Apr

24-27

Operations Conference (Apr 24-27)

The WEI Operations Conference brings together over 600 electric and natural gas energy operations managers, supervisors and front line employees for three days of education and networking with breakout discussions for specific operations functions: Operational Leadership; Environmental; Safety; Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems; Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Integrity Management; Natural Gas Operational Excellence; Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Emergency Response; Natural Gas Customer Field Services; Electric Asset Management; Electric Grid Modernization; Electric Substation; Electric Transmission; Electric Distribution Operations; Electric Distribution Planning, Design, and Construction; and Operations - Customer-Focused Opportunities. The breakout sessions are complemented by thought-provoking general sessions that get the team talking. This conference is a must for any upper-level manager, and many choose to bring their direct reports for team and skill-building. Limited booth displays are available.

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General Details

Program Location
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
11111 North Seventh Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Who Should Attend
Electric and Natural Gas Energy Operations:
• Directors
• Managers
• Supervisors
• Front line employees
• Control professionals
• Engineering professionals
• Planning personnel
• Substation professionals
• Electric transmission professionals

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.

Registration Options
Conference Registration Member: $759 USD (speakers and delegates)
Conference Registration Regular: $1,599 USD

Prices for the conference registration increase $200 after March 16, 2018. Registration includes comprehensive conference materials and all food events. Guest tickets are available for $99 and allow for a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy
industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

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.

For more information contact Eric Christenson, Senior Program Manager at (971) 303-2118.

Agenda

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

6:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Optional Networking Events
Check the Networking tab for details.

3:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Registration Desk Open
For guests who wish to pick up the conference materials early, we provide early registration check-in. After 5:00 PM name badges only will be distributed at the Rose Garden reception.

4:45 PM – 5:15 PM
First-Time Attendee Meetup
If this is your first time attending a WEI event show up early to meet experienced WEI veterans and fellow first timers. We want you to get the most out of your experience at the Operations Conference!

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast + Registration
WiFi for the program sponsored by:

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Operations 2018 Official Welcome

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Opening Keynote

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Break with Vendor Displays

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Concurrent Tracks – Breakout Session 1
Operational Leadership + Workforce Development – Generational Change – Perspectives on Leading the Workforce
Environmental – Incorporating Environmental into Operational Excellence
Safety – Safety Leadership, Error Reduction & Human Performance
Asset Management – Technology for Informed Decisions
Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems – Committed to a Pipeline Safety Management System…where are you in your Journey?
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Integrity Management – Regulatory Update: How are you getting ready?
Natural Gas Operational Excellence – Don’t Give Up…Technology is Here to HELP!
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Emergency Response – Gas Incidents Lessons Learned
Customer Field Services – So, you THINK you can Communicate?
The Evolving Electric Grid – Electric Power System Communication
Electric Substation – Utility Staffing Challenges
Electric Transmission – Aerial Data Acquisition (LiDAR/IR)
Electric T&D System Operations – Power Quality: Meeting electrical system demands in a tough and rapidly changing environment.
Electric Distribution Operations – Executing Work – Disruptive Technology – Planning Ahead and Around

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Lunch

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Just a Second Ago: The Impact of Unsafe Work Acts on Your Family

Speakers: Brad Livingston and Kayla Rath
You go to work every day expecting to come home to your family at night. But what if you don’t? What if you take shortcuts? What if you let pride and complacency get in the way of you safely doing your job? You could be hurt or killed, and then what happens to your family? The people you love most; what impact do your decisions have on them?

“Back-to-back explosions!! 100% preventable!!” “I didn’t think anything like this could ever happen to me!” “How long before I die?”

In this session, Brad Livingston explains each of these contributing factors – Pride; Shortcuts; Attitude; Complacency, and how they have affected every day of the rest of his life. His daughter, Kayla Rath, was nine years old when her father was involved in these workplace explosions. Brad and Kayla speak together to describe their real life, heart wrenching experiences and why you have no choice but to be safe at work.

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Break with Vendor Displays

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Concurrent Tracks – Breakout Session 2
Operational Leadership + Workforce Development – Creating a Path to Leadership
Environmental – Environmental Challenges of an Aging Infrastructure
Safety – Vehicle Safety and Distractions
Asset Management – ISO Certification Compliance
Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems – Pipeline (PSMS) Safety Culture
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Integrity Management – Qualitative and Probabilistic Risk Models, Data Driven Models for a New Era of Pipeline Safety
Natural Gas Operational Excellence – Pioneering New Technology
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Emergency Response – Shut It in or Let it Blow
Customer Field Services – Anticipating the Needs of “Legalization”… Are You Ready?
The Evolving Electric Grid – Electrification of Transportation System
Electric Substation – Meeting Operational Training Challenges
Electric Transmission – Working Your Transmission System Live
Electric T&D System Operations – T&D One Grid – Closing the Chasm
Electric Distribution Operations – Executing Work – Customer Impacts, Executing Work

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Reception with Vendor Displays

Thursday, April 26, 2018

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Leadership and Building the Culture of Safe Operations
Speaker: John Haarlow, AGM Distribution & Engineering Services, Snohomish County PUD
Mr. Haarlow explains his organization’s journey and how addressing the culture at Snohomish County PUD led to real results and improvements in operations.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Break with Vendor Displays

