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 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.
    • EJ is the leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of access solutions for underground water, sewer, drainage, telecommunications and utility networks worldwide. Products include construction castings, gratings, fabricated metal and composite products.  Featured products are explosion mitigation/latched covers for directed release of pressure and easy/ergonomic installation and removal. A world class R&D department stands ready to assist you for custom applications. Learn more 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 high voltage, extra high voltage underground cables and Submarine Cable 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., Inc. is 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, power and VFD 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.
    • Neenah Foundry is a domestic manufacturer of gray and ductile iron castings for the Utility Industry. We will be displaying a 1/2 scale model of our Controlled Pressure Release (CPR) damage mitigating manhole cover. Our CPR covers offers a solution to the dangers and liability of a vault explosion and 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 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.”
    • Power Delivery Intelligence Initiative (PDi2) is a not-for-profit professional association whose aim is to collect and use data to provide an objective means to evaluate power infrastructure investments from the perspective of life-cycle costs to determine which power delivery solutions – overhead or underground – to employ. Our focus is to actively engage with our members and outside resources to develop data models and case studies that support our mission – and then communicate the results to help the industry make objective decisions about construction options for power infrastructure. For more information visit
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Prysmian Cables & Systems Prysmian Cables and Systems is the world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. The High Voltage Cables and Systems Group is headquartered in Lexington, SC with an EHV cable production facility in Abbeville, SC and construction offices located around the US and Canada. Employing a dedicated North American based team of engineers, installation technicians and testing specialists, Prysmian is a market leader providing vertically integrated turkey project solutions for the Utility, Renewable, and Petrochemical Industries.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Techimp-Altanova Group is a global provider of partial discharge (PD) diagnostic solutions, including testing and monitoring equipment and testing services. Techimp designs, manufactures, and produces the state-of-the-art PD testing equipment for various applications such as laboratory test, field test, and permanent monitoring. Techimp is a leading provider of HV and EHV underground cables commissioning testing services (PD monitored withstand test). Additionally, we are the leader in effective online maintenance test for aged distribution cables as well as all the other electric assets. Techimp also provides various PD monitoring solutions for MV/HV Electrical Assets, including power cables, motors and generators, transformers and GIS. In recent years, Techimp has successfully commissioned several permanent PD monitoring systems for underground HV/EHV cables up to 500 kV in North America, Europe, and Asia. Techimp has proudly supported the electrical safety and reliability for major events such as Beijing Olympics, London Olympics, Super Bowls.
    • TT Technologies, Inc. – T.T. Technologies, Inc. is a manufacturer and worldwide supplier of trenchless technology equipment used for the installation of Water, sewer, gas or ELECTRICutilities.  The equipment has been field proven worldwide for over 50 years in various applications for all sizes of equipment, which includes the GRUNDOMAT®Piercing Tool, GRUNDOCRACK® Pipe Bursting System, GRUNDOBURST® Static Pipe Bursting Equipment. The GRUNDOCRACK® and GRUNDOBURST® Pipe Bursting Systems literally bursts or splits the old existing pipe while simultaneously installing a new pipe of equal or larger diameter.  GRUNDOCRACK® has been used successfully in WATER, sewer, gas, telephone, electric pipe as well as many specialty applications. A full line of constant tension winches used for underground cable pulling are included in our trenchless products.
    • 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.
    • 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:
    • USi is an innovative, manufacturing and technical service company with over 40 years experience in technology development resulting in a wide range of products and custom solutions for underground transmission cable systems. Engineering Services span architect engineer design, forensics, soil thermal properties and ratings. USi pioneered and supplies real time rating, diagnostic and control hardware, sensors, communications and software for UG transmission cable systems. .We are a leading supplier of a complete range of standard and custom proprietary accessories for paper insulated and LPP laminar dielectric cables including joints, terminations and pressure maintenance and cooling equipment for Pipe Type and Self-Contained Fluid-Filled (SCFF/LPOF) cable systems to 345kV. Through our hvGrid-tech subsidiary we supply a full range of sheath bonding system components and cable clamps for solid dielectric (XLPE/ EPR) and SCFF/LPOF cable systems. Our mission is to be the partner of choice for the world’s electrical utilities providing innovative products and solutions for underground T&D operation, life extension, asset monitoring and condition assessment.
