Beca to present six papers at the 2016 Electricity Engineers’ Association conference

Our team is amped up to present six technical papers at the 2016 Electricity Engineers' Association Conference (EEA2016) on 22-24 June in Wellington. The theme is 'Shaping the Future'- addressing the challenges faced by the electricity supply industry, best practice today and tomorrow, changing customer demand, and the technologies and innovations that we can use to shape our industry.

Our presenters' abstracts are outlined below.

'Transforming Fresh Graduates into Capable Engineering for New Zealand's Future Electricity Industry': Rui Ding (Senior Protection Engineer - Power)

Electricity companies face an on-going challenge to recruit suitable talent. Current graduate training programmes generally focus on training post-placement, with little done to familiarise students with the types of roles available in the industry, nor the type of training, experience and personal traits they will need to thrive there. This presentation will identify several matters that contribute to the challenges faced by graduates and the industry and methods to tackle these challenges.

Details: Wednesday 22 June, 4.30pm, Room 1. 'Human Resources - Capability/Safety.'

'Coping with Black Swans: The Prudent Management of the Highly Improbable': Eric Wolters (Business Director - Power) & Richard Donnelly (Senior Asset Performance Consultant - Valuations)

In this new environment of care and accountability, it is probably not business-as-usual risks that will keep us awake at night, but rather the things we don't know about: the hidden vulnerabilities in our infrastructure, systems and practices that expose us to the possibility (however unlikely) of disruption, injury or loss of life. In this presentation we'll discuss several examples of High Impact, Low Probability (HILP) events, sometimes referred to as 'Black Swan' events; and a suggested methodology to manage them.

Details: Thursday 23 June, 10am, Room 2. 'Future Perspectives/Influences.'

'Enabling safe construction in the vicinity of live HV equipment using staged 3D modelling': Harsharan Singh (Power Systems Engineer) & Kerry Jenkins (Senior Associate - Power Systems Engineering)

The Hawera Substation upgrade project involved the replacement of a 60 year old corroded 110 kV lattice steel gantry structures and the uprating of the 110 kV strung bus. The work had to be undertaken in the vicinity of live lines feeding Whareroa and Kupe. This presentation will address the challenges of the staged construction approach from a designer's point of view. It provides an insight into the development and benefits of a robust staged construction sequence which takes into account new technology, safety, outages, maintaining contingency and constructability.

Details: Thursday 23 June, 2.30pm, Room 4. 'Asset Management - Support Structures.'

'Implementing Large Scale Design - The Richmond Terminal Station Experience': David Van Bergen (Power Engineer)

Richmond Terminal Station is an AusNet Services owned and operated site which supplies electricity to the city of Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs. It is one of the most heavily loaded terminal stations in the Melbourne metropolitan area and plays a crucial role in servicing over 118,000 customers. With aging assets that have reached the end of their economic life, the station will be completely redeveloped from Air Insulated Switchgear to Gas Insulated Switchgear. This presentation will look at some of the techniques used to complete the Secondary and Protection Setting design and the challenges of implementing large scale design.

Details: Thursday 23 June, 4.30pm, Room 2. 'Asset Management.'

'Distributed Generation in Industrial and Building Networks': Daniel Yuen (Senior Power Systems Engineer)

Small capacity generators are common in industrial and building networks such as data centres, hospitals, airports and universities. While traditionally these generators have been solely used for backup of essential loads during loss of utility mains, there is an increasing trend to design for distributed generation (DG) electrical networks. This presentation aims to highlight the different issues which will act as trigger points for design of DG.

Details: Thursday 23 June, 4.30pm, Level 2 - TSB Arena. 'Generation.'

‘Calculating the optimal number of critical spares needed to meet performance targets’: Eric Wolters (Beca Business Director – Power) & Nick Wyatt (Delta Utility Services Ltd)

Delta Utility Services Ltd manages the assets of Aurora Energy in Dunedin and Central Otago. Delta employed Beca to prepare a critical spares policy, devise a model to quantify asset criticality and calculate the optimal number of spares it should hold. This presentations will describe the overarching principles that were applied, the model that was developed to quantify criticality, how the required asset information was gathered and utilised, and the outcome.

Details: Friday 24 June, 10.30am, Room 3. 'Stores Management/Green Grid.'

For more information about the EEA2016 conference visit www.eea.co.nz