PES-ICC Meetings

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

  • Opening Session

  • Mini-Expo Vendors

    • Aegion – Underground Solutions Provides Fusible PVC conduit and casing for trenchless installation of underground transmission lines. These products significantly reduce power ampacity loss compared to steel and provide additional benefits over other thermoplastics. Benefits 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:
    • AP Sensing is a world leader in Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing, Distributed Acoustic and Distributed Temperature Sensing, technology, equipment and systems.
      At ICC, we will discuss and demonstrate DTS and DAS technology as it applies to EHV/HV Power Cable Monitoring applications.   We will demonstrate AP Sensing’s SmartVision (SCADA) Software Platform.  SmartVision turns real-time, distributed measurement data into actionable knowledge. SmartVision, using Real Time Thermal Ratings, automatically measures, interprets and alarms on adverse power cable conditions (hot spots, exposed subsea cable sections) and third party interference (excavation, directional drilling, subsea threats such as anchor strikes, vibration and ice scour) that leads to physical damage or deterioration of the power cable.   For more information, please see us online at  In North or Latin America, call Greg McElyea (+1-214-471-3460).
    • Dow Chemical Co.  – For more than 70 years, Dow has been delivering innovative solutions for power cable systems across all voltage classes. ENDURANCE™ and SI-LINK™ compounds enable cable systems that deliver lower total lifecycle cost with improved reliability and resiliency. In 2018, Dow is celebrating the 35th anniversary of our tree-retardant crosslinked polyethylene (TR-XLPE) insulation. Over the last 35 years Dow has listened to the industry and responded with innovative solutions. Each generation of Dow’s TR-XLPE technology was developed specifically to deliver improved performance for our customers and end users, based on their developing needs.
    • 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
    • Elecnor Hawkeye is a respected leader in construction services.  Our Underground Transmission group specializes in the installation, repair and maintenance of UG high voltage cable,  including XLPE and HPFF. With state-of-the-art equipment, including cable pull winches up to 80k HPFF, Elecnor Hawkeye can handle any size job, in any location. The leadership team of the UG group has decades of experience and understands the importance of working safe and delivering quality workmanship to its customers. For further information visit their web site at
    • G&W Electric Company – Since 1905, G&W Electric Co. has been a leader worldwide in providing customs power solutions to the Electric power industry. G&W manufactures medium/high voltage electrical products and distribution automation services. 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. We help our customers meet their challenges and gain a competitive edge through a suite of advanced products and technical services.  Stop by our expo to see the PYTHON cable accessories featuring the mechanical shrink installation method. For more information on G&W visit
    • 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. Come by our booth to see how our range of high voltage VLF, VLF tan delta, and VLF partial discharge testing systems can assist you with your cable system performance optimization. We also carry a comprehensive portfolio of Cable Fault Location Systems, TDR, Cable Identification and Location, and AC/DC Hipot instruments. For those interested in Insulating Fluids Testing we have Dielectric and Dissipation Factor Instruments that are designed for lab and field use. HV TECHNOLOGIES, Inc., located in Manassas, Virginia, is a leading supplier of High Voltage and EMC Test Equipment and solutions.
    • ILJIN Electric USA, Inc 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.
    • Kiewit understands each underground and submarine cable project is unique, with specific challenges and demands. Their team of industry experts knows firsthand the importance of value engineering, minimizing costs, adhering to schedule requirements, and environmental concerns.  At Kiewit, the engineering professionals involve construction early on in the planning process to optimize engineering and project schedules. They offer flexible execution from Engineering Services to full EPC. From medium to extra high voltage, underground to submarine, complex to simple, Kiewit offers the experience and value of engineering and construction in one package.  For additional information visit their website at
    • 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.
    • LS Cable & System, headquartered in Anyang, South Korea was established in May 1962 and is a worldwide leader in medium voltage, high voltage, and extra high voltage underground cables and has subsidiary companies throughout the world including 15 factories, 30 sales offices, and 3 R&D centers in 17 different countries.
      In 2006 LS Cable & System completed its first ever 345kV Turnkey Project in the U.S. and acquired Superior Essex in 2007 to expand its presence in the Americas.   In April 2017, the LS Group acquired the Energy division from Superior Essex to create a subsidiary under the LS Cable & System umbrella. LS Cable & System U.S.A., a leading U.S. manufacturer and supplier of energy wire and cable products serving the Commercial, Industrial, Renewable Energy and Utility markets. Our electrical product offering includes Low Voltage 300V and 600V instrumentation cables for control systems, audio, intercoms, energy management, and alarm controls; Low Voltage 600V control and power cables for your industrial or utility power or station control circuits; Medium Voltage 5kV through 46kV power cables for your primary power and distribution circuits and Photovoltaic Wire XLPE, Type PV, 600V and 2000V for the renewable solar market, all in full compliance to U.S.industry standards.
    • 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 only full-service power cable expert that partners with utility companies of all sizes to keep their networks operating at peak performance, using the most advanced, capital-efficient, environmentally friendly methods available. Novinium’s founder and CEO invented the revolutionary technology behind underground cable rejuvenation 30+ years ago, and the company continues to champion ways to keep power flowing to those who depend on it.   Learn more at
    • Onstream Pipeline Inspection uses advanced technologies to provide reliable and accurate pipeline inspection results, with a focus on continual technological and software advancement.
      We strive to provide the highest quality equipment, personnel and reporting to exceed our customer’s needs and expectations. We are committed to Customer Service and will strive to accommodate our customer’s needs in every stage of a project.
      Our goal is to meet or exceed customer safety, scheduling, operational and reporting expectations. We believe it is important to establish a relationship built on mutual trust with our customers and employees to provide a work environment that fosters loyalty and excellence.”
    • PFISTERER is a leading independent manufacturer of cable and overhead line accessories for sensitive interfaces in energy networks.  The Group is headquartered in Winterbach, near Stuttgart in southern Germany.  PFISTERER develops, produces and sells international successful solutions for 110 V to 850 kV voltage levels.  With its end-to-end range of products for application in energy networks, consulting, installation and training, the manufacturer is a valued partner to companies specializing in power supply, plant construction and electrified rail transport around the world.  PFISTERER operates production plants in Europe, South America and South Africa as well as sales offices in 18 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the USA
    • Prysmian Cables & Systems 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.
    • Southeast Directional Drilling – Southeast Directional Drilling (SEDD) is an industry leader in horizontal directional drilling. The company has performed over 150 miles of successful crossings including high profile, large diameter electrical conduit crossings in all types of formations, from tough granite to sandy soils. SEDD has a global reputation of safe, on-time, quality work, and professionalism that is unsurpassed.
    • Sumitomo Electric USA Inc.– subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric Industries who owns J-Power Systems Corporation, is the Japanese leading manufacturing company of extra high voltage power cables and accessories. We are the leaders of the latest advance power transmission technology such as HVDC cable up to 500kV, HVAC underground/submarine cable up to 500kV,  and various advanced challenging installation technology such as XLPE cable installed in long distance HDD.
    • 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
    • Techimp is a global provider of partial discharge (PD) diagnostic testing and monitoring equipment and testing services. We are a leading provider of HV and EHV underground cables commissioning testing services (AC Hi-Pot and PD) using advanced analysis software providing effective and on the spot diagnoses. Techimp has also pioneered and is the global leader in permanent PD monitoring installations for underground HV/EHV cables, including 500 kV. Additionally, we are the leader in effective online diagnostics for aged Distribution cables and switchgear. Techimp also provides PD monitoring of Substation transformers and GIS.
    • UL is a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions.  UL certifies, validates, tests, verifies, inspects, audits, advises and educates.  We provide the knowledge and expertise to help navigate growing complexities across the supply chain from compliance and regulatory issues to trade challenges and market access.  UL works with a diverse array of stakeholders. We optimize the supply chain for manufacturers and provide them a broad range of services that support every stage of the product life cycle. Visit to learn more.