    • 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

    • 2:00 – 2:20 PM Subcommittee A Business, Yingli Wen, Chair and Brent Richardson, Vice Chair
    • 2:20 – 3:00 PM Economical Service Option for Medium Size Industrial Customers, by Steve Daniel, Alabama Power
      Abstract: Industrial customers with loads in the 1.5-5 MW range located in rural areas provide challenges for local utilities providing reliable and economical electrical service. Standard medium voltage circuits are not always readily available in the area. A unique and economical approach utilized at Alabama Power involves connecting to the 46kV transmission system to provide standard industrial 3 phase 480-volt electrical service. The industrial customers in many cases are providing automotive parts for manufacturers located in Alabama such as Honda, Mercedes, Hyundai and Toyota. Industrial loads ranging from 1.5 MVA to 5MVA are commonly served via 46kV to 480/277V pad-mounted transformers. The pad-mounted transformers are served by 46KV underground cable that is sourced from a nearby overhead 46kV transmission circuit. These installations although at 46KV are not substation class equipment but the cable risers, underground conduit and transformer pads are similar to medium voltage distribution installations. The installations have proven to be both economical and offer a standardized method of service for industrial customers.
    • 3:00 – 3:30 PM Break
    • 3:30 – 4:10 PM Extending the Life of Secondary Service Cables with Silicone-Gel Injection, by James Steele, Dave Busby, Rodrigue Tonfack, and Nathan Laurie, Novinium
      Abstract: Secondary service cables interconnect the distribution transformer to the end user’s service meter and form the last link in the power grid. For many utilities with buried secondary service cables failures are on the rise and can account for over half of their underground cable-failures. Utilities would typically be faced with the decision to create a replacement program or continue to make ad-hoc repairs. This presentation introduces silicone-gel injection as a new option for utilities to consider. Silicone-gel injection purges water from the conductor and forms a physical barrier against water intrusion that protects the conductor from corrosion. The service is non-invasive and causes minimal disruption to neighborhood homes and businesses. Compared to the choices of repair and replacement, silicone-gel injection is cost effective solution that can easily be integrated into reliability programs as a capitalized expense. The technology, application of service and field results will be discussed.
    • 4:10 – 4:50 PM, Achieving Long Cable Life Series (Part 5), By Michael Joseph and Ben Lanz, IMCORP
      Abstract: A study spanning 10 years, including tens of thousands of commissioning tests and over 100 defect dissections in several internationally recognized laboratories, concludes the frequency of substandard partial discharge producing manufacturing issues have doubled in the last decade. While the number of defects is still relatively low, one can argue that any preventable, systemic issue should be addressed. One challenge to the quality control process manufactures have consistently pointed to is insufficient degassing temporarily hiding defects from factory partial discharge quality control (QC) testing. This presentation will cover likely causes of the QC failure, including a reaction between uncured conductor shield and strand-fill material, ways to improve factory QC processes, and potential solutions to address the problems.
    • 4:50 PM – 5:30 PM – Open
    • 5:30 PM Adjourn
  • Subcommittee B – Accessories

    • 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Announcements/Updates on Standards, Tom Campbell – Ivan Jovanovic
    • 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM – “New Concept of High Voltage Dry Type Outdoor Cable Terminations”, Sedat Adili, Diego Cisilino – Brugg Cables
      This presentation will introduce a new concept of high voltage dry type cable termination design for outdoor applications. The new concept brings benefits like minimizing product assembly efforts on site by maximizing the product assembly at the factory achieving a fully routine tested one-piece unit. Different electrical field control methods and possible proven manufacturing technologies will be presented and discussed. The main development challenges and the key approach methods in the development will be presented.
