Pre-Conference Workshops

Designed to maximize your POWER-GEN International experience. These courses are relevant, topical, issue-concentrated classes taught by recognized experts in their respective fields. All workshop attendees receive a certificate of completion. Certificates of completion may be submitted to your professional organization for Professional Development Hours.

POWER-GEN International is pleased to be an authorized continuing education provider by the Florida Board of Professional Engineers.  Many states recognize course the FBPE authorizes, so check with your state governing board to see if the courses you take are eligible for professional development hours.  Attendance at a two-day course awards 16 PDH, a full day course awards 8 PDH and a half day course awards 4 PDH.  Certificates of attendance are provided to all attendees at the conclusion of the day.  Those attendees wishing to obtain PDHs are required to achieve a passing grade on an examination at the conclusion of the course. FBPE CEP #0003349

Sunday, December 3 and Monday, December 4 :: 16 hour courses

Sunday, December 3 :: 8 hour courses

Sunday, December 3 :: 4 hour courses

Monday, December 4 :: 8 hour courses

Monday, December 4 :: 4 hour courses

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Sunday & Monday :: 16 Hour Course

PCW 101    Effective Project Management for the Power Project Professional

Time:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Both Days
Room:  N241                                  
Cost:  $925.00

Instructors
Stephen Cabano, President/COO, Pathfinder LLC; James Cravens, Senior Executive Associate, Pathfinder LLC

Who Should Attend
Attendees would include those from the electric utility and power industry including owners, contractors, suppliers and consultants who participate in the engineering and construction of capital projects. Positions would include Project Developers, Project Managers, Construction Managers, Architects/Engineers, Cost/Schedule Engineers and Plant Operations personnel.

Course Overview and Objective
This seminar will cover Project Management 'Best Practices' approaches, methods, techniques and tools to enhance the project management of capital power projects. Project Management personnel in the power generating industry will learn critical methods to effectively and efficiently plan, contract, construct and manage capital plant projects. Using specific industry-related case studies and ‘hands-on’ workshops, participants will be exposed to problems unique to power producing and transmission projects and innovative ways for successfully preventing and/or overcoming their impact to successful execution. A combination of PowerPoint presentation/lecture and interactive workshops will focus on the application of Project Management tools and techniques during each major phase of a power project.

Course Highlights

  • Industry Perspective
  • The Project Management Universe
  • Project Planning
  • Scope Development & Control
  • The Project Team
  • Risk Management
  • Contracting
  • Cost/Schedule Baselines
  • Quality Management
  • Project Execution
  • Contract Administration
  • Project Controls & Reporting

Instructors’ Biography

Stephen Cabano, President/COO, Pathfinder LLC
Pathfinder, LLC is a project management consulting firm specializing in planning, development & execution of domestic/international capital plant construction projects. Steve has 25+ years of project engineering/project management experience providing contracting, cost, scheduling, procurement, & project controls services for owner/government clients in Petroleum, Petrochemical, Chemical, Power, Environmental, Pharmaceutical, Industrial and Commercial industries worldwide.

James Cravens, Senior Executive Associate, Pathfinder LLC
Mr. Cravens is an accomplished Project Control professional with over thirty-five years of diverse experience in a wide range of industry sectors. He has completed both domestic and international assignments ranging from “hands on” Project Control implementation to Leadership positions on multi-billion dollar projects.

 

Sunday :: 8 Hour Courses

PCW 201    Secrets to Executing a Successful Turbine-Generator Outage        

Time:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Room:   N239
Cost:  $525.00

Instructor
Thomas Reid, P.E., Manager of Engineering, TG Advisers Inc.

Who Should Attend
This course is targeted for plant operations, maintenance and technical services engineers along with consultants responsible for turbine generator maintenance and repairs. This course is especially designed for plant managers, supervisors, suppliers of Steam and Gas Turbine - Generators and insurers of Power Generation Equipment.

Course Overview and Objective
Proper preparation for an overhaul is a key to success – from development of a comprehensive outage scope to major contingency planning, and condition-based inspections. We will give you the tools to spend money wisely and avoid common traps that lead to costly delays. With an industry shift in how units are operated, this course also will review failure modes and inspections relevant to your machine today. In addition, we’ll help you make educated repair, reuse and replace decisions, unveil the secrets to performance assessment results – where to get the real bang for your buck, provide examples of how to use QA/QC checklists effectively, review relevant industry case studies and much more! The training will conclude with the often overlooked, but critical, post outage steps. This includes an overview of common post outage issues, troubleshooting steps, and a tutorial on how to use operational data for diagnostic purposes. We’ll conclude with tips to optimize and extend future maintenance intervals, techniques to assess remaining life of critical components, and ways to effectively capture lessons learned and integrate best practices for future outage purposes.

Course Highlights

  • Keys to T-18 month overhaul planning and turbine risk assessments
  • Developing a comprehensive repair scope and outage specification
  • Pre and post outage operational data assessments
  • Overview of best in class gas and steam turbine generator overhaul practices
  • Typical discovery issues found during and inspections and recommended contingency plans
  • Non Destructive Testing (NDT) overview for turbine
  • Industry best QA/QC programs that can make a difference during the outage
  • How to build and effectively use outage management tools
  • Common outage planning, execution, and post outage pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Forty years of case studies and lessons learned
  • Remaining Life Assessments  

Remaining Life Assessments
Instructor Biography
Thomas Reid, P.E., Manager of Engineering, TG Advisers Inc.
Tom leads TG Advisers team of consulting engineers which provide analysis and assessment services to gas and steam turbine generator users worldwide.  Tom is a graduate of General Electric's Edison Engineering Development Program and has 4 issued patents and 9 pending approval that are related to turbine design and advanced gas turbine repair technology. Tom holds a BSME from Virginia Tech, a MSME from Georgia Tech and is a registered P.E. in the state of Delaware.  