    • USi is a leader in design, operation and maintenance of HV power cable systems. For over 40 years, USi has provided engineering expertise to the Utility market with custom designs and equipment for power cable accessories, engineered Cooling – Circulating Plants and Pressurization Plants. Our extensive Engineering Department Services span power cable system architect engineer design, forensics, soil thermal properties, ratings, leak detection and maintenance automation.  USi designs, manufactures and integrates leading edge monitoring, rating diagnostic and control hardware, sensors, communications and software for underground transmission cable systems.
    • W.A. Chester, 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 US, Inc. A Utility Solutions Company. Walker US is an industry leading engineering and construction firm providing turnkey solutions for electric utilities and power producers. Our products and services focus on the design, manufacture, installation, maintenance and repair of underground transmission cable systems including pressurizing, circulating and cooling plants. Additionally, Walker offers custom communication and connectivity solutions for electric utilities’ critical infrastructure. Family owned and operated since 1970, Walker is proud to be a Woman Owned Small Business and WBE certificate holder. Please visit our website at to learn more about our team and capabilities.
  • Subcommittee A – Cable Construction and Design – Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    • TR-XLPE Insulated Cables for Wet High Voltage Cable Applications, P. Caronia, T. Person, S. Cree, and S Miao, Dow
      Abstract: Water tree retardant crosslinked polyethylene (TR-XLPE) has a 35 year demonstrated excellent field performance under MV electrical stresses in wet environments.  Off shore wind farms support the growth of renewable energy though the wind farm operator’s challenge is to reduce the cost of this important renewable energy. One approach being investigated to decrease wind farm system cost is to increase the voltage on the array cables from 33 kV to 66 kV as well as to consider the use of wet cable designs at this voltage. We will review the potential of TRXLPE insulated cables in meeting this application need.
    • Can Cables Last 100 Years?   Wayne Chatterton and Ben Lanz, IMCORP
      Abstract: How long can solid dielectric cables last? We, and many in our industry over the last few decades, would say 30 to 40 years, but what does science and industry experience tell us? This presentation will explore the known primary drivers of activation energies sufficient to initiate deterioration at the molecular level and eventually yield more commonly known breakdown mechanisms. Which drivers are common place? Which drivers are rare or application specific? Can we eliminate or reduce the risk of these drivers, and if we do, what does science and industry experience tell about the future of cable longevity?
    • Evolution of MV Cable Designs in the US from 1996 to 2014, Essay Wen Shu and Nigel Hampton, NEETRAC
      Abstract: In 2003, Joe Dudas, with support from utility bodies (AEIC & NRECA), performed several surveys to establish industry trends in medium voltage (MV) cable usage. The results of these surveys proved to be very useful to utilities and manufacturers in understanding current trends in the use of different insulation types, cable designs, and installation practices of particular use is the fact that the 2003 survey was the last of a series starting back in 1992. However, due to the development of new cable standards and designs and the evolution of replacement / maintenance strategies, these survey results are likely no longer accurate.
      In 2016, the authors undertook a utility survey on cable and accessories and a manufacturer survey on cables, materials, and accessories to all interested parties. This study covered the experiences of >50 different utilities.
      The analyses within the 2016 study enabled the authors to follow the methodologies of the previous studies of Dudas et al, to provide perspectives on cable and accessory usage in the US, including:
      ·          metal used for the conductor,
      ·         conductor shield type (conventional or supersmooth),
      ·         conductor size,
      ·         insulation type (WTRXLPE or EPR),
      ·         insulation wall thickness,
      ·         metallic shield design, and
      ·         accessory types (premoulded, heat shrink, or cold shrink)
      ·         etc
      As this work follows very closely the methodology used by Joe Dudas and his colleagues, in some cases it is possible to extend the trends developed by these earlier studies. This study also collected information on the important factors considered by utilities when selecting a cable system.
    • Impact of Grid-Connected PV Power in the Ampacity Determination of Low-voltage Service Cables, George Murray and Yingli Wen, Consolidated Edison of New York
      Abstract: This presentation discusses the impact of PV power connected to the grid on the ampacity of secondary low voltage service cables and treatment of PV power when determining cable ampacity needs
  • Subcommittee B – Accessories – Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    • Temperature Stability of Constant Force Springs Under Current Loading, Stéphane Tognali, Bill Wolfe – Prysmian
      Medium voltage splices using Cold Shrink (CS) technology have been used in the worldwide market for almost 25 years now reaching more than several million units.  Many customers across several markets have used cold shrink technology to meet different types of requirements and industry standards.
      One of the benefits of cold shrink technology is its capability to cover several conductor sizes per splice body and different types of cable designs.  One of the key components that allows for this flexibly is the use of constant force springs to make the metallic screen connection across the splice.  While industry standards like IEEE 404 address fault current requirements in all types of splice designs there is little knowledge or available data to show the performance capabilities of constant force springs under current loading.
      This presentation explains the test method and test results regarding the use of constant force springs for the neutral connection. The scope is to check if constant force springs can have an impact on the neutral system integrity in case of high current load in the neutrals.  With the help of several experts in the Utility industry, Prysmian used a suggested test protocol to check for the performance (stable temperatures) of constant force springs across the neutrals up to 200amps.
      Stéphane Tognali was born in 1971 in France. He is an Engineer graduated from Ecole Centrale in Paris, France.
      Since 2001, he is an active member in Working Groups for IEC and Cenelec. He is working in Prysmian Group and is in charge of the Medium Voltage Cable Accessories business development. Previously, he worked 20 years in R & D in this sector still for Prysmian Group, leading global development activities for the last 6 years.
      Bill Wolfe was born in 1968 in South Carolina.  He is an Engineer graduate from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Bill began work for Pirelli Cable (now Prysmian Group) in 1991 as a Development Engineer in the Communications Division.  He moved to the Energy Division in 2003 as Sr. Product Manager.  He was Regional Sales Manager for AFL in 2007.  Since 2010 he has been Director of Network Components for North America at Prysmian Group responsible for the P/L and all Engineering aspects.  He serves on the National Cable Splicing Certification Board.
    • Field Application of 138 kV Dry Type Single Piece Pre-molded Outdoor Termination, Mohammad Pasha – United Illuminating, Ivan Jovanovic, Milan Uzelac, Satish Kumar Chinari – G&W Electric, Bruce Miller – Kerite
      Presentation provides details of design and field application of dry-type single piece pre-molded silicone rubber termination for outdoor use. Termination is designed to be installed in the field by mechanical shrink method (as oppose to traditional slip-on method) that doesn’t require any type of tools or installation fixtures. It minimizes the time required for the installation and chances for field damage or installation errors. End user’s project background will be presented together with EPR cable construction and outline of the installation steps.
      Mohammad A Pasha is a Principal Engineer with The United Illuminating Company (UI) – an operating company of AVANGRID.  He holds a B.S (1966) in Physics from Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan, a B.S (1970) in Electrical Engineering (Power) from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, a M.S (1974) in Nuclear Technology from Islamabad University, Islamabad, Pakistan and a M.S.E.E (1982) from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.  Mr. Pasha began his career by working for the Electric Company of Pakistan, Lahore following which, he worked for the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), also in Lahore.  Before immigrating to the United States of America, he worked as a senior engineer with the National Engineering Services of Pakistan (NESPAK), Lahore, Pakistan and was responsible for the engineering of the 205 miles 500-kV Guddu–Jamshoro overhead transmission line. In US he has worked as Project Transmission engineer for UI’s 345 kV Middletown-Norwalk project and its Grand Av. modernization Project. Mr. Pasha has been chairman of EPRI’s underground transmission line program since 2004.  He is a past chairman of the North East Transmission Group (NETG) and US representative for the CIGRE B1 (Insulated Cables) Committee. He is a member of IEEE, Insulated Conductors Committee, and a licensed professional engineer in the state of Connecticut.  Mr. Pasha has authored numerous IEEE and EPRI publications, and technical papers.
