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Fall 2013 PES-ICC Meeting

Dallas, TX, November 10-13, 2013 at the Omni Dallas Hotel

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Thank-you for your attendance at the Fall 2013 ICC Meeting (the 134th meeting of the Insulated Conductors Committee) in Dallas, Texas.  The meeting officially closed on Wednesday afternoon, November 13, 2013.

ICC Meeting Minutes – Format and Deadlines for Submission

The deadline for Working Group (WG) and Discussion Group (DG) minutes to be submitted to your Subcommittee (SC) officers was Friday, December 6, 2013. The deadline for SC minutes to be completed and submitted to the Recording Secretary (Mark Fenger) is Friday, December 27, 2013.

The ICC is changing the format of published ICC meeting minutes.  Instead of one document file of ICC Minutes containing all of the SC, WG and DG minutes in one document, we will offer the ICC Minutes in modules or individual files of SC minutes, containing all of the WG and DG minutes of the particular SC.  This will allow downloading of a single or multiple SC minutes file that the ICC attendee is interested in, or all of the individual SC minutes files, resulting in all of the meeting’s minutes.  The attendee will be able to have access to individual SC files faster, and be able to more easily access specific WG or DG minutes of a specific SC.  The individual SC minutes files can then be combined into one ICC minutes folder by the attendee, and have the flexibility to manage the ICC minutes at their discretion.  When finished and ready for publication and distribution, the minutes will continue to be acquired by downloading from the ICC registration page via the attendee’s username and password.  An announcement will be sent to all Fall 2013 ICC attendees 1 week prior to when downloading of the minutes is possible.  The expected available date for downloading of the minutes is January 17, 2014.

Meeting Attendance & Paid Events

Overall attendance was excellent.  We had another successful ICC meeting, achieving a total attendance of 419, making it the fourth highest Fall meeting attendance since 1997, and breaking the tradition of Florida venues as the top 5 record-setting locations for attendance.  This fall’s 2013 ICC meeting registered 64 newcomers, 14 of which were new utility engineers.  Eleven (11) new utility engineers across the nation from (North Carolina to Hawaii) took advantage of the offer we made of a complimentary registration for this meeting.  This makes a total of 25 new utility engineers coming to the ICC in 2013, which continues to be encouraging.  Total utility engineer attendance set a record with 107. This brought the percentage of utility engineer participation for this meeting back to 25.5%, and within the recent historical average of 25-26%.  Transnational and Networking Luncheons continued to be popular events with attendance of 146 and 56, respectively.  The Education Program was hugely successful (thanks to Richie Harp of local utility Oncor, Al Mendelsohn and Pete Tirinzoni, Education Session Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively), with a record 115 attendees signing up, and a record number (55) of those attendees also signing up for CEU credits.  The Education Program consisted of presentations about, and a tour of, the electrical vaults, switchgear and cables that provide the electrical power to accommodate 100K+ fans at AT&T (Dallas Cowboys) Stadium, where all kinds of sporting and entertainment events are held year-round.  The electrical power distribution system of the stadium was installed by and maintained by the local utility, Oncor.  Oncor personnel provided some of the presentations and also volunteered as tour guides for the stadium tour.

There were five (5) planned events for ICC spouses and guests.  Luncheon tours of the famous South Fork Ranch of the television series, “Dallas”, the 6th Floor School Book Depository Museum, the newly-opened George W. Bush Presidential Library and 2 shopping excursions.  Other spouses and guests took advantage of the down-time to explore the many other interesting sites of the Dallas Metroplex.

New Topics of Discussion at ICC

Training in Robert’s Rules of Order (RRoO) parliamentary procedures was provided by Lauri Hiivala on Tuesday morning for Working Group (WG), Discussion Group (DG) and Subcommittee (SC) officers in an attempt to improve the efficiency and productivity of the ICC standards development process.  A total of 60 SC, WG and DG officers attended the RRoO training session.  Additional training will be provided at the Spring 2014 meeting on the newly approved WG Policy & Procedures (WG P&P) by Lauri.  The new ICC WG P&P is posted on the ICC website.  Training on the use of newly launched IEEE-SA electronic tools such as Central Desktop Publishing and IEEE Mentor by Malia Zaman used in WG standards development is also being planned for the Spring 2014 meeting.

