TEAM DIRECTORY BY BUSINESS UNIT

T&D TECHNOLOGY AND TESTING


  KEN BOGNAR   -  P.Eng.  Director T&D Technology and Testing

KEN BOGNAR  - P.Eng.
Director
T&D Technology and Testing

Mr. Ken Bognar is the Director of Powertech's T&D Technology and Testing group which focuses on power delivery systems, including transmission and distributions systems and associated equipment. He is responsible for technology development and testing programs for his group, which consists of mechanical and electrical testing and asset management services. His group works closely with other labs within Powertech to offer one-stop-shop solutions to clients.

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phone: 604.590.6641
cellular: 604.910.8437


  CHRISTOPH BRANDT   -  P.Eng.  Project Engineer, Asset Management T&D Technology and Testing

CHRISTOPH BRANDT - P.Eng.
Project Engineer, Asset Management
T&D Technology and Testing

Mr. Christoph Brandt is a Project Engineer in the Asset Management department, where he leads the dielectric testing of safety equipment to ensure the equipment is safe to use. He also works across department to conduct electrical and environmental tests.

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phone:  604.598.5003


  LINFENG CAO    - PhD.   Engineer, High Voltage Lab   T&D Technology and Testing

LINFENG CAO  - PhD.
Engineer, High Voltage Lab
T&D Technology and Testing

Dr. Linfeng Cao is an Engineer with Powertech’s High Voltage Laboratory. He has worked extensively in field testing on underground cables with an emphasis on partial discharge measurements. In addition, he conducts a full range of qualification and certification tests in accordance with all relevant industry standards, as well as custom testing solutions.

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phone: 604.590.6695


  GANG CHEN   Technologist, Asset Management   T&D Technology and Testing

GANG CHEN
Technologist, Asset Management
T&D Technology and Testing

Mr. Gang Chen is an Electrical Test Technologist in Powertech’s Asset Management lab, where he performs dielectric tests on bucket truck, jibs and hot sticks. He also maintains the dielectric test database.  Mr. Chen has more than 15 years of experience in electric power equipment repair, testing, troubleshooting and installation. He holds the title of Applied Science Technologist with the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC.

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phone: 604.598.5035


  SID CHERUKUPALLI   -  P.Eng., B.A.Sc.  Project Engineer, Mechanical Lab T&D Technology and Testing

SID CHERUKUPALLI - P.Eng., B.A.Sc.
Project Engineer, Mechanical Lab
T&D Technology and Testing

A Project Engineer in Powertech’s Mechanical Laboratory, Mr. Sid Cherukupalli coordinates and manages more than 20 mechanical tests on a monthly basis. He applies his knowledge of mechanical and electrical tests standards and executes project delivery, data analysis and report generation for various test programs such as mechanical failure, fatigue testing, thermal stress, and vibrational stress. In addition, Mr. Cherukupalli manages a unique test program dealing with the official ranking of Wicket Gate Greaseless Bearings performance for distribution in the United States, through US Army Corp of Engineers.

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phone:  604.590.6651


  MARKO ISTENIC    -  PhD.   Senior Electrical Specialist,   High Voltage Lab   T&D Technology and Testing

MARKO ISTENIC  -  PhD.
Senior Electrical Specialist,
High Voltage Lab
T&D Technology and Testing

Dr. Marko Istenic is a Senior Electrical Specialist in the High Voltage Laboratory for the T&D Technology and Testing sector at Powertech Labs. In this role he is a Project Leader for testing with various high voltage testing systems, and is responsible for management of laboratory testing system upgrades and acquiring new high voltage equipment. Marko has experience in transmission and distribution, nuclear, onshore and offshore oil and gas energy projects.

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phone: 604.590.7480  
cellular: 778.984.4764


  HAMED JANANI   - PhD., P.Eng.  Project Engineer, High Voltage & Cable Technology   T&D Technology and Testing

HAMED JANANI  - PhD., P.Eng.
Project Engineer, High Voltage & Cable Technology
T&D Technology and Testing

Dr. Hamed Janani is a Project Engineer in the High Voltage group within the Transmission and Distribution sector at Powertech Labs. In this role, Hamed prepares and leads high voltage proposals and testing.

Hamed holds his PhD. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, as well as the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba.

