The ENTELEC 2014 Spring Conference and Expo is a celebration of 86 years of service and education for the communications and network professionals in the energy industries. Join attendees and exhibitors as they converge on Houston, Texas and the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The World’s Leading Conference Specifically for Communications and Control Technologies in the Energy Industries.
ENTELEC offers a full conference registration package that includes all education and training, exhibit hall activities and networking events, including the popular Presidents Reception. There are also single day conference registration packages available as well.
Join us May 20- 22, in Houston, at the George R. Brown Convention Center as the ENTELEC Association celebrates 86 years of technical education, training and advocacy for the energy industries. We encourage you to register today to experience ENTELEC and become a part of this specialized community!
Education & Training:
The ENTELEC Technical Committee strives to assemble a technical education program that will feature over 40 hours of Technical Presentations and Professional Development Seminars. The technical sessions cover communications links, information and data processing, systems architecture and much more. We’ll post the entire technical program on the education page in the coming weeks which will feature in-depth roundtable discussions, the ever popular vendor shoot-out, as well as hands on 101 and 201 technical training programs covering RF, SCADA and the new Fiber program. Look for more technical program information coming soon!
The ENTELEC Conference & Expo is a great opportunity to network with a diverse group of petroleum, pipeline, natural gas and electric utility professionals. You’ll have many opportunities to build new relationships and catch up with old friends, maybe at the annual golf tournament, the 85 year celebration at the welcome reception or one of the many social functions during the conference, or simply between educational sessions. ENTELEC is all about the exchange of ideas and providing a resource that you can tap into when you have a challenge.
Make sure you plan to visit the exhibit hall with over 175 vendor companies and dozens of new products and services that are sure to provide the solution you’ve been searching for. Many of these vendors are also a resource for valuable knowledge on many industry issues and challenges. So much information in one place, at one time - you cannot afford to miss this showcase of the latest products, services and technology geared specifically for communications and information technology in the energy sector!
Click Here to View the 2013 Exhibitor List!!
For 86 years, the ENTELEC Association has been the leading resource for education and advocacy for the petroleum, pipeline, natural gas and electric utility industries.
In 2013, the event attracted a record number of conference attendees and the expo attendance grew for the fourth consecutive year. The ENTELEC Conference & Expo has rapidly become the largest event in the World with a specific focus on communications, information technology, automation, SCADA and control technologies for the petroleum, pipeline, natural gas, electric utility and the entire energy sector.
Move ahead of your competition and establish your brand in the energy marketplace. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to meet thousands of senior level engineers and decision makers who are educated and motivated to buy!
For complete exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, booth availability and pricing information and the booth application, please contact Cassidy Unruh at Cassidy@entelec.org or at 888.503.8700 x202.
Tuesday - May 20th
Exhibit Hall Open 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception In the Expo Hall
Wednesday - May 21st
Exhibit Hall Open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Working Lunch in the Expo Hall
Networking Reception in the Expo Hall
Thursday - May 22nd
Exhibit Hall Open 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
*Schedule Subject to Change
ENTELEC Spring Conference & Exposition
May 20 - 22, 2014
George R. Brown Convention Center
ENTELEC 2014 Spring Conference & Expo
On-Line Exhibitor Service Kit
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The ENTELEC Technical Committee strives to assemble a technical education program that will feature over 40 hours of Technical Presentations and Professional Development Seminars. The technical sessions cover communications links, information and data processing, systems architecture and much more.
The ENTELEC Conference & Expo is the primary resource for industry technical education and training. The 2014 ENTELEC Conference presents a complete technical program that covers a wide range of topics as follows:
2014 Technical Program Coming Soon!
Please review the following schedule as it lists the Technical Sessions that were presented
at the 2013 Spring Conference:
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Oil & Gas Operations Need Centralized Monitoring and Control
Kevin Hell,On Ramp Wireless
Most oil and gas operations are located in remote and harsh environments, which make it imperative to automate operations to the greatest extent possible in order to lower costs and decrease security risks. What’s more, many monitoring applications are located in areas not covered by traditional communication technologies or are required to operate in the field for up to 20 years on battery power alone. It is imperative for oil/gas companies to extend their real-time well head monitoring to assets across the oilfield with cost-effective, reliable, and secure communications. The audience will hear a highly technical, informative perspective on how the needs and structure of oil and gas operations have changed, and how newer communications technologies are finally delivering in the digital oilfield. This argument will discuss benefits of extending current monitoring and control solutions to assets previously thought too difficult or expensive to reach.
