AR in Leading-Edge Utilities | Charlotte, NC | July 27-28, 2015

Date of Event:

Jul 27-28 2015


Charlotte, NC


1300 W W.T. Harris Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28262
United States

Overview of event

Augmented Reality in Leading-edge Utilities (ARLU) is a two-day event focusing on the opportunities for impact and barriers facing introduction and widespread use of Augmented Reality (AR) assisted systems in the utilities industry.
Targeted at information technology professionals working in utilities, vendors serving the utilities industry and providers of AR components, systems and services, ARLU facilitates knowledge transfer between organizations actively involved in the development and deployment or considering introduction of AR-assisted enterprise systems in oil and gas, power distribution, gas, water and waste management and other companies serving utilities industry.
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Presentations, workshop sessions and demonstrations by participating organizations will provide insight into best practices and highlight practical approaches for integrating AR-enhanced information visualization components into utilities industry processes and workflows.

Goals and Objectives

Professionals managing information technologies in utilities are invited to attend ARLU to:
  • Acquire concrete and tactical information from experts about AR introduction and deployment strategies, risks, steps and solutions in electric utilities
  • Participate in active and vendor-neutral discussion about
    • Use cases for AR-assisted utility data visualization and interaction
    • Integration of AR with existing data and resource management systems
    • Hands-free information and assistance with smart glasses and wearable technology
    • Safety, standards and policies that will impact adoption of AR
  • Engage in one-on-one conversation with leaders in the enterprise and industrial AR domain
  • See live demonstrations of the most advanced AR products and solutions for preparing and managing data and presenting information in AR view to utility industry users


Monday, July 27, 2015

Time Title Speakers/Organizations
8:00 – 9:00 REGISTRATION
(Coffee and pastries will be served)
9:00 Opening John Simmins EPRI
Rudi Shubert, IEEE
Christine Perey, The AREA
9:30 Keynote Arshad Mansoor, SVP of Research, EPRI
10:00 Participant introductions (petcha kutcha) Alphabetical order based on participant roster
11:00 Augmented Reality at EDF Celine Dumas, EDF R&D
11:20 Warehouse Case Study and Future Plans Dwayne Bradley and Rodney James, Duke Energy
11:40 Wearables and AR experience at ENEL Daniela Pestonesi ENEL R&D
12:00 LUNCH
13:00 Framework for AR in Utilities Use Cases John Simmins, EPRI
13:20 AR Technology Overview and Provider Landscape Christine Perey, The AREA
13:40 Augmented Reality Data Preparation and
Experience Authoring for Utilities Use Cases
Keith Pollock, NGRAIN
Rodger Willis, Design Mill
Alex Hill, CN2 Technology

10 minutes each (hold questions)

14:10 Panel discussion Moderated by Christine Perey, The AREA
14:45 How to introduce hands-free personal displays into utilities and the Atheer Labs system Pete Wassell, Augmate
Ketan Joshi, Atheer Labs
15:15 Smart Helmet Development Abigail Albright, Daqri
16:30 Bringing Utility Data to Smart Helmet Users Justin Thibault, EPRI – Generation Sector
16:45 Standards for Personal Protection Equipment that are Peculiar to the Utility Industry Chris Melhorn – EPRI – Environmental Sector
17:00 Utilities Data and Workflow Management Martin Knook, Tensing
Arnold Fry, AutoDesk

10 minutes each (hold questions)

17:30 Panel discussion Moderated by Christine Perey, The AREA
18:00 Evening function/reception/demos Vendor demonstrations


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Time Title Speakers/Organizations
8:00 – 9:00 REGISTRATION
(Coffee and pastries will be served)
9:00 Standards Gaps Workshop Introduction Rudi Shubert, IEEE
and Christine Perey, The AREA
9:30 Standards Gaps Workshop/Discussion Groups Moderated/led by IEEE
11:00 Standards Gaps Workshop/Discussion Groups Moderated/led by IEEE
11:30 Developing a Common Conceptual Framework: Mixed and Augmented Reality Reference Model  Christine Perey, The AREA
12:00 LUNCH
13:00 How to select and train utilities users John Simmins, EPRI
13:30 Plugging in to Utilities: The Common Information Model (CIM) Patricia Brown, EPRI
14:30 How to measure enterprise AR impacts Keith Pollock, NGRAIN
15:15 Conference Wrap Up John Simmins, EPRI

Organizing Committee

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) in collaboration with the IEEE Standards Association are co-organizing the ARLU event.

Registration and Fees

The ARLU event is open to all technology providers and systems integrators, and utilities companies. To receive an invitation to register for the ARLU event, please send a message to Laura Abbott.

All invited speakers and participants will pay a $200 registration fee to EPRI. 

Event Venue and Logistics

ARLU will be hosted at the EPRI facilities in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1300 W W.T. Harris Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28262
United States
Tel: +1 704-595-2000

Access to Building 3, where ARLU will be held, is off of Research Boulevard. Detailed driving instructions and map provided in this file.


Please direct questions or inquiries to ARLU organizing team coordinator, Laura Abbott.
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