    • 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM – “One Option for Extending life of Ageing Underground Circuits: Transitional Joint between SCLF and EPR Cables”, Ivan Jovanovic, Satish Chinari – G&W Electric Company, Ian Stangle – Kerite Cable Services
      With ageing underground Oil Filled cable infrastructure, industry community is looking for creative ways to extend the life of current grid while keeping to reliability high and costs under control. This presentation will present one option that was successfully deployed at 115 kV voltage level for transition between old SCLF cable and new EPR cable. Design philosophy of the transition joint will be presented, together with EPR cable used in the project  and required activities in preparation for the project – design considerations and training of the jointers.
    • 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM – Break
    • 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM – “Cable Accessories as an Enabler to Recovering Railed Cable Systems”, Ruben Grund – Pfisterer
      Supply of electric energy is crucial. Nonetheless failures may occur and need to be repaired as quick as possible. If a High voltage cable line fails, repair might require replacement of a cable section. Ideally the laying scheme may include additional length, or a spare cable is available. In many cases this is not given and an already available cable needs to be used. This presentation discusses possibilities of integrating a cable into an existing cable system that might not fit at first sight.
  • Subcommittee C – Cable Systems

    • 2:00 PM – 2:10 PM – Chairman’s Opening Remarks and Announcements
    • 2:10 PM – 2:40 PM – “500 kV Qualification Program” by Frank Kuchta, Prysmian.
      The presentation will include information on a recently completed 1-year prequalification test and subsequent cable system tests (Type test).
    • 2:40 PM – 3:10 PM – “Belle Isle Detroit HDD River Crossing Project” by Reece Wheat, and Forest Rong, Kiewit
      The presentation is a project case study for a large diameter (34”) HDD crossing under the Detroit River of approximately 2600’. The HDD was completed in April 2019 and served as a new raceway for multiple power cable systems. The presentation will discuss the project detail, and focus on the engineering and construction challenges during project execution.
    • 3:10 PM – 3:30 PM – Break
    • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM – “Advanced Insulation System for Extruded AC Extra High Voltage Cables,” David Lindsay, Borealis Group
      Extra High Voltage (EHV) extruded cable systems are becoming more common in North America with recent large projects in California and New Jersey at 500 kV and 345 kV respectively. This presentation will review the performance and characteristics of advanced polymer materials required to meet these demanding applications.Key properties for mechanical and electrical performance, physical and chemical cleanliness, and processability for extrusion will be discussed.
    • 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM – “Major LADWP Underground Transmission Projects,” by Kishan Kasondra & Charles Shenouda, LADWP
      The presentation will cover two different LADWP – Major Project Underground Transmission Lines.   The first project is a 12 – 230kV underground transmission line located in western Los Angeles that took over 10 years to complete. Different challenges to this project will be shared.  The second project is a 5 year- 138kV cable replacement project.  This project replaces 45 miles of LPOF cable with XLPE.  Recent developments to increase to voltage ratings on these circuits will be discussed. 
    • 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Implementation of SCFF/HVED Transition Joints for Partial Replacement of 115 kV SCFF Cable System” by David Campilii, National Grid
      The presentation will discuss the installation of six 115 kV transition joints (Self-Contained Fluid-Filled [SCFF] to Extruded) for a partial replacement of circuits installed in 1939 and 1946.
    • 5:00 PM – Closing Remarks
  • Subcommittee D – Generating Station and Industrial Cables

    • General Discussions
  • Subcommittee F – Field Testing and Diagnostics

    • 8:00AM – 8:15AM – Subcommittee F Business/Introductions, Sudhakar Cherukupalli – Chair – BC Hydro/Pete Tirinzoni – Vice-Chair – PDC
    • 8:15AM – 8:25AM: Welcome, Introduction, Agenda, Subcommittee F business.