Network Planners and Telecommunications Managers who attend this session will look at actual solutions being used by utility, pipeline and military networks to preserve legacy infrastructure while providing migration to next-generation networks and future-proofing asynchronous devices with access to Ethernet/IP connectivity. The presenter is part of a vendor agnostic network design team, chartered with delivering real world, next generation communications networks to pipeline, utility, transportation and government network operators.
The paper focuses on the issues related to the use of encryption technologies on mission critical pipeline SCADA systems. It first presents a typical SCADA architecture and the different functions of each site, the applications within them, and how they communicate between and among themselves. It then considers some of the encryption approaches available at each level to prevent unauthorized access to data and command paths. Finally, it discusses the problems with different encryption approaches in the context of pipeline SCADA and possible strategies to mitigate these problems.
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Vendor Shoot Out/Panel Discussion - A Look at Satellite Communications in the Energy Industry and What the Future Holds
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Industry Roundtable Discussion - CyberSecurity
8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote address – “Never Fly Solo”
Keynote Speaker, “The Wingman” – Lieutenant Colonel Rob "Waldo” Waldman
ENTELEC is pleased to present Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman – The Wingman – as our opening keynote speaker for the 2013 Spring Conference. Waldo is a professional leadership speaker and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. You’ll hear Waldo share his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot and business man.
Waldo overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a highly decorated combat fighter pilot with over 65 missions in Iraq and Serbia. He believes that the key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen – the men and women in your life who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and achieve success. In business and life, you should never fly solo!
The solution to winning when the heat is on lies in the ability of every wingman in your organization, regardless of their role, to support the team and be 100% committed to the mission. Waldo applies the same principles that guaranteed his success in the competitive world of aerial combat to success in business and life. His message is simple: whether achieving victory as a fighter pilot or in business, the same qualities that ensure success apply: courage, accountability, preparation, integrity, teamwork, and a commitment to excellence.
Waldo’s multi-media presentation is charged with adrenaline and absolutely awesome! You’ll be challenged to be 100% committed to the mission and to engage now! Don’t miss the opening general session and keynote presentation on Wednesday, April 10th at 8:15 a.m. All conference attendees and exhibitors are invited to attend and breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m.
In business and life, you should never fly solo. You need Wingmen to Win! - Waldo
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
If a wireless system makes the most economical sense for installation at new sites, how about at those older sites? During this educational and professional case study presentation, the presenter will cover a success story about a Major Petroleum Corporation that was in need of a solution for updating their production sites with the latest technology in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible. The presenter will provide further detail into the chapters of the story; Challenge, Solution and Results; as well as display diagrams demonstrating a wired and a wireless gas production site.
The presenter shall explain the benefits of Retrofit:
As the presenter speaks about the results he goes into detail about how much of an impact this application has on the future of the Petroleum Company and the resulting relationship that ensued between the two companies.
The presenter shall conclude the presentation with an in depth description of the Production Sites application diagrams displaying the Wired and Wireless application.
The ENTELEC attendees will take away valuable information regarding one of the many Success Stories for Wireless Retrofit Applications.
What sets this presentation apart from others presenting the same topic is our first-hand and knowledgeable experience with numerous sites similar to the above successful application.
This presentation provides an introduction to “Best Practices” for procuring interexchange Wireline services (voice and data) and Wireless services from the major domestic carriers at market-based rates that best meet the technology and connectivity requirements of domestic and multinational oil and gas companies and North American transmission companies. The presentation provides an overview of the procurement process, including the timing and content of RFPs, the scope of services typically aggregated under Wireline and Wireless (including M2M) services agreements, the dynamics of negotiations with the major carriers, the structure of services agreements, and the recurring challenges of billing and provisioning. The economic and relationship benefits of corporate-wide procurements will be highlighted
This session will include an overview of technologies used to provide wireless WAN communications in the Oil and Gas industry with a comparison of the features, benefits and costs of each technology. The review will include comparison of the technologies in the following categories:
Real world examples of system deployments will be presented. This session will demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of various technologies relating to:
We will discuss design criteria and what questions to ask to determine the technology for your application. Attendees will have an understanding of what technologies are available to deploy communications systems, a checklist of questions to ask and parameters to define to narrow selection of technology for their application, and an idea of costs involved in implementing a solution.
