PES-ICC Meetings

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Please Note: This is a only a listing of the presentations and

  • Opening Session

  • Mini-Expo Vendors

      • AP Sensing will show a wall mountable, 24 Channel, 50 km Linear Power Series DTS in its compact 24” x 20” x 6” NEMA 4 compliant housing.  This, ultra-dense, DTS instrument saves precious space inside a substation; however, still offers data storage, analysis, visualization and Real Time Thermal Ratings.  AP Sensing will demonstrate the Linear Power Series solution with the SmartVision Software Solution – Turning Data into Knowledge.  SmartVision automatically detects hotspot locations, provides alarms when critical limits are exceeded, integrates Real Time Thermal Ratings and creates continuous temperature profiles over time.  All data is stored in a central database and is fully available for reporting and detailed analysis. For more information, please see us online at or call Greg McElyea (214-471-3460).
      • Baker Hughes
      • EA Technology USA – EA technology is world leader in substation condition monitoring and a pioneer in on-line non-invasive testing of cables, towers, switchgear, and other substation assets.  Our Cable Data Collector system provides a simple way to perform partial discharge testing of cables in service with a minimum of training.  Expert analysis of collected data can be done back in the office by EA Technology or in house by your engineers.  Our Cable Sniffer allows easy location of faulted underground cables without the use of thumper technology.
      • EJ is the leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of access solutions for water, sewer, drainage, telecommunications and utility networks worldwide. Products include construction castings, gratings, fabricated metal and composite products.  A world class R&D department stands ready to assist you for custom applications. Learn more at
      • G&W Electric Company G&W Electric has been a global leader in providing innovative solutions to the electric power industry since 1905. Our product offerings include cable terminations, cable joints, load and fault interrupting switchgear, automatic circuit reclosers, SCADA and distribution automation products and high current limiting system protection devices. Stop by the mini expo to see our new line of PYTHON™ cable accessories featuring the mechanical shrink installation method. For more information visit
      • HIGHVOLT – HIGHVOLT produces high voltage AC, DC and Impulse Test Systems and specializes in Test Equipment for Power Transformers, Cables and all Electrical Apparatus with the highest levels of customer support and engineering excellence. Table Top presentations will include Cable Test solutions for Field and Factory High Voltage testing including details on Mobile High Voltage Resonant Test systems for HV Cables.
      • HV Diagnostics, Inc is a world leading provider of high voltage electrical test equipment to the electrical testing industry. Using state of the art advanced technology, we provide high performance field test equipment that is rugged, reliable, and easy to use. Our signature products include the top selling fully automatic high voltage VLF (Very Low Frequency), TD (Tan Delta) Diagnostic, PD (Partial Discharge) Diagnostic, and Dielectric Oil test instruments. We are also recognized for our “hands on” field proven, technical expertise ensuring excellent support for all our customers
      • HV TECHNOLOGIES, Inc.  (HVT), has many years of experience and dedication in serving the testing equipment needs for the power utility, power apparatus, and electronic equipment industries. We have been the exclusive BAUR sales and service partner in the USA since 2008.  Come by our booth to see how our range of VLF, VLF TD, and VLF TD PD testing systems can assist you with your cable system performance optimization. We also carry a comprehensive portfolio of Cable Identification, Cable Location, TDR, Fault Location, and AC and DC Hi Pot instruments. For those interested in Insulating Fluids Testing we have Dielectric and Dissipation Factor Instruments that are designed for Lab and Field use. HVT, located in Manassas, Virginia, is a leading supplier of High Voltage and EMC Test Equipment and solutions.
      • ILJIN Electric USA, located in Houston, TX is a Korea-based power cable system manufacturer. We specialize in Extra High Voltage underground XLPE power cable system up to 400kV and deliver our solution to the US and international utilities. We also provide integrated service from engineering to construction as a general contractor. We strive to provide our every customer with best cable service and solution. Please visit our website at for more information.
    • Kinectrics “Kinectrics’ established industry experts provide clients worldwide with comprehensive, independent life cycle management solutions in a broad range of technical disciplines across the energy sector. This includes engineering and testing services for Transmission and Distribution Technologies and Generation Plants (Nuclear, Fossil, Hydro and Wind). Our proven expertise includes on-site commissioning and maintenance testing for HV and MV underground cables, including established techniques such as AC Hi-Pot/Withstand, Partial Discharge, VLF Tangent Delta (Tan δ) and Dielectric Spectroscopy.  Kinectrics’ has a fleet of high-power 260kV Mobile Resonant Test Systems for HV transmission cable withstand AC Hi-Pot Testing, as well as numerous additional unique mobile test systems (including advanced diagnostics) for MV generation plant or distribution system cable aging management/condition assessment. Kinectrics also offers additional leading-edge capabilities for HV and MV cables including “one-stop” High Voltage / High Current lab facilities for qualification testing to international standards and custom cable R&D programs, forensic services including advanced material and chemical testing capabilities, and specialized consulting including advanced modeling/simulation capabilities. Kinectrics’ specialists in generation, transmission, distribution, and environmental technologies use innovative science and engineering to help clients improve business.
