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2020 Spring Operations and Maintenance Users Group Meeting
March 31, 2020 - April 2, 2020
**The 2020 Spring O&M Meeting has been cancelled**
In light of developing circumstances surrounding COVID-19 coronavirus, Energy Systems Integration Group is cancelling the 2020 Spring O&M Users Group Meeting scheduled to take place in Tucson, March 31 – April 2.
Over the last week, a large number of speakers and attendees have been forced to cancel due to travel bans/restrictions from their own companies. We feel that with so many speakers unable to attend, we would not be able to provide a high-quality event experience that ESIG is known for. It is with great disappointment we make this announcement, but our number one concern is the health and safety of attendees, speakers and their families.
We are currently evaluating alternative methods for presenting portions of the event via online web-based meetings and will have updates on this in the coming days.
All attendees are asked to cancel their hotel reservations with the hotel directly. The number is 1-888-236-2427.
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to ESIG and we hope to see you involved with ESIG web-based meetings and at future ESIG events very soon.
The ESIG Operations & Maintenance Users Group provides an industry-leading forum for people working with wind and solar generation equipment to network, share experiences, and learn up-to-date knowledge on technical topics.
March 31 – Solar O&M Roundtable
March 31 – Pre-Meeting Workshop
April 1 – Plenary Session
April 1- Turbine Roundtables
April 1 – Awards Reception
April 2- – Turbine Roundtables
April 2 – Balance of Plant Roundtable
About the Solar O&M Roundtable
The Solar O&M Roundtable will focus on issues related to operations and maintenance of DER and bulk-grid conceded solar generation assets. The roundtable will begin at 8 am and conclude at 1:30 pm. Separate registration is required.
About the Pre-Meeting Workshop
A Discussion on Optimizing Wind Turbine/Plant Performance
Analysis of project and turbine performance is a rapidly evolving field. In this workshop, we will discuss approaches to performance analytics, including:
- The latest on vibration analysis and oil condition analysis
- Analysis via SCADA data
- Blade health and turbine performance
- Successes and failures of failure prediction
- Integrating data streams to generate an overall picture of turbine, project, and fleet health
The workshop format for this discussion will include several invited experts to participate in the discussion.
About the Plenary Session
It’s time to tackle the sleeping giants! Foundations and towers are what our turbines stand on, yet understanding and managing the health of these critical components can be challenging. We will hear from industry specialists on these key topics:
- Towers 101 – learn what is important about your towers
- Details of tower inspection, including a discussion of best practices in weld and bolted joint inspection
- Weld repairs on towers
- A look ahead at the future of towers, including tall towers, non-tubular towers, and hybrid towers
- Foundations 101 – learn what goes into making and maintaining a lasting foundation
- Understanding the condition of foundations via inspection
- The effects of uprating and repowering on foundations
- Best practices related to tensioning foundation bolts
- Recent learning from foundation stiffness measurements
Confirmed speakers include
- Nestor Agbayani, Agbayani Structural Engineering
- Dave Cziraki, Acuren
- Brian Tri, Barr Engineering
- Ron Grife, Leeward Energy
About the Roundtables
The heart of the meeting consists of manufacturer-specific roundtables for user group members only. The format consists of open discussions, moderated by Roundtable Chairpersons, centered on a specific wind turbine component or specific model of wind turbine. The Roundtables provide the opportunity for frank and open discussion among users, who share their information, knowledge and experience.
Participation in the Roundtables is limited to employees of ESIG member organizations that own, operate, or maintain wind generation equipment.
The Users Group also operates a roundtable focusing on Balance of Plant issues. The Balance of Plant Roundtable will be held the afternoon of April 2.
Currently, the Turbine Roundtable lineup is as follows:
- GE 1X
- Vestas V100 and Newer
- GE 2.X
- Vestas Legacy
- Balance of Plant
The meeting will be held at:
Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
3800 E. Sunrise Drive
Tucson, AZ 85718
Main Tel: 520-742-6000
The group rate is USD $179.00 per night plus tax. The hotel has agreed to waive the resort fee.
The room block expires Monday, March 9.
A limited number of per diem rooms are available. Please email email@example.com to inquire about these.
To make your reservation click here: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1576520720966&key=GRP&app=resvlink .
Tucson is served by Tucson International Airport (https://www.flytucson.com/). Alternatively, one can fly in to Phoenix Sky Harbor (https://www.skyharbor.com/) and drive to Tucson. The hotel does not offer an airport shuttle, but Stagecoach Express (https://stagecoachexpressshuttle.com/get_your_rate.php) is a recommended option to get to/from the hotel.
Online registration is available to users group members and interested parties from ESIG member organizations. One’s employer must be an ESIG member in good standing to attend this event.
Early Bird pricing will be available until March 9, 2020.
Cancellations and Refunds
All registration cancellations and requests for refunds of registration fees must be submitted to ESIG in writing.
Requests received by 5 PM Eastern on March 25 – receive full refund.
Requests received after 5 PM Eastern on March 25 – receive refund less $300 administrative fee (full meeting attendees) or $150 (plenary session only attendees)
Credit for Attendance
Continuing Education Units will be available to attendees of this event. Information will be available on site.