WEI Webinar Series: T+D Electric Line Inspection using Ultrasonic/Infrared/Optical Technology (Sep 28)

This series of webinars are a free offering by WEI to keep our members engaged, updated and connected in the energy industry. The various webinars will be a collaboration with energy and/or service company providers which will be offered on a wide range of timely and relevant topics that provide value to our members.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • WEI

    • Program Location
    • Virtual Event
    • No travel required. All agenda times are in Pacific time. Instructions to access the virtual event will be provided to the attendee before the program.
    • Who Should Attend
      • All of Western Energy Institute Membership
      • Energy industry executives
      • WEI Board of Directors
      • Executive Planning Committees
      • Service company providers
      • Senior management professionals
      • Electric and Natural Gas Energy Operations personnel
      • Supervisors¬†Front line employees
      • Engineering professionals
      • Planning personnel
      • Renewable Gas engineering and policy leaders
      • Electric personnel responsible for wildfire mitigation, planning, and response ¬†
  • Registration Options
  • This webinar is being offered free of charge.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • To best serve WEI members and program participants this webinar is offered at no charge. WEI will be waiving its standard cancellation policy for this virtual program.
  • 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. Recording is not permitted for any portion of the event.
  • For more information contact Diana Zoren, Director of Strategic Initiatives at (503) 318-1108.


Thursday, September 28, 2023

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

T&D Electric Line Inspection using Ultrasonic/Infrared/Optical Technology

During this webinar you will learn about a new technology that combines ultrasound, infrared, and optical technology in one tool. Our presenter is Bob Gaw, a retired Senior Project Manager who worked in the Asset Management Group for Evergy, a utility company that serves 1.7 million customers in Kansas and Missouri. He has a long and successful career of 38 years in the utility industry where he faced 15 different re-organizations and utilized new technologies and concepts to solve old problems.

As a leader of the Worst Performing Circuit program at Evergy (formerly Kansas City Power & Light), Mr. Gaw applied his passion for customer satisfaction to address and solve reliability issues on more than 989 circuits over the last 12 years. He used sound technology solutions to achieve a remarkable 42% reduction of in the System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI) and System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) indices as compared to their original baseline measurements. The INSPECO X1 Line Inspection Tool proved effective at finding hidden problems such as cracked insulators, broken conductor strands, loose connections, and deteriorated insulation on circuits that trip frequently.

Meet The Speakers

Bob Gaw

Self Employed


Jeff Wilding

Energy Experts International

Director of Project Execution