Electric Substation

Wednesday, April 19

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Engineer-Procure-Contract Panel Discussion of Construction and Procurement
Speakers: Paul Viggiano, Vice President, Executive Sponsor West Region Operations, Henkels & McCoy Inc.
Chuck Mitchell, Project Director, Black & Veatch
Marty Hunt, PMP, Principal Project Manager, T-Line Projects Electric Operation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Matt Huber, PE, Major Projects Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
This session will focus on the EPC (engineer-procure-construct) project delivery method. The presenters will discuss case study substation EPC projects and lessons learned in executing EPC projects in the energy industry. The panel will focus on best practices in order to share these lessons learned by other WEI member utilities.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Seismic Resiliency: What a Utility Should Know to Keep the Lights On
Speaker: Robert Cochran, PE/SE, Senior Civil Engineer, Seattle City Light
Worried about the “Big One”? Preparing and upgrading facilities for earthquakes doesn’t have to break the bank. Learn about how Seattle City Light’s innovative tiered approach to screening, evaluating, and upgrading is building resiliency throughout its facilities including substation power transformers. Seismic performance affects not only the equipment at substations but hydroelectric plants, service centers, operations centers facilities, and their non-building components. Find out what Seattle City Light has done to efficiently manage and minimize upgrade costs as part of ongoing asset management and facility programs. Learn about resiliency technology already codified, tested, and constructed in earthquake regions for decades as well as the useful tools engineers can employ.

Thursday, April 20

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Substation Design Technology
Speaker: Tyrone Kneller, Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
In 2012, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) launched the Substation Design Performance Initiative to improve substation design quality and reduce cost.  The project approach included deployment of new automated design tools and standardization of design processes for both in-house and contract design teams.  The vision was to, and I quote, “Produce greenfield and brownfield designs up to 40 percent faster with Bentley Substation.  Avoid rework, reduce errors, and enhance collaboration with linked and cross-referenced 3D layouts and electrical drawings. Capture best practices and enforce standards with automatic error checks, bills of material, and construction prints.  Maximize efficiencies when your project moves beyond the design phase.”  This presentation will focus on the lessons learned, benefits, and challenges encountered by PG&E through the launch of this program.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
The Denny Substation: The Public Process behind the “World’s Coolest Substation”
Speaker: Michael Clark, Program Manager, Denny Substation Program, Seattle City Light
The Denny Substation is Seattle City Light’s first new substation in over 30 years and will support and be located in one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Seattle. This session will highlight Seattle City Light’s proactive engagement of the surrounding community, which began early in the project and will last well after the substation gets energized. The speaker will discuss how public involvement helped the project gain critical approvals while also providing added benefits to the community.