Wednesday May 9, 2007 – Pre-conference seminars
Metering America

Smart metering large scale roll-out SUPER WORKSHOP

Part 1 – Introduction

9:00 – 9:30 am
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
9:30 – 10:00 am
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
10:00 – 10:30 am
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

11:00 – 11:30 am
Utility case study – Lane Electric
Dave D’Avanzo, Manager of Member Services / AMR Project Manager, Lane Electric, OR, USA
11:30 – 12:00 am
Large scale implementation considerations – lessons learnt
Jim Bales, Associate Partner – Energy & Utility Industry, IBM Global Business Services, TO, Canada
Technologies for efficient project
management

1:30 – 2:00 pm
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
2:00 – 2:30 pm
Smart meters and San Diego Gas & Electric’s vision
Ted Reguly, Director, AMI Projects, SDG&E, CA, USA
2:30 – 3:00 pm
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
Mark Day, Executive Director – Product Marketing, DCSI, USA

3:30 – 5:30 pm
Field visit: CPS Energy’s winning Customer Contact Center
Sandra N. Currans, Manager – Customer Contact, CPS Energy, USA