 

PCW 202    Energy and Electricity Storage:  Grid and Distributed Storage with a Discussion of Variables Related to Storage Options, Renewables, Regulations and Tariffs

Time:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Room:  N237
Cost:  $525.00

Instructor
Kevin Young, President, Young Energy Services

Who Should Attend
Managers, legal staff and technical staff of Utilities, developers, regulators, ISOs, consultants, major manufacturers of energy storage equipment.

Course Overview and Objective
This course describes the development and planning steps associated with energy storage projects that assist in bringing additional renewable energy sources to market and promote transmission grid operations. Energy storage projects discussed will include hydro pumped storage and compressed air energy storage (CAES), batteries, flywheels, capacitors and thermal applications with the principles presented applying to many technologies. The purpose is to enhance understanding of engineering, economic, environmental and regulatory project aspects by providing actual examples of projects being considered in various US regions. By the end of the course, participants will be able to evaluate factors associated with installed capacity costs, capacity utilization, ancillary benefit values and willingness for investment in such facilities. The course discusses popular topics such as energy storage as a means of meeting projected load demand, energy storage as compared to transmission upgrades in meeting gaps created by retiring coal plants, the merits of considering both transmission and energy storage upgrades, grid stability issues that can be addressed through energy storage, the benefits of combining energy storage with renewable projects to meet baseload needs, sizing energy storage projects to meet needs, the positive influence on the value of pumped storage as a result of innovative engineering, the need to involve power off-takers in the planning and discussion on some of the newer issues and challenges facing energy storage.

The course will discuss effects on the various aspects of our energy markets including the natural gas, petroleum, coal, renewables and nuclear industries as well as effects on our transmission and distribution systems. In addition to the technical aspects of energy storage the course will also address the regulatory aspects from state and federal perspectives.

Course Highlights

  • How to bring additional renewables to market using storage
  • The role of energy storage
  • Energy storage and transmission grid operations
  • Utility and private sector development
  • Public and investor-owned utility economics
  • Types, size and forms of energy storage
  • Regulatory barriers
  • Factors to be considered regarding including tariffs and monetization of benefits
  • How energy storage can be combined with renewable energy sources to deliver dispatchable capacity and energy
  • The potential roles of utilities, power developers, ISOs, investors, consultants and others.

 

Instructor Biography
Kevin Young, President, Young Energy Services

Kevin Young is president of Young Energy Services (YES), an innovative company that specializes in the environmental review and permitting of renewable energy projects including hydro pumped storage. He has over 30 years’ experience in the siting, permitting and licensing of energy related projects throughout the United States and Canada.

 

PCW 203    Cycle Chemistry for the Power Industry: A Practical Course on Best Practices  

Time:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Room:  N235
Cost:  $525.00

Instructor
Luis Carvalho, Principal Engineer – Global Power Industry, ChemTreat

Who Should Attend
University degree and/or college, high-school diploma. Operations managers, Maintenance managers, plant chemists, utility engineers, plant engineers, operators, environmental engineers.

Course Overview and Objective
The power industry makes extensive use of boilers to generate steam, and boilers are generally viewed as critical to the overall success of the operation. For boilers to operate efficiently, they require both a high quality feed water and the maintenance of proper water chemistry in the boiler. The steam itself needs to meet certain purity guidelines appropriate for the end use.

Water chemistry and chemical treatment play a critical role in achieving all of the above objectives. A good understanding of both is essential to troubleshoot operational problems, optimize steam plant operations, and evaluate competitive bids of chemical water treatment. There are also regulatory, health & safety and environmental factors that play a role in the selection of the best chemical treatment for the boiler.

With applicability to most types of boilers, including heat-recovery steam generators (HRSGs), and covering the interpretation of industry guidelines (ASME, EPRI, IAPWS, VGB, etc) this course is practically oriented but grounded on solid theoretical foundations of Steam Cycle Chemistry. This course offers a solid training for plant operations personnel at all levels (Operations managers, Maintenance managers, plant chemists, operators)

Course HighlightsOverview of technologies to prepare feedwater: demin,RO,EDI

  • Overview of technologies to prepare feedwater: demin, RO, EDI
  • Main failure mechanisms in Boiler Corrosion (including FAC)
  • Oxygen corrosion control: Making sense of the latest industry trends
  • Industry Guidelines: ASME, EPRI, OEMs
  • How much phosphate is really needed in a boiler? Determining the optimum level
  • Different types of phosphate treatment (PT, EPT, Continuum)
  • All-volatile treatment, OT 
  • Steam Purity best practices- cation conductivity & monitoring alternatives
  • Chemical Layup of Steam Generator Systems: Best Practices

Instructor Biography:
Luis Carvalho, Principal Engineer – Global Power Industry, ChemTreat

Licensed Professional Engineer with 30 years of broad-based industrial water treatment experience in production, process development, and various technical and management positions. Luis is currently Principal Engineer with ChemTreat, a Richmond, VA based company.  Previously, he was Senior Technical Consultant at GE Water & Process Technologies.

 

Sunday :: 4 Hour Courses

PCW 301    Machine Learning for Power Plant Managers

Time:  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Room:  N240
Cost:  $425.00

Instructor
Patrick Bangert, CEO, algorithmica technologies Inc.

