Advanced Distribution Management System – John Dirkman (Schneider Electric)

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Schneider Electric’s Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) is an integrated software system for monitoring, analysis, operation, optimization, and planning for electric distribution networks, solving key Smart Grid requirements of utilities worldwide in providing reliable, safe, and efficient power. Schneider Electric’s ADMS is a complete unification of DMS, SCADA, and OMS functionality, and integrates closely with GIS, CIS, AMI/MDM, and Weather Information systems.

This presentation will provide information on Schneider Electric’s ADMS, including information about various ADMS applications:

  • Real-time network monitoring and control
  • Mathematical network model and power applications
  • Efficient fault management (FLISR)
  • Network analysis (e.g. short-circuits, relay protection, losses, reliability, performance indices)
  • Load forecasting
  • Voltage reduction and volt/VAR optimization
  • Reduction of network peak load and power losses
  • Load shedding and other demand response methods
  • Optimization of renewables, distributed energy resources, and microgrids
  • Switch order management
  • Outage management processing, including mobile field client access
  • Optimization and subsequent reduction of investments in extending and upgrading power facilities, substations, automation, etc.
  • Improvement of power quality and customer service

Date: April 23th, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: The Onion
Amenities: Food and Drinks for Purchase

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To celebrate the new year, IEEE Spokane Section is pleased to announce prizes for those that Register and Attend Technical Seminars! For now, the prizes will be a gift card at a store or online merchant, but we’re open to other suggestions!

The Black Hat Economy Today – Stephen Heath (Intrinium)

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Those who think that all hackers are teenage kids with no social life are wrong! In fact, today’s typical malware development team probably looks more like an Internet startup than a group of crooks. In this spirited conversation, Intrinium’s Stephen Heath will profile a contemporary Rogues Gallery of known hackers — what their goals are, some of their favorite tools and attack patterns — and most importantly: How they make money!

Stephen, currently the director of security services at Intrinium, has over a decade of experience in IT Security across all sectors, with a specialization in penetration testing, compliance auditing, data forensics, system management, and security remediation. He is currently active in raising security awareness in cultures where it has been previously undervalued, and has provided security training to staff of all levels of technical expertise. Stephen is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Computer Science. His graduate studies emphasized Information Security, with special research in network protocol analysis and Man-in-the-Middle attacks. His culminating thesis exposed previously unobserved vulnerabilities in the BitTorrent protocol.

Date: March 19th, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Europa Restaurant
Amenities: Food and Drinks for Purchase

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To celebrate the new year, IEEE Spokane Section is pleased to announce prizes for those that Register and Attend Technical Seminars! For now, the prizes will be a gift card at a store or online merchant, but we’re open to other suggestions!

Each new technical event will be posted on the IEEE Spokane Section webpage (http://ieeespokane.com/) with a link to register on the IEEE vTools website. At the event we will draw names, and deliver the gift card to someone in attendance!

Changes to the NEC 2014 – Mike Holt

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The Spokane Section of the IEEE is pleased to bring Mike Holt to Eastern Washington for his very popular single day seminar “Changes to the NEC 2104″

Get Ready for the 2014 NEC® with Mike Holt!

Electrical professionals have the responsibility to ensure a safe Code-compliant system that is designed, installed, and inspected to meet the hundreds of significant changes contained in the 2014 NEC®. Your knowledge about the 2014 NEC® is critical for your success so attend this program and get an edge on your peers and competitors.

Mike will bring you an accurate, in-depth coverage of the most important 2014 Changes to the NEC® in a fun and dynamic manner. This is a ‘must attend’ program if you are an electrician, contractor, engineer, designer, or plant/facility maintenance person. Mike Holt is committed to provide the student an opportunity to participate in an interactive environment, which addresses the technical and practical issues of applying the 2014 NEC. This training program is designed to cover the subject in such a way that it can be applied by the students work habits immediately with increased proficiency, safety and efficiency.
Students will receive the following items:

  • A copy of Mike’s Changes to the NEC 2014 textbook (List $59)
  • Continuing Education Certificate (pending approval from the State of Washington for Electrician 8 Hour, in Class, Code Update)
  • Lunch Buffet
  • Each student should come to the seminar with pencils, pens, paper, and a highlighter. A copy of the 2014 National Electrical Code book (not provided) is recommended, but not required.

