By - Jon Brown

Facing the Challenges of Aging T&D Infrastructure
December 7-8, 2016 | New Orleans, LA

Overview

Faced with aging transmission and distribution systems and limited O&M budgets, utilities are being pressed to maximize the lifespan of their current equipment while facing heavy scrutiny from both internal and external stakeholders. This conference will provide attendees with clear strategies for managing classifying and prioritizing the repair and replacement of their aging T&D systems.

The format for this conference is meant to be as interactive as possible for attendees allowing them to engage in meaningful question and answer sessions for each presentation as well as a facilitated round table discussion that will bring forth any remaining questions and topics for open discussion among all attendees and speakers. Focusing on real experiences from leading utilities, attendees will be equipped with tools to address problem components and justify their maintenance decisions to management, regulators, and external stakeholders.

Learning Outcomes

  • Listen to American Electric Power’s procedures for deciding an assets “probability of failure” as part of their risk based assessment process
  • Discuss NRG’s methods for executing, tracking and monitoring their investments through their asset management strategy
  • Engage in a review of Bonneville Power Administration’s implantation planning for their transmission assets
  • Review Entergy’s current successes with distribution asset management programs
  • Discuss Bonneville Power Administration’s decision metric for comparing and prioritizing asset management investments
  • Review Salt River Project’s asset optimization program assisting them in achieving operational excellence
  • Discuss Manitoba Hydro’s ranges of typical failure curves for major transmission asset categories and how these curves are used in relating condition expressed in terms of Health Index score
  • Engage in a facilitated round table discussion that will bring forth your asset management topics for open discussion among all attendees and speakers
  • Listen to a discussion on the components of a strategy to deal with the aging population of mid-voltage underground cables
  • Discuss a method for bridging IT and OT for lifecycle management
  • Review a utility-specific testing protocol based on historical performance and problems encountered, cable types and population demographics

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 conference 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, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event.

Agenda

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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

8:30 – 8:40 a.m. :: Introductions

8:40 – 9:10 a.m. :: A Framework for Strategic Asset Management

Jonathan Rich, Senior Consultant, Strategic Decisions Group

Pallav Sudarshan, Senior Engagement Manager, Strategic Decisions Group

9:10 – 10:00 a.m. :: Economic Value Metric for Asset Management Decisions

Electric Utilities often face the challenge of identifying and quantifying the value of the investments. In absence of a comprehensive framework to quantify the different sources of value created by an investment, most projects are negative NPV when considering only the utility cash flows. In this presentation, we will share the Total Economic Value Framework adopted by BPA as the decision metric to compare and prioritize asset management investments

Doug Ballou, Asset Strategist, Capital Portfolio Management, Bonneville Power Administration

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

10:30 – 11:20 a.m. :: Developing Asset Management Strategy or Medium Voltage Underground Cables

The presentation describes components of the strategy to deal with the ageing population of mid-voltage underground cables and include information requirements for utilities, assessment techniques used in developing the strategy (historical statistics analysis, review of the maintenance practice, decision process evaluation etc.) and components of the strategy (testing protocol, data collection, documentation maintenance, etc.).

Yury Tsimberg, Director – Asset Management, Kinectrics, Inc.

11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Asset Optimization Program to Achieve Operational Excellence

The process developed by SRP includes two distinct steps; identifying risks and then managing risks

This presentation will show how SRP is using their Asset Optimization program to achieve operational excellence. The process developed by SRP includes two distinct steps; identifying risks and then managing risks. To identify risks SRP uses both deterministic and probabilistic models.  A few examples of these models will be provided. In managing risks, SRP evaluates every stage of an asset’s life cycle for opportunities.  For transformers, SRP has developed over 60 sustainable strategies across the lifecycle.  A number of examples will be provided in the presentation.

Scott Anderson, T&D Asset Optimization, Salt River Project

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Rethinking Strategic Planning and Delivery in a Rapidly-Changing and Complex Environment

Utilities face challenges of maintaining an aging infrastructure in an environment of increasing complexity in customer, regulatory, operational and regulatory requirements.  It is no surprise that traditional initiative and project delivery approaches must be looked at critically and changed to produce high-quality and high-value outcomes in an accelerated manner to ensure maximum value is captured and to remain competitive in a rapidly changing environment.  Planning  and delivery of strategic initiatives will be discussed with a focus on the need for organizations to critically look at the entire strategy lifecycle delivery framework.

Tony Rodriguez, Former Federal Contractor with Bonneville Power Administration

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: Executing Asset Management Strategy and Investments

Managing a process for allocating resources that spans from idea generation to the approval of a project in the context of Strategic Asset Management can be a challenge for many utilities.  Determining how to get executive support, deciding on how to compare projects across the portfolio, and choosing whether to have a centralized or decentralized process are among the many questions we had to address in establishing a process for resource allocation at NRG. In this presentation, we will review the foundations of NRG Energy’s resource allocation process, the key successes that have been achieved, and the challenges that we have encountered.

Dave Hoch, NRG

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. :: Renewal of Aging Infrastructure and the Integration of the Asset Health Center

At the end of 2015, AEP & ABB finished the co-development of the Asset Health Center software.  Since then, AEP has been implementing the Asset Health Center as a tool to help engineers inside of AEP Transmission with the following three objectives, (1) Prevent failures, (2) Optimize CAPEX and OPEX expenditures, & (3) prioritize asset renewal. By providing key information about an assets “probability of failure” AEP has implemented the AHC as the foundational corner stone to its risk based assessment process in which transformers, circuit breakers, and station batteries are assessed against their failure probabilities as well as their associated impact to the system.

