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
    • Cable Technology Laboratories is an ISO 17025 accredited independent Laboratory specializing in testing  of extruded, laminated, paper, and mineral insulated cables and their accessories in all voltage classes and designs. Our customer base spans through all segments of the industry, including research institutions, compound manufacturers, cable and accessory producers, contractors, Utilities, industrial users, etc.  Our scope of activities comprises R&D projects, qualification, type, and compliance tests, complaint investigations, forensic and failure analysis, evaluation of new test methods and techniques, etc.  We develop and support quality assurance programs tailored to our customers, including audit of manufacturing plants, witnessing of production tests, laboratory testing of representative samples, and so on.
      The tests are performed per AEIC, ICEA, ASTM, UL and other US standards, as well as per international (IEC) and foreign normative documents (Mexican, Canadian, Brazilian, and others).
      It has been our privilege in servicing the industry for the last 40 years
    • EA Technology USA – EA technology is world leader in substation condition monitoring and a pioneer in on-line non-invasive testing of cables, towers, switchgear, and other substation assets.  Our Cable Data Collector system provides a simple way to perform partial discharge testing of cables in service with a minimum of training.  Expert analysis of collected data can be done back in the office by EA Technology or in house by your engineers.  Our Cable Sniffer allows easy location of faulted underground cables without the use of thumper technology.
    • 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
    • Evergreen High Voltage, LLC is dedicated to innovation within a mature industry to provide premium quality high voltage testing equipment at a lower cost through strategic partnerships with top suppliers who can implement our designs with consistency. All of our designs are done in the USA. Drawing on years of experience, our goal is to be the world leader for the supply of high voltage AC, DC and Impulse Test and Measurement Systems.
    • G&W Electric Company G&W Electric has been a global leader in providing innovative solutions to the electric power industry since 1905. Our product offerings include cable terminations, cable joints, load and fault interrupting switchgear, automatic circuit reclosers, SCADA and distribution automation products and high current limiting system protection devices. Stop by the mini expo to see our new line of PYTHON™ cable accessories featuring the mechanical shrink installation method. For more information visit
    • Hanhe Cable, headquarter located in Qingdao, China, owns 12 factories and 56 sales office and subsidiaries worldwide. Hanhe Cable has been focusing on providing high voltage underground and submarine cable system solution since 1982. Hanhe cable equips two VCV towers with six extrusion lines that can produce up to 500kV 5000 kcmil XLPE insulated cable. Currently, our third VCV tower, specialized in submarine DC cable and long length underground cable, is under construction. By 2020, Hanhe Cable will have total 10 VCV extrusion lines and 750kV 7000 kcmil XLPE cable will be available. So far, Hanhe Cable has produced more than 20,000 km of 110kV or above high voltage XLPE Cable including twelve 500kV Cable system projects
    • HV Diagnostics, Inc based in Atlanta GA USA, is a world leading supplier and manufacturer of high voltage electrical test equipment and services to the electrical industry, including Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Industrial. Using state of the art, innovative technologies, we provide high performance field test equipment that is rugged, reliable, and easy to use. Our signature products include the top selling fully automatic high voltage VLF (Very Low Frequency), TD (Tan Delta) & PD (Partial Discharge) Diagnostic, Cable ID and Dielectric Oil test instruments. Our company is well known for providing excellent technical support, certified training, and a full repair and NIST calibration service. With a fleet of test trailers and test vans, we also provide specialized electrical cable testing services for cables up to 138kV, advanced cable fault location for those difficult to find faults and cutting-edge cable diagnostics.
    • HV TECHNOLOGIES, Inc.(HVT), has many years of experience and dedication in serving the testing equipment needs for the power utility, power apparatus, and electronic equipment industries. We have been the exclusive BAUR sales and service partner in the USA since 2008. Come by our booth to see how our range of 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 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. HVT, located in Manassas, Virginia, is a leading supplier of High Voltage and EMC Test Equipment solutions and provides full repair and calibration services.
    • ILJIN Electric USA, located in Houston, TX is a Korea-based power cable system manufacturer. We specialize in Extra High Voltage underground XLPE power cable system up to 400kV and deliver our solution to the US and international utilities. We also provide integrated service from engineering to construction as a general contractor. We strive to provide our every customer with best cable service and solution. Please visit our website at for more information.
    • Kinectrics – Kinectrics’ established industry experts provide clients worldwide with comprehensive, independent life cycle management solutions in a broad range of technical disciplines across the energy sector. This includes engineering and testing services for Transmission and Distribution Technologies and Generation Plants (Nuclear, Fossil, Hydro and Wind). Our proven expertise includes on-site commissioning and maintenance testing for HV and MV underground cables, including established techniques such as AC Hi-Pot/Withstand, Partial Discharge, VLF Tangent Delta (Tan δ) and Dielectric Spectroscopy.  Kinectrics’ has a fleet of high-power 260kV Mobile Resonant Test Systems for HV transmission cable withstand AC Hi-Pot Testing, as well as numerous additional unique mobile test systems (including advanced diagnostics) for MV generation plant or distribution system cable aging management/condition assessment. Kinectrics also offers additional leading-edge capabilities for HV and MV cables including “one-stop” High Voltage / High Current lab facilities for qualification testing to international standards and custom cable R&D programs, forensic services including advanced material and chemical testing capabilities, and specialized consulting including advanced modeling/simulation capabilities. Kinectrics’ specialists in generation, transmission, distribution, and environmental technologies use innovative science and engineering to help clients improve business.
    • LS Cable & System (d/b/a LS Cable America, Inc.), headquartered in Anyang, South Korea was established in May 1962 and is a worldwide leader in medium voltage, high voltage, extra high voltage underground and submarine 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., 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 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.
    • Neenah Foundry is a domestic manufacturer of construction castings for the Utility and Municipal markets. Our product line includes manhole frames & covers, inlet and catch basin frames & grates, trench grates, utility trench systems, junction boxes, access hatch line, extra heavy duty series of products for ports/airports, and the Swiveloc explosion mitigating manhole cover.
    • 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.
    • NKT High Voltage Cables – NKT is a global and recognized provider of turnkey HVAC/HVDC cable solutions with its headquarters in Denmark. We offer HVDC underground cable systems up to 640 kV, HVDC submarine cable systems up to 525 kV, single core HVAC underground cable systems to 550 kV, single core and three-core HVAC submarine cable systems up to 420 kV. Our state-of-the-art cable laying vessel is purpose built for cable-laying and installation. With cutting-edge technology, it allows exceptional precision and efficiency in operations. NKT also offers long term service and maintenance agreements for all high voltage (AC and DC) cable systems.
