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2019 Utility Storm/Emergency Restoration Logistics Conference
The Logistics of Preparation, Execution and Continuous Improvement, a Base Camp Experience
June 11-12, 2019 | Queens, NY

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Overview

EUCI is proud to present the 6th Annual Utility Storm/Emergency Restoration Logistics conference where the topic areas continue to expand and are addressed in ever more depth.   Logistics is complicated and there is always something to learn as each restoration presents something new.

This conference will provide attendees with insight on how to construct, staff, and resource a logistics section to improve the tactical execution of your response functions.  It will further provide methods for continuous improvement.

Specific do’s and don’ts will be presented by utilities. Utilities will also address how to be resource ready.  In addition, the content will drill down on optimizing crew care best practices from both the efficiency/speed of effort, and from a cost perspective.

Three panels will provide the attendee with a global perspective of emergency restoration logistics. The panels will include some of the most experienced personnel in utility emergency management from food & lodging to mutual assistance including a panel that provides the contractor’s perspective as well.

The conference will include a focused Vendor Showcase with the best in the business of emergency response represented on-site from linemen to equipment to communications and more.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discover what comprises a base camp, how to integrate the use of base camps within the emergency response and how to safely operate a base camp
  • Review utility case studies on specific situations that shed light on best practices for storm/emergency restoration
  • Review how logistics can be improved upon for greater efficiencies
  • Refine how preparations are undertaken from a variety of utilities
  • Identify from a utility how they manage, contract and utilize lodging and provision food
  • Define the different relationships a utility may utilize with its vendors/contractors and the dangers and advantages of those relationship structures
  • See demonstrated new scientific approaches to crisis decision-making processes to provide individuals with new tools and practice methods
  • Gain insight into how to create an emergency logistics plan and implement it
  • Hear from utilities on how they conduct after action reporting and implement a continuous learning process

Credits

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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 0.8 CEUs for this event and 0.4 CEUs for the workshop.

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.

Instructional Methods

Case Studies, Panel Discussions and PowerPoint presentations

Agenda

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. :: EUCI Welcome and Safety Discussion


8:40 – 9:00 a.m. :: Welcome Address: ConEdison

Lisa Primeggia, Vice President, Facilities & Field Services, ConEd


9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Base Camp Support Services, The Need for Mobile Logistical Response

Abby Dobson, Sr. Vice President, EDS HoldCo, LLC


9:45 – 10:30 a.m. :: Accelerating the Mobilization of Resources through Continuous Review

This presentation will provide insight into how ConEd maximizes all of their employees during restoration efforts throughout an event and then the evolving process for reviewing results and decision-making to improve the process. Improving each process such as: staging areas, fuel, material and food, building partnerships with key vendors and having multiple contingency plans are critical to success!

Tom Columbia, Section Manager, Emergency Support Group, ConEd

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: The Logistics of Preparation

The panel will discuss and respond to questions about putting into place the necessary contingency planning and resources to meet a wide-scale emergency outage occurrence.  Hotels vs. Base Camp, Mutual Aid and Contractor, pre-positioning of supplies and reinforcement for longer duration, the process of onboarding aid and contractors plus, how the use of Incident Command Systems (ICS) principles has evolved.

Moderator

Koleen Dougherty, Sr. Emergency Preparedness, PECO Energy

Panelists

Vincent Nardi, Section Manager, Work Management Team , ConEd

Catherine Blair, HBSc, BSc, CEM, CMM-III (EMP), ABCP – Manager, Emergency Preparedness, Alectra Utilities

Lou DeBrino, Emergency Preparedness Manager, PSEG-LI

Gary Aitken, Director of Procurement and Operational Services, Entegrus Powerlines, Ontario

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: PSEG: Hurricane Irma – Four Cities, Four Very Different Staging Areas/Base Camps

PSE&G has experienced one of the widest arrays of storms and disasters over the decades.  This session focuses specifically on Hurricane Irma’s impact on New Jersey and PSE&G.  It will show how the utility responded to the various conditions, various lodging, varying layouts and various management situations that needed to be addressed.  It will conclude with “What Went Well and Areas of Improvement”

Mike Weber, MPA/CEM/NJCEM, Emergency Preparedness Manager, PSE&G


1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: Food and Lodging in a Significant No Notice Event

Adjusting your food and lodging plan when a storm becomes a significant event without warning and availability of contracted hotels is limited.  Eversource CT’s response to severe thunderstorms and how we had to modify our plans on the fly to meet the demands for lodging.

