Q: What is this swanky “reliability” event that Novinium is sponsoring on the Seattle waterfront in conjunction with the ICC meeting on March 26, 2012?
A: P1816™ IEEE P1816™ is a soon-to-be-approved, “Guide for Preparation Techniques of Extruded Dielectric, Shielded Cable Rated 2.5 kV through 46 kV and the Installation of Mating Accessories.” P1816 starts where most accessory installation instructions end. It defines the best practices for accessory installation that will lead to the highest level of reliability. The P1816 Guide was assembled by circuit owners, component manufacturers, and reliability masters like my Novinium colleagues. On March 26th, those who have a stake in reliability will gather to kick-off a multi-part series of webinars that will delve into the details of high-reliability craftsmanship.
Regular attendees of the Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC) will recognize the speaker’s names as authorities on the subject of reliability. Vern Buckholz, an expert on neutral corrosion, Glenn Luzzi of Richards Manufacturing, and expert on cable accessories of all types, Harry Orton an expert on sources of reliability problems, Mike Smalley of WE Energies, a P1816 Co-chair, and Bill Taylor of 3M, an expert on splices and terminations, are just some of the proficient people who will be introducing the topic and setting the stage for a year of informative webinars designed specifically to spread the gospel of reliable craftsmanship. The webinars will be designed for the craft-folk that largely determine the post installation reliability of underground cable components. Management and engineers should plan on attending too, because there will be revelations for all.