      NKT HV Solutions provides high voltage cable systems, engineering services and project management for grid interconnectors, oil and gas, onshore AC, and offshore wind projects.
      NKT has pioneered the cable industry since 1891, and today we are still proactively meeting the world’s constantly growing need for power. We achieve this with our unparalleled energy transportation expertise and cost-effective manufacturing at the highest technological level, and with the regeneration of the environment in sharp focus. We have a global – local or ‘glocal’ mindset rooted in trusted partnerships, and we firmly believe that by working together we can shape the future and use our passion to bring power to life.
      NKT employs approximately 3,400 people, and realized a 2017 revenue of EUR 1 billion in std. Metal prices. NKT is listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (NKT).  For more information please visit our web site at 
    • NKT Photonics is the global leader in the development and supply of state-of-the-art Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) monitoring systems. Building on an innovative development in the field of fiber optic sensor engineering, NKT Photonics provides customized solutions in various markets for modern asset management and global condition monitoring. LIOS EN.SURE DTS monitoring system, Distributed Acoustic Sensing, Distributed Strain Sensing and real time thermal rating (RTTR) calculation engine enable utilities to locate precisely – and before failure – hot spots along a transmission line in order dynamically optimize power cable load and to ensure reliable power supply. DAS and DSS allow utilities to proactively prevent third party intrusions on submarine and underground cable systems. With more than 5,000 installations worldwide, LIOS sets the benchmark in reliability (MTBF > 33-years) and track record in the Utility transmission & distribution power cable monitoring industry.
    • 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
    • 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 internationally 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. The Group employs around 2,700 employees following the recent acquisition of LAPP Insulators Holding.
    • Phenix Technologies designs and manufactures electrical testing equipment for testing Cables, Transformers, Motors, Generators, Circuit Breakers, Reclosers, Insulation Materials, GIS/Switchgear, Utility Worker’s Rubber Goods/Protective Gear.  We have delivered test equipment to 110 countries and our Service and Calibration Department travels worldwide to assist customers during and after equipment installation.  Phenix Technologies 85,000 square-foot headquarters is located in Maryland, USA with additional offices located in Basel, Switzerland and Taipei, Taiwan; plus, a network of representatives are located across the U.S. and in more than 50 countries to support our customers.  Phenix Technologies offers a wide range of high voltage, high current, high power testing solutions, 40+ years of experience, and is ISO9001 quality compliant.  Visit us at our exhibit to discuss your testing requirements or visit to review our complete product line and capabilities.
    • Power Delivery Solutions, Inc.,in partnership with Techimp, is a leading provider of AC and PD commissioning testing services for HV and EHV cables, as well as a provider of permanent PD monitoring systems for HV/EHV cable circuits. We also provide diagnostic testing services and permanent monitoring solutions for MV cables, Transformers, GIS, and switchgear. We will be showcasing the recently completed AC and PD commissioning test of the first 345 kV underground XLPE transmission circuit in North America to be tested at 1.7 U0 (340 kV) using 4 RTS units, 2 pairs in series connected in parallel. For more information, stop by our exhibit or visit at and
    • Prysmian Cables & Systems – Prysmian employs a North American based organization of engineering and operations personnel dedicated to providing turnkey high voltage underground project services. Prysmian’s locally based project team allows us to self-perform 100% of critical project tasks ranging from preliminary engineering through final commissioning testing.  Prysmian’s dedicated team of installers specialize in HV/EHV cable installation, resulting in unparalleled experience and competence to complete the most challenging activities.  In addition to being the world’s largest HV/EHV cable manufacturer, Prysmian is one of the largest cable installation contractors in North America, capable of managing multiple large scale projects throughout North America.
    • Sumitomo Electric USA Inc. – 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. We will be showing some of the sample cables and our in-house developed DTS system.
    • W.A. Chester, L.L.C. is the industry-leading electrical contractor for the installation, maintenance and repair of underground high voltage pipe-type and solid dielectric cable transmission and distribution systems. Founded in the 1930’s, our clients include electric utility companies and independent power producers in the United States and Canada and we are one of three specialty contractors performing this type of work on a national basis. In addition to underground systems, W.A. Chester, L.L.C. has expanded its services to include installation, maintenance and repair of overhead electric distribution cable systems. For more information, please visit our website at
    • Walker US, Inc. – A Utility Solutions Company – Family owned and operated since 1970, Walker is a leading provider of pressurizing, circulating and cooling plants for underground pipe-type cable transmission systems.  Design, engineering, construction, installation, testing and commissioning are all within Walker’s scope of supply.  Please visit our website at for more info on our HPFF specific products and services including our HPFF cable asset “life extension and reliability enhancement” capabilities.  Walker US, Inc. is proud to be a woman-owned small business and WBE certificate holder.
    • Wilson Construction Co. specializes in electric utility construction from coast to coast.  We pride ourselves on being one of the few independently owned and managed firms that performs all facets of electric distribution and transmission construction projects. Our expertise includes all types of underground construction including voltages up to 345kV, overhead transmission lines to 500kV, distribution services, and substations and switchyards to 500kV.
      At Wilson, safety comes before production. Our philosophy is built around our safety culture which strives for a zero-incident workplace to protect our most-valuable resource—our employees.
      Wilson’s underground transmission team, with our pedigree in transmission cable installation dating back to the 1980s, has completed over 70 UGHV projects and is ready to tackle your project’s unique needs.
  • Subcommittee A – Cable Construction and Design – Tuesday, May 8, 2018 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    • Recycling Cable In Situ by Glen Bertini, Novinium
      Abstract: Circuits age and become unreliable. Rehabilitation of aging circuits becomes a priority when circuit reliability is unacceptable. There are two choices to rehabilitate such circuits: Rejuvenation and replacement. The burden on the environment to abandon medium voltage power cables and replace them with new cables is substantial. The burden on the environment to recycle aging cables in situ by rejuvenating them is much less. This presentation explores the net environmental benefit of rejuvenation compared to replacement.
    • Medium Voltage Cable System Failure Analysis – A Utility Approach by Nadim Giotis, Oncor Electric Delivery
      Abstract: In 2017, a failure analysis study was conducted on medium voltage cable systems in the North Texas area. The goal of the project was to assess and discover current causes of failure for distribution primary cables, joints, and terminations using data from information systems and physical lab analysis of failed parts. Cable maintenance programs were altered as a result of this study.
