7EA Annual Conference 2020

Annual Conference

October 19-22, 2020

JW Marriott Houston by the Galleria
5150 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056

Diamond

Platinum Plus

Platinum

Gold

Silver Plus

Silver

Bronze

IMPORTANT DATES FOR USERS
6/04/2020
User registration opens
9/18/2020 User registration – Last day to register for $250 fee
9/18/2020 User registration – Last day to cancel registration and receive a full refund
9/19/2020 User registration – Conference fee increases to $300
10/14/2020 User registration – Deadline for check payments
IMPORTANT DATES FOR VENDORS
4/01/2020 Presentation site – opens for vendors to submit abstracts
5/06/2020 Sponsorship site – open for vendors to purchase sponsorships – opens at 12:00 PM, Eastern
5/15/2020 Presentation site – last day vendors can submit an abstract
5/22/2020 Sponsor logos due – .jpg format for the website and .eps for printing
6/19/2020 Presenter notifications – Committee decisions will be emailed by end of business day to all vendors who submitted abstracts through the online link
6/19/2020 Sponsorship fee must be paid in full
7/07/2020 Vendor booth registration link will be emailed to Platinum Sponsors at 11:30 AM
7/08/2020
Vendor booth registration link will be emailed to Gold Sponsors at 11:30 AM
7/09/2020
Vendor booth registration link will be emailed to Silver Sponsors at 11:30 AM
7/10/2020
Vendor booth registration link will be emailed to Bronze Sponsors at 11:30 AM
7/13/2020
Vendor booth registration link will be emailed to Presenters at 11:30 AM
7/15/2020
Booth registration link opens for all vendors at 12:00PM, Eastern, on this website
8/14/2020
Vendor booth must be paid in full; Last day to cancel a vendor booth with a $50 fee
8/28/2020
Vendor ads due for printed program; Last day to cancel ad space for full refund
9/18/2020
All vendor presentations should have been received at Events@powerusers.org for committee review

User Fee
$250.00 (Registrations received by Friday, September 18, 2020)
$300.00 (Registrations received Saturday, September 19, 2020 or later)

User registration will open on June 4, 2020.
User Attendee Registration

Modify Existing User Attendee Registration

THIS REGISTRATION LINK IS FOR USERS ONLY. ANY REGISTRATIONS RECEIVED FROM NON-USERS WILL BE CANCELLED IMMEDIATELY AND ASSESSED A $25.00 ADMINISTRATIVE FEE.

Definition of a User A person who is employed by a company that owns and/or operates combustion turbine generators. This person cannot, as part of their normal duties, provide services (parts, repairs, consulting) to any company other than the one he/she is employed.
Example of a User: A person who works in an office providing technical/operational oversight to the facilities his/her company owns and/or operates.
Example of a non-User: A person who works in an office providing technical/operational oversight to facilities that his/her company does not own and/or operate (the exception: if the person’s company has an operation/maintenance agreement in place with a company that owns a combustion turbine generator; then the person is considered a User as long as their department of employment is not involved with the sale of services to the company outside the agreement).

REGISTRATION MODIFICATIONS: If you need to process a name change or modify the RSVP’s within your registration, please return to the Conference Registration link and then click the link to modify a previously entered registration. Type in your email address and password.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Attendee must fit the definition of a User.
  • Name changes are allowed if the attendee is from the same company and the initial payment is not modified.
  • Registration to participate in the 7EA Users Group 2020 Annual Conference constitutes the participant’s full and unconditional agreement to be registered as a User on the PowerUsers.org website forum post conference.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:

  • Cancellations received by Friday, September 18, 2020 – Full conference fee refund
  • Cancellations received Saturday, September 19, 2020 or later – No refund

If you need any assistance regarding the online registration process or cancellation of your conference registration, please contact support@sv-events.net.