Who Should Attend
This course is intended for managers of power plants and similar industrial facilities. These persons will usually have a university education in either engineering or business. This course will not presume any background knowledge in mathematics or data analysis as it will be an introductory course. This course will teach concepts, ideas and introduce tools. It will not go into technical details.

Course Overview and Objective
In the age of big data and the industrial internet, industrial plants increasingly want to make practical use of the vast data archives they have accumulated in the last decade. This workshop introduces managers of power plants and similar industrial plants to the topic of machine learning. This is the area behind the analysis methods used to get knowledge out of big data. This workshop will avoid actual formulae and computations and instead focus on the concepts necessary to understand what is going on with these methods. There are certain requirements that the data going into these methods must fulfill. There are some expectations that these methods can and cannot meet.

We will introduce the concepts around such technologies as clustering analysis, neural networks (both feed-forward and recurrent), prediction, and characterization. We will also discuss the practical applications of these concepts in real plants and come to an understanding about their true business value. These methods can be used to improve profitability, efficiency and other KPI’s as well as reduce maintenance costs by detecting, diagnosing and predicting equipment malfunctions. They can be used to gain insights into decision making processes that will lead to improved business performance.

Course Highlights

  • Introduction to machine learning
  • Data available in industrial plants
  • Typical questions asked by the industry
  • Clustering analysis for an event framework
  • Variable reduction to get the essential data
  • Neural Networks for modeling plant dynamics
  • Prediction of a future plant state
  • Characterization of the plant state
  • Applications in real plants
  • Business value of machine learning
  • Overview of some available tools

Instructor Biography

Patrick Bangert, CEO, algorithmica technologies Inc.
Dr. Bangert was a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory and NASA Jet Propulsion Labs before becoming Professor of applied mathematics in Bremen, Germany. He founded algorithmica technologies in 2005 and conducted industrial machine learning projects since 1998. His book “Optimization for Industrial Problems” was published in 2012.

 

PCW 302    Best Practices Workshop: Challenges to Getting New or Disruptive Technology/Solutions into the Energy/Utility Sector

Time:  1:00 – 5:00 PM
Room:  N238
Cost:  $425.00

Instructors
Deepak Khajouria, XMPLR Energy and AVP Group
Scott Affelt, XMPLR Energy and AVP GroupWho Should Attend

  • Managers/owners of new technology companies looking to introduce new technology into the energy/utility sector
  • Salespersons/business development persons selling new technology into the energy/utility sector
  • Foreign companies entering North American energy/utility sector markets with new technologies
  • “Early-adopter” buyers of new technologies within the energy/utility sector.

Course Overview and Objective
Selling disruptive technologies into the Energy market can be challenging. Customers “want to be first to be second”. The traditional buying/selling process in this sector can be difficult for any product or solution. A rigid RFQ process typically provides very little creativity or opportunity for alternative solutions. Customers are typically resistance to change; have issues understanding value or selling it within their organization and want to avoid the risks of new technologies. Is the cycle for introducing your new technology too long? Are you perpetually doing pilots or demos that never turn into commercial projects? Are new solutions “very interesting” but never result in projects? The buying process for new or disruptive technologies is different from traditional products. Early adopter “champions” or “sponsors” of new technology can also be frustrated with both their own internal processes and their technology provider’s support. Technology providers often get frustrated with the pace or lack of progress while introducing their technology to this sector. Both buyers and sellers need to understand the difference in the buying culture for new technology within this sector and adapt their own processes and strategies accordingly to successfully get new technologies introduced into this sector.

Course Highlights
The course will contrast the differences between the buying/selling process for traditional versus disruptive products/solutions. Participants will learn to identify their appropriate buying culture; develop ideal targeting criteria; collaborate to create and validate the value proposition early in the process; manage and move the process forward (both internally or externally); develop a framework for an effective Go-to-Market plan; create a simple account strategy/map; and structure pilots that can ultimately result in commercial projects.Instructors' Biographies

Deepak Khajouria, co-Founder XMPLR Energy; Partner, AVP Group
Scott Affelt, President, co-Founder XMPLR Energy; Partner, AVP Group

Scott and Deepak are Co-Founders of XMPLR Energy and Partners of AVP Group where they lead the North American and Global Energy practice. Their primary focus is on management, business development and market entry strategies; M&A; technology liaison; and digitalization strategies and solutions for the energy market. Deepak has worked in Asia, Europe and the USA launching new business, heading strategic business development and managing Operations. Scott has introduced disruptive technologies for both small and large companies into the Energy markets.

snd capacity therefore, sustaining a resource pool of small and divers supplier for our procurement needs.  This is achieved through partnering with external organizations, internal business units and strategy teams.  

Monday :: 8 Hour Courses

PCW 401    Proven Troubleshooting and Repair Options for Improved Steam & Gas Turbine Reliability and Operational Flexibility

Time:   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Room: N239
Cost:   $525.00

Instructors
Stephen R. Reid, P.E., President, TG Advisers Inc.
Thomas Reid, P.E., Engineering Manager, TG Advisers Inc.

Who Should Attend
Power plant managers, supervisors, and engineers. Insurance company representatives. Anyone in the Power Industry who wants a deeper understanding of steam and gas turbines, why they fail, and how to prevent future failures.

