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and classroom exercises will be used at this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Agenda

Monday, May 8, 2017

7:30 – 7:55 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:55 – 8:00 a.m. :: Welcoming Remarks


8:00 – 8:45 a.m. :: FAA Presentation: UAS Rules & Regulations

  • Operating a drone under 14 CFR Part 107
  • Updates & changes
  • Impact on the utility industry
  • Waivers

Mark Foisy, Aviation Safety Inspector- Unmanned Aircraft Specialist, FAA


8:45 – 9:30 a.m. :: Advances in Sensors, Systems & Communications for Utility-Focused Unmanned Aerial Systems

  • Applications for IOUs, Munis and Co-ops
  • Performance findings from a wide variety of trials and uses in urban, suburban and rural settings
  • Electromagnetic interference of UASs in close proximity to distribution and transmission lines
  • Legal and intellectual property implications for operation within utility service areas
  • Applicability of consumer-grade UASs to industrial/utility settings

Peter Fuhr, Distinguished Scientist, Electronics & Electrical Systems Research Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: CenterPoint’s UAS Utility Inspection Work Program

  • Legal/FAA requirements
  • UAS specifications/preferences/sensors
  • Privacy and property owner notifications
  • Work accomplished to date for CNP
  • Planning and flying a circuit (planning, data capture, cataloguing, reporting)
  • Highlights/Lessons learned
  • Future (sensors, waivers, GIS integration)

Daniel Perez, Reliability Engineer, CenterPoint Energy

Charles Winfree, Director of Commercial Operations, Aviation Unmanned

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:45 – 11:30 a.m. :: San Diego Gas & Electric’s UAS Internal Training Program

  • The selection process and Part 107 Qualification: Becoming legal to fly, clearing the barrier to entry
  • Classroom training: Establishing the foundation, understanding the system and the rules
  • Practical training: Learning how to fly, applying company UAS practices
  • Records and management: What happens after training is complete, currency and proficiency

Hector Ubinas, UAS Program Lead / Aviation Safety Advisor, San Diego Gas & Electric

Christine Asaro, Project Advisor, San Diego Gas & Electric


11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: UAS Data Storage and Security

  • Data security
    • Importance
    • In-flight security
    • Real-time data transfers
    • Post-flight transfers
  • Data integration
    • Current applications
    • Alternative/new applications
    • Future applications
  • Data storage
    • Storage period
    • Alternate uses
      • Anomaly notifications
    • Benefits of having historical data

Cheree Boteler, Senior Marketing Specialist, NV Energy

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Next Generation Technologies: Accelerating UAS Economics

  • Electric utilities have unique and broad environments and use cases. These need to be well understood when preparing to use a new technology.  What questions are left?
  • UAS can be disruptive, but it has to be about more than a drone.
  • Scalability is the key to successful widespread use. What are the barriers and what can we do about it?
  • What are the key technologies that we are still waiting on?

Drew McGuire, Project Manager, EPRI


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: National Grid’s UAS Program Development

  • Recapping UAS field demonstrations
  • UAS internal corporate policy development
  • Internal near-term use case priorities

Jacquelyn Bean, Lead Analyst, National Grid


2:30 – 3:15 p.m. :: Southern California Edison’s UAS Program

  • Identifying the concept of operations
  • Inaugural model selection / Program development
    • Dictated by desired inspection method
    • Fixed Wing vs. Rotorcraft/Multirotor
    • Airframe independent of sensor – “Futureproofing”
    • Budget
  • Research & development
    • New “out of the box” industry solutions
  • Operations
    • Certification and training
    • Crew resource management (CRM)
    • Insurance/Liability
    • Balancing client expectations with regulatory realities
  • Future fleet considerations
    • Additional capabilities
    • Evolving regulations
    • Newly identified applications

Craig Stenberg, Flight Operations Supervisor, Southern California Edison


3:15 – 3:45 :: Better, Faster, Cost Effective UAS and 3D Modeling

  • Better: Achieve precise aerial measurement to improve inspections
  • Faster: Streamline collection, processing, and dissemination of aerial data.
  • Cost Effective: Introduce a new framework for integrating and utilizing various sensors, UAVs, gimbals, and image processing

This talk will provide the latest and most advanced UAS technologies that improve inspection accuracy, increase safety and reduce costs.

Orest Pilskalns, Chief Executive Officer, Skyefish

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. :: Networking Break


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: PANEL: Practical Considerations: UAS Integration into the Utility Industry

Moderator:

Peter Fuhr, Distinguished Scientist, Electronics & Electrical Systems Research Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Panelists:

Hector Ubinas, UAS Program Lead / Aviation Safety Advisor, San Diego Gas & Electric

Linda Rhodes, Operational Strategy & Business Intelligence – Strategic Initiatives, Com Ed

Stephen (Tison) Reno, Engineer- Distribution Asset Management, Entergy

Nathan Schuett, CEO, PreNav

Charles Winfree, Director of Commercial Operations, Aviation Unmanned

Boe Svatek, Advanced Product Planning Director, Rockwell Collins


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Doing More with Drone Data: Emerging Applications for Today’s Utility Challenges

  • Fostering a culture of innovation
  • Ways to do more with the data you’re gathering with UAS
  • Examples of innovative uses for UAS:
    • Security analysis—identifying ballistic threats
    • Virtual construction monitoring—remote project walk-throughs
    • Visualization—animating the future

Jason Pfaff, Applied Technology Manager, POWER Engineers

Aaron Ames, Mapping and Analysis Manager, POWER Engineers


8:30 – 9:15 a.m. :: UAS-Based Sensing and Measurements

  • Image sensors
  • Chemical sensors
  • LIDAR
  • Weather sensor
  • How environment factors into sensing and measurements

