Connected Work 2018



EPC Value Integration

Digital Plant Innovation Leader

Global Digital Manufacturing Leader

Research Principal

Why attend?

This half-day educational event brings together more than 100 industrial plant managers, operations and innovation leaders from the country’s top Utilities, Oil & Gas, Chemicals and Industrial Manufacturers. Sessions and panel discussions focus on best practices, lessons learned and latest technology advances for streamlining and reducing costs of maintenance and operations and improving employee safety and regulatory compliance.


1:30 – 2:00pm

Welcome Address and Keynote

Gaurav Khandelwal, CEO and President, ChaiOne

Technology and Industry 4.0 is opening up a whole new set of opportunities to improve operating efficiency and profitability of today’s industrial facilities. Join us to understand what connected workplaces and workers mean today and how they can impact your plant and field maintenance operations in the future. The job of the plant manager and operations leader will never be the same.

2:10 – 2:50pm

The Road to $10M+ Savings: How Exelon Reduced Operations and Maintenance Costs and Improved Safety at Nuclear Power Plants

Randy Schmidt, Digital Plant Innovation Leader, Exelon

Operators of large industrial production facilities need to constantly balance the needs of minimizing planned and unplanned downtime with the costs of comprehensive maintenance strategy and operations, employee health and safety, and regulatory compliance. Learn from Randy the steps that Exelon, the largest operator of nuclear power generation plants in the U.S., undertook to identify issues faster, speed up maintenance, and improve procedural compliance and worker safety, while realizing significant savings by deploying connected worker and Industry 4.0 systems.

2:50 – 3:20pm

Networking Break

3:20 – 4:00pm

Execution, Execution, Execution: Leveraging Digital Transformation to Improve Industrial Project Delivery

Ira Samm, EPC Value Integration Manager, Bechtel

Managing and supervising large engineering projects, turnarounds and outages depends on accurate visibility into task status and completion and the providing the right tools to the work team to enable efficient information exchange. Join Ira as he discusses how Bechtel identifies opportunities to improve process and operations with technology, designs and deploys digital transformation projects to maintain its advantage in delivering large scale projects.

4:10 – 4:50pm

10 Steps to Ensure a Smooth and Profitable Digital Transformation:
Best Practices from Working with 100+ Fortune 500 Companies that
You Can Use on Monday

Evelina Tapia, PhD, Research Principal, ChaiOne

The difference between a successful digital transformation project for a modern industrial facility and one that wastes millions of dollars depends as much on the technology deployed as on the process used to deploy it. Evelina shares the ChaiOne recipe for successful connected workplace and worker digital transformation that has been refined by work at over 200 Fortune 500 projects. Learn how to identify projects with strong ROI potential, align leadership business objectives with the various operations team members’ goals, and isolate and eliminate process bottlenecks and cost sinks. The actionable step-by-step guide for Industry 4.0 automation initiatives delivers improved plant efficiency, reduced operations costs, improved safety, and higher ROI.

5:00 – 5:40pm

Connected Workplaces and Workers: the Present, the Future, and How to Get There

Randy Schmidt, Exelon; Ira Samm, Bechtel; and Ricky Eckhart, ExxonMobil

Participate in this interactive session to learn about high-value initiatives that your peers are undertaking to transform their plant and maintenance operations with Industry 4.0 technology and how such initiatives can deliver positive impact to your own bottom line.

5:50 – 6:45pm

Building Connections: Happy Hour and Networking

6:45 – 7:00pm

Capital for the Future: Houston as the Hub for Industrial Innovation and Technology

Gina Luna, Board Chair, Houston Exponential & CEO, Luna Strategies

7:00 – 8:30pm

ChaiOne 10th Anniversary Celebration and Culinary Innovations Dinner

Join us for a fun-filled Thank You to our customers and partners. Open customer appreciation dinner featuring some of the most unique creations from Houston’s top chefs followed by a sampling of the world’s leading scotches and wines from top distilleries and wineries. See how they compare against the most creative craft producers in Texas and the U.S.

Moody Center for the Arts
Rice University

6100 Main MS-550
Houston, TX 77005

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