Top 10 Recommendations for Electrical Reliability: Remember the Super Bowl of 2013?

April 23, 2013

Topic:                  Top 10 Recommendations for Electrical Reliability: Remember the Super Bowl of 2013

Speaker:              Michael Nakamura, P.E.

Time:                    5:30 PM - Attitude Adjustment
                                 6:00 PM - Meeting
                                 7:00 PM - Dinner
Location:              Sinbad's Restaurant
                                 Pier 2 The Embarcadero
                                 San Francisco, CA 94111
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Electrical Reliability may sound like a boring topic until you look at the world around you.  On February 3, 2013, the Super Bowl sustained a power outage while nearly 109 million people watched and waited.  On September 9, 2011, Southern California, parts of Arizona, and parts of Mexico sustained a power outage leaving 1.5 million people in the dark and bringing traffic to a standstill.  On December 18, 2005, during heavy rainfall, a large wastewater treatment plant in the San Francisco Bay Area sustained a power outage on one utility service leaving the plant with only one healthy utility service for 5 days.  Power outages such as these can have widespread implications whether it is traffic gridlock or risk of sewage discharge into waterways.
The examples will be based on the speakers experience performing testing, startup, commissioning, and troubleshooting of power systems at a large wastewater treatment plant in the San Francisco Bay Area. The examples and recommendations will universally apply to all industries including Mission Critical, Oil and Gas, Healthcare, Utility, Transportation, Commercial, and Water/Wastewater.

Michael Nakamura is a Sales Engineer with MatzingerKeegan, Inc. (MKI), manufacturer’s representative for Schweitzer Engineering Labs, Southern States, Myers Power Products, and others. Prior to joining MKI, Mr. Nakamura was a SeniorElectrical Engineer at the East Bay Municipal Utility District where he supervised the Wastewater Electrical Engineering section.
He has 19 years of experience in the design, construction, testing, startup, commissioning, and troubleshooting of power distribution, control, and automation systems at water and wastewater facilities. Mr. Nakamura received the B.S.E.E. degree from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and is active in the local chapter of the Industry Applications Society serving as Chairman. Mr. Nakamura holds a Certificate in Project Management from UCBerkeley Extension, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.1994. From 1995 to 2009, Dave held multiple Engineering, Sales, & Executive Management positions within the Power Systems Division of Michigan CAT, a Caterpillar Dealer covering the state of Michigan. From 2009 to 2012, Dave was V.P. of Sales for Kossen Equipment, a Kohler Power Systems Dealer covering the South East. He then became Director of Engineering & Product Development for Taylor Power, a Distributor of Perkins Engines and Manufacturer of Generator Sets.