Topics that may be covered by this track include: evolving work practices, asset management, decarbonization, technical skills development, lineman of the future, and best practices.
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Fire Hardening and Wildfire Mitigation – What’s Possible
Challenges utilities are facing with respect to fire hardening and wildfire mitigation. Highlight actionable solutions to address these challenges and the applicability to transmission lines.
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Transitioning Transmission – Retrofitting vs Replacing Aging Structures
Speakers: Kevin Niles, Product Manager, Corrosion Engineer, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.
Steve Palmer, VP, Sustainability & Energy Development, METSCO Energy Solutions Inc.
Kurt Blackbern, Senior Account Manager, Exo Inc.
Mike Woodward, Energy Innovation Analyst Sr, Arizona Public Service Company
Evaluating retrofitting vs replacing aging transmission structures. Drivers for this decision and how satisfying new standards/best practices are weighted in the decision-making.
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Transmission Project Prioritization and a Creative Long Lead-Time Solution
Speaker: Andy Domask, Principal Transmission Design Technical Advisor, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Amanda Ortega, Team Lead – Civil/Structural Engineering Distribution, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
This session will cover how the utility industry classifies aging infrastructure and methods to prioritize projects. The emphasis of this session will concentrate on asset and material spending based on system studies that are conducted. In addition to project prioritization, this session will also cover project case studies that can be implemented to reduce a project schedule’s critical path by optimizing the custom engineered steel pole procurement process.