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ANC Recognises significant contributors

By anc, 17 November 2014

Phil Southwell - Honorary Membership.

On behalf of the board and members of the ANC of CIGRE, Chairman Doug Aberle awarded an Honorary Membership to Phil Southwell.

Phil Southwell began his association with CIGRE in the 1990’s and in 2002 he became the Convener of Australian Panel C1 System Development and Economics.

In 2008 he was appointed Chairman of the CIGRE International Study Committee C1, whose membership was drawn from over 24 countries, and which focused on system development, business investment and asset management.

Phil’s appointment was only the second time that an ANC member had been elevated to this level.

During his involvement, the C1 group has developed and prepared a number of technical brochures in these areas providing very useful information for system development practitioners and planners, as well as for policy makers across the world.

He was a member of the team that developed the international CIGRE White Paper on Power Systems of the Future, and prepared a paper on “Disaster Recovery within a CIGRE Framework: Network resilience, trends and areas for future work.

Phil was made an Honorary Member of the global CIGRE organisation in August 2014, in Paris.

Henry Hawes - Award of Merit

Chariman Doug Aberle also presented Henry Hawes with an ANC Award of Merit.

Henry has been a stalwart for CIGRE Overhead Lines activities in Australia since 1969 when he first became involved with CIGRE.

Locally he has been involved in:

  • The preparation of a number of papers on Overhead Lines, 
  • The involvement and management of a number of seminars and conferences , including the highly successful seminar on the newly developed Australian / New Zealand Standard 7000 – Overhead Line Design Standard, which was held in a number of Australian States and also in New Zealand.

Internationally he has been heavily involved with a number of CIGRE Working Groups, including chairing SC B2 Working Groups on:

  • Report on Current Practices regarding Frequency and Magnitude of High Intensity Winds;
  • Validation of Design Guidelines Implemented for High Intensity Winds, and
    • Management of Risk associated with Severe Climatic Events, and Climate Change on Overhead Lines. 

This has resulted in the publication of Technical Brochures on these subjects together and the development of tutorials for presentation to people working in the area of Overhead Lines.

He has a strong interest in the training and continuing education of people in the field of overhead lines and is preparing terms of reference for future international working groups, and expanding some of the tutorials to provide more in-depth information.  

He recently announced that he will retiring from the Australian Panel on Overhead Lines, and his experience and drive will be missed by all.