ESC Spectrum
Thursday's Agenda



Review the agendas, abstracts and the biographies of our presenters for each track.

Presentation Abstracts

Environmental Track

Jon Konings

In this presentation, we’ll talk about how Part 60 and Part 75 regulations are similar and different. These rules are important in air quality regulations, and we’ll help you understand their key points. 

Brian Perlov 

During this presentation, Brian will discuss the StackVision configuration updates required for the additional MATS data elements required in ECMPS 2.0.  Includes a review of the ECMPS 2.0 MATS Engineering Checklist if time permits. 

Quinn Lesar & Ismael  Tapia

Join System Support Engineers Ismael Tapia and Quinn Lesar to discuss common StackVision challenges and errors and how to solve them. 

Ly Poe 

During this presentation, Ly will go over what a successful server migration looks like, how to best prepare for one, and the efficiency and data security benefits a new server environment will provide. 

Marc Sustaita and Ismael Tapia 

In this presentation, you will learn how to get the most out of our Customer Support Team. We’ll discuss best practices for using support tools, including the Customer Community, and review remote access options. 

Daniel Frome & Zack ?

Join us for a panel discussion on OPC Unified Architecture (UA) and its benefits in the software applications for power industry. Join us if your environment is looking at transitioning from OPC DA/HDA to OPCUA, topics will include  how to pull data from StackVision and import data from a historian into your DAS.   

CEMS Track

Bobbi Greenwalt 

New to CEMS? Whether you’re a technician new to CEMS or you have been reporting CEMS data and want to know more about how the equipment works – this class is for you. This presentation provides a high level overview of CEMS and its components. We’ll start with the basic layout of a CEMS and how it interfaces with a DAS. Then, we’ll dive into the basic function of full-strength extractive and dilution-extractive CEMS. Finally, we’ll discuss the principles of opacity and flow monitors. 

Greg Owen and John Cutaia 

Join our class to discuss the differences between a Dilution Sample System and an Extractive Sample System. Is the PPM from the Analyzer dry or wet? We will discuss the functional differences and the differences in the Setup, Troubleshooting, and Calibration Procedures of Dilution vs Extractive Systems.  

Greg Owen and John Cutaia 

This presentation will focus on understanding best practices for validating data from your CEM System. We will review the initial certification and recertification of gas analyzers and discuss periodic testing such as daily calibrations, quarterly CGAs/linearities, and annual RATAs. We will cover 40 CFR Part 75, Section 12, and discuss requirements to maintain valid CEMS data, even after making CEMS equipment changes or completing repairs. You’ll leave knowing how to record the best online valid data possible.

In this session, we’ll cover everything you need to know about setting up a Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS), including labor considerations, site preparation, regulatory requirements, DAS configurations, training,  and operational considerations. This session will equip you with the knowledge and insights necessary to navigate the complexities of CEMS implementation with confidence.

Rick Himes – EPRI 

Explore the transformative potential of Insitu Optical Monitor Technology featuring UV-DOAS and tunable diode lasers. Learn the fundamental principles, benefits, and real-world applications as seen through EPRI research conducted in Program 233 – Emissions Measurement and Monitoring. Assess its compatibility with your facility and make informed decisions for enhanced efficiency and innovation.  

Participate in an open-floor, interactive session to discuss any CEMS topics of interest with ESC Spectrum. We encourage you to tell us your biggest CEMS challenge at your facility in order for us to continually improve and meet your needs better. 

StackVision Beginner Track

Mark Astudillo

Learn how to manage your CEMS data with StackVision’s DataLab tool. DataLab is a powerful interface that performs all types of data analysis and correction in one place. You will learn to use advanced data reviewing tools such as filters, summaries, and colors to highlight data anomalies/status. The session will also cover how to create, save, and recall customized displays in views for easy access, as well as how to drill down data to see varying intervals.  