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phone: 604.598.5067


  HONG LI   - P hD., P.Eng.  Manager, Asset Management T&D Technology and Testing

HONG LI  - PhD., P.Eng.
Manager, Asset Management
T&D Technology and Testing

Dr. Hong Li manages Powertech’s T&D Asset Management team which specializes in offering asset management solutions for utilities for managing their aging T&D assets through condition assessment, testing and serviceability analysis, and risk and reliability evaluation. Additionally, Dr. Li’s expertise includes structural analysis and testing, numerical modelling, assessment of structural integrity and reliability, and seismic qualification and evaluation.

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phone: 604.590.7463   
cellular: 604.345.8463


  EARL MAYUGA   -  B.A.Sc., NACE CIP2  Engineer, Asset Management T&D Technology and Testing

EARL MAYUGA  - B.A.Sc., NACE CIP2
Engineer, Asset Management
T&D Technology and Testing

Mr. Earl Mayuga is an Engineer with Powertech’s Asset Management Group. He has more than eight years of experience providing the practical application of corrosion science and cathodic protection to clientele throughout British Columbia. The projects have involved corrosion studies and the application and assessment of corrosion protection for water transmission and distribution mains, gas pipelines, water storage reservoirs, fuel storage tanks, marine structures and other structures. Mr. Mayuga was also responsible for developing corrosion protection strategies and cathodic protection designs for buried or submerged metallic structures both nationally and internationally.

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phone: 604.590.7406


  BEN SKILLINGS    - P.Eng., PMP Team Leader, Mechanical Lab T&D Technology and Testing

BEN SKILLINGS  - P.Eng., PMP
Team Leader, Mechanical Lab
T&D Technology and Testing

Mr. Ben Skillings is the Manager of the Mechanical Lab in the T&D Technology and Testing department at Powertech Labs. As a mechanical engineer with a machinist background, Ben has proven himself to be a proficient leader and a knowledgeable team member within the electric utility industry. He has 15 years’ professional engineering and trades experience and has established broad knowledge in design, construction, commissioning, and maintenance.

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phone:  604.598.5084
cellular:  604.786.7719


  SARA TAHERMARAM   - P.Eng.  Project Engineer, Mechanical Lab   T&D Technology and Testing

SARA TAHERMARAM  - P.Eng.
Project Engineer, Mechanical Lab
T&D Technology and Testing

Mrs. Sara Tahermaram is a project engineer in the Mechanical laboratory under the T&D Technology and Testing group, where she manages the day to day mechanical & T&D projects including a full range of customized testing services. She has a comprehensive background in solid mechanics, reliability analysis, and project management and is specialized in stress and thermal analysis.

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phone: 604.590.6661
cellular: 604.561.2261


  ROGER TRIP   -  Dipl Chem Tech  Sr. Project Specialist, Mechanical Lab T&D Technology and Testing

ROGER TRIP  - Dipl Chem Tech
Sr. Project Specialist, Mechanical Lab
T&D Technology and Testing

Mr. Roger Trip is a Senior Project Specialist in Powertech’s Mechanical Testing Lab, having progressed through junior and senior technologist positions. He is responsible for coordinating project and test work within the laboratory, including equipment and technologist utilization. His duties also include proposing test work and projects for external and internal clients, as well as managing and delivering project work. Mr. Trip is familiar with a wide range of test equipment and transducers used in mechanical testing programs and in-situ non-destructive examination.

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phone: 604.590.7440   
cellular: 604.314.4667


  JOHN VANDERMAAR   -  P.Eng.  Director, High Voltage Lab T&D Technology and Testing

JOHN VANDERMAAR  - P.Eng.
Director, High Voltage Lab
T&D Technology and Testing

Mr. John Vandermaar directs Powertech’s High Voltage Laboratory under the T&D Technology and Testing group and is responsible for all activities of the High Voltage group including both field and laboratory studies. Mr. Vandermaar has 40 years of experience in problem solving in all areas of high voltage research. He was responsible for acquiring much of the laboratory’s high voltage equipment and since then has been responsible for design improvements and expanding the capabilities of the laboratory. He has undertaken on-site and laboratory testing, research and problem solving for power transformers, bushings, cables, sulfur hexafluoride equipment, and many other types of equipment.

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phone: 604.590.7485   
cellular: 604.802.7485