    Date: May 20th, 2014
    Time: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Location: Holiday Inn Spokane Airport
    Amenities: Lunch Buffet

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100 Years of Inland Northwest IEEE Engineering – Steve Simmons(EWU and IEEE)

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This festive evening will be launched by an IEEE-Spokane-sponsored appetizer and snack reception for registered attendees, at 5:30 pm, which will include a tasty sample selection of the Italian appetizers and snacks for which Europa is noted. Followed by dinner, and then the 100th Spokane Section Anniversary talk:

The founding of the Inland Northwest’s IEEE section, by pioneering electrical engineer John B Fisken in 1913, touched off a turbulent century of up and down efforts to complement the regions original resource-based economy with world class engineering and manufacturing. This overview, illustrated by historic and current photos, cartoons, and a few maps, documents the many moments that the Inland Northwest was at “center stage” in the world of engineering, as well as some dramatic setbacks that occurred over the past century. The talk’s focus is mainly on the region’s three “hundred year” sectors: power, transportation, and communication. These key areas had already acquired major momentum by 1913 and have continued expansion to 2013, providing a large amount of economic energy to today’s Inland Northwest. A few profiled products — designed and developed in the Inland Northwest — will illustrate why the region has now become known worldwide for ingenious and highly valued engineering.

Steve has been involved in dozens of Inland Northwest projects for economic and technology development, as a professor of computer science at EWU, and as a project partner with XN Technologies, Avista, Argo Technical Publishing and Target Color Technologies. He is currently active in FPGA systems development research and as CSHE community liaison.

Date: February 19th, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Europa Restaurant
Amenities: Sponsored Appetizer Reception, then Dinner: Food and Drinks for Purchase

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To celebrate the new year, IEEE Spokane Section is pleased to announce prizes for those that Register and Attend Technical Seminars! For now, the prizes will be a gift card at a store or online merchant, but we’re open to other suggestions!

Each new technical event will be posted on the IEEE Spokane Section webpage with a link to register on the IEEE vTools website. At the event we will draw names, and deliver the gift card to someone in attendance!

Electrical Engineer – Generation (3 year temporary) – Avista

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Explore endless possibilities at Avista
What do you want to be? At Avista, you’ll find opportunity around every corner. No matter what your area of expertise, we offer you the chance to enrich your career through challenging and meaningful work assignments, ongoing training and development—and all in a supportive environment. Our success lies in hiring talented people and setting them free to pursue great ideas—ideas that engage the imagination, stretch us all and ensure that Avista continues to provide exemplary and cost-effective service to our customers.

Responsibilities and/or Key Result Areas
Designs control, monitoring, and protection systems for Avista’s generating units and their auxiliaries. Provides guidance to other design staff on control and monitoring systems for all systems within the generating stations. Provides programming and settings for turbine generator mechanical protections and equipment limiters. Coordinates these settings with electrical protecting relays and other protection devices. Develops and tests programs for programmable controllers. Prepares project block diagrams, network topologies and control system layouts for other design engineers and checks returned detailed drawings for accuracy and completeness. Provides field engineering support while construction is in progress, and operating procedures when the project is complete.

To apply, and for more information, please: visit the Avista position posting.

Prizes at Technical Events

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To celebrate the new year, IEEE Spokane Section is pleased to announce prizes for those that Register and Attend Technical Seminars! For now, the prizes will be a gift card at a store or online merchant, but we’re open to other suggestions!

Each new technical event will be posted here with the link to register on the IEEE vTools website. At the event we will draw names, and deliver the gift card to someone in attendance!

Celebrating 125 Years of Avista / Washington Water Power Company – Larry La Bolle(Avista)

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“Celebrating 125 Years of Avista / Washington Water Power Company: the fascinating story of one of our region’s oldest community partners”

It may seem incongruous to use “fascinating” to describe anything about a regulated utility, but the industry wasn’t always as static as it might seem in contemporary times. Spanning nearly the entire history of the electric utility in America, the ‘Story of Avista’ highlights innovations in the early use of electricity, and mirrors the development of the nascent industry. In its first twenty years, for example, the Company’s business ranged from lighting pioneer Spokane’s arc street lamps, to powering the mines in Idaho’s Silver Valley, to the primary provider of electric rail transportation, and to the development of the Northwest’s first bulk-power utility. It’s also the story of the rise of public power, the fight for freedom and survival, and of learning how to work together as partners in the region. Through the crises of the WPPS default, and more recently, the Western Energy Crisis, the story highlights the Company’s efforts to remain in business, while at the same time celebrating the genesis of the likes of ITRON, ECOVA and ReliOn. It truly is an interesting, and yes, fascinating story.

The presentation is being given by Larry La Bolle, Director of Federal & Regional Affairs at Avista. Since joining the Company in 1990, Larry’s diverse experience includes environmental affairs, hydro licensing, community and economic development, gas and electric operations, and rates and regulation. Having a life-long interest in history, Larry has developed the ‘Story of Avista’ primarily as an avocation.

