Sep

13-14

Utility Pole + Overhead Systems (Sep 13-14)

This biennial program pairs informative educational sessions presented by industry experts with a trade show. More than 14 sessions are offered over two days to highlight new technologies, best practices and address challenges found with utility pole structures and related overhead systems. Engineers, operations and purchasing personnel from utilities and service companies from throughout Western North America have the opportunity to network at the interactive trade show open throughout the conference. The trade show features more than 40 vendors offering hands-on demonstrations of the latest pole products and innovations in the industry. Vendors encouraged to display.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Joseph Clifton - PacifiCorp

    • Program Location
    • Embassy Suites Hotel Portland-Airport
    • 7900 Northeast 82nd Avenue
      Portland, OR 97220
    • Who Should Attend
      • Engineering professionals
      • Operations managers
      • Purchasing professionals
      • Materials managers
      • Environmental professionals
      • Utility pole program and project managers
      • Service companies providing pole and overhead structure materials, treatments, or related products
  • Registration Options
  • Member (WEI or NWPPA): $449 USD
    Regular: $899 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after August 12, 2017. Registration includes meeting materials, breakfasts, lunches, and networking reception. If you are a current member of NWPPA but do not see the Member rate, please call 503.231.1994 and we can process your registration over the phone.

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

Agenda

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome and Conference Overview
Speaker(s): Dave Asgharian, Principal Engineer, PacifiCorp

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Keynote
Facilitator(s): Dave Asgharian, Principal Engineer, PacifiCorp
Speaker(s): Bill Nicholson, Sr. VP Customer Services, Transmission & Distribution, Portland General Electric

The utility industry is in a unique period of growth as the grid is reimagined in light of developing technologies. How might this affect the operation of an aging infrastructure over the next few years?

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Poles Structures Session Part I - Wood, Steel, Fiberglass
Facilitator(s): Jeff Morrell, Professor, Oregon State University
Speaker(s): Butch Bernhardt, Program Manager, Western Wood Preservers Institute, Jesse Saunders, Director of Operations, FRP Transmission Innovations, Chris Evans, Marketing Services, Valmont-Newmark

Utility pole specialists will explain the advantages of each pole material as we explore the differences between the materials and discuss when to use each to its best advantage.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Break with Vendor Displays

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Poles Structures Session Part II - Ductile Steel, Concrete, Q&A
Facilitator(s): Jeff Morrell, Professor, Oregon State University
Speaker(s): Gary Braaten, National Sales Manager, McWane Poles, Chris Evans, Marketing Services, Valmont-Newmark

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Telecommunications Pole Asset Management
Speaker(s): Tom Mc Gowan, Joint Use Regional Manager, CenturyLink, Tuan Tran, Energy Delivery Engineering Division Director, Seattle City Light

How do we develop and implement a process to better coordinate differing inspection and maintenance programs between utilities and telecommunications companies? One telecommunications company is working with a utility to pilot a joint inspection and pole replacement plan in the hopes of creating inspection criteria to address Bad Order pole remediation that both company’s Risk Management, Asset Management, and Legal departments can endorse and support.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

The Multi-State Plan: Inspection Data Management

How one utility manages pole inspection program, pole condition, safety inspections, and data processing across states, jurisdictions, and multiple systems.

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Wildlife and Power Lines: Methods to Prevent Animal-Caused Outages
Speaker(s): Rick Harness, Certified Wildlife Biologist, EDM International

Nationwide, animals cause approximately eight percent of known utility outages, as related to frequency. Problems are diverse, from snakes in substations, squirrels on overhead transformers, and eagles going phase to phase on distribution circuits. Fortunately most issues can be addressed by using insulation and/or isolation methods. This presentation will cover typical issues encountered by electric utilities, common solutions, and missteps sometimes made during mitigation. The presentation will also cover legal aspects and new permitting regulations.

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Break with Vendor Displays

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Fire!
Speaker(s): Gurb Hari, Manager, Distribution Engineering, Global Electricity Business Unit, ATCO Gas

In May 2016, wildfires ravaged the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and surrounding area during what would become the costliest natural disaster in Canada’s history. As one of the organizations on the ground from beginning to end, ATCO experienced firsthand the challenges of operating in extreme conditions during a crisis. Learn from ATCO about how they managed the safe replacement of nearly 1000 damaged distribution & transmission poles including understanding the impacts to wooden poles and how different types of poles performed in the fire. Learn how the company assessed different types of coatings and wraps in order to change how it procured future poles as a result of the incident.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

BC Hydro Alternate Structure Materials Strategy - Composite Crossarms
Speaker(s): Adelana Gilpin-Jackson, Specialist Engineer - Lines Strategy & Standards, Asset Investment Management, BC Hydro

BC Hydro primarily uses traditional materials like steel and wood for structure crossarms. When material availability, design requirements, structure reliability and constructability are considered, it becomes clear that electric utilities should research and consider alternate materials for structure upgrades, replacements and new construction. This presentation reviews BC Hydro’s experience with testing, design, construction and maintenance of composite crossarms.

4:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Reception with Vendor Displays

Thursday, September 14, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Managing Deterioration - Wood and Corrosion
Speaker(s): Jeff Morrell, Professor, Oregon State University, Kevin Niles, Product Manager, Corrosion Engineer, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

The session will discuss detecting decay in wood and remedial treatment methods for arresting this damage. The second talk will address detection of corrosion of steel and methods to remediate this damage. 

