Sep

18-21

Joint Use (Sep 18-21)

As new technology, new regulations and aging infrastructure continue to change the landscape of joint use, it becomes increasingly important for key stakeholders to foster open dialogue and collaborate to solve shared problems, focus on safety goals, and ensure the equitably of poles and other utility assets. Considered the premier joint use conference, content is designed for representatives from utility, telecomm, wireless and broadband companies; as well as consultants and service companies who deal with joint use, pole ownership and attachments. The conference format provides a unique mix of presentations, dynamic power table topics, vendor displays and networking opportunities to exchange information and best practices.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Ray Vigil, Public Service of New Mexico

    • Program Location
    • Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown
    • 2600 Louisiana Blvd NE
      Albuquerque, NM 87110
    • Who Should Attend
      • Joint use administrators
      • Right of way managers
      • Asset managers
      • Standards engineers
      • Operations managers
      • Contract administrators
      • Real estate analysts
      • Construction planners
      • GIS services
      • Wireless managers
  • Registration Options
  • Conference Registration: $799 USD

    Registration price increases $100 after August 20, 2018. Registration includes comprehensive conference materials, all sessions, power tables, and all food events.

    For vendor registration options, please see the Vendor Displays tab.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Diana Zoren, Director of Operations Programs at (971) 255-4965.

Agenda

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Optional Networking - Golf at UNM Champion Golf Course

Join us for an unforgettable experience golfing at the UNM Champion Golf Course, Albuquerque's #1 golf course. The Championship Course flashes a personality all its own with fairways that stretch out long and wide, bobbing up and down, both right and left. To make the most enjoyable experience we will start earlier in the day and end around 2:30 pm. Your registration will include greens fee, cart and range balls. The course offers a grill and beverage cart. You can contact the club to reserve rentals clubs at 505-277-4546. (you can make these 2 weeks out) Cancellation policy is 30 days out with no refunds after August 18th.

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Optional Networking - Brewery Tour

Join us for a cruise around the streets of ABQ making stops at local brew pubs. You will stop at three of Albuquerque's most popular breweries, where you will experience some real local flavor. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to downtown and back. You will be in a private van cruising the downtown area, sample beer at each local brewery, and includes food along the way. You will return to the hotel in time to freshen up for the evening reception. Cancellation policy is 30 days out with no refunds after August 18th.

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by BHC Rhodes

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration + Breakfast

Sponsored by SPIDA Software

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome and Introductions
Speaker(s): Chris Olson, Senior VP Utility Operations, PNM Resources Inc.

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Joint Use 101
Speaker(s): Jason Nemjo, Joint Use Specialist, Clark Public Utilities

Back by popular demand! Joint Use 101 will break down the basic physical materials involved in Joint Use. A must for those who are new to the Joint Use industry and those who are not frequently working in the field and want a refresher.

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Camera Attachments
Speaker(s): Karen Flewharty, Joint Use Manager, Oncor Electric Delivery

Electric utilities currently take an active role in the communities they serve, so it is in their best interest to partner with law enforcement efforts to improve community safety. This session will provide safety, operational and legal items for consideration regarding attachment of surveillance cameras and associated equipment to Electric Distribution poles.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Vendor Showcase

Each vendor will get 2-3 minutes on the main stage to give an introduction to their company and a quick overview of their product/service. This is your opportunity to see what is new and who you may want to visit extensively with during the display times at the conference. 

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break with Vendor Displays

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Joint Use on Street Light Poles
Moderator(s): Tim Gasser, Manager, Utility Relations, West Region, Crown Castle
Panelist(s): Patti Rafish, Joint Use / Joint Trench Coodinator, Data Analyst, NorthWestern Energy, Doug Haberman, Wireless Collocations Strategic Advisor, Seattle City Light, C. Keith Williams, Colocation Product Manager, Georgia Power Company

Collocation of wireless facilities has been proceeding for a while in some areas and becoming part of the Joint Use process.  The advent of small cell technology is rapidly increasing this transition and expanding its application beyond the distribution pole.  Street Light poles and distribution pole mounted street light arms have become an attractive location for Small Cell, Utility Automated Metering and Wi-Fi devices to reside.  A panel of experienced utility professionals provide examples of how this change is progressing and impacts to their street light and joint use businesses.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Strand Mount
Facilitator(s): Jeff Kent, Director, Distribution Support, PacifiCorp
Panelist(s): Tim Gasser, Manager, Utility Relations, West Region, Crown Castle, Gino Quartucci, Right of Way Agent ll, Cox Communications, Sunny Nunez, Manager - Utilities Relations, Crown Castle