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Concurrent Tracks – Breakout Session 3
Operational Leadership + Workforce Development – Leading Resources to Maximize Efficiencies
Environmental – Streamlining the Permitting Process
Safety – Distracted Mind & Mindfulness
Asset Management – Addressing the Tsunami of Aging Assets and Infrastructure
Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems – PSMS – Incident Management
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Integrity Management – Unique Ways of Pigging
Natural Gas Operational Excellence – Fighting for Our Future: Government Energy Policy
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Emergency Response – We’re Going In!
Customer Field Services – Understanding Your Customer Base and Being Prepared to Interact
The Evolving Electric Grid – Non-Wires Alternative to Distribution
Electric Substation – Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn
Electric Transmission – Get the Most from Your System with Dynamic Rating
Electric T&D System Operations – The Distribution Operator of the Future
Electric Distribution Operations – Executing Work – Executing Permits

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Concurrent Tracks – Breakout Session 4
Operational Leadership + Workforce Development – Leading Operations Workforce and Challenges
Environmental – Safeguarding the Public and Employees from Hazardous Materials
Safety – Improving Fitness to Minimize Injuries
Asset Management – Lifecycle Best Practices in Asset Management
Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Management Systems – Management of Change (MOC)
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Integrity Management – Legacy Cross Bore and Material Traceability Programs
Natural Gas Operational Excellence – Contractor Governance and Approval
Natural Gas Distribution & Transmission Emergency Response – Emergency Response Roadblocks
Customer Field Services – Connecting with your Customer at their Door
The Evolving Electric Grid – Evolution of the Distribution Control Center
Electric Substation – Technology in the Field
Electric Transmission – Industry Driving Transmission Projects
Electric T&D System Operations – Keeping up with the Data
Electric Distribution Operations – Executing Work – AUD Automation in Design Tools

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Break

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
General Session 4

Friday, April 27, 2018

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
General Session 5

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Closing and Conference Adjourns

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Wrap-up and 2019 Planning
Open to all Ops participants who are interested in joining the leadership teams or just want to provide your feedback, you’re invited to participate in the wrap-up as we set the stage for 2019!

Hotel + Travel

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
11111 North Seventh Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Phone: (602) 866-7500

Reservation Instructions
Make your reservations online or by contacting the hotel directly at (602) 866-7500 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $239 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until March 17, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Networking

All networking events are scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Golf – Ambiente Course at Camelback Golf Club
6:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Registration Fee: $110 USD per person
Refund Policy: No refunds after March 20, 2018

Here is your chance to network with your peers while enjoying a fun round of golf. Designed by notable golf architect Jason Straka on behalf of Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Design, Ambiente presents a distinct challenge where accuracy and a good strategy command the day, as every hole will force even the best players to focus on each and every shot. Golfers find the eye-catching elevation changes, as well as rolling fairways with significant drops throughout the course, are among its most striking features. Ambiente was completely renovated and re-opened as a new course in November 2013.

Registration fee also includes transportation to and from the course, morning refreshments, and lunch.

Salt River Project Hydroelectric System and Helicopter Dam Industry Tour
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Event plans are still under development. Please email Eric Christenson to be notified when this networking event opens for registration.

Arizona Public Service Palo Verde Nuclear Plant Industry Tour
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Event plans are still under development. Please email Eric Christenson to be notified when this networking event opens for registration.

Southwest Gas Operations Industry Tour
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Event plans are still under development. Please email Eric Christenson to be notified when this networking event opens for registration.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Conference Registration + Vendor Display Member: $1,259 USD
Conference Registration + Vendor Display Regular: $2,259 USD
+ Vendor Display Assistant for $499 USD
+ Guest Pass for $99 USD

Prices increase $200 for all registration options, except the Vendor Display Assistant + Guest Pass, after March 16, 2018. Conference Registration + Vendor Display includes comprehensive meeting materials, all sessions and all food events. This registration options also includes the registrant as the main vendor display representative, one (1) skirted Vendor Display Table for Wednesday and Thursday display events, plus comprehensive conference materials and all food events.

A Vendor Display Assistant registration is added to a vendor display registration and includes all meals on Wednesday and Thursday, April 25 and 26. The Vendor Display Assistant pass does not provide access to General Sessions nor breakout sessions.

The Guest ticket can be added to a conference registration and allows a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

Shipping Information
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
11111 North Seventh Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020
C/O: WEI Ops Conference Display + Your Company Name

Please note boxes should arrive no earlier than 3 days prior to the display date.

Vendor Display Schedule
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Check-in and set-up
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Lunch with Vendor Displays
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Break with Vendor Displays
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Reception with Vendor Displays

Thursday, April 26, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Breakfast with Vendor Displays
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Break with Vendor Displays
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch with Vendor Displays
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Tear Down

Program Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
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Gold Sponsors:
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Meet The Speakers

Nancy Arroyoavila

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager, Gas Technical Curriculum Development

Dan Magnan

ATCO Electric

Manager, Grande Prairie Region