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.

April 15, 2020

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Innovative Tools
Speakers: Carlos Femmer, Data Acquisition Director, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Trent Lemke, Owner, Ascent Helicopters
Forest Rong, Vice President, Power Delivery, Underground & Submarine Transmission, Kiewit Corporation
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 using helicopters and their night vision capabilities for inspection and maintenance.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
How Utilities are Addressing Wildfires Proactively Through Transmission Line Des
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

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
What is EPC: A Panel on the Pros, the Cons, and Everything In-Between
Moderator: Frank King, Principal Project Manager, Portland General Electric
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
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 – 2:30 PM
Mega-Projects Overview; Challenges and Lessons Learned
Speakers: Cody Futch, Senior Civil Engineer – Transmission and Distribution Services, Burns & McDonnell
Neil Rutherford, Construction Manager, BC Hydro
Kishan Kasondra, Project Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
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 Northeast British Columbia to inner-city Los Angeles, and down to the Louisiana Bayou, you won’t want to miss this session on mega projects!