May

01-03

Overhead Underground Electric Distribution (May 01-03)

Electric utility professionals meet to discuss current standards, materials and maintenance for mainly distribution operations. Agendas feature extensive roundtable discussion so that each delegate has an opportunity to submit questions and receive feedback from their peers. Presentations focus on new technologies, applications, and specifications available for designing, building and maintaining overhead and underground lines. Case studies highlight best practices and lessons learned, and attendees leave with the practical knowledge to improve efficiency, safety and reduce costs. Participants also have the opportunity to preview vendor products and services. Vendors are encouraged to display.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Kyle Roethle, Puget Sound Energy

    • Program Location
    • Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver
    • 645 Howe Street
      Vancouver, BC V6C 2Y9
    • Who Should Attend
      • Standards engineers
      • Design engineers
      • Line technicians and engineers
      • Reliability and quality testers
      • T&D supervisors and suppliers 
      • Operations and maintenance managers 
      • Suppliers of distribution and substation products and services
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $649 USD
    Regular: $1,298 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after April 16, 2018. Registration includes attendance to all presentations, roundtable sessions, vendor area, comprehensive meeting materials and all food events.

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

    Can’t make this Overhead Underground Electric Distribution conference? Consider the next meeting on October 15-17, 2018 in Bellevue, WA.

  • 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 Kristen Taylor, Program Manager at (971) 255-4969.

Agenda

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Powertech Labs Tour

There will be an industry tour of the Powertech Labs facility from 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. There will be no cost for the tour and transportation will be provided to and from the lobby of the Metropolitan Hotel. Powertech Labs Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of BC Hydro and provides research & development, consulting, equipment testing and evaluation, condition assessment, asset management, power system analysis and software development to support the power utility industry, equipment manufacturers and other industries such as automotive. The tour will include stops at the Chemistry Lab, Smart Utility Lab, Mechanical Lab, Materials Lab, High Voltage Lab, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicle charging stations, and the High Power Lab. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes. Powertech Labs will supply PPE if it is needed. Please register if you are interested in attending, capacity is limited to 25 conference attendees. If you register but find later that you are unable to attend, we would appreciate you calling Kris Taylor at 971.930.2033. There will be a waiting list and she can easily fill your spot. Be sure you're on the waiting list, WEI adjusts at least 5 tour attendees the week before the meeting each conference.

WEI reserves the right to cancel networking tours if a minimum number of participants is not met.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by: McWane Poles

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome & Introductions
Speaker(s): Kyle Roethle, Supervisor, Construction Performance Management, Puget Sound Energy

Housekeeping Announcements and Introductions

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Keynote Speaker - Erni Wiebe
Speaker(s): Erni Wiebe, Principal, Innovative Solutions Engineering Inc.

Erni Wiebe is the Chair of the Strategic Steering Committee of Power Engineering and Electromagnetic Compatibility Standards of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). This group oversees the 120+ national electric utility, system and manufacturing, Standards utilized by Canadian electric and telecom utilities. Included are the Overhead System Standard and Underground System Standard which are the Canadian equivalent to the NESC. Erni is a Professional Engineer who has over 40 years experience as an electric utility design and Distribution Standards engineer, as the Division Manager of the Distribution Planning & Design Division at Manitoba Hydro, and, since retiring from Manitoba Hydro, as a leader in the Canadian Standards Association and IEEE dealing with future subjects for electric utility standards such as the application of DC and climate change adaptation. It is the latter that will be the basis of Erni’s keynote address. He is the co-Chair of the Project Advisory Committee on the Canadian federal government & CSA initiative looking to propose amendments to the Canadian Electrical Code that would enhance Canada’s resilience and its response to severe weather events and climate change. The areas examined include the effects of flooding, sea level rise, high winds, weather extremes, ice and snow loads, wildfires, and permafrost thaw.

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Public Safety - Zero Lot Line Underground Distribution and Manhole Restraints
Facilitator(s): Fred Dennert, Division Manager, Distribution Standards, BC Hydro
Speaker(s): Mark Kelvin, Standards Engineer, BC Hydro, Scott Mercer, Specialist Engineer in Distribution Standards, BC Hydro

Expanding on our underground vault conversation from Spokane, BC Hydro will discuss their solution to urban constraints. With the density in the Vancouver area buildings are now constructed right to the property line which leaves little space for utility equipment in public corridors. BC Hydro places these three phase deadfront transformers on the customer’s property – in a building alcove, on a slab that is part of the building, and often close (within 3m) of the building. How have we dealt with the code issues when we place our equipment on private property? How have we dealt with the effects of ground potential rise on the customer’s building? Scott Mercer has developed a grounding analysis program that makes it easy for our distribution engineers to model the utility equipment and the customer’s building to analyze the ground potential rise and the step and touch potential. In addition to the underground discussion, we will also spend some time discussing manhole cover restraints. Like every distribution utility BC Hydro places equipment in the public domain. As that public space gets more crowded our equipment gets closer to the public and our customers. When this fails in an eventful way, how have we dealt with energy? Mark Kelvin will present on BC Hydro’s method of manhole cover restraint and how they dissipate the energy.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Vendor Platform