Course Overview and Objective
This intensive, full-day course describes major failure modes that steam and gas turbines experience. Methods to prevent these failures will also be presented. An understanding of these failure modes, and how to prevent them, will help plant personnel avoid costly forced outages. New issues on increased unit cycling and turndown will also be discussed along with the pitfalls of associated equipment issues. The most current industry problems and failure modes are presented, along with many recent case histories. Time is allotted for course attendees to discuss their own case studies and establish next-step options for failure prevention. Each participant receives a comprehensive set of course notes, updated with many photos of the most prevalent turbine failure modes.

Course Highlights
The full day session will cover multiple instructive modules on turbine design features, failure modes, mitigating strategies, technology advances, performance improvement options, vibration troubleshooting methods and cost effect repairs as noted below:

  • Steam and gas turbine design features and advancements
  • Common failure modes for steam and gas turbines.
  • Detecting and troubleshooting turbine issues before they manifest into a forced outage.
  • Turbine vibration - unlocking the secrets of rotor lateral and torsional vibration
  • Most effective nondestructive inspections to detect known failure modes
  • Targeted outage repairs - how to get back online with as little spend, time, and risk as possible
  • Rotor Shaft Cracking
  • Operational Flexibility, Repair Strategies and Life Extensions, Technology Advances and Retrofits:
  • Ultra-minimum minimum load and two-shift cycling
  • “No-Brainers” to regain lost capacity
  • Remaining life studies – creep, low cycle fatigue, stress corrosion cracking
  • Dynamic turbine re-inspection intervals

Instructors' Biographies

Stephen R. Reid, P.E., President, TG Advisers Inc.
Stephen R. Reid, P. E. As President of TG Advisers, Steve’s company has provided condition assessments on over 350 Steam and gas turbine units.  Steve has numerous patent disclosures/award, and published over fifty papers. Steve received the ASME George Westinghouse Silver Medal, was past Chairman of the ASME Power Operations Committee and is a Registered P.E.

Thomas R. Reid, P.E. Engineering Manager, TG Advisers Inc.
Tom and the consulting team of engineers at TGA provide analysis and assessment services to gas and steam turbine generator users worldwide.  Tom is a graduate of General Electric's Edison Engineering Development Program and has 4 patents with 8 pending approval that are related to turbine design and advanced gas turbine repair technology. Tom holds a BSME from Virginia Tech, a MSME from Georgia Tech and is a registered P.E. in the state of Delaware.

 

PCW 402    Understanding the Biogas Business and Technologies

Time:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Room:  N237
Cost:  $525.00

Instructors
Sumesh Arora, Director of Energy and Natural Resources Division, Mississippi Development Authority
Robert Shepard, President, The Energy Group

Who Should Attend
This is an opportunity for engineers, technicians, equipment vendors, project developers, investors, project managers and business executives to gain a broad understanding of the types of biogas systems. Personnel new to biogas will get an excellent overview of the industry and its applications in one day.

Course Overview and Objective
This course will provide an overview of various biogas technologies diving into the financial and technical realms of each. The course will describe the process and equipment, explain the types of systems and applications, discuss development of these projects and their requirements, and describe the operation and monitoring of these systems. Topical areas covered will be animal waste digesters, food and brewery waste digesters, landfill gas, and waste water treatment digesters. Biogas process by-products such as organic fertilizers will be discussed from technical and marketing standpoints. System scale will include on-farm units to commercial and municipal scale units. The course will provide detailed examples including data, information and pictures of biogas systems, their components, operating parameters, design parameters, and maintenance parameters. Energy policies which positively and negatively impact biogas system deployment will also be discussed along with other market drivers. Biogas development in North America and other parts of the world will be presented. This is an opportunity to gain a broad and practical understanding of the types of biogas systems that can be utilized and the technical and business implications to these processes. Engineers, developers, managers and executives in the business or involved in one technology can see how they can adapt themselves to another technology. Those personnel new to biogas can learn much about the overall industry in one day.

Course Highlights

  • Anaerobic vs aerobic processes
  • Biogas processes & components
  • Types of systems & their applications
  • Biogas feedstocks
  • Animal waste & food waste digestion
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Project Development matrix
  • Technical Design Criteria
  • Financial Design Criteria (business model)
  • Financing
  • Project execution and commissioning
  • System Monitoring Parameters
  • System Maintenance
  • Case studies of operating facilities

Instructors’ Biographies

Sumesh Arora, Director of Energy and Natural Resources Division, Mississippi Development Authority
Sumesh is co-inventor of a patented poultry litter-to-biogas system and works to promotes economic growth across various energy verticals.  He has provided strategic business guidance to over 100 entrepreneurial ventures including the winner of the 2014 Cleantech Open’s Grand National prize. Sumesh has BS/MS in engineering and PhD in international development.

Robert Shepard, President, The Energy Group
Rob, P.E., PMP (licensed professional engineer in Kansas and Mississippi) has over 28 years of power generation industry experience in the engineering, construction, asset management, operation and maintenance of gas, oil, renewable and coal fired power plants.  He has managed and consulted owners on many major power plant modifications, upgrades and projects.

 

PCW 403    HRSG Fundamentals – Operations, Inspections, Trouble Shooting and Maintenance of Combined Cycle HRSGs

Time:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Room: N235
Cost:  $525.00

Instructor
Akber Pasha, Technical Director, Vogt Power International

Who Should Attend
Engineers responsible for developing the HRSG specifications, Combined Cycle Plant designers, Plant Operators, Plant performance evaluators, Engineers involved in training the operators, Engineers who inspect the HRSGs, Maintenance engineers. The insurers and Financiers can also benefit from the course by understanding the operating and life consumption mechanisms.

