Asset Management

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Meet the Asset Management PDT.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Technology for Informed Decisions
Speakers: Scott Williams, Manager Asset Management, FortisAlberta
Brandon Pfeiffer, Arizona Public Service Company
Tom Leslie, Arizona Public Service Company
Hunter West, Solution Engineer, ESRI
Gretchen Anderson, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Brian Raver, Vice President of Digital Innovation for Utilities, SAP
The growing proliferation of inspection compliance requirements and aging infrastructure challenge decision makers within utilities. Considering this, utilities are working to utilize technology to ensure the maximum value of its assets in a cost effective manner. This panel discussion will present best practices and guidelines for different forms of technology, to ensure the data collected is reliable and accurate. This panel discussion focuses on challenges asset managers face, and how utilities can use new technologies to make informed decisions to improve asset management. Panel speakers share their approach to utilizing technology for several inspection types, including drones, and data platforms to make informed decisions.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
ISO Certification Compliance
Speakers: Frank Mannarino, Senior Vice President, Electricity Operations, EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc
Jim Howe, Gas Regulatory Strategy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Kevin Dasso, Vice President, Electric Asset Management, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Steven Morris, Principal, UMS Group
Several perspectives will be presented – from utilities who are ISO 55001 certified, have modeled the ISO framework but are not certified, and those who are considering ISO certification but have not moved forward. We will discuss the value, decision-making, the journey, and the process for certification.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Addressing the Tsunami of Aging Assets and Infrastructure
Speakers: Gordon Ashby, Resource Economic Planner, Bonneville Power Administration
Dave Gabbard, Senior Director, Transmission Asset Management, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Most utilities are faced with an increasing volume of aging assets & infrastructure, today or in the near future. This challenge, if not properly addressed, poses a significant risk to operations and sustainability in the long-run. This is further compounded by factors such as resource constraints and the uncertainties within the utility industry due to changing landscape as a result of disruptive technologies, amongst other factors.

This session will provide an insight to the trends, best practices and economic evaluations that have provided the basis of some decision-making on this subject in some utilities today. This session will also discuss the results and possible next steps.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Lifecycle Best Practices in Asset Management
Speakers: Chris Moore, P.Eng., Director, Engineering, JANA Corporation
Kaz Berjian, P.Eng., Manager, Pipeline Integrity Management, ATCO Pipelines & Liquids Global Business Unit
This presentation explores moving away from short-term thinking and adopting a life-cycle view of Asset Management – both Theoretical and Practical approaches. We discuss best practices pertaining to monitoring and data collection, tools used for full life-cycle decision-making, and lessons learned and metrics for success.