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Where: Hilton Savannah DeSoto, Savannah, GA (US).
Date: 10-02-2017 -10-05-2017
Time: 08:00:00 -17:00:00
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2017 Weidmann 16th Annual Technical Conference
October 2 -5, 2017
Savannah DeSoto Hotel, Savannah, GA

Weidmann has assembled a group of highly experienced and knowledgeable speakers to share their expertise with you. This excellent technical program will feature interesting and current presentations showcasing innovative and applied technologies. With topics including new advancements in transformer maintenance practices and diagnostic testing of transformers, circuit breakers, and load tap changers, the conference is designed to assist maintenance operators, engineers, and management in maximizing the life of electrical equipment in the field.


This year’s Conference includes a Tour at Georgia Transformer facility. VTC/GT Rincon plant is one of the most spectacular, modern large power transformer facilities in North America.


Once Again in 2017 – pre-Conference Insulation Fluids/Transformer Maintenance/DGA session (Monday, Oct 2nd)
Join us for our optional 1-Day Weidmann training course with presentations by Nick Perjanik, Manager of Knowledge Services on proper sampling and insulation fluid quality testing, Mike Lau, Chief Technology Engineer on transformer maintenance, life extension, moisture in insulation and transformer dryout and Fredi Jakob, of the Power Education Institute on dissolved gas analysis (DGA) for transformers, circuit breakers, and load tap changers.


PRELIMINARY AGENDA - Main Conference is Tuesday - Thursday

Tuesday, October 3rd - General Session 8:00 - 5:00pm

                                  - WELCOME RECEPTION follows
Wednesday, October 4th - General Session 8:00 - 12:00pm and 2:00 - 4:00pm
       - VENDOR EXPO open 12:00 - 2:00pm and 4:00 - 6:00pm (with Reception)
Thursday, October 5th - General Session 8:00 - 12:00pm
                                   - Depart for VTC/GT Rincon Plant
                                   - Lunch followed by Tour of VTC/GT 
                                   - Return to Hotel about 4:00pm
                     Transportation will be provided by Weidmann


PRESENTATIONS INCLUDE - click here for 2017 Detailed Agenda


  • Representative Fluid Sampling and Insulation Fluid Quality Assessment Testing - Nick Perjanik, Weidmann Electrical Technology, Inc.
  • Safety Issues When Working on Transformers and Tap Changers - Mike Lau, Weidmann Electrical Technology, Inc.
  • Moisture in Insulation and Transformer Dryout - Mike Lau, Weidmann Electrical Technology, Inc.
  • Transformer Maintenance Practices - Mike Lau, Weidmann Electrical Technology, Inc.
  • A New Approach to Assessing the Quality of Electrical Insulation through Oil Testing - Nick Perjanik, Weidmann Electrical Technology, Inc.
  • Dissolved Gas Analysis - Fredi Jakob, Power Education Institute


Main Conference

  • Detection of Mixtures of Faults in Transformers by DGA with Duval Pentagons and Triangles - Michel Duval, Hydro-Quebec
  • Going Beyond Asset Health Ranking to Include Criticality, Failure Probability, Risk Mitigation and Cost  Impacts in Strategic Programs - Dave Woodcock, Weidmann Electrical Technology, Inc
  • Government Influence and Regulations of the Smart Grid - Joseph Donovan, Holland & Knight
  • The Value of Performing Power Factor Sweep Measurements on Power Transformers - Brandon Dupuis, OMICRON electronics Corp
  • Internal Transformer Inspections Without Draining Oil From the Transformer Using a Robot - Craig Stiegemeier, ABB, TRES
  • Update on Concepts and New Developments Regarding Cooling Technologies to Maintain the Health of Transformers - Vasanth Vailoor, TranTech Radiators
  • Categorizing Transformer Faults via Dissolved Gas Analysis - Randy Cox, GE Grid Solutions
  • Transient Recovery Voltage(TRV) for High-Voltage Circuit Breakers - Rogerio Verdolin, Verdolin Solutions, Inc
  • Effects of Loading on Insulation Degradation as Detected in Narrow Band Dielectric Frequency Response - Robert Breazeal, Southern California Edison
  • Transformer Temperature Rise Tests - Stephen Chan, EC & QA Engineering
  • Condition Assessment - the Insulation Manufactures View - Peter Heinzig, Weidmann Electrical Technology, Inc
  • Significance of Tertiary windings in Y-Y Connected Power Transformers - Subhas Sarkar & Vijay Pargaonkar, Virginia Transformer/Georgia Transformer
  • Mitigating Murphy’s Law While Test - Frédéric Dollinger, Haefely Hipotronics
  • VAM & DRM Innovative Diagnostic Methods for On Load Tap Changers - Carlos Bittner, Reinhausen Manufacturing
  • Alternative Testing Technologies for Field Diagnostics of Current Transformers - Volney Naranjo, Megger
  • Effect of the Geomagnetic Induced Currents in Power Transformers - Jorge Gonzalez de la Vega, ORTO
  • High Temperature Insulation Systems: an Important Tool in Design of Compact, Mobile or Fast-Deployable Large Power Transformer for Grid Resilience - Jean-Claude Duart, Dupont