    • 8:30AM – 9:10AM: “Overview and Illustration of Technical Factors Influencing Medium Voltage Cable PD Assessment Outcomes- Part 1″ , Sarajit Banerjee, Kinectrics, Jean-Francois Drapeau, IREQ (Hydro-Quebec Research Institute)
      With the development of technology over the last decades in terms of both voltage supplies and PD system characteristics, a growing variety of system options have been proposed to users in order to perform diagnostic PD assessment of medium voltage (MV) cables. This increased offering has raised a number of concerns as to whether the use of one system versus another could lead to different PD assessment outcomes. One of the most dominant factors in such concerns has been the physical effect of the characteristics (frequency and shape) of the voltage supply on PD behavior, which has been discussed frequently over the last 5-10 years in scientific forums.To compare results across different PD system options objectively, accurately and consistently, it is necessary to consider the complete set of parameters which play a role in field MV cable PD assessment outcomes, which include but extend beyond voltage supply characteristics alone. Such factors may be summarized as follows:
      • Test source / type of applied stress
      • PD measurement system characteristics including sensor strategy (hardware oriented)
      • PD pulse discrimination and analysis strategies (software-oriented)
      • PD localization strategies
      • PD test methodology (protocol oriented)
      Kinectrics and IREQ are undertaking a joint, independent experimental study to systematically demonstrate the effect of varying the parameters noted above in a controlled manner, to investigate their potential influence on MV cable PD assessment outcomes. This presentation will introduce and present preliminary results from this joint study, and discuss the different PD testing contexts in which considering such influences is crucial to the selection of a PD system or measurement set-up. Such contexts include the purpose of testing (e.g. commissioning [acceptance] vs condition assessment for maintenance), criticality of the test sample and test circuit characteristics (e.g. length, insulation type, accessibility).
      This will be presented by Sarajit Banerjee
    • 9:10AM – 9:45AM: Condition Assessment of PILC Feeder Cables in Stations – Challenges and Solutions, Dexter Tarampi, BC Hydro
      This presentation will provide the various design of PILC Cable that are currently in-service in BC Hydro, the age of these assets, their reliability, and some of the “key” stressors for these systems. It will also focus on some of the diagnostic tools we have been using for condition monitoring of these cable assets. Several case studies will be presented explaining the impact as well as the root-cause analysis of these failures. The presentation will also cover the detailed Condition Assessment tools used by our utility to assess the condition of these assets as well as present what works well and what techniques needs some refinements
    • 10:00AM-10:15AM: Break Refreshments / Snacks
    • 10:15AM-10:45AM : “Overview and Illustration of Technical Factors Influencing Medium Voltage Cable PD Assessment Outcomes- Part 2″ , Sarajit Banerjee, Kinectrics, Jean-Francois Drapeau, IREQ (Hydro-Quebec Research Institute)
      With the development of technology over the last decades in terms of both voltage supplies and PD system characteristics, a growing variety of system options have been proposed to users in order to perform diagnostic PD assessment of medium voltage (MV) cables. This increased offering has raised a number of concerns as to whether the use of one system versus another could lead to different PD assessment outcomes. One of the most dominant factors in such concerns has been the physical effect of the characteristics (frequency and shape) of the voltage supply on PD behavior, which has been discussed frequently over the last 5-10 years in scientific forums.