We look forward to your attendance and continued support of the ICC at the Spring 2014 meeting in Kansas City, Missouri at the Westin Kansas City @ Crown Center, May 4 – 7, 2014.

An Invitation

Welcome to the ICC in Dallas (Big D) Texas! The dress theme for the Opening Reception in the wild, wild west is Western attire. Bring your cowboy boots, your western belts and shirts and most of all, your 10-gallon cowboy hats!  

You are cordially invited to the 134th meeting of the ICC, to be held November 10 – 13, 2013.  We are days away from our meeting’s opening date. 

The hotel block has been extended to October 28, 2013 at 5:00PM EST. However the block will close as soon as it’s full, so please don’t hold off on making your reservations. Please book now!

More information can be found below.



Meeting Agenda The final meeting agenda has been posted here.  Any final updates will be posted at registration. (11/04/13)

In addition to the PDF agenda, the ICC is trying a new smartphone/tablet schedule based on the platform.  You can find instructions on installing "guidebook" and the ICC schedule at this link:
This is our first time using guidebook, so if you find any problems, please let us know by e-mailing Rachel Mosier at


Educational Program

 The Subcommittees will sponsor many Technical Presentations on key topics in their fields of interest. (11/07/13)

Attention Presenters: Guidelines for Presentation Material Published in PES – ICC Minutes

The Fall 2013 Educational Program will be a technical tour of AT&T Stadium.

The Education Program is different for this ICC meeting.  Instead of the usual Wednesday afternoon Education Program consisting of technical presentations followed by Q&A, we will have technical presentations and a tour of the electrical distribution system installed at the AT&T (Dallas Cowboys) Stadium Wednesday afternoon.  The Education Program registration fee includes lunch at a restaurant across the street from AT&T stadium (Cacharel Restaurant), presentations by the stadium facilities Engineering Manager and TXU/Oncor engineers during lunch, a tour of AT&T stadium and the usual 0.4 CEU credits (see below).  The tour of the stadium will include the TXU/Oncor electrical vault that is the heart of the electrical distribution system for the stadium.

You do not have to sign-up or register separately for the Education Program and the Educational Luncheon this year.  They are one and the same.  If you select the Education Program, you are in effect selecting the lunch, technical presentations, the tour, and CEU credits (if you also select the CEU option). The registration fee of $45.00 includes all of the above.  If you have already registered for the ICC meeting, but did not originally select the Education Program and want to do so now, you may return to the registration page and add the Education Program to your registration selections.

Bus transportation will be provided to and from the restaurant and stadium for those attendees who sign up for the Education Program/Tour and who wish to return to the Omni hotel.  The bus transportation will depart from the Omni hotel @ 12:30PM and arrive back at the hotel @ 5:30PM.  AT&T Stadium is approximately 12 miles and 20 minutes from DFW Airport (depending on time-of-day and traffic).

Some attendees who sign up for the Education Program and who have rental cars and departing flights that evening, may elect to follow the bus to the restaurant where lunch and the presentations will take place, and to the stadium, and NOT return to the Omni Hotel, but go directly to DFW from the stadium for their departing flights.  If that is your preference, we would also like to know that as soon as possible so the number of required buses can be finalized as soon as possible.  If there are enough participants for the Education Program/Tour to require two (2) buses (excluding those attendees who will provide their own transportation to the Education Program/Tour location), the option of using one (1) of the buses to make DFW Airport drop-offs for those attendees who do not have a rental car will be possible.

Please let me know (via e-mail to me at as soon as possible after you have advance online registered for the Education Program/Tour, whether you will:

1.    Ride the bus and return to the Omni Hotel,

2.    Provide your own transportation to the Education Program at AT&T Stadium, or

3.    Desire to have a drop-off to DFW Airport by the bus service provided for the Education Program.

Option #3 will only be available if enough attendees register and sign-up for the Education Program/Tour such that two (2) buses are required (excluding those attendees who will provide their own transportation to the Education Program/Tour location) for transportation for the Education Program/Tour.  Option #3 (if available and selected) will also require those attendees to check out of their hotel rooms early Wednesday morning and store their luggage at the hotel’s luggage check-in, so that they can load and have their luggage with them on the bus that is selected for DFW Airport drop-offs when it departs for the Education Program/Tour location.