A detailed agenda will be added in early June and will continue to be updated regularly as presenters/topics are confirmed.
Detailed Conference Agenda

2020 Agenda Summary

SUNDAY, October 18, 2020
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Training Session at GE Training Center – (Users only)
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Welcome Reception (Users only)
MONDAY, October 19, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast – (User and designated Gold Sponsor only)
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM Welcome and opening remarks (Users only)
8:15 AM – 8:30 AM Power Users/7EA, User Forum (Users only)
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM ATS – Annual update – boroscope inspections (Users and ATS only)
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM GE Introduction (Users and GE only)
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Morning Break
10:30 PM – 12:00 PM GE Session (Users and GE only)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch (Users and GE only)
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM GE Session – 3 breakout rooms (Users and GE only)
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM GE Session – 3 breakout rooms (Users and GE only)
2:50 PM – 3:10 PM Afternoon Break
3:10 PM – 4:00 PM GE Session – 3 breakout rooms (Users and GE only)
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM GE Session, Q&A, Feedback (Users and GE only)
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM User feedback and wrap-up (Users only)
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM GE off-site event (Users, spouses and GE only)
TUESDAY, October 20, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Breakfast (Users and designated Gold Sponsor only)
8:15 AM Users – load buses and head to EthosEnergy facility (Users only)
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
EthosEnergy facility tour, presentation session and lunch (Users only)
12:00 PM Users – load buses and head back to hotel (Users only)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM General Session – (Users and presenting Vendors only)
Presenting vendors allowed in session only during designated presentation time
3:00 PM – 3:20 PM Afternoon Break 
3:20 PM – 5:00 PM General Session – (Users and presenting Vendors only)
Presenting vendors allowed in session only during designated presentation time
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Vendor Fair – (Users and exhibiting Vendors only)
WEDNESDAY, October 21, 2020
7:00 AM
Users – load buses and head to Doosan facility (Users only)
7:45 AM – 10:45 AM Breakfast, presentation and Doosan facility tour (Users only)
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Users – load buses and head to Sulzer facility (Users only)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Sulzer facility tour, presentation session and lunch (Users only)
2:00 PM Users – load buses and head back to hotel (Users only)
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM General Session – (Users and presenting Vendors only)
Presenting vendors allowed in session only during designated presentation time
Evening Free Night – No Scheduled Events
THURSDAY, October 22, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast – (Users only)
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
General Session – (Users and presenting Vendors only)
Presenting vendors allowed in session only during designated presentation time
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM
Morning Break
10:20 AM – 12:00 PM
General Session – (Users and presenting Vendors only)
Presenting vendors allowed in session only during designated presentation time
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM General Session – (Users and presenting Vendors only)
Presenting vendors allowed in session only during designated presentation time
2:00 PM – 2:50 PM Breakout Sessions
3:00 PM – 3:20 PM Afternoon Break
3:20 PM – 5:00 PM General Session – (Users and presenting Vendors only)
Presenting vendors allowed in session only during designated presentation time
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Reception/Dinner (Users, RSVP spouses, and RSVP Vendors)
RSVP’s at an additional charge
FRIDAY, October 23, 2020
7:00 AM
Users – load buses and head to Allied Power Group facility (Users only)
7:45 AM – 10:45 AM Breakfast, presentation and Allied Power Group facility tour (Users only)
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Users – load buses and head back to hotel (Users only)

JW Marriott Houston by the Galleria

5150 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77056
Hotel Phone: +1 (713) 961-1500

Group rate: $179.00/nt. + tax

Last day to reserve accommodations at the group rate: Monday, September 25, 2020

  • Reservations can be made using the special group link located below or by calling 800-228-9290 and asking for the Power Users’ group rate.
  • Hotel will honor rate 3 days prior and 3 days following the conference dates based on availability.
  • Attendees with hotel reservations in the group block will received 50% discount on on-site self parking.

Hotel reservation link will open on June 4, 2020.
Hotel Reservations

See standard hotel and room amenities by visiting https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/houjw-jw-marriott-houston-by-the-galleria/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

Internet:

  • Guest rooms: Standard Wi-Fi – complimentary for all Bonvoy members (complimentary to sign-up for Bonvoy membership)

Parking: (rates below are taxable)

  • On-Site Self Parking:
    • Daily: $25.00
    • Hourly: $10.00 (0-2 hours); $14.00 (2-6 hours); $19 (6-12 hours)
  • Valet Parking:
    • Overnight: $39.00
    • Non-overnight: $25.00
  • Off-Site Self Parking:
    • Hourly: $4.33 per hour
    • Daily: $25.98

 

ATTENTION – HOUSING ALERT SCAM

If you receive a call from anyone stating they are the booking company for the hotel rooms and offer you a discounted room rate, this is a SCAM! They are either asking for payment in full or the first night’s room deposit.
The Power Users’ Annual Combined Conferences has a discounted room rate negotiated directly with the hotel by SV Events. We do not use a rooms housing company, booking company, etc. Reservations can be made using the special group link located above or by calling 800-228-9290 and asking for the Power Users Conference group rate. Please contact Mikayla Moreau at 678-357-9423, ext 102 or Support@SV-Events.net if you have any questions.