      To compare results across different PD system options objectively, accurately and consistently, it is necessary to consider the complete set of parameters which play a role in field MV cable PD assessment outcomes, which include but extend beyond voltage supply characteristics alone. Such factors may be summarized as follows:
      • Test source / type of applied stress
      • PD measurement system characteristics including sensor strategy (hardware oriented)
      • PD pulse discrimination and analysis strategies (software-oriented)
      • PD localization strategies
      • PD test methodology (protocol oriented)
      Kinectrics and IREQ are undertaking a joint, independent experimental study to systematically demonstrate the effect of varying the parameters noted above in a controlled manner, to investigate their potential influence on MV cable PD assessment outcomes. This presentation will introduce and present preliminary results from this joint study, and discuss the different PD testing contexts in which considering such influences is crucial to the selection of a PD system or measurement set-up. Such contexts include the purpose of testing (e.g. commissioning [acceptance] vs condition assessment for maintenance), criticality of the test sample and test circuit characteristics (e.g. length, insulation type, accessibility
      This will be presented by Sarajit Banerjee
    • 10:45AM-11:20AM : “Alternating-Voltage HiPot Testing of Long Installed HV and EHV Extruded Cables”, Andrew Barclay, Kinectrics
      This presentation will cover ac hi voltage testing of long-length HV and EHV cable systems and discuss some of the systems as well challenges
    • 11:20AM-11:55AM: “Lightweight Automated Diagnostic Device for On-Line Detection and Location of Partial Discharges on Non-shielded Accessories of a Medium Voltage Distribution Network” Lionel REYNAUD, Daniel PINEAU, Martin CHARETTE , IREQ (Canada)Abstract: PD Alarm is a device that offers a quick and safe method of detecting and locating partial discharges (PDs). The PD Alarm device (Fig. 1) includes two antennas that pick up the signals, an acquisition module, a processor, and a module to produce an alarm after detecting a partial discharge. The method includes the detection of two magnetic fields with the two sensors, the digitization of the two received signals, the processing of the two signals and the generation of a signal resulting from the processing. The processor is configured to issue alarm instructions if the resulting signal has a property representative of a partial discharge and remain in a standby state otherwise (ready for signal detection).
      PD Alarm is able to detect the inversion of polarity of a PD produced between the two antennas at a range of operation below 30 MHz and centered around 18 MHz [1]. This low band frequency allows a much more standard and cheaper electronics for all necessary treatments than at higher frequencies. The development of antennas is also one of the keys to success.
    • 12:00 Noon – Wrap – up and adjournment
  • Subcommitee G – Transnational Luncheon (Registration Required) – Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 12:15 – 2:00 PM

    • 400kV XLPE Underground Power Cable Projects in Qatar & Bahrain, Kazuhiro Yoneya, Furukawa Electric;
      400kV XLPE power cable projects for Middle East countries completed in the past few years will be introduced. The projects feature challenges in civil work, monitoring system and conductor design.
    • Calculation of short circuit currents in cables with more then one metallic layer outside the insulation, European thoughts, George Anders, Anders Consulting;
      The IEC 60949 standard for the calculation of the allowable short circuit parameters (either the current or the duration) is limited to a single-component screen. But most modern cables have two or more metallic components, one of them to guarantee that the screen will withstand the stated default current during the given time (typically copper wires or lead tube), and the other as radial moisture barrier (for example an aluminum foil). In these cases, both components can be connected in parallel, so they will work together in the case of a system fault. A new IEC standard is proposed include both metallic components in short circuit current calculations. This presentation will outline the proposal and will show the effect of the new calculation procedure on a short circuit capability of a typical cable with two metallic components outside the insulation.
    • PQ test on 500 kV test loop which is undergoing in Wuhan, China, Ivan Jovanovic, Grand Wu – G&W Electric Company;
      500 kV underground cables have increasingly high stresses and design margins of the accessories are revisited in order for terminations and joints to be smaller, easier for installation and ultimately more competitive without jeopardizing reliability. This presentation provides one design approach that is meant to meet this goal by using dry type interfaces in 500 kV terminations and joints that are currently under PQ test.
    • Online Partial Discharge (PD) Survey 154kV Teias substation, Turkey, Landry Molimbi, Prysmian Electronics;
      A portable for spot measurements continuous monitoring allows for PD testing to be performed online without any need for galvanic connection to the assets being tested, which also means greater safety for electrical parameters. This solution was deployed in Turkey to carry an investigation on HV underground transmission circuits with suspected PD activity. This presentation will demonstrate the diagnosis and localization of the source of PD away from / outside of the HV source of concern. We will describe the steps taken to find and to determine the “real” source of PD activity, hundreds of feet away from the original PD measurement point.
    • PD Testing of MV Power Cables on a Solar Power Plant in Jordan, Rene Hummel, EMEA;
      Experiences with MV cable Partial Discharge Assessment in the Middle East show severe workmanship issues in a renewable power plant. After assessment all joints/splices were exchanged and assessed again. This presentation shows the results
    • Continuous thermal monitoring project with RTTR on a 110kV Installation in Europe, Uwe Keppler, AP Sensing;
      The presentations outlines a how a Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) monitoring instrument on a 132kV HV cable installation initially deployed in 2012 evolved to a continuous temperature monitoring project solution with Real Time Thermal Rating (RTTR). After a brief project introduction the project phases will be described and measurement results will be shown.
