Well, March already - time flies and here we are in the third month of CIGRE's 70th year in Australia and only 183 Days out from the Cairns Symposium !
Interest in the Symposium has been strong with already over 350 delegate registrations and a very strong sponsor and exhibitor listing.
We have released stage2 of the exhibition space and it is filling fast! Early bird rates are open to the end of April and if you are thinking of sponsoring or exhibiting, don't delay and contact us soon else you may miss out.
We are now anticipating 600-800 delegates and apart from the over 300 paper presentations, CIDER and SEAPAC events, we have some great social and networking opportunities planned and have just released a companion offering for those who may not be attending the technical sessions.
I encourage you to have a good look through the Cairns Symposium website, plan the date in your calendar, register and bring your companion/family and have a short break - Cairns and the hinterland is a great place for a break ! https://cigrecairns23.com.au/
In this, our 33rd edition of In The Loop we have another three technical articles contributed by CIGRE Australian members and sourced by Phil Southwell our Technical editor.
The first article has been contributed by Alex Cruickshank, long term Australian member and Chair of Global Study Committee C5.
It provides a brief history of CIGRE and how it is evolving to meet the needs of its members. It is particularly timely considering Australia is celebrating its seventieth anniversary of membership.
Second up we have an article on the work of WG B2.64- Inspection and testing of tools, equipment and training for live-line work on overhead lines. This article summarises the work of the group which was established to increase the awareness of live-line working requirements for equipment certification and personnel training.
With the ever-increasing pressure to improve both technical and financial performance, there is a benefit in exploring practices across the world to both improve performance and to provide reassurance that risks are being managed consistent with global practices. The Australian member of this WG was Alex Price.
The final article in this edition refers to a Working Group which was chaired by the Technical Editor of ITL - Phil Southwell supported by Terry Killen as Secretary and has produced Technical Brochure 882.
The Working Group was tasked with identifying means to bridge the gap in mutual understanding amongst the technical specialists and the various stakeholders that have a vested interest in the electricity product. The Working Group had a wide international membership and drew on several international case studies and examples in producing recommendations and guidelines.
Finally I remind readers that the CALL FOR PAPERS for the 2024 Paris Session is now open. Information and the proforma can be downloaded HERE from THIS LINK.
Chair Cairns Local Organising Committee, Technical Editor ITL