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Agenda

12:25 PM - 12:30 PM
Sean Guerre
 
12:30 PM - 1:05 PM
Heath Mclemore John McClain Christopher Todd
 
1:05 PM - 1:45 PM
Trevor Perrott Harjeet Johal Nancy Chrisman Jon Damush

The industry is moving towards autonomous operations that take advantage of the efficiency and cost benefits enabled by commercial drones. Moving towards full autonomy requires nearly every aspect of an operation to be interconnected. Advanced operations like BVLOS require an ecosystem of technologies that need to be both practical and cost effective to retain the efficiency of the mission, while at the same time placing safety above all else. 

When a Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC) is managing up to 5 or 10 drones at a time for an infrastructure inspection mission, there is an enormous confidence placed on the reliability of the technology enabling this workflow. For example, critical technology like detect-and-avoid (DAA) needs to be proven to regulators so that those sharing the airspace and the people and property below remain safe. 

Today most BVLOS approvals are granted through a combination of DAA and human Visual Overservers (VOs) for air risk mitigation. Removing the human element is the next step towards full autonomy. How do we ensure this is done safely and effectively? 

In this presentation we want to share how to kick off your BVLOS program and how to navigate technological and regulatory challenges facing autonomous operations.

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Beau Legeer


Drone collections provide valuable insights in the form of raw imagery content, processing imagery, 2.5D and 3D products. These products are invaluable to workflows that provide monitoring and other critical insights. 

This talk will explore extending that core value of a drone collection to provide maximum value out of standard collection. 

Topics such as sharing results to critical stakeholders, furthering insights by using deep learning techniques to derive assets of value from collections and attributing 3D content will be explored. 

2:15 PM - 2:35 PM
Vernon Shurtz
  • Understand best practices and protocols for UAS operators that are founded in advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Review the significance and use cases for more advanced training and certification of operators
  • Recognize skills, behaviors, and procedures that illustrate reliable, safe and professional operators and operations
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
 
 
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Yogev Shifman

Latest best practices & top tactics with drone based utility surveys for large scale projects.

David Wickström
  • AI for equipment detection,  AI for defect detection, Integration with asset management systems
  • How to visualize large volumes of Lidar data, with examples of how find defects in the Lidar data using AI
     
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Jason Cornell
  • The latest energy & industrial projects putting “remote” into the name remote pilots
  • How to design your program and solutions with “equivalent level of safety” in mind
  • Reduction in OPEX for drone and facility operators
     
Andrew Lawrence
 
Kristy McDermott

Digital Twin technology can be genuinely transforming to T&D utilities if established, managed and utilized correctly. A "Living Digital Twin" can be a game changer in the efficiencies it will provide to automate remote inspections, the tools it can create for risk management and the ability to accurately plan for the future.

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Michael Hill
  • Utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles to bring supplies and samples to/from offshore oil platforms
  • Increased capabilities for on-demand delivery/pickup at reduced costs and increased safety
  • Overview of solutions available today
     
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
 
 
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM
James Clark

An introduction to Manifold Robotics’ drone payload that uses power line EMF to enable safer and more efficient transmission line inspections. With this technology onboard a drone, power line EMF serves as a navigational source and allows inspection drones to measure their distance to transmission lines, track transmission lines, and use EMF as GPS backup. Manifold Robotics will be sharing how inspection workflows improve with EMF detection, how the technology works, and exclusive videos of their developments thus far.

Takeaway 1: Drone-based transmission line inspections have potential to operate at greater scale and lower operational expenses, however face limitations due to the complex nature of this infrastructure.
Takeaway 2: Manifold Robotics’ drone payload increases the safety, automation, and BVLOS potential of transmission line inspections through the detection of power line EMF.
Takeaway 3: Greater efficiency, safety and distance coverage with drones can cut operational expenses by at least 50%, allows inspectors to use drones more frequently than other methods such as helicopters.

4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Klaus Sonnenleiter

Allowing drones to look in places where humans don't want to go is step one. But without the ability to collect precise measurements, the inspection is not complete - any meaningful decision process relies on the inspector's ability to rely on the precision of the collected measurements. The Use Case will show a method to reduce the uncertainty and allow inspectors to make a confident call whether the equipment needs repair or not.