    • LIOS Technology is the global leader in the development and supply of state-of-the-art Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry based Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) monitoring systems. Building on an innovative development in the field of fiber optic sensor engineering, LIOS provides customized solutions in various markets for modern asset management and global condition monitoring. LIOS EN.SURE DTS monitoring system and RTTR (Real Time Thermal Rating) calculation engine enable utilities to locate precisely and before failure hot spots along transmission lines up to 70km single-ended, to optimize in a dynamic way power cable load and to ensure reliable power supply. With more than 4,000 installations worldwide, LIOS sets the benchmark in reliability (MTBF > 33-years) and track record in the Utility transmission & distribution power cable monitoring industry.
    • Neenah Foundry is a domestic manufacturer of gray and ductile iron castings for the Utility Industry. We are pleased to be displaying the Swiveloc explosion mitigating manhole cover, a solution to the dangers, liability and costs of a vault explosion or unauthorized access to underground systems.
    • Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of power utility cables and cabling solutions that deliver increased performance for our customers worldwide.  From low voltage to extra-high-voltage power cables and accessories, Nexans is leading the way in energizing the North American T&D system.
    • Novinium is the undisputed innovator at the forefront of the utility infrastructure market. Whether it’s partnering with a utility to provide manhole solutions for secondary network events, or combining our rejuvenation technologies with full turnkey rehabilitation solutions, Novinium is here to help.  Novinium’s featured products include Cablecure®—a revolutionary injection-fluid technology that provides the longest extension of cable life available—with a 40-year warranty.  In addition, Novinium introducesPrevent™—a new Manhole Event Prevention product.  Learn more at
    • Qingdao Hanhe Cable, China’s industry leader in HV & EHV cables and accessories.  Our products ranging from Low Voltage to Extra High Voltage covering industry specific application for Nuclear Power Plant, Energy/Utility, Mining, Offshore/Submarine, Petro-chemical refineries, High-speed Rail, Shipboard, and telecommunication.  Various samples of EPR/XLPE insulated overhead, underground, and submarine cable including our 500kV XLPE cable will be on display.
    • Phenix Technologies designs and manufactures electrical testing equipment for testing Cables, Transformers, Motors, Generators, Circuit Breakers, Reclosers, Insulation Materials, GIS/Switchgear, Utility Worker’s Rubber Goods/Protective Gear.  We have delivered test equipment to 110 countries and our Service and Calibration Department travels worldwide to assist customers during and after equipment installation.  Phenix Technologies 85,000 square-foot headquarters is located in Maryland, USA with additional offices located in Basel, Switzerland and Taipei, Taiwan; plus, a network of representatives are located across the U.S. and in more than 50 countries to support our customers.  Phenix Technologies offers a wide range of high voltage, high current, high power testing solutions, 40+ years of experience, and is ISO9001 quality compliant.  Visit us at our exhibit to discuss your testing requirements or visit to review our complete product line and capabilities.
    • Power Delivery Solutions, Inc.,in partnership with Techimp, is a leading provider of AC and PD commissioning testing services for HV and EHV cables, as well as a provider of permanent PD monitoring systems for HV/EHV cable circuits. We also provide diagnostic testing services and permanent monitoring solutions for MV cables, Transformers, GIS, and switchgear. We will be showcasing the recently completed AC and PD commissioning test of the first 500 kV underground transmission circuit in North America, at an AC Hipot voltage of 433 kV, a first for an underground transmission circuit in North America. For this circuit, a permanent PD monitoring system was also installed and commissioned. For more information, stop by our exhibit or visit us at and
    • Prysmian Netherlands, B.V.  Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. The Group operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors.
    • Richards Manufacturing is located in Irvington, NJ.  Richards manufactures network protectors, connectors – compression, bolted, clamp style for both underground and overhead applications, and medium voltage cable accessories.  In recent years they have introduced medium voltage (15-35kV) cold shrink in-line splice kits with integrated capacitive test points and shear bolt connectors, cold shrink 600/900A hammerheads (deadbreak elbows), cold shrink disconnectable joint systems, and integrated elbow solutions.  These solutions can offer improved reliability, easier ergonomic installation, fewer components to assemble, fewer parts to inventory, and rugged long term performance.  Richards Manufacturing has been in business for more than 70 years.
    • Taihan Electric USA Ltd., is the U.S. subsidiary of Taihan Electric Wire Co., Ltd, the first cable manufacturer in South Korea and one of the leading cable manufacturers in the world.  We manufacture various cables ranging from Low Voltage to Extra High Voltage and Accessories.  Taihan Electric also provides EHV engineering solutions and installation services.  We will be showcasing various cable samples including our 500 kV XLPE Underground Cable. For more information please contact us at 562-946-8500 or visit us at
    • Underground Solutions, Inc. Provides the only fusible PVC conduit and casing systems for trenchless installation of underground transmission lines.   These systems significantly reduce power ampacity loss compared to steel and provide additional benefits over other thermoplastics.  These include high tensile strength for longer directional drill crossings, superior buckling pressure capacity, excellent thermal resistivity, low coefficient of friction and simplicity of reconnection with standard PVC conduit.  For more information, stop by our booth and visit our website at
    • USi provides engineering services and advanced technology products for the electric power delivery industry. Successfully supporting the industry for almost 30 years, the USi staff has extensive experience and qualifications in the disciplines of: real-time monitoring, diagnostic, alarm and control system projects, long term general maintenance and emergency support services. USi offers strong electrical and electronic equipment design capabilities, and in-house design and manufacturing of custom engineered systems including custom control software programming. USi is unique; in addition to designing, fabricating, installing and maintaining custom engineered products, the staff provides the expertise to integrate with and support customer’s existing monitoring and control systems. USi offers the full range of services from staff training to total project execution packages.
