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Spring 2014 PES-ICC Meeting

Kansas City, MO, May 4-7, 2014 at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

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Westin Kansas City 

An Invitation

The ICC will be holding its Spring 2014 meeting in Kansas City, MO.  There are many links to the electric utility industry in Kansas City.  T&D World Magazine has its headquarters in Overland Park, which is a nearby suburb.  Rick Bush, who is Editorial Director of T&D World Magazine, will be our opening session speaker.  Rick is a former ICC member who was instrumental in writing the IEEE standard covering soil thermal resistivity measurements.  The annual Lineman’s Rodeo is held in Kansas City and is a major event for our industry.  Kansas is home to IOUs such as Westar Energy and KCP&L along with a number of municipals and electric cooperatives.  In addition, all of us recognize Hallmark Cards, who’s headquarters is adjacent to the conference hotel.  Thirty minutes away is the Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, MO.  Truman was known for a sign on his desk saying “The Buck Stops Here” in addition to being the president who guided the USA through the end of World War II.  Kansas City provides many opportunities as a dynamic and changing Midwestern city.  Come join us for an exciting time and learn about all the ICC has to offer, both technically and as an opportunity to network with your peers and colleagues in the electric utility industry.

Meeting Agenda A final agenda has been posted here.  This is final version of the meeting schedule.  Any last minute changes will be posted at registration. (Updated 4/29/2014)

In addition to the PDF agenda, the ICC is using a smartphone/tablet schedule based on the platform.  Guidebook can be downloaded from the "app store" on most smartphones, or by scanning the QR code below.  Then you can easily add our meeting by searching on "ICC" within the app.
If you find any problems or have any questions about our use of Guidebook, 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. (Updated 5/2/2014)

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

The theme of the Spring 2014 Educational Program is Sheath Bonding for Transmission and Distribution Cable Systems.  Some of the topics covered will include why to bond, types of bonding, surge voltage limiters, ground continuity conductors, and applicable standards.  Abstracts 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 opened on Monday morning, March 31, 2014, and will remain open until 5:00 PM EDT Friday, April 25, 2014.  A reminder e-mail was sent out to all previous attendees when on-line registration opened.
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.

You are encouraged 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 available here.

Historical ICC Minutes Historical ICC Meeting Minutes – ICC Historical minutes continue to be available for sale on a USB Drive, containing the ICC Meeting Minutes from the very first meeting in 1947 through Fall 2014.  All of the minutes contained on this drive are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and are searchable either from within Acrobat Reader or using the Windows search engine.  The drive is available for purchase during registration, on-site at any meeting, and at any time between meetings.
Mini-Expo The Spring 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 Westin Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City, MO.
Westin Kansas City at Crown Center
1 East Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone:  (816) 474-4400
Fax:  (816) 283-4901
Website:  Click here.
The room rate will be exclusive of applicable state and local taxes.  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.  Included is complimentary use of the fitness center for all attendees, complimentary wireless/wired Internet access in guestrooms and wireless Internet access in public spaces, and a self parking discount of fifty percent (50%).

The Westin in Kansas City has set up a special web site for the ICC membership to make room reservations for the upcoming meeting.  Please use the following link to make your reservations:  

The initial page is a welcome screen with a picture of the hotel on the upper right.  Above the picture is a tab for “Book a room.”  Select this tab to make your room reservations.  If you encounter any problems using this site, please let us know.  

The deadline for completing reservations is Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Central time.  Reservations received after this date will be accepted by the Hotel on a space available basis at the conference rates.  The Hotel’s check-in and check-out times are 3:00 pm and 12:00 pm respectively.  Guests are permitted to check in early or check out later subject to room availability.

Hospitality Suites If your company plans to have a hospitality suite in conjunction with the Spring 2014 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.)

Spouse/Guest Off-Site Activities – Off-site tours will also be available for guests and companions at this ICC meeting.  The list of off-site activities includes:

Monday, May 5, AM:  Hallmark Visitor’s Center

Monday, May 5, PM:  Crown Center Shopping

Tuesday, May 6, AM:  The Money Museum

Tuesday, May 6,PM:  Liberty Memorial War Museum or Kansas City Aquarium

Wednesday, May 7, AM:  Belger Arts Center

Wednesday, May 7, PM:  Farmer’s Market

If you are interesting in participating in any of these activities, please register for them on the ICC registration site.  We would like to get a head count to determine the level of interest in these activities.  There is no charge for these events, although participants should be prepared to pay public transportation costs to the site (if applicable) and any food and beverage or miscellaneous personal expenses.

Shopping excursions are also available at the Crown Center shops, located adjacent to the hotel, which has long been one of Kansas City's favorite places to spend a day shopping.  Anchored by hometown luxury store, Halls--Crown Center has it all.  From ice skating in the winter, eating at the Crayola Cafe or catching a matinee at the Coterie Theatre to shopping at one of its many specialty stores.  Additional relaxing activities will be available at the Spouse/Guest meeting room within the hotel.

Tourist Information

Airport – The nearest Airport is Kansas City International Airport (MCI) (all major carriers).

