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  • Opening Session

  • Mini-Expo Vendors

    • Allteck Line Contractors
    • AP Sensing is a world leader in Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing, Distributed Acoustic and Distributed Temperature Sensing, technology, equipment and systems.  apsensing.com
      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, faults, exposed subsea cable sections) and third party interference (excavation, directional drilling, subterranean and subsea threats such as dig-ins, anchor strikes, undue vibration and ice scour) that leads to physical damage or deterioration of the power cable.   For more information, please see us online at www.apsensing.com.  In North or Latin America, call Greg McElyea (+1-214-471-3460).
    • Cable Technology Laboratories
    • Dow Chemical Co.  – For more than 70 years, Dow has been delivering innovative solutions for power cable systems across all voltage classes. ENDURANCE™ and SI-LINK™ compounds enable cable systems that deliver lower total lifecycle cost with improved reliability and resiliency. In 2018, Dow is celebrating the 35th anniversary of our tree-retardant crosslinked polyethylene (TR-XLPE) insulation. Over the last 35 years Dow has listened to the industry and responded with innovative solutions. Each generation of Dow’s TR-XLPE technology was developed specifically to deliver improved performance for our customers and end users, based on their developing needs. www.dow.com/electrical
    • 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 elecnorhawkeye.com
    • 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 www.gwelec.com.
    • 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. www.hvdiagnostics.com
    • Hanhe CableChina’s industry leader in HV & EHV cables and accessories.  Our products ranging from Low Voltage to Extra High Voltage covering industry specific application for Nuclear Power Plant, Energy/Utility, Mining, Offshore/Submarine, Petro-chemical refineries, High-speed Rail, Shipboard, and telecommunication.  Various samples of EPR/XLPE insulated overhead, underground, and submarine cable including our 500kV XLPE cable will be on display.  http://www.hanhe-cable.com/en/index.aspx
    • 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 ilijnelectric.co.kr 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 Kiewit.com.
    • 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. kinectrics.com
    • LS Cable & System, headquartered in Anyang, South Korea was established in May 1962 and is a worldwide leader in medium voltage, high voltage, and extra high voltage underground cables and has subsidiary companies throughout the world including 15 factories, 30 sales offices, and 3 R&D centers in 17 different countries.
      In 2006 LS Cable & System completed its first ever 345kV Turnkey Project in the U.S. and acquired Superior Essex in 2007 to expand its presence in the Americas.   In April 2017, the LS Group acquired the Energy division from Superior Essex to create a subsidiary under the LS Cable & System umbrella. LS Cable & System U.S.A., 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. lscns.com
    • Mears Group, Inc. is a highly respected leader in Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) and Direct Pipe® (DP) – specializing in trenchless electrical installations. Mears has a long list of complex and award-winning trenchless installation projects for the electric, oil/gas, water/wastewater and telecommunication industries. Currently, Mears’ Research & Development is introducing a newly developed and tested quick-acting thixotropic (non-cementitious) thermal grout/slurry, No Set™, that is revolutionizing the electrical industry. Mears is ranked as one of the top contractors in HDD and DP services – Design/Build and EPC. The Company owns and operates 14 HDD rigs with capacities up to 1.3 million pounds of pullback and two DP thrusters with capacities of 500 and 750 tons. Mears Group, Inc. (a Quanta Services company) is certified in Safety (OHSAS 18001:2007 ) and Environment (ISO 14001:2015).
    • Neenah Foundry is a domestic manufacturer of gray and ductile iron castings for the Utility Industry. We are pleased to be displaying the Swiveloc explosion mitigating manhole cover, a solution to the dangers, liability and costs of a vault explosion or unauthorized access to underground systems. www.swiveloc.com
    • 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 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 proven full-service power cable expert who provides comprehensive, cost effective solutions crafted to protect and rehabilitate underground cables. Partnering with utility companies of all sizes, Novinium helps to keep networks operating at their peak performance using the most advanced, capital-efficient, environmentally friendly methods available. Learn more at novinium.com.
    • Onstream Pipeline Inspection  uses advanced technologies (Magnetic Flux Leakage, Caliper and Inertial Mapping Units)  to provide reliable and accurate steel pipe inspection results, with a focus on continual technological and software advancement. We offer 3” to 16” inspection tools for steel pipes that will detect and size internal and external corrosion defects and dents. We offer industry leading report times that are proven to be accurate with over 15 years of industry and dig validations. Onstream Pipeline has maintained a 94% first run success rate that is due to state of the art technology, equipment and staff.