    • W.A. Chester, L.L.C. is the industry-leading electrical contractor for the installation, maintenance and repair of underground high voltage pipe-type and solid dielectric cable transmission and distribution systems. Founded in the 1930’s, our clients include electric utility companies and independent power producers in the United States and Canada and we are one of three specialty contractors performing this type of work on a national basis. In addition to underground systems, W.A. Chester, L.L.C. has expanded its services to include installation, maintenance and repair of overhead electric distribution cable systems. For more information, please visit our website at
    • Walker Engineering Got HPFF?  As a leading provider of pressurizing, circulating and cooling plants for high-pressure fluid-filled cable networks, Walker is uniquely qualified to help optimize your HPFF cable system.  Through assessment, testing, restoration, modernization, preservation and maintenance – Let Walker Engineering be your partner in sustaining the health of your HPFF cable system.  Please visit our website at for more info on our HPFF products and services including our state-of-the-art PORTABLE PUMP HOUSE, an invaluable piece of equipment for utilities during emergencies and outages.
    • Wilson Construction Co. specializes in electric utility construction from coast to coast.  We pride ourselves on being one of the few independently owned and managed firms that performs all facets of electric distribution and transmission construction projects. Our expertise includes all types of underground construction including voltages up to 345kV, overhead transmission lines to 500kV, distribution services, and substations and switchyards to 500kV.   At Wilson, safety comes before production. Our philosophy is built around our safety culture which strives for a zero-incident workplace to protect our most-valuable resource—our employees.   Wilson’s underground transmission team, with our pedigree in transmission cable installation dating back to the 1980s, has completed over 50 UGHV projects and is ready to tackle your project’s unique needs.
  • Subcommittee A – Cable Construction and Design – Monday, October 31, 2016, 2:00 – 5:30 PM

    • “Failure of a 138 kV, HPFF Joint Rebuilt Three Times During 54 Years” by Carlos Katz and Vitaliy Yaroslavskiy of Cable Technology Laboratories and Arie Makovoz of Consolidated Edison Co. of NY.The failure took place at the end of a joint that over the years was built and rebuilt on three occasions.  The first was in 1962, the second in 1980 and the last in 2004.  The failure and the fact that a 1978 cable was used in 1980 provided the opportunity to compare the performance of two different brand, design and age cables.  Our presentation emphasizes the methods utilized to establish the condition of the cables after 54 and 36 years of service, respectively.  It needs to be noted that there were substantial differences in the cable features; the main of which was the fact that the 1962 cable did not have an efficient moisture barrier.The condition of the cables was evaluated by a series of traditional methods plus a new procedure to determine the presence and location of soft spots.  Knowing the location of the soft spots, it became possible to establish the weakest areas of the insulation, where relative disarray in the insulating tapes had developed.  A detailed description of the procedure is provided.  The failure and soft spots present on the branches of the “Y” joint appear to have been generated, over time, by movement of the cable over the edge of pipe reducers.
    • “Polymer insulation: the full life cycle view” by Dominique Le Roux of Borealis Compounds Inc.We commissioned a cradle to grave life cycle assessment to understand the relative importance of the different phase and compare different insulation materials. The study demonstrated that in all cases of grid utilisation, the highest carbon dioxide emissions are taking place during the use phase of the cable while recycling has a very minor impact. The CO2 emissions during use phase are due to the Joule losses. PP based insulation compounds exhibit a thermal resistivity of 4.6 mK/W Vs 3.5 mK/W for XLPE, creating higher Joule losses and hence higher CO2 emission and higher operating costs during the entire operational life of the cable. Before selecting a new insulation material, it is therefore fundamental to understand the implication on all the phases of the entire life cycle of the cable.
    • Recent Developments in Peroxide Crosslinked Polyethylene, by Paul Caronia, Jeff Cogen, Tim Person, Yabin Sun, Joon Han, Qian Gou The Dow Chemical Company
      Crosslinking of polyethylene provides a means to realize improved performance including thermomechanical properties at elevated temperatures.  Compared to thermoplastic materials, a crosslinked network can resist flow and deformation to a much greater extent when the material is heated above the crystalline melting point.  Crosslinking can be accomplished in a number of ways, with the most common being the use of organic peroxides as initiators for thermally-activated free radical crosslinking.  While crosslinking of polyethylene with peroxides has been utilized in power cable manufacturing for many decades, there are still challenges and opportunities for improvement.  Byproducts of the peroxide decomposition need to be removed from the cable to ensure reliable manufacturing quality testing and to ensure that residual gases will not accumulate and compromise the reliability of cable joints.  In this presentation, a brief review will be provided of the advantaged properties of crosslinked polymers and the chemistry associated with crosslinking initiated by dicumyl peroxide.  Then a novel approach will be introduced in which a new peroxide structure is shown to deliver crosslinking similar to that of dicumyl peroxide, yet with greatly reduced byproducts and with greatly enhanced resistance to premature crosslinking during extrusion (scorch).  The new approach to crosslinked polyethylene also delivers excellent electrical properties and holds potential for a new class of improved XLPE-based compounds for the future.