Course Overview and Objective
The course gives a brief description of the main components of a combined cycle plant and the working theory of these components. The start-ups and shutdowns influence the boiler life as well as the plant revenue. The paper describes the impact of start-ups and shutdown on the boiler integrity and availability. Maintenance of the HRSG is an essential part for making sure that the equipment is available when it is needed. This is included in the course. The course also talks about the water chemistry requirements during operation as well as for lay-ups. Life Cycle Monitoring has become very important because of the requirement of the flexible operation requirements. The tools available for such a monitoring are discussed. Finally, because of the advent of modern plant which needs to be on line in very short duration, the fast start impact is briefly discussed. Life consumption estimation and digitization of plant as well as integration with alternate energy sources is the pressing issue today for energy producers.  The course addresses these along with the constraints involved.

Course Highlights

  • Combined Cycle Plant Components and their operating theory
  • HRSG comparative evaluation
  • HRSG Components and functions
  • Instruments and Measurements
  • Auxiliary equipment
  • Water Chemistry and Steam Purity
  • Start-up and Shutdown procedures – the importance and Optimization for life conservation
  • Basic Operations - load changes, trips and low load operations
  • Inspection protocol and What to Inspect and when and how
  • Maintenance types, necessity and effectiveness
  • Life Cycle Monitoring and flexible operation
  • Impact of fast start and Cycling on HRSG life consumption

Instructor Biography

Akber Pasha, Technical Director, Vogt Power International
Mr. Pasha is from India and has Engineering and Business degrees from Osmania University and University of Louisville. He joined Henry Vogt Machine company as Design Engineer. The work done by him and the company for past 45 years has become industry standard and is used by OEMs worldwide for innovations and for meeting the challenges of the Combined Cycle plant Technology advances. He presented numerous papers worldwide. Presently he is technical Director at Vogt Power International of Louisville, Kentucky.

Monday :: 4 Hour Courses

PCW 501    Best Practices for “Lean M&D”: Remote Monitoring & Diagnostics of Power Generation Assets

Time:  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Room:   N240
Cost:  $425.00

Instructors
Deepak Khajouria, Partner, AVP Group
Scott Affelt, President, XMPLR Energy
Randy Bickford, President, Expert Microsystems

Who Should Attend

  • IPP’s/Operators/owners of power generation assets looking to implement M&D.
  • Operators/owners of power generation assets looking to improve performance & operation of an existing M&D
  • & M providers for generation assets looking to enhance offerings to their customers and/or create new revenue streams.
  • Equipment OEMs offering remote M&D services.  

Course Overview and Objective:
Traditional power generation asset efficiency and reliability has become more critical as plants are being operated to accommodate renewables. Operators want to move to a condition-based maintenance regime to maintain reliability but also optimize costs.  At the same time, subject matter expert resources are being reduced.  A centralized, remote Monitoring and Diagnostic center can effectively support a large number of plants to leverage SME resources and optimize reliability. The workshop discusses the need and potential benefits of a Remote Monitoring and Diagnostic (M&D) program to improve plant efficiency and reliability.  Participants will learn the critical elements of a successful remote M&D program including: people, process, tools and data issues. The concept of “Lean M&DTM” will be introduced which utilizes advanced tools and practices to enhance standard M&D capability by adding model-based diagnostics and remaining useful life predictions. Best practices for M&D implementation and common challenges will be shared.  The workshop will also address requirements and advancements in the analytical tools necessary for a successful and scalable M&D program. The session will provide helpful information for owners or operators looking to implement a new program or improve an existing remote M&D program.  

Course Highlights

  • Overview of the need for Remote M&D services
  • Potential benefits/opportunities of Remote M&D
  • Structural options for Remote M&D
    • Centralized remote M&D
    • Outsourced M&D
    • “Lean M&D” – hybrid of plant-level support + centralized assistance
  • Key components of a successful Remote M&D program
    • Investments & implementation
    • People
    • Process
    • Data
  • Discussion of Remote M&D Best Practices
  • Challenges of an M&D program

Instructors' Biographies

Deepak Khajouria, co-Founder XMPLR Energy; Partner, AVP Group
Scott Affelt, President, co-Founder XMPLR Energy; Partner, AVP Group

Scott and Deepak are Co-Founders of XMPLR Energy and Partners of AVP Group where they lead the North American, Global Energy and Digitalization practices. Their primary focus is on management, business development and market entry strategies; M&A; technology liaison; and digitalization strategies and solutions for the energy market. Deepak has worked in Asia, Europe and the USA launching new business, heading strategic business development and managing Operations. Scott has worked with OEMs in the energy space to develop Digitalization Go-to-Market strategies.

Randy Bickford, President, Expert Microsystems (EMS)
Randy is an expert in advanced pattern recognition solutions for power equipment reliability. EMS developed the SureSense solution which provides fault detection, diagnostics and prognostics. Randy has also consulted for EPRI on Remote Monitoring Best Practices; developed the Fleetwide Plant Health Monitoring solution for EPRI’s members; and supports the EPRI Remote M&D Demonstration Center.

 

PCW 502    Overview of Gas-Fired Generation Development

Time:  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Room:  N238
Cost:  $425.00

Instructors
Matthew DeCourcey, Project Manager, Concentric Energy Advisors
Keith Paul, Senior Consultant, Mott MacDonald

Who Should Attend
Any energy, financial, or engineering professional involved or interested in the development of new generation assets.

