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WESTERN UNDERGROUND COMMITTEE

GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION

MARCH 31 – APRIL 3, 2020

Hosted by:

Platinum Sponsor & Welcome Reception Host

Learning Session and Technical Tour Host

Learning Session Hosts

Welcome Reception March 31, 2020

Conference April 1 – 3, 2020

All conference sessions held at the Seattle Marriott Bellevue

200 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

www.westernunderground.org

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CONFERENCE EVENTS:

LOCATION

Tuesday Activities:

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Executive Board Meeting

TBD

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Welcome & Networking Reception Hosted by MILWAUKEE TOOLS

Redmond 1 & 2

Wednesday Activities:

7:30am – 8:00am

Registration

Outside Bellevue Ballroom

8:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast Learning Session Hosted by

Redmond 1 & 2

9:00am – 9:30am

General Opening Session

Bellevue Ballroom

9:30am – 10:30am

Platinum Sponsor Milwaukee Tools

Bellevue Ballroom

10:30am – 10:45am

BREAK

10:45am – 11:30am

Safety Subcommittee

Bellevue Ballroom

11:30am – 12:15pm

Mutual Problems, Utility Members ONLY

Bellevue Ballroom

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Lunch & Learn Hosted by

Redmond 1 & 2

1:15pm – 3:30pm

Subcommittee Breakout Meetings

Various

4:30pm – 7:30pm

Manufacturers Showcase Expo

Washington Grand Ballroom

Thursday Activities:

7:30am – 8:00am

Registration

Outside Bellevue Ballroom

8:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast Learning Session Hosted by

Redmond 1 & 2

9:00am – 9:45am

General Session

Bellevue Ballroom

9:45am – 10:00am

BREAK

10:00am – 10:45am

General Session (Continued)

Bellevue Ballroom

10:45am – 11:45pm

Mutual Problems, Utility Members ONLY

Bellevue Ballroom

11:45pm – 12:45pm

Lunch & Learn Hosted by STELLA JONES

Redmond 1 & 2

1:00pm – 4:30pm

Technical Tour – Stella-Jones

Hosted by Jeremy Meyer and John Davis, Stella-Jones

Tacoma Treatment Facility

5:30pm

WUC Fellowship Dinner

Tavern Hall

Friday Activities:

8:00am - 8:30am

Breakfast Network Session Hosted by WUC

Redmond 1 & 2

8:30am - 8:35am

Moment of Silence for Fallen Comrades

Bellevue Ballroom

8:35am - 9:35am

General Session

Bellevue Ballroom

9:35am - 9:50am

BREAK

9:50am - 10:30am

General Session (Continued)

Bellevue Ballroom

10:30am - 11:30am

Mutual Problems, Utility Members ONLY

Bellevue Ballroom

11:30am

Conference and Meeting Adjourn

Bellevue Ballroom

Welcome Reception

Seattle Marriott Bellevue

Room Location: Redmond 1 & 2

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/seamb-seattle-marriott-bellevue/

Conference Layout

Internet code for meeting rooms WIFI Name: Username: Password:

Tuesday, March 31

· 4:00pm – 5:00pm: Executive Board Meeting TBD

· 5:00pm – 7:00pm: Welcome & Networking Reception Redmond 1 & 2

· Hosted by: MILWAUKEE TOOLS OUR PLATINUM SPONSOR

· Website: https://www.milwaukeetool.com/

Wednesday, April 1

· 7:30am – 8:00am: Registration Bellevue Ballroom

· 8:00am – 9:00am: Breakfast Learning Session for UTILITY EMPLOYEES ONLY Redmond 1 & 2

· Hosted by TBD

· Presenter:

· Presentation:

· Website:

· 9:00am – 9:30am: General Opening Session Bellevue Ballroom

· Past Chairperson Remarks – Kory Nichols, Salt River Project,

WUC 2019 Chairperson (5 minutes)

· Recognition of Board Members and Welcome Remarks – Tiffany McAvoy,

City of Roseville, WUC 2020 Chairperson (5 minutes)

· Member Self Introductions and Years of Service – Tiffany McAvoy,

City of Roseville, WUC 2020 Chairperson (20 minutes)

· 9:30am – 10:30am: Platinum Sponsor MILWAUKEE TOOLS

· Presenter:

· Presentation:

· Website:

· 10:30am – 10:45am: BREAK

· 10:45am – 11:30am: Safety Subcommittee Bellevue Ballroom

Safety Chairperson: Judy Dahlgren, Senior Electric Project Manager, City of Fort

Collins Utilities

· Presentation: Lessons Learned by Accident

· Presenter: Roger Hall, T&D Manager, Safety, Training and

Standards, Tucson Electric Power Company

· Description: This presentation will start with a personal story of an accident

and then dives into what lessons can be learned from the event.  Error traps

such a poor communication, over-confidence, distractions and drift will be

discussed.  Hazards and risks in our industry will be reviewed and the need

for barriers to mitigate them.  The presentation will conclude by looking

at creating a learning environment to prevent future incidents.

· 11:30am – 12:15pm: : Mutual Problems

Closed Door session FOR UTILITY EMPLOYEES ONLY. Questions shall be

reviewed in order received. Please email, Jun Golo: [email protected]

· 12:15pm – 1:15pm: Lunch & Learn for UTILITY EMPLOYEES ONLY Redmond 1 & 2

· Hosted by TBD

· Presenter:

· Presentation:

· Website:

· 1:15pm – 3:30pm: Subcommittee Breakout Meetings

(Afternoon refreshments will be served)

· Subcommittee 1 – Operations Kirkland

Chairperson: Harry Nelson, Lineman Foreman, Imperial Irrigation District

· Presentation 1: Partial Discharge Testing of MV/HV cable

· Presenter: Mark Brown, National Sales Mgr., Altanova Group

· Description: The discussion will focus on the definition of partial

discharge and how it affects medium/high voltage switchgear,

cables and transformers. The presentation will include technical

training and why PD condition assessments are critical to

preventing unplanned outages to the MV/HV electrical equipment.

· Subcommittee 2&3 – Engineering & Substructures Seattle 2

Chairperson: Steve Robles, Senior Electrical Engineering Technician, City of Riverside

· Presentation 1: Learn from Seattle City Light’s Experience with 30 Different

Primary Cables

· Presenter: John Shipek, Supervisor Standards, Seattle City Light

· Description: This presentation will survey the variety of primary

distribution cable construction types available in the marketplace.

Learn from our successful cable choices and mistakes as City Light

has purchased and installed virtually every type. Attendees will

learn how to approach developing material standards for primary

distribution cable, see examples of City Light material standards, and

be provided an overview of our incoming cable inspection program.

· Presentation 2: Voltage Regulators – How They Work

· Presenter: Steven L. Larson, P.E., Manager Substation Engineering,

Snohomish County Public Utility District

· Description: The distribution system voltage will vary over time as the

loads change.  Regulators are applied in smaller substations and on

distribution circuits to provide customers a steady voltage despite

variations in the source.  Diagrams of the regulator’s internal switching

sequence and pictures of the regulator’s components help describe

how these voltage regulators operate to change the voltage without

interrupting service to customers.  Understanding how they work is

important to diagnosing and troubleshooting regulator problems.

· Subcommittee 5 – Planning Seattle 1

Chairperson: Jun Golo, Principal Engineer Methods & Materials, Idaho Power Co.

· Presentation 1: Report Writing

· Presenter: Laura Vanderpool, Technical Writer, Standards, Asset

Management and Large Projects, Seattle City Light

· Description: Creating reports requires a myriad skills beyond subject

matter expertise. Creating a report that actually gets read and achieves

the desired results requires understanding how to take a whole bunch

of information and organize it into a logical structure, craft a compelling

narrative that is tailored to the right audience, and turning that into

a polished, readable final product. Focusing primarily on the more

complex types of reports produced by a team, the presentation will

provide an overview of the process from draft to final publication,

and how to maintain forward momentum and ensure timely delivery

of the final product. The elements of a typical report, the importance

of visuals (graphics, tables, diagrams) and writing, editing, and

formatting tips and considerations.

· Presentation 1: Wood Pole Acceptance Inspection

· Presenter: Eileen Dickerson, T&D Supervisor II Standards, and Natalie

Natalie Kusar, Asset Management Associate Engineer, Tucson

Electric Power

· Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the

processes used by TEP to take wood poles from the “cradle to the

grave”. Topics that will be reviewed include inspection, documenta

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