    • DC – Just AC at 0 Hz?, by Detlef Wald
      The application of HVDC cables in Europe and in North America is dominated by two cable producers and one compound manufacturer for all the extruded systems that have been installed to date. This presentation will try to explain the requirements for an insulation system for HVDC application.  It will provide some examples of what to check for when selecting a LDPE base resin and the influence of cross-linking agents and antioxidants that are normally present in this compound. It will be shown that there are differences between the LDPE’s that are available in the market and a guide to a selection process will be provided.  Additionally, it will highlight some important treatments that should be done after the extrusion process of these cables.
  • Subcommittee B – Accessories – Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    • 8:00 AM – 8:10 AM Introduction / Announcements – Stan Szyszko, Thomas & Betts – Chair, Subcommittee B, Thomas Campbell, Con – Edison Vice Chair – Subcommittee B
    • 8:10 AM – 9:05 AM “Lab testing of MV joints on cable having filled copper conductors”. by Thomas Campbell, Con-Edison
      There has been a good deal of discussion about the behavior of connectors in medium voltage joints when subjected to operating and emergency temperatures in laboratory conditions.  The focus of the industry investigations has been on joints connecting cable having filled and unfilled stranded aluminum conductors.  As the Consolidated Edison Company of New York primarily uses cables having copper conductors, testing was done at the Cable and Splice Center for Excellence on joints using filled and unfilled stranded copper conductors.  This presentation details their findings.
      Thomas Campbell is presently Senior Engineer for Distribution Cable Systems for the Consolidated Edison Co. of New York (Con Ed).  He is responsible for materials, operation standards and diagnostics for overhead and underground distribution cables and accessories.  Prior to joining Con Ed Tom worked for Cablec (and its successor companies, BICC Cables and General Cable) and the Tensolite Wire and Cable Co.  He held product responsibility for a variety of utility and non-utility wire and cable.  He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Iona College. 9:05 AM – 10:00 AM “Replacement of the SCLF to Extruded cable terminations in Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Plant”. Kai Zhou, Milan Uzelac, Satish Chinari, Ivan Jovanovic (all G&W Electric Company) Presented by Kai Zhou
    • 9:05 AM – 10:00 AM “Replacement of the SCLF to Extruded cable terminations in Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Plant” by Kai Zhou, Milan Uzelac, Satish Chinari, Ivan Jovanovic (all G&W Electric Company), Presented by Ivan Jovanovic and Milan Uzelac
      Presentation provides details about the design and implementation phases of the replacement of SCLF terminations with extruded cable terminations at Pumped storage HPP. Technically interesting and challenging aspect was the design and installation of inverted 230 kV outdoor terminations and insulating fluid system. Due to the short timeframe, dry type mechanical shrink outdoor termination was installed and used for commissioning tests of the spare line.
      Milan Uzelac graduated from Electro-technical University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 1968 with a major in Electrical Power Engineering. He was employed with Minel-Elektrooprema, Belgrade as a design engineer, senior design engineer and the head of R&D Department. His achievements include development of the line of vacuum circuit breakers from 12 kV to 36 kV and air-break disconnecting switches from 72.5 kV up to 420 kV.
      Milan relocated to US in 1989 and continued his carrier with G&W Electric company, Chicago as an R&D engineer, product engineer and chief R&D engineer. His responsibility has been the development and design of accessories for high and extra high voltage cables both with extruded and impregnated paper insulation. Milan is involved in IEEE and CIGRE working groups for developing industry standards for high voltage cable accessories. He chaired IEEE WG on IEEE 1300 Standard for cable connections in gas insulated switchgear. Currently he chairs CIGRE WG on connectors for HV cable accessories.
      Ivan Jovanovic has a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade (Serbia) and an MBA at Loyola University Chicago. He started his career in the field of Electric Power Systems as a Research Engineer in Nikola Tesla Institute in Belgrade. He has been employed at G&W Electric Company since 2001 where currently holds position of Managing Director of Cable Accessories Business Unit. He is responsible for development, production engineering and marketing of cable accessories at G&W locations in USA and China. He is a member of IEEE and CIGRE. He has presented number of papers at industry conferences including Jicable and ICC. He currently chairs ICC DG for development of new standard for transmission terminations and joints and is US member in IEC standard for cable connections to GIS.
    • 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Break
    • 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM “An Overview on Testing and Applying Faulted Circuit Indicators” by Eugene Weaver, SEL
      For several decades electric utilities around the world have applied Faulted Circuit Indicators (FCIs) to distribution circuits to assist line crews with locating faults. Today FCIs continue to help electric utilities improve fault location time, thereby improving distribution circuit reliability metrics. Groups B17W and B24W are actively focused on developing guidelines for the testing and application of FCIs. This presentation will provide an overview of the present active standards surrounding FCIs: IEEE 495-2007 Guide for Testing Faulted Circuit Indicators and P1610 – IEEE Draft Guide for the Application of Faulted Circuit Indicators on Distribution Circuits.
