Oct

20-22

Underground/Overhead Electric Distribution (Oct 20-22)

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.

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General Details

Program Location
Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre
1310 Water Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P3

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 Conference Registration: $599
Regular Conference Registration: $1,198
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

Member and regular conference registration prices increase $100 after September 29. A conference registration with a vendor display registration increases $200 after September 29. Guest passes with a registration are available for $150. A conference registration includes attendance to all presentations, roundtable sessions, vendor area, comprehensive meeting materials and all food events.

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.

For more information contact Christopher Lee at 971.255.4967.

Agenda

Tuesday, October 20th

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Welcome Reception

Wednesday, October 21st

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

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Welcome and Introductions
Housekeeping Announcements and Introductions
David Walden, T&D Line Standards Engineer, FortisBC
Devin Krenz, Supervisor of Lines Engineering, FortisBC

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
Cable Installations: “What Not To Do”
Facilitator: Jeff Budke, Senior Engineer, Avista Corp.
Speaker: Kirk Lauritsen, Senior Salesman, The Okonite Company

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Cable Installations at BC Hydro
Facilitator: Fred Dennert, Division Manager, BC Hydro
Speaker: Aaron Norris, Senior Engineer, BC Hydro

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Break with Vendors

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Underground/ Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
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.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch with Vendors

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Cable Termination Best Practices
Facilitator: David Walden, T&D Line Standards Engineer, FortisBC
Speakers: Gordon McKinlay, P.Eng, Technical Sales Representative, Thomas & Betts – Utility Division
Joseph W. McAuliffe, PE, Senior Product Engineer, Energy Division, Southwire Company

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Small Cable Pulling Roundtable
Facilitators: Gary Betts, Idaho Power and David Walden, FortisBC
After sharing the findings from a short survey submitted by attending delegates, participants will have a roundtable discussion about utility practices for pulling small primary cables into conduit.

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Break with Vendors

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Underground/ Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable

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

Thursday, October 22nd

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Environmental Considerations for Fiberglass Poles and Cross Arms
Facilitator: Adam Peretti, Snohomish County PUD

8:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Underground/ Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable

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

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Underground/ Overhead Practices, Product, and Safety Roundtable

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Planning Future Topics
Fred Dennert to lead discussion for planning Spring 2016 topic on how utilities are organizing, publishing, and sharing standards with their employees and contractors. Please consider the questions below.

1. How do utilities organize their standards and keep them aligned?
2. How do other utilities present their standards and make them easy to find and use?
3. How do others prioritize the work and develop their standards? Any ways to make it more efficient?
4. What process do others use for review and acceptance of standards?
5. Change management
6. Quality review and conformance to standards

There will also be time dedicated to discussing additional topics.

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 spring meeting. Lunch provided.

Hotel + Travel

Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre
1310 Water Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P3
Phone: 250.763.4500
Ideally located on the shores of majestic Okanagan Lake, this destination resort and conference centre was recently ranked among the Top Waterfront Hotels in Canada by Canoe.ca. Nestled in the heart of Canada’s wine country, our Kelowna hotel boasts 390 guest rooms, villas and suites, offering city, lake or mountain views. Visit the nearby vineyards and wineries for exclusive tastings or, depending on the season, enjoy a day of skiing, golfing, boating or cycling with spectacular views of Okanagan Lake and the surrounding mountains.

Reservation Instructions
Please contact the hotel directly at 1.800.465.4651 to make your room arrangements. Identify yourself as being with the Western Energy Institute by referencing “WEI – Underground Overhead Electric Dist” to receive a special rate of $189 CAD. These rates are guaranteed to October 5, 2015 or until the WEI room block is full.

Travel Information
Driving directions from Kelowna International Airport (YLW)
5533 Airport Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1S1, Canada

Route: 15.0 km, 17 mins
Head west on Airport Way toward Aerospace Dr – 0.2 km / 1 min
Turn right to stay on Airport Way – 0.3 km / 1 min
Turn left onto Hwy 97 N/BC-97 S Continue to follow Hwy 97 N – 13.7 km / 14 mins
Turn right onto Water St – 0.9 km / 2 mins

Parking
Self-Parking: $16/day CAD (taxes included)
Weekly Self-Parking: $80/week CAD (taxes included)
Valet Parking: $20/day CAD (taxes included)

Meet The Speakers

Kirk Lauritsen

The Okonite Company

Senior Salesman

Aaron Norris

BC Hydro

Gordon McKinlay

Thomas & Betts - Utility Division

P.Eng, Technical Sales Representative

Joseph W. McAuliffe

Southwire Company

PE, Senior Product Engineer, Energy Division

Kirk Lauritsen

The Okonite Company

Senior Salesman

Aaron Norris

BC Hydro

Gordon McKinlay

Thomas & Betts - Utility Group

Technical Engineer - Utility Sales

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.

Fred Dennert

BC Hydro

Division Manager, Distribution Standards

Gary Betts

Idaho Power Company

Principal Engineer

Adam Peretti

Snohomish County PUD

Senior Design Engineer

Jeff Budke

Avista Corp.

Senior Engineer

Joseph McAuliffe

Southwire

PE, Senior Product Engineer

Devin Krenz

FortisBC

Supervisor of Lines Engineering