Oct

22-24

Overhead Underground Electric Distribution (Oct 22-24)

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)
  • Adam Peretti, Snohomish County PUD

    • Program Location
    • Hilton Vancouver Washington
    • 301 West 6th Street
      Vancouver, WA 98660
    • 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: $699 USD
    Regular: $1,349 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after September 29, 2019. Registration includes attendance to all presentations, roundtable sessions, vendor area, comprehensive meeting materials, and all food events. Guest tickets are available for $100 and allow 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.
  • 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 Traci Pepper, Program Manager at (503) 688-2798.

Agenda

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

BPA Test Labs Tour

Join WEI on a private tour of the Bonneville Power Administration’s Electric and Mechanical Test Labs. Due to the need for security clearances, registration for this tour will close on Monday September 30, 2019. US citizens should email WEI Program Manager Traci Pepper with their full name and company to register. For Foreign Nationals (those not born in the US or those holding non-US passports) BPA will need page two of the Foreign National Visitor form filled out. Specifically, please fill out items 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. BPA will fill out the rest of the form from the host information down.

Please email Traci Pepper to receive the Foreign National Visitor form (non-US) or to supply your name and company (US) to register.

WEI Reserves the right to cancel networking tours if a minimum number of participants is not met. Space is limited. Includes: Round trip transportation from hotel is included.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast Buffet

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome & Introductions

Housekeeping Announcements and Introductions

8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Keynote Speaker

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Shear Bolt Connectors Performance

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Vendor Platform

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

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Break with Vendors

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Safety Concerns for Engineers in the Field
Speaker(s): Karen Perzanowski, Standards Engineer, Clark Public Utilities

How to stay alive while in the field with crews or alone.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch with Vendors

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable
Facilitator(s): Rick Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company

Submit your roundtable questions to be included in the Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable discussions. Your questions will be compiled by area of interest and presented at the roundtable sessions, which includes supporting information or documentation necessary. Questions can be emailed directly to Rick Stark at rstark@idahopower.com.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Break with Vendors

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Molded Rubber Goods
Speaker(s): Tom Nordrum, Sr. Sales Engineer, Eaton Cooper Power Systems

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Cabling Ampacity
Speaker(s): Dave Wisniewski, District Manager - Portland, The Okonite Company

Understand how thermal rho, load factor, the type of shield grounding and other installation factors affect the ampacity of MV underground cable systems.

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Break

5:15 PM - 7:45 PM

Reception and Dinner with Vendors

Thursday, October 24, 2019

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast Buffet

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Presentation

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable

9:45 AM - 10:00 am

Planning Future Topics
Facilitator(s): Adam Peretti, Principal Engineer, Snohomish County PUD

Group discussion on future topics

10:00 am - 10:30 AM

Break + Hotel Checkout

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Presentation

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Lunch

12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Overhead/Underground Practices, Product and Safety Roundtable

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Break

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Safety Incident Report Technical Writing
Speaker(s): laura Vanderpool, Technical Writer, Seattle City Light

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

PDT Wrap Up Meeting – For PDT members only and those interested in planning the spring meeting.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (360) 993-4500 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with WEI Overhead Underground to receive a special rate of $189 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until September 29, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Vendor Display Table Only: $699 USD
Regular Vendor Display Table Only: $1,349 USD
Member Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $1,298 USD
Regular Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $2,898 USD

Registration prices increase $100 after September 29, 2019. Vendor Display Table Only registration includes you as the main Vendor Display representative, one (1) 6-foot skirted Vendor display table, Wednesday Display Events (two breaks, lunch, vendor platform, evening reception, and dinner). Meeting attendance is not included. Vendors that wish to attend speaker presentations and roundtable sessions should choose the Attendee + Vendor Display Table option.

Vendor display assistant passes are available for $299 each once the main vendor registration is complete. Registration includes booth privileges, Wednesday Display Events (two 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.

Guest tickets are available for $100 and allow 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.

Vendor Display Schedule
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Set Up: 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Display Times: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Tear Down: 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Vendor Platform: 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Break with Vendors: 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Lunch with Vendors: 11:45 PM – 12:45 PM
Break With Vendors: 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Reception and Dinner with Vendors: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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 Tuesday evening after 6:30 PM and Wednesday after 7:30 PM.

Shipping Information
Shipments should not be shipped more than three (3) business days prior to your event. All packages must be labeled as follows:

Hilton Vancouver Washington
301 West 6th Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
Attn: Receiving
Your company name
Your onsite company rep
WEI Overhead Underground Electric Distribution
October 23, 2019
Box __ of __

Please contact Kris Taylor for additional shipping information.

Meet The Speakers

Rick Stark

Idaho Power Company

Senior Engineer

Tom Nordrum

Eaton Cooper Power Systems

Sr. Sales Engineer

Dave Wisniewski

The Okonite Company

District Manager - Portland

Adam Peretti

Snohomish County PUD

Principal Engineer

Laura Vanderpool

Seattle City Light

Technical Writer

Karen Perzanowski

Clark Public Utilities

Standards Engineer