      Ivan Jovanovic has been working in various Engineering, R&D, Marketing and Product Management positions in Power Systems industry for the last 22 years. He obtained his electrical engineering degree from the University of Belgrade (Serbia) and his MBA degree from Loyola University Chicago.
      Since 2001 he is with G&W Electric Company, where he started as a R&D Engineer in Cable Accessories group and now has global responsibility for Cable Accessories Business Unit. He oversees development and market introduction of HV and EHV terminations and joints for both extruded and oil-impregnated paper cables up to 500 kV and has been involved in all aspects of cable systems, from design to field application.
      Ivan authored and co-authored many papers in the field of power cable systems and was invited speaker at US and international conferences and forums. He is very active in industry organizations and is currently chairing future IEEE standard for Transmission Terminations and Joints.
      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.  His expertise include analysis of electrical field and thermal studies with evaluation of ampacity ratings of cable accessories.
      Milan is involved in IEEE 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.
      He has served as a member of several CIGRE working groups considering HV cable systems. Currently Milan convenes CIGRE WG on connectors for HV cables.
      Satish Kumar Chinari graduated from National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India, in 2010 as an Electrical Engineer.  He was employed with Reliance Infrastructure, Mumbai, India as Assistant Manager and worked there for two years supporting and building infrastructure for coal mines and thermal power plants for Reliance Power. Satish moved to United Sates in 2012 to purse Master’s in Electric Power and Energy Systems. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2014 and continued his carrier with G&W Electric company, Chicago as Product Design Engineer. He is responsible for design of cable accessories for high and extra high voltage cables both with extruded and impregnated paper insulation.  His day to day activities are electrical field analysis, testing and implementing new product development projects.
    • Experiences with Cable Faults Located at Metallic Ground Screen Connections, Sverre Hvidsten, Hans L Halvorson and Jens Lervik – SINTEF Energy Research
      Overheating of metallic ground screen connections at accessories of single core cables are the root cause of severe insulation failures in the distribution network in Norway. The overheating is due to a relatively high transition resistance of the connections combined with high induced currents in the ground screens during operation. For copper-screened cables equipped with a metallic laminate, overheating causing failures are also observed randomly along the cables often at locations close to cable straps or cleats. Currently there are no international standards with complete tests to determine the ampacity of ground screen connections for different cable system designs making future installations more reliable. Furthermore, product information from the suppliers indicates that basis for design and test criteria is not uniform, and tests are not performed concerning relevant operation and fault scenarios. A new CIRED working group is working to provide recommendations for complete tests of ground screen connections lacking in current international standards and brochures.
      Sverre Hvidsten has been at SINTEF Energy Research in Norway since 2000, and is now working as a senior research scientist at the department of Electric Power Technology.
    • Influence of High Voltage Frequencies in Medium Voltage Cable Terminations, Stefan Bärlund – ENSTO
      In general, all switching devices (thyristors, transistors) in the network cause high frequency disturbances. Cable terminations and transformer insulation are most affected by high frequency harmonic distortion. Different stress control alternatives in terminations are affected in different ways: geometric field control reduces the field strength by increasing the radius of curvature of an electrode, refractive field control uses a material that has a lower specific impedance and higher permittivity than the insulating material. In an electrical field in a cable termination the molecular dipoles of an insulating material experience a torque that tends to align them with the polarity of the field. With alternating current, the polarity of the electric field alternates. Molecular dipoles are in constant rotation causing dielectric losses. The distorted waveform can cause a significant temperature rise in terminations. This temperature rise depends on the field controlling elements and not all terminations are affected.
      Stefan Bärlund was born in 1983 and has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. He has worked 8 years at Ensto Finland Oy – 4 years in Product Development and 4 years in Product Management. He previously worked for 3 years at ABB as technical support for low and medium voltage drivers and motors. Stefan has a wife and an 8 year old daughter.
    • Conduit and Duct Sealing, Carl Pike, MAC Products/Filoform & Roy Middleton, MAC Products
      A properly designed and installed conduit and duct sealing system is essential for the safety and protection of the public and the protection and longevity of equipment. Hazards needing mitigation include:
      ·         Flammable and corrosive gases
      ·         Liquids including water and insulating fluids
      ·         Fire
      We will review the use of duct sealing products from a historical and current perspective., highlighting the types of seals, their proper selection, use, and installation. The presentation will cover both selection and use of duct seal for new and existing installations.
  • Subcommittee C – Cable Systems – Monday, October 29, 2018, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    • 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM – Chairman’s Opening Remarks and Announcements
    • 2:15 PM – 2:40 PM – “Cable Installation in Vertical Shaft” by Nigel Wigfall, Prysmian Cable and Systems
      A unique project involves performing a 245kV circuit upgrade for a hydroelectric power generation plant in Churchill Falls, Labrador, which requires a 900 ft vertical shaft installation.  This presentation will highlight some of the design and installation challenges with installing in vertical shafts, and the unique solutions that were developed to successfully complete the project.
      2:40 PM – 3:15 PM – “Manhole Explosions, Part II: How to Stop Them,” by Glen Bertini & Jason McCary, Novinium
      Manhole explosions are a nightmare for the public and manhole owners. Unpredictability, life-threatening potential, and the setting in crowded urban areas, make manhole explosions particularity pernicious. Part I at the Spring 2018 IC Meeting cataloged the fundamental causes of manhole fires and explosions in duct-manhole systems whether they are fueled with electrical energy, chemical energy, or both. In this Part II the authors describe how to stop manhole explosion from occurring.
    • 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM – Break
    • 3:30 PM – 3:55 PM – “Practical Installations of Cables in Pipes by FreeFloating: The Revolutionary New Method Works!” by Willem Griffioen, Plumettaz SA
      Installing HV cables into pipes with WaterPushPulling, where water under pressure is used to exert a pulling force on a pig mounted at the foremost end of the cable, is a technique used in practice. A FreeFloating technique to give the installed cables a “push” to a further location, as many sections away as wished, was developed and tested. With this technique it is possible to bring subsequent cables from one launch location to any desired location, by the sole action of water, as if it were “tube post”. A fairy tale? No, it has now been proved to really work in 2 projects, one on land and one offshore. The latter project, where cables connecting offshore windturbines were installed all the way from land, will be presented in the C37 Submarine Cables.
      The land project was done in May 2017 to show that it is possible to install cables from a convenient suburb location to a congested city center, without the need to go to the latter with heavy cables and installation equipment. Because it was the first time, the installation was done from suburb to suburb in Copenhagen, where 6 cables were installed for Energinet in 2 sections of the connection Veljeå-Ejbygård. Cable lengths were 1695 m and 1574 m in Section 1 and 2, respecively. The cables were 132 kV cables with 1400 mm2 solid Aluminium conductor, with outer diameter of 94 mm and a mass of 9.2 kg/m. Their semi-conductive PE jackets contain graphite, resulting in a relatively high coefficient of friction. The cables were installed into 160/140 mm PE ducts. The cables for the 2nd section were installed by FreeFloating, after initial inserting the cables into the duct (1st section) by WaterPushPulling. After recoupling of the ducts the cables for the 1st section could be installed behind the installed cables by WaterPushPulling again. After the initial learning curve of the first time FreeFloating in a real project it was possible to install 2 cables in one day (1st cable installed by WaterPushPulling, further installed by FreeFloating and 2nd cable installed behind the 1st by WaterPushPulling). In the project the water was recycled and the remaining water brought to a waste water station.
    • 3:55 PM – 4:20 PM – “Portland General Electric Marquam 115 kV Transmission Project” o    by Thibault Laviec, Nexans, Ian Grant, Black & Veatch, and Ashley Carter, Wilson Construction