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
 
 
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
Sam Knight

As many public utilities begin the daunting task of revitalizing or replacing the decaying and outdated infrastructure, the importance of mapping and spatial data analysis in this rejuvenation process cannot be overlooked. 
Data visualization and analysis with tools including point cloud processing, terrain painting, and volumetric calculations allow for the careful measurement and modeling of proposed earthworks and engineering projects long before the shovels are sunk into the dirt. 
Combining a suite of advanced geospatial tools, with the superior coordinate transformation accuracy, and the field data collection capabilities provides a cohesive toolset for data collection though project planning and analysis.

Phil Mann Josh O'leary
 
5:15 PM - 5:45 PM
 

See the newest release - Pipe Trekker A-200

The world's most affordable and portable pipe crawler built for utility inspections. 

 

Speaker: DJI

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
 

Speaker: Airgility

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM
Sean Guerre
 
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Don Berchoff Mike DiCosola Todd Basile Shawn Barney


Planning and executing drone operations typically requires significant human involvement, often because logistics and support are lacking. For example, operators need access to robust and reliable information concerning local weather and air traffic, as well as digital and physical infrastructure to support pickup and deliveries. 

This panel will explore ways to navigate this “logistics labyrinth” to improve drone ops and enable automated fleet solutions.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Heath Mclemore Tim Hadaway Joseph Morgan Shankar Nadarajah James Pierce

Key Areas of Discussion:

  • What does it take  to successfully scale a program for the enterprise
  • What they look for/evaluating solution partners
  • Managing data workflows
  • Serving multiple stakeholders inside the organization
  • Utilizing UAVs/Robotics for regulatory reporting
  • What are some of the key areas of focus you see for 2023 on your programs for UAV Ops/Robotics and Data Analysis?
  • Where do you feel we are in the autonomous phase for UAV operations and what could accelerate these autonomous operations?
  • How do you see the convergence of unmanned systems (drones, robotics, satellites or aerial, ground and subsea) being managed in your energy operations?
     
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
 
 
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
 
 
10:10 AM - 10:40 AM
 

Speaker: Autel Robotics

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Jim Michel Josh O'leary

This Use Case session will be demonstrating how end-to-end solutions are managing Energy assets and pipelines for major energy and utility customers throughout Canada. 

10:25 AM - 10:50 AM
 

See the newest release- Pipe Trekker A-200

The world's most affordable and portable pipe crawler built for utility inspections. 

10:50 AM - 11:30 AM
Don Berchoff Ed Boucas Ido Gur Michael Cohen Pramod Raheja Dawn Zoldi

This panel will discuss how the critical infrastructure sector can effectively leverage drones and related technologies to attain efficiencies, increase safety and harness the power of unparalleled quantities of high-quality data for a variety of business purposes. 
Topics include:

  • drone-in-a-box solutions
  • counter-uas technology
  • drone orchestration and fleet management
  • weather sensor integration
  • 3D models, artificial intelligence and augmented reality
     
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wayne Baker John McClain Michael Li Clint Johnson
  • Safety Brought By Drones To Energy Customers
  • Use Cases Of Drones For Energy Customers
  • Future Use Of Drones By Energy Customers
12:00 PM - 12:25 PM
John Ferguson Wyatt Woolsey Bryan Crutchfield

How are UAVs being deployed successfully for security purposes with critical infrastructure?  This session will explore actual use cases for today’s challenging environments, including;

  • Plant/Facility 
  • Pipeline/Transmission Line & Critical Infrastructure
  • Borders/Perimeters
     
12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Josh Olds

This session will discuss industry best practices for setting up a solid foundation for commercial operations. He will also be sharing how that foundation empowers organizations to successfully scale the size and scope of their drone program to maximize the Return On Investment (ROI) made possible through their UAS investment.

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
 
 
1:20 PM - 1:45 PM
 

Speaker: DJI

1:45 PM - 2:10 PM
Aaron Schlett
  • Highlight the current state of refractory inspections that require vessel entry via scaffold to assess refractory conditions via hands-on subjective basis.
  • Present a call for the use of remote delivery of technology to quantify refractory degradation. Speed the time to inspect, complete assessment and improve operator ability to manage equipment.  
  • Discuss three use cases for high value fluid solids applications detailing the challenges for remote inspection, understanding failure mechanisms and convey sensor accuracy given the refractory design.
     
2:05 PM - 2:45 PM
Slade Bridge Stan McHann John McClain Cynthia Huang


Industry leaders at the forefront of utilizing ground, air, and aquatic robotics discuss what is needed to bring cohesion and maximize scalability to their programs. An open ecosystem based on open source and leveraging open standards provides greater flexibility to select, operate, and maintain a diverse fleet. 