Directions from the Omni to the Cacharel Grand Ballroom via Google Maps can be found here.

0.4 IEEE CEUs will be offered for this session.  You must register in order to receive CEUs.  Additionally, you must attend the luncheon presentations at the Cacharel Restaurant to receive credit for the CEU’s. An attendance sheet will be available for you to sign at the Restaurant to verify your attendance for CEU credit.  (Please note, in order to receive these credits towards a Florida PE License, you MUST provide Thomas Arnold with your FL PE License number prior to the session.)


On-line and advance registration closed Friday, November 1, 2013, @ 5:00PM EST.  

The onsite registration form is posted here.  Please help expedite onsite registration by filling out this form and bringing it with you, along with payment by check or cash.  (No credit cards on-site)

Online Registration was available at, and allowed the opportunity to both register, and to pay using a credit card. Please note that the use of credit cards is only available during the pre-registration period.

We encourage you to register on-line even if you do not plan to pay with a credit card. The option to register and mail a check or to pay on-site with cash or check is also available with on-line registration. can be used by everyone, both members and guests, and will speed registration for everyone.  Pre-registration will save you time and hassle when you arrive, as your nametag will be ready and waiting for you.
Please note our new policy on refunds.

In our continued efforts to encourage utility engineer attendance and participation in ICC activities, we are offering ten (10) complimentary registrations to utility engineers who are attending the ICC meeting for the first time, on a first come-first/first served basis.


A new registration and event fees structure was announced during the Opening Session of the Fall 2012 ICC Meeting. Registration fees for IEEE and non-IEEE member attendees were increased for both Advance (Online or via hard copy mailed or faxed registration form) and Onsite registration, Guest/Companion Registration, paid Luncheons (Networking, Transnational, Educational) and for ICC minutes provided on CD’s.

PES-ICC Fees Increase - Effective Spring 2013 Meeting 
ICC Event Description Event Cost
Advance Registration - IEEE Member $235.00
Advance Registration - non IEEE Member $285.00
Complimentary Registration $0.00
Advance Guest/Companion Registration $60.00
Reception $0.00
Orientation Program $0.00
Advance Transnational Luncheon $45.00
Education Program (Technical Tour) $45.00
Continuing Education Units $0.00
Download Fall 2013 Minutes $0.00
Mailed Fall  2013 Minutes DVD  $50.00
Historical Minutes $50.00
Minutes - Spring 2013 (Pittsburgh, PA) $50.00
Table Top $350.00
Advance Networking Luncheon $45.00

The increases are necessary to cover increasing operational and meeting costs, and to become more compliant with the minimum IEEE-mandated fees differential for Onsite vs. Advance registration, and for IEEE members and non-IEEE members. The new fees structure also reflects a an additional charge for ICC minutes provided on CD, due to increased requirements and costs from the US Postal Service for mailing CD’s internationally via US Mail. Electronically downloading the ICC minutes from the ICC website remains included in the registration fees, Advance or Onsite. To receive the ICC minutes on a CD, that option must be selected at the time of registration (Advance or Onsite) at an additional cost of $50.00 per CD, payable at the time of registration.


Historical ICC Minutes Historical ICC Meeting Minutes DVD – ICC Historical minutes continue to be available for sale on a DVD, containing the ICC Meeting Minutes from the very first meeting in 1947 through Fall 2012.  All of the minutes contained on this DVD are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and are searchable either from within Acrobat Reader or using the Windows search engine.  The DVD is available for purchase during registration, on-site at any meeting, and at any time between meetings.
Mini-Expo The Fall meeting will feature a Mini-Expo for vendors to make table top displays of equipment and services related to the scope of the ICC. You can sign up for a table top display using the meeting Registration form. A list of exhibitors can be found here.  Guidelines on displays can be found here.

