By - Danielle Duignan

UAS for Electric Utilities
October 18-19, 2016 | Denver, CO

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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 of the important topics relevant to UAS use for electric utilities. An FAA representative will discuss the Final Rule for drones and its implication for the utility industry. The Director of the UAS Research Center for Oak Ridge National Laboratory will discuss his research regarding best practices of UAS usage in the utility industry. Southern Company and Xcel Energy will provide case studies pertaining to their usage of UAS. Legal experts will discuss important considerations including state/local regulations, traffic management, property rights, and privacy rights. NRECA will assess the business case for UAS. Practical applications of UAS will be discussed, including transmission line monitoring and asset inspection. Finally, a panel of experts will convene and discuss hot topics and audience questions regarding UAS.

Learning Outcomes

  • Summarize the Final Rule for Small UAS
  • Discuss UAS concept of operations and applications to support utility work
  • Review a comprehensive guide and foundation for safe operations
  • Describe challenges to realizing UAS potential, including spectrum, traffic management, and state/local regulations
  • Evaluate Southern Company’s UAS policy and integration plan
  • Assess how Xcel Energy plans to use UASs to change how they assess electric and gas facilities to pinpoint potential risks while improving reliability, safety and enabling regulatory compliance
  • Address primary exposures associated with UAS operations
  • Review UAV economics
  • Determine best bets for immediate UAV uses
  • Discuss long-term UAV applications
  • Evaluate systems and processes that still need development
  • Participate in a question & answer session with UAS & utility experts
  • Discuss utility asset inspection programs
  • Describe state law issues related to property rights, including questions related to trespass, nuisance, and takings
  • Discuss state law issues related to privacy, including tort considerations, as well as federal initiatives and litigation concerning UAS and privacy considerations
  • Explain the extent to which federal laws and regulation may pre-empt state regulations
  • Discuss UAS for transmission line and pipeline mapping

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 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the conference.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used for this conference.

Agenda

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Conference Introduction

8:45 – 9:30 a.m. :: Keynote Presentation: Mainstream Utilization of UAS within the Electric Utility Industry
  • Publication of a comprehensive guide and foundation for safe operations
  • UAS concept of operations and applications to support utility work
  • Considerations for using UAS near energized infrastructure
  • UAS-mounted sensors applications

Rick Lusk, Director – UAS Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: FAA UAS Rules & Regulation
  • Overview of the Final Rule
  • Updates & changes
  • Impact on the utility industry
  • Waivers

Alvin Brunner, Aviation Safety Inspector- UAS, FAA

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

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Challenges to Realizing UAS Potential (Spectrum, Traffic Management, State/Local Regulations)

UAS legal experts will discuss policy and regulatory challenges to realize full UAS potential, including:

  • Spectrum: While current VLOS unmanned aircraft flights utilize unlicensed spectrum, beyond line of sight flights will require spectrum and infrastructure to provide the control links necessary to operate the unmanned aircraft.  This session will discuss the options available for such spectrum.
  • Traffic Management: Wiley Rein experts will discuss the NASA initiative to develop a traffic management system for unmanned aircraft systems.
  • State/Local Regulations: This session will discuss the scope of FAA authority, as well as strategies for addressing the multiplicity of state and local regulations that inhibit UAS flights.

Anna Gomez, Attorney, Wiley Rein

Josh Turner, Attorney, Wiley Rein

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Case Study: Southern Company
  • Utility applications of UAS
  • Southern Company’s UAS policy and integration plan
  • Business case of UAS for transmission inspections

Dexter Lewis, Senior Research Engineer, Southern Company

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: UAS for Transmission Line and Pipeline Mapping
  • Vegetation mapping for encroachment and volume measurement
  • Measuring line sag from point clouds
  • Tower inspection geolocation, data storage and 3D modelling
  • Thermal inspection and mapping for transmission towers
  • Pipeline survey before, during and after construction
  • Pipeline inspection & leak detection with thermal and other sensor
  • Future pipeline monitoring with new sensors to detect leaks

David Day, Executive Vice President, Keystone Aerial Surveys

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. :: UAS Insurance & Liability Considerations
  • Primary exposures associated with UAS operations
  • Insurance coverage available for UAS operations
  • How to manage exposures associated with UAS operations
  • Non-owned considerations for companies who hire UAS operators to work on their behalf
  • Check-list of insurance requirements for contracted UAS operators and documents that should be obtained
  • How telematics insurance can provide a real-time picture of UAS fleet operations and control

Terry Miller, President, Transport Risk Management

3:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: UAS Integration into the Utility Industry

This Q&A panel will be the perfect opportunity for audience members to ask questions of UAS experts.

Moderator: Donald Chance Mark, Shareholder, Fafinski Mark & Johnson

Panelists:

Eileen Lockhart, UAS Program Manager, Xcel Energy

Dexter Lewis, Senior Research Engineer, Southern Company

Linda Rhodes, Operational Strategy & Business Intelligence, Commonwealth Edison Company, an Exelon Company

Brian Sloboda, Program and Product Line Manager-Energy Utilization/Delivery/Energy Efficiency, NRECA

Rick Lusk, Director- UAS Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nathan Schuett, CEO, PreNav

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. :: UAS Based Automated Inspection of Utility Assets
  • Improved reliability of electricity distribution and transmission
  • Reduced risks of field work hazards
  • Faster reaction to emergency events
  • More efficient maintenance
  • Optimized operations
  • Enhanced environmental compliance

Chris McMurtry, Solutions Architect, Sharper Shape Inc

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. :: Case Study: Xcel Energy: Harnessing UAS Potential and the Power of Collaboration
  • 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

Jim Downie, President, Environmental Consultants, Inc.

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

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: UAS Usage: Property Rights Issues & Privacy
  • State law issues related to property rights, including questions related to trespass, nuisance, and takings
  • State law issues related to privacy, including tort considerations, as well as federal initiatives and litigation concerning UAS and privacy considerations
  • The extent to which federal laws and regulation may pre-empt state regulations

Tom Dougherty, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: The Business Case for UAS
  • Review of UAV economics
  • Best bets for immediate UAV uses
  • Long term UAV applications
  • Look at systems and processes that still need development

Brian Sloboda, Program and Product Line Manager-Energy Utilization/Delivery/Energy Efficiency, NRECA

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Speakers

Alvin Brunner, Aviation Safety Inspector- UAS, FAA

David Day, Executive Vice President, Keystone Aerial Surveys

Tom Dougherty, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Jim Downie, President, Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Anna Gomez, Attorney, Wiley Rein

Joseph J. Leccese, VP Client & Partner Development, Sharper Shape Inc.

Dexter Lewis, Senior Research Engineer, Southern Company

Eileen Lockhart, UAS Program Manager, Xcel Energy

Rick Lusk, Director – UAS Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Donald Chance Mark, Shareholder, Fafinski Mark & Johnson

Terry Miller, President, Transport Risk Management

Linda Rhodes, Operational Strategy & Business Intelligence, Commonwealth Edison Company, an Exelon Company

Nathan Schuett, CEO, PreNav

Brian Sloboda, Program and Product Line Manager-Energy Utilization/Delivery/Energy Efficiency, NRECA

Josh Turner, Attorney, Wiley Rein

Location

Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80202

To reserve your room, please contact Danielle Menard at [email protected] with your check in/check out dates.

ROOM RATE:

The room rate is $209.00

ROOM BLOCK DATES:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of October 17-18, 2016.

RATE AVAILABLE UNTIL:

Make your reservations prior to September 26, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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