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Underground Transmission 2019
The Challenges and Risks of New and Existing Projects
January 31 - February 1, 2019 | Charleston, SC

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Overview

Going underground with transmission has traditionally been a transmission owner’s last resort because the cost of underground transmission is many times the cost of overhead transmission and maintenance and repair has proved costly and difficult. However, advanced cable technologies are being developed, installation techniques have expanded in terms of options and efficiency while cost factors have improved giving transmission owners more realistic options. Operators and owners that have existing underground transmission know of some of the challenges they face efficiently operating underground systems regarding maintenance, repairs, leak detection and outage times.

This conference will engage attendees in examples of recent underground projects as well as those challenges to work through with operating existing systems. Replacement of cable types as well as restoration after leaks and developing plans for maintenance streamlining including leak detection are some of the additional topics discussed. The meeting will end with a tour of Nexan’s expanded cable factory.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss Con Edison’s initiatives to address the on-going maintenance of their high-pressure fluid filled pipe
  • Listen to Duquesne Light’s experience restoring a 345kV High Pressure Fluid Filled line after a leak
  • Review the innovative approach taken with San Diego Gas & Electric’s project which traversed congested city streets and crossed Interstate 15
  • List the challenges met during the installation of extruded dielectric cable as a replacement to an existing 115 kV self-contained cable transmission line
  • Analyze Eversource Energy’s strategy for HPFF cables and spares
  • Engage in a panel discussion on the challenges of underground transmission projects
  • Review the design and installation of a South Carolina Gas & Electric’s underground transmission project including a 18,000-foot-long marsh crossing
  • Discuss the latest generation of high voltage dry-type terminations in outdoor applications
  • Explore Nexans cable factory with an informative tour of the state-of-the-art facility

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.8 CEUs for this conference and 0.7 CEUs for the workshop.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the conference to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

This conference will use case studies and PowerPoint presentations.

Agenda

Thursday, January 31, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast sponsored by Dewberry


8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Welcome and Opening Comments

Safiq Virani, Director Sales and Marketing, Land High Voltage North America, Nexans


8:45 – 9:30 a.m. :: The Challenges of High-Pressure Fluid Filled Pipe

Con Edison of New York owns and operates the largest high-pressure fluid fill system in the United States.  An ongoing challenge is preventing, detecting, and mitigating leaks due to pipe corrosion.  Initiatives to address this challenge will be discussed. 

Walter Alvarado, Vice President, System & Transmission Operation, Con Edison


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: HPFF Restoration Project

Duquesne Light’s experience restoring the return line associated with dual 345kV High Pressure Fluid Filled Underground Transmission lines after a dielectric fluid release.

Melissa Huff, Underground Maintenance Planning Engineer, Duquesne Light Company

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:45 – 11: 45 a.m. :: Sycamore to Peñasquitos (SX-PQ) 230kV Transmission Line Project  

The Sycamore to Peñasquitos 230kV Transmission Line Project (SX-PQ) extends 12.5 miles of new 230 kV electric transmission line in San Diego County, CA. The underground electric transmission line improves the reliability of the transmission grid in Southern California and enables delivery of renewable energy generated in the desert areas east of San Diego to the load centers in the coastal regions where the power is in demand. The project, which traversed congested city streets and crossed the Interstate 15 freeway (I-15), used innovative approaches to solve obstacles encountered during the design and construction of the project. The case study will detail:

  • Creative approaches
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Lessons learned

Vinh Huynh, Senior Engineer, SDG&E

Dan Klausenstock, Director of Electric (West), NV5

Doug Taft, Senior Vice President, Director of Power, NV5

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


12:45 – 1:40 p.m. :: Replacement of 115 kV Self-Contained Cable (SCFF) with Extruded Dielectric Cables

This presentation will discuss the challenges met during the design and installation of extruded dielectric cable as a replacement to an existing 115 kV self-contained cable transmission line.

Invited Utility Speaker

Todd Goyette, Senior Project Engineer, POWER Engineers


1:40 – 2:40 p.m. :: Developing a Strategy for HPFF Cable and Spares

This presentation will discuss Eversource’s strategy for HPFF cables and their spares as they are developing a strategy for HPFF due to the age of the cables and the limitation of vendors that supply the cables. Other cable types such as, XLPE cable and spares, will also be discussed and specifically the shelf-life issues they are experiencing with spare accessories.

David A. Presutti, Senior Engineer, Eversource Energy

2:40 – 3:10 p.m. :: Networking Break


3:10 – 3:55 p.m. HPPT Cables to XLPE Cables – To Convert or Not Convert

In North America and internationally, pipe-type cables installations date to the 1930s and many are near or beyond their design life and will require replacement. XLPE cables present a desirable replacement option while re-utilizing the existing steel pipes to reduce costs.  This presentation provides some of the engineering challenges and other considerations in the replacement with XLPE cables.

Vincent Curci, Sr. Project Manager, HDR


3:55 – 5:00 p.m. :: Panel Discussion on the Challenges Facing Underground Transmission Projects

Dr. Mark Stemmle, Technical Director, Nexans

Brett Varner, Manager, Power Delivery Engineering, South Carolina Electric & Gas

David A. Presutti, Senior Engineer, Eversource Energy

Walter Alvarado, Vice President, System & Transmission Operation, Con Edison

Dennis Johnson, Senior Project Engineer, POWER Engineers

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception


Friday, February 1, 2019

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


8:00 – 8:45 a.m. :: Hamlin-Isle of Palms 115-kV Line

This presentation will review the challenges met during the 5-mile underground portion of this transmission line, including the 18,000-foot-long marsh crossing. This line allows SCE&G to provide greater reliability and meet the growing electrical needs of northern Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms/Sullivan’s Island by providing a back-up source of power for three existing substations and greater flexibility in the way SCE&G operates the transmission system in Mount Pleasant.

