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2015 Seminar Registration and Sponsor Registration is now open.

Technical &
Operations Seminar

May 7-8, 2015

Hood River Inn, Hood River, OR

Mark Your Calendar for the 2015 Technical & Operations Seminar - Hood River, OR, May 7-8, 2015


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.


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Registration Member Non-Member
Registration Through April 23rd $175 $225
Registration After April 23nd $225 $275
Tour $30 $30
Cancellations Through April 30th $75 Admin Fee $75 Admin
Cancellations After April 30th Nonrefundable nonrefundable
Sponsor $750 Includes Exhibit and 1 Registration
Exhibit Space $500 Includes 1 Registration

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
TEL: (425) 327-1967

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