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Waterpower XV Conference Information

The Waterpower XV Conference and Exhibition, July 23-26 in Chattanooga, Tenn., brings together hydro professionals to take part in a variety of activities, all aimed toward enhancing the role and contribution of hydropower.

Waterpower XV is the largest and most significant gathering of hydro professionals during 2007. Participants convene at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., the week of July 23 to exchange ideas, technology, and approaches for moving hydropower forward as the world’s leading source of renewable energy. The Waterpower conference series is regarded as the industry’s premier technical forum.

This year’s program features innovative approaches to the presentation of information by industry experts. The exhibition focuses on practical and easy access to leading product and service providers. A training program, called “Hydro Basics Course,” will help new hires, or persons new to hydro, be more productive, more quickly. And, a host of ancillary workshops, technical tours, and professional meetings are organized to help participants maximize their Waterpower experience.

The conference begins Tuesday, July 24, with the opening plenary session. Dr. Henry Petroski, professor of civil engineering and history at Duke University, is the featured speaker. Dr. Petroski is an acclaimed author-engineer. His keynote borrows from the title of his 2006 book, Success Through Failure: The Paradox of Design. In his address, Dr. Petroski offers a framework for considering failure as an aid to success.

The exhibition opens Tuesday evening, as conference delegates enjoy a reception from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. A total of 243 companies and organizations share their technologies and services for solving regulatory and technical challenges and for helping hydro professionals do their jobs more efficiently and cost-effectively.

Starting on page 112, you will find detailed information about the exhibitors, including exhibit hall booth numbers, contact information, and a description of their products and/or services. An easy-to-use layout of the exhibit hall showing the location of each exhibitor’s booth is provided in the on-site conference guide.

The conference and exhibition continues through Thursday, July 26. In addition to technical paper presentations, the traditional backbone of the conference, a number of other types of sessions are featured. Poster gallery sessions, roundtables, and symposia offer numerous ways to learn and exchange information about both technical- and policy-related issues.

The number of topics covered is comprehensive, ranging from fish protection, knowledge transfer, and project rehabilitation to security, digital technology, and new development – just to name a few.

Papers presented in the technical presentation sessions and the poster gallery sessions are published in a conference papers CD-Rom. Each conference delegate receives a papers CD. Additional CDs can be purchased from HCI Publications, the conference owner and organizer.

Delegates who participate in the full Waterpower XV conference will have the opportunity to earn 13 professional development hours (PDH) or 1.3 continuing education units (CEU). A certificate of completion will be forwarded after the conference.

For the second time, Waterpower is offering the popular “Hydro Basics Course,” a training program developed by the Hydro Training Institute. This innovative curriculum combines classroom presentations and a guided plant tour. This two-part course, held July 24-26, is designed to help new hires – or persons new to hydro – be more productive, more quickly.

Participants can register for one or both parts. Each part includes the plant tour. Topics to be covered in the first part – called Water-to-Wire and held Tuesday afternoon and all day Wednesday – include the history and technology of hydropower, hydraulic design of a project, basics on equipment (such as turbines, generators, governors, controls, and more), and hydro plant operations and power supply. Topics to be covered in the second part – called Hydro Basics: More Than Power Production and held all day Thursday – include hydropower and natural resource stewardship, hydro regulation in the U.S. and Canada, and communicating hydro’s value.

Both parts include a technical tour of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) 160-MW Chickamauga Lock and Dam. This tour is Wednesday, July 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The conference’s closing plenary session features the story of U.S. Senator George William Norris, who spearheaded the campaign to create the TVA and for whom the first dam to be completed by the authority was named. Norris was also a reformer who favored the federal regulation of public utilities and a hydropower pioneer. The presentation, by retired Nebraska State Senator David Landis, is a fun yet factual recounting of Norris’ life, including his Midwestern boyhood.

Then, it’s on to the closing event, “Celebrate at the Aquarium,” held at the Tennessee Aquarium. Enjoy the company of old colleagues and new acquaintances, while enjoying food, casual entertainment, and the natural wonders in the world’s largest freshwater aquarium.


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