Apr

18-20

Underground/Overhead Electric Distribution (Apr 18-20)

Electric utility professionals meet to discuss current standards, materials and maintenance for distribution, substation and transmission operations. 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. Agendas feature extensive roundtable discussion so that each delegate has an opportunity to submit questions and receive feedback from their peers. Participants also have the opportunity to preview vendor products and services. Vendors encouraged to display.

General Details

Program Chair
David Walden
FortisBC

Program Location
Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

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

For more information contact Meryl Collins at 971.255.4964

Registration Options
Member Conference Registration: $599
Regular Conference Registration: $1,198
Speaker Delegate Registration: $599

Member, regular and speaker delegate conference registration prices increase $100 after March 18. A conference registration with a vendor display registration increases $200 after March 18. A conference registration includes attendance to all presentations, roundtable sessions, vendor area, comprehensive meeting materials and all food events. Guest passes with a registration are available for $150 and include access to the welcome reception and the reception and dinner with vendors.

Vendor registration information can be found under the Vendor Display tab.

Agenda

Monday, April 18

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Welcome Reception

Tuesday, April 19

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Welcome and Introductions and Housekeeping
Speakers: David Walden, T&D Line Standards Engineer, FortisBC
Meryl Collins, Program Manager, WEI

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
Cable Memory: Fact or Fiction?
Speaker: Brent Richardson, End Use Marketing Manager, Dow Wire & Cable

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Vendor Break

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM
Wood Preservative Methods
Speaker: Jeff Morell, Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Vendor Platform

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Underground/Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable
Facilitators: Raluca Moldovan, Standards Engineer, Portland General Electric
Gary Betts, Principal Engineer, Idaho Power Company

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch with Vendors

1:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Underground/Overhead Standards Discussion
Speakers: Adam Peretti, Senior Design Engineer, Snohomish County PUD
Fred Dennert, Division Manager, Distribution Standards, BC Hydro
Rick Stark, Senior Engineer, Idaho Power Company
Kyle Roethle, Senior Engineering Specialist, Puget Sound Energy
TBD, PacifiCorp
Facilitator: Fred Dennert

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Break with Vendors

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Underground/Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable
Facilitators: Raluca Maldovan, Standards Engineer, Portland General Electric
Gary Betts, Principal Engineer, Idaho Power Company

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Reception and Dinner with Vendors

Wednesday, April 20

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast – Hot Buffet

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Underground/Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
Glass, Porcelain and Polymer Insulators
Speaker: Andy Bui, Project Manager, Bonneville Power Administration

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Break – Hotel Checkout

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Underground/Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Group Discussion – Planning Future Topics
• Group discussion on future topics
• Meryl to review community page and how to access PDFs afterwards

12:00 PM
Meeting Adjourns

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
UGOH Wrap Up and Planning Meeting
For PDT members only and those interested in planning the fall meeting. Lunch provided.

Hotel + Travel

Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 1.800.HILTONS

For easy online booking, visit the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower website and enter the three letter code: WEI into the Group/Convention Code box as you make your reservation. This will allow you to book directly into the block and secure the negotiated rate of $189 per night. You may also call 1.800.HILTONS and speak with a reservations agent to book a room. Group rate includes basic wi-fi. Self-parking is not available at the hotel and valet parking is $41 overnight. In order to receive the group rate, reservations must be made by March 30, 2016.

Vendor Display

Registration Options
Member Vendor Display: $649
Regular Vendor Display: $1,599
Member Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $1,048
Regular Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $2,597
+ Booth Assistant: $299

Vendor display registration includes a main Vendor Display representative, one skirted Vendor Display table and 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 register both as a vendor and as a delegate for this industry forum.

Booth assistant passes are available for $299 each once the main vendor registration is complete. This registration includes booth privileges and Wednesday Display Events (two breaks, lunch, vendor platform, evening reception and dinner). Meeting attendance is not included. Booth Assistants that wish to attend speaker presentations and roundtable sessions should reserve a conference registration.

Vendor Display Map
WEI - UGOH Spring 2016 Vendor Floor Plan,Blank

Meet The Speakers

Andy Bui

Bonneville Power Administration

Project Manager

Gary Betts

Idaho Power Company

Principal Engineer

Jeff Morell

Oregon State University

Wood Science and Engineering

Brent Richardson

Dow Wire & Cable

End Use Marketing Manager

David Walden

FortisBC

T&D Line Standards Engineer

David Walden

FortisBC

T&D Line Standards Engineer
Learn More

Dave Walden is a Distribution Lines Engineer with FortisBC. After graduating from the University of Victoria he worked in Oil Field construction before coming over to the good side, electric utility. He has worked at FortisBC in various roles including Generation, Standards and Distribution Planning. Dave lives in Kelowna with his wife and two boys where they enjoy time together when he’s not Mountain Biking.

Meryl Collins

Western Energy Institute

Program Manager

Gary Betts

Idaho Power Company

Principal Engineer

Raluca Maldovan

Portland General Electric

Standards Engineer

Brent Richardson

Dow Wire & Cable

End Use Marketing Manager
Learn More

Brent Richardson is the North American End Use Marketing Manager for Dow Wire & Cable. Prior to joining Dow in May of 2007, Brent worked for nearly 25 years for Duke Energy in Charlotte, NC. His experience included many components of the utility business including Field Engineering, Distribution Standards and Marketing. He received a BSEE from Virginia Tech in 1985 and is a registered PE in NC and SC and is also a member of IEEE.

Adam Peretti

Snohomish County PUD

Senior Design Engineer

Fred Dennert

BC Hydro

Division Manager, Distribution Standards

Rick Stark

Idaho Power Company

Senior Engineer

Kyle Roethle

Puget Sound Energy

Senior Engineering Specialist

Raluca Moldovan

Portland General Electric

Standards Engineer

Adam Peretti

Snohomish County PUD

Senior Design Engineer

Fred Dennert

BC Hydro

Division Manager, Distribution Standards

Rick Stark

Idaho Power Company

Senior Engineer

Kyle Roethle

Puget Sound Energy

Senior Engineering Specialist

Jeff Morrell

Oregon State University

Professor
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Professor, Oregon State University

Andy Bui

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)

Electrical Engineer
Learn More

Andy Bui is an electrical engineer at the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) where he is currently working in the Transmission Line Design Department with a focus on line insulators and insulation coordination. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Portland in 2010 and a Master of Engineering degree from Oregon State University in 2012.