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Regional Nuclear User Forum

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Charlotte, NC

Tuesday, July 25 & Wednesday, July 26

or

Richmond, VA

Thursday, July 27

The Regional Nuclear User Forum is for nuclear power industry professionals.

Network with your peers while exploring best practices for effective communication with senior management.

Also………..

  • Learn ways to view the nuclear promise as an opportunity
  • Participate in hands-on demonstrations, and
  • Receive professional development hours.

Charlotte Forum:

Day 1 – Tuesday, July 25, 2017

7:15 – 8:00 am – Networking Breakfast

Network with your peers and RE Mason Company and Emerson support specialists

8:00 am – Welcome & Safety Minute | Don Fletcher & Kenny Davis | RE Mason Company

Product and Engineering Capabilities | Zach Mailahn | Emerson

Zach is a 4-year employee of Emerson, Fisher Flow Controls in the Nuclear Business Unit, Engineering group. He is the manager of the product and qualification engineering teams supporting RE Mason Company’s nuclear customers such as Dominion, Duke Power, and SCE&G.

Zach holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in nuclear engineering. He recently completed his Masters of Business Administration at Iowa State University.

Zach explains his role in qualification engineering and describes some of the product engineering capabilities at Emerson’s Fisher Flow Controls today.

Break

QUIKLOOK 3-FS Update | Jeff VonAhnen | Emerson

Jeff VonAhnen is the FlowScanner Product Manager at Emerson where he has worked since 1982. Before assuming responsibility for the FlowScanner, he was the FIELDVUE Product Manager responsible for the DVC5000 and DVC6000 product families and the 775 Wireless THUM Adapter.

As FlowScanner Product Manager, Jeff was at the forefront of the merger of the Fisher AOV FlowScanner and Teledyne MOV technologies.

The accident at Three Mile Island in 1979 led the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to increase its regulatory oversight. The regulations include testing requirements for motor-operated valves used in nuclear stations.

This presentation provides an overview of the means and methods used for MOV testing. It covers updates and provides demonstrations of the setup and operation of the QUIKLOOK 3-FS system for diagnostic testing of air-operated valves.

Update on ASME Appendix IV | Fred Setzer | Duke Energy

Fred provides the AOV Program oversight and direction, and interfaces with the nuclear industry on behalf of Duke Energy. Before working in Duke Corporate, Fred’s previous positions at Duke Energy included the McGuire Nuclear Station Site AOV Component Engineer, and responsibilities with the McGuire Design Engineering organization. Before that, he was a Product Support Engineer for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Company.

Fred is now the Chair of the OM AOV subcommittee, Co-Chair of the PWR Owners Group AOV Core Team, an AOV Users Group Steering Committee Member and member of the EPRI Technical Advisor Group. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in NC.

Learn what to expect from ASME Appendix IV in the next few months, and the impact to nuclear utilities and product suppliers.

This presentation also highlights the impact of the Nuclear Promise on Implementation of Appendix IV and AOVs in general.

Break

Effective Communication: Landing Your Message with Senior Management | Don Fletcher | RE Mason Company

Don graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. His current title is Executive Vice President. He has career experience in almost every RE Mason Company role. His experience includes taking warehouse inventory, application engineering, field service work, account management, sales & service management and senior leadership.

Through his various responsibilities, the advice Don shares with fellow associates most is:

  • Be the best you can be (competency)
  • Lead by example (character) and
  • Live the RE Mason Company Core Values.

Most senior plant leaders primarily deal with business issues including organizational readiness, financial health, plant reliability and risk management. They prepare for the future by developing new leaders, insuring financial stability, investing to make the plant run better and complying with safety and environmental requirements.

  1. So how does your proposed project address some of these business issues?
  2. How do you identify the key stakeholders and gain their buy in?
  3. Whom should you ask for help?
  4. How do you communicate project benefits more effectively?

Don explores these key questions and develops some guidelines to improve your probability of success.

Lunch Provided by RE Mason Company

Effective Communication: Unpacking the Problem | Eli Murphy | Oratium

Eli Murphy is Oratium’s Senior Vice President, responsible for the non-profit sector. He helps people get positive outcomes from their interactions, no matter the situation.

For the last 20 years, Eli has taught, coached, mentored, presented, and managed communicators from all walks of life. His communication experience spans corporate sales, marketing and operations, as well as cancer research, neuroscience and entrepreneurship.

