Building on the success of past industry-open events, the 2018 CEATI Event will bring electrical transmission professionals under the same roof in beautiful Tucson, AZ. Comprised of multiple co-located industry tracks covering the latest Transmission as well as Power System Planning and Operations topics, the conference will provide an open forum for information exchange through focused technical presentations and breakout sessions.
Overhead Lines: Reliability, Security, Restoration and Safety Considerations in Design, Planning and Asset Management of Overhead Lines
When planning and designing high voltage lines at utilities, engineers must adhere to system standards while taking new technologies and innovative solutions into consideration. Once the lines are built, the assets must be carefully managed to ensure affordable and reliable power. Although utility assets are designed to meet certain reliability and safety expectations, they remain vulnerable to extreme events (e.g. wind and ice storms, typhoons, earthquakes, floods and landslides). Power outages triggered by these events can create service interruptions that may last between a few minutes to several weeks. A carefully orchestrated emergency restoration program can mitigate these situations by reducing the restoration time. The purpose of this conference is to bring together industry experts on the topics of reliability, security, restoration and safety, to have them provide insight on how these issues interrelate, and what can be done to improve system performance. In addition to the main assembly, attendees are invited to attend break-out sessions based on their interests, thus providing participants with a focused platform to exchange knowledge and information on new initiatives and recent technological advancements.
- Reliability & Security – Planning
- Asset Management – Managing Transmission Line Reliability and Performance
- Reliability, Security & Safety in Line Design
- Emergency Restoration (Catastrophic Failures) – Lines, Network, Issues & Challenges
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Overhead Lines – Call for Abstracts
Please note that the Call for Abstracts has been extended for Theme 1: Reliability & Security – Planning of the Overhead Lines track of the 2018 Transmission Conference. Abstracts are now due by 4:00pm ET on February 22nd, 2018.
We are pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for the 2018 CEATI Transmission Conference: Reliability, Security Restoration and Safety Considerations in Design, Planning and Asset Management of Overhead Lines. Experts are invited to submit presentation abstracts on one of the four themes described below.
IMPORTANT – Abstracts are due by 4:00pm ET on December 12, 2017. A notification of acceptance will be provided no later than February 1, 2018. Abstracts shall be evaluated based on their applicability to the subject matter and their technical merits. Proponents are encouraged to emphasize work conducted for their electric utility clients.
Theme 1: Reliability & Security – Planning
The NERC Reliability Standards are a set of enforceable standards that are in-force, North America wide, across the electricity industry with the purpose of maintaining the reliability of the interconnected electricity system. Considerable effort is required of all participants in the electrical industry to understand, show compliance and keep up-to-date with respect to these standards. The presentations and break-out sessions will highlight and discuss best practices improving reliability and remaining compliant with the NERC Reliability standards, including managing the immense amount of data associated with the power system.
Theme 2: Asset Management – Managing Transmission Line Reliability and Performance
Several reliability and performance measures are currently available to help utilities determine the effectiveness of their transmission line assets and components. Typically, system reliability is measured using SAIDI, SAIFI, and MAIFI, where line-specific reliability is expressed by the failures or interruptions per unit length; greater granularity is also possible at the component level (e.g. insulator failures based on design and vintage).
The presentations and the break-out session will subsequently highlight and discuss the applications of these measures, in addition to the information needed to manage the reliability of transmission line systems, individual lines, and components. Examples demonstrating the suitability of these measures will be discussed and how they can be applied to manage reliability in various scenarios (e.g. supplying specific customers with power, system redundancy, public safety, line failures, and voltage). Additionally, it is important to recognize that the best performance a transmission line can achieve is the level to which it was designed; if reliability is found to be unacceptable, design enhancements will have to be introduced. In light of this, several low-cost modifications to improve design reliability will also be highlighted, along with a discussion on developing a standardized database to document various information (e.g. online and component failures, outages, causes of failure). The discussions under this theme should subsequently help line designers improve design reliability in the future.
Theme 3: Reliability, Security & Safety in Line Design
This session will highlight the reliability and security issues in line design for various line components (e.g. structures, foundations, conductors, hardware) etc. In recent years, there have been strong interests in understanding how the aging of components (i.e. degradation) affects the components’ reliability as well as the overall system’s mechanical performance. Presentations will be sought with respect to reliability improvement of lines, security enhancement with respect to avoiding catastrophic line failures. In addition to highlighting any “knowledge gaps” and their solutions, the current understanding of national and international standards regarding reliability, security, and safety will also be reviewed.
Theme 4: Emergency Restoration (Catastrophic Failures) – Lines, Network, Issues & Challenges
This session will outline how to minimize the impacts of catastrophic overhead line failures from both line design and asset management perspectives by using proactive design considerations and effective emergency restoration response plans.
During line design, anti-cascading structures placed at strategic locations or mechanical fuses can be used to help control cascading failures and severity of damage. Incorporating appropriate extreme loadings with higher return periods for selected critical lines will improve reliability. Also, by specifying materials that are readily available, stocked, and easily replaced with normal crew expertise and equipment, the time from failure to energization can be greatly sped up. And, in special cases, the availability of specially designed emergency restoration structures can be critical to mitigating failures on large lattice towers and other similar structures.
This session will also present an overview of emergency restoration planning and identify what strategies utilities should consider in developing and implementing an effective emergency restoration plan. To prepare for major ice storms or hurricanes, utilities should also consider executing contractual agreements with line contractors that address logistics including standby rates, mobilization, lodging, crew makeup, and equipment needs.