      Eugene received his bachelors in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University in 2007 and immediately joined Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories(SEL) as a Field Application Engineer supporting faulted circuit indicators(FCIs) and sensors. For over 9 years he has supported customers in applying FCIs in various roles at SEL while contributing to faulted circuit indicator designs.  In 2016, Eugene accepted the responsibility of Product Manager at SEL for faulted circuit indicators and sensors. He has been an IEEE member for 13 years and a Standards Association member since 2009. Eugene contributed to the 1610 Guide for the Application of Faulted Circuit Indicators on Distribution Circuits as a working group member and now serves as Chair of the working group for the IEEE 495 Guide for Testing Faulted Circuit Indicators.
    • 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM “Modular Injection Component” by Don Songras, Novinium
      Today it is not possible to perform sustained pressure rejuvenation on an energized cable with dead-front terminations. Unsustained pressure rejuvenation can be performed on energized cables using special injection elbows, but only at low pressure. Until now, sustained pressure rejuvenation, which is conducted at moderate pressures, required that a cable be de-energized and isolated during injection. Once rejuvenation was completed, the cable could be returned to service using standard cable accessories. The new Modular Injection Component (MIC) is the first cable accessory purpose-built and optimized for fluid injection. As well as enabling sustained pressure rejuvenation on energized cables, the MIC system further addresses several other limitations and shortcomings of current injection elbows.
      The inner core of the MIC system contains the fluid and prevents it from contacting and being absorbed by the insulating and semi-conductive rubbers of the accessory. The injection port cap locks to keep it from being dislodged by internal pressure and cannot be mistaken for a capacitive test point cap or elbow pull eye. A valve mounted within the MIC sustains fluid pressure in the cable after injection is complete. The valve is opened by the injection cap, which itself only permits fluid flow when the valve is engaged. The MIC interfaces with all standard dead-front elbows and splices, load-break and dead-break, and allows all sizes of 15 and 25kV URD cables to be addressed with just three MIC sizes. Since the MIC is separate from and installed below the elbow, the injection port has full rotational freedom, and length is inherently added to the cable. All injection functions can be accomplished with a hot stick, permitting installation of the component during an outage and injection to occur when the cable is energized.
  • Subcommittee C – Cable Systems – Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 2:00 – 5:30 PM

    • 2:00 – 2:15 PM – Chairman’s Opening Remarks and Announcements
    • 2:15 – 2:40 PM – “First Permanent PD Monitoring System for a 500 kV Underground Transmission Circuit,”  by Mirko Melloni, Techimp HQ, Alfred Mendelsohn, Power Delivery Solutions, SK Lee, Taihan USA, and Hunly Chi, Southern California Edison
      The first underground 500 kV transmission line in North America was recently completed by Southern California Edison (SCE) Near Los Angeles, CA. The SCE 500 kV underground cable circuit consists of 2 sub circuits approximately 4 miles long, with 2 outdoor terminations and 11 joints on each cable. Due to the criticality of the circuit, and considering that this is the first time a 500 kV circuit was being installed in North America, Southern California Edison decided to install a permanent PD monitoring system to monitor all joints and terminations. The goal was to provide early detection of incipient insulation faults in service and thus avoid the high repair costs associated with unpredicted failures. This presentation will review the key elements of an effective PD monitoring system, including sensors, PD instruments, monitoring and alarm software and hardware, and the communication system among all PD units. It will also describe the installation of the PD monitoring system and the commissioning activities, and discuss planned activities for setting up effective alarms.
    • 2:40 – 3:05 PM – “Calculating the Soil Thermal resistivity along a transmission cable Corridor using DTS Data,” by Dr. S. Cherukupalli, BC Hydro
      This presentation will discuss how preliminary DTS data along a transmission cable corridor was used to verify the assumptions made of the soil thermal resistivity and its impact on ratings at the Design stage for transmission cable project. The available data and calculations will be presented to compare measured data and discuss how this could affect circuit rating(s) in future.
    • 3:05 – 3:20 PM – Break
    • 3:20 – 3:45 PM – “New techniques to install high voltage cables into ducts,” by Willem Griffioen, Plumett
      A technique is presented which is an alternative to the method to pull high voltage cables into ducts using a winch. Instead the cable is pushed inside while at the same time the duct is filled with water under pressure. With the latter a pulling force is applied on the foremost end of the cable using a special pig. Sometimes installation is possible without pig, where the water (which travels faster than the cable then) creates a distributive drag force on the cable, eliminating the capstan effect and allowing spectacular long installation lengths (note that the cable blowing technique which was developed for optical cables in telecom, using the same trick to eliminate the capstan effect, has been used for more than 2 decades now all over the world). The latter technique without pig was proved in different field trials. The technique with pig has been used already in many real installations, mainly in France and Austria. Although here the capstan effect is still there, cable lengths up to 3.3 km were installed in the field in one piece without intermediate access! This could be reached thanks to the synergy of pushing and pulling, the low friction when water is used and buoyancy of the cable in water, especially beneficial when cables with aluminium conductors are used. Also the method is very easy to use. No need to first install a winch line and operation (labour, installation equipment and cable drum) all at one side of the duct route. Last but not least, the cables once installed by the presented method can be transported further through the duct (a next section) by FreeFloating, where a rear pig is attached to the cable (sharing the pressure with the front pig) and the water pushes the cable further (like tube post)! This method has been proved in a 1 km field trial with 14 right angled bends and 3 sinkers! It allows to install cables in sections difficult to access (or not at all). Finally special software has been developed, not only taking into account gravity and the capstan effect, but also the effect of the cable stiffness in bends and undulations in the duct, and under pushing. This software can be used for all kinds of techniques, from winch pulling to FreeFloating
    • 3:45 – 4:10 PM – “230kV Submarine and Land Cable Seismic Design and Construction,” by Marvic Verzano, PG&E and Forest Rong, Black & Veatch.
