TEAM DIRECTORY BY LAB/GROUP
Mr. Ben Skillings 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. 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 over 15 years’ professional engineering and trades experience and has established broad knowledge in design, construction, commissioning, and maintenance.
Dr. Hong Li joined Powertech in 1999 as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada industrial postdoctoral fellow to complete research on reliability evaluation and calibration of T&D overhead structures. His work has since extended to utility asset management, with a focus on condition assessment of aging T&D overhead structures and components. Additionally, Dr. Li’s expertise includes structural analysis and testing, numerical modelling, assessment of structural integrity and reliability, and seismic qualification and evaluation.
Mr. Earl Mayuga is a Project Engineer with Powertech’s Asset Management Group. He has more than thirteen years of experience providing the practical application of corrosion science and cathodic protection to clientele throughout British Columbia. Projects he has worked on 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, as well as being part of the development team of a corrosion risk model for BC Hydro steel transmission towers.
Mr. Kevin Cheng is a Senior Engineer with Powertech’s Asset Management Group. Kevin has over ten years experience with the design, construction, maintenance, and management of electric utility distribution infrastructure. This includes: underground distribution design that has brought megawatts of power to residential neighbourhoods, Detailed Condition Assessment and failure analysis of distribution feeder cables and accessories, managing risk mitigation of PCBs (Poly-chlorinated biphenyls) contamination across 50,000 distribution assets (including pole top, pad mounted and vaults internal transformers). Kevin is a registered Professional Engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.