Electric Substation

Meet the Program Development Team

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Avoiding Maintenance Mayhem
Speakers: Byron Shovlain, Senior Engineer, San Diego Gas and Electric
Randy Walls, Manager of Substation and Relay Operations, Puget Sound Energy
Kevin Gowen, Asset Management Manager, Puget Sound Energy
Three person panel presenting solutions their utilities are implementing in areas of ground grid, flash overs, equipment testing, use of data, conditional-based maintenance (CBM), and other hot maintenance issues.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
The Seven Essential Questions to Culture Change
Speakers: Jeremy Jordan, Organizational & Employee Development Manager, Chelan County PUD
Greg Smith, Manager, Safety/HPI, Chelan County PUD
Brian Lowe, Distribution Stations Superintendant, Chelan County PUD
A pillar of operational excellence is building a culture of continuous improvement. Human Performance Improvement (HPI) focuses on empowering each of us to recognize and plan for our own errors, making the systems we use much more resilient in the process. It’s a quickly growing trend in the OE world – and as we’ve learned in our journey, one that isn’t easy. If you’re interested in exploring this culture change for your own organization, or are committed to building one already, this talk is designed to equip you with our lessons learned over two years. We’ll share six critical questions that your leadership should answer in order to avoid common pitfalls and equip your employees for success along with a large number of tools that we’ve discovered or created to make launching your journey much smoother, including some approaches for craft workers in the field.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Substation Project Life Cycle
Speakers: Derk DeVries, Southwest Region General Manager, Power Delivery, Black & Veatch
Ingrid Rahaim, Manager – Substation Engineering & Technical Services, Tucson Electric Power
Brian Cole, Director, Transmission and Distribution Engineering, Arizona Public Service
Chuck Adamson, Principal Manager, Southern California Edison
Projects can go the way of in-house design and construct or contracted EPC. This session will be a panel discussion covering lessons learned, and project life cycle success.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
SF6 is Going Away – What?!
Speaker: Tom Rak, Manager Substation and T-Line Standards Engineering, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
This session will highlight new regulations surrounding SF6 gas and will discuss replacement strategies, alternative materials, and other concerns to substation design moving forward.