When we communicate, it is usually because we want someone to do something: support a change, buy something, engage on a project, etc. But, the human default is to be resistant to change and taking action. It is always easier do nothing than something. So our communications need to overcome the hurdle of inertia and powerfully demonstrate that “the pain of the change is less than the pain of the status quo”.

In this session, Eli shares brain-based guidance on how to make your communications more likely to drive the results you want in others.

Case Study: Root Cause Analysis: Transducer Study | Bo Bell | Duke Energy

Robert (Bo) Bell has worked in the nuclear industry for 30 years. He has worked primarily in valve programs including the role of AOV/MOV Program Owner.

Bo’s experiences have included all aspects of AOV/MOV Program management, design basis calculations and risk ranking of AOV/MOV for inclusion, grouping and/or deleting AOV/MOV from the JOG program list. For the past 4-years, he has worked in the Design Engineering Rapid Response Group at Oconee Nuclear Station.

Oconee (ONS) experienced a high-pressure alarm on their auxiliary steam header. Internal investigation confirmed the problem to be E/P sending pneumatic signal to steam control valve positioner. ONS asked RE Mason Company for help as a third party to determine why the E/P failed and comment on suitability for purpose.

This presentation provides an overview of the problem and summarizes the steps taken. This includes interaction between ONS and RE Mason Company, diagnosis of problem, testing, and a summary of results.

Break

Moving from Preventative Maintenance to Predictive Maintenance | Carl Sitler & Jeff VonAhnen | RE Mason Company & Emerson Nuclear 

Carl Sitler graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and then got his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University. He has over 20 years of experience working with the nuclear industry.

The Nuclear Promise is driving our nuclear utilities to find ways to perform fewer maintenance tasks.

This presentation reviews technologies for eliminating many PM activities without adverse consequences. It explains various alerts and parametric information available from FIELDVUE instruments and show ways to access this DVC information by a variety of interfaces.

Cyber security Update |Zach Mailahn | Emerson

This session reviews work done by Duke Energy, Emerson and EPRI to evaluate potential vulnerability of the Fisher DVC 6200 to Cyber threats and plans to extend this work to other Fisher equipment.

5:45 – 7:45 pm – Nuclear Networking Dinner provided by RE Mason Company | Hickory Tavern | 9010 Harris Corners Pkwy. Charlotte, NC 28269

 

Day 2-Wednesday, July 26, 2017

7:30 – 8:00 am – Networking Breakfast

Network with your peers and RE Mason Company and Emerson support specialists

8:00 am – Welcome & Safety Minute | Ryan Hedrick & Kenny Davis | RE Mason Company

QUIKLOOK 3 Workshop | Jeff VonAhnen | Emerson

The QL 3/FlowScanner demonstration covers set-up for testing and test procedures for AOV testing.

Note: Attendees have the option to attend the DVC Workshop or the Oratium Workshop.
For DVC attendees who also want to attend the Oratium Workshop, there is a second Workshop.
Please leave the DVC workshop halfway through to start the Oratium Workshop

DVC Workshop | Dan Fisher | RE Mason Company

The DVC demonstrations cover DVC 6200 mounting, setup, calibration, diagnostic testing and troubleshooting.

OR

Oratium Workshop | Eli Murphy | Oratium (First time running)

It’s great to say “we should be more audience focused in our communications”, but execution is tricky. Without hands-on practice figuring out your audience’s pain and articulating it in a way that resonates, you end up defaulting to a more sender-centric approach.

In this breakout, learn how to break down an audience problem, find the pain, and demonstrate the pain to the audience in a compelling and memorable way.

Oratium Workshop | Eli Murphy | Oratium (Second time running)

Lunch provided by RE Mason Company

12:30 pm – Event Concludes

Richmond Forum:

Thursday, July 27, 2017

7:15 – 8:00 am – Networking Breakfast

Network with your peers and RE Mason Company and Emerson support specialists

8:00 am – Welcome & Safety Minute | Ryan Hedrick/Kenny Davis | RE Mason Company

Product and Engineering Capabilities | Zach Mailahn | Emerson

Zach is a 4-year employee of Emerson, Fisher Flow Controls in the Nuclear Business Unit, Engineering group. He is the manager of the product and qualification engineering teams supporting RE Mason Company’s nuclear customers such as Dominion, Duke Power, and SCE&G.

Zach holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in nuclear engineering. He recently completed his Masters of Business Administration at Iowa State University.