      An electric utility in Portland, OR, planned, designed and constructed a new 115 kV XLPE cable transmission line between Harrison Substation and Marquam Substation.  The transmission line spans across the Willamette River inside the Tilikum Crossing Bridge and crosses beneath the Interstate 5 highway.  The XLPE cables start from a 120 ft riser pole and terminate at gas insulated switchgear (GIS) at the Marquam Substation.
    • 4:20 PM – Chairman’s Closing Remarks
  • Subcommittee D – Generating Station and Industrial Cables – Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    • 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM – Subcommittee D Business. Gabriel Taylor – Chair – NRC – Philip Laudicina – Vice Chair – Nexans AmerCable
    • 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM – Inter-Digital Capacitive Sensor for Evaluating Cable Insulation through Jacket, by S. W. Glass, Pacific Northwest National Laborator, L. S. Fifield, Pacific Northwest National Laborator, A. Sriraman, Iowa State University, and N. Bowler, Iowa State University
      Abstract: An inter-digital capacitive (IDC) sensor has previously been used to measure dielectric properties of cable insulation polymer material when placed in direct contact with the insulation. Often cable insulation is covered by a polymer jacket. The dielectric properties of many cable jacket and insulation polymers are known to change due to thermal and radiation exposure-related damage. These dielectric properties frequently track with other measures of cable aging, such as tensile elongation-at-break and indenter modulus that have been broadly established as cable insulation polymer assessment methods. The external jacket of a cable is likely to have a different permittivity from the underlying insulation, and frequently the jacket material exhibits more severe damage than the insulation material due to environmental exposure. Because the jacket serves primarily to guard the cable during installation, as long as the underlying insulation condition is acceptable, the jacket condition is relatively unimportant in service.
      As part of a continuing program to develop and evaluate nondestructive examination methods that may be applied to cable condition assessment, a laboratory IDC and fixture to measure the effect of cable polymer dielectric property change on the sensor response has been developed. The IDC consists of two fork-like electrodes facing each other with the fork tines interspersed and separated by a small gap. The electrodes are printed on one side of a flexible substrate that can be conformed to the surface of a cylindrical cable, with tines parallel to the cable axis. The electrodes are connected to a broad-frequency-spectral impedance meter that senses the capacitance between the narrowly gapped electrode tines. This capacitance is known to vary as a function of the permittivity of any material in close proximity to the electrodes. For jacketed cable systems, the IDC response is dominated by the jacket but, by analyzing measurements from IDC sensors with different depths-of-field penetration into the cable under test, the influence of the chlorinated polyethylene (CPE) cable jacket material degradation can be separated from an assessment of the ethylene-propylene rubber (EPR) cable insulation thereby enabling assessment of the insulation beneath/through the jacket. No other common cable measurement methods are known to be able to nondestructively assess insulation condition through a protective jacket.
      Bill Glass is a technical advisor with more than 35 years of experience working on nondestructive evaluation (NDE), materials characterization, and robotics for inspection in hazardous environments in the United States and Europe. His work at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) supports DOE, NRC, and DHS projects in the area of energy security, nuclear storage, and test and evaluation. Bill also supports strategy development for the national security leadership team and participates in and manages several large projects.
      Before joining PNNL, Bill served as chief technical advisor for AREVA NP, providing technical and project management oversight on inspection, design and condition monitoring services for nuclear power plants and research reactors in the nuclear energy market. He advised company leadership and technical teams on design, engineering, maintenance, installation, inspection, and repair of nuclear steam supply components and fuel for nuclear power plants and reactor services worldwide. Bill also oversaw large proposal bid review, nondestructive evaluation IP, and competitor intelligence for AREVA global NDE solutions.
      Dr. Leo Fifield is an experienced materials scientist and research leader interested in material synthesis, formulation, processing, characterization, application, simulation, and lifetime prediction. He leads nuclear cable aging research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for the US DOE Nuclear Energy Office Light Water Reactor Sustainability program. He has an Adjunct Faculty appointment in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University.
      Before joining PNNL as a graduate fellow of the University of Washington/PNNL Joint Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Leo developed electroactive materials as a Principal Fellow of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute at the University of Wollongong and as a graduate intern at AlliedSignal Corporation. He is currently Chair of the PES Chapter of the IEEE Richland Section.
      Aishwarya Sriraman is a PhD Candidate in the research group of Professor Nicola Bowler at Iowa State University. Ash previously served as a Research Intern at Royal Dutch Shell plc and an Engineering Intern at Syngenta AG. She earned a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from the B.M.S. College of Engineering.
      Professor Nicola Bowler received a B.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Nottingham, UK, in 1990 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Surrey, UK, in 1994, for theoretical work in the field of eddy-current nondestructive evaluation (NDE).  She moved to the Center for NDE, Iowa State University, in 1999 and in 2006 was appointed Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Iowa State University.  She was promoted to the rank of full Professor with tenure in 2012. Her research interests include electromagnetic NDE of dielectrics and polymer-matrix composites, including low-cost sensor design, and the characterization of polymers and nanocomposites by broadband dielectric spectroscopy and other methods.  She served as a senior associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation for two years, as a technical editor of the Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, published by Springer, for two years, and as an Associate Editor of Measurement Science and Technology, published by the Institute of Physics, UK, for six years. Nicola was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2013 and is Chair of the 2018 and 2019 IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena
    • 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM – Title: Contributions of Electrical Cable to Fire Risk, Gabriel Taylor, Senior Fire Protection Engineer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
      Abstract: The use of quantitative risk information to inform decision making is common practice in the commercial nuclear industry.  For fire safety, the voluntary use of a performance-based alternative prompted the industry to develop detailed fire probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) and advance PRA methods to benefit from the revision to the regulations.  Electrical cables play an important role in PRA estimation.  This presentation will provide an overview of the fire PRA risk equation and focus on how electrical cables contribute to the fire PRA equation, research that supports the quantification, and advancements to the state of the art in modeling fire risk.
      Gabriel Taylor is a Senior Fire Protection Engineer in the Division of Risk Analysis in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Gabe received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in electrical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004 and a Masters of Science in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland in 2012.  Since 2007, he has focused on research related to fire safety.  His primary responsibilities are managing fire research projects to support fire probabilistic risk assessment method development in the areas of smoke detection, heat release rate, and circuit failure mode likelihood analysis.  Currently he is managing research focused on characterizing the hazards of long duration high energy arcing faults.  Mr. Taylor is an active member of several standards organizations such as, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 551 and 800 series, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer (IEEE).
    • 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM – BREAK
    • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM – Title: NFPA 130 Standard for Fixed Guide Transit and Passenger Rail Systems – Wire and Cable Requirements, Gil Shoshani, Application Engineer Transit, RSCC
      Abstract: The presentation will introduce NFPA 130 and cover the wire and cable requirements of NFPA 130 chapter 12. The presentation will discuss General-Purpose transit infrastructure wire, Signaling, Communication and Fire rated cables. Understanding the requirements is applicable to the new IEEE P2789 “Guide for the Selection and Application of Cables Used in Transit Infrastructure” that is under development at IEEE ICC.
      Gil Shoshani received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Haven in Connecticut in 1992.  He is with RSCC as a Transit Application Engineer.  He has worked with Times Microwave Systems, Circuit Wise, Tyco Engineered Systems and Orbotech Inc.
  • Subcommittee F – Field Testing and Diagnostics – Monday, October 29, 2018 – 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM

    • 9:15 AM – 9:25 AM:  Welcome, Introduction, Agenda, SubCommittee F business.  Sudhakar Cherukupalli – Chair –BC Hydro/Pete Tirinzoni – Vice Chair – PDC
    • 9:25 AM – 10:10 AA: “Health Index Methods for using Forensic Diagnostics to Manage Water-Treeing in MV Cables, Dr.Nigel Hampton, Josh Perkel, Thomas Parker, NEETRAC, USA
      The underground distribution system makes up approximately 18% of the distribution infrastructure (EEI). This system is comprised of terminations/elbows, cable, and joints, which all contribute to the reported SAIDI and SAIFI data. Most of the reported failures are associated with the accessories, which can easily (relative to the whole system) be addressed through replacement and diagnosis because they are discrete devices.  However, the system continues to age whilst being required to deliver increased reliability (lower CAIDI). Thus, the longevity and degradation rate of the backbone cables remains of paramount importance. The primary inputs to such discussions are:.
      ·         the health of the dielectric system (the extruded core and hence the impact of water trees), and
      ·         the health of the neutral system (the propensity for extended and local corrosion).
      Since the earliest days of extruded insulations and the discovery of water trees in PE and EPR insulations, many utilities and laboratories have performed a large number of water tree inspections on extruded power cables returned from the field. These cables consist of those which have failed and, very often, cohort lengths that have not failed. These have been studied in an effort to shed light on the processes that initiate and determine the rate of water tree growth.
      Generally, these studies have been single or small group investigations without consideration of consolidating the knowledge embedded in these analyses. Today as utilities face difficulties recruiting technical talent and deploy the talents that they do have over an increasing number of technical fields, the value in collation and prognostics is greater than ever. Over the last few years, NEETRAC has created a knowledge base from the many examinations that have been conducted and used this repository to develop a factbase to support the coming asset management challenges around the ageing cables within the distribution infrastructure.
      This presentation will focus on how the facts base has been used in a diagnostic mode to:
      1.    Provide context to the outcomes of in-service diagnostic tests
      2.    Guide the selection of the appropriate diagnostic features to be included in assessments
      3.    Develop a structure to estimate the health of the cable (dielectric and neutral system)
      4.    Support the appropriate framing of the outcomes
    • 10:10 AM-10:25 AM    Break Refreshments / Snacks
    • 10:25 AM – 11:00 AM Partial Discharge Monitored Voltage Testing by Damped AC Voltages of Power Cables up to 220 kV, Edward Gulski, Rogier Jongen, onsite hv solutions ag, Switzerland, Jaroslaw Parciak onsite hv solutions Central Europe, Poland
      Abstract:  To transmission grid operators important questions about reliable network operation are:
      (1) How do you perform in a sensitive and non-destructive way the detection of poor workmanship defects of newly installed cable circuits?
      (2) How do you perform non-destructive diagnostics of cable circuits in service to determine the actual condition?
      Based on the international experiences as collected in the last 15 years at different power grids and supported by practical examples different important aspect of testing new cable connections up to 220kV will be mentioned in this presentation.
    • 11:00 AM–11:30 AM    “Preliminary experience with Distributed Strain Monitoring and Its application for Submarine Cables”  by Dr. Sudhakar Cherukupalli, BC Hydro
      Abstract: This presentation is in an attempt to introduce the Distributed Fibre Optic Strain Monitoring System and how it may be applied to power cables. It discusses the science of the technology how the sensing optical fibre construction can influence the results, and its accuracies and sensitivities. Results from tests to apply this technology on a distribution class submarine cable and what were some of the observations made about its ability to continuously monitor submarine cable installation and operation will also be presented
      Biography: Sudhakar worked as an R&D Engineer at Brown Boveri, India, for seven years, after completing his Master’s degree.  There he was responsible for 420kV switchgear design. In 1987, he completed his Ph.D from the University of British Columbia and then joined BC Hydro R&D, which later became Powertech Labs. He is currently a Principal Engineer and Manager in BC Hydro’s Transmission Cable Design department.
      He has extensive experience in design, installation, and testing of transmission and distribution cables, and accessories. He has authored and co-authored over 35 technical publications. He has contributed to several CIGRE Working Groups such as the “Impact of EMF on Current Ratings and Cable Systems”. He has served as the Convenor of CIGRE D1.34 titled “Dissolved Gas-in-Oil Interpretation for Transmission Cables”. He has been a contributor to several IEEE Standards on Voltage Endurance Testing and Thermal cycling testing of large hydro generator bars and coils, Distributed Temperature Systems. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, serves as Chair of Subcommittee F –Field Testing and Diagnostics of the IEEE-Insulated Conductors Committee and is a Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.
    • 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM “Condition Assessment of Aged SCFF & HPFF Cables via On-Line and Off-Line PD Measurements”, Mark Fenger, Prysmian Cable and Systems
      Abstract:  Over the past number of years, a larger portion of SCFF and HPFF cables circuits have been subjected to, primarily, on-line Partial Discharge measurements either as complimentary or instead of traditional Dissolved Gas Analysis (DGA).   The presentation discusses how on-line and off-line PD measurements can be performed in a meaningful way on fluid filled cable systems.  As well, multiple case studies will be presented and discussed.  Finally, recent data obtained via off-line PD testing at over voltage will also be discussed.
      Biography:  Mark Fenger is Dielectrics Engineer and graduated in 1997 with an M.Sc.E.E from the Technical University of University of Denmark.  Mark’s area of special expertise is partial discharge phenomena in dielectrics.  Mark joined Ontario Power Technologies (now Kinectrics Inc) in 1997 and worked for 2.5 years conducting research in break down phenomena of solid dielectrics.  This included studies of premature breakdown of EPR materials, space charge phenomena in XLPE and EPR materials of various formulations, studies of electrical tree and their dynamic behaviour.  From 1999 to 2004 Mark joined Iris Power Engineering where he worked with applications of partial discharge monitoring of epoxy-mica insulation systems and also investigated PD phenomena during voltage surge conditions.  In 2004, Mark rejoined Kinectrics had has since been working in the area of cables with particular focus on field diagnostics of solid dielectric cable systems.
      During the following 10 years, Mark built up a testing business supplying testing services to utilities in North America, Europe and the Middle East.  Mark has been instrumental in pushing commissioning testing of cable systems in north-American and north-European utilities.  Mark has been involved with testing of long lengths of cable systems with temporary installed PD monitors allowing for permanent monitoring of all accessories during the over voltage test.  Also, Mark has been involved with pusing testing of EHV cable systems (345kV/400kV) at proper test voltages (1.7U0).  In North-America, Mark was the first to test a long 230 kV system with a temporary installed daisy chained PD monitoring system (San Diego Gas & Electrics Sunrise Project).  Also, Mark was the first to test a 345kV class cable system at 1.7U0 with PD.
      In addition, Mark has been the principal forensic investigator on a number of litigation cases on in-service failures of HV & EHV cable systems.
      Mark is an active member of the IEEE and currently the chair of IEEE F11W “AC Testing of Cable Systems rated 5kV and above” and the Convener of Cigre B1.28 On-Site Partial Discharge Measurements and the Convener of Cigre B1.38 “New Technologies for Testing of Solid Dielectric Cables”.  Mark has published more than 45 papers in technical journals and conferences in the above fields thus far.  In addition, Mark is a /member of various work groups developing standards for cable testing.  Mark also holds a Master of Business Administration from York University, Schulich School of Business.
    • 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM  – Wrap – up and adjournment
  • Subcommitee G – Transnational Luncheon (Registration Required) – Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 12:15 – 2:00 PM