      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 Solutions, Inc.,in partnership with Techimp, is a leading provider of AC and PD commissioning testing services for HV and EHV cables, as well as a provider of permanent PD monitoring systems for HV/EHV cable circuits. We also provide diagnostic testing services and permanent monitoring solutions for MV cables, Transformers, GIS, and switchgear. We will be showcasing the recently completed AC and PD commissioning test of the first 500 kV underground transmission circuit in North America, at an AC Hipot voltage of 433 kV, a first for an underground transmission circuit in North America. For this circuit, a permanent PD monitoring system was also installed and commissioned. For more information, stop by our exhibit or visit us at www.pwrds.com and www.techimp.com.
    • 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 www.PhenixTech.com 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 performed the AC and PD commissioning test of the first 500 kV underground transmission circuit in North America, at an AC Hipot voltage of 433 kV, a first for an underground transmission circuit in North America. PDS also performed the AC and PD commissioning testing of the longest 345 kV and 230 kV circuits tested at 1.7 U0 in the US. We have installed permanent PD monitoring system for HV cables at key utilities in North America. At this conference, we will showcase a new cost effective permanent PD monitoring solution for critical MV assets. For more information, stop by our exhibit or visit us at www.pwrds.com and www.techimp.com.
    • Prysmian Cables & Systems – Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry. With almost 140 years of experience, with about 29,000 employees in over 50 countries and 112 plants Prysmian Group combines the strengths of Prysmian, Draka and General Cable. The Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services, technologies and knowledge. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a comprehensive range of optical fibers, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems.
    • 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. southeastdrilling.com
    • Sumitomo Electric USA Inc.– subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric Industries who owns J-Power Systems Corporation, is the Japanese leading manufacturing company of extra high voltage power cables and accessories. We are the leaders of the latest advance power transmission technology such as HVDC cable up to 500kV, HVAC underground/submarine cable up to 500kV,  and various advanced challenging installation technology such as XLPE cable installed in long distance HDD.
    • Taihan Electric USA Ltd., is the U.S. subsidiary of Taihan Electric Wire Co., Ltd, the first cable manufacturer in South Korea and one of the leading cable manufacturers in the world.  We manufacture various cables ranging from Low Voltage to Extra High Voltage and Accessories.  Taihan Electric also provides EHV engineering solutions and installation services.  We will be showcasing various cable samples including our 500 kV XLPE Underground Cable. For more information please contact us at 562-946-8500 or visit us at www.taihan.com/en/
    • 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 UL.com/utilitycable 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: http://www.aegion.com/about/our-brands/underground-solution
    • 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, 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 www.wachester.com.
    • 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 walker-us.com to learn more about our team and capabilities.
    • Wilson Construction Co. specializes in electric utility construction from coast to coast.  We pride ourselves on being one of the few independently owned and managed firms that performs all facets of electric distribution and transmission construction projects. Our expertise includes all types of underground construction including voltages up to 345kV, overhead transmission lines to 500kV, distribution services, and substations and switchyards to 500kV.   At Wilson, safety comes before production. Our philosophy is built around our safety culture which strives for a zero-incident workplace to protect our most-valuable resource—our employees.   Wilson’s underground transmission team, with our pedigree in transmission cable installation dating back to the 1980s, has completed over 50 UGHV projects and is ready to tackle your project’s unique needs.
  • Subcommittee A – Cable Construction and Design, Monday, April 8, 2019, 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM

    • 9:15 – 9:20 AM Subcommittee A Business, Yingli Wen, Chair and Brent Richardson, Vice Chair
    • 9:20 – 10:00 AM XLPE with Increased Thermal Conductivity for wet high voltage cables, by Detlef Wald, Eifelkabel
      Abstract: During the development of an XLPE compound we discovered a nice side effect. The aim of the development was an XLPE compound that should ease cables passing the wet electrical properties as required in Cigre TB 722 for high voltage cables up to 154 kV. Note the TB 722 is going only up to 66 kV.  During the development we tested several additives that could increase the resistance to water tree growth and were successful finding a non-polar one. Additionally we could increase the thermal conductivity of XLPE by more than 30 % at 23 °C compared to standard value given in IEC 287
    • 10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
    • 10:15 – 10:55 AM Covered Conductor for Wildfire Mitigation, by Arianne Luy, Southern California Edison
      Abstract: In Southern California, wildfire risk is increasing due to climate change and the growing population in high fire risk areas. As part of its wildfire mitigation program, Southern California Edison (SCE) will be replacing bare overhead conductors with covered conductors in high fire risk areas. Analysis of SCE’s historical data found that over half of all fires associated with SCE’s distribution infrastructure in HFRA were caused by foreign objects contacting electrical facilities. The application of covered conductor should be an effective approach to reduce ignitions associated with contact-related faults.
    • 10:55 – 11:35 AM Standards Overview and Comparison for Medium Voltage Cables, by Paul Knapp, UL
      Abstract: This presentation will cover differences in medium voltage cable standards and specifications between ICEA, AEIC, IEC and UL. This presentation will cover differences in standard’s coverage, testing, and production requirements.
