Rebuilding After a Disaster – Challenges and Opportunities

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Speakers:         Doug Handran, EBMUD Senior Electrical Engineer

 

 Date:                Thursday, November 17, 2016

 

 


In February 2011, construction had just begun on a planned electrical safety improvements project at the East Bay Municipal Utility District's Walnut Creek Raw Water Pumping Plants (WCPP Nos. 1 &2) when the electrical substation powering the facility was destroyed by a fault. This was followed a month later by a flood that completely filled the building that houses WCPP Nos. 1 &2, submerging six large synchronous motors, pumps, and related electrical distribution equipment. These nearly simultaneous catastrophic events dramatically expanded and redefined the scope of the planned work. An immediate priority was to rebuild the electrical substation within 12 months so that the District could restore power to the undamaged WCPP NO. 3 in order to meet anticipated summer pumping demands. A longer-term priority was to completely rebuild the pumps and motors, and replace the station service motor control centers, switchgear lineups, controls, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at WCPP Nos. 1 &2 within the next 24 months. This presentation addresses how these two incidents happened and discusses how they were turned into an enhanced safety design opportunity.



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  • Zio Fraedos, 611 Gregory Lane
  • Pleasant Hill, California
  • United States 94523
  • Building: Restaurant
  • Room Number: Meeting room

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Doug Handran, Senior Electrical Engineer of EBMUD

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Rebuilding After a Disaster – Challenges and opportunities

In February 2011, construction had just begun on a planned electrical safety improvements project at the East Bay Municipal Utility District's Walnut Creek Raw Water Pumping Plants (WCPP Nos. 1 &2) when the electrical substation powering the facility was destroyed by a fault. This was followed a month later by a flood that completely filled the building that houses WCPP Nos. 1 &2, submerging six large synchronous motors, pumps, and related electrical distribution equipment. These nearly simultaneous catastrophic events dramatically expanded and redefined the scope of the planned work. An immediate priority was to rebuild the electrical substation within 12 months so that the District could restore power to the undamaged WCPP NO. 3 in order to meet anticipated summer pumping demands. A longer-term priority was to completely rebuild the pumps and motors, and replace the station service motor control centers, switchgear lineups, controls, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at WCPP Nos. 1 &2 within the next 24 months. This presentation addresses how these two incidents happened and discusses how they were turned into an enhanced safety design opportunity.

Biography:

Doug Handran is a Senior Electrical Engineer at EBMUD, where he supervises the Electrical Design section. He previously represented the District as a project leader in communicating and coordinating with electric utility agencies, consultants, clients, and customers on the District's capital improvement projects. He has 24 years of experience in the design, construction, testing and startup, commissioning, and troubleshooting of power distribution, control, and automation systems at water/wastewater facilities and hydroelectric power plants. Mr. Handran received his B. E. E and M. S. E. E. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Handran was awarded the IEEE Region 6 Central Area Outstanding Engineer Award for 2010. Mr. Handran is a past treasurer of the Oakland-East Bay Chapter of the IEEE Industry Applications Society. Mr. Handran is also a member of CIGRE and is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the state of California.

Address:EBMUD, 375 Eleventh Street, Oakland, United States

Doug Handran, Senior Electrical Engineer of EBMUD

Topic:

Rebuilding After a Disaster – Challenges and opportunities

Biography:

Address:Oakland, United States





Agenda

No-host social at 5:30 pm; Presentation at 6:15pm; Dinner at 7:15 pm;

Presentation continues at 8:00 pm; Adjourn by 9:00 pm.



Doug Handran is a Senior Electrical Engineer at EBMUD, where he supervises the Electrical Design section.