TechCon 2019 Schedule

Monday, February 18, 2019
5:30pm-7:00pm Badges & Beer Reception

Attendees are invited to pick up badges, satchels, and conference information at the Badges & Beer Reception. Mingle with fellow delegates and presenters while enjoying complimentary beer, sponsored by Dynamic Ratings.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Welcome Address by Katie Speirs of San Diego Gas & Electric

General Sessions:

A holistic approach to becoming a data-driven utility. Presented by John McDonald of GE-Grid Solutions.

A primer on Cybersecurity - doing business in the cloud and how to drive simplicity without sacrificing security.  Presented by Dino DiMarino of Mimecast.

Challenges of an Evolving Electric Grid. Presented by Chris Root of Velco.

Improving situational and operational awareness while reducing risk on substation transformers. Presented by Tara-Lee MacArthur of Ergon and Brian Sparling of Dynamic Ratings.

Panel Sessions:

Lessons learned in development of Condition Based Monitoring programs.  Presented by Byron Shovlain of San Diego Gas & Electric.

Duke Energy's transmission HRM is going live in 2019.  What have we learned. Presented by David Wallach of Duke Energy.

Lessons learned in Asset Management. Presented by Carey Schneider of AEP.

Lessons learned in the deployment of Assets Health Program. Presented by Edward Dukat of SRP.

Training Tracks:

Time optimized transformer testing. Presented by Charles Sweetser, OMICRON Electronics USA

Dynamic Ratings Users Group hosted by Brian Sparling, Tony Picagli & Tony Pink

Special Events:

Welcome Reception at Sea World.  Sponsored by ABB & A-Line E.D.S.

A round of Golf sponsored by GE

Terminal to Tarmac Tour at San Diego International Airport

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Suncrest Substation:  The project that moved mountains. Presented by John Jenkins of San Diego Gas & Electric.

General Sessions:

Risk Assessment of Lithium-Ion based energy storage systems. Presented by Sujit Purushothaman of FM Global.

Performing internal inspections on oil filled power transformers with a submersible inspection robot. Presented by Craig Stiegemeier of ABB.

Cost effective means of monitoring distribution systems while maintaining optimal levels of reliability. Presented by Chris Rutledge of Memphis Light, Gas & Water.

Vacuum Technology as an SF6 alternative. Presented by Arben Bufi of Hitachi.

g-3: A breakthrough technology. Presented by Yannick Kieffel of GE-Grid Solutions.

Dymanic overload guide. Presented by Yuri Rossino of Siemens.

Updates on the new version of C57.147.  Presented by Patrick McShane of Cargill.

The growth of substation maintenance practices in the Wind Industry. Presented by Chris Petroia of ACCIONA.

Optimizing maintenance and replacement decisions of high voltage assets. Presented by Kevin Chong & Stuart Nell of Rio Timto Australia.

Training Tracks:

SF6 Analysis and Interpretation for Condition Based Maintenance presented by Dave Hanson, TJH2b Analytical Services.

Breakers: Imspection and maintenance essentials. Presneted by Anthony Picagli, Dymanic Ratings & Chris Rutledge of MLGW.

All Things Bushings – How and Why? Presented by David Geibel, ABB Group & Arturo Del Rio, Siemens.

Reinhausen Manufacturing: Hands-On Transformer Maintenance and OLTC Training. Presented by Nick Pratt and Bernhard Kurth, Reinhausen Manufacturing.

Special Event:

Dinner Gala:  Dress to impress for the highly anticipated Dinner Gala held on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. Sponsored by Siemens.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

General Sessions:

Applying SFRA and leakage reactance measurements to Power Transformers. Presented by Charles Sweetser of Omicron.

Study & avoidance of explosions in power transformers. Presented by Ashwin Padmanaban of Transformer Protector.

The value of regular continuity testing. Presented by Chris Shaw, Stephen Palmer, Keith Wallace of Safearth.

Monitoring and maintaining On-Load Tap Changers. Presented by Jeff Ames of Normandy Machine.

Training Tracks:

Power Transformers 101 Fundamentals & Power Transformers 102 Advanced presented by Jim McIver, Siemens

The Duval Triangle and Pentagon: Hands On Training. Presnted by Dr. Michel Duval of Hydro-Quebec.

Maximize productivity with better lubrication practices. Presented by Sarabel Amador-Nelson of First Power Group.


Special Events:

Interactive Roundtables:

Contamination Control Bushings, hosted by David Geibel of ABB & Arturo Del Rio of Siemens.

Futuristic Assets. Hosted by John McDonald of GE.