The huge demand for ever increasing data are pushing wireless networks to their limits, which in turn has spawned the development and deployment of “small cells” to handle that demand. Small cells are designed to utilize existing structures in RoW, street lights, traffic signals and utility poles, yet often require replacement or significant modification to those structures. Enter a new means of deploying nodes – mounting on the fiber strand which provides the connectivity (backhaul). This session will provide examples and experiences of both network and pole owners from some of the early strand mount deployments and discuss the challenges faced by each.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Break with Vendors

Sponsored by Davey Resource Group

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Power Tables
Speaker(s): Joel Finnerty, Asset Manager, Public Service Electric and Gas, Brian Hairston, Infrastructure Access Specialist, Public Service Electric and Gas

This year's conference will feature power tables in four rooms. Find the topic that interests you most. The format is informal and some power tables topics will be repeated. At the end of the session, move on to the next topic of interest. Content may vary slightly depending on the those sitting around the table and the questions asked. Each session is 50 minutes facilitated table topics with 10 minutes in between.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception with Vendor Displays

Sponsored by SSP-Wind Lake

Thursday, September 20, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Agreement Issues Panel

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Small Cell Deployment
Moderator(s): Eric O'Brien, Manager, Utilities Relations, Crown Castle
Speaker(s): Tormod Larsen, Nichole Bates, Sr. Joint Use Field Operations, Tampa Electric Company, Valerie Murray, Program Administrator, Kansas City Power & Light Co.

A utility discusses challenges to getting small cell networks deployed. From gaining acceptance within the company to determining fair rates.  Adjusting standards to accommodate attachment locations on the pole (Pole Top, Supply, Comm).  Getting power to the sites and the question of metered verse unmetered. Having to match up with existing utility workloads and construction resources. Identifying utility timelines (application review, engineering, construction scheduling) and those for jurisdictional permitting timelines. Make Ready work and lessons learned when installing the small cell equipment on the poles from a construction aspect.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break with Vendor Displays

10:15 AM - 11:05 AM

Power Tables
Speaker(s): Dan Aragon, Land Management Services, PNM, Ryan Jagels, Jason Nemjo, Joint Use Specialist, Clark Public Utilities, Gino Quartucci, Right of Way Agent ll, Cox Communications, Patti Rafish, Joint Use / Joint Trench Coodinator, Data Analyst, NorthWestern Energy, Isaac Tucker, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Katapult Engineering, Chris Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP, Kurt Schnubel, Director - Business Development, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., Rafael Nunez, Manager - Utilities Relations, Crown Castle, Eric Langley, Partner, Langley & Bromberg LLC, Matthew Tuchman, Utility Relations Manager, Government Relations, Mobilitie, Steve Schulte, Joint Use Administrator, Avista Utilities, Nichole Bates, Sr. Joint Use Field Operations, Tampa Electric Company, Timothy Gasser, Manager, Utility Relations, West Region, Crown Castle, Mike McGill, SVP, Utilities & Communications, ikeGPS, Thomas Magee, Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP, Mark Miller, Principal Engineer, EDM International, Jason Blackford, Electrical Engineer, EDM International, Les Rainey, Manager of Construction & Maintenance, Arizona Public Service Company, Tim Webers, Executive Director, NJUNS, Inc., Les Rainey, Tim Gasser, Manager, Utility Relations, West Region, Crown Castle, David Mohammed, General Manager, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., Douglas Patterson, Regional Director of Implementation - Fiber Small Cell Fiber Networks – West Region, Crown Castle

Find the topic that interests you most. The format is informal and some power tables topics will be repeated. At the end of the session, move on to the next topic of interest. Content may vary slightly depending on the those sitting around the table and the questions asked. Each session is 50 minutes facilitated table topics with 10 minutes in between.

11:15 AM - 12:05 PM

Power Tables

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:10 PM - 2:00 PM

Power Tables

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM

Power Tables

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Break with Vendor Displays

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Legal Forum
Moderator(s): Mikal Altomare, Corporate Counsel, PNM
Panelist(s): Thomas Magee, Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP, Christopher Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP, Eric Langley, Partner, Langley & Bromberg LLC, James Tomlinson, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Our most anticipated and popular session year after year. This distinguished multi-industry panel of attorneys will provide you with the opportunity to openly participate in a stimulating conversation on our industry. Find out from varying perspectives what you need to know about current and impending regulations, recent court rulings and what you must have on your radar.