This presentation will focus on the challenging issue of providing Cyber Security in Utility and Energy Operational networks. Industrial Control Systems present a special challenge to secure, since they lack the basic facilities to either authenticate the source or secure the payload. Presenting the new generation of Malware and the vulnerabilities of existing measures, as well as possible strategies for tackling the these new challenges. Learn about the types of threats that exist and why a distributed internal security strategy is essential for the protection of the control systems in critical infrastructure networks. We will consider the role of a variety of methods to prevent internal breaches including integrated, application-aware firewalls deployed at the port level, deep packet inspection to monitor and control individual read/write permissions on network applications within an organization, intersite connectivity using GRE over IPsec SSH tunnels, trail audits. As well, we will discuss easy deployment of distributed Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) using an integrated firewall, detailed service-aware inspection of leading SCADA protocols: ModBus, IEC 101/104, DNP-3, IEC 61850, inspection of SCADA flows for both IP-based and Serial-based devices and easy provisioning and monitoring of network-wide security deployment using the central management system.
A Discussion on Radiofrequency (RF) and microwave (MW) radiation are electromagnetic radiation in the frequency ranges 3 kilohertz (kHz) - 300 Megahertz (MHz), and 300 MHz - 300 gigahertz (GHz), respectively. Research continues on possible biological effects of exposure to RF/MW radiation from radios, cellular phones, the processing and cooking of foods, heat sealers, vinyl welders, high frequency welders, induction heaters, flow solder machines, communications transmitters, radar transmitters, ion implant equipment, microwave drying equipment, sputtering equipment and glue curing.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Industry Training - Fundamentals of RF Communications and Test Equipment
This program is designed to introduce you to Radio Frequency (RF) terms and key concepts related to wireless communications. The intention is to help understand Basic RF principles and provide a brief exposure to some of the ancillary equipment used in the analysis and troubleshooting of data interfaces, antennas, feed lines and the RF spectrum. Other areas covered (as time permits) will include:, wave and signal mechanics, and link mechanics.
This session will start with a presentation and transition into an interactive discussion.
Fiber 101 Training by Corning
Fiber 101 as it relates to Fiber, Cable, Connectors and Hardware for Application spaces including Oil, Gas, Energy and Utilities.
Using best practices derived from today’s most advanced field deployments, energy organizations can overcome the challenges that stand in the way of their expanded mobility initiatives. Attendees of this session will walk away with the information they need to tackle specific problems, avoid common complications and fine-tune the plans of their latest mobile project. IT professionals will learn how to:
Enable secure connectivity for all data traffic to and from mobile devices
Control and manage mobile devices for an entire mobile fleet
Understand ways to increase the functionality of lower bandwidth and intermittent network connections in remote locations
Troubleshoot remote device connectivity, hardware and software issues
This presentation will showcase how large-scale industrial operations are utilizing Kinetic Mesh Networks in challenging, bandwidth- and application-intensive environments where many of the network nodes (equipment and vehicles) are in motion. The presentation will demonstrate how this technology can be leveraged to meet the demanding network requirements of petroleum, natural gas, pipeline and electric utility companies. The presentation will include insights from an end user and feature illustrative visuals (animation, video, photos). Audience members will realize both the inherent challenges of truly mobile broadband networking, and the benefits of this unique and proven approach. Today, Kinetic Mesh Networking provides reliable, scalable, high-bandwidth connectivity in harsh environments in demanding mining, military and industrial applications where connectivity is required and downtime is unacceptable.
The specification is probably the most important part of your SCADA system – it determines the products and services you are going to receive, and it will be the reference against which you measure the final delivered product. This session covers a set of rules that can be used when preparing a specification for a SCADA system, and some guidance on avoiding common pitfalls
As SCADA moves into the world of IT the quality of the specification is even more important. Over 80% of IT projects worldwide fail to deliver, and the majority can be traced to poor specifications. The specification is probably the most important part of a SCADA system A good specification will ensure that you get the functionality you require, at a reasonable price within a reasonable timescale. A poor specification may result in you getting something very different than what you expected, and paying far too much for it. Learn eleven rules to follow when developing a "good" specification.
Multi-well pads have become the standard for new shale exploration and production. For automation management personnel, this has created challenges and opportunities. Today, with advancements in directional drilling and multiple well head applications, there can be anywhere from 10 to 20 wells on one location. These new drilling and production technologies have created a need for new automation techniques. As a result, oil and gas measurement/automation technicians and engineers have been tasked with retrieving more data at a faster pace. In response to this demand, development of new wireless instruments and products has skyrocketed. This presentation will examine wireless technology options for multi-well pad automation and will educate the audience on how to choose the apropriate technology.