    • 11:35 AM – 12:15 PM Fundamentals for Achieving Long Cable Life Series: The 1hr Withstand: Friend, Foe, or Irrelevant? By Ben Lanz, Rene Hummel, and Michael Joseph, IMCORP
      Abstract: The 1hour AC withstand test has been used for decades to test cable in the factory and field. Where did it come from? What is the typical rationale for using it? Considering our industries current understanding of cable materials and longevity, where and when does it make sense to continue using this approach?
    • 12:15 PM Adjourn
  • Subcommittee B – Accessories, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2:00 – 5:30 PM

    • 2:00 – 2:15 PM Announcements/Updates on Standards, Tom Campbell – Ivan Jovanovic
    • 2:15 – 2:50 PM Screen Connection for Medium and High Voltage Cable, Testing and Qualification, Ruben Grund and Tim McLaughlin – Pfisterer
      Abstract: Usually the conductor connection of a cable Termination or Joint is referred as one of the main functional elements. This is true, nonetheless in the event of a malfunction such as a cable failure based on external impact (e.g. excavator) the screen connection becomes vital. Furthermore, cables have different cable sheath and/or armoring. These could be lead sheath, corrugated sheath, steel wire armoring, etc. All of these need to be connected and terminated to function properly in the field. In addition, there is always a question on how to qualify such a product, the cable system test covers only the dielectric strength whereas thermal ageing and short circuit tests are decisive in for qualification. This presentation shows a “one-size fits most” approach. A screen clamp capable of different cable types, furthermore testing and qualification is discussed in detail.
    • 2:50 – 3:15 PM Battery Operated Dieless Crimping, Ryan Berg – Emerson
    • 3:15 – 3:30 PM BREAK
    • 3:30 – 4:10 PM Thermal Behaviour of HV Cable Joints in Different Load Conditions, Cisilino Diego – Brugg, Guoyan Sun – Brugg, Stefan Bruder – Brugg
      Abstract: This presentation will provide introduction of heat transfer and dissipation process in HV power cable systems with focus on the cable joint as the most critical link. We will present details of a thermal network modelling for a specific cable joint design in the worst-case scenario. Evaluation of heat dissipation under different load conditions will be presented and discussed with respect to design parameters and different material possibilities. Different validation and testing methods will be discussed in consideration to international standard test procedures.
    • 4:10 – 4:50 PM Experiences with Cable Faults Located at Metallic Ground Screen Connections, Sverre Hvidsten, Hans L Halvorson and Jens Lervik – SINTEF , Energy ResearchAbstract: Overheating of metallic ground screen connections at accessories of single core cables are the root cause of severe insulation failures in the distribution network in Norway. The overheating is due to a relatively high transition resistance of the connections combined with high induced currents in the ground screens during operation. For copper-screened cables equipped with a metallic laminate, overheating causing failures are also observed randomly along the cables often at locations close to cable straps or cleats. Currently there are no international standards with complete tests to determine the ampacity of ground screen connections for different cable system designs making future installations more reliable. Furthermore, product information from the suppliers indicates that basis for design and test criteria is not uniform, and tests are not performed concerning relevant operation and fault scenarios. A new CIRED working group is working to provide recommendations for complete tests of ground screen connections lacking in current international standards and brochures.
    • 4:50 – 5:30 PM Development of new IEEE standards for Transmission and Distribution Cable Accessories, Ivan Jovanovic – G&W Electric, Jeff Madden – Richards Manufacturing, Robin Castro – SCE
      Abstract: Currently there are two different IEEE standards that establish ratings and test requirements for qualification of Cable Accessories (CA) for power cables. While IEEE 48 is a cable termination standard and IEEE 404 is a cable joint standard, they are both meant to cover transmission and distribution voltage classes. New approach adopted by ICC recognizes significant differences between Transmission and Distribution spaces that drives the need to update its current qualification procedures and requirements. As a result, a decision was made to create two new standards based on IEEE 48 and 404 by splitting Transmission from Distribution and combining terminations and joints. Project authorizations were granted earlier this year: IEEE 48404.1 will cover Distribution class termination and joints, while IEEE 48404.2 will provide qualification requirements for Transmission class terminations and joints. This presentation will provide an overall update on the progress and directions that both Working Groups are taking.
  • Subcommittee C – Cable Systems ,
    Tuesday April 9, 2019, 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

    • 8:00 AM – 8:10 AM – Chairman’s Opening Remarks and Announcements
    • 8:10 AM – 8:55 AM – “Innovation is Like a Lightning Stroke” by by Paul Leufkens, Power Projects Leufkens
      Between the misunderstandings of life, the one between Marketing and Research & Development is one of the bigger and poorly understood. Their relationship is not always straight forward nor interests in line. The challenge: how to manage innovation? This presentation is about convergent and divergent processes and shows results of a survey between people in the power industry.