Mark Fangiullo, Manager Emergency Preparedness – CT, Eversource Energy


2:30 – 3:15 p.m. :: Contractor Panel: Issues Discussed in a Neutral Setting

This Panel explores the relationship between outside contractors and their utility clients; how to best interact with the utility, best practices for mutual aid and the contractors working side by side all with a focus on safety for storm response.

Moderator

Jeremy McVey, Section Manager, ConEd

Panelists:

Michael McNally, CEO, President, Maverick Corporation & Managing Partner, One Source Power

Rob Frenna SVP, Hawkeye Elecnor


3:15 – 5:30 p.m. :: Vendor Showcase

Please Join us to meet the vital Vendors and Contractors that respond and perform during at all levels of call out.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. :: Networking Reception


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Decision-Making During a Crisis, a Scientific Approach

The AlphaACT GRID Experience Acceleration System for Electric Utilities – Progress and Results of Pilot Program.  Two major challenges are now facing the electric utility industry:

  • Loss of institutional experience in responding to power disruption emergencies due to retirement and turn-over
  • The need to make effective decisions at all levels during an emergency – from line crews to control rooms to logistics management organizations

The AlphaACT Experience Acceleration System addresses these issues using a software-based system that supports situational awareness and decision-making for training and real-time operations.  A scenario-based simulation capability, AlphaACT provides cost-effective training for emergency responders who must focus day-to-day on regular blue-sky jobs.  A pilot implementation of AlphaACT is now being conducted in collaboration with a major utility in the Northeast United States.  The program focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of AlphaACT for accelerating the experience of new personnel in outage response situations.

Richard Ohlsen, President, Specialized Planning and Response, LLC

C. Reed Hodgin, President, AlphaTRAC, Inc.


9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: “Exercise Hospitality”, What We Learned

On October 11, 2018 Alectra Utilities conducted “Exercise Hospitality”.  In this company-wide exercise, with the scenario built around large scale damage caused by a tornado, Alectra tested our emergency plan through the various phases of an emergency.  Our EOC members had to prepare for the event, prevent or mitigating potential damage, respond, and recover.  The emphasis of the exercise was the logistical aspects of a large-scale, long-term event.  The exercise was a valuable learning experience that has helped Alectra further develop its Emergency Program.

Catherine Blair, HBSc, BSc, CEM, CMM-III (EMP), ABCP – Manager, Emergency Preparedness, Alectra Utilities

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


10:30 – 11:30 a.m. :: Panel Discussion: The Logistics of Continuous Improvement

As the pressure mounts to not only perform now at the highest levels to achieve low RTS, but demands for continuous improvement, the discussion will begin with a few utility perspectives of how they do an “after action report”.   The panel will then drill down on how to record, report and analyze each of the outages to improve for the future and a discussion of improving vendor – utility relations will occur.

Moderator

Jim Nowak, Director of Utility, Arcos

Panelists:

Tom Columbia, Section Manager, Emergency Support Group, Consolidated Edison Co. of NY

Koleen Dougherty, Sr. Emergency Preparedness, PECO Energy

Mike Weber, MPA/CEM/NJCEM, Emergency Preparedness Manager, PSE&G

Kevin W. Guimond, Manager – Operational Readiness, Emergency Preparedness, Avangrid

Jim Salmon, Avangrid (Retired), Vice President, Utilities, Holland Power Services


11:30 – 11: 45 a.m. :: Conference Review

11:45 a.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Workshop

Accelerating Experience for Response to Electric Utility Outages

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Workshop Registration

1:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Two major challenges are now facing the electric utility industry:

  • Loss of institutional experience in responding to power disruption emergencies due to retirement and turn-over
  • The need to make effective decisions at all levels during an emergency – from line crews to Control Rooms to Logistics Management organizations

This hands-on workshop will focus on how experience is captured and applied in a major electric outage incident, with emphasis on logistics management.

The psychological background for experience-based decision-making will be presented.  Then the workshop will break up into groups to work – and compete – on outage management scenarios.

Hands on-activities will include:

  • Gathering and sharing real-life experiences with critical decision-making in logistics management for outages
  • Multiple scenarios addressing logistics-related situations that commonly occur in major outage incidents

Each small-group team will gather and share experiences associated with the topic of a scenario.  Then the groups will work each outage scenario independently, gaining situational awareness, developing strategies and creating action plans for the situation presented.  The groups will share and contrast their experiences, understandings and solutions with the larger workshop.  Each utility will learn from the experiences and approaches of the other companies.

