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April 7-8, 2016

Pasco, Washington

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2015 Technical & Operations Seminar

Machines, Maintenance, and Management:
Keeping Hydro Facilities Up and Running

NWHA Technical Seminars offer the engineers, electricians, mechanics, operators and technicians servicing the hydroelectric industry a forum to discuss and learn about the arts and issues of their work which is fundamental to the Northwest quality of life.

Click here for the 2015 Technical & Operations Seminar Agenda.

2015 Technical & Operations Seminar Presentations


Bruce Meaker – NWHA Tech Seminar Chair

Tainter Gate Trunnion Frictional Testing
Robert Gordon - Seattle City Light

Oil Analysis Overview
Ambrose Hughey – ALS Tribology

Wynoochee Hydro Unit Rehabilitation
Bill Fay - Tacoma Power

To Integrate or Not To Integrate: That Is The Question
Roger Clarke-Johnson – American Governor

TTTTPPPP - Trials and Tribulations of Transformers and Turbines at a Pesky Peaking Power Plant
Tyler Nice and Dalen Willhite – Eugene Water and Electric Board

Increasing Generation Efficiency through Economic Load Allocation and Water Management
Rosendo Papilla – Emerson Electric

How Governors Work
Parveen Rathee – Governor Control Systems

Lower Baker Powerhouse Unit No. 4 – Startup, Commissioning, and Efforts to Resolve Vibration & Performance Issues on a New Hydro Installation
Shane Richards – Puget Sound Energy

Generator Upgrades II
Howard Moudy - National Electric Coil

Generator Maintenance: Assessments and Repairs
Nicolas Dehlinger – ALSTOM

Small Hydro Turbine Removal and Rehab
Bill Fay - Tacoma Power

Extend the Life and Reliability of Circuit Breakers and Switches through Lubrication: When, Why and How
Phillip Serna – Sigma Six Solutions

Near-miss Incidents
Bruce Meaker – Meaker Associates Inc.

NHA’s Operational Excellence Program
Jim Miller – Signal Mountain Consultants


Federal / State OSHA Update

Resource materials from past conferences and seminars can be viewed in the Archive.

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2014 Technical & Operations Seminar 2014 Technical & Operations Seminar Wells Dam Tour

2014 Technical Seminar Presentations:

Machines, Maintenance, and Management: Keeping Hydro Facilities Up and Running
Below are presentations given at the 2014 Technical Seminar held on May 15-16, 2014. Click on the presentation name to download and view the presentation.

Click here to download 2014 Technical & Operations Seminar Agenda.

General Sessions: Wenatchee Convention Center


8:00 Welcome
Bruce Meaker – NWHA Tech Seminar Chair

8:05 Construction of Baker Powerhouse #4
Jason McLauchlin - PCL Construction Services

8:35 Welding I – Procedures
Steven Potter – Voith Hydro Services

9:05 Welding II – Process
Steven Potter – Voith Hydro Services

9:35 Hydro’s Contribution to Grid Stability
Roger Clarke-Johnson – American Governor

10:30 Hydraulic Modeling to Aid TDG Abatement at Boundary and Cabinet Gorge
Joe Orlins - Alden Labs

11:00 TDG Abatement at Cabinet Gorge
Guy Paul – AVISTA Utilities

11:20 Water Stop at Wanapum Dam
Steve Waring – Emagineered Solutions

1:00 Fiber Reinforced Polymer Upgrades for Large Pipelines
Anna Pridmore - Structural Technologies

1:35 Generator Upgrades
Howard Moudy - National Electric Coil

2:10 Rehabilitation of Horizontal Francis Turbines and Generators
Joe Lumetzberger – Precision Machine and Supply, Inc.

3:00 Spillway Gate Hoist Machinery Rehabilitation and Replacement
Stephen Meicke – HDR Engineering Inc.

3:30 Switchgear Maintenance
Jim Bowers - Sigma Six

4:00 Utilization of Electric Actuators in HPP's
Dr. Zoya Shavlovich and Herman Sanchez – Emerson Process Management

4:30 TSV By-Pass O-Ring Failure
Martin Bradley – Machinery Installation

 FRIDAY, May 16

8:30 Safety Program  Federal / State OSHA Update 
Dale Cavanaugh, PE

Near Miss Incidents
Bruce Meaker

Technical Operations Committee

Committee Overview

The Operations and Maintenance Committee has been dedicated over the years to providing an opportunity for hydropower facility operators to receive technical training and to network on mutual issues. Contact NWHA staff for more information.

The NWHA Operations & Maintenance Committee provide annual seminars on technical operations. Project operators share in-the-field experience and problem-solving techniques.


Bruce Meaker
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