    • 8:55 AM – 9:30 AM – “Manhole Explosions and Fires III: Root Causes & Prevention,” by Glen Bertini & Jason McCary, Novinium
      There are two types of explosions that occur in manhole vaults: deflagration explosions and detonation explosions. Fires and the smoke that accompanies them are frequent in secondary network duct-manhole systems. There are 26 “why” questions identifying the ten root-causes of explosions and large fires. Within secondary networks there are two opportunities to diagnose said events, two kinds of mitigation, and three-and-a-half proven ways to break the causal links that create deflagration explosions and large fire-smoke events. This contribution enumerates the 26 whys, 10 root causes, two
      diagnostics, two mitigation strategies, and three-and-a-half proven methods to prevent deflagration explosions and large fire-smoke events. Over five device-years of data document lessons learned and best practices.
    • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – “Pipe Bursting Allows Installing New Higher-power Cables With Minimal Excavation,” by Tom Zhao, EPRI, Brian Hunter, TT Technologies, Adam Brecklin, ATC, and Jay Williams, PDC
      Pipe bursting offers the opportunity to replace aged steel cable pipes with new, larger plastic or steel pipes, without the need for major excavation along the pipe alignment. Pipe bursting has been used for many years to replace existing water, gas, and other buried pipes with new, larger plastic pipes. EPRI is working with suppliers and utilities to add this technology to its initiative for replacing and uprating older pipe-type cable systems that may be nearing the end of their useful life. This presentation summarizes EPRI’s initiatives, industry experience with pipe bursting, and a successful field demonstration of bursting steel cable pipes and replacing them with larger fPVC pipes on an ATC system. The presentation concludes with a summary of cable system applications and planned future activities.
    • 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM – Break
    • 10:15 AM – 10:50 AM, “Providence River 115 kV Relocation Project,” by Eyad Al-Siba, National Grid and Tom Buonomano, POWER Engineers
      This presentation will discuss the challenges associated with the replacement of an 80 year old self-contained fluid-filled cable system in the City of Providence, Rhode Island using the existing manholes and duct bank system. Part of the project involves the
      replacement of a direct buried segment in the Providence River.
    • 10:50 AM – 11:25 AM – “Chicago Retrofit Projects, 20 years later” by Frank Frentzas, ComEd
      In 1996 Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) of Chicago started an aggressive cable replacement program. The program consisted of replacing four 138 kV LPFF circuits totaling 33 circuit miles with XLPE cable in four years. At that time XLPE technology was new to ComEd and the U.S therefore a lot of studies and full size models were constructed and tested to insure the new XLPE system would work reliably in the existing duct and manhole system. A compact design for the cable and accessories was used to utilize the existing duct and manhole system. ComEd built on their experience and expended the replacement to other 138 kV and 69 kV LPFF circuits and adopted the same principals and design for all new installations including 345 kV cable projects.
    • 11:25 AM – 11:55 AM – “Underground Network Analytics: IoT Analytics for Automated Discovery & Update of Distribution Network Topology,” by Sacha Fontaine, Siemens Industry, Inc.
      A large American investor-owned utility (IOU) had invested significantly in upgrading its underground networks to provide greater levels of reliability over the last several years, including extensive equipment upgrades (e.g., cable replacement) and installation of significant levels of primary monitoring in vaults feeding its underground network. This IOU has many systems with pertinent information about the condition and state of its underground network, including equipment maintenance records, AMI customer load records, load analysis, work planning and management information, and field service notes. The IOU had a strong need to transform the available data into actionable information for network engineers, field service staff, and management to provide situational awareness of the status and condition of its underground distribution networks. This presentation will provide an overview of an approach to unlock the value of available information for use by network engineers and field service staff. As a result, the utility will be able to:

      • Provide users with relevant information to quickly understand and more efficiently manage the status, condition, and broader health of its underground networks
      • Evaluate movement toward potential condition-based predictive avoidance processes for underground networks
      • Provide the basic parameters for day-to-day transparency to management regarding the state, condition, and ongoing activities necessary to manage and maintain its networks
      • Define key metrics to describe and reflect improvement or degradation of network condition over time and the related causes
      • Evaluate the possibility to reduce the overall time that networks are in reduced reliability states
    • 11:55 AM – Closing Remarks
  • Subcommittee D – Generating Station and Industrial Cables, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 8:00 – 11:15 AM

    • 8:00 AM – 8:15 AM – Subcommittee D Business. Gabriel Taylor – Chair – NRC – Philip Laudicina – Vice Chair – Nexans AmerCable
    • 8:15 AM – 8:50 AM – Review of White Paper on IEEE 383-2003 to 2015 Changes, by Robert Konnik – Marmon Innovation & Technology Group
      Abstract: IEEE 383 was first published in 1974. The first revision was in 2003. The current revision is 2015. Many changes were made to update IEEE 383 considering life extension from 40 years 60 years, new plant designs with cables and splices starting at 60 year qualified life, subsequent life extension from 60 years to 80 years and beyond. There were many items considered and the items where consensus was established were added. Some items were discussed, but not added.  Some of these will be considered for the next revision.  This presentation reviews the changes and provides some insight as to what the thinking was at the time.