The Power Transformer manufacturing facility located in Rincon, Georgia was built in 2009 by Efacec Energia using the best engineering and concepts available to manufacture core and shell technology transformers from 30 MVA to 1,500 MVA in voltages from 69 kV all the way to 525 kV, with a total capacity of 24,000 MVA. In January 2015 Georgia Transformer took over the facilityGeorgia Transformer has formed an alliance with Virginia Transformer to provide expertise in improving Georgia Transformer's business processes and planning tools in various functions of the company. Virginia Transformer is a leading manufacturer of custom engineered power electric transformers for energy, industrial, mining, oil & gas, utility, commercial, institutional, specialty and export markets in power ranges from 300 kVA to 100 MVA. Virginia Transformer produces one of the broadest ranges of small and medium power transformers available from a single source.


An excellent opportunity to socialize with your colleagues while enjoying good food and beverages.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, October 4th, an EXPO Trade Show will be held at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto (Madison Ballroom) showcasing the latest equipment, products, technologies and services tailored to meet the needs of utility and other power industry participants. A hosted lunch, cocktails and prizes will be provided during the EXPO. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. If you are interesting in participating in the Vendor EXPO please contact Linda Brooks at 802.751.3514 or email her at for more information. See the attached 2017 EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION.


  • Ground Support LLC
  • Reinhausen Manufacturing Inc.
  • Megger
  • L.A.E. Lughese Attrezzature per l"Elettromeccanica Srl
  • Haefely Hipotronics
  • HV Technologies, Inc.
  • Delta-X Research USA Inc.
  • DryKeep USA
  • The Colt Group
  • Raytech USA
  • Intellirent
  • Baron USA, LLC
  • Delta Star, Inc.
  • Jordan Transformer
  • ABB Inc


IEEE CEUs and NETA CTDs will be available to attendees at no additional cost for the Main Conference.

Hilton Savannah DeSoto
15 East Liberty Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Please contact Tonya Harris, Group Rooms Coordinator, at or 912-443-2021.


A room block has been reserved from 10/1 – 10/5/2017 at the room rates of $130.00 single/double. Rooms at the course rate are limited so please make your reservations before September 4th. Reservations received late will be confirmed on a space available basis at the prevailing rate.


WEIDMANN Client Registration: $490.00 (FREE REGISTRATION for First Time attending Client).
Non-Client: $790.00
1-Day Pre Conference Training Registration: $290.00
Cost includes all conference materials, breaks, lunches and the Welcome Reception on Tuesday night and EXPO Reception Wednesday.


BONUS: Register 3, send the 4th FREE!
Any organization wishing to send multiple attendees may register 1 FREE for every 3 registrations.


REGISTRATION INFORMATION: You can register online below or download the 2017 ATC Registration Form and fax to 802-751-3555 Attn: Naomi Girouard or email it to For questions call Naomi at 802-751-3567.

Interested in presenting? or want to discuss a possible topic you are thinking to present?
Contact Nick Perjanik
+1 916 778 8435 

General Event Questions:
Contact Naomi Girouard
+802 751 3567 



PLEASE NOTE - we do not process Credit Cards online, once you have signed up online please call Naomi Girouard at 802.751.3567 to provide/discuss payment options.


Registration options:
Add to cart Qty Ticket Name Ticket Price
1 Day Pre Conference Training Registration (Mon) $ 295.00
WEIDMANN Client Main Conference (Tu-Th) $ 490.00
WEIDMANN Client Main Conference First Time Free Registration
Non Client Main Conference Registration (Tu-Th) $ 790.00
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