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APW has a new name for 2017 – it is ABB Customer World

It's the same great event! APW, now ABB Customer World, brings together professionals from utilities, industries and infrastructure for a premier educational and collaboration event in North America. The event will take place in Houston, March 13-16, 2017, and it is completely free to attend.

1. What's new this year?

The Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions are reshaping the business landscape. Across the utility, industry, transportation and infrastructure sectors, companies are looking for focused, agile solutions to manage their transition into an increasingly digital world while maintaining competitiveness. APW, now ABB Customer World, will highlight both new and existing end-to-end digital solutions that build on the intelligent cloud and close the loop with connected devices. From past lessons learned to the future revealed, this event saves you time, money and manpower. Ask your questions, deliver your feedback to developers, take advantage of hands-on training by experts, and learn from ABB’s customers and project managers how to maximize value from your current assets.

Experience for yourself all that ABB Customer World has to offer by registering here: http://new.abb.com/apw/customerworld   

 

Utopia 2017

Utopia is THE event for power generation and water DCS users in North America. It is your chance to meet, interact, and get to know your peers and experts in the industry, all while having a great time! We've merged the event with APW, now ABB Customer World, to maximize your experience and your time.  This year, ABB is pleased to host the following events for Utopia 2017:

Celebrating 100 years of Innovation
    

  • Date: Tuesday, March 14
  • Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Place: Marriott Marquis (next to the George R. Brown Convention Center)

Did you know it is the 25th anniversary of Utopia and the 100th anniversary of the Bailey Boiler Meter, the origin of today's modern control systems? Come celebrate our Utopia tradition and technological innovation with a fun evening of Texas BBQ, beer and ­bourbon tasting.  Get educated on the art of BBQ with your industry peers and colleagues.

North American Power Generation and ­Water DCS Users Group

  • Date: Thursday, March 16
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Place: George R. Brown Convention Center

Stay current on the future of technology with a full ABB technology update.  Participate in our traditional town hall discussion providing opportunities to share experiences, listen to industry peers, ask questions, and hear thoughts from the Steering Committee.


2. What sort of educational workshops and training are available?

The ABB Customer World conference curriculum features applications and best practices workshop tracks, new product and product updates tracks, and hands on training. PDHs are available for all sessions and some select sessions offer CEUs to participants. Explore the curriculum in full detail here: https://event.crowdcompass.com/apw2017-sessions

Here’s a full listing of classes for power generation and water DCS users:


Monday 3/13/17

1:00 PM
– S+ Operations: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 1
– System 800xA Control Builder engineering tool: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 1

2:15 PM
– S+ Operations: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 2
– System 800xA Control Builder engineering tool: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 2
– Improving operator performance through smart control room design
– A phased approach to implementing alarm management
– Wastewater treatment controls evolution: A multi-step program for the City of San Jose

3:30 PM
– S+ Alarm Manager: Hands-on interactive technical training
– Modern flame scanners and applications: A fresh look at this new scanner technology
– Saving a Unesco wonder: Symphony Plus for the MoSE flood barrier in Venice


Tuesday 3/14/17

10:00 AM
– Plenary session: Energy is in everything that we do
– System 800xA Process Portal A HMI: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 1

1:00 PM
– Symphony Plus Security Workplace: Hands-on interactive technical training
– System 800xA Process Portal A HMI: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 2
– Take the drama out of your next project with System 800xA’s new Select I/O

2:15 PM
– S+ hardware: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 1
– System 800xA cyber security: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 1
– Enterprise connectivity with System 800xA
– New System 800xA xStream Engineering approach for Ethernet-based single channel Select I/O
– Implementing a world-class alarm management strategy: A guide to applying ISA 18.2 to your DCS
– Life cycle strategies for your automation system: FirstEnergy case study

3:30 PM
– S+ hardware: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 2
– System 800xA cyber security: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 2
– S+ control, communications and I/O technology update, including life cycle and evolution
– Wireless condition monitoring: Shedding visibility into the operations of a chemicals manufacturer

Wednesday 3/15/17

10:00 AM
– Plenary session: The future of power plant operations
– S+ High Performance HMI: Hands-on interactive technical training
– System 800xA xStream Engineering methods for Select I/O: Hands-on interactive technical training

1:00 PM
– S+ Operations: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 1
– System 800xA cyber security: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 1
– Demonstrate how a high performance operator experience was achieved at the Belle River Power Plant
– Maximizing the use of simulator solution: Best practices implemented by DTE Energy

2:15 PM
– S+ Operations: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 2
– System 800xA cyber security: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 2

3:30 PM
– S+ Alarm Manager: Hands-on interactive technical training
– Why High Performance HMI is changing the way we operate DCS systems and what that means
to operators
– Strategies that address the challenges of balancing load and unstable grid frequency

Thursday 3/16/17

10:00 AM
– S+ Engineering: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 1
– System 800xA Process Portal A HMI: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 1

1:00 PM
– S+ Engineering: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 2
– System 800xA Process Portal A HMI: Hands-on interactive technical training, part 2

2:15 PM
– S+ High Performance HMI: Hands-on interactive technical training
– Expanding into the future: GM Shrum Station service rehabilitation

3:30 PM
– Controlled by Symphony Plus: ReACT emissions technology, a first-of-its-kind project in the U.S.
– Asset management for DCS equipment and associated field devices

About the author
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Samantha Spano

I am the Communications Manager for ABB's Power Generation and Water business in the Americas.  I'm very passionate about working with people to solve problems and develop great ideas. I've been fortunate to hold several positions in marketing, communications, and sales with ABB. Before ABB, I worked for three years with CDM Smith as an Automation Specialist.  I graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  I love to explore, travel, eat, and attend the latest fitness class!  Catch me on the go!

3. Have you heard about the dedicated track on Cyber Security?

Learn to manage changing risks successfully

Recent advancements in power and automation technology such as the Internet of Things, Services and People promise great operational benefits through enhanced data collection and increased connectivity beyond the current boundary of industrial control systems. However, these benefits also come with higher exposure to cyber security threats, making cyber security measures a vital necessity. In this track you will learn how you can successfully manage cyber security risks while still taking full advantage of technological advancements.

Check out all of the cyber security tracks here: Cyber Security Business Forum

 

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