Welcome to This Week in Civil Engineering (TWiCE), the first weekly audio and video podcast covering weekly news stories and events related to civil engineering and its sub-disciplines. In this week’s episode, we provide you with the latest news in the Civil Engineering industry including covering how the inspection Robot market has the potential to grow to 3.72 billion dollars between 2020 and 2024, bolstered by industries spanning energy, oil and gas, and mining. Also featured is how Percepto pivots from drone-based products to general robotics-driven inspections incorporating third-party platforms like Boston Dynamics’ Spot for the critical infrastructure .
In this episode, Chris Knutson, PE interviews Mike Legatt, CEO and founder of ResilientGrid Inc. on ensuring the resiliency of the power grid and critical infrastructure. This all came into being through one experience he had while doing laundry in 2003.
Here are the key points discussed:
- Every time that a human being makes a decision to turn on a light switch, purchase an electric vehicle, decide whether or not to get solar panels on their home, etc., they are creating a human behavior and that human behavior scales up to energy decisions that can be seen from the distribution, transmission and power grid operator level. Ultimately energy use is empowering us to behave in the ways we choose to behave.
- If you can optimize your physical assets, cyber and human components together, then you can build resiliency on the grid.
- The transmission system in the U.S is a rapidly changing system, where a lot of the design decisions that were made when the system was built are becoming obsolete.
- In order to maintain the energy system, you have to maintain a constant match of supply and demand.
- When people are doing highly mentally intensive work, what they eat matters. By increasing carbohydrate intake, you are also increasing the risk of human error during that process. A lot of the cyber security issues that we are seeing in IOT devices are stemming from human factors that could be configured differently for a better outcome.
- Part of, both the beauty and the challenge of this emerging grid with which we are moving with bigger and faster data is that it is getting harder and harder to have the human beings in the loop and be able to see the signal pulled away from the noise.
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About Mike Legatt
Mike is the CEO and founder of ResilientGrid, Inc., whose mission is to grow resilient infrastructures by optimizing the human side of infrastructure management, including situational awareness, decision making support and collaboration tools in normal and emergency operations, and in fostering the kinds of organizational culture (high reliability, just culture) that empower humans to work more efficiently and effectively, lowering human error rates. He’s been a programmer for over 20 years, and worked in the energy, financial, medical, neuroscience research and educational sectors. Mike holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Health Psychology/Neuropsychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and he’s a Certified Performance Technologist.
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To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success