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Privacy Implications of the Internet of Things

Monday, August 19th, 2019

 

Title: Privacy Implications of the Internet of Things
Date: March 5, 2019
Time: 5:30-9pm
Location: 110-12AV SW
Details: Registration

Big data analytics promises to bring many benefits including increased security, safety, insight, and understanding about how to best support highly valued public services. Conversely, such analytics could be used to violate inappropriately individual privacy that could bring both immediate harm and cause long-term unintended consequences unless the data is secured and protected. With the emergence of the Internet of Things, the volume of data that will be subject to analysis will increase many times over. The nature of the data will also change because these devices will capture a wide-range of human activities that could be linked to individual behaviors through deep analytics. This talk will discuss how personal privacy is at risk now and how the introduction of the IoT complicates and expands related concerns.

Safety Instrumented Systems – Avoidance and Control of Systematic Failures

Monday, August 19th, 2019

 

Title: Safety Instrumented Systems – Avoidance and Control of Systematic Failures
Date: February 5, 2019
Time: 5:30-9pm
Location: 110-12AV SW
Details: Registration

Safety Instrument Systems (SIS) intend to control risk of hazards to a tolerable boundary by reducing dangerous failures rate. There are two types of failures; random and systematic. Random failures occur at random times and result from one or more degradation mechanisms. Systematic failures, however, are related to a deterministic way to a certain cause, which can only be eliminated by a modification of the design or manufacturing process, operational procedures, documentation or other relevant factors. Both systematic safety integrity (to avoid systematic failures) and hardware safety Integrity (to avoid random failures) are needed to meet the required risk reduction target for a SIS. Thus, if systematic integrity is missed, much is neglected. Studies show that many catastrophic accidents occurring in process industries address multiple systematic failures. Unlike random failures, systematic failures cannot be analyzed straightforwardly. The author’s experiences in automation field of process industries shows avoidance and control of systematic failures in SIS are not being highlighted as much as random hardware failures. This talk focuses on systematic failures and discusses procedures, techniques and measures to be used for avoidance and control of systematic failures.

Pipeline Leak Detection Methods, Requirements, and Practical Considerations

Monday, August 19th, 2019

 

Title: Pipeline Leak Detection Methods, Requirements, and Practical Considerations
Date: January 8, 2019
Time: 5:30-9pm
Location: 110-12 AV SW
Details: Registration

There is increasing interest in understanding more about pipeline leak detection methods and how to implement them for liquid pipelines. Leak detection is a diverse topic drawing on a broad range of technical skills and experience. This presentation will provide an overview of leak detection methods focussing on their applicability for upstream and midstream liquid pipelines. Also, the latest pipeline regulatory requirements, including how leak detection fits into Pipeline Safety and Loss Management programs, will be presented. The presentation will close with a discussion of practical applications and lessons learned on recent projects.

Industrial Internet of Things/Edge Processing

Monday, August 19th, 2019

 

Title: Industrial Internet of Things/Edge Processing
Date: December 4, 2018
Time: 5:30-9pm
Location: 110 – 12 Ave SW
Details: Registration

The cloud offers near infinite storage and compute power to perform advanced analytics and machine learning, but edge processing on-site can also add value in many scenarios. Moving services typically run in the cloud such as machine learning, video/picture analysis, and stream analytics to the edge, whether it is a well site, plant, or substation can have significant benefits. Industry adoption of protocols such as MQTT and OPC UA, as well as new software gateways make connecting brownfield equipment to the cloud easier than ever. Come to learn how the Internet of Things is changing industry and new tools you can use to reduce cost, improve safety and develop new services.

Building Blocks of a Smart City

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

 

Building Blocks of a Smart City
Presented by: Ahsan Upal, P.Eng. PMP
Date: Tues May 14, 5.30-9.00pm
Location: 110 – 12 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/191506 Advance Registration Only. Registration closes 13 May.

The convergence of multiple technologies has created the potential for communities to get much more
out of public and utility assets. No one knows city infrastructure better than the local municipalities and
utilities, which gives these stakeholders a unique position to help develop smart cities that connect basic
neighborhood infrastructure to synergistically improve operational excellence, revenue potential and
sustainable lifestyles. The presentation will explore: What are the smart cities; the role of municipalities
and utilities in enabling the transition; who are the key players and allies?

Alberta Power Grid Operations & Systems – Part II

Monday, April 16th, 2018

 

Title: Alberta Power Grid Operations & Systems – Part II
Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 5:15-9pm
Location: TransAlta Building Atrium 1, 110 – 12 Ave SW
Details: Registration

 

AESO is the independent system operator of the Alberta power grid and market, who also plays the critical roles of Balancing Authority (BA) and Reliability Coordinator (RC) in operating the Alberta Interconnected Electric Systems (AIES). As a continuation of the speech given on Feb 1st 2018, the presentation will first briefly review the Grid and Market structures of Alberta and how AESO is equipped to balance the supply and demand in real-time (the BA role). Subsequently, the on-line Network Applications in EMS which are crucial for AESO to fulfill its role as RC will be explained in detail, including the modeling of AIES, the function of State Estimator (SE), Real-Time Contingency Analysis (RTCA), and Voltage Stability Analysis (VSA). How the market tools and EMS applications are utilized at AESO to help achieve reliability and efficiency in system operations will also be discussed.

Low Cost DC Microgrids

Friday, August 25th, 2017

 

Title: Low Cost DC Microgrids
Date: September 21, 2017
Time: 5:15-9pm
Location: T1-Auditorium at TransAlta, 110 – 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Details: Flyer Registration

Overview of PLC/DCS

Monday, May 29th, 2017

 

Title: Overview of PLC/DCS
Date: June 6, 2017
Time: 5:15-9pm
Location: SAIT, 1301 16 Ave NW, Calgary, AB; Building: Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre, Room: KA-12
Details: Flyer Registration

13 Ways to Break a Firewall

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

 

Title: 13 Ways to Break a Firewall
Date: May 4, 2017
Time: 5:15-9pm
Location: T1-Auditorium at TransAlta, 110 – 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Details: Flyer Registration

SCADA Two Day Tutorial

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

 

Title: SCADA Two Day Tutorial
Date: November 27-28, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: SAIT Heritage Hall Building MA128
Details: Flyer – Registration