Course Overview and Objective
Overview of the business and engineering issues and challenges associated with the development of gas-fired generation. Structured to provide attendees with a high level “road map” for the process of developing a large gas fired combined cycle plant and identify pitfalls and opportunities at each step of the way. Presenters will use real-world market data and case studies to demonstrate typical procedures and best practices. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the business case for generation development, technical challenges, how evaluate and compare deals as well as project all-in costs, and when to consult outside experts. Consistent with the theme of the conference, discussions will emphasize the opportunities afforded by new and abundant unconventional supplies for gas-to-power applications. Asset development encompasses commercial and technical challenges; as such, the two will be discussed within an integrated framework. Business issues to be discussed include site selection, permitting, market economics, financing, contracting and risk management, commercial partnerships, financial analysis, and related issues. Engineering issues discussed will include a technology discussion on the most recent large frame gas turbine developments, HRSG design, steam turbine sizing, and primary heat sink sizing including air cooled condensers and cooling towers. The interplay between decision-making on both commercial and engineering issues will be an important and recurring theme in the workshop. Primary presenters will be Matthew DeCourcey from Concentric Energy Advisors and Keith Paul from Mott MacDonald.  

Course Highlights
The key value of the course is that it is a comprehensive, high-level overview of the development process for gas-to-power application that will be delivered by professionals who focus on that field; that will incorporate real world examples, and challenges; and that will be presented in a way that is meaningful to experts and accessible to non-experts.

Instructors’ Biographies

Matthew DeCourcey, Project Manager, Concentric Energy Advisors
Matthew DeCourcey is an expert in asset development and energy markets and specializes in the commercial aspects of gas-to-power applications.  He has extensive experience evaluating financial and economic aspects of new infrastructure on behalf of investors, offtakers, regulators, and other stakeholders.  Matthew holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.

Keith Paul, Senior Consultant, Mott MacDonald
Keith Paul’s expertise is in plant design, engineering, operations, and development including simple- and combined cycle gas, biomass, and nuclear facilities.  He has provided consultancy services and served as Owner’s and Bank’s Engineer for projects around the world.  Keith holds a BSME from Northeastern University and MBA from Babson College.

 

PCW 503    Power Generation Facility Management Training

Time:  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: N236
Cost:  $425.00

Instructor
Todd Boyd, Director of Operations, ECM Power Training
Michael Boyd, Director of Performance Management, ECM Power Training

Who Should Attend
Generating Plant Management, transmission and distribution management

Course Overview and Objective
To be a successful power generating facility manager one must understand the importance of, and be able to quickly decipher trade-off prioritization. Experience is irreplaceable and may be enough for many facilities to operate, but the trade-off to experience is knowledge, knowledge which is sought out, understood, and properly used on a daily basis. The process of which we manage the resources required to operate and maintain a power plant must be thoroughly detailed as to avoid issues concerning human resource, ethics, labor contracts, safety, the environment, operational objectives, and all of this while making a profit.

Course Highlights
The course will entail a detailed understanding of the required abilities to successfully manage a power generating facility. Using a combination of visual and face-to-face audio we will discuss the following topics;

  • Human Resources
  • Ethics
  • Labor Relations / Union
  • Contractor Relations
  • OSHA
  • Environmental
  • Economics / Budgeting
  • Facility Operations
  • Project Management

Instructors' Biographies

Todd Boyd, Director of Operations, ECM Power Training
Todd's background is in power generation. Todd has navigated the ranks of power plant operations, chaired multiple committees, reformed operating efficiency, and written multiple regulatory policies and procedures. Todd holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Energy Management and an Associates degree in Construction/Project Management.

Michael Boyd, Director of Performance Management, ECM Power Training
​Michael’s background in business management helps thousands of business owners create their ideal scene and expansion goals.  Michael's communication and unique training style captures his audience with the ability to immediately apply the subject matter. Michael holds a Bachelor Degree of Science in Marketing and Business Administration.

 

PCW 504    Optimizing Steam Drum Level Control for Improved Performance

Time:  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Room: N234
Cost:   $425.00

Instructor
Donald Hite, Business Manager, Power Industry, Magnetrol International

Who Should Attend
Plant I&C Engineers, Performance and Reliability Engineers, Design Engineers, Fleet Engineers and I&C Technicians

Course Overview and Objective
The large scale integration of renewable technologies into the energy mix and climate change mitigation has fundamental changed the day-to-day operation of combined cycle and conventional fossil fired boiler power plants.  As a result, the vulnerabilities of traditional level technologies to the dynamic process conditions of a steam drum during fast starts or cycling events have a more profound effect on a plant’s ability to respond to market demands or to the shortfall of renewable assets.

Although the mainstay of steam drum level control for decades, traditional technologies are not well suited for the wide range of process conditions within a steam drum that may be experienced during load swings throughout the course of a day.  In one instance the technology involves an excessive number of variables to resolve the level measurement equation which present avenues for potential error while another oversimplifies the measurement such that operators have limited visibility to conditions within the steam drum – relative to today’s technology standards.

This course will detail the advancements in Guided Wave Radar (GWR) technology relative to steam drum level control and how these advancements remedy the host of issues plant’s experience from both operational and performance points of view.

Course Highlights

  • Simplifying your steam drum level measurement equation
  • Leveraging today’s technology to improve steam drum level control and plant performance metrics:  availability, reliability, heat rate and dispatch response
  • Managing controllable losses through improved visibility to steam drum dynamics
  • Minimizing hardware complexity
  • Eliminating calibration as a factor in instrumentation performance
  • Hardware and controls implementation:  existing plant & new build
  • Implementation cost analysis
  • ASME BPVC Section 1

Instructor Biography

Donald Hite, Business Manager, Power Industry, Magnetrol International
As Business Manager for the power industry, Donald Hite leverages his 30 plus years of instrumentation and industry experience to help clients worldwide realize the financial and performance benefits of optimizing critical power plant applications using advanced radar level control technology. 