    • Large-scaled replacement project of existing 275 kV HPFF cable system „Shinjuku line“ to new XLPE cable system Tokyo, Tomohiro Nagase, Furukawa Electric;
    • HV DAC commissioning testing 132 kV Cable ENDE transmission Bolivia, Hein Putter, Frank Petzold, Megger;
    • Design and qualification of 500 kV dry type line of cable accessories and XLPE cable, Ivan Jovanovic, Grand Wu – G&W Electric Company;
    • Qualification of a 3 core 420kV XLPE submarine cable, Mark Stemmle, Nexans;
    • On-line monitoring system – a learning case, Marco Marelli, Prysmian;
    • Singapore 400kV U/G Cable Project(Cable Tunnel), Choi, Kyungsoo, Taihan Electric USA
    • Increasing MV cable reliability in the Middle East, Rene Hummel, EMEA
    • JICABLE 2019, Pierre Argaut, General Cable;
    • Upcoming meetings 2018 /2019, Paul Leufkens
  • Networking Luncheon  (Registration Required) – Monday, October 29, 2018, 12:30 – 2:00 PM

    • The Future of Monitoring – Distributed Fiber-Optic Sensing Systems for Asset Monitoring – Power Bridge Hudson Transmission Project
      • This presentation will focus on the benefits/use of Distributed Acoustic Sensing, Distributed Temperature Sensing and Depth of Burial on the Hudson Transmission XLPE cable system.
  • Educational Program – Medium Voltage Cable Manufacturing Fundamentals – Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