This expert panel will discuss how managing and scaling a diverse fleet necessitates a different approach to managing data and streamlining workflows, especially in critical infrastructure verticals. 

Insights from these leaders will help challenge our industry to think about the future of enterprise drone programs differently and will drive discussions and priorities for an entire ecosystem of robotics OEMs, payload manufacturers, and software providers.

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
 

Speaker: Airgility

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
Bobby Miller Zacc Dukowitz Matt MacKinnon Martin Robinson Jonathan Tinch

 
Attend this panel with leading inspection and drone technology experts from the power generation, mining, and chemicals industries to learn how they're digitizing their assets with detailed 3D models to improve their internal inspection processes. 

The panel will feature real use cases highlighting how inspectors are using LiDAR and visual data collected by drone to make 3D models to support their internal inspections, as well as a general discussion of how these models are created and used for inspection purposes.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Scott McGowan

Learn how 360 Digital Twins are disrupting LDAR compliance, tank integrity inspections, substation capture, pipe-rack documentation, and large facility or site monitoring. When integrated with CMMS tools like IBM Maximo, asset capital planning, IoT device locations, and analytics tools, Digital Twins become a powerful operational game-changer. 
This session dives into real case examples and projects for energy assets.

George Williamson Steven Trevino

Utilization of sophisticated robots to inspect tank bottoms with fluid inventory levels in place is now a game changer.  Some operators and asset owners are using robotic inspection methods to eliminate or defer internal tank inspections of crude oil, diesel, or other hazardous fluid storage tanks. 
This session guides participants from conventional inspection methods through an in-depth exploration of in-service robotic tank inspections. Attendees will gain a solid understanding of benefits, risks and challenges, risk mitigation tools, and key project and program management requirements for in-service robotic tank inspection projects.

Business value, emissions reduction & reduced risk
Tank bottom inspection generally involves Confined Space Entry (CSE) inside out-of-service tanks. 
CSE, which includes de-inventorying, fluid transfer, cleaning, hazardous waste disposal, and many other hazardous activities, is a high-cost endeavor. The direct associated activities can range in cost from $500K to over $1 million for large storage tanks. Revenue losses for some operators from unavailable tanks in critical production service can be multiples of this amount.

Case studies have demonstrated that internal in-service robotic tank inspection can:

  • Eliminate the HSE risks and hazardous activities associated Confined Space Entry (CSE)
  • Reduce overall emissions
  • Avoid significant revenue losses caused by taking production critical tanks out of service
  • Lower overall costs versus the conventional inspection approach
  • Some asset owners have realized net operating cost and revenue benefits of greater than $ 1.0 to 1.5 million for a given tank.
     
Jack Dunn

Traditional techniques for asset inspection require costly heavy machinery or force inspectors into dangerous situations. As a result, the use of drone technology has risen to the top of the world’s most effective inspection programs. However, despite the numerous advantages that drones bring, their adoption remains hindered by manual drones.

In order to get the most out of drone inspections, operators have adopted photogrammetry, a process of stitching together photos to generate a three-dimensional model. The big benefit of using photogrammetry, in addition to the raw HD photos, is that it allows us to take measurements directly from the digital twin 3D model. Need to see microwave line-of-sight or measure the distance between antennas on a mount? Need to determine a dead-accurate RAD center height or the downtilt of a panel? It’s all possible with photogrammetry.

While the value of photogrammetry is clear, using it at scale directly depends on the consistency and efficiency of the data capture phase. When you have tens of thousands of assets to inspect in a year, the ability to capture a complete and accurate data set as efficiently as possible the first time around is critical to ensure a positive return on investment. The only viable path is through a reliable, automated process that eliminates human errors.

In this speaking session, we’ll discuss:

  • How autonomous drones with adaptive scanning software make data capture for infrastructure scalable.
  • How autonomous drones support a wide range of inspection applications to deliver a tool that is a true force multiplier.
     
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Earl Crochet John Evans


Regulations:
New and expanded regulations are affecting energy producers. For example, Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) owners and inspectors face new legislation in Texas with SB 900, and repercussions will no doubt affect the industry as a whole. What can oil & gas, renewable energy and other industrial asset owners do to thrive in the new regulatory environment?
 
