10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Looking Forward with Hindsight
Speakers: Matt Gordanier, P.E., Transmission Engineer – Supervisor, Portland General Electric
Erich Orth, Project Manager, Bonneville Power Administration
James Blessing, Power Engineer IV, Tacoma Power
This fast paced lessons learned session will investigate three recent transmission line projects where things didn’t go according to plan. Each project will explore what occurred, how the problem was mitigated and what changes owners made to standards or processes as preventative measures for future work.
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Transmission – Evolving Operations
Speakers: Ryan Monk, Trades Training Instructor, BC Hydro
Greg Denton, Project Manager, Quantum Spatial Inc.
This exciting session will look at two traditional transmission challenges and how they evolved with technology and merging of work methods. First, strategic vegetation management using technology, and second, utilizing helicopters and existing work methods to complete Transmission Maintenance without compromising safety or system resilience.
Quantum Spatial will present their LiDAR based vegetation program. The established vegetation program allows the utility to be strategic and targeted with its vegetation management resources. This is a fundamental departure from the traditional cyclical and reactive trimming to data driven strategic decisions. BCH will present on its evolving Helicopter Operations. Specifically merging Barehand and helicopter procedures to carry out work without compromising safety or the reliability of the grid.
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Speakers: Ivan Jovanovic, Director of Engineering, Specialty Products, G&W Electric Company
Zachary Wassenberg, Augmented Technologies/Transmission & Distribution Services, Burns & McDonnell
There are innovative approaches using augmented reality closely tied with transmission modeling, job orders and asset management that are just becoming a reality. This presentation puts information at the line workers finger tips and can help identify work, document issues or provide real time guidance.
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Wildfire Behavior and Survival, Basic Strategies for Utility Personnel
Speakers: Jeff Millar, Senior Public Safety Specialist, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Tara Laycock, Emergency Preparedness Manager, BC Hydro
This session will cover the fundamental factors that influence wildland fire behavior and their implications for utility workers. Special attention will be given to the key environmental indicators that can be used to monitor and predict wildfire behavior along with tactics to survive a potential fire entrapment. Examples of extreme fire behavior that have impacted utility providers will also be presented which includes firenado, described as “a rotating column of fire induced by intense rising heat and turbulent winds. Intense fire whirls can be violent and cause damage similar to tornadoes.