      Nadim graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He is a standards engineer at Oncor Electric Delivery. Within the Distribution Standards group, Nadim is responsible for underground cables and accessories in Oncor’s distribution systems.
    • Hydro-Quebec’s test program on reduced-wall high-stress MV TRXLPE cables Part 3. Cable Life Expectancy by Chinh Dang of Institut de Recherche d’Hydro-Québec; Jacques Côté of Hydro-Québec Distribution; Pierre-Marc Leblanc and Bill Temple of General Cable; and Paul Caronia of Dow Chemical
      Abstract: This is the third part of a series of presentations on the design and testing of reduced-wall high-stress medium voltage TRXLPE cables for Hydro-Québec. Accelerated aging test based on the AEIC CS8 AWTT (Accelerated Water Treeing Test) protocol was carried out on both standard and reduced-wall high-stress MV TRXLPE cables with different insulation thicknesses. Results were compared with existing data for cables with different insulation types. Furthermore, a comprehensive statistical analysis based upon the maximum likelihood method was applied to reveal the life expectancy of reduced-wall high-stress TRXLPE cables as compared to the standard wall cable. This comparison was also made with previous ACLT (Accelerated Cable Life Test) results.
    • Fundamentals for Achieving Long Cable Life Series: Enhanced Overvoltage Protection for Reliability Beyond the First Decade by Wayne Chatterton and Ben Lanz, IMCORP
      Abstract: Adequate overvoltage protection is essential for long solid dielectric insulation service life.  Within the first few years of operation, the AC breakdown (ACBD) voltage of new cable insulation is quite high but typically drops within the first decade to a fraction of the original value. Overvoltage protection margin has traditionally been calculated on the basis of new cable basic impulse levels (BIL).  Thus, there is a significant opportunity to improve overvoltage protection by calculating margin using the typical BIL insulation will ultimately retain. A case study will be presented to show how a combination of improved overvoltage protection and the removal of discrete defects can significantly improve cable reliability and therefore extending its useful life for decades.
  • Subcommittee B – Accessories – Monday, May 7, 2018 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    • 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Introduction / Announcements, Stan Szyszko, Thomas & Betts  / ABB – Chair, Subcommittee B
    • 2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Standards that need to be updated  – Stan Szyszko
    • 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM “Real-World Enclosure Temperatures” – James Steel , Novinium
      Circuit owners often monitor cable and transformer temperatures for critical transmission circuits, however, the temperatures that exist inside distribution-voltage electrical enclosures have not been well documented.  This presentation shares the survey results of temperatures recorded inside electrical enclosures throughout North America.  The results were collected over the course of a year on underground residential distribution (URD) systems ranging from 15 to 35kV and at four geographically distinct locations in cryic, mesic, thermic and hyperthermic soils.  This paper illustrates the effects that ambient conditions, seasonal load fluctuations and installation factors have on the temperatures measured inside enclosures.  It is well known that extreme temperatures impact the long-term functionality of cable accessories and equipment contained within distribution-class electrical enclosures. As a result, the corresponding standards and guides should be updated to accurately reflect the temperature ranges observed in this survey.
      James has over 16 years of experience with cable injection technology, designing and operating cable test equipment, on-line partial discharge measurement technology and mitigating manhole events (smoke, fires and explosions) caused by aged secondary network cables.  James is the inventor of 13 US patents and currently serves on the working groups for IEEE1617 – Guide for Assessment, Mitigation and Control of Corrosion on Metallic Shields in Extruded Dielectric Cables rated 5-46kV and IEEE 1511.2 Guide for Investigating and Analyzing Failures of Joints on Extruded Shielded Power Cables on Systems Rated 5 kV Through 46 kV.
    • 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM – Break
    • 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM – “Elbow IEEE Test Sampling Plan Improvement Proposal” – Tinghui Xin and Brian Ayres, TE Connectivity
      The goal of this work is to improve the elbow qualification test sampling plan by reducing the sample size and testing time while keeping the same statistical power.
      An easy-to-understand statistical model is derived in the presented work based on binomial distribution. A common mathematical reference is established as the connecting point between current sampling practice as described in IEEE-386-2016 clauses and the proposed sampling plan intended for better efficiency and statistical rigor. The flexibility of the model allows one to find the desired and reduced sample size based on targeted probability of passing a qualification test under an assumed product reliability. Further, it recommends that passing the first N consecutive samples as compared to current practice (loosely expressed as passing test until “N products in a row pass within a given number of samples”). The proposed sampling plan intends for higher stringency and better economy.
      This work is focused on a unit cell which is defined as a predetermined number of samples with one set of mating inserts. The result of the work is exhibited in contour plots and variability charts. The work can be easily extended into a series model that incorporate flexible configurations by combining various elbow manufacturers and mating inserts as well as switching operations.
    • 4:15 PM – 4:55 PM – “Progression of Faulted Circuit Indicator Technology“ –  Eugene Weaver, SEL
      Faulted circuit indicators (FCIs) are cable accessories that indicate the passage of fault current in insulated and uninsulated conductors. Like other distribution equipment, faulted circuit indicators (FCIs) have continued to evolve with distribution system operating practices. This has led to technological advancements in FCIs since their inception over 70 years ago. Recent advances within wireless sensor technology allow the distribution engineer to explore FCI applications in automation and distribution equipment protection.  This presentation briefly looks at the progression of FCI technology. It dives deeper into what FCIs can be used for given the current technological landscape.
      Eugene Weaver is the Product Manager for Faulted Circuit Indicators (FCIs) and Sensors at Schweitzer Engineering Labs Inc. (SEL). He joined SEL in 2007 as a Field Application Engineer and has had various roles contributing to the development and application of FCIs.  Eugene is presently the Chair of the B24W working group for the IEEE-495 guide for testing faulted circuit indicators.
  • Subcommittee C – Cable Systems – Monday, May 7, 2018 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM

    • 9:15 AM – 9:25 AM Chairman’s Opening Remarks and Announcements
    • 9:25 AM – 9:50 AM “Trials and Tribulations with a repair of a 230kV SCFF cable damaged by a dig-in,” by Sudhakar Cherukupalli and Karl Mai, BC Hydro
      This presentation will offer an overview of the some of the key considerations and issues that unfolded following an accidental dig-in by a third part into a 50 year old energized 230kV SCFF cable.  The presentation will address repair strategies considered, assessment of the insulation and insulating oil, treatment of the 50 year old spares, and how the work was completed and the cable energized successfully.  Lessons learned from this exercise will also be shared.