    • Trenchless Technology for Underground Cable Construction and Completed Pilot Projects in Germany, Forest Rong, KIEWIT ENGINEERING GROUP;
      A new trenchless technology was developed in Germany to install underground cable conduit quickly and securely. The technology combined conventional pipe jacking (micro-tunneling) and horizontal directional drilling (HDD) methodologies. Three pilot projects were completed in Germany from 2017 to 2019
    • Challenges related to the design, manufacture and testing of 220 kV submarine cable systems for the EHV Modular Offshore Grid project in Zeebrugge, Belgium, George Georgallis, Hellenic Cables;
      Presentation of the design, qualification, factory and site testing considerations relating to the 220 kV export cable package for the Modular Offshore Grid project (MOG) in the Belgian part of the North Sea. A total cost of ownership design approach resulted in a lighter weight cable with a “hybrid” armour layer.
    • Upcoming meetings 2019 / 2020, Ed Gulski
  • Networking Luncheon  (Registration Required) – Monday, October 21, 2019, 12:30 – 2:00 PM

    • Welded sheath cable Designs – a utility’s concern, strategies adopted, and the final decision, Sudhakar Cherukupalli, BC Hydro
    • Application of Temporary Site Cables for Substation Upgrades in Indiana, Mark Stemmle, Nexans USA
      Temporary site cable solutions are self-contained connection systems for electrical substations. They are based on specially designed insulated high voltage cables with factory installed flexible terminations packaged on a single reel for ease of transport and deployment. These systems give a high degree of flexibility to utilities when performing work in substations. They allow part of the substation to remain in operation and to minimize clearance and safety issues compared to shoefly solutions. A temporary site cable system can be quickly deployed and energized, thereby minimizing the required outage time. The required upgrades or maintenance can then be performed on the bypassed part of the substation and, at the end of the work, the temporary site cable system can be rewound on the reel, stored, and reused at a later time.
    • Can we use Reliability Indices to estimate the impact of Undergrounding?, Nigel Hampton, NEETRAC
      People consume more electricity than ever before and expect to have access to it without interruptions whatever the ultimate source. Authorities are increasingly interested in how well this electricity is supplied. This puts pressure on electrical utilities to provide evidence of the reliability of electricity distribution, especially when requesting amendments to rates to support improvements. It is fairly common to see regulators and utilities alike measuring the length and number of interruptions. Indices (SAIDI and SAIFI) described in international standards (IEEE) are used to quantify the reliability. Taken together these indices serve as valuable tools for capturing performance reliability.
      Undergrounding is often suggested as one of the ways to build a more resilient electrical infrastructure and thereby improve reliability. Undergrounding is not a new phenomenon and many utilities have various amounts of underground distribution. Combining, at the distribution level, the Reliability Index data with the amount of undergrounding provides a way to investigate the relationship between Reliability and Undergrounding.
    • Trends in cable manufacturing compliance, Paul Knapp, UL
    • Standardized PD tests Performed to the Industry Standards Produce Consistent Results Worldwide, Rene Hummel, Imcorp
    • After installation test on HV cables in extreme conditions, Aron Sexton, Kinetrics
      Abstract:  The test equipment is rated for certain ambient conditions which usually do not go below -5 C and above +40 C. When testing in winter in Canadian North, -5 C is Spring or Fall temperature rather than Winter. This and other cases will be presented along with the challenges and mitigating techniques to ensure the equipment is operated within the specification in cold, hot and high altitude.
  • Educational Program –  Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 1:00 – 5:00 PM – Enhancing Reliability and Resiliency using Underground Cable

    • The session will feature 5 utilities presenting on their strategy and challenges installing underground cable systems. Presentations will include project-specific experience and large-scale program statistics as to how the new systems enhanced circuit reliability and improved resiliency.

