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Call for Papers

ABSTRACT SUBSMISSION

Abstract submission is now closed.

IMPORTANT DATES

Friday 24 February 2017   Paper proposals due (including abstract, bio note and photo)
Friday 17 March 2017   Presenters notified of acceptance
Friday 5 May 2017   Full paper due

 

OVERVIEW

The 2017 Conference will be attended by over 1000 delegates and visitors and is the premier engineering/technical event for the New Zealand electricity supply industry.

EEA2017: “Electricity challenges: Industry solutions” recognises that the industry faces many challenges and opportunities, from new technology and evolving customer expectations to asset, commercial and regulatory pressures. The electricity industry is rising to these challenges by looking at opportunities from innovation, collaboration, leadership, robust asset management and engineering solutions.

Our 2017 Conference invites a broad range of strategic, engineering; asset and technology papers that will help our industry better understand the challenges, opportunities and potential solutions needed for an enabling, adaptable and responsive electricity system of the future.

WHY YOU AND STAFF SHOULD PRESENT A PAPER

eea-2016-shaping-the-future-627We welcome a broad range of papers from across engineering, technical, safety and strategic management issues in the electricity supply sector – generation, distribution and transmission networks, contracting, consulting, equipment suppliers, government and end use customers.

The writing and presentation of technical papers is an opportunity to profile and share information on sound engineering knowledge, practice, processes or technology; or an organisation’s or individual’s technical work.

It is also an opportunity for a company or individual to get recognition as an engineering leader, advisor, thinker and communicator playing a role in shaping New Zealand’s power engineering future.

For all our engineering/technical staff it is an important part of their professional development and training and provides the very best of opportunities to share our experience and innovative thinking among a community of enthusiastic and knowledgeable engineers working across all sectors of the industry.

At a strategic level, it provides an opportunity to give perspectives on energy challenges and issues; to profile and recognise engineering excellence; and to report on recent research, technological developments and industry projects.

STUDENT PAPERS

The EEA has a strong commitment to the future development of our industry engineering students and to integrate student learning with the Conference experience, university and polytech students are encouraged to submit paper proposals. Student papers keep industry informed on current research projects and provide students with the opportunity to meet, network and foster relationships with engineers and employers in the electricity supply industry. There is also a chance to learn more about engineering and new technologies through the Trade Exhibition.

BEST PAPER AWARDS

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The Best Paper Awards are judged by your peers and are awarded to papers of outstanding quality. In 2015 there were over 90 papers judged, so for those receiving recognition as an EEA Conference Best Paper is a much coveted Award.

The Best Paper Awards categories include Best Paper (Member), Best Paper (Non Member), Best Paper (Student) and the IET Award for Best Paper Presentation. The Awards prizes vary – but include cash, complimentary memberships, plaques and travel.

 

PAPER TOPICS – EEA2017: Electricity challenges: Industry solutions

Paper proposals are invited from all sectors and companies in the industry.

EEA2017: “Electricity challenges: Industry solutions” recognises that the industry faces many challenges and opportunities, from new technology and evolving customer expectations to asset, commercial and regulatory pressures. The electricity industry is rising to these challenges by looking at opportunities from innovation, collaboration, leadership, robust asset management and engineering solutions.

Our 2017 Conference invites a broad range of strategic, engineering; asset and technology papers that will help our industry better understand the challenges, opportunities and potential solutions needed for an enabling, adaptable and responsive electricity system of the future.  EEA2017 is an opportunity for learning, sharing and recognising the best of what the ESI does across engineering / operational / technical and safety. We are looking for papers in four broad areas:

  • Strategic Enablers – Market operation, pricing Strategic Asset Management - Asset health, management of existing assets, condition monitoring, long term assets but future uncertainties, investment strategies, systems/technology options.
  • Technologies – Innovation & Collaboration – Generation and storage, automation/grid intelligence and big data management, customer technology (renewables, PVs/EVs, load management, energy efficiency), metering, the internet of everything, future networks, cyber security.
  • Asset Utilisation - data capture, analysis, impact of customer technologies, asset management strategies, security/reliability, capital and maintenance strategies
  • People and Performance – due diligence processes, building safety culture, low probability high consequence, standardisation, safety impacts of technology, competencies for safety, productivity and benchmarking

The following are some paper “topic areas” for you to consider. (Note: Topics below are NOT in any priority order).