 

PCW 601    Asia Pacific Power Generation Market – Strategic Review & Forecast - 2017

Time:  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Room:  N240
Cost:  $425.00

Instructor
Ravi Krishnan, Managing Director, Krishnan & Associates Inc.

Who Should Attend
Education level: Open Job description: Any Business Development Executives, Marketing Professionals, Sales Executives, or Technical Managers focused on emerging international markets.

Course Overview and Objective
The course will include real-life current examples of successful technology & product launches in various Asian markets. Marketing case studies, pricing & promotion discussions, Q&A sessions on specific business challenge in these markets.

Additional highlights will include:

  • Energy & Regulatory Policy
  • Fuel Considerations and Options
  • Environmental Norms
  • Generation Capacity Forecast
  • Opportunities & Challenges for American Boiler, Turbine & Generator OEMs & Environmental Technology Providers, EPCs and Power Gen OEMs

Participants learn:

  • History, current status and future development of the power generation industry in key Asian Markets
  • Emerging trends in India and South Asia (Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia), Australia
  • Environmental emission regulations and technology alternatives
  • Concepts for power industry market penetration though direct marketing, sales representation, distributorship, strategic alliances, joint ventures or licensing

Course Highlights

  • Current energy profile (capacity, coal, hydro, nuclear, renewables) for key Asian Markets
  • Capacity additions (New Builds and Retrofits)
  • Major Players & Stakeholders -Government, Independent Power Producers, National Utilities, EPCs
  • Environmental Issues & Opportunities for US OEMs
  • Partnering, Joint Ventures, Licensing, Collaborations
  • Market Entry Strategies

Instructor Biography

Ravi Krishnan, Managing Director, Krishnan & Associates Inc.
Ravi Krishnan’s expertise includes marketing, market forecasts & business development for the global energy industry. His firm initiates marketing & business development programs for OEMs seeking market expansion in Asia. K&A produces market reports, offers business development, strategy support and talent acquisition services for companies globally. More info at www.krishnaninc.com

 

PCW 602   Wet Flue Gas Desulfurization (WFGD) Chemistry and Operational Impacts on Wastewater Quality Discharge

Time:  1:00 – 5:00 PM
Room:   N238
Cost:  $425.00

Instructor
Bryan Hansen, Associate Chemical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell

Who Should Attend
Engineers, Plant Operators, Environmental Coordinators

Overview & Objectives
Course will provide a high level overview of wet FGD systems and components and a more in depth look at wet FGD chemistry. Performance variables within a wet FGD system will be discussed with regard to how these can affect the quality of wastewater being discharged.

Course Highlights
Chemistry overview, discussion of chemical enhancement factor, effect of SO2 gas concentration, effect of pH and excess limestone, effect of alkali additives, effect of buffer additives, target ranges for ORP and pH setpoints to optimize constituents in the FGD wastewater (i.e., arsenic, selenium, mercury)

Instructor Biography

Bryan Hansen, Associate Chemical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
Mr. Hansen works at Burns & McDonnell in the Energy Division.  Mr. Hansen has 25 years of experience working on projects and studies involving industrial water treatment and air pollution control systems.  Mr. Hansen graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

 

PCW 603   From Start to Finish: Closing Coal Ash Ponds

Time:  1:00 – 5:00 PM
Room:  N236
Cost:  $425.00

Instructors
Mark Rokoff, PE, Vice President, AECOM
Greg Landry, PE, Chief Dewatering Engineer, Moretrench
Justin Pierce, Director, Engineering and Manufacturing, MPW Industrial Services
Brad Tolbert, Director, Industrial Water Division Sales, MPW Industrial Services
Tim Pickett, Chief Technology Officer, Frontier Water Systems

Who Should Attend
Operations managers and engineers responsible for coal-fired power plants, including environment, health and safety professionals; risk management and compliance professionals; consulting engineers; contractors; regulatory officials; and academic faculty and researchers.

Course Overview and Objective
This workshop will educate attendees on the range of options for closing coal ash ponds and the technical implications of each, emphasizing cost effectiveness as well as schedule and risk reductions. A team of professionals will explain the process for decommissioning coal ash ponds, ranging from the regrading of onsite materials and the installation of an impermeable cap to the benefits of pumping and treating of ponded and interstitial water before closure. This workshop will include a discussion on the use of biological treatment to reduce selenium and metals. The failure to remove selenium and metals from discharge water has shut down several coal ash pond closures but is preventable. In the end, attendees will learn how to develop comprehensive closure plans for their ponds amid a regulatory environment that continues to evolve.  

Course Highlights

  • Cost-effective construction and closure designs
  • Physical, environmental and geotechnical safety
  • Pond dewatering
  • Engineering for and meeting high discharge flow rates
  • Meeting discharge permit requirements
  • Microbiological treatment

Instructors' Biographies

Mark Rokoff, PE, Vice President, AECOM
Mark Rokoff serves as the national practice lead for coal ash management projects as well as the lead for power services for AECOM’s environmental business line in the Americas. He has performed and been involved with geotechnical, civil and geo-environmental engineering designs as well as construction-related projects.

Greg Landry, PE, Chief Dewatering Engineer, Moretrench
Greg Landry supervises design, analysis, cost estimation, installation and management of dewatering and groundwater control systems. He also oversees Moretrench’s groundwater modeling team.  Greg is a long-time instructor for the American Society of Civil Engineers’ short course on Construction Dewatering and Groundwater Control.