“Tabletop Exhibitors at this fall’s ICC meeting in Dallas at the Omni Hotel should ship their equipment, displays, etc. to the following address, and with the additional indicated information in bold fonts on all shipping labels.
Omni Dallas Hotel
555 S. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX 75202
Attn:  Avis Fillingham
Hold for: <name>/ICC
Arriving:  <date>
Storage, delivery and setup fees for vendors’ equipment are to be directly charged to the individual vendors.”
New Member Orientation First Meeting? Want to know more about the ICC? Please attend the Orientation Session on Sunday afternoon. There are many different sessions at ICC meetings and they cover a multitude of subjects related to insulated conductors. Information presented at Orientation will help you find the sessions that are of most interest to you.
Hotel Information

Our room block will close as soon as it is full, but no later than Monday, October 28, 2013.  Reservations received after this date will be accepted by the Hotel on a space available basis at the conference rate.
The meeting will be held at the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, TX.   

Omni Dallas Hotel

555 S. Lamar

Dallas, Texas 75202

Phone: (214) 744-6664

Fax: (214) 979-4595

The room rate of $189.00 is exclusive of applicable state and local taxes.  Local hotel taxes and a city tax (shown as a resort fee) will be added.  These rates will be offered five days prior and five days after the meeting dates (based on availability) until the designated cut-off date.  Hotel will accept reservations at central reservations by telephone at 800-843-6664.  Please mention the “Insulated Conductors Committee” to get the standard room rate of $189.00.  Reservations can also be made online by clicking on the above hyperlink shown under the hotel’s address, or by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser.  The Hotel’s check-in and check-out time are 4:00 PM and 11:00 AM respectively.  Guests are permitted to check in early or check out later subject to room availability.

Our contract with the hotel also provides for ten (10) guest rooms at the prevailing government rate.  The name of the government rate room-block is “Insulated Conductors Government Rate” and government employees should specifically ask for this rate when booking. These rooms at the prevailing government rate are on a “first come/first serve” basis.

Both room rates (standard and government) will be offered five days prior to and five days after the meeting dates (based on availability) until the designated cut-off date of October 28, 2013.  The hotel will also accept reservations at central reservations by telephone at 800-843-6664.  Reservations can also be made online by clicking on the above hyperlink shown under the hotel’s address, or by copying and pasting the link into your web browser.  The Hotel’s check-in and check-out times are 4:00 PM and 11:00 AM, respectively.  Guests are permitted to check in early or check out later subject to room availability.

The room rate includes the following listed amenities free of charge: wireless internet access in guest rooms and common areas, discounted valet parking at the rate of $10.00 per night (with unlimited In and Out privileges), complimentary use of the fitness center, 20% discount on spa services for all attendees, local and toll-free telephone calls, access to and use of the business center 24/7 with free printing of airline boarding passes (a separate computer use-fee of $4.95/15-minutes is charged for all other PC services).  An on-site self-parking facility is available with In and Out Privileges @ USD $18 per day.

Hospitality Suites If your company plans to have a hospitality suite in conjunction with the Fall 2013 meeting, be sure to see the Guideline page.
Spouse Activities

Spouse/Guest Breakfast – As always, if your spouse or guest would like to be included in the daily breakfasts from 7:30 – 9:00 AM, please be sure to register them by selecting “Companion Registration” during the registration process.  (The cost is $60 and includes breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.)

Attendee-paid off-site tours will also be available for guests and companions at this ICC meeting.  The list of activities includes tours of the newly-opened George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU), the Dallas Sixth Floor Museum/Texas School Book Depository and tour and lunch at the famous South Fork ranch of the television series “Dallas”  Shopping and relaxing activities are also available at the famous Galleria Mall in north Dallas and at Northpark Mall along the US Highway 75 corridor.  The companion tours and shopping excursions will be limited to a maximum count of 28, so first-come, first served. Please sign up in advance so your seat is reserved and final arrangements can be finalized as quickly possible.

Tourist Information

Airport – The nearest Airports are Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) (all major carriers) and Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL).

Ground Transportation

From DFW Airport

Rental Cars

The Rental Car Center is located at 2424 E. 38th St, DFW Airport, TX, near the south entrance of the Airport and is served by 10 companies.

