Webinars

PDi2 sponsors a range of webinars every year on topics that impact how we look at infrastructure decisions.

Please feel free to suggest topics that are of interest to you.


 

Georgia Power’s Large-Scale Grid Investment Plan – May 8, 2024

Learn about Georgia Power’s strategy for selecting the internal and external resources to execute the challenging scope and schedule of the Grid Investment Program. Explore how Georgia Power measures the success of each aspect of this complex program. Finally, allow Georgia Power to share their roadmap for the future for customers and the communities they serve.


San Diego Floods & UG Systems Resiliency – Feb. 28, 2024

San Diego experienced massive flooding in January in what some called the 1000 year flood event. It was a High Impact, Low Probability (HILP) event that helps to define what resilience means in the electric utility industry. How did the massive flooding impact San Diego Gas & Electric’s customers especially those with underground services? Learn about the flooding challenges and operational successes from SDG&E and truth about (underwater) cable performance from industry leader and PDi2 member, IMCORP, in this fast paced and very timely webinar LIVE from DistribuTECH 2024.


Your Mileage May Vary-Undergrounding Distribution LinesAug. 30, 2023 

The ever-evolving energy landscape that includes widespread electrification, changing customer needs and a need to weatherize existing assets on the power grid calls for proactive investment across all grid components. Successful grid investment plans that aim to make the grid adaptable and resilient in the face of both low and high impact events often include the diversification of power delivery assets, especially between overhead and underground facilities. While large scale multi-year distribution grid reliability or resiliency programs that involve the installation of underground facilities are commonplace, it is not easy to find a playbook for successful implementation of these programs. Lessons learned and observed trends should continually inform and improve any large project or program. This seminar aims to discuss risks and potential mitigation strategies across different stages of the lifecycle of a distribution project involving the installation of underground lines. While a sound engineering design is one of the critical components, practical knowledge of potential issues is imperative to execute each project successfully.


 

NOT Your Grandparents’ GridJun. 20, 2023

Massive electrification and the coming DER integration demands of FERC 2222 require a stronger, more robust, reliable, and resilient electric grid. Not your grandparents’ grid that was designed in the 1950s and 60s. So, why are you still using decades-old standards and specifications?

This webinar challenges the antiquated, “old school” means and methods of underground design and construction, with new ideas for a 21st-century grid that will improve your projects and advance your career.


 

Driving Down O&M Costs with Underground Line SensorsNov. 10, 2022

Monitoring underground distribution feeders with line sensors is a proven way to improve reliability metrics such as outage duration. In addition, there are significant O&M cost savings to consider.


 

Plasma Drilling for Rapid Electric Underground – Sept. 7, 2022

EarthGrid is developing a patented plasma drill that will significantly change how underground electric T&D systems are planned, designed and constructed. Learn how plasma drilling works, cost projections for underground utility tunnels, and the revolutionary vision that EarthGrid has for the future of our industry.


 

Underground Cable Installation and Conduit DesignAug. 4, 2022

Advancements in Underground Equipment TechnologiesJune 29, 2022

On-Demand Webinar: Commissioning Test Best Practices to Ensure 21st Century Cable System Reliability & LongevityMay 24, 2022

Reimagined MicrogridsMarch 24, 2022


 

This webinar series with T&D World explores the 21st-Century Costs of Undergrounding. Each webinar is co-sponsored by one of our member companies. Find a list of dates and topics below. Check back for updates, registration links, and access to archived webinars.

Underground Construction StrategiesMay 26, 2021

Co-sponsor: Haugland Energy

Description: Once papers are signed, life is given to a project. From there, the process from engineering to construction is a long road; often the two are viewed as separate paths, but coordination and communication throughout them is key to a project’s success.

Thinking Ahead for the Next 100 Years: Underground SolutionsJune 30, 2021

Co-sponsor: Centuri

Description: Utility companies are challenged with the ever-present need for continuous preparation and response requirements to high-impact and low-probability events, mostly weather-related. Historically, these events have increased for the past fifteen years. Specific to the past five years, there has been a sharp increase, and 2020 was a record events/costly year.

Centuri invites you to “think ahead” about how to dramatically improve electric system reliability and resiliency by driving the cost out of underground solutions. We will discuss how effective resiliency programs are able to proactively harden the system power grid in a capitalized, strategic, cost-effective manner.