On-Airport Shuttle Bus Information:

RED BUS - To Circle Parking Lots and Other KCI Terminals

"Red Buses" offer free transportation to and from Circle Parking Lots and between terminals.  Red Bus stops are located on the curbs outside each terminal building and are marked with overhead signs. Buses arrive approximately every 15 minutes.  All Red Buses are wheelchair lift equipped and can "kneel" lower for easier access to the loading steps.  For more information, call 5219 from any in-terminal white courtesy phone.

Ground Transportation

From Kansas City International Airport

Rental Cars

Rental Car Services
1 Nassau Circle
Kansas City, MO 64153

All rental car companies share a Gray Rental Car Shuttle that stops at marked shelters at terminal medians.


Phone Number

Web Address
























Courtesy phones for taxi service are located both inside and outside the terminal at each bag claim area and at other strategic locations outside the terminal exits.  Make sure that you give the dispatcher your exact location.

Fares may be pro-rated (shared) when the originating passenger requests it and all other passengers agree.

If calling from a personal phone, call 816-243-2345.

Rates are $2.50 plus $2.10 per mile.  Rates may vary due to traffic delays and waiting time.


City ordinance requires taxicab operators to take all trips regardless of length.  If short-trip service is refused, obtain the name and vehicle number of the cab and report it by calling 816-243-5237.  It is also illegal for taxi drivers to solicit your business without invitation.

Airport Shuttle Services

This listing is provided only as a service to travelers.  Neither the Kansas City Aviation Department nor ICC endorses nor guarantees any particular company.  Please research your shuttle company choice carefully.

Shuttle Company

Phone Number

Service Area

Abe's Transportation, LLC.
Dedicated shuttle service Reservations only


Kansas and Missouri

AERO Shuttle Express
Reservations only


Kansas and Missouri

Best Express Shuttle
Reservations only


Wichita area

Elite Shuttle of Kansas City
Dedicated shuttle service Reservations only


Kansas and Missouri

5 Guys Transportation
Dedicated/private car service Reservations only


Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa

Ground Transportation
Services, LLC
Scheduled shuttle service



Scheduled shuttle service


Boonville, Columbia

Quicksilver Airport Service
Shared ride van
(with 6 hr. notice)


Kansas City and surrounding area

Rick's Express
Shuttle service
Reservations only


Atchison, Basehor, Bonner Springs, Ft. Leavenworth, Platte City, St. Joseph, Tracy, Weston

Roundabout Transportation
Scheduled shuttle service
(car seats/boosters available)


Kansas and Missouri

Spirit Shuttle
Shuttle service
Reservations only


Blue Springs, Independence, Knob Noster, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Whiteman AFB

StarFleet Shuttles
Reservations recommended
Smoke-free private service


Kansas and Missouri

Scheduled shuttle service
No reservations required
Offices & kiosks near bag claims


Kansas City and surrounding areas

V.I.P Transportation Services
Airport shuttle service


Kansas and Missouri

Public Transportation

Metro Bus Service

The Metro operates to and from KCI every day of the week.  Metro buses accept cash and Monthly Bus Passes.  The regular fare one-way to or from KCI is $1.50.  Reduced fare for eligible seniors, youths and persons with disabilities with a Metro reduced fare card or Medicare card is $0.75.

Fare boxes accept exact change only; if you do not have exact change the driver can issue a change card that holds a credit. Inform the driver before inserting money into the fare box if you want a change card.

For routes, schedules and additional information on the Metro please check out their web site at or contact The Metro directly at 816-221-0660.

Tourist Information

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
History of Baseball League

Address:  1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
Explore the history of the Negro Baseball Leagues at this museum located in the 18th and Vine District.  Through video presentations, film exhibits, interactive stations, a photo gallery and pieces of memorabilia, the museum offers insight into the lives and careers of the players who contributed so much to the game of baseball while helping to advance the Civil Rights movement.  This museum adjoins the American Jazz Museum, so be sure to allow enough time to visit both.  
Phone:  +1 816 221 1920/+1 888 221 6526(Toll Free), Fax:  +1 816 221 8424, Website
Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday, 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM, Sunday, 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Nelson-Atkins Muesum of Art
Renowned Art Museum
Address:  4525 Oak Street Kansas City 64111 United States
This artistic wonderland is housed in a splendid neoclassical structure that serves as a piece of work in itself.  Collections of American and European art contain creations from the most prominent schools and periods, from artists such as Homer, Caravaggio, Monet, Titian, Rodin, Renoir and hundreds of others.  Popular displays at the museum include the Chinese Temple Room, a sealed Egyptian tomb and an outdoor sculpture garden.  A cafe and gift shop are also on-site.  Admission is free.  Call to know more.
Phone:  +1 816 751 1278, E-mail, Website
Hours:  Wednesday, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM,Thursday – Friday, 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM, Sunday, 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Art for All Senses
Address:  4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, KS 64111 United States
Opened in the fall of 1994, the Kemper Museum has become one of the most respected galleries in the region.  The permanent collection donated by Bebe and Crosby Kemper features contemporary works.  Temporary exhibits included a complete retrospective by fashion photographer, Herb Ritts.  The museum also exhibited and ultimately acquired a moving AIDS tribute by Robert Juarez.  The building itself is also worth a look.  Constructed with a plethora of nooks and crannies and two elongated wings, the structure looks like a bird in flight from above.  Admission is free.
Phone:  +1 816 753 5784, Fax:  +1 816 753 5806, E-mail, Website
Hours:  Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM, Friday – Saturday, 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM, Sunday, 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
Harry S. Truman Library
Presidential Library