      A seismic resistance 230kV XLPE cable system was put in service to improve the reliability of PG&E’s 230kV transmission system in San Francisco. The overall cable system includes 2.9 miles of submarine cable and 0.6 mile underground land cable, to carry a continuous load of 400 MVA (1005A) and a 48-hour emergency rating of 458 MVA (1150A). The design-basis earthquake event is assumed to be a moment magnitude (Mw) 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault, with a peak ground acceleration (PGA) determined at the 84th percentile motions (1 standard deviation above the median).  On land, the three phases of cables were installed in reinforced concrete duct bank, and in San Francisco bay, the three cables were direct buried underneath the bay floor. Various seismic design and construction considerations were included in the civil duct bank, transition vaults, land to water HDDs, and electrical system to make the installed 230kV cable system operational during and after earthquake. The team will share the design challenges and construction experience learnt from this project.
    • 4:10 – 4:35 PM – “Empirical Data on Heat Energy Liberated During Arcing Cable and Accessory Faults,” by Andrew R. Morris, Commonwealth Edison
      The results of arc flash testing on several samples of underground medium-voltage power cables and splices are here presented, and the resulting incident thermal energy is compared to the values of incident energy predicted by the Lee Method and the method recommended in IEEE Standard 1584. Neither method is shown to be completely satisfactory, as the Lee Method drastically overestimates, while the IEEE 1584 method somewhat underestimates, the incident energy. The data also demonstrate that the incident energy produced by a fault on lead-covered cable is significantly less than that produced on concentric-neutral cable; in both cases, the radiation pattern is shown to be highly directional.
    • 4:35 – 5:00 PM – “Design and Construction Challenges of a HVDC Interconnector Across Alps,” by Christian Remy, Prysmian PowerLink Use of HVDC underground cable systems is increasing. The presentation illustrates the design and construction problems being solved for the 190 km long interconnection between France and Italy. Cables run across the alps, in parallel to motorways and railways, using existing tunnels, bridges, viaducts; the complexity of the route is reflected in the complexity of the issues. Thermal aspects consider a huge variety of different conditions and the most critical were replicated for the qualification tests. Electrical aspects include evaluation and management of stray currents, considerations about transient overvoltages, earthing points. Mechanical aspects are relevant to the  innovative installation methods. Different countries with different regulations and practices guided some of the design choices. All these parts, aggregated, make the overall project a challenging but exiting experience, which started at design stage and is continuing with the construction phase.
    • 5:00 – 5:15 PM – Vice Chair’s Closing Remarks
  • Subcommittee D – Generating Station and Industrial Cables – Monday, October 31, 2016, 9:15 AM – 12:30 PM

    • 9:15 – 9:30 – Subcommittee D Business – Art Maldonado, AM Technology Group – Chair, Doug DePriest, TVA – Vice Chair
    • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – “PD Testing of Nuclear Power Plant Cables – Technical Considerations”, Sarajit Banerjee & Boguslaw Bochenski, Kinectrics, Inc.Abstract – An often cited technical concern with regards to MV cable PD testing in a nuclear plant environment is the phenomena of high frequency PD signal attenuation, as a result of aged tape shields. Despite this fact, there is extensive positive field experience in diagnosing PD inducing defects (particularly in accessories) in helically tape shielded EPR and XLPE MV nuclear power plant cables, across both Canadian (CANDU) and US (PWR and BWR) nuclear plants.  This presentation will discuss technical guidance with respect to undertaking field PD measurements in aged nuclear plant cable systems, including handling signal attenuation issues (if present). This will include recommended procedures for verifying PD measurement sensitivity, test voltage, duration and test sequence considerations based on utility and factory standards, measurement methodologies/techniques, localization techniques and condition assessment/acceptance criterion. Field and lab implementation examples of these procedures will be provided, and knowledge gaps will be summarized.Sarajit Banerjee received his B.Eng.Mgt from McMaster University in 2004, and MASc. from the University of Waterloo in 2008. He is currently an Senior Engineer/Scientist at Kinectrics Inc. (formerly Ontario Hydro Research Institute), and has over 12 years’ experience in HV and MV cable systems engineering, consulting, testing and research.
    • 10:30AM  – 10:45 AM – Break
    • 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM – “Medium Voltage Nuclear Cable Qualification to IEEE 383-2003”,  Eric Rasmussen – RSCC WIre and CableAbstract – Additional requirements and limitations were imposed by IEEE 383-2003 which are specifically applicable to medium voltage cables and are not addressed in IEEE 383-1974.  This presentation outlines those differences and presents a medium voltage qualification as an example.Eric Rasmussen is currently the Director of Engineering at RSCC Wire and Cable LLC.  Prior to joining RSCC, he served 9 years in the US Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Warfare Officer and served aboard the USS Cheyenne (SSN 773).  He received a BSEE from Iowa State University and MBA from the University of Texas.
