EPRS 2019 HIGHLIGHTS

 

Featured Session

September 18, 2019

Dan Smith, of the Lower Colorado River Authority, reflects on his time as vice president of electric service delivery at Austin Energy. Smith discusses the problems faced by high-stakes organizations, such as hospitals, where power losses have the potential to cause more than just lost dollars. How can utilities work with organizations to keep their power systems reliable and keep ultra-critical applications (such as a neonatal ward) running with zero unexpected downtime. (46:16)

 


 

Featured Interview part 1

September 18, 2019

Shannon Strank, Assistant Director of the Center for Electromechanics (CEM) at the University of Texas at Austin, explains the benefits of aligning the goals of the center with the needs of industry. Strank works closely with Center Program Managers in implementing a complete funding strategy. She identifies and interacts with potential research sponsors, including individuals, corporations and foundations, to ensure that CEM maintains diverse funding sources toward world changing research. (:58)

 

Featured Interview part 2

(1:40)

 

Featured Interview part 3

(1:47)

 

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Resource Panel Session 1

September 18, 2019

Martin Robinson, CEO of IRISS, Inc. addresses the harsh realities of vying for funding in commercial and industrial reliability and maintenance departments, and explains that the only way to secure the money you need to fund the projects you want is to be successful...and to make your successes heard.
"Maintenance is always viewed as an overhead, and that's what really annoys me... If you save money, if you save lives, whatever you do... make sure everybody knows about it. Until you become a resource instead of an overhead, then you'll never get a penny for anything you want." (:19)

 

Resource Panel Session 2

September 18, 2019

Ben Lanz, director of applications engineering at IMCORP,  CEO of IRISS, Inc. addresses the technicalities of when to use a foot-by-foot profile. The precision required when detecting partial discharge in a sample is in the billionths of a second, Lanz says, and, as with most reliability priorities, it usually comes down to availability and cost.  
"Because it's a sophisticated test, and it's not available everywhere, it's really an economic story." (3:35)

 

Resource Panel Session 3

September 18, 2019

Martin Robinson, CEO of IRISS, Inc. reflects on the focus on mechanical systems in the conversation about reliability, and explains how he considers safety and reliability to be two sides of the same coin.  
"As an industry, power has always been the red-headed stepchild of reliability. Reliability training is more aligned to mechanical systems, so we decided early on that that had to change." (3:16)

 


 

 Recap Day 2

Recap Day 2

September 18, 2019

Day two started early with a keynote from Dan Smith of the Lower Colorado River Authority, a session on the AssetPro software for electric power systems, and a panel session featuring EPRA resource partners Camlin, SDMyers, SDT Ultrasound Solutions, The Snell Group, and IMCORP. The focus of the day was the "Electric Power Reliability Experiences," intensive 20 minute sessions with leading experts in key areas of electric power reliability. (1:18)

 

EPRS 2019 Day 1 Recap

Recap Day 1

September 17, 2019

The 2019 Electric Power Reliability Summit kicked off with a guided tour of the Center for Electromechanics (CEM) at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Robert Hebner, director of the CEM provided some context and answered some questions about the center and the work and research that goes on at the facility, and attendees experience a full behind-the-scenes tour of the center led by Shannon Strank, assistant director of the center. (1:20)

 

2019 EPRA Keynote Recap

Recap - Keynote: Terrence O'Hanlon

September 19, 2019

Day two started early with a keynote from Dan Smith of the Lower Colorado River Authority, a session on the AssetPro software for electric power systems, and a panel session featuring EPRA resource partners Camlin, SDMyers, SDT Ultrasound Solutions, The Snell Group, and IMCORP. The focus of the day was the "Electric Power Reliability Experiences," intensive 20 minute sessions with leading experts in key areas of electric power reliability. (0:59)

 

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