Address:  500 W US Hwy 24, Independence, MO 64050 United States
Located in Independence, the library, one of 10 presidential libraries in the country run by the National Archives and Records Administration, houses 15 million pages of documents and 35,000 objects, all associated with the life and presidency of Harry Truman, whose hometown was Independence, Missouri.  Truman and his wife, Bess, are buried in the courtyard on the grounds of this impressive library.  Truman is famous for a plaque on his desk stating “The Buck Stops Here.”  For those who are history buffs, this library is incomparable for a history of World War II.
Phone:  +1 816 268 8200, Fax: +1 816 268 8295, E-mail, Website
Hours:  Monday - Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Sundays, Noon to 5:00 PM, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Thursdays, May through September

American Jazz Museum
American Jazz Museum
History of Jazz Music
Address:  1616 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
This impressive museum, American Jazz Museum, pays tribute to the performers who helped create the musical style we call jazz.  The history of this music form is told through interactive exhibits where you can listen to performances, watch videos and learn more about the greatest jazz musicians.  You will also learn about the history of African-Americans artists in Kansas City and their many contributions to our society.  The museum, which adjoins the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, is available on rent for special events as well.  Group tours are available.  Call ahead or check the website for more details.
Phone:  +1 816 474 8463, Fax: +1 816 474 0074, E-mail, Website
Hours:  Tuesday to Saturday from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Arabia Steamboat Museum
Arabia Steamboat Museam
Sunken Treasure
Address:  400 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106 United States
Located along the Grand Boulevard in Kansas City, the Arabia Steamboat Museum relives the story of Arabia, the steamboat which sank due to a snag in the Missouri River.  The boat itself was designed to face the current and go upstream.  The sunken vessel was discovered in 1988 and the remnants and artifacts are now displayed in this museum.  The museum also has a gift shop for souvenirs.  Check the website for more information.
Phone:   +1 816 471 1856(Reservations)/+1 816 471 4030, Fax:  +1 816 471 1616, E-mail, Website
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 05:30 PM, Sunday from 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Liberty Memorial
Liberty Memorial
World War I Museum
Address:  100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
Founded in 1919, the Liberty Memorial was established to honor those who fought and lost their lives during World War I.  The City of Kansas after the war wanted a medium through which they could pay their respects and showcase the cruelty of war.  Founded in 1919, the Liberty Memorial was established to honor those who fought and lost their lives during World War I.  In a two week public drive, it raised over USD 2.5 million and built the Liberty Memorial. The Memorial is divided into a North Wall, Exhibit and Memory Halls, a Sphinx and a 217 feet Memorial Tower.  Carvings across the walls depict the story of the war and its various transitional phases.  The list of sculptures increases as there is also a Pantheon replica, which was donated to the Memorial.
Phone:  +1 816 784 1918, E-mail, Website
Hours:  Open Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Hallmark Visitors Center
Hallmark Visitors Center
See how Hallmark Cards began
Address:  2501 McGee St (Crown Center), Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
More than 150,000 people come to this interactive museum and informational center each year.  Here, you will learn about how Hallmark Cards started, meet some of the talented artists, writers and designers, view the massive collection of Keepsake ornaments and make your own gift bow to take home.  Located in downtown's Crown Center, the Hallmark Visitors Center is a must-see for anyone interested in learning about the greeting card industry and the people behind it.
Admission is free.
Phone:  +1 816 274 3613, E-mail, Website
Hours:  Monday - Friday 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Saturday 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, CLOSED SUNDAY

Powell Gardens
Powell Gardens
 Kansas City's Botanical Garden
Address:  1609 NW US Highway 50, Kingsville, MO 64061 United States
Powell Gardens is a not-for-profit botanical garden located just east of Kansas City, Missouri. Our mission:  to be an experience that embraces the Midwest's spirit of place and inspires an appreciation for the importance of plants in our lives.  Set on 970 acres of lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows, Powell Gardens offers breathtaking display gardens, interesting architecture, a nature trail and a year-round calendar of special events and classes for the entire family.  The Gardens receive support from foundations, corporations, individuals, the Friends of Powell Gardens and income generated through admissions, gift shop sales and rentals.  For more information, see our profile at DonorEdge.  Powell Gardens is known for its spectacular garden displays incorporating native plantings and the Heartland Harvest Garden, the nation's largest edible landscape.  Powell Gardens also is known for its contemporary architecture by the architectural firm originally established by Fay Jones, now Maurice Jennings Architects.  The Gardens can be rented for weddings, receptions, ceremonies and other private events.
Phone:  +1 816 697 2600, E-mail, Website
Hours:  Daily 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM


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