This track focuses on sharing experiences, solutions and current best practices in substation workforce development, new technology and its implementation, aging infrastructure, and changing security concerns.
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10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Aging Equipment: Innovative Circuit Breaker Restoration Program
Speakers: Jonathan Fonti, Electrical Services Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Ray Anani, Senior Electrical Mechanic, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Ryan Strawn, Senior Electrical Mechanic, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Eric Strawn, Senior Electrical Mechanic, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
This session will showcase LADWP’s Circuit Breaker Restoration Program. To date they have restored more than 900 circuit breakers and have many insights to share.
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2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Using Technology for Virtual Site Visits
Speakers: Teddy Menke, Emerging Technology Product Manager, Burns & McDonnell
COVID has accelerated adoption of virtual options to reduce on-site personnel, but the benefits of this technology will outlast the pandemic. This session will dive into the Matterport, RealWear, and VisualSpection technologies and how utilities and contractors are using them today.
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Ground Grid Integrity Testing and Safety Practices
Speakers: Antony Alapatt, Senior Electrical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
Joel Duplessis, Apparatus Testing Work Leader, BC Hydro
The integrity of ground grid systems is a vital component of every substation. This session will discuss standards for substation ground grid design and work methods for integrity testing. Burns & McDonnell will discuss standards for substation ground grid design. BC Hydro will discuss work methods for integrity testing.
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Safety by Design – Substation Entry for Non-qualified Workers
Speakers: Leonard Rondeau, Sr. Safety & Health Specialist, Salt River Project
Will Fabjer, Principal Engineer, BC Hydro
This session will cover several utilities’ substation entry training and best practices to keep up with growing security and safety concerns.
Task Specific Training for Non-Electrically Qualified Workers
Provides an overview of Salt River Project’s (SRP) task specific training program designed to allow non-electrically qualified employees to safely perform work within OSHA’s Minimum Approach Distance (MAD) of 10 feet as per the OSHA 1910.269 Standard.