Learn about the opportunity to be proactive and reduce total time to restoration for customer outages, while improving regulatory performance metrics and enhancing the public image. Explore the practical applications that deliver value…every day.

Reliable Underground Insulation Systems for Cost Effective Transmission, Distribution, and Renewable Energy ConnectionsJuly 28, 2021

Co-sponsor: Borealis

Description: Strategic undergrounding offers a solution for increased reliability and resiliency of transmission and distribution systems. Join this webinar on July 28 to discuss insulation materials from Borealis with proven in-service track records to enable reliable solutions for applications of distribution and transmission voltages through 500 kV, as well as offshore wind generation and HVDC transmission.

Cable Systems for the Future of Underground Transmission in North AmericaAugust 25, 2021

One innovative approach to integrate extruded cable technology in existing pipe-type cable infrastructure.

Co-sponsor: Southwire, G&W Electric

Description: 69 kV through 345 kV class high-pressure fluid-filled cable systems – also known as pipe-type cable systems – have reliably delivered power to North American metropolitan areas for decades. As an estimated 3,000 – 3,600 circuit miles of this oil-filled underground infrastructure reach end-of-life, stakeholders – asset managers, manufacturers, construction companies, and the public – are looking for different options to maintain reliable power delivery at a reasonable cost while mitigating any negative aspects of maintenance and conversion activities.

You will learn about one emerging solution – the development of novel cable systems which combine well-known and reliable pipe-type components with customized extruded insulation systems and elastomeric stress control parts for joints and terminations.
The webinar is co-sponsored and moderated by PDi2, an organization of suppliers, consultants and stakeholders promoting the long-term value of undergrounding the electric grid.

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Ben Lanz

Director of Applications Engineering, Osmose
Chair/Voting Member PDi2

After 20 years in the power cable industry, Mr. Lanz currently holds the position of Director of Applications Engineering at Osmose and has technical oversight of power cable life cycle consulting. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, a voting member of the IEEE Standards Society, and a member of the IEEE Dielectrics and Industrial Applications Societies. He has served as Chairman of the Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC) technical committees responsible for cable testing, cable reliability and surge arresters, Chairman of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) O&M Balance of Plant technical subcommittee, a UL technical study committee member for MV and HV DC cables and is a reviewer and voting pool member for InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA) standards. Mr. Lanz received his electrical engineering degree from the University of Connecticut (UCONN) under mentorship of Director of the Institute of Material Science Electrical Insulation Research Center (EIRC), Dr. Matthew Mashikian. He has published over a dozen papers on power system reliability, asset management, and diagnostics and regularly presents on the topics.

Monica Perez-Therese joined ABB in 2013 and is the Senior Director, Market Development, for the Installation Products division.

Throughout Monica’s career, she has held leadership positions both supplying electric utilities and working for electric utilities, including Prysmian Group (formerly General Cable), Ericsson, Bell Microproducts, Eversource and Exelon. In these positions, Monica has worked with the North American, Latin American and European markets traveling extensively to these geographies.

Monica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University (Summa Cum Laude) and a Master’s degree in Power Engineering from The George Washington University. She is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and is bilingual (English and Spanish).

Monica is an avid soccer fan of Spain’s “La Liga”, UEFA’s Champion’s League and FIFA’s World Cup.

Monica Perez-Therese

ABB Installation Products
Executive Board/Voting Member PDi2

Mr. Fluharty is a third generation utility contractor and has been developing large, complex electrical projects for the last 15 years. His leadership and vision in the underground construction sector in pipeline, broadband and electrical, gives him a unique perspective on the industry from a lot of different perspectives.

Mr. Fluharty is a board member of the Power and Communications Contractor Association (PCCA), and the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) and Vice chairman of the Common Ground Alliance.

John W Fluharty, II is currently working as part of Troy Companies, LLC providing expertise in the underground electric industry.

