The 6th Annual Engineering Symposium, held May 4-7,2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, facilitated engineer-to-engineer learning and sharing, and provided engineers with the ability to earn a full CEU (10 PDHs). Almost 150 consulting engineers from 128 different firms across North America attended this year’s event, which has become a core element in Generac’s commitment to interacting with the engineering community.
The event started on Sunday with a causal welcome reception that allowed attendees to network with colleagues from around the country. On Monday, Aaron Jagdfeld, CEO for Generac Power Systems, started the day with a brief overview of the company. Then Mark Etheridge, PE from AKF, a full-service consulting engineering firm with offices on the East Coast, followed with an engaging analysis of the effects to hospital operations during Hurricane Sandy and the code changes that resulted from this event. Monday also featured a general session discussion by John Buonocore, PE with the Rahway Valley Sewage Authority. John’s presentation explored wastewater treatment operations and focused on key design concepts to ensure operational flexibility and design reliability.
The general sessions were supported by five in-depth break-out sessions. The sessions covered:
paralleling concepts and implementation,
National Electric Code (NEC) code issues, and
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code issues.
Craig Hartman, MSEE with Energy Management Corporation, one of Generac’s distribution partners covering the Utah market, lead the generator sizing discussion. It focused on avoiding sizing pitfalls associated with motor starting, non-linear loads, soft starters, and UPS’s. Another very popular session targeted the application of the NEC to generators. John Sharp, one of our in-field Power Solution Managers who has a degree in systems engineering and 20+ years of power generation experience, conducted this session.
The symposium wasn’t all study. It included two Generac plant tours so the engineers could stretch their legs, walk around units as they were being built and view parallel generation demonstrations. For the hard-core engineers, the fun continued with a 50-minute, lightning bolt flying “Tesla” show – as we all wanted to pay our respects to the man who made AC power distribution a reality. The symposium finished with some great food and a fun day at Miller Park watching the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Diamondbacks.
Since 2009, the Generac Annual Engineering Symposium has reached almost 900 engineers. If you are interested in attending, a form is available on the Generac website a few months prior to the annual spring symposium. In the meantime, if you are interested in earning CEU’s and PDH’s you can request training from a Generac Industrial Power Distributor. There have been over 15,000 courses held through our Professional Development Seminar Series.