      Bio:
      Robert Konnik is the Chief Technology Officer of the Marmon Innovation & Technology Group.  This group works with 16 wire and cable companies on new technologies and their ramifications in the areas of high voltage, medium voltage, low voltage and data cable.
    • 8:50 AM – 9:25 AM – Review of White Paper on IEEE 1682-2011, Jan Pirrong, CableLAN Nuclear
      Abstract:  IEEE 1682 was published as a trial use standard in 2011. As a brand new standard and the relative newness of the topic, there were multiple topics that were discussed but could not be included for lack of agreement among working group members. The White Paper discusses some of these topics with a perspective of almost 7 years after the standard was approved. A Working Group is being formed to update the standard.
      Bio:
      Jan Pirrong is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CableLAN Nuclear. He has a Master’s Degree in Electric Power Engineering, and has been an engineer at an electric utility and Utility Sales Manager at a wire and cable company selling to the nuclear industry. In 1983, he founded Chromatic Technologies, a manufacturer of fiber optic cables. Chromatic was later sold to Draka and he became President of Draka USA. In 1994, he founded CableLAN Products to distribute premise wiring products in New England. CableLAN also sold the world’s first safety related fiber optic cables and is the exclusive distributor and agent for Prysmian’s fiber optic cable in North America and Asia. CableLAN Nuclear recently became the exclusive sales agent and distributor of General Cable’s nuclear power plant cables.
    • 9:25 AM – 10:00 AM – Validation of Cable Moisture Purging, Larry Cunningham – CableLAN Nuclear
      Abstract: Moisture can make its way into Wire and Cable. This can occur even despite manufacturing processes that prevent water ingress at extrusion and the use of end caps when shipped. Ambient moisture can make its way into the cable, even at the customer’s reel yard. The Wire and Cable manufacturers often have purging methods available on their web sites. These procedures recommend a nitrogen purge for a period of time. But how do you know the moisture is really removed? This presentation was a necessary “science project” in response to a situation that many have seen in the Wire and Cable industry: What can you do to prove you effectively purged moisture from a cable? A portable purge method is presented which can provide evidence that the conductor is sufficiently dry.
      Bio:
      Larry Cunningham holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont with a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut where he developed an ultrafast laser system which raster scanned a nanoscale plasma to crosslink materials (proteins and polymers) into 3d nanoscale solids from a 3d Autocad file. This was for advancing tissue regeneration research. Earlier, in the 1990s, he developed a process using stereolithography to rapidly make a critical investment casting to make a 17-4ph prototype part needed for a design change to the HARM missile, months before Desert Shield. He has a strong interest in the constructive and destructive effect radiation has on materials and that interest persists in Wire and Cable (especially electron beam crosslinking and radiation aging).
      Larry has been in Wire and Cable since the early 1990s, serving the aerospace, defense, transit, nuclear and telecommunications industries. He has worked at Champlain Cable, Judd Wire/Sumitomo, Cable Design Technologies as corporate QA, General Cable and now at CableLAN Nuclear, representing Prysmian Fiber and General Cable nuclear products. He enjoys seeing old friends at ICC, but be forewarned, Larry is training for a full marathon and may be a little grumpy today.
    •  10:00 AM – 10:15 AM – BREAK
    • 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM – Title: Frequency Domain Reflectometry NDE: Modeling and Measurements to Assess Influence of Defect Profile and Length, by S. W. Glass, A.M. Jones, T.S. Hartman, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, L. S. Fifield, A.M. Jones, T.S. Hartman
      Abstract: Electrical cables are a critical component in the safe and efficient operation of commercial nuclear power plants. Aging management for cables requires periodic testing of cables to monitor cable health condition. A promising technique for non-destructive evaluation of the presence and extent of cable defects is frequency domain reflectometry (FDR). This work employs physics-based modeling and selective measurements to consider the effects of several service-relevant scenarios on FDR detection of cable defects. Factors explored include cable length, defect size and number, and the nature of the defects. Conclusions of this work are that FDR signals for analysis are affected by defect length, defect profile, environment around defect (air, water, conductor), cable length, and test frequency used. FDR signals for analysis are not affected by the number of defects, the location of defects, or the impedance of the cable termination distal to the tested termination. Findings of this research supports the effective use of FDR in nuclear power plant cable aging management toward minimizing the cost of electricity generation.