Strategic enablers

  • Electricity Market models
  • Regulatory and business models
  • Price/reliability/security management
  • Intelligent Grids
  • The Internet
  • Network forecasting and planning
  • Automation/power electronics
  • Data Management for Power Systems
  • Modelling - renewables, batteries and EVs
  • Storage technologies and virtual power plants
  • Electric vehicles infrastructure
  • System Modelling
  • Advanced diagnostics
  • Metering - customer/asset data analysis and management
  • Demand side management
  • Smart appliances, equipment, buildings and customers
  • Standardisation – IEC, ISO, ITU

Technology – innovation & collaboration

  • Technologies & Architecture
  • Integrating and modelling Renewables – PV, Wind
  • Storage technologies and impacts
  • “Big” Data – evaluation / prioritization / security;
  • Virtual Power Plants
  • Power quality and non-linear loads
  • System Stability
  • Electric vehicles infrastructure
  • Network strategies - planning,  automation and power electronics
  • Smart meters
  • Local area networks
  • Standardisation of technology
  • Infrastructure resilience

Asset Utilisation (Generation, Network, Retail)

  • Asset management models for ageing infrastructure
  • Asset condition assessment, health indicators and performance metrics
  • Maintenance issues / strategies / engineering challenges
  • Data systems for asset management
  • Asset work planning and management
  • Plant failure and outage management
  • Earthing, protection, poles, switchgear, transformers and substations
  • Projects - Design, build, commission
  • Impact of distributed and renewable generation
  • Power quality, security of supply
  • Asset replacement strategies
  • Fibre rollout
  • Public Safety
  • Refurbishment / upgrades
  • Power quality and non-linear loads
  • System Stability
  • Wide-area monitoring, control and protection
  • Projects - Design, build, commission
  • Infrastructure resilience

People, Performance and Safety

  • Health and Safety in the Workplace – PCBU; Contractor Management,
  • Process, people and plant safety systems
  • Growing engineering  and technical capability
  • Performance monitoring / audit
  • Live Work
  • High Impact Low Probability (HILP) activities - Safety Management
  • Safety by design
  • Safety Standardisation – SM-EI / guides
  • ‘Good practice’ – what does it look like?
  • Delivering  future industry Skills
  • Retention strategies
  • Electricity Safety Regulations – models and options

AUDIENCE

eea-2016-shaping-the-future-69 Previous events have been attended by industry CEOs and senior managers; engineering and asset management staff; technical, safety and business development managers; system analysts and planners; field staff and supervisors; engineering students and academics from NZ universities; Government officials; consultants and contracting staff; standards writers and other industry stakeholders.

PAPER PROPOSAL SUBMISSION PROCESS

The Paper Proposal general terms and conditions are:

  • All paper proposals must meet the format requirements specified by the EEA.
  • The EEA reserves the right to refuse material that does not meet requirements or is deemed inappropriate in either content or size.
  • Required documents must be submitted on-line. Abstracts, bio notes, portrait photos and papers will not be accepted in hard copy format or by fax.

Submission of a proposal will be regarded as acceptance of these conditions.

Details of the required format for Final Papers will be sent to presenters with notification of paper acceptance.

Paper acceptances will be advised by Wednesday 17 March 2017 and final papers are due Friday 5 May 2017.

No guarantee can be given for the inclusion of material supplied after the dates specified above. Due to printing deadlines, the following dates are not negotiable and no extensions will be permitted.

PANEL SESSIONS

We would appreciate your feedback on Conference Panel Session topics. Please send suggested topic to eeaconf@confer.co.nz.