2023 Underground Transmission

2023 Underground Transmission

January 19-20, 2023 | Denver, CO and Online

“The conference was a good opportunity for networking and making new contacts.” President, Power Delivery Solutions

“Excellent opportunity to learn and meet professionals from different utilities.” Sr. Electrical Engineer, ENMAX Power Corporation

“This was well worth the travel and time commitment. The vendor interactions mad my trip so worthwhile.” Lead Engineer, Duke Energy

“Workshops are great for attendees new to underground transmission. Conference keeps attendees up to date on latest trends, technology, and issues.” – Transmission Engineer, Florida Power & Light

“Information on a Journeyman level.” – Project Manager, New River Electrical Corp.

“Knowing very little about underground transmission, this conference peaked an interest to learn more.” – Engineer 2, Pepco

“EUCI workshops are always an outstanding way to learn and share knowledge about current trends in the energy sectors.” – Environmental Specialist, Ecology& Environment Inc.

“A great conference that introduces attendees to other professionals in the field.” Project Engineer, Electrical Consultants Inc.

“The EUCI UG conference is a great tool to introduce new UG affiliates to the field as well as expand the knowledge of the most senior affiliates.” – Transmission Engineer, Dominion Power

Going underground with transmission has traditionally been a costly endeavor with maintenance and repair challenges. Technology is improving the overall challenges operators face with 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 take on with operating existing systems. Register today to network with and learn from other utiltity professionals on these topics that are important to underground transmission systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • Listen to how real-time data is being used to evaluate HPFF cable ratings
  • Discover a program for refurbishing areas of wall loss on steel pipe transmission feeders
  • Describe the steps taken in public outreach and coordination with the community for an underground project
  • Expand on the challenges of getting a new underground transmission project to New York City assist in feeding the city with renewable energy
  • Engage in a question-and-answer panel discussion on challenges with new underground transmission projects
  • List the advantages and disadvantages to the various options for repairs of HPFF Feeder systems
  • Review methods for simplifying underground line route planning and approvals
  • Listen to how underground transmission can be part of enhanced reliability and resiliency

     

    Agenda

    Thursday, January 19, 2023 : Mountain Time

    8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
    Registration, Continental Breakfast / Log In

    12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
    Lunch Break

    8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    Conference Timing

     

    8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Introductions and Welcome

    8:45 – 9:45 a.m. :: Reevaluating HPFF Cable Ratings with Real-Time Data

    This presentation assesses the ratings of an HPFF circuit installed by Xcel Energy.  This circuit was originally rated for an approximate typical ampacity without utilizing a detailed study accounting for all installation conditions.  Then, detailed book ratings, which are appropriately inherently conservative, were performed for this circuit and accounted for installation conditions including effect of crossing circuits with loads assumed at rated values.  Reevaluation of the ratings was done by utilizing actual operating conditions, with sensors installed at various cross sections.  These real-time ratings used actual loads on crossing circuits, and measured environment thermal parameters.

    Lonnie Martinez, Principal Design Engineer, Xcel Energy

    Edward Woida, Senior Field Engineer, USi

    Wael Moutassem, Manager, Power Cable Research and Development, USi

    9:45 – 10:45 a.m. :: High Pressure Transmission Pipe Enhancements

    This presentation will review and update this feeder pipe enhancement program to reduce dielectric fluid leaks and increase availability of transmission facilities. This program focuses on refurbishing areas of wall loss on the steel pipe transmission feeders, and sections of pipes not accessible. The program is continuously developing to reduce its installation cost and improve its inspection technology to find subsurface defects.

    M. John Constable, Senior Engineer, Con Edison

    10:45 – 11:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

    11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. :: Effective Outreach for Underground Transmission Projects: Triumphs and Lessons Learned

    This presentation will walk the audience through the outreach strategy and practices for two 115kV underground projects.  While similar projects and both in cities, they were very differently received by the communities.  This presentation will highlight handling opposition, and share lessons learned from public backlash and public support.

    Danielle S. Aretz, Lead Stakeholder Specialist, National Grid

    12:15 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

    1:15 – 2:15 p.m. :: Nonmetallic Repair Options for High-Pressure, Fluid-Filled Feeder Systems

    We will discuss the technologies available for online repairs of HPFF Feeder systems, including a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of the various options.  We will highlight numerous lessons learned during the installation of these systems over the past 6 years.

    Rusty Giudici, President, Advanced FRP Systems, Inc.

    2:15 – 2:45 p.m. :: Networking Break

    2:45 – 4:00 p.m. :: Panel Discussion: The Challenges of New Underground Transmission Projects

    Bring your questions to engage this panel discussion where attendees can ask questions of the panel on a broad spectrum of topics as they relate to underground transmission projects and the challenges faced and successfully resolved.

    Rusty Giudici, President, Advanced FRP Systems, Inc.

    M. John Constable, Senior Engineer, Con Edison

    Lonnie Martinez, Principal Design Engineer, Xcel Energy

    Eyad Al-Sibai, Transmission Underground Engineering, National Grid

     

    Friday, January 20, 2023 : Mountain Time

    8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast / Log In

    8:30 – 11:50 a.m.
    Conference Timing

     

    8:30 – 9:30 a.m. :: National Grid Downtown Reliability Project

    National Grid is replacing 2 miles of double-circuit, 1940’s Self Contained Fluid Filled 115kV cables in Providence, Rhode Island. The new cable system will integrate the existing vintage duct bank with a new, PVC conduit duct bank. The presentation will review design concepts and challenges the project faces as it was recently completed.

