This year’s Electric Power Reliability Summit spans three days and includes insight from industry experts, academics, reliability practitioners, and corporate leaders.


This agenda is tentative and subject to change.

September 17, 2019

8:00 - 12:00

Corporate Reliability Session

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. 

In this session we will discuss the agenda, including an introduction to the EPRS Community app. We’ll hear from Shannon Strank, Assistant Director of the University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (CEM), about the upcoming tour of the center. 

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.

12:00 - 12:45


Hosted by the AT&T Center and provided by SDMyers.

12:45 - 4:30

Tour of University of Texas Center for Electromechanical Research

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. Dr. Robert Hebner and 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:
Departs hotel at 1:00
Arrives at CEM at 1:30
Departs CEM at 4:30
Arrives at hotel at 5:00


Welcome Dinner

Keynote by Dr. Robert Hebner (CEM): "The Past, The Present, and The Future"

There’s a saying at the Center for Electromechanics that “what starts here changes the world.” But to change the world, you first have to learn where the world needs to be changed... and why. Robert E. Hebner, Director of the CEM, explains how the center discovers these needs from industry, how that information informs the center’s research, and how researchers use the insights gathered from research to develop practical, valuable solutions for industry and for the government center’s research, and how researchers use the insights gathered from research to develop practical, valuable solutions for industry and for the government.

September 18, 2019

8:00 - 12:00

Keynote by Dale Bissonette (SDMyers): “Our Journey to Electric Power Reliability”

The concept of electric power system reliability is shifting from one of individual asset management to a system-wide model of reliability. As president of SDMyers, Dale Bissonette will share his company’s journey and explain how that shift is creating a demand for a broader set of solutions for electric power system owners.

Session 1 (Presentation)
The EPR Planner: A Time-Based Model for Electric Power Reliability
Presented by Alan Ross, CMRP, VP of Reliability, SDMyers

Session 2 (Presentation)
The EPR Asset Model: Breadth and Depth in Year One
Presented by Chuck Baker, Manager of Electric Power IQ, SDMyers

Session 3 (Workshop)
Evaluate Your Current State

In this workshop, attendees will evaluate the strength of their current electric power reliability program, discover opportunities on how to expand upon and improve it, and begin creating a plan for next steps when they return to their organization. This workshop will be led by senior corporate reliability practitioners (TBA). 

12:00 - 12:45


Hosted by the AT&T Center and provided by SDMyers.

12:45 - 4:30

Reliability Perspectives: Technology

Technology in the field of reliability is advancing at a breakneck pace. Where do these technologies fit in to the model? How do you use them wisely? These mini sessions explore established and emerging technologies and their application in an electric power reliability program.

• Infrared (presented by IRIS/Fleur)
• Laboratory diagnostics (presented by Jason Dennison and Jon Karas of SDMyers)
• Acoustics (presented by TBA)
• Visual Inspection (presented by TBA)
• Data Management (presented by On Now Digital)
• Monitoring (presented by Qualitrol
Each mini session is 30 minutes with a 15-minute break in between

Practitioner Panel:
An open-forum discussion featuring leading electric power reliability practitioners.

 Electric Power Reliability

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




Keynote by Dan Smith (Austin Energy): “How to Lead Change for Reliability”

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.

September 19, 2019

7:00 - 8:00

Keynote by Terry O’Hanlon (ReliabilityWeb): “It’s all About Leadership!

The focus of this year’s summit is leadership. What does electric power reliability look like? Is reliability a product of processes and systems? Or a form of organizational culture? 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.

8:00 - 9:15

Breakout Sessions

Defining barriers
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

Overcoming barriers
How do reliability leaders overcome or circumvent these barriers?

10:30 - 12:00

Covering your Assets: Major Risks of Failure

In this session you’ll hear about the most significant risks facing the assets in your electric power system, including:

• Transformers (presented by SDMyers)
• Breakers and Switchgear (presented by TBA)
• Cables (presented by TBA)
• Relays and Protective Systems (presented by TBA)

12:00 - 12:45


Hosted by the AT&T Center and provided by SDMyers.

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