TRAVEL

CLOSEST AIRPORTS
Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) = 5 miles
8008 Herb Kelleher Way, Dallas, TX 75235

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) = 18 miles
2400 Aviation Dr., DFW Airport, TX 75261

TRANSPORTATION
The Fairmont Dallas does not offer complimentary shuttle service but our Concierge would be pleased to assist you in making arrangements with other services.

Taxi
Yellow Cab: (214) 426-6262
Cowboy Cab: (214) 428-0202

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Dallas Love Field (DAL) Airport:

  • Exit airport turning right onto W. Mockingbird Lane
  • Turn left at Maple
  • Go 2 mi and turn right at Wycliff, then left at Harry Hines Blvd
  • Take slight right at Field and then left at Woodall Rodgers Fwy (feeder street)
  • The first light is Akard, turn right
  • The hotel is past the first light on the right

From Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Airport:

  • Follow the signs to Dallas from either the North or South exits
  • North exit is Hwy 114 to I-35E South
  • South exit is 183 to I-35E South
  • Continue on I-35E South; Exit 75/Sherman
  • Take first exit, Field/Griffin
  • Merge onto Griffin
  • Continue straight to Ross and turn left
  • Go 2 blocks to Akard and turn left
  • The hotel is immediately on the left

VENDOR PRESENTATION OPPORTUNITIES

Vendors who are interested in providing a technical presentation to the User attendees during one of the general sessions are invited to submit an abstract for consideration. All abstracts must be submitted through the online link below. Please keep the abstract a brief description. You may upload a supporting pdf document within the registration if you feel the committee needs to see more detail to make a decision.

Submit an Abstract

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

  • 4/01/20: Link opens to submit an abstract
  • 5/15/20: 5:00PM, EST – Link to submit abstract closes
  • 6/19/20: 5:00 PM, EST – Committee decisions will be emailed to all vendors who submitted an abstract
  • 9/18/20: Final presentations are due for committee review. Email to Events@powerusers.org.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  1. Presentations must be technical in nature – addressing design issues, improving performances, troubleshooting, results from RCA studies, etc. Selling and other related activities are limited to the vendor fair only.
  2. Presentations must focus on currently available technology/processes/systems/components. Presentation attendees shall not be utilized as a makeshift focus group for future product development…that’s for the vendor fair if you choose.
  3. Abstracts will only be accepted through the attached link on this page. The 7EA Steering Committee reserves the right to approve or deny any abstract.
  4. Multiple abstracts may be submitted. Please focus on quality vs. quantity. Submitting multiple abstracts does not guarantee your company will be chosen to present.
  5. Presentation topics may not be changed once chosen by the 7EA Steering Committee. If a topic change is absolutely necessary, the 7EA Steering Committee reserves the right to cancel your topic and fill the space with another Vendor’s topic.
  6. The 7EA Steering Committee will work directly with presenting company on assigned presentation dates and times.
  7. All Presenters must be registered and paid exhibitors at the 7EA Users Group vendor fair on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
  8. Presenters who are not sponsors will have booth registration priority after sponsor booth registration and prior to open booth registration for all vendors. See “Vendor Fair Exhibitors” tab on the Annual Conference page of the 7EA Users Group website for booth registration schedule.
  9. All chosen presenters must submit the final presentation for committee review in .pdf format, max size of 2MB, to 7EA-SC@PowerUsers.org no later than Friday, September 18, 2020. Please indicate if this document may be added to the 7EA Users Group User Forum on the Power Users website, powerusers.org. If presenter needs to submit a modified version for the website, the second file name should include the word “website” to avoid confusion.
  10. Only employees of the presenting company will be allowed to attend the presentation.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • If you are unable to present and need to cancel, please notify the 7EA Steering Committee as soon as possible at 7EA-SC@powerusers.org.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsorship Levels, Benefits and Fees