Interested in learning about what impact CE and IP/MPLS networking is having on microwave networks today? What are Carrier Ethernet and MPLS to begin with? What roles do they play in a microwave network, and what should I consider before deploying them? This presentation will provide answers into these potentially puzzling questions and provide valuable insight with examples of how these technologies are being deployed by network providers and operators just like you. Join us as we unravel the mystery of CE and MPLS for microwave.
Key learning points:
This presentation will focus on the migration of Energy and Utility operational networks. It will compare the current services to next generation services and contrast the current available alternative. It will also introduce the audience to new and emerging standards that facilitate this migration to next generation networks.
The session is unique in that it will place significant emphasis on the importance of testing, monitoring, and troubleshooting the communications links, using a range of Carrier Ethernet tools to anticipate service degradations and minimize the number of on-site technician calls. It will also talk about the role that network timing and synchronization play, and the various methods available to ensure synchronization in an all-packet environment. Finally, the session will offer guidance to energy companies in determining the optimal technology approach for their specific needs, whether that approach will involve MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching), VPLS (Virtual Private LAN Service) encapsulation, IP/MPLS or Ethernet end-to-end, or a combination.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Determine Maximum Performance of any serial network
Determine Maximum Performance Capacity of any IP / Multi-threaded Radio Network
Properly Set Retries and Timeouts for Any Radio Network Based on Statistical Data
Calculate Best Case Costs per Endpoint in any Radio Network
Find the Most Efficient Number of Simultaneous Messages on an IP / Multi-threaded Radio Network
Wireless communications have extended surveillance, security, and data collection into new and exciting areas. As innovative technology emerges, the possibilities for gathering data, including video, increases. This session will focus on the benefits of these systems, such as Wi-Fi, WiMAX, LTE, 4G, and other technologies, as methods for collecting and analyzing video and data in utility-specific applications
Attend this session and you will take away: Real-world examples of the ways in which a gas transportation company enhanced their SCADA alarm management system to meet PHMSA requirements. Knowledge of the specific procedures they set in place to stay in compliance into the future. The presentation incorporates information contributed by both gas company management and the consultants who designed and implemented the system changes. Every case history is unique and can generate new and effective ideas for meeting compliance goals for other energy transportation companies who require PHMSA - compliant SCADA systems. Just as Control Room Managers are exchanging information about compliance audit results to assist their colleagues in the industry, sharing case history details about specific methods and procedures for achieving compliance can benefit the energy community - and the general public as a whole - by making operations safer.
This session will discusses FEED (front end engineering/design) basis of multiple Telecommunication Systems of a mega project in the Energy industry and the implementation experiences as the Telecom Systems are being built & tested.
Mega Projects in this era typically average around 10 Billion USD, so multiple EPC contractors have varying scopes of the Telecom systems all tied together by Industrial, Enterprise grade Centralized Telecom systems typically concentrated in one or two locations. To manage and control this entire new infrastructure requires a cohesive and robust Standardized Communications network, which has to be defined in the FEED documents. Each of the EPCs is typically required to include the Telecom systems scope in their bid, along with the interfaces to the EPC responsible for Centralized Telecom Systems, public and/or private service providers.
The Mega project is in the late stages of Construction and Testing. As with many worldwide gas projects this one has a very high H2S content and some condensates. The unique nature of the Telecom systems on this project is the HSE (Health Safety / Security & Environmental) considerations. Due the very high H2S content of the incoming well stream fluids, Telecommunication Systems are considered primary safety systems. All Telecom systems are redundant (except the Business LAN), and designed to have no single point of common failure. The presentation will discuss some of the special considerations in detailed design and implementation of the Telecom systems due to HSE critical requirements.
The session gives users a view into the future of SCADA and Measurement systems. However, ‘new’ and ‘future’ must be relative to something, thus we have to discuss where SCADA and Measurement began. We will only offer a brief history of SCADA and then discuss the current state of most SCADA systems today. We also discuss and demonstrate the complexities that integrators must go through when implementing complex tasks like Daily Production Reports, Well Testing, and Allocations. Finally we will discuss the new Model or Paradigm for SCADA and Measurement Hosts.
