Engineering & Operations Conference and Expo

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May 18 - 19, 2020

Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center 
(1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701)

 

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Join your colleagues and industry partners for 1.5 days of educational sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities at NEPPA's Engineering & Operations Conference and Expo being held Monday, May 18, 2020 - Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, Framingham, MA.

 

***NEW THIS YEAR:  NOW including Customer Service Track***

 

Agenda

(agenda details are still being finalized and are subject to change) 

 

EO Conference Tracks

 

Operations Track    |    Management Track    |    Engineering Track    |    Customer Service Track 

 

 

Monday, May 18, 2020 
7:30 AM           Registration, Continental Breakfast & Exhibitor Move-in

 

8:30 AM           General Session - The Impact of an Injury - "What are you Risking"

by Gary Norland & his wife Jeanne 

It was a Friday afternoon and Gary was at work trying to get his job done, but his focus was on other things. His wife Jeanne was working, trying to wrap up her week when a co-worker told her that there had been an accident and Gary was going to the hospital. What she didn’t know was Gary took 12,500 volts, 200 amps to his right ear and then to the back of his head.

In a split second their lives drastically changed. That was over 25 years and roughly 70 surgeries ago. Now, Gary and Jeanne share a message that focuses on the impact of the choices he made. Through their story, you will see how a lack of focus can change everything.

They have shared their story with employers and employees all over Canada and the US, and their message is simple. You can speak up and you should speak up when it comes to safety. You deserve a life without experiencing unnecessary tragedy.

 9:30 AM           Break

9:45 AM           Breakout Sessions

 

management  MANAGEMENT TRACK

Transmission Cost 

 

operations  OPERATIONS TRACK

OSHA Standards & Compliance Panel

 

This panel session will ask a series of questions about OSHA standards and compliance as it relates to the electric utility industry and will have an open Q&A session as well.

 

engineering  ENGINEERING TRACK

Bitcoin & Blockchain - Effect on Utilities

by Prakash Santhana, Managing Director Deloitte Transactions & Business Analytics, LLP

 

Customer Service iconCUSTOMER SERVICE TRACK

                  Mindful Thinking - The Skills to Free Yourself When Stress Takes Over

                  by Jon Wortmann, thoughtLEADERS, LLC

 

Stress, which can drive us crazy, is actually a valuable signal from our brain. This workshop teaches how to reduce, manage, and recover from stress faster and with intention.

  

10:45 AM            Break & Exhibit Hall Opens

11:00 AM            Breakout Sessions

 

management  MANAGEMENT TRACK

Best Pratices - Utility Arborist Association 

by Amy Murray, Davey

 

operations  OPERATIONS TRACK

Spacer Cable Systems - Installation, Operations & Maintenance Discussion

by Ted Gardner, Technical Manager, Hendrix Aerial Cable Systems & Molded

 

engineering  ENGINEERING TRACK

Behind the Meter Generation to Calculate Network Load & ISO

by David Cavanaugh, ENE

 

Customer Service iconCUSTOMER SERVICE TRACK

                  Conflict Resolution - Focusing on the Customer

                  by Jon Wortmann, thoughtLEADERS, LLC

 

The customer is not always right, and we have to manage conflict with intention and poise. How? This workshop invites a new attitude and the specific techniques that transform customers from angry to partners in solving their problems.

 

 

12:00 PM           Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

 

 2:00 PM            Breakout Sessions/Demos

 

management MANAGEMENT TRACK

Commonwealth Fusion Center - Massachusetts Cybersecurity Program 

by Sergeant Brian Gavioli, Massachusetts State Police.

 

operations OPERATIONS TRACK

NERC Distributed Energy and the Impacts on the UFLS Program

by Brian Robinson, Utility Services 

 

engineering  ENGINEERING TRACK

Understanding Moisture Transformers  

by Thomas Prevost, VP Innovation and R&D - Weidmann Electrical Technology 

 

 Customer Service iconCUSTOMER SERVICE TRACK

                  Changing Work Place Ethics/ Different Generations 

                  by Dierdre Lawrence, Duncan & Allen 

 

3:00 PM           Raffle Drawing in Exhibit Hall

 

3:30 PM            Adjourn & Exhibitor Breakdown/Load Out

 

3:00 PM           Mutual Aid Committee Meeting 

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 
7:30 AM           Breakfast 

8:30 AM           Breakout Sessions

 

management MANAGEMENT TRACK

GM/ GF Roundtable:
What are the things that keep you up at night? What are your plans if a catastrophic event happens? Are you ready? 

Facilitated by Ken Stone, BELD

 

operations  OPERATIONS TRACK: SAFETY SUMMIT

Switching & Tagging - Transmission vs. Distribution?

by TBD .

 

engineering  ENGINEERING TRACK

Engineering Roundtable/ TBD 

by TBD 

 

 9:00 AM           NEPPA Board of Directors Meeting

 

 9:30 AM           Break 

 

 9:45 AM            Breakout Sessions

 

operations  OPERATIONS TRACK

TBD  

by TBA 

 

engineering  ENGINEERING TRACK

Engineering Roundtable/ TBD

 

11:00 AM           Conference Adjourns

 

If you would like a Printable Agenda: Click Here

 

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Registration

Please click on the link to register online or download the appropriate forms below.

 

Attendee registration    Exhibitor registration  Sponsor registration

 

Click here to download the Attendee Registration Form.

 

Click here to download the Exhibitor Registration Form.

 

Click here to download the Sponsor Registration Form.

 

 

Lodging

If you need overnight accommodations, please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation.  Be sure to mention the Northeast Public Power Association or NEPPA to get the negotiated rate.  Rooms and rates are held until Friday, April 24, 2020.

Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center  - $149/night + tax
1657 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701
(800) 325-3535

 

You may also make your reservations online at:  Book your group rate for NEPPA Engineering & Operations Conference

 

Questions? Please call the office at (978) 540-2200 or email Wendy Esche, Director of Marketing, Communications & Events at wesche@neppa.org.