By - Jon Brown

2020 UAS for Utilities
November 17-18, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

Download PDFPrint Event Details
 

Overview

Drones have now proved themselves as an essential service to the energy industry. More and more utilities have benefited from adopting drones to inspect offshore drilling rigs, transmission and distribution infrastructure, and other operations as they seek to increase efficiency, cut costs, and improve worker safety. In fact, in last year alone more than 108,000 commercial operators registered their drones with the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA projects the number of commercial drones flying in U.S. airspace will more than double to 828,000 by 2024 from 385,000 in 2019.

As we consider the evolution of commercial UAS in the energy industry, there are a great deal of challenges as well as exciting opportunities to consider. In its 4th annual delivery, hosted by Evergy, this year’s all-virtual UAS for Utilities conference will focus on three main themes: equipment, data management, and service. Join us as we hear all fresh case studies from Ameren, Exelon, Evergy, Southern Company, Xcel Energy, and others as well as research from ORNL and the FAA. From vendor panels and technology demonstrations to networking and plenty of dedicated tools to connect, the 2020 UAS for Utilities Conference is sure to be one you don’t want to miss!

Learning Outcomes

  • UAS Business Cases
  • Costs and financial ROI for utilities
  • Keynotes from Evergy and the FAA
  • Case studies from Ameren, Xcel Energy, Exelon, Evergy, Southern Company
  • Flight school training program
  • Wildfire mitigation
  • Emergency response
  • Gas leak detection
  • Project management
  • Latest trends in data analytics: Machine Learning, AI, Imagery, and Asset Identification
  • Risk management strategies

Credits

AP_Logo

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 log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies & PowerPoint presentations

Agenda

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 : Central Time

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


9:00 – 9:05 a.m. :: Conference Welcome

Aaron Voss, Program Director, EUCI


9:05 – 9:30 a.m. :: Keynote #1: The Role of Technology and Drones to Improve Utility Operations

Kevin Bryant, Chief Operating Officer, Evergy


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Wildfire Sensing using Advanced Sensors on UAS Platforms

An Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) research project, funded by the US Fire Service, tackles the difficult challenge of identifying the presence of airborne asbestos, with high confidence, in real- or near-real-time during a dynamic forest fire environment.  In addition, providing the communication link between the UAS-mounted sensors and participants on the ground of the threat in real-time will be described. 

Peter Fuhr, Tech Director, UAS Research Center, Oak Ridge National Lab

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: SGI Process to Enable BVLOS Operation as a Response to Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Events

The presentation will cover some emerging updates to the developments using the SGI process to enable BVLOS operation as a response to Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events. This talk will answer questions, cover data, and present on work, recently completed on the PSPS project for the very first time.

Craig Stenberg, Sr. Project Manager, Southern California Edison (SCE)


11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: How UAS is Supporting the Utility Industry at ComEd

ComEd is exploring options to use UAS to support their industry in installing bird diverters.  We are focusing on waterway crossings that are moderate to high collision risk with migratory birds.  Studies have shown that the cost to install bird diverters the conventional way can be costly to a Company.  By using UAS to install these diverters would save time and money to the industry.

Valerie Dammann, Manager Emergency Preparedness, Governance and Oversight for the UAS Program, ComEd

12:00  – 12:30 p.m. :: Break for Lunch


12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Methane Emission Quantification of Compressor Regulator Stations Using Small UAV

A new approach is being explored by PG&E to quickly screen compressor and regulator stations for methane emissions using fly over by UAV equipped with a high sensitivity detector. The method provides the overall emission rate of the facility as well as the identification of its most emitting sub-systems. Results can be used to prioritize maintenance and better characterize emissions of these stations.

Francois Rongere, Manager, R&D and Innovation Gas Operations, PG&E

Lance Christensen, Atmospheric Scientist, NASA JPL


1:15  – 1:45 p.m. :: KEYNOTE #2: FAA Plan for Continued UAS Penetration in the Commercial Market

Thomas Baker, Manager of the UAS Operational Programs Branch, Safety and Integration Division, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


2:00  – 2:45 p.m. :: In-Housing AI and New Technologies for UAS at Ameren

Ameren is in the process of transforming its UAS deployment into a sophisticated network of drone technology, including in-house data analysis and Artificial Intelligence. This presentation will cover the current work going on in this project, lessons learned, an evaluation of costs, and a look at the future. Objectives for this talk include:

  • Observing an in-housed model of artificial intelligence and machine learning within a utility UAS program
  • Evaluation of program costs and technologies
  • Lessons learned and plans forward
  • Discussion on vendors and tradeoffs

James Pierce, Supervisor – UAS Operations, AI Development Lead, Ameren


2:45  – 3:30 p.m. :: Turning Drone Data into Action

So you’ve gathered asset imagery and data. Now what? How do you turn that data into action? Join Robert Henley, VP of Energy Solutions at PrecisionHawk, for best practices in collecting, processing, and analyzing information. You’ll come away with innovative examples of how you can integrate drones to drive business objectives.

