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2014 Seminar Registration and Sponsor Registration is now open.

Technical &
Operations Seminar

May 15-16, 2014

Wenatchee Convention Center,  Wenatchee, WA

Mark Your Calendar for the 2015 Technical & Operations Seminar - Hood River, OR, May 5-6, 2015


2014 Technical & Operations Seminar

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

Wenatchee Convention Center
121 N. Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee, WA 98801

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.

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Registration Member Non-Member
Registration Through May 2nd $175 $225
Registration After May 2nd $225 $275
Tour $30 $30
Cancellations Through May 9th $75 Admin Fee $75 Admin
Cancellations After May 9th Nonrefundable nonrefundable
Sponsor $750 Includes 1 Registration
Exhibit Space $500 Includes 1 Registration

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2013 Technical Seminar Presentations:

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

Below are presentations given at the 2013 Technical Seminar held on May 23-24, 2013. Click on the presentation name to download and view the presentation.

Agenda [ PDF ]

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Smith Creek: Efforts and Experiences Addressing Pelton Cavitation
Dalen Willhite, EWEB

Laser Tracker Application in Hydro:
Bear Swamp Rebuild FARO
Ontario Power Case Study
FARO Laser Tracker Overview
Russian API and LPT
Garrett Smith, ED&T Corp.

Generator Maintenance Testing
Howard Moudy, National Electric Coil

In-Situ Francis Turbine Blade Replacement Due to Gross Cavitation
Steven Potter, Voith Hydro

Oil Water Separator Refitted with High-Efficiency Separation Media
Kirby Mohr, Mohr Separations Research, Inc.

Box Canyon Turbine and Electrical Upgrades
Don Jarrett, McMillen LLC

Concrete Maintenance, Inspection, and Repair Techniques
Jason McLauchlin, PCL Construction Services

High Pressure Hydraulics – Bearing Puller Safety
Rob King, SPX Hydraulic Technologies

Rough Load Zone Characterization
Garrett Smith, ED&T Corp.

Crane Load Testing and Monitoring
Ed Arias and Jim Bentley, Water Weights, Inc.

QA/QC for Purchasing Chinese Equipment
John Zhang, JHP and Associates, Inc.

Arc Flash: Utility Application and Case Study
Ryan Cook, Seattle City Light

Friday, May 24, 2013

Safety Program - Federal OSHA Update
Randy White, OSHA

Learning from a Near Miss Incident
Bruce Meaker, PE Principal Engineer, PUD No.1 of Snohomish County

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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