    • 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM – “Frequency Domain Reflectometry NDE for Aging Cables in Nuclear Power Plants “, Leo Fifield & Bill Glass, DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)Degradation of the cable jacket, electrical insulation, and other cable components of installed cables within nuclear power plants (NPPs) is known to occur as a function of age, temperature, radiation, and other environmental factors. System tests verify cable function under normal loads; however, demonstration of some cable’s ability to perform under exceptional loads associated with design-basis events is essential to assuring plant integrity. The cable’s ability to perform safely over the initial 40 year planned and licensed life has generally been demonstrated and there have been very few age-related cable failures. With greater than 1000 km of power, control, instrumentation, and other cables typically found in an NPP, replacing all the cables would be a severe cost burden. Justification for life extension to 60 and 80 years requires a cable aging management program to justify cable performance under normal operation as well as accident conditions. A variety of tests are available to assess various aspects of electrical and mechanical cable performance, but none of these tests are suitable for all cable configurations nor does any single test confirm all features of interest. One particularly powerful test that is beginning to be used more and more by utilities is frequency domain reflectometry (FDR). FDR is a nondestructive electrical inspection technique used to detect and localize faults in power and communication system conductors along the length of a cable from a single connection point. For the measurement, two conductors in the cable system are treated as a transmission line, which propagates a low-voltage swept-frequency waveform to interrogate the cable length. Note that because the applied signal is low-voltage (<5 volts), the test is completely nondestructive and poses no special safety concerns to operators. An inverse Fourier transform is used to convert the resulting frequency-domain data into a time-domain format, which can determine the physical location of signal reflections if the signal propagation velocity is known. FDR detects discontinuities in the electrical impedance that arise due to cable splices or similar changes along the path of the conductor pair. In addition, FDR has the potential to provide sensitivity to insulation degradation by detecting small changes in capacitance between the cable conductors being examined. Example changes that impact the insulation capacitance include exposure to heat, radiation, water damage, corrosion, or mechanical fatigue. The technique is also sensitive to cable bends, the particular lay of the cable in tray, proximity to other cable, and other factors that bear consideration when interpreting these tests. This paper examines various influences on the FDR approach and compares results of three different instruments capable of producing the FDR to assess accelerated aging cable damage among several NPP representative cables.Leo Fifield manages the Nuclear Cable Aging Program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington where he is a Senior Research Scientist on the Applied Functional Materials team. He studied Chemistry and Physics at Westmont College, and Chemistry and Nanotechnology at the University of Washington. His research interests include predictive understanding and control of process-structure-property-performance relationships, especially for polymer and composite materials. Dr. Fifield currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the IEEE Richland Section PES Chapter. He has one issued patent, multiple pending patent applications, and a dozen peer-reviewed publications with > 1000 total citations.S.W. (Bill) Glass has focused his 40+ year career on inspection and robotic technologies mostly related to nuclear power plant operation, plant life extension, and decommissioning.  Following a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Bio Engineering from NC State University, he worked for 3 years with the Swedish equivalent of NIOSH.  He then joined AREVA working in Virginia and France. He served in numerous engineering and management positions rising to the level of Global NDE Technical Center Director managing more than 50 scientists and engineers plus he served as an expert fellow in NDE and Robotics.  In 2015, he joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a technical advisor continuing his interest in inspection and robotic technologies.  Mr. Glass leads the cable NDE aging management program that has focused on Frequency Domain Reflectometry (FDR), Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR), and various other local and bulk electrical test methods.  He has authored more than 100 technical and scientific papers, holds 7 patents and is a Licensed Professional Engineer.
  • Subcommittee F – Field Testing and Diagnostics – Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Subcommittee G – Transnational Luncheon (Registration Required) – Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 12:15 – 2:00 PM

    • Opening by Frank Petzold
    • “Overview of 400kV Underground Cable Project in Sweden (Anneberg – Fjäturen)”, Kyoo(Q) Sung Byun LS Cable Inc., USA
    • “Extension Pre-qualification (EPQ) testing program for 230 kV cable system with US temperature requirements”, Ivan Jovanovic  G&W Electric, USA, Zhiteng Yu, Qingdao Hanhe Cables, China
    • “Next generation 500kV class HVDC extruded cable system development”, Hideo Tanaka,  Furukawa Electric, Japan
    • “New Techniques to Install High-Voltage Cables into Ducts”, Willem Griffioen   Plumett, NL
    • “270 kV DC  Land Extruded Cable System for LCC Power Transmission”, Mohamed Mammeri Silec Cable, France
    • “400 kV XLPE cable project in Angola”, Eric Beauguitte, Nexans , France
    • “250kV HVDC XLPE cable System in Undersea Tunnel between Hokkaido Is. and Honshu Is. in Japan”, Kozo Suzuki   Sumitomo Electric,  Japan
    • “Crossing Alps: Construction of a HVDC Interconnector”, Christian Remy  Prysmian, Italy
    • “News from CIGRE B1”, Marco Marelli Chairmen SC B1
  • Networking Luncheon  (Registration Required) – Monday, October 31, 2016, 12:30 – 2:00 PM

    • ITC Lake Erie Connector, Justin Bardwell, Black & Veatch
      Abstract – HVDC Submarine Interconnection, Summary of Project in Progress
    • Seismic Issues for New Cable Installation, Marvic Verzano Pacific Gas and Electric
      Abstract – Pacific Gas and Electric has provided reliable power to San Francisco’s downtown and financial districts. However, it had its challenges because of the nature of the ground conditions, and its proximity to fault lines in the area. The project is expected to remain functional after a major earthquake by analyzing and predicting ground displacement and coming up with innovative engineering solutions to mitigate damage from a seismic event.