0.4 CEUs will be offered for this session.  You must register in order to receive CEUs.

    • 1:00-1:05, Introduction
    • 1:05-1:49, “Intelligent Undergrounding at San Diego Gas & Electric” by Jon Erickson – San Diego Gas & Electric.  This presentation will discuss various aspects of the underground medium voltage electric distribution system at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).  Included will be a discussion of the reasons for the expansion of the underground electric distribution system from the 1960’s until today with the result being that more than 60% of the electric distribution system is underground.  There will be a discussion of the aging unjacketed cable system and how it is being addressed by proactive cable replacement.  Water in underground structures has resulted in extended outage time due to the necessity of waiting for pumper trucks to remove water from the structure prior to fault locating.  The development of a water filter sleeve to address this issue will be discussed.  Infrared inspection of underground cable connectors is an important operating practice prior to entering manholes or other substructures.  SDG&E’s operating practice will be discussed and infrared camera examples of elevated temperatures in 600 amp tee connections will be presented.  SDG&E has greatly expanded the use of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system in the last 30-35 years on the overhead and underground electric distribution system to remotely restore service much faster than in the past.  The deployment of this SCADA system will be discussed.  The conversion of overhead distribution lines to underground in high fire risk and high wind areas will be discussed.
      Jon Erickson is a Principal Engineer at San Diego Gas & Electric where he has worked for 41 years.  Jon has worked for the past 24 years in the Electric Distribution Engineering group.  His job responsibilities include medium voltage and low voltage underground cable and connectors, and overhead wire and connectors.  He is also responsible for the Electric Distribution Design Manual.  Prior to working in Distribution Engineering Jon worked at one of SDG&E’s operating centers for 8 years, and in Electric Distribution Planning for 4 years.   Jon received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  He is a member of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC) Cable Engineering Committee.
    • 1:49-2:33, “The Wisconsin Public Service Company System Modernization and Reliability Project” by Mike Smalley – WEC Energy.  The Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) company System Modernization and Reliability Project (SMRP) was established to improve the reliability of approximately 2000 miles of electrical power lines (mostly overhead) that have the lowest system reliability.  These lines are primarily located in heavily forested, rural areas of northern Wisconsin. These areas were targeted because the customers in these locations are repeatedly faced with the loss of power due to storms (sometimes for several days).  This presentation will provide an overview of the project that includes discussion of the materials used and impacts on common system reliability indices.
      Michael J. Smalley received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1991 and a M.S. degree in Engineering (Electrical) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2000.  He is currently a Principal Engineer in the electrical distribution standards and materials group at WEC Energy Group (Wisconsin Public Service and We Energies).  He has responsibility for low and medium voltage underground cable and accessories.  He is a Senior Member of the IEEE Insulated Conductors Committee and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin.  He also is a member and past Chair of the AEIC Cable Engineering Committee.
    • 2:33-3:17, “Eversource’s Underground Cable Program” by Demetrios Sakellaris.  With the mounting level of scrutiny regarding legacy high pressure fluid filled (HPFF) systems and more specifically how they are monitored, the use of more sophisticated analytics to asses and identify system anomalies is growing in user adoptability. Eversource has selected and completed such a review for a pilot loop on their HPFF system and will share the lessons learned.  The need to consider alternative cable technologies, particularly at critical environmental locations, is also of growing concern. There is an ongoing project in downtown Boston where the DOT is replacing an existing bridge that currently has two HPFF circuits that run along it. Eversource is currently in the design phase of converting this section of the circuits to XLPE with the use of transition joints.