Date: January 22nd, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Europa Restaurant
Amenities: Food and Drinks for Purchase

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To celebrate the new year, IEEE Spokane Section is pleased to announce prizes for those that Register and Attend Technical Seminars! For now, the prizes will be a gift card at a store or online merchant, but we’re open to other suggestions!

Each new technical event will be posted on the IEEE Spokane Section webpage (http://ieeespokane.com/) with a link to register on the IEEE vTools website. At the event we will draw names, and deliver the gift card to someone in attendance!

100 Years of Inland Northwest IEEE Engineering – Steve Simmons (Eastern Washington University)

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The founding of the Inland Northwest’s IEEE section, by pioneering electrical engineer John B Fisken in 1913, touched off a turbulent century of up and down efforts to complement the regions original resource-based economy with world class engineering and manufacturing. This overview, illustrated by historic and current photos, cartoons, and a few maps, documents the many moments that the Inland Northwest was at “center stage” in the world of engineering, as well as some dramatic setbacks that occurred over the past century. The talk’s focus is mainly on the region’s three “hundred year” sectors: power, transportation, and communication. These key areas had already acquired major momentum by 1913 and have continued expansion to 2013, providing a large amount of economic energy to today’s Inland Northwest. A few profiled products — designed and developed in the Inland Northwest — will illustrate why the region has now become known worldwide for ingenious and highly valued engineering. Steve has been involved in dozens of Inland Northwest projects for economic and technology development, as a professor of computer science at EWU, and as a project partner with XN Technologies, Avista, Argo Technical Publishing and Target Color Technologies. He is currently active in FPGA systems development research and as CSHE community liaison.

Date: February 19th, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Europa Restaurant
Amenities: Food and Drinks for Purchase

Click Here to Register

To celebrate the new year, IEEE Spokane Section is pleased to announce prizes for those that Register and Attend Technical Seminars! For now, the prizes will be a gift card at a store or online merchant, but we’re open to other suggestions!

Each new technical event will be posted on the IEEE Spokane Section webpage (http://ieeespokane.com/) with a link to register on the IEEE vTools website. At the event we will draw names, and deliver the gift card to someone in attendance!

Health Information Exchanges – Matt Simpson (Ready Computing)

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One of the most significant applications of healthcare information technology is the exchange of health information among disparate clinical information systems. Around the world, various communities are developing methods for exchanging health information among healthcare providers, patients, and other authorized parties. Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is a standards profiling organization that has developed a collection of profiles which can be leveraged by healthcare communities to provide a standards based, interoperable approach to community and cross-community health information sharing. This presentation will provide an overview of a collection of IHE profiles and how they enable communities to coordinate patient care and share information.

Matt Simpson is a solution architect for Ready Computing and has worked in the Health IT industry for 12 years. Matt has consulted with many different kinds of healthcare organizations around the country to solve their information exchange needs. Most recently Matt has been focused on building and implementing community health information sharing solutions in the state of New York, utilizing the standards and technologies specified in the IHE profiles for health information exchange. Matt has a Master of Science in Health Informatics degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Date: March 19th, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Europa Restaurant
Amenities: Food and Drinks for Purchase

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To celebrate the new year, IEEE Spokane Section is pleased to announce prizes for those that Register and Attend Technical Seminars! For now, the prizes will be a gift card at a store or online merchant, but we’re open to other suggestions!

Each new technical event will be posted on the IEEE Spokane Section webpage (http://ieeespokane.com/) with a link to register on the IEEE vTools website. At the event we will draw names, and deliver the gift card to someone in attendance!

2014 IEEE International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management

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The IEEE PHM 2014 sponsored by the IEEE Reliability Society is seeking original papers for presentation at the 5th Annual Conference on Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) held at Eastern Washington University in Spokane WA on June 22-25, 2014. PHM is a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary field, that requires an energized exchange of ideas. This conference will match-up world-class expertise in the academic, engineering, and management disciplines to facilitate synergistic exchanges of ideas and practices. At the same time, special attention has been paid to assure a sociable, professional environment to encourage networking, forging new relationships, and deepening existing ones.

This conference provides a sociable, professional environment to network with other practitioners and experts, forge new relationships, and deepen existing ones. The conference will cover a broad range of research and application topics covering the full scope of PHM development. World-renowned speakers will provide presentations, and participate in panel discussions, with a full day of tutorials free to all registrants.

For more information, or to submit a paper, please visit the PHM 2014 website.