    • HV Type Testing Extruded-Dielectric Cable Systems for North America, Rachel Mosier, Power Delivery Consultants, Inc. (PDC)
      Abstract – It can be difficult to apply the “North American” specification and standards regarding Qualification Testing (known as Type Testing in the International standards) for high voltage cable systems.  This presentation will highlight some of the challenges, and conclude with what is typically required by North American utilities.
  • Educational Program – High Voltage Cable Accessories – Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

    • The ICC Education Session will present high voltage cable accessories.  The session will focus on general aspects related to joints and terminations of cables with extruded insulation (like design, types and components, tests, installation, and maintenance), workmanship and quality control during installation, and maintaining the integrity of accessories of cables with extruded insulation.  The Session will draw on three CIGRE Technical Brochures – TB 177, Accessories for HV Extruded Cables; TB 476, Workmanship; and TB 560, Guidelines for Maintaining the Integrity of XLPE Cable Accessories.  There will be time after each segment for facilitated questions and answers.
    • Instructor(s) biographies:
      • Willem Boone obtained his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. He has more than forty years of experience with KEMA, now DNV GL, in the field of underground Electrical Power Transmission and  Distribution. He contributed significantly to the development of testing methods and related international standards for the electrical cable industry. He is now acting as an international senior consultant on the broad subject of power cables, for both land & submarine applications.  He is recognized as an international expert and is active in CIGRE and IEEE/ICC.
      • Harry Orton is an electrical engineering and applied science graduate of the University of New South Wales and the University of British Columbia.  He first worked at BC Hydro as an electrical research engineer where he helped build one of the foremost utility-based research centers in North America.  For over 20 years he worked as a specialist in the field of underground transmission and distribution cables and accessories, later becoming section supervisor and manager of technical activities. He was a project manager for CEA and EPRI underground cable research projects and Chair of the Cable Failure Task Force.  Harry now runs Orton Consulting Engineers International Ltd. based in Vancouver, Canada and is affiliated with the International Consulting Engineers. Harry is active in the IEEE ICC and the International Conference on the Properties and Application of Dielectric Materials, as well as a member of CIGRE and the Jicable Scientific Committee both organizations based in Paris, France.
      • Detlef F. Wald obtained his diploma in Chemical Engineering from the technical university FH Aachen in Jülich, Germany.  After serving in the military, he worked for Raschig AG and then BP Chemicals as a development engineer of thermoset and semiconductive compounds, eventually becoming a technical service manager at Borealis Polymers.  He worked in the cable-related industry for 25 years before founding his own company, Eifelkabel, where he focuses on quality improvement in the production of power cables.  Mr. Wald is a member of several CIGRE and IEEE working groups, has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers, and holds 4 patents related to power cables.
    • Agenda
      • 1:00-1:15  Introduction, Rachel Mosier, Chair of the Education Session, and Wim Boone, Chair of CIGRE B1 Tutorial Advisory Group
      • 1:15-2:45  Accessories for HV cables with extruded cables, Wim Boone TB 177 Accessories for HV cables with extruded cables – This tutorial will focus on a number of general aspects related to joints and terminations of HV cables with extruded insulation:
        • Accessory design
        • Accessory types
        • Accessory main components
        • Guide to the selection of accessories
        • Tests in accessories
        • Accessory installation
        • Accessory maintenance
      • 2:45-3:00  Break
      • 3:00-4:00  Cable accessories workmanship, Harry Orton TB 476 Cable accessories workmanship – Failure rates of accessories, particularly on XLPE cables, are higher than other components and are of great concern.  Focus on quality control during jointing operations must be maintained.  Attention will be paid to the following main aspects:
        • Workmanship of jointing and terminating of AC land cables with extruded insulation
        • Overview of skills needed for the o installation of accessories and the associated risks
        • Training and certification of jointers
      • 4:00-4:30  Guidelines for maintaining the integrity of XLPE cables accessories, Detlef Wald TB 560 Guidelines for maintaining the integrity of XLPE cables accessories – This tutorial deals with the experience of disruptive discharges of existing accessories, with the main focus on terminations and non- buried joints, above 60kV. Special attention will be paid to the role of the:
        • Accessory design
        • Testing
        • Assembly
        • Condition monitoring
      • 4:30-5:00  Panel discussion
      • 5:00 Close

0.4 IEEE CEUs will be offered for this session.  You must register in order to receive CEUs.
(Please note, in order to receive these credits towards a Florida PE License, you MUST provide Thomas Arnold with your FL PE License number prior to the session.