Robert Henley, Vice President, Energy Solutions, PrecisionHawk


3:30  – 4:30 p.m. :: Hot Topics Panel

Moderator:

Peter Fuhr, Tech Director, UAS Research Center, Oak Ridge National Lab

Panelists:

Lance Christensen, Atmospheric Scientist, NASA JPL

James Pierce, Supervisor – UAS Operations, AI Development Lead, Ameren

Al Brunner, Aviation Safety Inspector, UAS Integration, FAA

Valerie Dammann, Manager Emergency Preparedness, Governance and Oversight for the UAS Program, ComEd

Robert Henley, Vice President, Energy Solutions, PrecisionHawk

4:30 p.m. :: Conference Concludes


Wednesday, November 18, 2020 : Central Time

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


9:00  – 9:30 a.m. :: CASE STUDY: Distribution and Inspection Program at a Coop

This presentation will look at DEC’s UAS transmission and distribution inspection program.  The program started this year after an emergency UAS inspection of one of our transmission lines found an issue that we were unable to detect from the ground.  I will discuss the initial transmission issue as well as some of the issues that have been brought to our attention from the inspection program.

Troy Dickerson, Assistant VP of Engineering, Delaware Electric Coop


9:30  – 10:45 a.m. :: UAS Integration Panel

In this panel we will discuss some of the important outsourcing partnerships necessary to run a cohesive, cost effective, and technologically resilient UAS program.  Topics include:

  • Pilot onboarding and training
  • Data acquisition and processing
  • Servicing large transmission projects
  • Safety and compliance
  • OEM discounts and equipment procurement

Moderator:

Mike Kelly, UAS Program Manager, Evergy

Panelists:

Kurt Carraway, UAS Department Lead, Kansas State Polytechnic

Steve Hambric, President, North America, eSmart Systems

10:45  – 11:00 a.m. :: Morning Break


11:00 – 11:45 a.m. :: Integrating UAS into the Storm Restoration Process

It’s no surprise that Alabama has been in the path of some significant storms, leaving major restoration needs in its wake. Alabama Power has been utilizing UAS to improve grid resiliency and maintain robust O&M strategies. This presentation will cover the practices, applications, and lessons learned integrating UAS into the storm restoration process at Alabama Power Company.

Bobby Hawthorne, Manager, Distribution Engineering Services, Southern Company

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. :: Networking Reception and Virtual Card Exchange

Speakers

  • Thomas Baker, Manager of the UAS Operational Programs Branch, Safety and Integration Division, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

  • Al Brunner, Aviation Safety Inspector, UAS Integration, FAA

  • Kevin Bryant, Chief Operating Officer, Evergy

  • Kurt Carraway, UAS Department Lead, Kansas State Polytechnic

  • Lance Christensen, Atmospheric Scientist, NASA JPL

  • Valerie Dammann, Manager Emergency Preparedness, Governance and Oversight for the UAS Program, ComEd

  • Troy Dickerson, Assistant VP of Engineering, Delaware Electric Coop

  • Peter Fuhr, Tech Director, UAS Research Center, Oak Ridge National Lab

  • Steve Hambric, President, North America, eSmart Systems

  • Bobby Hawthorne, Manager, Distribution Engineering Services, Southern Company

  • Robert Henley, Vice President, Energy Solutions, PrecisionHawk

  • Mike Kelly, UAS Program Manager, Evergy

  • James Pierce, Supervisor – UAS Operations, AI Development Lead, Ameren

  • Craig Stenberg, Sr. Project Manager, Southern California Edison (SCE)

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.

Register

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

Event Standard RateAttendees
Hosted by
Sponsored by

By clicking Accept or closing this message, you consent to our cookies on this device in accordance with our cookie policy unless you have disabled them. more information

By clicking Accept or closing this message, you consent to our cookies on this device in accordance with our cookie policy unless you have disabled them. You can change your cookie settings at any time but parts of our site will not function correctly without them. We use cookies during the registration process and to remember member settings.

Close