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8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Room: C120-122

Electric utilities describe their approach to short- and long-term power plant maintenance and the frequency of this work. Improved use of computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), better data collection, review and use, and other improvements to their maintenance processes will be shared that improve maintenance outcomes and save (read more...)

Moderator
Scott Hopkins
Electrical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
Barry Brookshire
Hydro Plant Manager
Southern Company
United States
Panelist
Nathan Manning
Power Production Asset Management Supervisor
Grant County PUD
United States
Panelist
Preston Pierce
General Manager, Hydro West
Duke Energy
United States
Panelist
Shannon Hodge
Senior Manager
Tennessee Valley Authority
United States

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: C120-122

Outage planning can be quickly undone by unforeseen issues. Identifying and addressing common problems with plant support systems and having good specification drawing management plans in place prior to outages can help to avoid costly delays. Learn through case studies and best practices of utilities experienced with outage planning. (read more...)

Moderator
Jim Dawson
Project Manager
Mesa Associates, Inc.
United States
Panelist
Roger Yeargan
Hydro Manager – Lower Coosa River Group
Alabama Power
United States

2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Room: C120/121/122
Format: Paper

With an aging installed base, many hydro operators and maintenance teams are faced with challenges in improving asset reliability and availability, staff turnover, and a need to modernize and/or extend the life of the facility. This session will focus on real-world topics that are impacting O&M methods and approaches to (read more...)

Session Chair
Michael Moore
Process Business Development Manager – Power & Energy
Rockwell Automation
United States
Session Co-Chair
Danny Miles
Principal Engineer
Snohomish County Public Utility District
United States
Presentations:
Speaker
Brandon Vigil
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Voith Hydro
United States
Co-Author
Li Chen
Manager, Structural Analysis
Voith Hydro Inc.
United States
Co-Author
Thomas Ort
Design Engineer
Voith Hydro
United States
Speaker
Ozren Husnjak, Mr Sc
Research & Development
Veski Ltd
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Co-Author
John Letal
Rotating Machines Engineer
Iris Power
Canada
Co-Author
Miljenko Brezovec
Manager
HEP Proizvodnja, PP HE Sjever
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Co-Author
Nicolas Dehlinger
Rotating Machines Technical Services Engineer
Qualitrol - Iris Power
United States
Co-Author
Ozren Orešković, Mag.Ing
Managing Director
Veski Ltd
Croatia (Hrvatska)
Speaker
Andrew Bridgeman
Mechanical Engineer
Hatch
Canada
Co-Author
Daniel Flores
Senior Mechanical Engineer / Project Manager
Hatch
Canada
Co-Author
Francois Welt, PhD, P.Eng.
Senior Optimization Specialist/Project Manager
Hatch
Canada
Co-Author
Jose Vallejos
Mechanical Engineer
ANDE
Paraguay
Co-Author
Juan Aveiro
Paraguay General Manager
Manitoba Hydro International
Canada
Speaker
Christopher Goodell
Principal Consultant Hydraulics and Hydrology
Kleinschmidt Associates
United States
Co-Author
Balaji Kannan
Senior Program Manager
GSE Systems
United States
Co-Author
Nathan Katz
Electrical Project Engineer
Portland General Electric
United States
Speaker
Todd Mead
Production Manager
Trustpower
New Zealand
Co-Author
Edwin Samson
Lead Mechanical Engineer
Trustpower
New Zealand

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Room: C120-122
Succession planning involves more than just replacing executive management. New O&M workers need to be trained in a variety of systems and skills.  Are we doing enough to bring these workers up to speed to replace an aging workforce? What are others in the hydro industry doing to bridge this (read more...)
Moderator
Martin Stoddard
Senior Engineer
OS Engineering: a division of Olsson Industrial Electric
United States
Panelist
Bob Kanel
Technology Manager: Simulation & HP HMI solutions
ABB Inc.
United States
Panelist
Duncan Kwong
Senior Electrical Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
United States
Panelist
John Sagerser
RI EPM Department Manager
Chelan County PUD
United States
Panelist
Robert Stoaks
Senior Principal Electrical Engineer
Columbia Basin Hydropower
United States

3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Room: C120-122

The grid code Low Voltage Ride Through (LVRT) requires renewable energy sources to remain connected to the grid following the voltage sags resulting from disturbances. Germany has implemented new standards generator manufacturers must meet effective April 2019. The requirements are expected to expand to other European countries and potentially worldwide. (read more...)

Moderator
Mike Basler
Electrical Engineer Manager
Basler Electric Company
United States
Panelist
Kiyong Kim
Consulting R&D Engineer - Technology Development
Basler Electric Company
United States

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