Thursday, October 22, 2015
The 2015 Electrical Transmission and Substation (ETS) Structures Congress "Grid Modernization - Technical Challenges and Innovative Solutions," September 27 - October 1, 2016, in Branson, Missouri, was a huge success. More than 1200 transmission and substation engineers from 15 countries participated in this triennial event to learn what it takes to design, build, maintain, and secure a global grid for the 21st century. They enjoyed a high-quality program, connecting with colleagues in the sold-out Exhibit Hall and social/networking events, and an outdoor power line construction equipment demo day.
The week started with a panel discussion on "Storm Hardening, Resilience and Security Issues for Utilities." At the Opening Plenary U.S. Congressman David McKinley, P.E., F.ASCE (R-WV 1st District), one of two professional engineers in Congress, addressed the assembly on "An Engineer's Approach to Common Sense Regulations." Maureen Borkowski, President of Ameren Transmission Company, gave the keynote on "FERC Order 1000 from a Utility's Perspective," ASCE President Mark Woodson, P.E., L.S., D.WRE, F.ASCE spoke on "Infrastructure's Role in Economic Prosperity," and Douglas C. Sherman, P.E., M.ASCE was presented with the 2015 Gene Wilhoite Innovations in Transmission Line Engineering Award. Three days of sessions on developing innovative solutions for technical challenges were capped with an update on developments with ASCE standards.
Thank you to the participants, Chair Otto Lynch and Steering Committee, Sponsors, Exhibitors, and staff for making it such a great event, and see you in Atlanta for ETS 2018.
Read Marlon Vogt's blog post about this specialty conference.