 Arriving Passengers: After collecting your baggage, follow the Rental Car signs to the designated pick-up area on the lower level of the terminal. From there, board the Rental Car shuttle bus. Buses run 24 hours a day, depart every five minutes and reach the Rental Car Center in approximately 10 minutes.

 Departing Passengers: Before your departing flight, please return your vehicle at the Rental Car Center. For transportation from the facility to your terminal, board the Rental Car Shuttle. The Rental Car Shuttle runs 24 hours a day and departs every five minutes from the facility.


Taxi service is available on the upper level of Terminals A, B, C and E, and on the lower level of Terminal D. An Airport Guest Assistant will be available at the taxi stands between 8:00 AM and midnight. Between midnight and 8:00 AM, dial 972 574 5878 to request a taxi. The Omni Hotel is located within the Dallas Central Business District. The one-way flat rate to locations within the Dallas Central Business District is $55.00. Taxis can be shared, reducing the cost per person. 

Public Transportation

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Bus Service

Bus Route 408 Service Details:

         Runs seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

         Departs from the DFW Remote South Parking lot every 30-60 minutes

         Serves Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station and Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station

FREE transport to the DART bus boarding area:

         From the lower level of all terminals, follow the signs to the Remote South Parking bus pick-up zones

         Remote South Parking buses depart from the Terminals approximately every 15 minutes

         At the Remote South Parking Lot, passengers can board the DART buses at the designated area

Fares for Service:

         Two-hour pass = $2.50

         A local, one-day pass good for all day = $5.00

For more fare options or to speak with a DART representative, call: 214 979 1111.

DART Rail Service

DART Rail Orange Line service is now available to DFW Airport passengers from the Belt Line Station. The Orange Line provides service to:

         Las Colinas Convention Center and the Irving Convention Center

         North Lake College

         University of Dallas

         Downtown Dallas

Access the Belt Line Station via DART Buses on Route 500

  • From Terminal A:

    • Exit to Ground Transportation on the Bag Claim Level and board the DART bus at the designated bus stop near Gate A10.

  • From Terminals B, C, D & E:

   With checked bags:

      • Collect your bags at Bag Claim

      • Follow signs to Terminal Link Shuttle on upper curbside

      • Board Terminal Link for Terminal A/DART Rail

      • Transfer to DART Bus Route 500 at bus stop near Gate A10

      • Ride to Belt Line Station for DART Rail

         No checked bags:

         Use Skylink Trains to Terminal A

         De-Board at Gates A1-A21

         Exit to Ground Transportation

         Walk to DART bus stop near Gate A10

         Use DART Bus Route 500

         Ride to Belt Line Station for DART Rail

 Shared-Ride Service Providers

Shared ride transportation services are available through the following companies. They can be contacted directly for reservations and fare schedules at the listed phone numbers.

City Shuttle, L. L. C.


Go Yellow Checker Shuttle


SuperShuttle DFW, Inc.


From Dallas Love Field Airport

Rental Cars

All major rental car companies offer services at Dallas Love Field

Airport Shuttle Services

The following Shuttle services are provided at Dallas Love Field.

City Shuttle – 214-760-1998

Super Shuttle – (800)-258-3826

Yellow Checker Shuttle – (214)-841-1900 or (972)-222-2000

Taxi Cab Service

Terminal 1 (United Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines and Seaport) Taxi Cab service is provided for Terminal 1 on the upper level at Baggage Claim.

Terminal 2 (Southwest Airlines) Taxi Cab service is provided on the lower level of the Main Terminal.

Public Transportation

The city's public transportation is provided by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).  For customer information, contact DART at (214) 979-1111. Visit DART's website.

Help Wanted As a service to our attendees, we provide space on the meeting announcement board for job openings via  “help wanted” postings.  If your company has an opening and would like to advertise to the most talented cable engineers in the world, please feel free to post an ad in the “help wanted” section of our bulletin board at Registration.


Questions about the Fall 2013 Meeting?

John T. Smith, III

Director, Marshall Technology Center

Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC), Chair

Utility Cables

BICC® Brand Utility Cable

General Cable Corporation

Phone: 903-935-8203

Fax: 903-935-8525

Cell: 903-926-2407




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