    • Raw Materials  (1:05 – 2:25)
      •  Insulation material polymer base, major components, compounding, quality control (how do we know they are clean, how do we know they crosslink, how do we know that they will age well), packaging
        • EPR
        • TRXLPE
      •  Conductor and insulation shield materials polymer base, major, compounding, quality control (how do we know that they will conduct, how will we know that they will strip, how do we know they crosslink), packaging
      •  Jacket materials polymer base, major components, compounding (how do you get the major components into the pellets), quality control (how do we know that they will function like a jacket (keep water out, not crack, etc.)), packaging
    • Cable Extrusion Fundamentals and Production
      • Cable core manufacturing EPR & TRXLPE  (2:25 – 2:45)
    • Break  (2:45 – 3:00)
    • Cable manufacturing (core to finished cable including degassing, shielding, jacketing, water blocking, shipping reels) – (3:00 – 3:25)
    • Quality Control  (3:25 – 4:00)
      •  Qualifications (range of approvals)
      • CV line quality control and certification
      • Factory production testing (physical & electrical tests)
    • Questions to the entire panel ( 4:00 – 5:00)


Tim West is Executive Director, Product Engineering/Quality for LS Cable & System USA. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Management from Southern Polytechnic State University, and an MBA from Emory University. He has over eighteen years of experience in cable design and development, manufacturing and quality assurance.

