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Spring 2013 PES-ICC Meeting

Pittsburgh, PA, April 28-May 1, 2013 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel

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Closing Summary

Thank-you for your attendance at the Spring 2013 ICC Meeting (the 133rd meeting of the Insulated Conductors Committee).  The meeting officially closed on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.  While the train schedules did cause some noise and disruptions to some of the meetings and your nightly rest, I hope overall the meeting was beneficial and of value to you and your company.

Meeting Attendance & Paid Events

We had another successful meeting, setting a new record for total attendance at spring ICC meetings of 383.  The previous total attendance record for Spring ICC meetings was 369; recently set in Seattle in 2012.  This spring 2013 ICC meeting registered 61 newcomers, 11 of which were new utility engineers, which is encouraging.  While overall attendance did set a record for a spring meeting, actual utility engineer attendance dropped by a count of 20 from the high of 101 at the Fall 2012 meeting held in St. Petersburg, FL.  This brought the percentage of utility engineer participation for this meeting down to 21.1%.  The level of utility engineer participation for this spring meeting was lower than the spring average of 26.1, and lower than the previously lowest utility engineer participation of 24%.  Clearly, this meeting’s low utility engineer participation was due to some assignable cause.  We will investigate further.  We did not have any new utility engineers within the 40-mile radius of the Pittsburgh venue take advantage of the offer we made of a complimentary registration for this meeting.  We will be modifying this offer in an attempt to extend this offer to a broader population of utility engineers (new attendees) across the country and abroad.

New Topics of Discussion at ICC

The formation of at least two (2) new Ad Hoc discussion groups was also encouraging; one (1) on HVDC Cables and the other on Consideration of the Effects of Seismic Events on Underground Cables. Both are scheduled to meet at the Fall 2013 ICC meeting in Dallas in November.  Much progress was also made in cable and accessory standards development and maintenance by ICC Working Groups.

We also hosted a High Voltage Testing Subcommittee meeting (Chair, Bill Larzelere) of the Power System Instrumentation & Measurements (PSIM) technical committee, one of our sister sponsor committees of the Power and Energy Society (PES) of IEEE.

We look forward to your attendance at the Fall 2013 meeting in Dallas, Texas at the Dallas Omni Hotel, November 10–13, 2013.  Please check the ICC Website frequently for updates.

See you in Dallas, TX at the Dallas Omni Hotel, November 10 – 13, 2013!

An Invitation

You are cordially invited to the 133rd meeting of the Insulated Conductors Committee, to be held April 28 – May 1, 2013.  We’re heading to Pittsburgh, PA, the #3 destination to visit in 2013, according to NBC’s January 1st, 2013 Today Show. Check out the video on our website, ICC Website.

The hotel block closes on April 1, 2013 at 5:00PM EST. However it will close sooner if the rooms book up. So please book now!

More information can be found below. In addition, please check the ICC Websitefrequently for updates.

Meeting Agenda The final agenda for the Spring 2013 meeting has been posted here!  This agenda reflects the final update, including room assignments.  Any last minute updates will be posted at registration. (Updated 4-15-2013, Note minor changes from 4-14 "final agenda")


Educational Program

 The Subcommittees will sponsor many Technical Presentations on key topics in their fields of interest.  (Updated 4-28-2013)

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

The theme of the Spring 2013 Educational Program will be Cable Fault LocatingAbstracts of the presentations will be found here.

0.4 IEEE CEUs will be offered for this session.  You must register in order to receive CEUs.  (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.


 Online Registration will be open from March 25 through April 19, 2013, @ 5:00PM EST.  A reminder e-mail will be sent out to all previous attendees when on-line registration opens.
Online Registration will be available at, and allows you 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.
For those that cannot register online for any reason, an offline registration form is posted here.  Please remember that credit card payment is only available with on-line registration.


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
On-Site Registration - IEEE Member $285.00
On-Site Registration - non IEEE Member $335.00
Complimentary Registration $0.00
Advance Guest/Companion Registration $60.00
Onsite Guest/Companion Registration $60.00
Reception $0.00
Orientation Program $0.00
Advance Transnational Luncheon $45.00
Onsite Transnational Luncheon $55.00
Education Program (Didactic) $0.00
Advance Education Program Luncheon $45.00
Onsite Education Program Luncheon $55.00
Continuing Education Units $20.00
Download Spring 2013 Minutes $0.00
Mailed Spring 2013 Minutes DVD  $50.00
Historical Minutes $50.00
Minutes - Fall 2012 (St. Pete, FL) $50.00
Minutes - Spring 2012 (Seattle, WA) $50.00
Table Top $350.00
Advance Networking Luncheon $45.00
Onsite Networking Luncheon $55.00

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 2010.  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.
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

The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA.

Our room block will close as soon as it is full, but no later than Monday, April 1, 2013.  Reservations received after this date will be accepted by the Hotel on a space available basis at the conference rates

Please note that the ICC is committed to a minimum occupancy. To help the ICC avoid penalties, please consider staying at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel.

Sheraton Station Square Hotel

300 W Station Square Dr

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

Phone: (412) 261-2000

The room rate is exclusive of applicable state and local taxes.  No resort fee will be charged. These rates will be offered three days prior and three days after the meeting dates, based on availability, or until the designated cut-off date.  Hotel will accept reservations made by telephone at 800-325-3535 or 412-261-2000.  The Hotel’s check-in and check-out time are 3:00 pm and 12:00 pm respectively.  Guests are permitted to check in early or check out later subject to room availability.

Please mention the “Insulated Conductors Committee” to get the standard room rate.  Reservations can be made by phone, fax, or online at  The rate includes the following listed amenities free of charge: in-room coffee, wireless internet access in guest rooms and common areas, use of fitness center, daily newspaper on weekdays, local and toll-free telephone calls, domestic faxes and use of the business center.  Self-parking facility with In and Out Privileges @ USD 20 per day.

Hospitality Suites If your company plans to have a hospitality suite in conjunction with the Spring 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 $50 and includes breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.)

Tourist Information

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The nearest Airports are Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) (most major carriers) and the Allegheny County Airport (AGC)

Ground Transportation

By Car

From Pittsburgh International Airport
Take 60 South (Pittsburgh) to Interstate 279 North to Exit 5-C. Bear right and continue for approximately one mile. At the second light, turn right onto Carson Street (837). The Pittsburgh riverfront hotel is approximately 1.5 miles on the left.

From East
Take Interstate 376 West to the Grant Street Exit (1C). Turn left at the first light onto Fort Pitt Boulevard. Stay in the left lane and go one block to Smithfield Street. Turn left at the light onto the Smithfield Street Bridge, and the Station Square entrance is at the end of the bridge.

From North
Take Interstate 79 South to I-279 South to Fort Pitt Bridge. Stay in the far right lane and exit 5-C (just before the tunnel). This will put you on Carson Street. (Route 837). Turn right at the first light and follow the access road to the hotel.

From South
Take Route 79 North to I-279 North (Pittsburgh). Take Exit 5-C (West End) and bear to the right. Continue for approximately one mile and at the second light, turn right onto Carson Street (837). The Pittsburgh riverfront hotel is approximately 1.5 miles on the left.

SuperShuttle- (800) 258-3826 24 Hours.  Travel Distance: Approximately 48.28 km/30.0 miles from Pittsburgh International Airport and approximately 19.31 km/12.0 miles from Allegheny County Airport (AGC).  For additional information or reservations. please visit or call (800) BlueVan


Taxi service is available from Allegheny County Airport (AGC) 24 hours.  Approximate fee is 40 USD. Contact phone number is 412) 321-8100.

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.

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