Sponsorship opportunities will open on the link below at 12:00 PM, Eastern, on 5/6/20.
Purchase a Sponsorship

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Send logos in .jpg and .eps formats to events@powerusers.org by Friday, May 22, 2020. Reference “7EA 2020 – Sponsor logo” in the subject line.
  • Sponsorship payments must be paid in full by Friday, June 19, 2020.
  • Sponsors must be registered and paid exhibitors at the 7EA Annual Conference vendor fair on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.
  • Sponsors will have booth registration priority. See “Vendor Fair Exhibitors” tab on the Annual Conference page of the website for booth registration schedule.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • Sponsorship fees are non-refundable

VENDOR FAIR DATE:

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 (61 booths)

All badges will have QR Codes. Download any QR code scanner app to your smart device. If you scan a User attendee’s badge at the vendor fair, you will receive their full business contact information.

Vendor Fair Booth Pre-Registration Dates:
Important Note: Registration link will be emailed to sponsors and presenters based on schedule below and will be open 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Eastern. If the booth registration is not complete within the allotted time frame, we will pick a booth for you. We need to have time to open and close items benefits based on sponsorship levels before going live with the next level.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 – Platinum Sponsors
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – Gold Sponsors
Thursday, July 9, 2020 – Silver Plus and Silver Sponsors
Friday, July 10, 2020 – Bronze Sponsors
Monday, July 13, 2020 – Presenters who are not sponsors

Link to purchase a booth below will open at 12:00 PM, Eastern, on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
Purchase a Booth

Modify Existing Registration/Add Booth Reps

Helpful Hints:

  • If you hit the button at 11:59 AM, it will not go anywhere. It is set to open at 12:00 PM, Eastern.
  • You may choose only one booth.
  • Review floor plan, pricing, inclusions, terms and conditions, etc. and get your questions answered and any approvals needed from your company prior to date the link opens. I would hate to see you miss the opportunity to secure a booth because you are waiting for answers and/or approvals.
  • If the registration system does not accept your credit card, change the form of payment to “check” and finish your registration. You can call us later to change the form of payment and we can figure out why the credit card wasn’t accepted. Many times it is a case of an incorrect billing address or card number entered incorrectly.
  • If all booths are filled, I would highly recommend that you add your company to the booth waitlist. If we have cancellations, we only contact vendors on the waitlist.
  • Please do not call or send an email on 7/15/20 and expect an immediate response. We receive lots of calls on booth registration day and all booths may be gone by the time we can get back to you. Reading all details on the Vendor Fair Exhibitors tab usually answers 95% of the questions we receive the day the link goes live.

Vendor fair floor plan will be added in late June.
2020 Vendor Fair Floor Plan

BOOTH PRICES:

10′ x 8′ = $1,450
Booth fee includes two booth representatives; Additional booth representatives @ $200.00 each…maximum of six representatives allowed in booth.

ALL BOOTH SPACES WILL INCLUDE:

  • Carpeted booth space *
  • Pipe and drape booth space – black drape, 8′ high in back and 3′ high on sides
  • One 6′ x 30″ table **, white drape and black skirt
  • Two chairs
  • One waste basket
  • One sign

* The ballroom is carpeted. If you want additional carpet, you can order through the exhibitor kit.
** If you require a different size table please see the exhibitor kit. You will need to order your preferred table a la carte at an additional cost.

Exhibitor kit and electrical/AV order forms will be added in late June.
Exhibitor Kit

Electrical and Audio Visual Order Form

VENDOR ITINERARY:
The itinerary on the link below shows the exhibitor set-up and tear-down schedule as well as other areas of  participation as applicable.

Vendor itinerary will be added in late June.
Vendor Itinerary

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:
Booth Cancellations:

  • Confirmation – August 14, 2020: Refundable with a $50.00 cancellation fee
  • August 15, 2020 or later: Non-refundable

Additional Booth Representative Cancellations:

  • Confirmation – October 14, 2020: Refundable
  • October 15, 2020 or later: Non-refundable (Name changes are allowed if the attendee is from the same company and the initial payment is not modified.)