Ryan Dolan, SR Engineer, Asset Performance & Renewal, American Electric Power

Reynold Cornell, Engineer, Asset Performance & Renewal, American Electric Power

3:45– 5:00 p.m. :: Roundtable Discussion on Strategic Asset Management

This session focuses on the different perspectives on the value measures and the decision processes that electric utilities use for asset management. Through facilitated table discussions, we will develop a shared understanding of the benefits and the challenges of the different approaches and discuss steps to address those challenges.

Jonathan Rich, Senior Consultant, Strategic Decisions Group

Pallav Sudarshan, Senior Engagement Manager, Strategic Decisions Group

 


Thursday, December 8, 2016

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. :: Building a Smarter Energy Future through Grid Modernization

Review of Entergy’s current successes with distribution asset management programs and details on how Entergy will begin building a smarter energy future through Grid Modernization with discussion on the details about the approach to Entergy’s Grid Study.

Erica Zimmerer, Sr. Manager of Grid Modernization, Entergy

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: Typical Failure Curves for Major Transmission Asset Categories and Relating Health Index with Effective Age

The presentation shows ranges of typical failure curves for major transmission asset categories and explains how these curves are used in relating condition expressed in terms of a Health Index score with the “effective age” and the corresponding remaining life. A high level explanation on how this information can be used in developing the optimum investment portfolio for sustaining the existing asset base will be reviewed.

Brent Jorowski, Manager, Transmission Asset Strategies, Manitoba Hydro

Yury Tsimberg Director – Asset Management, Kinectrics, Inc.

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. :: Networking Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. :: Bridging IT and OT for Connected Asset Lifecycle Management

Recently surveyed executives of asset intensive industries across the globe show results indicating that the vast majority believe IT-OT to be a key component of an effective asset management strategy for achieving business priorities like better long-term planning, increased staff productivity, improved safety and better use of capital.  With the Connected Asset Lifecycle Management approach, organizations can bring together IT solutions such as asset performance management (APM), enterprise asset management (EAM) and workforce management (WFM) along with OT solutions like SCADA to deliver a holistic view of the asset lifecycle.

Rick Nicholson, Global Product Management, Enterprise Software, ABB

11:00 – 11:45 a.m. :: Developing and Using Utility-Specific Testing Protocol for Underground Cables

The presentation addresses how a utility-specific testing protocol should be implementing based on the historical performance and problems encountered, cable types and population demographics with typical testing procedures explained. The presentation will also provide examples on how appropriate course of action should be selected based on the test results.

Sarajit Banerjee, Senior Engineer, Kinectrics, Inc.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Closing Remarks

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Workshop

Asset Management… Putting it all together

Thursday December 8, 2016

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 4:30 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

Overview

This workshop will delve into the components of structured asset management from the history to the development of standards shaping the industry. A good portion of the workshop will focus on the fundamentals and elements of the ISO 55000 Asset Management Standard series. Discussion into its creation and underlying principles, requirements for their use and what compliance looks like will be brought into the workshop.  The final session of the workshop will apply the ISO 55000 Standards and put them to work in a review of the components, processes, and resolutions needed in successful asset management.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the development of asset management standards and the ISO 55000
  • Explain the history of asset management in the world’s industries
  • Discuss a detailed look at ISO 55000 and its fundamentals and elements
  • Engage in a review of how ISO 55000 works and is applied to real world asset management processes

Agenda                 

Asset Management… What is it and how we get here
  1. Roots of structured asset management
  2. Development of British Standards Institute’s PAS 55 ”Specification for the optimized management of physical infrastructure assets”
  3. Establishment of International Standard Organization’s ISO 55000 Asset Management Standard series
  4. Working definition of asset management
  5. Work of the Institute of Asset Management, IAM
Asset Management in Action… An abbreviated history
  1. Establishment in Europe
  2. Widespread acceptance in Canada
  3. Expansion in the United States
ISO 55000 … Fundamentals and Elements
  1. Anatomy of the standard
  2. Underlying principles
  3. Overview of the requirements
  4. What compliance looks like
Asset Management Decision Making….. Putting Asset Management to Work
  1. Scope of the issue
  2. Getting a hold on lifecycle management
  3. Development of the process
  4. Making explicit what is usually done implicitly
  5. Resolving the tension: cost, performance and risk

Workshop Instructor

Tom McDermott, Principle Consultant, The Woodhouse Partnership, Ltd

Speakers

Scott Anderson, T&D Asset Optimization, Salt River Project

Doug Ballou, Asset Strategist, Capital Portfolio Management, Bonneville Power Administration

Sarajit Banerjee, Senior Engineer, Kinectrics, Inc.

Léonard Bertrand, Leader of North America E&E Practice, Strategic Decisions Group

Brent Jorowski, Manager, Transmission Asset Strategies, Manitoba Hydro

Rick Nicholson, Global Product Management, Enterprise Software, ABB

Jonathan Rich, Senior Consultant, Strategic Decisions Group

Tony Rodriguez, Former Federal Contractor with Bonneville Power Administration

Pallav Sudarshan, Senior Engagement Manager, Strategic Decisions Group

Yury Tsimberg Director – Asset Management, Kinectrics, Inc.

Erica Zimmerer, Sr. Manager of Grid Modernization, Entergy

Location

Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

To reserve your room, please call 1-504-561-1234 or book online here.
Please indicate that you are with the EUCI group to receive the group rate.

Room Rate:

The room rate is $199.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of December 5 – 7, 2016.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to November 14, 2016. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

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