      Bios:
      Samuel W. Glass III is a technical advisor with more than 35 years of experience working on nondestructive evaluation (NDE), materials characterization, and robotics for inspection in hazardous environments in the United States and Europe. His work at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) supports DOE, NRC, and DHS projects in the area of energy security, nuclear storage, and test and evaluation. Bill also supports strategy development for the national security leadership team and participates in and manages several large projects.  Before joining PNNL, Bill served as chief technical advisor for AREVA NP, providing technical and project management oversight on inspection, design and condition monitoring services for nuclear power plants and research reactors in the nuclear energy market. He advised company leadership and technical teams on design, engineering, maintenance, installation, inspection, and repair of nuclear steam supply components and fuel for nuclear power plants and reactor services worldwide. Bill also oversaw large proposal bid review, nondestructive evaluation IP, and competitor intelligence for AREVA global NDE solutions.
      Dr. Leo Fifield is an experienced materials scientist and research leader interested in material synthesis, formulation, processing, characterization, application, simulation, and lifetime prediction. He leads nuclear cable aging research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for the US DOE Nuclear Energy Office Light Water Reactor Sustainability program. He has an Adjunct Faculty appointment in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University.
      Before joining PNNL as a graduate fellow of the University of Washington/PNNL Joint Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Leo developed electroactive materials as a Principal Fellow of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute at the University of Wollongong and as a graduate intern at AlliedSignal Corporation. He is currently Chair of the PES Chapter of the IEEE Richland Section.
  • Subcommittee F – Field Testing and Diagnostics,  Monday, 8 April 2019 2:00PM – 5:15PM

    • 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM:  SUBCOMMITTEE F Business/Introductions, SUDHAKAR CHERUKUPALLI – CHAIR –BC, HYDRO/PETE TIRINZONI – VICE CHAIR – PDC
    • 2:15 PM – 2:25 PM: WELCOME, INTRODUCTION, AGENDA, SUBCOMMITTEE F BUSINESS.
    • 2:30 PM – 3:00PM: “PD measurements in electrical assets supplied by non-sinusoidal voltage: importance and challenges”, Dr Gian Carlo Montanari and Dr Robert Hebner University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA
      Cables in modern electrical assets may experience voltage waveforms which are far from the typical AC sinusoidal supply based on which they have been dimensioned for decades. The presences of repetitive overvoltages and harmonics does not affect anymore only LV cables, but also MV and HV cables can experience operating conditions which are well far from those assumed for their insulation design. An extreme case is DC supply voltage, that is becoming more and more used in transmission and distribution, especially due to long distance, renewables and, in general, the need to transport higher specific power. Also, it can be speculated that in the near future energy networks and assets will be designed according to flexible DC criteria, which might require cables to work under both DC and AC supply.
      In this rapidly changing framework, a possible drawback could be the drop of reliability of electrical insulation, which may be exposed to electrical stresses or factors of influence which differ significantly from those considered for insulation design, thus causing possibly even significant life reduction. This pushes once more the need to develop condition monitoring techniques.
      This presentation will focus on general types of waveforms which can be expected in electrical networks, and the relevant challenges in partial discharge, PD, measurements, being PD an acclaimed major cause of insulated-cable premature breakdown. In particular, measurements of PD under power electronics and under DC will be considered.
      Biography
      Gian Carlo Montanari (M’87-SM’90-F’00) is currently associated to the Center for Electromechanics at the university of Texas at Austin. He has been Full Professor of Electrical Technology at the Department of Electrical, , Electronic and Information Engineering of the University of Bologna, teaching courses on Technology, Reliability and Asset Management. He has worked since 1979 in the field of aging and endurance of insulating materials and systems, diagnostics of electrical systems, asset management and innovative electrical materials (magnetics, electrets, super-conductors, nanomaterials). He has been engaged also in the fields of power quality and energy market, power electronics, reliability and statistics of electrical systems, and smart grid. He has been recognized with several awards, including the IEEE Ziu-Yeda, Thomas W. Dakin, Whitehead, Eric Forster and  the IEC 1906 awards. He was founder and President of the spin-off Techimp, established on 1999. He is author or co-author of about 750 scientific papers. He may reached via email at  gcmontanari@utexas.edu
    • 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Break Refreshments / Snacks
    • 3:30 PM – 4:05 PM: “Proposal for a New Interpretative Grid for Diagnostic Tests Based on Dielectric Loss Measurements (VLF Tan Delta and TDDS)”,  Jean-Francois Drapeau, IREQ (Hydro-Quebec Research Institute)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. In that context, and considering the existing guidance provided by IEEE 400.2, the use of classical diagnostic such as VLF Tan Delta does not allow to discriminate between the various types of degradation that may be present. However, research work carried out at IREQ over the last decade has shown that the use of “advanced” VLF Tan Delta criteria has the potential to bring more interpretive information’s (CF. Pres. at ICC Sub F Fall 2017). Furthermore, investigations made with Time Domain Dielectric Spectroscopy (TDDS) over the same period (CF. Pres. at ICC Sub F Spring 2018) has shown a strong potential to bring even more relevant interpretive information’s. Then, when the use of these two sets of new diagnostic parameters are brought together in combination, recent work has shown that the whole situation could become even significantly better in terms of interpretive potential. As a practical outcome, this work has allowed to formulate a first preliminary version of a new interpretive grid which constitutes the main topic of this presentation. The presentation will focus on the description of the new grid and will include several examples of field case applications.