Mark Astudillo

Join us for a deeper look into the role of CalLab and the Cylinder Management tools. CalLab allows you to manage daily calibration checks, change various data values, such as the reference values and actual (CEM) values, and reevaluate the calibration error. CalLab also manages 7-day calibration error tests, offline calibration demonstrations, and cycle/response time tests. Cylinder Management is a tool to manage gas cylinders that run calibrations and validations for daily, weekly, quarterly, and annual QA tests (such as linearities, NOX correlations, and RATAs). You will learn how to use CalLab to manage historical calibration data and Cylinder Management to manage calibration gas cylinders. We will also review best practices for calibration reports.  

Mark Astudillo

In this session, you will learn about Linearity & RATA tools to enter certification data. We’ll teach you the importance of understanding quarterly and annual QA tests, including what they are and the requirements for each. We will also cover how to record and store quarterly and annual QA test data. 

Mark Astudillo

In this presentation, we will walk through the steps of accessing and using the SQL reporting services to create linked reports and schedule report generation. We will cover standard StackVision reports with the required default settings.  

Mark Astudillo

This session will discuss using the Alarm System Design reports to review alarm settings and causes in StackVision. We will explain the differences between the three alarm types, how to acknowledge and clear active alarms, and review alarm history reports.  

Petrochemical Track

Alexis Ferguson 

In this presentation, Alexis will review the new features and enhancements in the latest StackVision release and how it is applicable to your petrochemical facility. 

Eric Swisher 

As of May 30, 2023, all continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) required to meet the data quality objectives of 40 CFR Part 60 – Appendix B  Performance Specification (PS-2) and Appendix F, Procedure 1 [Appendix F (P1)] must do so by completing the daily validation by administrating the reference gases nearest the sampling probe tip at practicable. The impacts are most likely to be evident on the H2S and Total Sulfur (TS) CEMS installed for 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart Ja. These changes require the submittal of alternative monitoring petitions (AMPs) to allow an alternative monitoring methodology. The focus of this presentation will be to describe the overall changes to PS-2 and Appendix F (P1) and the process currently ongoing with U.S. EPA to address these changes for CEMS installed on refinery fuel gas systems and flares

Alexis Ferguson 

Join Alexis as she dives into Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and considerations for automating GHG calculations. You’ll leave the presentation with a view into potential pitfalls, options for calculation methodology, and why a DAHS can help your facility. 

Anthony Dougherty  

In this session, you will learn valuable tips and tricks for the 8864 Data Controller Generation 2 based on a decade of experience. Anthony will walk you through valuable training tailored to petrochemical plants. 

Eric Swisher 

Environmental and social Governance (ESG) is an evaluation and measurement of risks and opportunities related to the ability of an organization to continue to create enterprise value. An effective ESG program addresses issues that are material to a business and its stakeholders, using metrics that express the organization’s exposure or opportunity relative to the issues. ESG relies on the establishment of baselines and goals, the formation of measurement metrics, and the incentivization of progress towards those established ESG goals. ESG management should be integrated into the business model through the development of data-driven programs that promote transparency, ensure accuracy, and withstand scrutiny so that stakeholders, such as investors or customers, can reasonably evaluate risk and potential.

Various systems can be used to track progress against ESG metrics, one of which is an Environmental Management Information System (EMIS). An EMIS is not designed to perform the specific tasks of a Data Acquisition and Handling System (DAHS). However, as corporations race towards implementing an EMIS, the key functionalities of data validations, averaging, and calculations are often ineffectively addressed. The focus of this presentation will be to describe the overall objectives of an EMIS when tracking ESG metrics and the potential roles a DAHS may play in this implementation. This will include specific opportunities to leverage a facility’s current DAHS functionalities and the potential expansion of the DAHS’ roles and responsibilities in processing data that will ultimately be used in an EMIS.

Steve Glanovsky 

In this session, Steven will discuss the application of QAInsight in the petrochemical industry. Join us to learn how this tool can enhance scheduling, planning and tracking activities to performing Quality Assurance tests. 

Presenter Biographies

Mark Astudillo – Education Services Coordinator

Mark Astudillo joined the ESC Spectrum family in 2004, after retiring from a rewarding 21-year career in the United States Navy. Mark earned his Master Training qualifications while in the Navy, and this prepared him to engage in his second career as ESC Spectrum’s Educational Services Coordinator. 

