Pat Beisert, production manager for the Engineering Services Division of Shermco Industries, presented a seminar titled "Flood Repair of Electrical Equipment: Lessons Learned from the Cedar Rapids Floods of 2008" at PowerTest 2009 in San Antonio, March 12.
Hosted by the InterNational Electrical Testing Association, PowerTest 2009 was a conference designed to inform and educate those involved with electrical power system testing and maintenance. To address electrical recuperation efforts in a case of flooding, Beisert led conference attendees through Shermco’s recent experience in Cedar Rapids assessing facility damages and recovering equipment. The seminar covered circuit breakers, motor control centers and power cables with information on how they were tested, repaired and energized after the flood waters receded.
“In devastating situations like flooding, there is a lot of money and time that can be saved by salvaging and repairing equipment instead of completely replacing it,” said Beisert. “Our lessons learned in Cedar Rapids can help others quickly recover from a disaster and return a damaged facility to pre-flood operational performance.”
‘Flood Repair of Electrical Equipment: Lessons Learned from the Cedar Rapids Floods of 2008’ was one of several presentations made by Shermco employees at this year’s conference. Ron Widup, executive vice president of Shermco and PowerTest 2009 conference chair, presented a technical paper titled ‘First Trip Analysis of Power Circuit Breakers: Reducing Breaker Maintenance Through First Trip Timing Analysis.’ In addition, Shermco’s training director, Jim White, moderated a panel discussion on changes to the NFPA 70E as well as held a seminar on arc flash safety.