Each vendor will have 2-3 minutes to introduce their company and share any new products or services they would like to highlight.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break with Vendors

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Rick Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company, Justin So, Standards Engineer, Portland General Electric

Our most anticipated and popular session year after year. Submit your roundtable questions to be included in the Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable discussions. Include supporting information or documentation if necessary. Your questions will be compiled by area of interest and presented at the roundtable sessions by the facilitators. Questions can be emailed directly to Rick Stark at rstark@idahopower.com.

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch with Vendors

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Automated Visual and Thermal Video Analytics to enhance Operational Situational
Facilitator(s): Kyle Roethle, Supervisor, Construction Performance Management, Puget Sound Energy
Speaker(s): PJ Fernandez, Regional Sales Director, Systems With Intelligence

While physical security applications have seen the most adoption of video within electric utilities, automated visual and thermal technologies deployed to continuously monitor equipment can help reduce unplanned outages and truck rolls. Through advanced visual analytics, real-time alerting and alarming of an impending equipment failure via hot spot or arc flash event, is sent directly to an operator via SCADA. With this visualization, an operator is able to take the most informed operational action.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

FR3, the Benefits of Ester-based Fluids
Facilitator(s): Rick Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company
Speaker(s): Ken Gunnufsen, Regional Marketing Manager, Howard Industries, Jeff Valmus, North American Utility Sales Manager, Cargill, Dan Mulkey, Principal, Mulkey Engineering Inc.

This presentation will provide an overview of Cargill’s FR3 natural ester dielectric fluid and its benefits when used in fluid-filled distribution transformers. It will also provide examples of how to adopt this technology and a case study of one user’s experience with the fluid.

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Break with Vendors

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Rick Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company, Justin So, Standards Engineer, Portland General Electric

Our most anticipated and popular session year after year. Submit your roundtable questions to be included in the Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable discussions. Include supporting information or documentation if necessary. Your questions will be compiled by area of interest and presented at the roundtable sessions by the facilitators. Questions can be emailed directly to Rick Stark at rstark@idahopower.com.

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Reception and Dinner with Vendors

Thursday, May 3, 2018

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Hot Breakfast Buffet

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Pole Loading Data Management Platform at PG&E
Facilitator(s): Kyle Roethle, Supervisor, Construction Performance Management, Puget Sound Energy
Speaker(s): Brian Nugent, Principal Engineer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Mike Rigney, Product Manager, O-Calc Pro, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

In late December, 2017 PG&E implemented a new database called the Pole Loading Database (PLDB) that is integrated with their enterprise platforms of GIS (ESRI) and asset management (SAP) along with a desktop pole loading calculation software application (O-Calc Pro by Osmose). The database and its innovative structure is intended to replace the need to save individual “flat” files as Pole Loading Calculations – instead, any analysis of a pole and its facilities can be saved as a new version of the PLDB record – maintaining an asset centric history of each pole going forward. In essence, PG&E has implemented a database capable of identifying how each of its 2.5 million wood distribution poles are constructed (framing, guys, conductor, other utility attachments, etc.). Prior to going live, the database was preloaded using an automated algorithm and process, called the Pole Builder. This algorithm used values from the existing SAP and GIS records for each pole (height, class, span lengths, wood strength, etc.), as well as information based on the PG&E standards to create a ‘baseline’ pole loading model for all wood poles on the PG&E service territory. This pole loading data management platform will give PG&E the ability to share pole loading data with third party attachers, easily keep/receive historical records, and understand the pole loading capacity of a single pole, pole line, or the entire system. Future enhancements to this system include more streamline reporting to the FAA, expansion of the system to the transmission network, and further integration with standard framing construction.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Submarine Cabling Panel
Facilitator(s): Adam Peretti, Engineer, Snohomish County PUD
Panelist(s): Cliff Center, President, Center Marine Services Inc.
Speaker(s): Calin Micu, Specialist Engineer, BC Hydro

The submarine cabling panel will introduce two submarine cabling specialists, Calin Micu and Cliff Center, who will share their expertise with the conference. The session will provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions of the panel experts and share their own experiences as well.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Break + Hotel Checkout

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

PQ 101
Facilitator(s): Justin So, Standards Engineer, Portland General Electric
Speaker(s): Scott Mercer, Specialist Engineer in Distribution Standards, BC Hydro

The Power Quality session (PQ 101) will explore the various electrical characteristics which define ‘quality’ of power such as: flicker, rapid voltage changes, unbalance, harmonics etc. Real case studies will be used to demonstrate the causes of such events on distribution systems, and how utilities/customers can best mitigate them where possible. Scott Mercer will highlight BC Hydro’s use of IEC’s 61000 series electro-magnetic compatibility standards to define their system performance requirements and prescribe customer emission limits.