John Cutaia – Field Service Technician V

John has been in the industry for over 16 years, starting with stack testing in 1992. He comes from Luminant Power where he was in the CEMS support group for 10 years, providing support to all power plants on continuous emission monitoring system hardware and software. John also was a training instructor for Extractive and Dilution (CEMS) systems for plant site technicians.  

Anthony Dougherty – Senior R&D Manager

Anthony has been with ESC Spectrum for over 14 years. As Senior R&D Manager, Anthony reports directly to the Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for all development efforts related to the 8864 Data Controller. Anthony graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2000 and has a P.E. in Computer Engineering. 

Daniel Frome – Senior System & Database Administrator

As a Senior System and Database Administrator, Daniel consults with the support of hosting, server management, and SQL Server-related support cases and customer questions. He also serves as a StackVision and FleXReports Business Analyst. He is a subject matter expert for many products and a “master problem solver” concerning development and support issues. Daniel earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Maryville College with a minor in Economics and Statistics and an M.B.A. from East Tennessee State University. 

Alexis Ferguson – Lead Senior System Implementation Engineer I

Alexis Ferguson is the technical lead over refining and petrochemical facilities for ESC Spectrum. She holds a bachelor’s in chemical engineering and started working with ESC Spectrum in DAHS implementation for power gen clients over eight years ago. Alexis has spent the past six years focusing on designing, implementing, and developing standards for refinery and petrochemical DAHSs encompassing the refinery sector rule (RSR), J/Ja, GHG, and most recently Ethylene, MON, HON, and OLD MACTs. She has worked with dozens of refining and petrochemical facilities and acts as a technical resource for her coworkers. Outside of work, she is an avid board game hobbyist and brings a “game on” attitude to meeting the DAHS needs of her clients. 

Steven Glanovsky – System Implementation Engineer II

Steve has been working at ESC Spectrum since 2019, starting in the Customer Services and Reporting group, then moving to the Engineering group. As a System Implementation Engineer II, Steve works to configure both StackVision and Prism systems for customers. Steve graduated from St. Edwards University with a degree in Chemistry. 

Bobbi Greenwalt – CEMS Integration Manager

Bobbi joined ESC Spectrum in 2020 and is the CEMS Integration Manager for the Pensacola, FL office where she manages the CEMS Integration projects. Bobbi came from the utility industry and had 14 years of Instrument and Control experience including CEMS and project management. She has an AAS in Electrical and Industrial Automation Technology and a BAS in Applied Engineering.   

Richard Himes, P.E. - EPRI Technical Executive Environmental Controls Program Area Generation Sector

Rick Himes is a Technical Executive at EPRI, where he has worked for the previous 25 years. Rick is working as the Program Leader of Continuous Emissions Monitoring and Measurements and managing projects within other Environmental Controls program areas. Before joining EPRI, Mr. Himes worked as a consultant for 17 years in the electric utility industry, solving combustion-related problems and demonstrating and evaluating emerging emission control technologies. Mr. Himes received a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and a M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. Mr. Himes is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. 

Susan B-Kennedy, QEP – Regulatory and Reporting Manager

Susan joined ESC Spectrum in April 2022 from the power industry, where she spent 25+ years helping power plants and associated facilities comply with environmental laws and regulations. During her tenure at Progress Energy (now Duke Energy Florida) and Gulf Power Company (now Florida Power & Light), she supported various environmental programs covering all media. She received her Bachelor of Science (’92) and Master of Science (’96) degrees from Auburn University

Jon Konings – Senior Regulatory and Reporting Engineer

Jon joined ESC Spectrum more than ten years ago after serving as the CEM Coordinator for the last 23 years of his 36-year career at We Energies. Jon brings his many years of experience with CEMS hardware and permits to ESC Spectrum, where he focuses on helping our customers understand their permits, the regulations, and how to operate their CEM systems within the safe boundaries of the regulations

Quinn Lesar – System Support Engineer II

Quinn Lesar is a Systems Support Engineer II and has worked at ESC Spectrum for over 3 years with the Customer Services group. His main focus is helping troubleshoot support and reporting cases for customers. Quinn graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. 