John W. Fluharty, II

The Troy Companies, LLC
Chair/Voting Member PDi2

Matt Spalding is the VP of Commercial Development at Quanta Infrastructure Solutions Group, LLC (QISG) (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quanta Services), one of the largest end-to-end solutions provider in North America for the power and infrastructure industry. Mr. Spalding’s electrical power industry experience spans almost 40 years with exceptionally broad leadership expertise from President/COO, R&D Core Team Leader, International Sales, Marketing, Product Management, Business Development, and Standards Engineering. He holds fifteen patents for electrical power devices, materials, and manufacturing. Mr. Spalding has dedicated the majority of his career improving LV, MV, HV & EHV underground systems with reliability through better component design, training and standards development. He has accomplished this through his roles and active participation in IEEE, ICC, and craft skills training organizations.

QISG offers the full spectrum of service capabilities that critical infrastructure owners need to design, build, operate, and maintain vital networks. QISG’s turnkey service capabilities provide our customers with efficiency, consistency, attention-to-detail, and safe execution. The QISG team brings together Engineering, Safety, Quality, Material Procurement, QA/QC, Right-of-Way Acquisition, Scheduling, Environmental Planning, Permitting, and Title & Land Management expertise that ensure outstanding results for our clients.

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Quanta Services
Executive Board/Voting Member PDi2

Donna has over 30 years of experience in the wire and cable industry. Throughout her career, she has held several roles within sales and marketing and has led or contributed to many projects within Southwire and its various business segments (Electrical Distribution, International, OEM and Utility). She has supplier experience with Utility Direct and Utility Distribution sales models.

Donna serves on the USMA Board and is on the NAAUD Supplier Advisory Council. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama.

Donna Ward

Southwire

Executive Board/Voting Member PDI2

Donna is Vice President, Utility Sales and Commercial Marketing for Southwire, one of North America’s leading manufacturers of wire and cable and a diversified electrical business. In her current role, she leads strategy development and execution, inside and outside sales, commercial marketing and business analytics for Southwire’s Utility business as the company seeks to remain generationally-sustainable for the next 100 years and beyond.

William maintains an active role within the wire and cable industry. He is currently Past President of ICEA (Insulated Cable Engineers Association). He is also an active member in various technical organizations such as UL (Underwriters Laboratories), CSA (Canadian Standards Association), and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

William currently resides in Northern New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys many activities which include running, biking, fishing, traveling, and watching his daughters grow up.

William A. Crawford

Vice President Engineering, The Okonite Company
Voting Member PDi2

William A. Crawford is Vice President Engineering at The Okonite Company. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University. Since beginning his career at Okonite in 2005, he has participated in cable design, calculations, testing, product development, and technical support. In his current role, William is responsible for the oversite of the Applications Engineering Department and the Cable Evaluation & Development Laboratory.
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In addition to his technical expertise in energy engineering, he is also a strategic professional with a strong business acumen. He has demonstrated the ability to identify and evaluate opportunities, and has successfully developed and implemented complex solutions in the design, analysis, and construction management of utility scale energy systems. He is skilled in engaging with senior leaders and other key stakeholders in IOU, municipal and Federal agencies to ensure that projects are delivered on time and within budget. He is committed to delivering high-quality work and is always looking for ways to improve his skills and knowledge.

James Codling

Sr. Practice Manager – Actalent
Voting Member PDi2

With over 30 years of experience in electrical, energy and water engineering, Jim has had the privilege of working with a variety of clients, including government, utility, and municipal organizations. His expertise in large scale energy engineering programs and projects has allowed him to deliver successful outcomes on complex projects. He is proud of his ability to work collaboratively with teams and stakeholders to ensure that projects are aligned with the overall business strategy and objectives.

Paul Brigandi

Application Technology Leader, Power Cables - DOW
Executive Board/Voting Member PDi2

Dr. Paul Brigandi is Application Technology Leader for Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics Wire & Cable business in North America based in Collegeville, PA.  Paul has experience in the power transmission and distribution as well as telecommunication markets focused on research and development of new insulation, jacket, conductive composites, and polymer modifier material developments.  His technical expertise includes formulation and processing of polyolefins, elastomers, and polymer composites.  Paul is active in several industry organizations including Insulated Conductors Committee, Communications Cable and Connectivity Association, and Fiber Broadband Association technical committees.  He also serves as 1st Vice President and on the Board of Directors of the Society of Plastics Engineers Palisades-MidAtlantic Section.  Paul earned a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Lehigh University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He is also an active Adjunct Professor at Lehigh University in the Material Science & Engineering department.  