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Break

1:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Planning Future Topics

4:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meeting Adjourns

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Break

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

OH/UG Wrap Up and Planning Meeting
Speaker(s): Kyle Roethle, Supervisor, Construction Performance Management, Puget Sound Energy

For PDT members only and those interested in planning the fall meeting in October. October 15-17, 2018 in Bellevue, WA.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-441-1414 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $279 CAD/night or book online using the link below. This rate is guaranteed until April 17, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $1,248 USD
Regular Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $2,847 USD
Member Vendor Display Table Only: $699 USD
Regular Vendor Display Table Only: $1,649 USD

Registration prices increase $100 after April 16, 2018. Vendor Display Table Only registration includes you as the main Vendor Display representative, one (1) skirted Vendor display table, Wednesday display events (2 breaks, lunch, Vendor Platform, evening Reception and dinner). Meeting attendance is not included. Vendors that wish to attend speaker presentations and roundtable sessions should select the Attendee + Vendor Display Table option.

Vendor Display assistant tickets are available for $299 and include booth privileges, Wednesday display events (2 breaks, lunch, Vendor Platform, evening reception and dinner). Meeting attendance is not included. Vendor Display Assistants that wish to attend speaker presentations and roundtable sessions should register as a delegate for this industry forum.

Vendor Display Schedule
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Set Up: 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Display Times: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Tear Down: 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Vendor Platform
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Break with Vendors
11:30 PM – 12:45 PM – Lunch with Vendors
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM – Break With Vendors
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Reception and Dinner with Vendors

Please note that it is expected that vendors and attendees will attend all functions including the reception and dinner on Wednesday evening. Please feel free to network on your own after 7:30 PM.

Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors!

Meet The Speakers

Ken Gunnufsen

Howard Industries

Regional Marketing Manager
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Ken has over 33 years’ experience in engineering, management and marketing in both the electrical utility industry and the chemical industry. Ken holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and currently is Regional Marketing Manager for Howard Industries.

Mark Kelvin

BC Hydro

Standards Engineer

Fred Dennert

BC Hydro

Division Manager, Distribution Standards

Jeff Valmus

Cargill

North American Utility Sales Manager
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Jeff Valmus is the Western Regional Manager for Cargill Dielectric Fluids. He has worked for Cargill for the past five years and has worked within the utility industry for over 30 years specializing in business development, sales and marketing, consulting, operations and engineering management. In his current role, he is responsible for the education, validation, implementation and support of Envirotemp FR3 filled transformers for utilities in the western US. Jeff lives in Dana Point, Ca. and enjoys golf, boating and playing with his twin golden retrievers.

Rick Stark

Idaho Power Company

Senior Engineer

Adam Peretti

Snohomish County PUD

Engineer

Scott Mercer

BC Hydro

Specialist Engineer in Distribution Standards

Justin So

Portland General Electric

Standards Engineer

Mike Rigney

Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

Product Manager, O-Calc Pro

Brian Nugent

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Principal Engineer

Kyle Roethle

Puget Sound Energy

Supervisor, Construction Performance Management

Dan Mulkey

Mulkey Engineering Inc.

Principal
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Dan Mulkey is the VP and COO of Mulkey Engineering Inc. He has worked in electric power distribution for 45 years. He specializes in utility use and operation of distribution transformers. He will discuss a method to economically evaluate life extension of distribution transformers. Dan and his wife have 5 grandchildren ranging in age from 5 to 10.

Erni Wiebe

Innovative Solutions Engineering Inc.

Principal

PJ Fernandez

Systems With Intelligence

Regional Sales Director
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PJ Fernandez is the Western Regional Sales Director for Systems With Intelligence. Over the last 10 years, PJ has worked to supply Electric Utilities with the latest in equipment and application technology. He has held various roles at ABB and Bit Stew Systems; responsible for Smart Grid solutions to the utility industry. These applications include Automation, Asset Management, Wireless Communication, Microgrids, Renewable Integration and Data Analytics. PJ received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and is based in the Houston, Texas.

Calin Micu

BC Hydro

Specialist Engineer