Satellite System Migration Project – “An Enterprise Products Case Study”
Dan Mueller, Enterprise Products
Garrett Hill, X2nSat
This session will be a case study describing the migration from two legacy satellite technologies to a single solution. The presentation will highlight the detailed process from initial system assessment to the final system deployment and testing. Lessons learned about the process will be shared along with the many technical advantages of migrating to a single solution. As with any large project, it was not the perfect migration, but many things were learned along the way. Come learn from our experience.
Industry Training - Trio Radio Product Training
Schneider Electric offers Hands-on Trio Radio Product Training.
This training will introduce participants to the Trio product line and discuss differences between licensed and license-free systems. Attendees will be introduced to Trio-unique features that can enhance the reliability and extend the range of a telemetry network. Through hands-on, interactive training on both licensed and unlicensed radios, attendees will conduct exercises to diagnose their wireless network.
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The hydrocarbon storage and distribution infrastructure, including transmission lines, distribution lines, processing plants, compressions stations, terminals, and above-ground storage facilities, is susceptible to lightning strikes. The vast size of this energy infrastructure provides a high probability that there will be lightning strikes on or near any part of this infrastructure on a recurring basis. This paper will review the use and implementation of surge protective devices (SPDs) in mitigating and controlling the effects of conducted electromagnetic interference (EMI) due to lightning strikes on the transmission and storage infrastructure.
The natural gas pipeline infrastructure, including transmission lines, distribution lines, processing plants, compressions stations, gate stations, and underground storage facilities, is susceptible to lightning strikes. This infrastructure encompasses approximately 310,000 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline, 1.9 million miles of natural gas distribution pipelines, approximately 3,000 compression stations, and the associated electronic supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems used to control the infrastructure. This vast size provides a high probability that there will be lightning strikes on or near the natural gas infrastructure on a recurring basis. This paper/presentation will review the use and implementation of surge protective devices (SPDs) in mitigating and controlling the effects of conducted electromagnetic interference (EMI) due to lightning strikes on the natural gas pipeline infrastructure.
Attendees of this session should come away from this presentation with an understanding of how they can not only meet CRM regulations, but also have a methodology to demonstrate that their workload limits are within reasonable limits as well as to monitor those limits over time. At present, we know of no other work in this area focused around extending an evaluation methodology to include an objective complexity metric in addition to the traditional observational studies.
The main points the presenter will cover in this presentation of ‘New Innovations in Wireless Remote Monitoring’ are based upon using wireless communications for remote monitoring in contrast to wired communications. The presenter then explains how wireless technologies such as wireless I/O and license-free data radios benefit companies:
The ENTELEC attendee will learn of new and previously existing technologies and capabilities for wireless remote monitoring. There are new tools and applications for those tools being rolled out in the oil & gas production environments. The basis of those will be addressed across applications.
A representative from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications will engage the audience on ways the Communications Sector and Energy Sector can collaborate on best practices in critical infrastructure protection and the development of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). The Energy and Communications Sectors have a long history of working together to protect critical infrastructures and must maintain this strong partnership in order to reduce vulnerabilities, deter threats and minimize the consequences of man-made and natural hazards. The Communications Sector has used public-private partnerships with the Energy Sector to complete numerous important initiatives, including the 2006 Report to the President on Telecommunications and Electric Power Interdependencies, the 2009 Communications Dependency on Electric Power Working Group Report, and the 2010 Telecom/Energy Working Group. Due to the clear dependencies between the Energy and Communications Sectors, it is imperative that the two sectors collaborate on the deployment of the NPSBN. This collaboration is critical in order to address evolving technology changes and network architectures and ensure that both sectors are able to mitigate risk.
This paper/presentation will outline the design tradeoffs and advantages of the push architecture. Our industry has typically relied on two broad techniques to collect data from the oilfield via a remote monitoring system. These are broadly categorized as “polling” or demand based and “report by exception” or alarm based. While well suited for the communication systems of the past neither of these techniques fully utilizes the available resources of modern network and cloud based computing systems.
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Presented By Jack Richards, Keller & Heckman LLP
Join Jack Richards as he leads an interactive roundtable discussing the latest news and developments from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Keller and Heckman will discuss regulatory and political activities coming out of Washington DC
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Validations in a measurement system are very powerful tools that when configured properly reflect significant time savings and improved data integrity for the measurement group. The examples below will be reviewed during the class with specific examples of how they can be incorporated into a pipeline, production and midstream environment, and local distribution company’s measurement system:
Boundaries check on all variables to ensure reasonable values.