Justin Pierce, Director, Engineering and Manufacturing, MPW Industrial Services
Justin Pierce is responsible for engineering and manufacturing companywide at MPW, including the industrial water division. Pierce led the development of the industry’s first combined reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration mobile trailer in 2016. Water & Wastes Digest named him one of its top young professionals in 2017.

Brad Tolbert, Director, Industrial Water Division Sales, MPW Industrial Services
Brad Tolbert is director of sales for MPW’s industrial water division, which supplies mobile purification services to customers in 44 states and three provinces with a fleet of deionization, reverse osmosis, media filtration, ultrafiltration and clarifier units and trailers totaling more than 330.

Tim Pickett, Chief Technology Officer, Frontier Water Systems
Tim Pickett co-founded Frontier Water, which is a pioneer and leading supplier of premium engineered equipment packages for high-rate treatment of selenium, nitrate and metals from heavy industry.

 

PCW 604    Industrial Internet of Things Condition and Vibration Monitoring for Intelligent Maintenance

Time:   1:00 – 5:00 PM
Room:  N234
Cost:    $425.00

Instructor
Daniel Yarmoluk, Director of Business Development, ATEK Access Technologies

Who Should Attend
Plant Manager, Maintenance Technicians, Vibration Analysts, those who work with pumps, fans, motors, compressors

Course Overview and Objective
The Internet of Things has become an abstract discussion of billions of connected devices and information streaming to make data-driven decisions.  Broadly speaking, this topic is how to transform your business through an efficiency analysis, increasing the level of automation, potentially adding another revenue stream or new business model to personalized or customized products and services.  An IoT enabled solution in connected manufacturing includes connectivity, intelligence, pattern analysis and ultimately, predictability.  Predictive maintenance should be seen as predictive algorithms to extend the life of the machine akin to a doctor-patient relationship and lifetime extension.  In assessing a patient, we have to look at the holistic view of health as we would with IoT, the true value will lie in an integrated end-to-end on the manufacturing floor and each connected component has a incremental IoT value.  IoT or connected manufacturing is literally "connecting" Operational Technology (OT) and Informational Technology (IT), meaning production and core business processes have end-to-end visibility or what is known as visibility from the shop floor to the top floor.  This presentation will focus on the first step of connecting a broader visibility from the operator to the maintenance technician and top floor and mapping this information back to its core business processes in order to increase efficiencies and reliability.  Companies are running extremely lean with less resources and smaller and more stringent CAPEX spend.  Understand the technology and human inputs required at every step of the value chain to produce tangible, immediate results with continuous monitoring, automated reporting, integrated into workflow and service to unlock intelligent maintenance.  Plant personnel, OEM vibration service monitoring and IIoT collaboration examples will be illustrated.

Course Highlights:

Companies are running extremely lean with less resources and smaller and more stringent CAPEX spend.  Understand the technology and human inputs required at every step of the value chain to produce tangible, immediate results with continuous monitoring, automated reporting, integrated into workflow and service to unlock intelligent maintenance.  Plant personnel, OEM vibration service monitoring and IIoT collaboration examples will be illustrated

Instructor Biography

Daniel Yarmoluk, Director of Business Development, ATEK Access Technologies
Dan Yarmoluk is the business and market development lead for ATEK's IoT products which include TankScan and AssetScan.  Dan has been involved in analytics, embedded design and components of mobile products for over a decade.  He has an MBA from Loyola University Chicago and a Master's of Data Science from the University of St. Thomas.  Dan can be reached at dyarmoluk@atekcompanies.com.

 

PCW 605    On-Camera Essentials for Power Industry Professionals

Time:   1:00 – 5:00 PM
Room:  N233
Cost:    $250.00

Instructor
Gregory B. Poindexter, M.A., Associate Editor, PennWell Corporation

Who Should Attend
On-Camera Essentials for Power Industry Professionals is professional development designed for power industry professionals to increase their communication skills for application while being recorded delivering industry content, which is subsequently released on video.

Course Overview and Objective

Are external and internal stakeholders satisfied after viewing your expert content delivered via video? Why is satisfaction a concern? It is a concern because research indicates satisfaction of efficient content delivered via video is related to stakeholder sophistication.
 
If your main focus while on camera is communicating to the power industry body politic:

  • On what objective measures have you chosen tools to fashion your content delivered while on camera?
  • How much and what type of control do you have or choose to assert over your video?
  • What can you do to keep pace or surpass stakeholder expectations with regard to your efforts?

If you choose to actively participate in a half-day training session, award winning PennWell communication professionals will help you identify and apply science-based tenets for your on-camera essentials toolkit.

Professionals ranging from principals and asset managers to engineers and technical specialists.

Course Highlights

Innovative training topics include:

  • Artifactualization: What is artifactualization and why must I maximize it through science?
  • Raw to Refined: things I must specifically do while on camera.
  • Content ALWAYS trumps on-camera comfort level and physical appearance.
  • Learn by what means you can control specific aspects of your on-camera content delivery.

Instructors Biographies

Gregory B. Poindexter, M.A., Associate Editor, PennWell Corporation
Gregory B. Poindexter studies luminance levels in computer processed organizational imagery and their effects on human perception. During the past 20 years, he has trained professionals to manage strategies for content delivery while on camera. He anchors Hydro Headlines at HydroWorld.com and is currently associate editor for Hydro Review magazine.