THE 2019 SUMMIT HAS ENDED!

Thank you, on behalf of the EPRA team, for a successful 2019 summit. The practitioners, keynotes, and Resource Partners worked tirelessly to make it happen. 

Featured Sessions

Featured Session | (46:16)

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.

Featured Interviews

Featured Interview #1| (0:58)

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.

Featured Interview #2| (1:40)

September 18, 2019

Shannon Strank, Assistant Director of the Center for Electromechanics (CEM) at the University of Texas at Austin, describes some of the cutting-edge research at the center, how that work translates to industrial applications, and how conversations with practitioners led to insights for both attendees and the CEM. 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.

Featured Interview #3| (1:47)

September 18, 2019

Shannon Strank, Assistant Director of the Center for Electromechanics (CEM) at the University of Texas at Austin, explains why it is important to design measurement systems to detect failure modes, and how an academic pillar of EPRS can benefit system-wide reliability. 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.

Resource Panel Sessions

Resource Panel Session | (01:19)

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."

Resource Panel Session | (03:35)

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."

Resource Panel Session | (03:16)

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."

Quick Recaps

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Recap: Day Two | (01:18)

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.

Recap: Day One | (01:20)

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.

Keynote Recap: Terrence O'Hanlon | (00:59)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

 

Terrence O'Hanlon, Chief Asset Manager of ReliabilityWeb and publisher of leading industry magazine Uptime, states the case for reliability and introduces the Uptime Elements framework.

Presentations

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