The presentations will focus on recently experienced emergency restoration events and give insights into real life experiences and strategies.
HV Cables: Continuous Improvement in Work Practices, Equipment & Design for the Effective Management of Underground Transmission Cable Systems
Continuing to build on the success of past industry-open cables workshops in 2015, 2016 & 2017, CEATI International’s 2018 event will provide a forum to share information on best practices and emerging issues for working on transmission underground cable systems.
Supported by CEATI’s Transmission Underground Cables Interest Group (TUCIG), the event will address and explore the latest in the development of tools, techniques, research, and experience to improve the design, installation, operation, and management of transmission underground cable systems.
Presentations will draw from the expertise and experience of electric utilities, cable and accessory manufacturers, and thought leaders in the field of engineering work practices. The workshop will provide an open forum for information exchange and deliberation, with a focus on technical presentations and the sharing of ideas and experiences for the benefit of the industry. It is expected that the presentations will generally fall in line with the descriptions below and will range from theoretical to real-world examples and lessons learned from projects.
- Asset Management & Life Extension
- Advanced Diagnostic Techniques
- Design & Installation Options
HV Cables – Call for Abstracts
We are pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for HV Cables: Continuous Improvement in Work Practices, Equipment & Design for the Effective Management of Underground Transmission Cable Systems. Experts are invited to submit presentation abstracts on one of the three themes described below.
IMPORTANT – Abstracts are due by 4:00pm ET on March 15, 2018. A notification of acceptance will be provided no later than April 28, 2018. Abstracts shall be evaluated based on their applicability to the subject matter and their technical merits. Proponents are encouraged to emphasize work conducted for their electric utility clients.
Theme 1: Asset Management & Life Extension
- Health Indexing and Risk Assessment Tools and Methodologies
- Life Expectancy of UG Cable Systems
- Emergency Spares Strategies and Life Expectancy of Spare Parts
- Utilizing HPFF Cable Infrastructure for XLPE Cable Conversion
Theme 2: Advanced Diagnostic Techniques
- Corrosion Control and Work Practices to Manage Risk of Leaks on HPFF & LPFF Cables
- Diagnostic Equipment and Techniques to Access the Condition of UG Cables
- Safety Procedures and Equipment to Manage Safety Risks Working Around UG Cables
Theme 3: Design and Installation Options
- Transition Joints
- Sheath Bonding Systems
- On-line and Off-line UG Cable Monitoring Systems and Techniques
- Advancements in Cable Design and Accessories
Exhibition space is available for the Transmission Conference. The event will bring manufacturers and service providers together with key decision-makers in the industry. The Conference has been organized with the support of over 60 participating utilities from across North America and beyond. The event will present an excellent opportunity for targeted networking and exposure to potential clients, including a reception with an open invitation to all exhibitors and conference attendees.
Breaks, Meals & Reception
The conference, with all breaks and meals will taking place in the exhibition hall. This set-up provides a captive audience to showcase your company’s products and services, allowing for more face-to-face time with attendees at the event. PLEASE NOTE THAT SPACE IS LIMITED. For more information, please contact [email protected]
Each Exhibitor Registration Includes:
- Two Full Conference Registration
- Breakfast, Lunch & Breaks
- Evening Reception
- Skirted Table, Two Chairs & Waste Basket
- Discounted Additional Registrations
- Conference Proceedings Package
Sponsor Benefits Can Include:
- Recognition at Opening of Event Acknowledging Your Support
- Your Materials at the Main Registration Table
- Inclusion of Your Logo and Click-Through Link on Conference Website(s)
- Post-Event Exposure
- Sponsorship of Event Meals or Breaks
- Place Your Organization’s Stand-Up Banner in the Conference Room
Presentations should adhere to the Guidelines set forth by CEATI International.
Presentation Guidelines Include:
- Presentations must be submitted using the provided presentation template in Power Point format (PPT).
- Presentations will be distributed to attendees in secure electronic (PDF).
- Page numbers must be displayed in the lower right hand corner of each Power Point slide.
- Each Presenter will be allocated either 25-30 minutes of presentation time or 10-15 minutes of presentation time depending on whether they are selected for the Main Session or a Breakout Session.
- Presenters may be asked to participate, as Panelists, in an Open Discussion concerning the session topic as well as their specific presentation.
Please note that all participants, including presenters, are required to register to attend.
Presentation Submission Dates: The deadline for the submission of first draft Power Point Presentations is October 12, 2018.
Subsequent to submission, presenters may continue to revise presentations but must submit their revised files on flash drive at a minimum of one (1) day in advance of their scheduled presentation time.
Transmission Conference Presentations must be submitted electronically to the attention of Andrew Barrett at [email protected]
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This conference is an industry-open event with registration open to:
- Electric Utilities
- Equipment Vendors
- Research Facilities and Laboratories
This event is organized in coordination with the following Utility Participants:
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Accreditation for CEATI Conferences
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The Women In Power collaborative venture is a networking, mentorship, and peer-to-peer support group that spans across the entirety of the CEATI organization, including all our programs. It aims to promote engineering to women in the field and help females thrive in a male-dominated industry. In an effort to facilitate comradery and networking, this group is currently available to anyone involved in the CEATI programs or events at no added cost.
For more information about the Women In Power group, visit our website.
Please join us at our Women in Power Reception at CEATI’s 2018 Transmission Conference!