Electric Transmission

The Electric Transmission track focuses on sharing experiences, innovative solutions, and current best practices in meeting various challenges in the Transmission Sector including: workforce development, new technology and its implementation, aging infrastructure, wildfire prevention, changing security concerns, and compliance with safety and security regulations.

Meet the Electric Transmission Program Development Team. Learn more about the Operations Conference.

April 15, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Innovative Tools
Speakers: Carlos Femmer, Data Acquisition Director, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Forest Rong, Vice President, Power Delivery, Underground & Submarine Transmission, Kiewit Corporation
Jimmy Buker, Project Manager, ID Power Deliver Lead, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Simon Gardner Lee, COO, Raedyne Systems
There are always new and innovative tools coming into the utility space. Attend this session and learn about Kiewit’s underground trenchless boring technology and Raedyne Systems’ unique AI learning tool for conductor inspection.

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
How Utilities Address Wildfires Proactively Through Transmission Line Design
Moderator: Leah Loebach, Engineering Manager, Burns & McDonnell
Panelists: Jae Lee, Principal Engineer, Xcel Energy Inc.
Tyson Swetek, Wildfire Mitigation Program Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Learn from a panel of utilities how transmission line design is evolving to encompass lessons learned from the last decade of wildfire seasons.

April 16, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
What is EPC: A Panel on the Pros, the Cons, and Everything In-Between
Panelists: Randy Grass, Sr Vice President, Power Delivery Division Manager, Power Engineers, Inc.
Matt Huber, Major Projects Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Adam Brown, President – QEPC, Quanta Services
Mark Schrimp, Vice President – Project Director, Black & Veatch
Matt Gordanier, Line Design Engineering – Manager, Portland General Electric
This panel will discuss the EPC from several sides. Join us for a lively discussion from several points of view: contractor-led EPC, engineering-led EPC, utility, and the owners’ engineer. Topics will include: Why do utilities go EPC instead of other processes? What are strategies for making EPC projects successful? Helpful ways to make the inevitable change orders smoother and less onerous. And finally, what does our panel expect the Future of EPC to involve?

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Mega-Projects Overview; Challenges and Lessons Learned
Speakers: Cody Futch, Senior Civil Engineer – Transmission and Distribution Services, Burns & McDonnell
Kishan Kasondra, Project Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Justin Bardell, Underground Transmission Manager, Black & Veatch
This session will consist of three fast-paced presentations on very large and complex high voltage transmission projects throughout North America that dealt with extreme permitting and construction challenges. Each presentation will discuss the complexities that made the project unique, how the project dealt with these complexities, and the lessons learned moving forward.

From inner-city Los Angeles to Maryland, and down to the Louisiana Bayou, you won’t want to miss this session on mega projects! SMECO Southern Maryland Reliability Project Challenges in project planning, permitting and execution for a mixed portfolio of overhead transmission, underground transmission, and substations in a 230kV overbuild of an existing 69kV system, with a focus on the longest uncased Horizontal Direction Drill installation for XLPE Cable in the US.