As a global company, there are many events and conferences we look forward to attending throughout the year. One of our favorites though is the Combustion Turbine Operations Technical Forum (CTOTF) because 100% of the CTOTF Conference attendees represent combustion turbine owners and operators.
This past April 8th-12th we attended the 43rd annual CTOTF, which was held in Greenville, South Carolina. Our very own Andy Smoak, Vice President of Business Development, was asked to present at the forum as well! Below are some of the major takeaways from the week, a brief synopsis of Andy’s presentation, and pictures of the GCMS team at the event.
The 43rd Combustion Turbine Operations Technical Forum
The CTOTF is a week of formal presentations, open forum discussions, and ends with a trade show. All of this creates a great environment where turbine owners and operators can learn from the best leaders and network with the best colleagues in the industry. It was the first time for many of us to attend the event. We learned a lot and were able to make many business connections as well.The presenters discuss specialized topics they’re experts of, like how to Achieve Operational Flexibility to Maximize Output & Minimize Environmental Impact with Combustion Tuning Technology, which was presented by Bill Barras from Ethos Energy. The conference also provides an ideal place to receive general updates on industry insurance regulations and best practices.
The first day of the forum is devoted to technical presentations and open forum discussions pertaining to issues related to the operation, maintenance, and business practices that are currently affecting the combustion turbine electric power generation industry. The rest of the week is divided into roundtable sessions that cover all aspects of the power plant.
OEM Alternatives to Gas Turbine Services
Andy was asked to present at the forum by the Alstom Users Group and he spoke on OEM Alternatives to Gas Turbine Services, specific to Alstom fleets, on the last day of the forum, April 12th. This was the first time many from our team attended the forum. Everyone learned a lot and greatly benefitted from the connections made.
Some of the highlights of Andy’s presentation include an overview of GCMS and our unique experience of having hundreds of years of combined experience in power plant installation, operations, performance upgrades, and maintenance.
He also went over our extensive experience working on GT8, GT11, GT13, GT24, GT26 Alstom technologies as well as GE, Siemens, Westinghouse, Mitsubishi technologies. This includes all centerline equipment, generator, steam turbines, auxiliary systems, and controls.
Andy mentioned that some of the main complaints we hear at GCMS are the increasing costs of parts and services, lack of HGP parts availability, and lack of experienced personnel provided by the OEM. As an OEM alternative and single-source provider, we offer:
- Reverse Engineering of parts
- Specialty Tooling
- Certified Technicians
- Repair vs. Replace mentality
- Reduce lead times with proper outage preparation
- Outage and Emergency Support
- Project management from inception to completion
Andy said the best thing about the presentation was informing users who weren’t familiar with our services about GCMS and everything we can do and getting instantaneous feedback from the audience asking for help! The networking opportunity this event provided led to some excellent connections that we look forward to nurturing.
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