    • 9:50 AM – 10:15 AM “Brillouin-based Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) monitoring system for Submarine Export Cables of Off-Shore Wind Farms (Europe),” by Landry Molimbi, NKT Photonics
      The abstract will be the following: For high and extra-high voltage power cables, the maximum temperature of the insulation must never be exceeded at any location and under any load condition. The local temperatures depend not only on the cable design and load history, but also on the local thermal environment of the cable. Therefore, distributed temperature monitoring of high-/extra-high voltage cable systems is essential to ensure the integrity of the cable at high load. Especially, the load of the export cables of wind farms varies strongly in dependence on weather conditions. In this field study, we demonstrate the measurement performance of a new, robust Brillouin distributed temperature sensing system (Brillouin-DTS). The system is based on spontaneous Brillouin scattering and does not require a fiber loop. This is essential for long submarine high-voltage cables, where normally no loop can be formed in the seabed. It is completely passively cooled and does not contain any moving or wearing parts. The instrument is dedicated for use in industrial and other rough environments. With a measuring time below 10 min, the temperature resolution is better than 1 °C for distances up to 50 km. In the field study, the submarine export cable of an off-shore wind farm has been monitored. The temperature profile of the export cable shows several hot spots, mostly located at cable joints, and also several cold spots.
    • 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM – Break
    • 10:30 AM – 10:55 AM – “Manhole Explosions: Why they occur and how to prevent 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 explosion particularity pernicious. This presentation catalogs the fundamental causes of manhole fires and explosions in duct-manhole systems whether they are fueled with electrical energy, chemical energy, or both. In all urban areas where duct-manhole systems exist, there are complex interactions between the electrical cables and chemistry that happens inside and adjacent to manholes. This presentation focuses on the predominant causes so that resources can be intelligently focused to prevent explosions from occurring.
    • 10:55 AM – 11:20 AM – “Bergen Linden Corridor Program – 345 kV Newark Bay Crossing” by Dennis Johnson, POWER Engineers and Charley Patterson, Southeast Directional Drilling
      This presentation discusses the processes and challenges that were experiences during the drilling of two 6600 foot HDD drills and the associated installation of casing and conduit bundle.
    • 11:20 AM – 11:55 AM – “On-Site Acceptance Testing of Submarine Inter-Array Cables at Offshore Wind Farm” by Ed Gulski, Rogier Jongen, Onsite HV Solutions ag, Switzerland and Matthijs de Heus, Onsite HV Solutions Benelux, The Netherlands
      Systematic testing and diagnosis during manufacturing, transportation, installation and operation can exclude or at least reduce possible risks of a failure during operation. The 33 kV inter-array cables have been the standard to date, but slowly the 66 kV power cable as the standard solution will replace them. Considering the enhanced risks by using 66 kV cable systems advanced quality control is becoming very important. The main challenge will be the need of specialized teams for installation and advanced testing activities, where they will need to be carefully certified to work t a higher voltage level.  In this presentation, the aspects of present international regulation as well as the best practice will be discussed.
    • 11:55 AM – 12:15 PM – Chairman’s Closing Remarks
  • Subcommittee D – Generating Station and Industrial Cables – Tuesday, May 8, 2018 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    • 8:30 – 9:15am – “Dielectric Spectroscopy of Low Voltage Nuclear Power Plant Cables”, Drew Mantey, David Rouison, Sarajit Banerjee
      Abstract: Previous research has shown that applying a low voltage technique called dielectric spectroscopy (in the frequency and/or time domain) to cable insulation shows promise to provide a global evaluation of the cable dielectric capability. The test method applies voltage to the conductor and uses adjacent conductors or ground shield as the test signal return path.
      The present research applied low frequency dielectric spectroscopy (LFDS) methods to three different sample cables; two unshielded cables (3 conductor EPR insulation / CSPE jacket cable and a 3 conductor FR-XLPE insulation / CSPE jacket power cable) and one shielded cable (24 conductor CSPE-EPR composite insulation / CSPE jacket). The cables’ as found condition was evaluated by commonly used physical/chemical tests. Baseline LFDS and polarization / depolarization current (PDC) data was taken using various test configurations to identify the optimal test configurations for each cable. Samples were then subjected to laboratory accelerated thermal aging and retested to determine if electrical parameters tracked with physical/mechanical testing.  The sensitivity of measured LFDS and PDC data to varying experimental (non-aging related) parameters was assessed, including multi-conductor cable test configuration, measurement electrode grounding, external (mandrel) grounding, ambient temperature, applied test voltage level and various combinations. These were done to validate the efficacy of the test method and the optimal way to obtain test data in the field.
      Presenter Biography:
      Dr. David Rouison – Kinectrics
      Dr. Rouison is a principal engineer at Kinectrics Inc with more than 15 years’ experience in polymer science. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick in 2004. Dr. Rouison specializes in the condition assessment, failure analysis and testing of polymer based materials with a focus on the effects of environmental, thermal and radiation ageing. His experience includes qualification, condition assessment and failure analysis of electrical cables and dielectric materials.  At present he is a technical leader and project manager at Kinectrics Inc. Dr. Rouison is a licensed professional engineer and a member of various international engineering associations and technical committees.
      Drew Mantey – EPRI
      Drew Mantey is a Principal Technical Leader in the nuclear sector of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His research areas is focused on aging management of cables. Research in this area includes aging management program implementation, condition monitoring of cables, forensic evaluation to better understand polymer degradation causes and detection. He also host a cable user group and annually teaches courses on low and medium voltage cables and the aging management of them.
      Drew joined EPRI in 2004 and spent seven years developing an equipment reliability program for several Japanese utilities before moving to Plant Engineering in 2008. He has more than 30 years’ experience in power plant systems, components, maintenance and predictive maintenance.
      Drew received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1982 from Drexel University and is a member of IEEE. Drew received a Senior Reactor Operator certification in 1990 and has held a level II thermography certification for 10 years.
      Sarajit Banerjee, M.A.Sc.
      Sarajit Banerjee is a Senior Electrical Engineer and Project Manager in the Electrical Safety & Testing department within Kinectrics’ Transmission & Distribution Technologies (TDT) business.  He has over 14 years’ experience in LV, MV and HV cable systems engineering, consulting and research.  At Kinectrics he has conducted a number of projects in power cables spanning condition assessment/ageing management, failure analysis, advanced electrical diagnostics, electromagnetic field modeling, R&D, qualification/type testing and other areas. Mr. Banerjee is a licensed professional engineer and a member of various international engineering associations and technical committees.