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Offsite Reception at Seasons 52

Sponsored by Varasset/NJUNS/Osmose Located at 6600 Menaul Blvd, NE, just a short walk from the hotel.

Friday, September 21, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

FCC Forum
Panelist(s): Adam Copeland, Deputy Div. Chief, Competition Policy Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Corrine Davis, Joint Use Contract Administrator, PNM Resources Inc., Norine Luker, National Director, Utilities, Crown Castle

In April, 2017, the FCC released a document with the purpose of “Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment.” A complimentary document was published in November of 2017. This panel will discuss key topics in those documents. It will include an FCC representative, along with various industry representatives. Discussion topics will include:
• Pole attachment process reforms
• Enforcement issues and pole access

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

IEEE Industry Connections - Joint Use Forum
Speaker(s): Ernesto Vega Janica, Sr. Manager, Opportunities Development, ATG Consulting Inc.

Starting an Alliance to Give Voice to all the Players involved in the Joint Use of Electric T&D Facilities 

The IEEE group that is being established will be a venue to address the growing issues associated with joint facilities utilization. The joint-use of facilities has been managed thus far in an isolated and inconsistent manner with different utilities, regions, and communication companies.  The deployment of 5G, IoT and autonomous vehicles will create a dramatic increase in joint-use requirements that current systems are not setup to handle. 

This group will provide a forum for the power and communications industries (as well as regulators) to come together and determine cost effective and efficient strategies for dealing with Joint-Use. These include, but are not limited to:

•    Equitable Use – access issues as communications players increase
•    Consistent contracts/agreements – increased efficiency through consistent agreements/terminology
•    Worker training, certification, safety – management of contractors who might be working on facilities
•    Inspections and maintenance – sharing of inspection requirements to reduce costs
•    Loading issues – Managing the effect of loading as joint-use become ubiquitous

10:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Conference Adjourns

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Wrap-up and Future Planning for the 2019 Joint Use Conference

All are welcome and Program Development Team is encouraged to participate.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (505) 881-0000 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute and use the discount code ‘Joint Use’ to receive a special rate of $139 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 20, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Networking

All networking events are scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

Optional Networking – Golf at UNM Champion Golf Course
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Registration fee: $85
Capacity: 16
Cancellation policy: No refunds after August 18, 2018

Join us for an unforgettable experience golfing at the UNM Champion Golf Course, Albuquerque’s #1 golf course. The Championship Course flashes a personality all its own with fairways that stretch out long and wide, bobbing up and down, both right and left.

To make the most enjoyable experience we will start earlier in the day and end around 2:30 pm. Your registration will include greens fee, cart and range balls. The course offers a grill and beverage cart.

You can contact the club to reserve rentals clubs at 505-277-4546. (You can make these 2 weeks out.)

Optional Networking – Brewery Tour
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Registration fee: $75
Capacity: 14
Cancellation policy: No refunds after August 18, 2018

Join us for a cruise around the streets of ABQ making stops at local brew pubs. You will stop at three of Albuquerque’s most popular breweries, where you will experience some real local flavor. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to downtown and back. You will be in a private van cruising the downtown area, sample beer at each local brewery, and includes food along the way. You will return to the hotel in time to freshen up for the evening reception.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $1,149 USD
Vendor Display Table Only: $599 USD
Vendor Display Assistant: $299 USD

Vendor Display Only prices increase $100 after August 20, 2018 and includes a skirted table in the display area, and food functions associated with display schedule. Vendors that wish to attend presentations and power tables should select the Conference Registration + Vendor Display option. Conference Registration + Vendor Display price increases $200 after August 20, 2018. This registration includes full conference access and includes you as the main Vendor Display Representative with one skirted table in the Display area. Arrangements for power, audio visual equipment, or other supplies may be made by calling the hotel directly.

A Vendor Assistant registration is added to a vendor display registration and includes welcome reception and two receptions with vendor displays. Other food events are excluded from this pass.

Arrangements for power, audio visual equipment, or other supplies may be made by calling the hotel directly. You can also use the hotel supplied credit card authorization form and exhibitor order form to make your arrangements.