Following the group scenarios, the automated AlphaACT Experience Acceleration System will be introduced.  The AlphaACT Experience Acceleration System addresses uses a software-based system that supports situational awareness and decision-making for training and real-time operations.  AlphaACT essentially automates the process that the workshop will have already applied.

The AlphaACT Experience Acceleration System will then be used as a tool to support one or more additional logistics scenarios for the small-group teams.

At the end of the workshop, a whole group discussion will examine lessons learned and take-aways regarding critical decision-making and experience acceleration for storm logistics.

Instructors

Richard Ohlsen, President, Specialized Planning and Response, LLC

C. Reed Hodgin, President, AlphaTRAC, Inc.

Speakers

Gary Aitken, Director of Procurement and Operational Services, Entegrus Powerlines, Ontario

Catherine Blair, HBSc, BSc, CEM, CMM-III (EMP), ABCP – Manager, Emergency Preparedness, Alectra Utilities

Tom Columbia,, Section Manager, Emergency Support Group, ConEd

Lou DeBrino, Emergency Preparedness Manager, PSEG-LI

Abby Dobson, Sr. Vice President, EDS HoldCo, LLC

Koleen Dougherty, Sr. Emergency Preparedness, PECO Energy

Mark Fangiullo, Manager Emergency Preparedness – CT, Eversource Energy

Rob Frenna SVP, Hawkeye Elecnor

Kevin W. Guimond, Manager – Operational Readiness, Emergency Preparedness, Avangrid

C. Reed Hodgin, President, AlphaTRAC, Inc.

Michael McNally, CEO, President, Maverick Corporation & Managing Partner, One Source Power

Jeremy McVey, Section Manager, ConEd

Vincent Nardi, Section Manager, Work Management Team , ConEd

Jim Nowak, Director of Utility, Arcos

Richard Ohlsen, President, Specialized Planning and Response, LLC

Jim Salmon, Avangrid (Retired), Vice President, Utilities, Holland Power Services

Mike Weber, MPA/CEM/NJCEM, Emergency Preparedness Manager,  PSE&G

Location

The Hall of Science, Queens, NY

47-01 111th St

Corona, NY 11368

 

 

Nearby Hotels:

Marriott LaGuardia Airport
102-05 Ditmars Blvd, East Elmhurst, NY 11369
Phone: (718) 565-8900
5 miles from New York Hall of Science
“ConEd” Corporate Rate is $259 – use code “Consolidated Edison EUCI Meeting” when calling
or book online: 
https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1552939063788&key=GRP&app=resvlink

Holiday Inn Express LaGuardia Airport
113-10 Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, NY 11368
0.6 miles from New York Hall of Science
Phone: (718) 699-0994

SpringHill Suites by Marriott New York LaGuardia Airport
112-15 Northern Boulevard, Corona, NY 11368
0.8 miles from New York Hall of Science
Phone: (718) 651-5000

Wyndham Garden LaGuardia South
6118 93rd St, Rego Park, NY 11374-1161
1.3 miles from New York Hall of Science
Phone: (718) 261-9400

Hyatt Place Flushing/LaGuardia Airport
13342 39th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354-4515
1.3 miles from New York Hall of Science
Phone: (718) 888-1234

Asiatic Hotel – Flushing
13521 37th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354-4119
1.4 miles from New York Hall of Science
Phone: (718) 321-7779

LaGuardia Plaza Hotel
10404 Ditmars Blvd, East Elmhurst, NY 11369-1665
1.6 miles from New York Hall of Science
Phone: (718) 457-6300

Ibis Styles New York LaGuardia Airport
10033 Ditmars Blvd, East Elmhurst, NY 11369-1325
1.8 miles from New York Hall of Science
Phone: (718) 606-7400

Register

Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, May 24, 2019
Standard RateAttendees
2019 Utility Storm/Emergency Restoration Logistics ConferenceUS $ 1295.00US $ 1495.00

This event has the following workshops:

Accelerating Experience for Response to Electric Utility OutagesUS $ 495.00
US $ 595.00

Take advantage of these discounts!

  • Attend the Conference and workshop and pay US $ 1,695.00 per attendee (save US $ 95.00 each)

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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before May 10, 2019 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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