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Wood Pole Structure Design Done Properly!
Speaker(s): Otto Lynch, Vice President, Power Line Systems, Inc.

This presentation will review the upcoming American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Structure Engineering Institute (SEI) Design and Use of Wood Pole Structures for Electrical Transmission Lines Manual of Practice (MOP).  This document represents the work of experts from all facets of the wood pole and overhead line design industry.  Learn about the contents of this important document to the industry and how it can help you to design properly engineered and more resilient overhead lines.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Break with Vendor Displays + Hotel Checkout

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Assessing Large Data
Speaker(s): Ben Butera, Director - Product Management, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

This presentation will show one method of Predictive Maintenance modeling. It will describe an analytics-driven asset management strategy for wood and steel poles, and include statistics on wood pole service life.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

The Future of Wood Pole Disposal for U.S. Utilities
Speaker(s): Barry Breede, Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer, Cox Industries, Inc.

Developing a thoughtful approach to the proper disposal of wood utility poles requires an understanding of pole manufacturing processes, regulatory compliance requirements, available disposal options and their probable costs, and company sustainability goals. This presentation will discuss how utilities can integrate thinking on these topics to develop a long term strategic approach to pole disposal.

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

New Products

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Structure Lighting and Marking
Speaker(s): Scott Nosal, Bonneville Power Administration

This session covers FAA requirements for obstruction lighting and marking, and BPA’s experience in dealing with the FAA.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Fall Protection
Speaker(s): David O'Claire, Supervisor, Structural Engineering, Bonneville Power Administration

BPA Implementation of fall protection on lattice and steel pole transmission structures.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Break

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Drone Pole Inspection
Speaker(s): Matt Rolow, Manager, Asset Strategy, PacifiCorp

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Closing Comments
Speaker(s): Dave Asgharian, Principal Engineer, PacifiCorp

3:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Conference Adjourns

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Conference Wrap Up

Those wishing to serve on the 2019 planning committee are welcome to attend.

Hotel + Travel

  • Embassy Suites Hotel Portland-Airport
  • 7900 Northeast 82nd Avenue
  • Portland, Oregon 97220
  • Phone: 503-460-3000
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 821-5879 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $169/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 12, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.


  • Click here to make your reservation now.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member (WEI or NWPPA) Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $649 USD
Regular Attendee + Vendor Display Table: $1,599 USD

Registration prices increase $100 after August 12, 2017. Registration includes meeting materials, breakfasts, lunches, and networking reception, and a vendor booth in the exhibit hall. If you are a current member of NWPPA but do not see the Member rate, please call 503.231.1994 and we can process your registration over the phone.

Vendor Display Assistant tickets are available for $299 and include exhibit hall, lunches, and networking reception. This ticket does not include meeting materials or session attendance.

Shipping information:
To send booth materials to the hotel, please mail your packages to:
Embassy Suites Portland Airport
Attn: Receiving
7900 Northeast 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97220

Packages should arrive no earlier than three days prior to the conference start date. All packages should include: WEI Utility Pole + Overhead Systems Conference, September 13-14, 2017, Number of Boxes

Vendor Display Schedule

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Set Up: 7:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Display Times: 9:45 AM – 6:45 PM
Break with Vendors: 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Lunch with Vendors: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Break With Vendors: 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Reception with Vendors: 4:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Display Times: 9:45 AM – 1:30 PM
Tear Down: 1:30 PM
Break with Vendors: 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Lunch with Vendors: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Meet The Speakers

Rick Harness

EDM International

Certified Wildlife Biologist

Tom Mc Gowan

CenturyLink

Joint Use Regional Manager

Dave Asgharian

PacifiCorp

Principal Engineer

Jeff Morrell

Oregon State University

Professor, Dept of Wood Science & Engineering

Jesse Saunders

FRP Transmission Innovations

Director of Operations

Otto Lynch

Power Line Systems, Inc.

Vice President

Rick Harness

EDM International

Certified Wildlife Biologist

Gurb Hari

ATCO Gas

Manager, Distribution Engineering, Global Electricity Business Unit

Adelana Gilpin-Jackson

BC Hydro

Specialist Engineer - Lines Strategy & Standards, Asset Investment Management

Kevin Niles

Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

Product Manager, Corrosion Engineer

Ben Butera

Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

Director - Product Management

Barry Breede

Sustainable Management Systems

Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer

Scott Nosal

Bonneville Power Administration

Matt Rolow

PacifiCorp

Manager, Asset Strategy

Barry Breede

Cox Industries, Inc.

Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer

Bill Nicholson

Portland General Electric

Sr. VP Customer Services, Transmission & Distribution
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As senior vice president, Bill Nicholson currently oversees Customer Service Operations, Customer Strategy and Business Development, and Transmission & Distribution Operations & Services. Nicholson joined PGE in 1980 as an engineer at the Trojan Plant and has served in a variety of capacities in Distribution Operations and Generation Engineering. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University in 1980.

Warren Stewart

McWane Poles

National Sales Manager

Chris Evans

Valmont-Newmark

Marketing Services

Tuan Tran

Seattle City Light

Energy Delivery Engineering Division Director

David O’Claire

Bonneville Power Administration

Supervisor, Structural Engineering