Sponsored by the Power Engineering Education Committee's Life Long Learning subcommittee.

Note: Pricing information is listed here. Earn CEUs and PDHs for your attendance. Meeting registration plus an additional fee is required to attend any of these courses. Additional details will be added as they become available. Seats are limited. CEU / PDH details.

Control/Protection Architecture for High Power Electronics for Transmission and Distribution Systems
Monday, July 25, 2011 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm (Half day) Pricing
Description: Information to follow

IEC 61850 for End Users
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 8:00am - 5:00pm (Full day) Pricing

This seminar will provide an overview of the IEC 61850 standard for communications networks for power utility automation. It is focused on the end user of the standard like a utility engineer or a system integrator, not on product development. The seminar provides an overview on the concepts of IEC 61850. It will then provide more detailed insights on the different aspects of IEC 61850 that are of relevance for a utility engineer or system integrator that intends to use IEC 61850 communications for the utility automation in the future.  At the end of the course, the participants shall understand the impact and possible benefits of IEC 61850. They shall be able to identify the issues that need to be considered when applying IEC 61850 in a substation.  The course material will be supported with practical demonstrations and examples as well as with case studies.

Organizer: Don Downs, Triangle MicroWorks, Inc.

EHV Transmission Line Grounding
Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 8:00am - 5:00pm (Full day) Pricing

This tutorial will address extra high voltage transmission line grounding requirements needed to achieve system operation goals and public safety. Segments of the tutorial will address the Fundamentals of Ground Current Dissipation and Calculations, calculating ground impedances for lightning strokes and line faults, proper grounding methods and the measurement of ground impedances, coordination with pipelines, railroads, and other utilities, and safe grounding practices for utility personnel and the public. The tutorial will cover mathematical methods, design and construction practices, and operation guidelines.

Organizer: Douglas Proctor, D. Proctor Engineering, Inc.

Smart Distribution Systems
Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 8:00am - 5:00pm (Full day) Pricing
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Gas Insulated Substations and Lines
Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 8:00am - 5:00pm (Full day) Pricing

Gas insulated technology today covers gas insulated substations (GIS) and gas insulated transmission lines (GIL). The GIS technology is now used worldwide since more than 40 years and in large numbers. GIL was mostly used world wide inside substations or special applications like cavern hydro power plant and find increasing interest also outside substations as an high power underground transmission technology.

The use of gas-insulated technology in North America is increasing due to the limited space in metropolitan areas, the high power ratings, the opposition coming from the public and the high reliability and availability of gas insulated substations and transmission lines. SF6 is the main insulating gas, which has a high global warming potential and is therefore restricted in use and has to follow precise handling processes. International Standards are defining requirements, testing and commissioning for the products of gas insulated technology.

The full day tutorial is structured in modules, which starts with basic information on the theory of gas-insulated technology. It gives deeper views on special topics related to SF6 GIS and GIL. A wide part of the tutorial is giving examples of typical applications and explains the reasons why GIS or GIL was chosen. The tutorial content has an international outreach and was created by users, manufacturers and consultants from all over the world.

The tutorial content is focused on engineers who actually work on high voltage substation projects or who might start soon. The content has a practical orientation and is presented by experts which long time experiences in projects. The goal is to give an overview to the tutorial attendee about the gas insulated technology, how it can be used and what he shall think of when planning and ordering such equipment.

Organizer: Hermann Koch, Siemens AG

Power System Stabilization via Excitation Control
Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 8:00am - 5:00pm (Full day) Pricing

Power system stabilizers (PSS) have been used in various forms since the 1960's with the aim of improving power system stability by adjusting generator excitation. With the WECC and various independent system operators requiring their use, many more stabilizers have been installed in recent years.

Despite this increased use, to many engineers working in the field of electric power generation the PSS can appear as a mysterious black box. This tutorial aims to demystify stabilizers, providing engineers with an improved understanding of power system oscillations and the underlying theories implemented within PSS units.

Experts from industrial, academic and governmental organizations will make presentations on aspects of PSS theory including design principles, types of PSS and techniques for field testing.

Organizer: Robert Thornton-Jones, Brush Electrical Machines Ltd.


Pricing information for the above General Meeting 2011 tutorials:

Full Day Tutorial Regular Rate (early bird) $250 USD
Full Day Tutorial Regular Rate (on site) $275 USD
Full Day Student Rate (early bird) $85 USD
Full Day Student Rate (on site) $110 USD

Half Day Tutorial Regular Rate (early bird) $175 USD
Half Day Tutorial Regular Rate (on site) $200 USD
Half Day Student Rate (early bird) $50 USD 
Half Day Student Rate (on site) $60 USD