    • 9:15 – 10:00am  – “A history and Comparison of Cable Tray Flame Tests, IEEE 383 and IEEE 1202”, Ross Murphy, Sales Engineer RSCC Wire and Cable – East Granby CT –   IEEE Member, ICC Member, ICEA Member, ASTM Member
      Abstract: Cable tray flame tests have been a benchmark for wire and cable flammability.  The development and revisions of Cable Tray Flame tests through IEEE 383 Standard for Type Test of Class 1E Electric Cables, Field Splices, and Connections for Nuclear Power Generating Stations and IEEE 1202 Standard for Flame-Propagation Testing of Wire and Cable has created a more consistent and repeatable test within the industry.   A chronological history of the flame testing procedures, and a comparison of the referenced tests in each standard will be presented.
      Presenter Biography: Ross Murphy, Sales Engineer RSCC Wire and Cable – East Granby CT –   IEEE Member, ICC Member, ICEA Member, ASTM Member
    • 10:15 – 11:00am – “A cable manufacture’s perspective of IAEA-TECDOC-1825”, Eric Rasmussen, RSSC Wire and Cable LLC – Nuclear Cable Products
      Abstract: The IAEA-TECDOC-1825 documents the final results of a Coordinated Research Program (CRP) for condition monitoring techniques applicable to low voltage cables installed in nuclear power facilities. The study included 12 types of cable insulation and jacket materials and 14 condition monitoring techniques. RSCC participated in the study and provided the XLPE and CSPE cable materials. The study included 11 chief scientific investigators and 21 observers, representing 17 member states. This presentation highlights the results from the “cable manufacture’s perspective” and supplements the following points addressed in the document: Condition based qualification, elongation at break (EAB) and its limitations, conclusions based upon “trends and correlation”, and a universal end-of-life designation for cable materials.
      Presenter Biography: Eric Rasmussen is the currently the Director of Engineering and Asia Sales for RSCC Wire and Cable LLC. He is the Acting Secretary of IEEE NPEC SC-2. He is the Vice Chairman of D12W “Guide for Extending the Life of Cables in Nuclear Facilities” and IEEE-572 and a member of IEEE-383 and IEC/IEEE-60780/323 working groups. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and the University of Texas at Austin with a MBA.
  • Subcommittee F – Field Testing and Diagnostics – Wednesday, May 9, 2018 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    • 8:00 AM – 8:10 AM:  Welcome, Introduction, Agenda, Subcommittee F Business, Sudhakar Cherukupalli – Chair –BC Hydro/Peter Tirinzoni – Vice Chair – PDC
    • 8:10 AM – 8:40 AM: “Quality control of infield cable systems for offshore wind parks”, by Ed Gulski, Rogier Jongen, Onsite HV Solutions ag, Switzerland and Matthijs de Heus, Onsite HV Solutions Benelux, The Netherlands
      Regarding installation of inter-array cable on the offshore wind farms (OWF) new challenges are coming to ensure a proper quality control after installation. In this presentation the risks of a failure during operation of infield cable systems will be discussed. Moreover regarding their applicability the present international recommendations for onsite testing and diagnosis of inter-array submarine cables will be evaluated. Based on the possibilities for onsite testing of submarine cables practical examples from infield cable testing will be shown.
    • 8:40 AM – 9:10 AM: ”The CIGRE WG on Fault Location in Cable Systems” by Geir Clasen, Convener of Cigré B1 Tutorial Advisory Group / Secretary of WG B1.52.
      The increasing number of land and submarine cable assets globally has created a focus on cable fault location capabilities. All faults in cable systems are different and cable fault location depends to a great extent on applying the appropriate technique or combination of techniques
      Cigré set up a Working Group in 2014 for three years to collect knowledge and prepare a technical brochure to cover a large variety of fault location methods and strategies.
      Cable installation methods covered;
      ·         Direct buried cable systems
      ·         Ducted land cable systems
      ·         Ducted land cable systems
      ·         Cables installed in horizontal directional drills and tunnels
      ·         Cables at large burial depths
      ·         Cable systems with different bonding types
      ·         Very long cables
      The brochure also includes a chapter “Innovation and Future Developments” are included that describes cutting edge methods that are emerging.
    • 9:10 AM – 9:50 AM: “Condition Assessment of Pipe-Type Joints Utilizing Limited-Angle Computed Tomography X-Ray Technology” by Arie Makovoz and Jade Wong of Consolidated Edison Co. of NY, and Stephen Halliwell of VJ Technologies Inc.
      Most of Con Edison’s 800 miles of underground transmission cables consist of High-Pressure Pipe-Type feeders.  Joints of these types of feeders can move over time and, therefore, must be inspected periodically for signs of damage or future failures.
      Two dimensional (2D) x-ray imaging of the underground transmission joints was done initially using Cobalt-60 radioactive isotope sources and film, but more recently the use of electrically generated high energy x-ray sources and digital imaging techniques has made this operation safer, faster and has provided higher fidelity images with significantly better contrast, resulting in improved analysis of the condition of the cable and joints. However, the images were still only two dimensional which meant that critical failure indications, which required immediate remedial action, may not be visible in the images due to the masking effect of materials in front of or behind the failure indication.
      The use of three dimensional (3D) imaging using computed tomography (CT) is an established technique used in medical and industrial applications to enable complete volumetric inspection.  Typical CT systems require 360º scanning of the object, but in the limited space around underground feeder cables this is not achievable.  In theory computed tomography is possible with less than 360º of scanning, based on which VJ Technologies and Consolidated Edison evaluated and validated this concept in the laboratory.  Following that exercise a proof of concept field inspection system was built and tested, then then a fully field deployable Limited-Angle computed tomography system was built and tested.This paper describes the process from concept validation in the laboratory to the testing of a fully engineered field deployable system on a feeder cable joint.
    • 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: COFFEE BREAK
    • 10:15 AM – 10:40 AM: “Overseas Experience With Damped Ac Diagnostics For Aged High-Pressure Fluid Filled Cable Systems” By Paul Leufkens, Power Projects
      High-Pressure Fluid Filled (HPFF) cable systems are used downtown or in other critical environment and where they can transmit large power as they are so compact. These pipe-type cables have been used since the sixties which makes that challenges come up with possible ageing of the insulation due to high thermal loads, over the whole length or in particular parts that were buried with less cooling.  Corrosion and or leakage occurs after age or due to damage from outside.