William S. Temple is the Director of Application Engineering for the Prysmian Group (General Cable) North American Power Distribution Products business, headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky.  With over thirty-two years of experience in the wire and cable industry, he manages a team of technical professionals and oversees wire & cable design, material and design development projects, product testing requirements and technical strategies. Products include bare overhead transmission and distribution conductors, overhead & underground low voltage secondary distribution cables and medium voltage primary distribution cables to Utility customers throughout North America. He represents the Company at NEETRAC and on CSA, ICEA and UPCSTAC cable standards committees. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence College in Electrical Engineering Technology – Power Systems and is a member of the IEEE PES Insulated Conductors Committee and IEEE Overhead Lines Subcommittee.

Brent Richardson, Marketing Development Manager, North America – Brent represents Dow’s Wire & Cable business to the utility industry in North America.  Prior to joining Dow in May of 2007, Brent worked for nearly 25 years for Duke Energy in Charlotte, NC.  His experience includes many components of the utility business including Field Engineering, Distribution Standards, Project and Product Management and Marketing. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and is a registered Professional Engineer in NC and SC.  He is also a Senior Member of the IEEE and the Insulated Conductors Committee and has made numerous presentations to the IEEE, the ICC and other industry organizations. In the ICC, Brent serves as Chair of Discussion Group A14D –Cable Standards and Vice Chair of Subcommittee A-Cable Construction and Design. He is also the Chair of PDi2, an industry consortium whose aim is to collect and use data to provide an objective means to evaluate power infrastructure investments.

David Lindsay, Marketing Manager, Borealis – Mr. Lindsay has worked in wire and cable for over 20 years in design and development roles with cable manufacturers focused on MV, HV and EHV, project and product management, construction, and now at Borealis where he is responsible for marketing and product line strategy for the North American energy business.  Mr. Lindsay is a Senior Member of IEEE.  He serves on the board of the non-profit Power Delivery Intelligence Initiative and Advisory Board of NEETRAC.  David earned a Bachelor’s of Materials Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of West Georgia.

Sue Song, Application Development Engineer, Borealis – Sue Song earned her BS in Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University and her MS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, with emphasis on polymer processing at both locations.  She has over 25 years’ experience in polyolefin products and processing for a variety of end-use applications.  For the past 12 years, Sue has focused on polyolefin-based compounds for use in electrical power cables, telecommunication cables and fiber optic cables.  Sue is currently an Application Development Engineer in the Energy business of Borealis Compounds Inc.  She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and participates on several working groups within the Insulated Conductors Committee of the Power & Energy Society (PES-ICC).  She is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and The Wire Association International (WAI).

Bill Fajardo, Application Development Engineer, Borealis – Bill has been working in the wire and cable industry for over thirty years in polymers, mineral fillers and compounding.  For the past 20 years, Bill has been with Borealis Compounds, a custom compounder of polyolefin-based materials for the wire and cable market.  Bill has the responsibility for development and technical support of flame retardant compounds, low voltage and power cable materials, including jacketing.  Bill has a B.Ch.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and is an active member in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Casey Spradlin is a Senior Product Engineer with Southwire and he has over 15 years of cable design & application engineering experience including underground distribution and transmission.  He is responsible for identifying customer technical needs and requirements relative to product design, application and performance which include design and implementation of special tests for product development, industry standards, or customer specifications. He is a member of IEEE and has attended ICC since 2006.  He has been a member of ICEA for over a decade, leading several working groups including the UPCS TAG with AEIC. He has a B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.

Yuhsin Hawig, Director of Engineering with Southwire, manages the application and the specification team.  She is on the Neetrac management board, has published over 15 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and she is the author of 4 US patents and patent applications.  She has a Ph.D. degree in Polymer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Bob DeMair has been with The Okonite Company for 41 years.  As Auxiliary Director-Materials Research, his area of responsibility has mainly been developing jacketing materials for all types of cables including communications, power, control and transportation.  A major area of concentration for him has been low-smoke, flame-retardant, halogen-free cable jackets.  He has also developed conventional insulations and specialty insulations including moisture-cure.  Interfacing with Okonite production plants on process optimization and new products is also a major part of his responsibilities.

Mr. DeMair has presented papers at previous ACS Rubber Division and ICC meetings on the topics of Flame-Retardant, Low-Smoke systems and absorption coefficient as related to carbon black particle size in LLDPE.

Bob Fleming, Director of Nuclear Development at Marmon Innovation & Technology Group, received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Connecticut.  He started his Engineering career with The Kerite Company in Seymour, Connecticut where he has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in R&D and Applications Engineering.  He has been involved in the design, application, and qualification of solid-dielectric power and control cables and related accessories at voltage ratings from 600 volts up to and including 138 kV.

In 2010, Mr. Fleming moved into The Marmon Innovation and Technology Group to provide increasing technical support to the design and qualification of products to the Nuclear Power Industry.  His professional activities have included memberships in the IEEE, IEEE Power Engineering Society, IEEE Nuclear Power Engineering Committee, Insulated Conductors Committee, Insulated Cable Engineers Association, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, and National Science Foundation Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials.

Ettore J. Bartolucci received a BSEE from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1974 and MS Metallurgy from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1979.  From 1974-79, he worked with Ebasco Services, Inc., New York City, N.Y. in the Electrical Engineering and Corrosion Departments.  He has worked at Okonite, Ramsey, N.J. from 1979 to present, at various levels within the Applications Engineering Department.  His present title is Director of Applications Engineering Department.

He is a Life Member of the IEEE, a member of the Power Engineering Society and Industry Applications Society of the IEEE.  He has been the 1st Vice President of the Control and Instrumentation Section of the Insulated Cable Engineers Association (ICEA) and was Subcommittee Chairman of the ASTM Committee B1.04 for Copper Conductors, of the B1 Electrical Conductor Committee of ASTM.  He is working group chair for IEEE-ICC A15W for IEEE Standard 635.  He has co-authored three technical papers, presented to the IEEE PCIC and PPIC subcommittees.

Bruce Miller, is a manager for Kerite’s Construction Services, a part of the at Marmon Utility group.  He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Fairfield University.  He has been with Kerite for 37 years.

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