Archive for May 8th, 2012

Chalk Report #5


The floor was closing and I was just able to get this shot. I’ll get over there the first thing in the morning and see how it was finished. I am also going to get my photo in it. Thomas & Betts promised an exciting ending.

Super Grid Day

My friends Erich Gunther and Doug Houseman of EnerNex reminded me that Wednesday is Super Grid Day at the Expo. Don’t miss it. The sessions begin at 8am on the dot.

Erich told me there is a super agenda of topics given by the leading experts in their fields and it is all here. All you have to do is show up, but Doug reminds us that it is a super popular subject and other sessions have been standing room only - so get there early.

Something Was Up


I got to a booth too late. I don’t know what was going on, but they were giving something away. I can’t believe everyone was fighting for a space at a briefing. But this is a bunch of engineers and technicians. You can get them to do just about anything if you phrase it correctly. I’ll have to go over in the morning and get the story.

Where In The Booth Are You?


Okay, Bill was right, the ABB exhibit space is huge. He sent me a map to help guide me around in it. The one thing he didn’t send me was his location on the map. I started looking for him before the show floor opened to the attendees.

I hunted all over the place all day long. (Hmmmm, could it be he really didn’t want me to find him?) Well that didn’t work. I can be very persistent. Just before the day ended, I found him sitting on a chair in front of the greeting desk! Tomorrow I think I will make him look for me and I have over 200,000 square feet to hind in!!!!! Get busy Bill.

Interactive Models


i really like models of equipment and grids stuff. There was a crowd around a model showing all manner of renewable generations and a country side representing a grid. Toshiba had a super interactive model that showed details of the renewable generation in drawers.

I’ll have to go back when it isn’t full of people and get the full story. It was fascinating to watch.

Chalk Report #4


This is a fascinating thing to watch taking place right before your eyes. The depth of field this art work is starting to show - wow.

Talk About High Tech


I just hit the GE exhibit. They have a screen the size of your typical 1950s Drive-In (maybe they are really into the PES Fabulous Fifties Florida theme, but in a high tech way). Anyway, this screen is super interactive. They have an entire grid in 3D - dispatch, transmission, distribution, feeders, wide area, you name it they have it.

I could place a fault on a transformer, see the internal workings, and the results on the network. I could play with VAR balancing. It was fantastic. Don’t miss it. I played with it and now have a bunch of other questions. I’m planning to go back and see it again.

Thank You Barbara!

In NOLA, I ran afoul with the security folks and was asked to leave the floor. My crime - I had a camera! That is a no no. I had to go to the principal’s (Barbara Powell’s) office and get a staff badge. The security folks were just doing their job.

Late this afternoon history repeated itself. I was walking up to a friend and two security guards surrounded me and told me I had to leave. Then they saw my badge. “No problems mate - your staff.” To paraphrase. My bright ORANGE shirt didn’t alert them. They just saw this camera (the size of a small kitchen appliance). I was an easy target.

They told me all about the problems they were having and to have a nice day (in the words of the Hunger Games - and the odd be ever in my favor).

Chalk Report #3


It is really developing. I can almost tell what is going to be in the final picture.

Something Way Cool!


I was wandering around the show floor when I ran into my buddy Mike Beehler at the Burns & McDonnell booth. He has an artist drawing caricatures of anyone that will sit still for a short time. It is a real hoot. I had to take part - of course. You can see the results at


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