    • 4:05 PM – 4:45 PM:  “In-Service Testing of Long HV Land and Submarine Cable systems”, Hassan H. Younes, Kinectrics, Canada
      This presentation is focused on commissioning testing and partial discharge diagnosis on a long 230kV cable system ~ 51km in length with 31 joints using Six Resonance Testing Systems to achieve 1.7Uo test voltage at 20 – 300Hz for a duration over 60 minutes depending on testing frequency.  A daisy chained partial discharge multiplexing system is connected via multi mode fiber optic cables during the commissioning to monitor, record, and diagnose PD activity on all cable accessories including all joints and terminations simultaneously.
      Bio
      Hassan Younes is a senior engineering and management professional with over 30 years of progressive experience in the High Voltage and Extra High Voltage electrical testing and partial discharge diagnosis and condition assessment of transmission cable systems and substation transformers.
      As a Global Engineering Manager at Kinectrics’ Transmission and Distribution Electrical Testing division, Hassan is responsible for HV & EHV cable testing programs and partial discharge diagnostic activities worldwide.  He has completed many cable commissioning and PD diagnostic testing in Europe, North America, South America, Middle East and Asia. This includes the most jointed AC cable system, the longest onshore AC cable system in Europe, and several submarine export cable systems in the North and Baltic Seas.
      Prior to joining Kinectrics, Hassan acquired decades of applied experience in various engineering and management positions held in the United States.  He has directed a wide range of system and product development programs, including the development of field testing methods such as overhead transmission line thermography analysis.   Hassan has also lead design development and manufacturing teams to implement advanced high voltage testing technologies for a major US utility.
      Hassan currently represents the United States and Canada in various Cigre’ workgroups related to after laying transmission cable commissioning testing and diagnosis using various testing technologies.
      Hassan Younes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, several engineering certifications and has completed numerous specialized professional training courses. He is an active member of the IEEE, ICC, CIGRE, EEI and other technical associations and organizations.
    • 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM:  “Overview and Illustration of Technical Factors Influencing Medium Voltage Cable PD Assessment Outcomes” by  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).

    • 5:10 – 5:15 PM: Wrap – up and adjournmentg
  • Subcommitee G – Transnational Luncheon (Registration Required) – Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 12:15 – 2:00 PM

    • 66kV submarine export cable system from large-scale onshore wind farm at isolated island in Japan, Hideo Tanaka, Furukawa Electric
    • Manufacture and installation of 420 kV cable connection Inner Oslofjord, Mark Stemmle, Nexans High Voltage USA Inc.
    • Limitations of Soak Testing Revealed in 400kV Line tested in Sweden, Don Etheridge, Kinectrics
    • Sheath and armour loss factors of 3-core HV cables-some European thoughts, Georges Anders
    • Italian G7 Presidency 2017: online Partial Discharge condition assessment services guarantee maximum reliability of Medium Voltage power distribution grids, Landry Molimbi, Prysmian Electronics;
    • Supply and termination, testing of inter-array cable of the first offshore wind farm project in Korea, Dongjoo Shin, Taihan
    • Offshore Cables Projects, Wojciech Skoczylas, Jarosław Mikołajczak, TELE-FONIKA Kable
    • Upcoming meetings 2019 /2020, Paul Leufkens
  • Networking Luncheon  (Registration Required) – Monday, April 8, 2019, 12:30 – 2:00 PM

    • Cable Commissioning in Underground Substations, Don Etheridge, Kinectrics
    • ENMAX 138kV Downtown West Transmission Replacement Project, Cheryl Sherma, Nexans
    • Standardized PD tests Performed to the Industry Standards Produce Consistent Results Worldwide, Rene Hummel, IMCORP
    • PD measurements obtained on a HV cable system in Canada, Landry Molimbi, Prysmian
    • Southern California Submarine Sylmar Ground Return System Replacement Project by Mohammad Khajavi and
      Zhiteng(Tom) Yu, Hanhe Cable
  • Educational Program –  Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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

    • 1:00 PM – 1:05 PM, Introduction by Rachel Mosier, PDC, and Jared Jajack, AEP
    • 1:05 PM – 1:30 PM, “Understanding the important difference between heat resistance, flame resistance, and fire resistance with relation to cables” by Gary Savage.