    Eyad Al-Sibai, Transmission Underground Engineering, National Grid

    9:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: Underground Transmission Route Considerations – Planning, Easements, Permitting, Civil Engineering, Construction

    Route planning and approvals for underground transmission lines can be time consuming.  Having an awareness of, and concurrently orchestrating a strategy for non-electrical project components and their predecessor requirements – community outreach, property rights, jurisdictional approvals, and construction needs – can often get projects to market faster than addressing these items in a linear manner.

    Chris Petrocelli, PE, Associate, Dewberry

    David Taylor, RLA, Vice President, Dewberry

    10:30 – 10:50 a.m. :: Morning Break

    10:50 – 11:50 a.m. :: Including Underground Transmission as Part of Enhanced Reliability and Resiliency

    The Capital Grid Project is an integrated solution that helps strengthen the Capital area energy grid over the long term, promoting enhanced reliability and resiliency. Through this Project, PEPCO provide safe and reliable energy to our customers, and acting on our commitment to continually driving our communities forward.     

    Aaron Smith, PE, Senior Manager of Transmission Engineering, Pepco Holdings (Invited)

    11:50 a.m. :: Final Comments and Conference Adjourns

    Speakers

    • Eyad Al-Sibai, Transmission Underground Engineering, National Grid

    • Danielle S. Aretz, Lead Stakeholder Specialist, National Grid

    • M. John Constable, Senior Engineer, Con Edison

    • Rusty Giudici, President, Advanced FRP Systems, Inc.

    • Lonnie Martinez, Principal Design Engineer, Xcel Energy

    • Wael Moutassem, Manager, Power Cable Research and Development, USi

    • Chris Petrocelli, PE, Associate, Dewberry

    • Aaron Smith, PE, Senior Manager of Transmission Engineering, Pepco Holdings (Invited)

    • David Taylor, RLA, Vice President, Dewberry

    • Edward Woida, Senior Field Engineer, USi

    Location

    EUCI Conference Center

    6400 S Fiddlers Green Cir.

    Greenwood Village CO, 80111

    The EUCI conference center is conveniently located adjacent to the Arapahoe at Village Center Light Rail Station, allowing easy access to and from DIA, Downtown, and Local Area Attractions.

    Nearby Hotels

    Residence Inn by Marriott Denver Tech Center
    6565 South Yosemite St.
    Greenwood Village, CO 80111
    303-740-7177
    485 feet from event location

    Wingate by Wyndham Denver Tech
    8000 E. Peakview Ave.
    Greenwood Village, CO 80111
    (303) 626-2641
    0.6 miles from event location

    SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denver Tech Center
    7900 E. Peakview Ave.
    Greenwood Village, CO 80111
    (303) 721-3321
    0.6 miles from event location

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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

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    2023 Underground Transmission

    January 19-20, 2023 | Denver, CO
    Individual attendee(s) - $ 1395.00 each(early bird rate)
    (price after December 30, 2022 is $ 1,595.00)
    - OR - I choose to attend remotely
    Individual remote connections(s) - $ 1395.00 each(early bird rate)
    (price after December 30, 2022 is $ 1,595.00)

    Volume pricing available for remote connections

    Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

    Pack of 5 attendees - $ 5,580.00 (20% discount)
    Pack of 10 attendees - $ 9,765.00 (30% discount)
    Pack of 20 attendees - $ 16,740.00 (40% discount)

    Buy 4 seats and only pay for 3! For this event every fourth attendee is free!


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    Volume pricing also available

    Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

    Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
    Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
    Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

    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 16, 2022 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

    CEUs

    Credits

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    EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

    EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this conference.

    Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

    Participants must log in 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.


    Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

    Conference CPE Credits: 10.0
    There is no prerequisite for this Conference.
    Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
    Program Level: Basic
    Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
    Advanced Preparation: None

    CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org

     

    Who Should Attend 

    • Transmission Engineers 
    • Transmission Project Managers 
    • Engineer in Training (EIT) 
    • Transmission Siting Professionals 
    • Transmission Right of Way Professionals
    • Transmission Communications Professionals
    • Utility business development professionals  
    • Regulatory staff 

    Health & Safety

    As of December 16, 2021

    EUCI considers the safety of all those onsite at event name as our top priority including our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and event staff. In these efforts to host a safe and productive event, we pledge to follow all guidelines and mandates set by State and local authorities as well as CDC guidelines.  Please note, these guidelines and mandates may change from time to time.

    On-Site Safety Practices Include:

    • Acceptable face coveringsrequired of all Attendees at the Event who are not fully vaccinated, or for all participants where required by venue. Participants are responsible for providing their own face coverings.
    • Daily self-health screenings for all attendees
    • Reminders to socially distance when appropriate, wash your hands often, cover your cough, or sneeze and stay home if you are sick
    • Modify gathering and seating areas to allow for appropriate physical distancing
    • Attendees will have the option to indicate their comfort level for personal interaction through the use of Green/Yellow/Red stickers displayed on their conference badge.  Unless otherwise indicated with a Green sticker by both attendees, handshakes and other physical contact should be avoided
    • Provide access to appropriate first aid personnel and share local resources for pharmacy, urgent care, and hospital

     Prior to arriving at the Event, we encourage each attendee to do the following:

    • Visit the Event Website for any updates to our Health & Safety Guidelines
    • Familiarize yourself with the Event’s Onsite Terms & Conditions. Acknowledgement and acceptance will be required to pick up your badge onsite.

    Event Management has the right to remove or exclude anyone from the event if they do not follow our Health & Safety policies or do not follow Health & Safety instructions set forth by the Event or venue staff.

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