Marissa Morales-Rodriguez, Research and Development, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: Entergy UAS Reliability Inspection Case Study

  • Inspected 9 miles of distribution feeder trunk across 4 circuits
  • Contracted UAS operator for inspections
  • Study compares aerial inspection to standard ground inspection methods
  • Specialized software used to review data post aerial inspection

Stephen (Tison) Reno, Engineer- Distribution Asset Management, Entergy

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: ComEd’s Multi-Faceted UAS Program

ComEd will provide an overview of UAS risks, uses and benefits to date and plans for the future

  • Flights to date have demonstrated the ability of UASs to do the following:
    • Mitigate injury risks and hazards to employees
    • Capture system images not available by existing assessment methods
    • Capture images of energized equipment that otherwise require de-energizing
  • A primary goal is to provide actionable information to end users
    • Process description and examples
  • UAS flight mission lessons learned
    • Effective use of payloads, emergent uses, etc.
  • Financial business cases
    • Our journey and next steps

Linda Rhodes, Operational Strategy & Business Intelligence – Strategic Initiatives, Com Ed 


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Xcel Energy

  • How Xcel Energy plans to use UASs
  • Xcel & Environmental Consultants UAS case study
  • Utilities & consultants: Best practices for working cohesively

Eileen Lockhart, UAS Program Manager, Xcel Energy

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Workshop

Utility UAS Operations: Guide to Implementation

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Overview

This workshop will explore opportunities for UAS implementation within the utility industry. The instructor will describe how to optimally blend sUAS technology with the expertise of utility subject matter experts to provide more thorough inspections. Attendees will discuss practical considerations when using drones for comprehensive aerial inspections. They will review a solar scan case study. The workshop will address 3D mapping. Attendees will leave with an understanding of challenges and opportunities for using sUAS for disaster recovery.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the blending of sUAS technology with the expertise of utility subject matter experts to provide more thorough inspections
  • Discuss comprehensive aerial inspections with drones
  • Explain regulatory and technological challenges to make CAIs with drones a reality
  • Review a solar scan case study
  • Discuss photogrammetry volumetric vs. ground or aircraft survey
  • Address safety and regulatory challenges using sUAS in a post-disaster area

Program Agenda

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hybrid Inspections
  • Discusses the blending of sUAS technology with the expertise of utility subject matter experts to provide more thorough inspections.
  • Ability to quickly deliver high quality data that accurately documents abnormal situations
CAIs with drones
  • Programs aimed at providing higher quality data and year over year analytics, cheaper and safer than conventional methods
  • Regulatory and technological challenges to make CAIs with drones a reality
Solar Scanning
  • Flight planning considerations, 3D Scan Field malfunction analysis.
  • Solar Scan Case Study- Drone solar scan vs ground teams
3D Mapping
  • Overlap, GCPs, Relative/absolute accuracy
  • Volumetric Case Study. – Photogrammetry volumetric vs. ground or aircraft survey
Disaster Recovery
  • Safety and regulatory challenges using sUAS in a post-disaster area
  • The need for continued development efforts and growing technological opportunities

Instructor

Eric S. Hare, Chief Operating Officer, Talon Aerolytics, LLC

Eric Hare is the Chief Operating Officer of Talon Aerolytics, Inc.  Eric has the responsibility for the company’s planning, development and implementation of all operations and training functions. 

Prior to joining Talon Aerolytics, Eric served as the Chief Operations Officer for Si Global, Inc. Si Global® is a Defense Consulting & Technology Integration firm based in West Point, Georgia. Si Global has a distinguished performance portfolio including success with DA G2, DARPA, AMRDEC, NAVAIR, and PM Terrestrial Sensors. Si Global is staffed with industry intelligent personnel from varied Joint Service backgrounds including conventional and Special Operations Forces.

Eric also served as the Director of Operations for the AMK9 Academy, LLC.  AMK9 Academy is the primary location for operations and training for the largest service dog provider in the world, AMK9, LLC. Eric provided oversight of the Operations, administration, logistics, course management, facility management and budget. Eric also served as part of the Business development team during proposal, formal quotes and contract development.

Eric is a retired United States Army Infantry Officer with 25 years of service in many leadership roles to include Executive Officer, Operations and Training Officer and Commander with multiple overseas tours that include Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Speakers

Aaron Ames, Mapping and Analysis Manager, POWER Engineers

Christine Asaro, Project Advisor, San Diego Gas & Electric

Jacquelyn Bean, Lead Analyst, National Grid

Cheree Boteler, Senior Marketing Specialist, NV Energy

Mark Foisy, Aviation Safety Inspector- Unmanned Aircraft Specialist, FAA

Peter Fuhr, Distinguished Scientist, Electronics & Electrical Systems Research Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Eileen Lockhart, UAS Program Manager, Xcel Energy

Marissa Morales-Rodriguez, Research and Development, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Drew McGuire, Project Manager, EPRI

Daniel Perez, Reliability Engineer, CenterPoint Energy

Jason Pfaff, Applied Technology Manager, POWER Engineers

Orest Pilskalns, Chief Executive Officer, Skyefish

Stephen (Tison) Reno, Engineer- Distribution Asset Management, Entergy

Linda Rhodes, Operational Strategy & Business Intelligence – Strategic Initiatives, Com Ed

Nathan Schuett, CEO, PreNav

Craig Stenberg, Flight Operations Supervisor, Southern California Edison

Boe Svatek, Advanced Product Planning Director, Rockwell Collins

Hector Ubinas, UAS Program Lead / Aviation Safety Advisor, San Diego Gas & Electric

Charles Winfree, Director of Commercial Operations, Aviation Unmanned

Location

Chicago Marriott Oak Brook
1401 West 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523

To reserve your room, please call 1-630-573-8555
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $179.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of May 7 – 9, 2017.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to April 18, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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