2009 - User Conference - San Francisco
Extend Your PI Investment – Deliver New Bottom-Line Value in 30 Days
Today’s economy demands that we create immediate value and pay back investments in one or two operating quarters. Long-term value creation remains fundamental, but the financial meltdown has placed every dollar spent under a microscope, with only the most rapid and risk-free efforts getting funded. This talk covers both aspects of value creation. In a world that is data rich and decision-intensive, the right information system can be a strategic weapon.
Thousands of decisions are made daily, yet many of these decisions are based on rules of thumb, hearsay and gut feelings, rather than timely data and hard facts simply because actionable data is so hard to acquire! Transpara’s Visual KPI delivers actionable data and increases decision-making speed and confidence by extending existing PI data to new devices, unlocking suppressed agility in the workforce. With the most important decision-support data at their fingertips, people are able to contribute in the moment, solving problems before they negatively impact the books and making a significant difference in aligning behavior with corporate goals.
During this presentation, Michael Saucier of Transpara,Greg Kashmer from Dominion Power and Ed Yachimiak from AEP will:
• Show you how to deliver incremental corporate value in less than 30 days by leveraging your existing PI System
• Help you create spontaneous collaboration for improved workforce efficiency
• Detail simple steps for accelerating fact-based decision-making to streamline compliance, enhance safety and optimize asset performance
For 20 years, Michael Saucier has led technology innovation in the process industries and has founded three software companies. His current company Transpara (www.transpara.com) helps major corporations create operational transparency and workforce agility by delivering real-time decision-support data to stakeholders over iPhones, SmartPhones, and Blackberries. Michael served as VP of worldwide marketing and business development at OSIsoft after his previous company (Sequencia) a maker of Process PLM software, was acquired by OSIsoft in 2002. Previously, he founded PID and his team created OpenBatch, the world’s first mission-critical factory automation system delivered on Windows Server. Michael served for many years on standards bodies such as ISA S88/S95, and founded the non-profit World Batch Forum (www.wbf.org). He has MS (‘84) and BS (‘83) degrees in ChemE, as well as a BA in Chemistry (‘83) all from UC Santa Barbara.
Greg Kashmer is Sr. Software Systems Engineer with 23 years of service at Dominion Power, including 21 years as a Power Plant Engineer and two years in IT with his current title. He is a 1986 graduate of Clarkson University, with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Edward Yachimiak Jr.
Ed Yachimiak brings to AEP 25 years of Engineering and Information Technology expertise acquired across a broad spectrum of diverse business areas. A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1982, Ed earned his 3rd Assistant Engineer’s License (Steam & Diesel), and served in the United States Navy Reserve as a Lieutenant (1982-1992). He received an MS in Nuclear Engineering from MIT (1984), and worked for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1985-1990 as a Senior License Operator Examiner and Lead Safety Systems Inspector. During the 1990s, Ed was a leader in the development and implementation of computer-based Performance Monitoring & Improvement programs for the Electric Utility and Telecommunications industries. For the last 10 years, Ed has specialized in the development, use, and deployment of the OSIsoft PI System. He is currently responsible for support of all (50+) PI-Servers at each of AEP’s Major Fossil, Hydro, & Nuclear Generating Facilities. All PI-Servers are accessible via Secure Wide-Area-Network, and can be remotely monitored and configured. Upgrades are underway to ensure EPRI CIP (Cyber Security) compliance. This includes separation of plant control system interfaces to PI using Hardware Firewalls and Installation of dedicated PI Interface Node computers. In conjunction with these activities, implementation of PI-HA (Hardware Redundancy) has already been completed at many larger sites, with additional installations forthcoming.