Resignations:
The “Great Crew Change” is in full swing, with more and more industry veterans retiring and taking their hard-won institutional knowledge with them. New inspectors will soon (or already) lack mentors to teach them the ins-and-outs of inspecting industrial assets. How can companies leverage new technologies to help smooth this transition, all while keeping their operations safe and effective?
 
Robots:
New technologies are creating more data than ever before while offering new inspection strategies unavailable to previous generations. In-service inspections, non-destructive testing and other tools (such as robots) are changing the game forever. How can companies ensure they are fully leveraging these new technologies to receive maximum ROI, safety and efficiency?
 

Rob Knochenhauer

Censys Technologies developed a strategic partnership with Iris Automation in 2020 to develop our BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) Sentaero VTOL fixed-wing UAS (released in September 2020) which features an integrated Casia DAA system in the nose of the aircraft.

Over the 18 months, Censys has helped our customers to secure 18 107.31 (BVLOS) waivers used to perform inspection operations that are cumbersome to perform under shorter range VLOS conditions.

In this session, we will walk through the successes that Censys has had in helping it's customers secure 107.31 waivers and get into the details of BVLOS waivers: what it takes to get them and what it means to operate under them.
 

4:05 PM - 4:30 PM
 

Speaker: Deep Trekker

4:30 PM - 4:55 PM

Learn first hand from both the Asset Owner and the Reverse Challenge winner what it takes to create a first of its kind remote operated robot for flange opening and gasket breaking, without placing personnel in harm's way.

  • Reverse Challenge Process
  • Focusing on the Problem
  • Getting to Version 1.0
  • Iterate for Success
  • How is it working in the Plant?
     
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
 
 

Speaker: Boston Dynamics & MFE Inspection Solutions

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
 
 
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
 

Speaker: DJI

8:20 AM - 8:30 AM
Sean Guerre
 
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Andrey Konchenko

You can’t improve what you can’t see. That’s why drone and walkthrough technology are essential for comprehensive site management. Industry expert, Andrey Konchenko, will demonstrate how some of the biggest energy names in the business reduce process overhead, minimize maintenance costs, and automate data collection – using concrete, specific use cases from energy asset owners. 
In this session, you’ll learn how to eliminate non-productive time, avoid unnecessary trips on-site, and overall, reduce your organization’s carbon footprint. How to optimize tank inspections, planning and reclamation, as well as how to perform wellsite walkthroughs with ground robots will all be discussed.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Matt Alberts Scott McGowan

We may be entering into an information golden age, but the fact is we are collecting more information per inspection than ever before. So much that it must be actively managed to avoid overwhelming inspectors and analysts.
 
The goal of any inspector is to hand over a report to allow an informed decision, regardless of what is being inspected. To be able to do so, the report must contain the right data in a context that gives it meaning.
 
For this to happen, the inspection data must be taken from multiple sources and aggregated to provide actionable insights. This has given birth to new digital tooling that pulls in the data and returns it with the right context and formatting, which allows users to understand the single truth of the asset.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
 
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Nicholas Flom
  • When to build your own drone and robotics capabilities, and when to outsource.
    • High-level view of program, capabilities, and considerations
    • Enterprise Value for ER&I
    • Use Cases for ER&I
    • Intelligent Inspections program maturity (1.0, 2.0, 3.0)
    • Project types... natural transition into one of these, make vs buy analysis
    • Challenges that we see a lot of programs face - make vs buy
      • Major make vs buy dimensions
      • Variables within each dimension
      • Complex UAS ops case study ( buy > learn > make approach)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
 
10:10 AM - 10:50 AM
 

Speaker: ScoutDI

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Mark Broderick
 
10:25 AM - 10:50 AM
 

See the newest release- Pipe Trekker A-200
The world’s most affordable and portable pipe crawler built for utility inspections.
 

11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
Jim Michel Josh O'leary Ryan Tulloch

Many energy asset inspection projects can get overwhelming and complicated.  There are many challenges before you can provide results to your end customers.

  • Picking the correct Drone for your Projects
  • Flight Planning and Flight Software
  • 2D and 3D production software to get all necessary products needed
  • Analytics to find the answers whether it’s inspection, asset management, surveying, and mapping
  • A way to disseminate the deliverables to your end customers, either in packages or web services

 
This session will be demonstrating how end-to-end solutions are managing Energy assets and pipelines for major energy and utility customers throughout Canada. 
 

11:35 AM - 12:00 PM
 

Are you still on the fence about starting a drone program? Hear from a major energy company on how to launch and scale to enterprise level by seeing their use cases, success stories, support options.