Explore every session spanning all three days of the 2019 Electric Power Reliability Summit. This agenda is subject to change.




The introductory session of the Electric Power Reliability Summit focuses on leaders who are forging a path in their organizations. Reliability leaders face many challenges on the journey to reliability, and to open the summit we want to share some of those challenges and experiences as we lay out the plan for the event. 

We’ll discuss the benefits of creating a community of practitioners and subject matter experts, and how we can deepen those relationships through this event. Alan Ross, Vice President of Reliability at SDMyers, will discuss the journey to reliability and provide an outline of what to expect at this year’s event. Chuck Baker will present the Electric Power Reliability Asset Model, and to close we will break into smaller groups and discuss expectations of the summit as we continue to share leadership insights.

8:00 - 12:00 EPRA Leaders Team Meeting (Pre-approved corporate attendees only)




Electric Power Reliability Alliance

12:00 - 12:45 Lunch hosted by the AT&T Center and provided by SDMyers.


The Center for Electromechanics is an applied research center at the University of Texas at Austin and is the largest university-based electromechanics research and development facility in the country.


Shannon Strank will lead a guided tour of the facility where you will get to see first-hand some of the leading-edge research performed at the center, including some insight into how the CEM approaches electrical systems as a whole in terms of efficiency and reliability. 

Bussing schedule:

1:30 - 5:00  Academic/Professional Tour



Center for Electromechanics


Assistant Director

Center for Electromechanics

Departs hotel at 1:00 p.m. and arrives at CEM at 1:30 p.m.

Departs CEM at 4:30 p.m. and arrives at hotel at 5:00 p.m.

6:00 - 8:30  Dinner

Welcome address: Dale Bissonette, president, Good Place Holdings

Keynote: Doc Palmer



Good Place Holdings


Author/Managing Partner

Richard Palmer & Associates



6:45 - 8:00  Breakfast


8:00 - 8:30  Keynote: Dan Smith, Austin Energy

The responsibility of electric power reliability extends beyond the utility company. Plants are essentially mini cities, and it’s important to establish where the utility supply marries industrial distribution. Dan Smith is Vice President of Electric Service Delivery at Austin Energy and brings a unique and engaging voice to the electric power reliability space.


VP Electric Service Delivery

Austin Energy

8:30 - 9:00   Who's Who

How will we use this powerful tool? AssetPro will revolutionize the way we plan and implement electric power reliability in industrial and commercial facilities. (Presented by Chuck Baker, president of Power Pro 360)

9:00 - 10:00  PowerPro 360



A new addition to this year’s Summit, The Reliability Experience is all about the intelligent application of technology to reliability problems.


Get an up-close look at the tools, equipment, and software that captures, records, and collates data on industrial equipment.

Technology in the field of reliability is advancing at a breakneck pace. The eight sessions are led by expert practitioners with expertise in their respective subfields.


Explore established and emerging technologies and, through hands-on demonstration and lecture, learn how those technologies can be applied to an electric power reliability program.


Discover valuable perspectives on how you can apply these resources at your organization in the most effective way.


10:15 - 3:15   The Reliability Experience


 Electric Power Reliability


Explore testing and asset management practices with 8 handpicked subject matter experts.

Allan Rienstra of SDT Ultrasound Solutions explains the tools and techniques involved in the important and burgeoning field of ultrasound. Roy Huff of The Snell Group discusses the capabilities and limitations of infrared thermography. Jason Dennison of SDMyers will lay out best practices for fluid testing, analysis, and diagnostics. You'll learn about the advances in electrical testing and discover how these processes lead to a more reliable life for electric power systems.


Ben Lanz of IMCORP will introduce the core concepts of cable reliability, an often forgotten aspect of the industrial substation. Bob Rasor of SDMyers will talk about transformer reliability yesterday, today, and tomorrow. A guest presenter will discuss where breakers fit in to all of this, and their role in reliability in the past and in the future. Bill Whitehead of Camlin Power will cover condition-based monitoring, and Martin Robinson of IRISS will cover relays.

Lunch served at intermission 12:25-1:25 p.m.

3:30 - 5:00   Practitioner Panel

A conversation among the leading electric power reliability practitioners, where you'll hear what they found the most effective as they implemented successful programs in their own organizations. What did they experience as they began their journey? What lessons did they learn? What tips do they have for practitioners beginning their own journeys to reliability?

6:30 - 9:00   Dinner keynote: Ron Moore

"Safety, reliability, change, and how to sell the reliability journey to executive management."

Ron Moore is the author of several books on reliability, including Making Common Sense Common Practice: and What Tool? When? A Management Guide for Selecting the Right Improvement Tools. He is also a highly respected professional and a pioneering figure in the world of reliability.


In this dinner keynote, Ron Moore will discuss how safety and reliability go hand-in-hand, and how you can go about "selling" the concept of reliability to corporate leadership.


Author/Managing Partner




Electric Power Reliability

6:45 - 8:00  Breakfast


8:00 - 8:30  Keynote: Terry O'Hanlon, ReliabilityWeb

The focus of this year’s summit is extending reliability to the electric power system through leadership. What does electric power reliability leadership look like? Terry O’Hanlon, Chief Asset Manager of ReliabilityWeb and publisher of leading industry magazine Uptime, presents a framework for reliability leadership that will help you drive more performance out of your assets at a lower cost while empowering your workforce.




ReliabilityWeb/Uptime Magazine

8:45 - 9:45  Breakout session: Cover Your Assets with Terry O'Hanlon

What are the major barriers in your company or plant that you face as you begin your journey to electric power reliability, or as you implement Power Pro? In this session, experienced leaders will guide conversations towards tangible solutions.

What are your common barriers to electric power reliability? Collaborate with peers, share insights and knowledge, and hone your organization’s vision of reliability in this interactive session that looks at:


  • Organizational barriers

  • Leadership barriers

  • Physical barriers

  • Financial barriers

  • Other barriers

How do reliability leaders overcome or circumvent these barriers?Which challenges are most difficult to overcome? How can they be tackled? What experiences can be shared that can offer insight into ways of doing things that are practical? 

10:00 - 11:30  Practitioner Board

Industry experts tackle big questions from discussions earlier in the day and over the course of the summit.

As our community grows, you are invited to join a new initiative that will foster collaboration and knowledge sharing that can only make us stronger. What will your role be?

11:30 - 12:00  The Electric Power Reliability Alliance

12:00 - 1:00  Lunch

1:00 - 2:00   Recruiting Your Corporate Team

Acquiring buy-in from across the whole organization can be challenging, but these professionals were able to create and lead a team committed to electric power reliability. How did they do it?






Domtar Paper Company



WestRock Paper

2:00 - 3:00  Survey Results of Assessment

3:00  Departures

Results from the survey will help you establish a starting point and set your goals for 2019/2020. You'll be able to compare your self-evaluation with the rest of the attendees, broken down by industry, region, and company size, to see exactly where you stand... and where you can go.

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