Configuration comparisons to integrity in the flow computer and verify there are no lost meter/EFC events exist.
Volume calculation and comparison on every record to determine calculation deviation between the meter/EFC and the measurement system.
“Expert System” routines for statistical analysis of current vs. historical data.
Frozen value comparison of selected flowing parameter/EFCs (Differential Pressure or Pulses, Pressure, Temperature, Volume, Energy) to prior records to recognize an interruption in a live data feed.
Rate of change comparison of a meter/EFC’s current record to prior record(s) identifies excessive variation from prior values or day
Comparison of a meter/EFC’s current record to a different meter/EFC’s record provides comparison for multi-tube locations, check meter/EFCs versus sales meter/EFC, or upstream and downstream comparison.
Validation of ultrasonic meter flowing parameters.
The class will review the many validation rules that are available to the measurement group today and their practical application to your organization. The exception logging review and resolution process will also be examined with a recommended approach to ensure insure measurement data integrity.
Learn how the latest in satellite technology optimized for machine-to-machine communications, can extend visibility and control of your assets in some of the most challenging remote geographic environments. Go beyond traditional SCADA technology to deliver operational efficiencies and enhance safety in areas that were previously out of reach both physically and economically.
This session will discuss how Satellite connectivity can be economical for small remote sites, bringing new assets on-net with rapid ROI and Considerations for selecting satellite technology with a focus on approaching connectivity from a perspective of “how to do more, with less”.
The main topics discussed will be:
Come along with us as we see how a fossil power plant consisting of four 780 MW generators creates a new control room, incorporating the addition of a flue gas environmental solution.
A Human Factors Engineering company was contracted to assist us with the physical control room design as well as setting the vision and principles for designing the Human Machine Interface (HMI).
The old style control room was replaced for a new control room containing sit/stand consoles and indirect lighting. The Distributed Control System servers and clients were replaced with virtual servers, remotely located clients, fiber optics, and a Matrox solution. 40% of the graphics were eliminated through the use of Overview, trend graphics, and consolidation techniques.
A Style Guide was created to capture high performance graphics standards and color schemes. This Style Guide has been used to reduce costs paid to our DCS vendor, maintain consistency, and reduce development time.
Managing wireless network reliability and performance has become one of the highest priorities for emergency service responders, industrial automation, transportation, SCADA and the broadband wireless industry. The proposed paper/presentation is intended for wireless network designers, implementation/service personnel, and network operators. Proper design, implementation, and maintenance of wireless infrastructure are essential components in managing reliability, productivity, and personnel safety. The information to be presented capitalizes on many years of “hands on” design and application experience with “lightning protection and grounding considerations for wireless networks”.
Xcution is a strategic planning and execution company that facilities organizations in taking their project execution to the next level. Xcution has been working with the oil and gas industry for 12 years. In the past 4 years, Xcution has been a part of a cultural shift that is changing the way the oil and gas industry thinks about project management and who is best positioned for it. Join Jane Henry, co-founding partner of Xcution, in a national consciousness-raising movement – bringing focus back to the interpersonal skills side of project execution. She will introduce you to the concept behind “Human Barriers to Execution”, a unique phenomenon that occurs when pressure builds up around teams. By simply learning how to release this pressure, one can be at the cause of creating extraordinary results.
Private LTE can be a Reality for Critical Infrastructure
Al Ittner and Jared Pickrel, Motorola Solutions
This presentation is an immediate call to action for all Critical Infrastructure. LTE and the potential partnership between public safety and critical infrastructure (CI) on the 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) are quickly becoming two of the hottest topics in the industry today. The possibility for being both a user and a strategic partner in the deployment on a private, mission critical, wireless LTE network for critical operations is here. However, critical infrastructure entities need to be both aware of the opportunity and become actively engaged in the process now to make sure that their voice and needs are considered before key decisions on the deployment of the PSBN are made. Please join this interactive session to learn more about:
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Industry Training - SCADA HMI's for Compliance and Performance
This session will provide practical information regarding the creation and management of SCADA HMI's from a regulatory and compliance perspective. Schneider Electric's OASyS DNA Smart Client Applications will be used to demonstrate the display building process complete with hands-on exercises and interactive examples.