      This presentation introduces fire-rated cables for industrial applications such as Oil/Gas/Petrochemical, Nuclear, and Transit.  The basics of understanding the differences between heat resistance, flame resistance, and fire resistance will be discussed.  The theory of how fire-rated cable insulations work and cable failure mode under fire conditions will be introduced.  Existing or developing IEEE standards for testing fire rated cables also will be presented.  Fire testing furnaces and apparatus will be shown and will be compared and contrasted with other fire testing standards such as existing IEC standards.
      Gary Savage is Manager- Technical Support for the North America Oil & Gas business unit of the Prysmian Group, a major global provider of electrical wire and cable solutions. His duties include providing technical support internally and to users regarding the selection, application, and installation of electrical cables as well as the development of new products and solutions. He received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. He is a Life Member of IEEE, a published author, and an active member of a number of IEEE, API, and IEC specification, and policy writing bodies.
    • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM, “Fire Rated Cable Types, Where They are Used and Why They are Important” by Robert Konnik.  Fire rated cables are used in many Industries from Military ships to Commercial Buildings to Transit Tunnels, Highway Tunnels, and Oil & Gas applications. This presentation will describe various types of fire rated cables from these Industries.  It will also review where these cables are used and why they are important.  Robert Konnik is the Chief Technology Officer of the Marmon Innovation & Technology Group.  NPEC Member, Chair of IEEE 690, Past Chairman of NPEC SC-2, IEEE 383 Chairman, IEEE/IEC 60780-323 Vice Chair, Past Chair of ICC Sub D, IEEE/IEC condition monitoring group member, and member of many other IEEE standards.
    • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, “How to Select and Install Fire-Rated Cables” by Rob Schmidt. Selecting Fire Rated cables depends on the applications they are intended to serve. Some fires develop faster than other depending on the fuel source, so fittingly the level of stringency of the fire performance standard adopted for the application should follow suit with how the fire may be expected to develop. Many Standards and Codes call for minimum fire ratings and spell out what fire test to perform. Cables should be selected based on the demands of the type of equipment they are providing circuitry to. Critical to survival of the cable is the system of components used to install the cable. This can be as simple as a securing bolt, a cable strap, or the support distance. There are installation guides available to aid in the design process and to help better understand some critical components. Fires are very dynamic in nature and each one is unique. Selecting the right cable is an important first step, but equally important to the survivability of the cable is the proper installation of the complete fire resistive cable system. This presentation sheds some light on important factors to consider for the selection and installation of fire resistive cable systems. Robert Schmidt has 10 years of experience at RSCC Wire and Cable.  He is the Engineering Manager for Fire Safety Products at RSCC.  He has a BSEE and an MBA.
    • 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM, “Fire Resistive Testing – Nuclear” by Gabriel Taylor.  Nuclear facilities have hundreds of miles of electrical cable used to power, control and monitor various safety and non-safety related systems.  Electrical cables provide a vital role in the operation of a facility, but are also a vulnerability when ignited or damaged by fire.  Fire resistive testing standards and protocols provides assurance that cables and components can perform their mission under severe fire conditions.  Examples of fire resistive tests and application will be given, along with any associated regulatory footprint.
      Gabriel Taylor is a Senior Fire Protection Engineer in the Division of Risk Analysis in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Gabe received his Bachelors of Science degree in electrical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004 and a Master’s of Science in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland in 2012.  Since 2007, he has focused on research related to fire safety.  His primary responsibilities are managing fire research projects to support fire probabilistic risk assessment method development in the areas of smoke detection, heat release rate, and circuit failure mode likelihood analysis.  Currently he is managing research focused on characterizing the hazards of long duration high energy arcing faults.
    • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, “Fire Resistive Testing – Not all fires have the same fuel” by James Conrad.  This presentation will give an overview of the different fire testing methods and standards for circuit integrity cables.
      James Conrad is the Technical Manager for the Marmon Innovation & Technology Group.  With over 20 years in the wire and cable industry, James has been a leader and innovator in the world of Circuit Integrity Cables.  He is the Chairman of the Electrical Task Groups for NFPA 130 (Standard for Fixed Guideway and Passenger Rail Systems) and NFPA 502 (Standard for Road Tunnels, Bridges, and other Limited Access Highways). In addition James serves on the CMP 13 of NFPA 70 (National Electric Code).