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Traditional Condition Assessments vs Innovative Drone Inspections: Higher Quality Data Leads to Greater Insights

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General Manager Exelon Clearsight

Jimmy Carter serves as the Generation General Manager at Exelon Clearsight. As the Generation General Manager, Carter is focused on delivering quality service to all generation assets served by...

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Power generation facilities currently rely on the limited data provided by traditional inspection methods to maintain the safety and reliability of their assets. In this presentation, we will provide multiple case studies highlighting drone, submersible, and robotics inspections, and the findings that went unidentified using other inspection methods. We will also share information about the bottom-line savings of utilizing these innovative inspection programs that reduce the mobilization costs of sending personnel into the field.

What the attendees will learn 

  • Use cases and ways to implement drone (UAS), submersible, and robotics inspections
  • Detailed benefits of drone (UAS), submersible, and robotics inspections: higher quality data, safer operations, cost savings

Hear from these experts

Lauren Cheung

Principal Innovation Lead, Exelon Clearsight

Lauren’s primary areas of focus in this role are ASME code inspections, concrete structure and power generation component inspections. She has 13 years of experience in nuclear power generation, split between maintenance and engineering.  Lauren earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from Villanova University. When she’s not having fun at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and exploring her passions of world culture and cuisine, photography, and hiking

Samuel Johnson

Sr. Technical Leader - Non-destructive Evaluation Group, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

In his role, Samuel is managing projects and performing research in the area concrete and civil infrastructure in the power generating industry. Some of the areas of interest include visual inspection technologies, aging management for license renewal, dry cask storage for spent nuclear fuel and structural health monitoring technologies. Samual has worked with the EPRI Nuclear Non-Destructive evaluation group since 2014.  During that time, he has conducted research in the areas of visual inspections and containment monitoring for nuclear power plants globally.  He served on an expert panel for repair and mitigation strategies for reinforcement corrosion of a containment structure, and he has led EPRI’s research on aging management of civil structures affected by alkali-silica reaction.

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Matt Chester on Jun 11, 2020

Such fascinating ways that these robotic and automated technologies can be implemented for the utility sector. Any chance you can preview what new opportunities might be there to present new savings in the future?

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Jimmy Carter on Jun 15, 2020

We've shown, as did the presnetation, that use of technolgy over the more "traditional", labor intensive resources, can reduce time to perform better quality inspections.  As an example, in the Generation world, steam driven power plants require inspection that can only be performed when the unit is shut down.  As you likley are aware, minimizing the down town of the unit, saves signifacnt costs.  We have performed inspections inside a plant, with a drone, that can access confined spaces, performning ciritcal inspections, in a fraction of the time, redcuing the need for high costs scaffold resources.  We also have use cases that show the outage managers have been able to eliminate or defer maintenace scope by using our technolgy.

The possibilities are alomst endless.

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