This presentation offers an overview of challenges communications engineers and wind farm designers and operators face in the ever-expanding rush to utilize natural wind resources. Any time engineers are planning a new wind farm in a desolate area, they should investigate existence and proximity of radio communications systems. In this brief presentation we will discuss and summarize some of the concerns engineers have to address during the wind farm design in order to ensure a peaceful coexistence of microwave links and wind turbines. This presentation/paper will also inform audience on the importance of careful planning when it comes to construction of the new wind farms, especially in connection with the commonly overlooked radio communications systems in the close proximity. The audience will be informed about existing standards, objectives, and recommendations regarding the wind farm sitting in close proximity to existing microwave links. This presentation offers an overview of challenges communications engineers and wind farm designers and operators face in the ever-expanding rush to utilize natural wind resources. This session will be useful to engineers, project managers, sales staff, investors, and other personnel involved in siting of wind farms and/or involved in communications engineering.
Video can be utilized as a standard type of data that SCADA systems employ to extend their vision and provide more meaningful information. In some cases, video can supply more information in a single snapshot than HMI screens can the field and integrating that data into your existing SCADA/HMI systems provides you with the information you need to make the right decisions smarter, faster, and more consistently. Today’s advanced video management systems provide video from cameras along with software that ties video and alarming into existing SCADA/HMI systems. This presentation will make the case for using video to increase the effectiveness of SCADA systems and present some case studies illustrating this.
Automating processes and key business functions enable organizations to improve operations and make procedures more streamlined, cost-effective, safer and robust. Obviously, the key building block to a cost-effective, pipeline integrity, corrosion protection program is vital, timely monitoring and reporting of CP data. Historically this activity has been a manual event, but over the past decade or so, owners and operators have been looking to automate these processes and implement real-time monitoring of their critical pipeline assets. Reliable and efficient data communication technologies are key considerations under these circumstances. There are several data communication technologies available today to help automate key functions within an organization, including, cellular, satellite, licensed and spread spectrum wireless data radios, fiber and wire. Traditionally, companies with large geographically dispersed communication networks typically have selected one technology, one source, one vendor to collect, retrieve and report data to assess the health of their pipeline infrastructures. However, there is a new paradigm today in which organizations are breaking away from tradition and deploying multiple communication technologies to create a hybrid communications network that can better serve an organization’s needs.
Technologies using precast concrete and prefabricated steel have evolved during past ten years to provide non-penetrating foundation solutions for communication towers/poles. Features include less disturbance to the project site, EPA compliance at hazardous sites, can support towers/poles up to 200 feet height, removable, predictable construction schedule, and requires low soil bearing strength for the design. Current design criteria for telecom towers discussing TIA-Revision G exposure category, topographic category, and structure class category are reviewed. Review of various types of non-penetrating foundation solutions are shown in detail. Attendee will learn about conventional foundation designs, design factors that affect design loading on a telecom tower/pole and be introduce to three types of prefabricated, non-penetrating foundations and the site issues that can be minimized by their use.
Reid Henry is part of the Xcution team which is a strategic planning and execution company that facilitates organizations in taking their business to the next level. You will see the impact of a holistic approach to execution, learn to thrive with ‘Proflict’ (constructive conflict), and enhance the “soft skills” side of execution. Reid will introduce you to the concept behind “Human Barriers to Execution”, a unique phenomenon that occurs when pressure builds up around teams. By simply learning how to release this pressure, one can be at the cause of creating extraordinary results.
In the past 4 years, Xcution has been a part of a cultural shift that is changing the way people think about conflict. When we talk about conflict, we are not necessarily referring to aggressive confrontations or arguments. Conflict is any situation in which one person’s thought processes is different from those of another. Like the great George S. Patton once said “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” In this session, you will learn the distinction between external and internal conflict, and how conflict can actually provide one’s business partners with a higher quality product, in less time, and with a lower cost.
This session will provide Strategies to provide security to multi-service Field Area Network (FAN) enabling secure provisioning, device management and data transport. The proposed multi-service open standard based FAN security solution enable flexible IP network services supporting use cases such as Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI), Distribution Automation, SCADA and work force automation.
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Industry Roundtable Discussion
700 MHz / LTE /FirstNet
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Industry Roundtable Discussion
SCADA General Discussion
*Schedule is Subject to Change
Schedule of Activities
7:00 a.m. - Buses begin departure from the Hotel
8:00 a.m. - Shotgun start
Lunch will be served after the tournament
Registration Fee Includes