Spring 2017 Meeting

April 2 - 6, 2017

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

"Crescent City"

Hosted By: Marnie Roussell & Entergy


Main Hotel

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans

739 Canal Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

phone: (504) 962-0500

As of March 11, the room block at the Astor Hotel is sold out, and the reduced group rate is no longer available. 

As long as rooms are available, you may make a reservation at the regular rate by calling the above phone number, or from their website: www.astorneworleans.com


1) The Astor Hotel has 2 towers: The newer Astor Tower, which shares the same set of elevators as the meeting area, and the "more historic" Alexa Tower, which is on the opposite side of the hotel.  The path from the Alexa Tower to the meeting area requires a walk through the hotel lobby. 

2) The hotel does NOT have a "club lounge" or similar.

3) All guestrooms in the both towers of the hotel have been renovated within the past year.

The Astor Hotel does NOT provide shuttle service to/from the airport.

-- Estimated taxi fare (one way): US$35

-- Estimated hotel parking: US$40/night


The on-line registration system has been enabled.  

Meeting Registration   Early registration ends March 10 (to receive the US$50 early registration discount).  The on-line registration system will be disabled on March 29 to print name badges and to finalize counts. Note that the cost for walk-up registration for the meetings at the hotel is substantially higher than for registering on-line in advance. 

First-time, end-user attendees may request a promotional code for a complimentary meeting registration from transformers@ieee.org.  Note: A typical example of an end-user is someone who works for an electric utility or an industrial facility.  This offer is NOT extended to those who work for or represent an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), or a company which manufactures related components or materials.

-- Meeting Registration

-- Registration Change

(changes that do not result in a refund)

For a change that would result in a refund, send an email to transformers@ieee.org.  The request must be confirmed and accepted by return e-mail before it is valid.

Summary of Registration Fees 15Feb2017


Invitation Letter 18Feb2017

Combined Meeting Package (Missing Tutorial Flyers & Certificates) 18Feb2017


Meeting Schedule 15Feb2017

NOTICE: The schedule does not reflect a cancellation of the second Thursday Presentation.  It will be replaced by an extended Presentation on Field Testing of LTCs.

General Sessions Agenda 18Feb2017


Newcomers Orientation -  Monday April 3

Thursday Technical Presentation:

Presentation #1:  "Field Testing of LTCs"

Presented by: Craig Stiegemeier, Dave Geibel, Shawn Weaver, Bernhard Kurth, and Raka Levi

NOTE: This presentation will be extended to cover both time slots.

Abstract & Outline 26Mar2017

PDH Certificate 16Mar2017

Presentation #2:  CANCELLED.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



Companion/Group Tours/Events:


► Saturday Evening, April 1: Early Bird Event - BB King's Blues Club 17Feb2017

Are you ready to have the time of your life in the “Big Easy”?  For the best live music in New Orleans, you have to be at BB King’s Blues Club, located at 1104 Decatur St.  Put on your dancing shoes and come party with us… you won’t regret it!  See you there for goooood food and fun music! 

► Monday, April 3: Spouse/Companion Tour - Houmas House Plantation/Gardens and Cajun Pride Swamp Tour 17Feb2017

Start your day by embracing the Crown Jewel of Louisiana's River Road during this Houmas House Plantation and Gardens tour.  Enjoy 38 lush acres of gardens, ponds and a majestic live oak alley.  Relax with a refreshing breeze off the Mississippi and navigate through the shadows of ancient oaks. 

Following a River Road buffet lunch at Cafe Burnside, native Cajun captains will take you back to the early days of Louisiana bayou and swamp explorations through the primitive beauty of the moss-draped cypress trees.  The Cajun Pride Swamp Tour shows off the American alligator and abundant wildlife along with the unique history of the Cajun town within Manchac Swamp

► Tuesday, April 4: Spouse/Companion Tour - Mardi Gras World Tour 17Feb2017

Your day begins by exploring the artistic side of Mardi Gras.  Get an insider’s view of how Mardi Gras is “made”.  Learn the history of Mardi Gras and experience Mardi Gras costumes.  You will also have a chance to make your own mask.

Make Your Mouth Happy” in the afternoon at the New Orleans School of Cooking demonstration and tasting!  Discover the fun, food and folklore of Louisiana while learning the basics of Louisiana cooking in a way you’ll never forget.  Fun is the primary ingredient in this kitchen! 

BB King's

Houmas House

Mardi Gras

Wednesday Evening Dinner Social:  April 5 - Flyer 17Feb2017

Aquarium of the Americas - Tour the entire main building and major exhibits of the Aquarium of the Americas.  The colors of a Caribbean reef come alive in a walk-through tunnel, while penguins and Southern sea otters enchant you with their antics.  Marvel at gigantic sharks, tarpon and rays in the 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit and the Great Mayan Reef. 


No Technical Tours are planned.


The identifier for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is MSY.

 Useful information about New Orleans:

City Info





Getting Around

Airport Transp./Parking

Airport Information

Local Transportation

Tours and Sightseeing




French Quarter


National WWII Museum

Civil War Museum

Arts & Culture


Event Calendar



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