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January 10, 2013

Mtg: Intellectual Property: The Times, They Are a-Changin’

by @ 3:16 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

MONDAY January 21, 2013
SCV PACE (Professional Activities Committee for Engineers)
Speaker: Orin E. Laney, former chair, IEEE-USA Intellectual Property Committee
Time: Networking and light dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: $5 for members; $10 for non-members
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
RSVP: from website

In response to industry pressure, two bills were introduced in Congress that would significantly expand the reach of copyright law, especially on the Internet. The SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) bill in the House and PIPA (Protect IP Act) in the Senate were on a fast (more…)

Mtg: Maximizing Production from Solar PV Plants using Effective Data Analysis and Presentation

by @ 1:16 pm. Filed under ALL, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power

WEDNESDAY February 20, 2013
OEB Industry Applications Chapter
Speaker: Saurabh Samdani, Cupertino Electric Inc.
Time: No-host social at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:15 PM; Dinner at 7:15 PM; Presentation continues at 8:00 PM (NOTE: Meeting changed to Wednesday evening)
Cost: $25 for IEEE members; $30 for non-members; $15 for student and retired members
Place: Zio Fraedos, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill
RSVP: by February 18 by emailing Michael Nakamura, or call (925) 330-6595

Solar plants are instrumented with numerous weather and electrical sensors and this data is logged every minute yielding very large data sets.? The process of installing sensors, data acquisition and communication devices can be so complicated that sometimes people forget what the data is for: (more…)

Mtg: Rooftop Solar PV: Field Observations in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

by @ 12:20 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power

THURSDAY January 24, 2013
SF Power & Energy Chapter
Speaker: Philip D Dregger, President, Technical Roof Services
Time: Dinner and Presentation at 6:00 PM
Cost: IEEE Members $20; non-members $25; students $10
Place: Sinbad’s Pier 2 Restaurant, Embarcadero, San Francisco
RSVP: from website

Although wind speeds were well below design levels, observations of rooftop solar PV installations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy indicated four of 20 with wind-related damage. Damage conditions ranged from minor lifting/sliding of PV systems to limited displacement of (more…)

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