GUG Annual Conference 2018

Annual Conference
August 27-30, 2018

Marriott Louisville Downtown
280 West Jefferson
Louisville, KY 40202

Thank you to our 2018 Conference Sponsors


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Important Dates

Important Dates and Deadlines for Users

March 28, 2018: User – conference registration link opens
July 26, 2018: Last day for User conference fee @ $400.00; Cancellations by this date will receive a full refund
July 27, 2018: User conference fee increases to $450.00; No refunds for cancellations on July 27 or later
August 3, 2018: 5:00 PM Hotel local time – Last day to reserve hotel room at the group rate of $155/night at Louisville Marriott Downtown
August 27 – August 30, 2018: 2018 Combined Cycle Users Group Annual Conference (see Agenda tab)
August 27 – August 30, 2018: 2018 Steam Turbine Users Group Annual Conference (see Agenda tab)
August 27 – August 30, 2018: 2018 Generator Users Group Annual Conference (see Agenda tab)

User Attendee Conference Registration Fees

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).

User Attendee Conference Fee
$400.00 (Registrations received by July 26, 2018)
$450.00 (Registrations received July 27, 2018 or later)

Paid conference registration to the GUG Annual Conference will allow User attendees complimentary access to simultaneous sessions at the STUG and CCUG Annual Conferences.

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If you need to process a name change or modify the RSVP’s within your registration, please return to the Conference Registration link and click the “Already Registered” link. Enter your email address and password. If you need any assistance regarding the online registration process or cancellation of your conference registration, please contact Catherine Casdia at 678-357-9423, ext. 102 or


  • 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 CCUG, STUG, or GUG 2018 Annual Conference constitutes the participant’s full and unconditional agreement to be registered as a User on the forum website post conference.


  • Cancellations received by July 26, 2018 – Full conference fee refund
  • Cancellations received July 27, 2018 or later – No refund

Maughn Award

Recognition is earned by industry professionals who have demonstrated excellence throughout their careers in the design, construction, management, operation, and/or maintenance of generating facilities powered by gas and/or steam turbines.

2018 Maughn Award Nomination Form

Deadline to submit a nomination form is Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Last update: 8/20/18
2018 GUG Agenda

2018 Agenda Overview (CCUG, GUG and STUG)

Key topics to include:

  • Multiple case studies on generator problems, diagnosis, repair and monitoring
  • Collector ring failures, brush selectivity issues, repair and monitoring
  • Generator rotor design considerations and issues
  • Power system stabilizer overview and tuning
  • Stator core vibration analysis
  • Review of impacts due to plant cycling
  • Economic evaluation of generator rotor removal for major inspection
  • SFRA on generator application and experience
  • Robotic ELCID experience and challenges
  • Stator rewind experience, guidelines, and lessons learned
  • OEM operational experience and design issues


280 West Jefferson
Louisville, KY 40202
Hotel Phone: +1 (502)-627-5045

ATTENTION: The group rate cut-off was 8/3/18. We were able to hold a few rooms for Users arriving on 8/27 and departing on 8/30. If you will be attending the conference and need room accommodations, please contact You must be registered to receive one of these rooms we are holding.

Group Rate: $155.00 + tax (single/double occupancy)

  • Reservations can be made using the special group link located below or in your conference registration  confirmation email, or by calling 800-533-0127 and asking for the Combined Conference group rate
  • Last date to reserve rooms at group rate: 5:00 PM hotel local time, Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Hotel will honor rate 3 days prior and 3 days following the conference dates based on availability

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  • Guest rooms: Complimentary Wi-Fi in guestrooms
  • Public areas: Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Meeting Space: Complimentary Wi-Fi in meeting space (with normal email usage)


  • Self Parking: $16.00 Overnight (Only applicable for those in group block; Normal rate is $10.00 hourly/$27.00 daily)
  • Valet Parking: $32.00 Daily
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 Combined Conference 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 in your conference registration confirmation email, or by calling 800-533-0127 and asking for the Combined Conference group rate. Please contact Catherine Casdia at 678-357-9423, ext 102 or if you have any questions.


Airport code: SDF – Louisville International Airport
600 Terminal Dr
Louisville, KY 40209
8 miles – approx. 10 minutes from hotel

Directions from Louisville International Airport:

  • Take 264 East one mile to I-65 North
  • Travel about 6 miles to Brook Street exit
  • Turn left onto Jefferson
  • The hotel entrance is immediately to the left on Jefferson Street

Airport Transportation

The hotel does not provide airport/hotel shuttle transportation. For your convenience, the following transportation options can provide airport transportation to and from the Louisville Marriott Downtown:

Approx. $18.00 one way

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