Asset Management

Meet the Program Development Team

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Asset Management Across the Enterprise
Speakers: Ramsay Sawaya, Principal Director, Accenture Inc
Phil Jones, VP, Sales, Copperleaf Technologies Inc.
David Lewry, T&D Asset Management, Southern California Edison
We will discuss the development of a consistent framework or “common language” to attribute value for the prioritization and optimization of asset portfolio investments. Speakers, representing consulting and utility operations perspectives, will provide a value framework overview and roadmap for implementation within a utility. Our panel discussion will also include insight into the quantification of risk, value, and risk spend efficiency required to enable effective implementation of a value framework. Finally, our session will cover one utility’s journey towards developing and applying a value framework within its organization.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
From Electrons and Hydrocarbons to Bits and Bytes: How Artificial Intelligence is Shaping Asset Management Today
Speakers: Ramsey Sawaya, Principal Director, Accenture
Rob D’Arienzo, Senior Meteorologist, IBM
Travis Squires, Senior Associate, METSCO Energy Solutions
Tessa Ryan, Distribution Asset Engineer, EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc.
This session will provide an overview of the art of the possible in how artificial intelligence is being leveraged to shape asset management today. We will take a look at the utility’s path to artificial intelligence and highlight the three dominant stages of maturity: data, analytics, and cognition. Each stage of maturity will be accompanied by success stories and a thorough case study from a speaker who will describe their firsthand experience achieving success at their respective stage of maturity. Finally, we will explore what is to come and the future of artificial intelligence for today’s utility.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Customer Benefits Realization through Effective Asset Management
Speakers: Larry La Bolle, Regulatory Strategic Planning Manager, Avista Corp.
Denise Jamal, Senior Manager, Community Relations, Hydro One
Steven Morris, Principal, UMS Group, Inc.
This session will compare how utilities drive customer satisfaction and performance management outcomes through asset management practices. We will include information on how to reach for best in class performance and strong integration of customer expectations into asset management practices.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Future Proofing Your Lifecycle Plans
Speaker: Dr. Thomas W. Smith, FIAM. Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin
Asset Management Plans (AMP) are key deliverables in any Asset Management System. This session first highlights best practices on how asset lifecycle plans should be developed as the foundation to AMPs. We then explore two particularly challenging aspects of lifecycle management:

1) Whereas traditionally most utility assets are very long lived, the digitization of many assets often means much shorter useful lifecycles – possibly only a few years. This means plans are evolving from managing the lifecycle of the physical asset to that of the asset’s function. How do short-lived assets change asset management for utilities, and how do you react?

2) Utilities are required to adapt faster than ever before to accelerating technological evolutions, and to market, societal and climate changes. This means the future is increasingly uncertain – affecting our ability to develop robust AMPs. How can this uncertainty be incorporated into lifecycle plans?