Burns & McDonnell is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm with more than 10,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, planners, estimators, economists, technicians and scientists, representing virtually all design disciplines. We plan, design, permit, construct and manage facilities all over the world, with one mission in mind: make our clients successful. Being 100 percent employee-owned, we are each personally dedicated to making every client project a success. It drives our teams to provide tailored solutions that solve some of our customers’ greatest challenges.Intelligence Initiative. 

Frank Morrissey

Burns & McDonnell
Executive Board/Voting Member PDi2

As the Director of Underground & Submarine Cables at Burns & McDonnell, I work with Electric Utilities and Developers to support them in their goals of enhancing resiliency, upgrading and replacing aging infrastructure, overcoming major regulatory changes and permitting requirements, and achieving decarbonization goals with the installation of offshore wind, onshore wind, battery storage systems and solar plants. Underground electric infrastructure is paramount to the future of the electric grid and Burns & McDonnell's Engineering and Construction teams provide a customized solution to make each of our clients successful in achieving their goals to provide safe, reliable and affordable power for their customers.



Tony Hemling

Earthgrid
Voting Member/PDi2

Troy Helming is a modern-day industrialist and Unicorn founder. He’s an innovator, inventor, author, an elite athlete (invited 4x to compete on American Ninja Warrior), and a clean energy executive. As a creator, he’s founded clean energy & climate-tech companies that have generated more than $30 Billion of economic impact to date and invented 2 technologies that have led to over 60 clean energy patent claims.

Mike Beehler

National Spokesperson/PDI2

Mike Beehler has 40 years of electric T&D experience at Tucson Electric Power, Hawaiian Electric Company and Burns & McDonnell.  He is educated as a civil/structural engineer and is a registered professional engineer in eight states.  He currently is the founding member and Chief Opportunity Officer of Mike Beehler & Associates, LLC and serves as the National Spokesperson for the Power Delivery Intelligence Initiative. 

Mike is a Fellow in ASCE and a Member of IEEE and CIGRE.  He has been married for 40 years and has four adult children and some delightful grandchildren.  He lives on Singer Island, FL.

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Tim Wagner, Executive Director

Tim Wagner has nearly thirty years of association management experience, including positions as President & CEO, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Finance. He has been instrumental in the financial and program success of several associations in the power, energy, and broadband industries. He has vast experience at national trade associations, including association governance, grant management, workforce development, planned giving, meeting planning, accounting, investment management, employee benefits, building operations, and information systems. Tim is a graduate (summa cum laude) of the University of Virginia, where he presented his thesis on the Economic Impact of the Rural Electrification Administration.

Landry Molimbi

Head of Asset Management and Prysmian Electronics
Prysmian Group North America
Voting Member PDi2

Landry Molimbi is responsible for leading all Asset Management and Product Development activities for High Voltage & Medium Voltage Partial Discharge testing/monitoring services, optical sensing products (DAS, DTS) and innovative solutions for the North America Business Units (High Voltage, Power Distribution, Industrial, Telecom).

In this role, Landry is focused on business development, project management, technical sales support, and Partial Discharge measurement services for the Prysmian Group proprietary and revolutionary PRY-CAM technologies for the asset management of electrical systems, helping utilities increase uptime, asset longevity and safety while reducing maintenance costs & risks.

Landry started his career with General Cable (Silec) in 2007 and joined NKT Photonics in 2011. He moved to the Prysmian Group as Vice President for the Prysmian Electronics BU in 2018.

Born in Paris, France, Landry holds a master’s degree in Engineering from the ENSEM, a school of the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine in Nancy. Landry is also a member of various industry committees and an active member of CIGRE.

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David Lindsay

Marketing Manager – Energy Borealis Compounds, Inc.
Immediate-past Chairman/Voting Member PDi2

David Lindsay is currently Marketing Manager for the Energy business of Borealis Compounds, Inc. in North America. He has over 20 years in the US wire and cable business, working at manufacturers, non-profit organizations and electrical contractors. His experiences range from research and product development, to manufacturing, construction and installation of EHV cable systems. At Borealis he is responsible for customer and end-use marketing, and strategic planning of all wire and cable related product lines.

David serves on the NEETRAC Advisory Board, is actively involved in IEEE Insulated Conductor Committee and is past US representative to Cigré SC B1. He holds a Bachelors of Materials Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Masters of Business Administration from the University of West Georgia.