      Proper Asset Management needs reliable information about remaining life time in order to make the right decisions whether parts or whole circuits have to be replaced and if so, which are the most critical. After this the question comes up how to replace the cables, with limited production capacity of HPFF cables left.
      Against this background the presentation will highlight overseas experiences with field testing on aged pipe-type cable systems and the strategy of TenneT, the TSO of Netherlands, how to improve reliability and upgrade their network of high pressure gas filled pipe type by selective replacement.
      The Damped AC diagnosis is shown to be effective as it applies AC voltage without much breakdown risks of healthy insulation, and measures tan  and partial discharge over the full circuit length and can interpret them as function of the location. We will show examples of Damped AC diagnostics, with different stages of aging and dedicated conclusions
      As existing 123 and 170 kV Gas Pressured Pipe Type cable circuits typically have a long repair time they are the first to be investigated with diagnostic tests in order to enable decisions based on urgency. Damped AC is chosen by TenneT to select between suspect circuits while shorten outage periods for testing. A new XLPE-in-pipe refurbishment solution is presented which can work at high electric stresses keeping the pipe diameter comparably small.
      As follow-up a survey is designed to systematically collect North American experiences and possibly an expert user group will be set-up to exchange best practices.
    • 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM:  “AC and PD Commissioning Testing of 10 Mile Long 345 kV XLPE Underground Transmission Circuit “, by Alfred Mendelsohn, Power Delivery Solutions, Inc. and Lorenzo Paschini, Techimp HQ Srl
      This presentation will review the technical challenges in the AC and PD commissioning testing of a large 345 kV XLPE project consisting of 5 separate underground 345 kV XLPE circuits with a combined total length of about 22.5 circuit miles. The longest of the circuits is approximately 10 miles long, with 2 outdoor terminations and 22 joints on each phase.
      The commissioning testing requirements for the project consisted of an AC Hipot test at 339 kV (1.7 U0) for 1 hour with simultaneous PD testing of all joints and terminations. To be able to perform the AC test, it was necessary to use 4 large 260 kV RTS units, 2 in series coupled in parallel with another 2 in series. This represented the first time in North America that a series/parallel combination of 4 RTS units were required for the AC Hipot test on a 345 kV circuit. The only previous time such a setup was required was for the AC and PD commissioning testing of a long 500 kV circuit in 2016.
      This presentation will review the complex setup of the 4 RTS units, as well as the elements of the preinstalled PD systems in all manholes and at terminations used for the PD commissioning tests. Sixteen (16) of the joints were segmented joints, while six (6) of the joints in the circuit were straight joints. For the segmented joints, clamp HFCT (high frequency current transformer) sensors were used, while for the straight joints magnetic coupling sensors were placed on the joint bodies. The test conditions and the key test results from the commissioning testing will be presented.
      The testing of the longest circuit was completed in early March 2018 and the circuit was energized in mid-March 2018.
    • 11:20AM – 11:50AM “Characterization of Dielectric Loss Using Time Domain Spectroscopy (TDS) :  What Have We Learned Over 14 Years of Cumulative Testing Experience ?”, Jean-Francois Drapeau, IREQ, (Hydro Quebec Research Institute), Canada
      Dielectric loss measurement, as a testing approach for performing condition assessment of underground cable systems, poses a number of challenges in terms of interpretation of the results data, related to the fact that it constitutes a “global” measurement. Indeed, the dielectric loss measured on a whole cable system is the result of the summation of all the specific loss contributions of each individual component (various pieces of cables, plus a number of accessories constituted of joints and terminations) averaged over the total direct capacitance of the cable system. With the current tools and diagnostic features available, the use of dielectric loss measurements does not allow yet to discriminate between the various types of degradation that may be present. Compared to the classical diagnostic based on measurement of VLF Tan Delta (typically at 0.1 Hz), experience with dielectric spectroscopy has shown the potential to bring more interpretive information’s. This presentation will discuss the specific application of Time Domain Spectroscopy (TDS), which is based on measurements performed with DC voltage application. The topics addressed in this presentation will include: a theoretical review of the constitutive elements of dielectric loss, a preliminary comparison with frequency domain spectroscopy (FDS) and a discussion about the potential value of the data collected in depolarization mode, which are unique to TDS. Possibilities for improving the interpretive value of diagnostics using dielectric loss measurements will then be discussed based on the cumulated results of more than 14 years’ experience of testing in the lab and in the field.
  • Subcommitee G – Transnational Luncheon (Registration Required) – Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 12:15 – 2:00 PM

    • 1) “Replacement project of 275kV Shinjuku-Jonan Line in Tokyo – SCOF cable to XLPE cable”, TEPCO Power Grid Inc. and Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., Hideo TANAKA (Furukawa Electric)
    • (2) “Higher achievements in HV/EHV cable fire performances”, Stefano Cotugno, Prysmian, The Netherlands
    • (3) “ NEMO Link – Installation of World First 400kV DC XLPE Cable Link “, Shoji MASHIO
Sumitomo Electric Industries, Japan
    • (4) “1200 MW Caithness-Murry HVDC submarine project in Scotland”, Robert (Bob) W. Hobson, NKT, USA
    • (5) “Static and Dynamic Cables for the World’s First Floating Wind farm”, Michael Joseph, Cable Design Engineer, Nexans HV
    • (6) “Langcang River Hydropower Station 500kV Cable System Project“, Zhiteng(Tom) Yu, Hanhe Cable -America
    • 7) Large HVDC inter-connection Project 1000 MW between Belgium and Germany – drived by the main TS’Os Elia and Amprion“, Mohame Mammeri, General Cable,
    • Upcoming international events by Paul Leufkens
  • Networking Luncheon  (Registration Required) – Monday, May 7, 2018, 12:30 – 2:00 PM

    • NL pre-registration XXX
    • Networking, Networking, Networking!!!!
    • Business card exchange
    • “Undergrounding of OH Lines in Windsor, Ont.”, Ray Awad, Consultant.
    • “Design, Testing and Installation of Beatrice OFW XLPE cable system”, Geir Clasen, Nexans Norway.
    • “Should HVDC Cables be Cooled”, George Anders, Anders Consulting.
    • “Thermal Grout”, Ron Halderman, Mears.