      Demetrios A. Sakellaris was born and raised in the greater Boston area as a first generation Greek – American, Demetrios earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Northeastern University. Upon graduating in 2010 and starting his full time position in the Transmission Engineering group at legacy NSTAR Electric (now Eversource), he made a decision to continue his higher education. In 2014 Demetrios completed his master’s degree in Power Systems Engineering and a second degree in Business Administration. He continues to play a critical role in the transmission organization at Eversource, most recently assisting in the company’s successful winning competitive bid for what is referred to as the “Greater Boston Suite” of projects. His experience includes all types of transmission line design (overhead and underground across various cable technologies), substation design, strategic planning and system hardening to developing multi-year capital budget programs. In 2016 he successfully obtained his Professional Engineering (P.E.) license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
    • 3:17-3:32, Break
    • 3:32-4:16, “Georgia Power – Improved Customer Satisfaction” by Robert Reepe.  Georgia Power Company is in the early stages of strategic overhead to underground conversions to improve customer satisfaction. We currently have one project completed, two in construction, and one project designed. Our approach is to convert a varying percentage of the multi-phase overhead primary conductor to underground. Design challenges we have encountered will be presented, as well as our discovery regarding cost per mile estimates. Georgia Power Company is also seeking Georgia Public Service Commission approval on a 10-year Grid Investment Plan. A large portion of the plan is for overhead-to-underground conversions of multi-phase primary conductor.
      Robert Reepe is a Principal Engineer at Georgia Power Company. He has 15 years’ experience in the utility industry, all at Georgia Power Company and all in Distribution / Power Delivery. His current role is in Power Delivery Systems and Standards, responsible for underground material, construction specifications, and material specifications for Georgia Power, as well as responsibilities as Southern Company Lead Product Engineer for padmounted switchgear and padmounted transformers and Chair of the Underground Design Committee. Robert received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia.
    • 4:16-5:00, “Duke Energy’s Underground Cable Program” by Ashley Eanes.  Duke Energy is currently in the second year of its Targeted Undergrounding (or TUG) Program. This is a data-driven program aimed at significantly reducing outages, minimizing momentary interruptions, restoring power faster and eliminating tree trimming in hard-to-access areas. By focusing on a very select subset of overhead lines, Duke Energy is best leveraging its resources to minimize the historically high cost of overhead to underground conversions. Still in its infant stages, this program is already beginning to yield benefits for the company.
      Ashley Eanes is a lead engineer for Duke Energy within Distribution Standards. His focus is on underground material, including medium and low voltage cables, cable accessories, underground structures and padmounted equipment such as switchgear, primary meters and capacitors. He has a total of 24 years of industry experience, with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA  from Elon University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and Certified Energy Manager.
    • 5:00, Adjourn
  • Training Session – Tuesday, October 22, 7-8 AM – Engineering Ethics

    • Topic: Engineering ethics presentations typically involve a recital of the regulations and laws pertaining to the engineering profession (usually read directly from an overcrowded screen full of text). Not only do these lectures bore me, but it may actually be unethical for me to claim (PDH or CEU) credit for attending these mind-numbing presentations. As a registered professional engineer, I am already required to have a “working knowledge” of the applicable rules and laws. In 2018, I began researching engineering rule violations and ethics infractions to present to engineering colleagues around the world. These case studies offer constructive insights to guide engineers toward the ethical high ground. And – you will not need coffee to stay awake.
      Bio: Mr. Darnell is a registered professional electrical engineer and is certified by the National Association of Fire Investigators as a fire and explosion investigator. His international engineering, design and construction experience includes utility, petrochemical, oil & gas, marine and industrial projects. His fire and explosion investigation experience includes electrical incident investigation, equipment failure analysis and fire investigation.
      Mr. Darnell is a member of the ANSI US National Committee of the IEC, Senior Member of IEEE, Chair of the IAS Baton Rouge, LA Chapter and holds memberships in the IEEE Industry Applications Society, the IEEE Power and Energy Society, the IEEE PES Insulated Conductors Committee and sits on the Executive Subcommittee for the IEEE IAS Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee.
      Mr. Darnell has authored several technical papers on cable restraint and is the recipient of US and international patents. Among them is a cable restraint device incorporating a high-strength interlocking frame to simultaneously enclose cables and a support rung. Mr. Darnell founded Talon Products, a US cable restraint manufacturer.

0.1 IEEE CEUs will be offered for this session.  You must register in order to receive CEUs.