Brett Varner, Manager, Power Delivery Engineering, South Carolina Electric & Gas


8:45 – 9:30 a.m. :: Applications for Dry-Type Outdoor High Voltage Terminations

This presentation will discuss the latest generation of high voltage dry-type terminations in outdoor applications up to 170kV.

Dr. Mark Stemmle, Technical Director, Nexans

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Networking Break and Boarding Bus for Tour


10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. :: Nexans Cable Factory Tour*

10:00 a.m. :: Bus Leaves Conference Hotel

10:45 a.m. :: Factory arrival, sign in, PPE distribution

11:00 a.m. :: Nexans introduction

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. :: Tour

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Return to hotel

The Nexans High Voltage factory in Goose Creek, SC will host attendees for a tour of this state-of-the-art cable manufacturing facility. Participants are requested to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes and long pants. Other required PPE will be provided by the host.

Although there is no cost associated with the tour, we ask that you register so that we can plan accordingly for transportation.

*The tour will be open to all conference participants except for cable manufacturers and direct competitors to Nexans at the discretion of EUCI. 

1:15 p.m. :: Conference Adjourns

Workshop

Underground Transmission 101 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Overview

Underground transmission is a costly and complicated option for transmission projects. This workshop will provide an in-depth overview of underground systems, technology, construction, and installation. This is the ideal workshop for engineers new to underground transmission projects, regulatory staff that needs an overview to evaluate project options and vendors and contractors that support utilities as they build new transmission.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review underground transmission technology and systems
  • Examine the basics of underground design and construction
  • Discuss the design of extruded dielectric cable systems
  • Discuss the design of high-pressure fluid-filled cable systems     

Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Workshop Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Underground Transmission: An Overview

  • Technology
  • Drivers

Basic Underground Design and Construction Considerations

  • Preliminary Design Issues
  • Route Selection
  • Detail Design Issues
  • Other Design Considerations
  • Installation Methods

Extruded Dielectric Cable System Design 

  • Cable Design
  • Trench Design
  • Grounding/Bonding Design
  • Structure Designs
  • Other Design Considerations

High-Pressure fluid-filled Cable System Design 

  • Cable Design
  • Trench Design
  • Cathodic Protection
  • Hydraulic System Design
  • Structure Designs

Workshop Instructors

Dennis Johnson, Senior Project Engineer, POWER Engineers

Dennis Johnson has more than 30 years of experience in the design and construction of underground transmission and distribution systems. He has served as a design and project engineer on numerous underground transmission projects at voltages ranging from 69 kV to 500 kV. Mr. Johnson is an active voting member of the IEEE Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC). He is a member of various ICC subcommittees that are developing guides and standards for high voltage underground cable systems.


Todd Goyette, Senior Project Engineer, POWER Engineers

Todd Goyette joined POWER Engineers in November of 2012 and is a senior project engineer in the underground transmission group. He has over 23 years of experience in many aspects of high voltage and extra high voltage underground cable projects including design, permitting & licensing, construction and operation & maintenance. He has experience with self-contained fluid filled, high pressure fluid filled, high pressure gas filled and extruded dielectric cable systems. Prior to joining POWER, Todd worked for National Grid, a large investor-based utility, for 18 years performing similar functions. He serves on several working group committees for the IEEE Insulated Conductors Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a registered Professional Engineer in several New England states.

Speakers

Walter Alvarado, Vice President, System & Transmission Operation, Con Edison

Todd Goyette, Senior Project Engineer, POWER Engineers

Melissa Huff, Underground Maintenance Planning Engineer, Duquesne Light Company

Vinh Huynh, Senior Engineer, SDG&E

Dennis Johnson, Senior Project Engineer, POWER Engineers

Dan Klausenstock, Director of Electric (West), NV5

David A. Presutti, Senior Engineer, Eversource Energy

Dr. Mark Stemmle, Technical Director, Nexans

Doug Taft, Senior Vice President, Director of Power, NV5

Brett Varner, Manager, Power Delivery Engineering, South Carolina Electric & Gas

Safiq Virani, Director Sales and Marketing, Land High Voltage North America, Nexans

Location

Charleston Marriott

170 Lockwood Blvd

Charleston, SC 29403

Reserve your room:

please call 1-843-723-3000

Click here to book online.

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of January 29 – 31, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$134.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to December 29, 2018.

Venue Information

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/local-things-to-do/chsmc-charleston-marriott/

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Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, January 11, 2019
Standard RateAttendees
Underground Transmission 2019US $ 1195.00US $ 1395.00

This event has the following workshops:

Underground Transmission 101US $ 895.00
US $ 995.00
Nexans Cable Factory TourUS $ 0.00
US $ 0.00

*Please note: all attendees of the conference will receive a link to downlaod all presentations that are made available by the presenters. If you cannot attend the conference but would still like a copy of these materials, please consider purchasing the proceedings package listed below

I cannot attend but would like a copy of the proceedings

Proceedings packageUS $ 395.00

Take advantage of these discounts!

  • Attend the Conference and workshop and pay US $ 1,995.00 per attendee (save US $ 95.00 each)
  • Attend the Conference and both workshops and pay US $ 1,995.00 per attendee (save US $ 95.00 each)

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Any organization wishing to send multiple attendees to these conferences may send 1 FREE for every 3 delegates registered. Please note that all registrations must be made at the same time to qualify.

Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before December 28, 2018 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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