When it comes to the electric power industry, there is nothing bigger than the IEEE Power and Energy Society Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition held May 2-5, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. This year’s theme, “Go Big,” highlights the status of this leading industry event that combines new ideas, new technologies, and new products in one event.
In what has become the largest opening reception to date, former professional football player-turned-entrepreneur Emmitt Smith began the event on the Dallas Cowboys’ home turf. Visitors had the opportunity to see the team locker rooms and watch presentations on a record-breaking 72-foot-tall video screen, all while getting to know other professionals within the industry.
2016 Conference Format
Booth after booth of products and services prepared for the steady stream of visitors. When not browsing booths and making relevant industry connections, conference-goers had the opportunity to visit a multitude of panels.
The format for this year included a range of sessions that varied from intensive super sessions and poster sessions to educational tracks, exhibitor info sessions, professional development and continuing education, and hundreds of manufacturer’s booths that shared state-of-the-art equipment and tech.
Session topics included:
- * Energy and the environment
- * Energy storage systems
- * Flexible AC transmission systems
- * Electric vehicles
- * Innovations in transmission line design
- * Protection and control
- * Asset management
- * Operations and maintenance
Sessions and Panels
Info sessions at the IEEE PES conference enabled exhibitors to answer questions and demonstrate new products, while special interest sessions provided a closer look at complicated issues. “Plain talk” courses were geared to helping attendees get a better feel for the more technical parts of the electric power industry, no matter their background. These practical courses shed light on the questions and concerns that face engineers, regulators, and consumer groups.
A new addition to the conference, the CEO roundtable, brought together senior executives to chat about the “independent distribution system operator” (IDSO or just DSO) and discuss related issues.
Engineering students had the opportunity to discover more about the electric power industry. Events included a student poster contest, a guided tour of the exhibit hall, and an informative tour of the most cutting edge microgrid in the country, the Oncor Electric Delivery’s Technology Demonstration & Education Center (TDEC). A luncheon, followed by an executive panel, shared advice regarding a career in the field.
Those who planned ahead took advantage of technical tour programs developed to show conference attendees modern tech at work. Tour sites included locales like Sabre Industries’ Transmission Structure Testing, Lockheed Martin, AT&T Stadium and the BNSF Network Operations Center.
The engineering ethics course, “Professional Engineering Practice Ethics,” proved popular at this year’s conference. Executive Director of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, Lance Kinney spoke. Attendees received a certificate that meets the standard ethics requirements for most states.
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