      Until recently the underground electrical industry had to rely on a conventional cementitious thermal grout to dissipate heat from high voltage cables.  Cementitious grout naturally sets up and hardens over a relatively short period of time, thereby permanently locking the conduit and/or cable in place.  Furthermore, due to the short setup time for the cement-based grout, the only viable method of installation was by way of tremie lines pulled in at the same time as the cable.    This standard methodology required multiple expensive spacers to keep the cable conduits in fixed positions with respect to each other and away from the casing wall while the grout was pumped under high pressure through multiple tremie lines from the surface.  Electrical engineers regularly questioned the degree of “fill” using tremie injection and the corresponding potential development of “hot spots”. A solution to these problems is to first fill the casing with a thixotropic (non-cementitious) thermal grout and then pull the conduits into the grout, allowing the “open ended” conduits to simultaneously fill with grout to produce near neutral buoyancy.  Success has been recently achieved on parallel 7000’ HDD crossings in Florida.  R&D is continuing.
    • “Risks of Cable System Uprating”, Nigel Hampton, NEETRAC
    •  “Installation of 138 kV Cable Systems in Downtown Portland” by Mark Stemmle, Nexans.
  • Educational Program – End of Life (or is it?) – Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

    • Is this the end of the line?  How to determine End of Life?
      • Paper-insulated cables
      • Extruded-Dielectric Cables
    • What Failed and Why?
    • Fix it or replace it?  Are any diagnostics used?  PD testing (online, offline), Acoustic testing, DTS, dissipation factor testing, DGA, other testing?
    • How to avoid future failures?
      • Extruded-Dielectric Cables (e.g., replace bad actors, silicone injection, install arresters, etc.)
      • Paper-Insulated Cables (e.g., fix corrosion, rehab oil, rebuild joints, etc.)
    • Program Schedule:
      • 1:00 – 1:05 – Introduction, Rachel Mosier, PDC, Jared Jajack, AEP
      • 1:05 – 1:35 – Is this the end of the line?  How to determine End of Life.  (Paper cables.) – Joe Zimnoch – Consultant
        A brief review of Distribution Class and Transmission Class impregnated paper insulated cables, insulating papers and dielectric insulating fluids, history and different types of PILC, LPGF, SCLF and Pipe Type cables that are presently in service, primary problems that can occur and causes of failures, DGA testing and a few examples of typical reports on analysis of samples taken from very old vintage cables.
        1:35 – 2:05 – Is this the end of the line?  How to determine End of Life.  (Extruded cables.) – Nigel Hampton – NEETRAC
        It is intended that this talk will touch on the following topics:
        1. How do we define End of Life? There are many perfectly valid lives (maximum / typical, cable vs system, at installation vs after some period of operation). The key is to frame the questions and answers in terms of “Life Statements”, which consider conditions, rate (survival or degradation) & time; rather than the simple assertion of X years.
        2. Where we stand when asking about End of Life matters! Just like human mortality when you ask the life expectancy matters, the life expectancies at birth, age 21 and age 65 are different. The same is true in the utility world the life expectancy that is used at the genesis of a project to determine rate of return or to compare economics of differing solutions is not the same as that for a system at age 30 contemplation “run to failure” or activities that might “extend life”. Furthermore unlike humans (generally), in the utility world it is important to be clear whether we consider “repairable” (cable systems with replaceable accessories or cable segments) or “unrepairable” (cable only or joint only) cases.
        3. Can / should we estimate a life at all? If we can, what would these life statements look like? It might seem that the whole concept / activity of estimating a life expectancy is too difficult to tackle; however, this is incorrect as a properly constructed life statement can have a profound influence on purchasing / remediation / retirement strategies. When proceeding though, the most important feature to recognize and overcome is that the very human tendency to believe that there is a single simple answer (this is the Anchoring Bias). The construction of a life statement requires time and effort. Additionally the robust approaches recognize that the outcomes in terms of life will be determined by many factors such as:
        a. the physics of the device ageing,
        b. the demographics of the device population,
        c. the environments (physical and operational (i.e. maintenance is perhaps a chronic environment)) in which the devices operate
        d. the experiences (typically acute issues like failures / repairs / overloads etc.) that they encountered.
        The approach that will be discussed in this presentation recognizes the different factors and that there are two different, but complimentary approaches to life estimation. These are:
        – Estimates based on what we can test
        – Estimates based on what we can garner from surviving records of historical performance
        Traditionally these are treated separately, however if we embrace the diversity of approaches and inputs we can draw on the actuarial methods and develop distributions meaningful life estimates. In this presentation we will discuss examples for both cable and wood pole assets.
      • 2:05 – 2:35 – Online and offline partial discharge testing on extruded cable in the Pacific Gas and Electric distribution system. F – Lisseth Villareal and Omar Iqbal, PG&E
        indings from pilot testing completed between 2012-2016. Action taken after evaluating the results from the pilot.
      • 2:35 – 3:05 – SCFF, HPFF, PILC, and HVDC – Sudhakar Cherukupalli – BC Hydro
        This presentation will begin with an overview of BC Hydro ac and dc submarine cables operating at 138kV and higher. Many of these circuits have been in service for over 40 years!  The condition assessment procedures that are undertaken on these circuits will be discussed.  Case studies will be included to describe what was done following damage to a 525kV ac and a 300kV DC cable systems which will include challenges faced in developing a practical response plan.  The lessons learned during these exercises will also be shared.
      • 3:05 – 3:25 – Break
      • 3:25 – 3:55 – Distribution, bare concentric XLPE, replacement/PD testing/injection, maybe some PILC – John Ainscough – Xcel Energy
        The presentation will be an overview of a utility’s experience with underground distribution cable performance experience and asset management over the last 28 years.  Items discussed will include cable system population, failure history, failure patterns, performance modeling, performance projection, replacement, injection, condition assessment and complimentary activities.
      • 3:55 – 4:25 – Medium voltage cable testing assessment  program based on analytical methodology to determine health of cable system of aging underground infrastructure.– Frank Dempsey – PP&L
        Data utilized to efficiently address assets in need of remediation or replacement and to eliminate the unnecessary replacement of cable systems that have not reached the end of their useful life. Methodology based on offline diagnostic testing system utilizing Time Domain Reflectometry and  VLF Technology. TDR is used for fault location in cables and evaluation of neutral integrity.  VLF technology utilizes three methods of testing: go/no-go withstand test to expose defects that the cable cannot hold the test voltage, Non-destructive testing, including tan delta test which provides the condition of the cable from end to end, and partial discharge testing which locates defects and their severity along the cable path. Test results are used to evaluate the health of the cable systems and prioritize corrective action. Understanding and performing appropriate testing and maintenance of high voltage cable systems helps ensure Transmission, Substation, and Distribution System asset’s remain a reliable part of utilities infrastructure.