Shipping Information
Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel
Joint Use Conference/(Exhibitor/Company Name)
Attn: Lauren Kruse
2600 Louisiana Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Vendor Display Schedule
Wednesday, September 19
7:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Set-up
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Vendor Showcase
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Break with Vendor Display
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch with Vendor Display
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Reception with Vendor Display

Thursday, September 20
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Break with Vendor Display
12:05 PM – 1:10 PM: Lunch with Vendor Display
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Break with Vendor Display
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Tear Down

For more information contact Diana Zoren at 971.255.4965.

Vendor Display Map

Sponsors

Thank you to our session sponsors!

      

 

Meet The Speakers

Jason Nemjo

Clark Public Utilities

Joint Use Specialist

Karen Flewharty

Oncor Electric Delivery

Joint Use Manager

Patti Rafish

NorthWestern Energy

Joint Use / Joint Trench Coodinator, Data Analyst

Tim Gasser

Crown Castle

Manager, Utility Relations, West Region

Rafael Nuñez

Crown Castle

Manager - Utilities Relations

Gino Quartucci

Cox Communications

Right of Way Agent ll

Thomas Magee

Keller & Heckman LLP

Partner

Chris Huther

Wiley Rein, LLP

Partner

Eric Langley

Langley & Bromberg LLC

Partner

James Tomlinson

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Partner

Karen Flewharty

Oncor Electric Delivery

Joint Use Manager
Learn More

Karen graduated from Texas Tech University in 1998 with a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering. She has worked in the Oncor distribution business for 20 years and as Oncor’s Joint Use Manager for the last 14 years. Before managing Oncor’s Joint Use group, she worked in the distribution operations dispatch center, then distribution engineering design and next, managed distribution feeder maintenance, as well as other special projects. As the Joint Use Manager, Karen is responsible for joint use customer relations, regulatory and legal matters, pole attachment policies and procedures and management of Oncor’s permitting contractor.

Jeffrey Kent

PacifiCorp

Director, Distribution Support
Learn More

Jeff has over 30 years combined experience in the Telecommunications and Electric Utility industry. Jeff is currently Director of Distribution Support for PacifiCorp, responsible for Joint Administration for Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power in six states.

Prior to his December 2008 arrival at PacifiCorp, Jeff worked for Qwest and its predecessors for 30 years holding numerous positions in the Construction & Engineering Department. The last five years at Qwest Jeff served as single point of contact for the Oregon Public Utilities Commission Safety Staff and Oregon pole occupants on all issues related to the Joint Use of Poles.

Jeff’s been a member of the Oregon Joint Use Association’s Board of Directors since 2004, was President in 2007, and currently chairs the association’s Dispute Resolution Committee.

Jeff attended the University of Oregon and Portland State University and has a B.S. in General Studies Science.

Mikal Melissa Altomare

PNM

Corporate Counsel

Douglas Haberman

Seattle City Light

Wireless Collocations Strategic Advisor

Chris Olson

PNM Resources Inc.

Senior VP Utility Operations

Daniel Aragon

PNM

Land Management Services

Ernesto Vega Janica

ATG Consulting Inc.

Sr. Manager, Opportunities Development

C. Keith Williams

Georgia Power Company

Colocation Product Manager

Adam Copeland

Federal Communications Commission

Deputy Div. Chief, Competition Policy Bureau

Isaac Tucker

Katapult Engineering

Director of Marketing and Business Development

Kurt Schnubel

Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

Director - Business Development

Matthew Tuchman

Mobilitie

Utility Relations Manager, Government Relations

Steve Schulte

Avista Utilities

Joint Use Administrator

Nichole Bates

Tampa Electric Company

Sr. Joint Use Field Operations

Mike McGill

ikeGPS

SVP, Utilities & Communications

Mark Miller

EDM International

Principal Engineer

Jason Blackford

EDM International

Electrical Engineer

Les Rainey

Arizona Public Service Company

Manager of Construction & Maintenance

Tim Webers

NJUNS, Inc.

Executive Director

Tim Gasser

Crown Castle

Manager, Utility Relations, West Region

Eric O’Brien

Crown Castle

Manager, Utilities Relations

David Mohammed

Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

General Manager

Douglas Patterson

Crown Castle

Regional Director of Implementation - Fiber Small Cell Fiber Networks – West Region

Valerie Murray

Kansas City Power & Light Co.

Program Administrator

Corrine Davis

PNM Resources Inc.

Joint Use Contract Administrator

Norine Luker

Crown Castle

National Director, Utilities

Joel Finnerty

Public Service Electric and Gas

Asset Manager

Brian Hairston

Public Service Electric and Gas

Infrastructure Access Specialist