Part 1 – Introduction
Chairman: Walter Levesque, Principal,  Plexus Research, MA, USA

09h00 – 09h30
Managing the vendor, utility and installer relationship

  • Essential AMI process strategies
  • Getting it right! – The AMI vendor contract – avoiding the minefields

Walter Levesque, Principal, Plexus Research, MA, USA and
Ralph Abbott, President, Plexus Research, MA, USA

09h30 – 10h00
Managing the vendor, utility and installer relationship

  • Field installation – lessons learned from the most successful projects

Stephen Hadden, Sr. Vice President,  Plexus Research, MA, USA

10h00 – 10h30
Managing the vendor, utility and installer relationship

  • Installation service contracting

Gerry Metzler, Head of Transmission and Distribution Operations, Bass & Company Management Consultants, OH, USA

Case studies and best practices
Chairman: Stephen Hadden, Sr. Vice President,  Plexus Research, MA, USA
11h00 – 11h30
Best practices in data management for smart metering

Bruce Orloff, Managing Consultant, IBM, ON, Canada 
11h30 – 12h00
Large scale implementation considerations – lessons learnt from Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s SmartMeter™ program

•    Route management
•    Transition
Senior representative, Pacific Gas & Electric, CA, USA  
Technologies for efficient project management
Chairman: Monroe J. Landrum Jr., System Analyst, Southern Company, AL, USA
13h00 – 14h00
Transition your meter reading workforce to outsourcing and preparing for meter reading and then onto AMR deployments

Ralph Kennedy, President, Utility Management Services (UMS), FL, USA
Utility case study
Speaker to be advised
14h30 – 15h00
Best practices in PLC AMR installation roll-outs
Sourcing and logistics of roll-out can be challenging. Understand why having an accurate meter database (meter ID #, type, location) will greatly help with the installation
Howard Scott, Managing Partner, Cognyst Consulting, NJ, USA
 Vendor showcases