Zach explains his role in qualification engineering and describes some of the product engineering capabilities at Emerson’s Fisher Flow Controls today.

Effective Communication: Landing Your Message with Senior Management | Don Fletcher | RE Mason Company

Don graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. His current title is Executive Vice President. He has career experience in almost every RE Mason Company role. His experience includes taking warehouse inventory, application engineering, field service work, account management, sales & service management and senior leadership.

Through his various responsibilities, the advice Don shares with fellow associates most is:

  • Be the best you can be (competency)
  • Lead by example (character) and
  • Live the RE Mason Company Core Values.

Most senior plant leaders primarily deal with business issues including organizational readiness, financial health, plant reliability and risk management. They prepare for the future by developing new leaders, insuring financial stability, investing to make the plant run better and complying with safety and environmental requirements.

  1. So how does your proposed project address some of these business issues?
  2. How do you identify the key stakeholders and gain their buy in?
  3. Whom should you ask for help?
  4. How do you communicate project benefits more effectively?

Don explores these key questions and develops some guidelines to improve your probability of success.

Break

Effective Communication: Unpacking the Problem | Eli Murphy | Oratium

Eli Murphy is Oratium’s Senior Vice President, responsible for the non-profit sector. He helps people get positive outcomes from their interactions, no matter the situation.

For the last 20 years, Eli has taught, coached, mentored, presented, and managed communicators from all walks of life. His communication experience spans corporate sales, marketing and operations, as well as cancer research, neuroscience and entrepreneurship.

When we communicate, it is usually because we want someone to do something: support a change, buy something, engage on a project, etc. But, the human default is to be resistant to change and taking action. It is always easier do nothing than something. So our communications need to overcome the hurdle of inertia and powerfully demonstrate that “the pain of the change is less than the pain of the status quo”.

In this session, Eli shares brain-based guidance on how to make your communications more likely to drive the results you want in others.

Cyber security Update |Zach Mailahn | Emerson

This session reviews work done by Duke Energy, Emerson and EPRI to evaluate potential vulnerability of the Fisher DVC 6200 to Cyber threats and plans to extend this work to other Fisher equipment.

Lunch Provided by RE Mason Company

Moving from Preventative Maintenance to Predictive Maintenance | Carl Sitler & Jeff VonAhnen | RE Mason Company & EmersonNuclear 

Carl Sitler graduated from Georgia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and then got his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University. He has over 20 years of experience working with the nuclear industry.

The Nuclear Promise is driving our nuclear utilities to find ways to perform fewer maintenance tasks.

This presentation reviews technologies for eliminating many PM activities without adverse consequences. It explains various alerts and parametric information available from FIELDVUE instruments and show ways to access this DVC information by a variety of interfaces.

Break

Note: Attendees have the option to attend the DVC/FlowScanner & QUICKLOOK workshops or the Oratium Workshop.

For DVC/FlowScanner & QUIKLOOK attendees who also want to attend the Oratium Workshop, they can leave the DVC/FlowScanner & QUIKLOOK workshop to attend the second Oratium Workshop.

Stations: DVC, FlowScanner, QUIKLOOK

The QL 3/FlowScanner demonstration covers setup for testing and test procedures for AOV testing.

The DVC demonstrations include DVC 6200 mounting, set-up, calibration, diagnostic testing and troubleshooting.

OR

Oratium Workshop | Eli Murphy | Oratium (First time running)

It’s great to say “we should be more audience focused in our communications”, but execution is tricky. Without hands-on practice, identifying our audience’s concerns and articulating them it in a way that resonates, we often end up defaulting to a more sender-centric approach.

In this breakout, we will get some practice identifying a problem and analyzing it in enough detail to allow us to demonstrate our understanding to the audience in a compelling and memorable way.

Oratium Workshop | Eli Murphy | Oratium (Second time running)

5:15 pm – Nuclear Networking | Uptown Alley |6101 Brad McNeer Pkwy, Midlothian, VA 23112

 

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Hotels with Negotiated Rates

RE Mason Company has blocked rooms at the following hotel properties:

Hilton Garden Inn-Charlotte, NC

  • Reservations must be made prior to July 10 under the group block. Any reservations after July 10 must be called into the property directly and ask for the “Emerson” negotiated rate.

Doubletree-Midlothian, VA

  • Reservations must be made prior to July 5 under the group block. Any reservations after July 5 must be called into the property directly and ask for the “RE Mason Company” negotiated rate.