Please contact support@sv-events.net with questions regarding the vendor fair.

ADVERTISING IN USERS’ PRINTED CONFERENCE PROGRAM:

Vendors will have an opportunity to purchase ad space in the Users’ conference program at the time of purchasing a booth space. Sponsors will have an opportunity to upgrade ad space included in sponsorships.

Complimentary ads included in sponsorships:

  • Platinum Plus and Platinum Sponsors – 2-page spread
  • Gold Sponsors– full page
  • Silver Plus and Silver Sponsors – half page
  • Bronze Sponsors – quarter page

Ad specifications will be added in late June 2020.
2020 Ad Specifications

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

  • Ads containing inappropriate language and/or images will be removed from the program. No refund will be issued.
  • The 7EA Steering Committee reserves the right to refuse any ad they deem inappropriate.
  • Ads due August 28, 2020. Send to Events@PowerUsers.org
  • Failure to submit ads by the deadline could result in your ad not being included in the program. Refunds will not be issued.

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:

  • Confirmation – August 28, 2020: Refundable
  • August 29, 2020 or later: Non-refundable

Please contact support@sv-events.net with questions regarding conference program advertising.

Advertising on the Aventri Mobil App

Power Users is now using the Aventri Mobil App for all conferences under the Power Users umbrella.

Below are a few advertising benefits offered only to and included in the Diamond, Platinum and Gold sponsorships:

  • Logo is added to the exhibitor catalog within the app – see first image below
  • Logo will show when hovering over a booth on the vendor fair floor plan – see second image below
  • Banner ad will rotate with other Diamond, Platinum and Gold sponsor ads  – see third image below

Advertising on Resource Category Pages of Power Users’ Website – Included in Exhibitor Fee

As an exhibitor at the 7F Users Group Annual Conference, the Power Users Annual Conferences (CCUG, GUG, PPCUG, and STUG), and/or the 7EA Users Group Annual Conference, your logo will be placed under one of the resource categories of the website. See categories below:

  • Air Filtration & Inlet Conditioning
  • BOP/Auxiliary
  • Combustion Turbine (Capital Parts, Repairs & Services)
  • Control Systems and Software
  • Generator & Excitation (Parts, Inspection, and Services)
  • HRSG (Inspection, Repairs, Services, Upgrades)
  • Inspection Technologies and Services
  • Lubrication & Filtration
  • Steam Turbine (Capital Parts, Repairs & Services)

Special Notes:

  • All logos/ads, as applicable, appear in random order on category pages each time you return to selected page.
  • You will be asked to confirm your category during the booth registration process. If you exhibit at more than one conference under the Power Users umbrella, you can select a different resource category option during registration for each conference.

Advertising on User Forum Sidebar of Power Users’ Website – $200 Fee

As an exhibitor at the 7F Users Group Annual Conference, the Power Users Annual Conferences (CCUG, GUG, PPCUG, and STUG), and/or the 7EA Users Group Annual Conference, you will also have the option to purchase advertising on the User Forum. The following will be included:

  • Option to upgrade your logo to a 300×250 pixel ad (if ad is not provided, we will use your company logo)
  • Logo/ad as provided will appear in the “featured” section of the chosen resource category
  • Logo/ad as provided will appear in the private User Forum associated with the resource category selected during registration

Special Notes: All resource categories are uniquely associated with the individual private User Forums. Your logo/ad will appear to the right side of a User Forum based on these associations. For your reference, below are the forum / resource category associations:

  • Air Filtration & Inlet Conditioning = Randomly appears in any forum
  • BOP Auxiliary equipment = CCUG Discussion Forum
  • Combustion Turbine (Capital Parts, Repairs & Services) = 7F Discussion Forum
  • Control Systems and Software = Randomly appears in any forum
  • Generator & Excitation (Parts, Inspection, and Services) = Generator Discussion Forum
  • HRSG (Inspection, Repairs, Services, Upgrades) = HRSG Discussion Forum
  • Inspection Technologies and Services = Randomly appears in any forum
  • Lubrication & Filtration = Randomly appears in any forum
  • Steam Turbine (Capital Parts, Repairs & Services) = STUG Discussion Forum

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