Matt “Tripp” Tripepi – Senior Field Service Manager

Matt joined ESC Spectrum in 2015 starting off as a Field Service Technician, then was promoted to the Field Service Manager of the Pensacola office in 2021 and in 2023 moved up to the Senior Field Service Manager position. He directs a team of 50 people out of 3 different offices to successfully complete multiple installations, preventive maintenance contracts, and emergency repairs for our customers. Matt also works closely with the Sales and Integration Teams to assist in providing the best quality product possible to a multitude of different industries across the United States. Prior to ESC Spectrum, he served in the US Marine Corps retiring after 20 years while being an Air Traffic Control Radar Technician, Work Center Supervisor and ultimately becoming a Maintenance Chief. 

Greg Owen – Lead Field Service Trainer

John has been in the industry for over 16 years, starting with stack testing in 1992. He comes from Luminant Power where he was in the CEMS support group for 10 years, providing support to all power plants on continuous emission monitoring system hardware and software. John also was a training instructor for Extractive and Dilution (CEMS) systems for plant site technicians.  

Brian Perlov, PE – Principal Engineer

Brian earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is a registered Professional Engineer. Brian has 22 years of experience with the DAS and CEMS industry. Brian has held various positions within ESC Spectrum’s DAS group including Principal Engineer, Engineering Manager, and Project Manager. In addition to DAS Projects, Brian focuses on developing ESC Spectrum DAS Engineering Standards. 

Ly Poe – System Support Engineer II

Ly Poe has worked in the Customer Services group at ESC Spectrum since 2019. As a System Support Engineer, Ly works to troubleshoot both StackVision and Prism systems for customers. Ly graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Computer Science. 

Marc Sustaita - System Support Engineer I

Marc Sustaita is a System Support Engineer I and joined ESC Spectrum in May of this year. He comes from a background of customer support, software troubleshooting, and data analytics. He graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Computer Science. 

Eric Swisher - Technical Director at All4

Mr. Eric Swisher has more than 20 years of professional experience in the air quality consulting field and serves as the Technical Director for ALL4’s Continuous Monitoring Systems (CMS) Technical Team responsible for implementing strategic monitoring programs, training, audits, and ongoing compliance support.  In this role, Mr. Swisher has implemented and integrated a multitude of vendor-supplied Data Acquisition and Handling Systems (DAHS) at utility, petroleum refining, chemical, and industrial manufacturing facilities (including StackVision provided by ESCSpectrum).  Mr. Swisher’s experience in successful DAHS implementation includes the development of procurement and functional specifications, developing data flow strategies (acceptable by the facility’s IT standards), configuration, installation, verification, integration into the facility’s workflow, compliance support, and project management.  The projects also include opportunity evaluations and verifications of existing systems to maximize efficiency, accuracy, and value for Instrument Technicians, Operations, Management, and Environmental personnel.  

Ismael Tapia - System Support Engineer II

Ismael Tapia joined ESC Spectrum in 2016. As a System Support Engineer II, Ismael assists in answering issues over the phone with customers and working within a team to help co-workers resolve issues. He graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in Communication. 

Clint Anderson – Senior Lead System Implementation Engineer I

Clint joined ESC Spectrum in 2014 as part of the DAS Engineering team. In his time here, Clint has implemented ESC Spectrum’s StackVision DAS software across the country within the Power Generation and Petrochemical sectors. In addition, Clint functions as a Team Lead within the Engineering department where he acts as a mentor for junior staff and aids in the design and management of large-scale projects. His experience spans both the technical integration of various analyzers and
controls instrumentation with the DAS, as well as the regulatory requirements of
the DAS software through knowledge of Part 75, Part 60, and Part 63

Clint also has experience with project management software such as Salesforce and Teamwork to aid in efficiently completing projects across the team. Clint graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. 

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