      • 4:25 – 4:55 – Newly developed cable life assessment program for secondary network cables based on material analysis and performance history.  The program includes accelerated thermal aging, Oxidation Induction Time (OIT) tests, dissipation factor measurement, tensile and elongation measurement,   and hardness tests.  The data are analyzed with historical performance to determine cable life.  This is focused on extruded cables. – Yingli Wen – ConEd
    • Biographies
      • Joseph T. Zimnoch obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree both in electrical engineering from Newark College of Engineering in 1955 and 1958.  He thereafter spent his entire 64-year career in the field of high voltage cables.  The first 41 years were with The Okonite Company, who pioneered and invented the HPFF pipe type cable system and is one of the oldest and largest manufacturers of pipe type electrical transmission cables.
        For the last 23 years, Mr. Zimnoch has acted as a consultant to many diverse clients on high voltage cable matters.  He has designed cables and cable systems and participated in the layout and construction of numerous land and submarine cable circuits.  He has participated in the repairs of many high voltage land and submarine cables and performed and participated in laboratory investigations and testing of the physical, mechanical, and dielectric properties of cable samples taken from operating cables to determining their ageing and remaining useful life.  He has also been involved with the forensic analysis of cable failures.
        Mr. Zimnoch is a Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), an active voting member of the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), the IEEE Power & Energy Society, and an active voting member of the IEEE Insulated Conductors Committee (IEEE-ICC).  He was the Vice Chair of an IEEE-ICC working group which resulted in the publication of IEEE Std 1425-2001™, IEEE Guide for the Evaluation of the Remaining Life of Impregnated Paper-Insulated Transmission Cable Systems.
        Mr. Zimnoch has been a member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE International) and in 1998 achieved 25-year membership status as a Life Member in the organization.  He was an ‘Expert Reviewer for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Underground Transmission Systems Reference Book, both the 1992 and 2006 versions.
      • Dr. Nigel Hampton received a BS in Applied Physics and Instrumentation from Bath University UK, an MS in Polymer Engineering from Manchester Polytechnic UK, and a PhD in Solid State Physics from Bath University UK.  He is presently a program manager at the Georgia Institute of Technology – National Electric Energy Testing Research and Application Centre (NEETRAC).  He is responsible for work in the reliability area, including condition assessment, forensics, and asset management.  Dr. Hampton has numerous publications with regard to cables and diagnostics.
      • After completing his Master’s degree, Dr. Sudhakar Cherukupalli worked as a R&D Engineer at Brown Boveri, India for seven years where 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 worked on performance assessment of large hydro generator bars and coils for manufacturers several manufacturers as well as undertaking third party assessment for these products for a variety of utilities in North America.
        Dr. Cherukupalli has worked on several research projects for BC Hydro Strategic R&D, Electric Power Research Institute-USA, and Canadian Electricity Association, on the development and application of novel diagnostic techniques for the condition monitoring of power equipment such as transformers, transmission and distribution cables. He has authored and co-authored over 35 technical publications and was until recently, the Canadian Representative on the CIGRE D1-Emerging Technologies. 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 Convener 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 has contributed to several CIGRE WG and currently serves as Secretary of CIGRE B1.54 “Behavior of Cable Systems under Large Disturbances”
        He also serves as Standards Liaison for the IEEE/Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society, and worked as Chair of the Education Committee in the Insulated Conductor Committee. He was a recent recipient of the IEEE-Standards Association Medallion pertaining to his contributions to real time ratings of transmission cable circuits. His interests include the application of distributed fiber optic sensing systems for power system applications, and he holds a joint patent on electro-optical electric field sensors.
        Dr. Cherukupalli is a Senior Member of the IEEE, serves as Chair of the Insulated Conductors Committee of the IEEE, and is a Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.
      • John Ainscough is a principal engineer in the Electric Distribution System Performance group at Xcel Energy.  He has 39 years of experience in the utility electric distribution business.  Work responsibilities have included distribution system planning, design, standards, operations, asset management, power system performance, electric service performance, etc.  John is a member of the IEEE ICC and the IEEE Electric Distribution Reliability Working Group.  John received BSEE and MBA degrees from Brigham Young University.
      • Frank Dempsey is the System Shops Manager at PPL Electric Utilities in Pennsylvania, where he supervises the cable and transformer testing department, transformer repair and smart grid repair shops and their dielectric rubber goods testing department.  Mr. Dempsey has been at PPL since 2011 where he previously served roles as Regional Reliability Supervisor and Supervisor of System Shops.  Prior to his time at PPL, Mr. Dempsey worked as a Consulting Electrical Engineer for several Fortune 500 companies.  Mr. Dempsey is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
      • Omar Iqbal graduated with BSEE from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Registered Professional Engineer in CA.  Have been working with PG&E for total of over 15 years in various Distribution Engineering roles.  Currently as Asset Strategy Engineer for non-network distribution UG cables.  Also worked with Black & Veatch for over 2 years as Hydro Electrical Engineer in Kansas City.
      • Lisseth Villareal graduated with BSEE from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California) in 2002.  Earned master in engineering from San Francisco State University in 2005. Registered Professional Electrical Engineer in CA. Twelve years of PG&E Electric Distribution Engineer experience.  Five of those years as Electric Distribution Engineer responsible for the planning, reliability and operation of high density distribution planning area such as the cities of Oakland and San Francisco. The last seven years as Senior Electric Distribution Standards Engineer responsible for overhead and underground conductors, cable accessories and substructures. Before joining PG&E, worked for Fluor (an engineering and construction company) for almost 3 years as an Associate Electric Engineer I & II in South San Francisco CA.
      • Dr. Yingli Wen – Yingli Wen currently holds the title of Technical Expert and serves as manager of Electrical Analysis and Research of Con Edison’s Cable and Splice Center for Excellence (Cable Center).  She has been employed with Con Edison for 17 years, in the Transmission Engineering Department for the first two and half years and, since then,  in the Cable Center where she conducts research and testing concerning distribution system reliability and safety.  Prior to joining Con Edison, she was with Prysmian (previously Pirelli) as a Senior Engineer in its R & D Center in Lexington, SC.  She received a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix.

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