By - Jon Brown

Substations for Non-Engineers
July 16-17, 2019 | Toronto, ON

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Overview

Substations are one of the major components of any electrical distribution system. They are also one of the more expensive elements, so understanding the role of substations and their importance is critical to understanding how the entire system works to cost effectively deliver electricity to the end user.

Distribution substations and transmission stations take a number of years to bring on on-line to supply electrical demand. The impact of the shift to electric vehicle charging and the ever-increasing use of computer technology, makes predicting and keeping pace with the increasing demand a major aspect of electrical utility engineering. System planning, designing, construction, and commissioning are parts of the effort required to supply electrical demand.

Aimed at non-technical individuals, this course will provide a basic understanding of electrical grid system in Ontario from generation to use in the home, as well as a comprehensive look at the basic systems and components that comprise transmission stations and distribution stations. This review will include examples and discussions of high voltage switching, energy metering, transformers, switchgear, relay and control systems, SCADA systems, and high voltage cables.

The intent is to offer anyone not already familiar with the substations, a better understanding of the design, operational, and safety aspects that are considered by the typical substation engineer.

Future courses are planned that cover other important aspects of electrical utility engineering, such as system planning, as well as overhead and underground distribution engineering.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of power grid components and their basic functions
  • Gain a basic understanding of  transmission and distribution substations through the use of typical drawings and diagrams
  • Understand the basic components and systems within each type of station
  • Understand the impact of design on system reliability and outage restoration
  • Discuss operational and safety aspects to be considered for stations
  • Develop a basic understanding of stations project scheduling, construction, and commissioning

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this course

Agenda

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


  • Introductions and a review of learning expectations
  • Review the Learning Objectives
  • A Brief History of the Electrical Grid and the various power system components
  • Transmission Stations
  • Typical station designs and configurations
  • Typical voltages and capacities
  • A review of typical components and systems
    • Switchyard structures and components
      • Air Break Disconnect Switches
      • HV circuit breakers
      • HV circuit switchers
      • HV Metering components
      • Transformers an tap changers
    • Switchgear Building and components
      • Switchgear alternatives,
      • breakers,
      • cables,
      • relay and control
      • Auxiliary support systems
        • Station service
        • Secondary oil containment
        • Cable duct banks, manholes, pulling chambers
  • Distribution Stations
    • Typical station designs and configurations
    • Typical voltages and capacities
    • A review of typical components and systems
      • Switchyard structures and components
        • Air Break Disconnect Switches
        • HV circuit breakers
        • HV circuit switchers
        • HV Metering components
        • Transformers
      • Switchgear Building and components
        • Switchgear alternatives,
        • breakers,
        • cables,
        • relay and control
        • Auxiliary support systems
          • Station service
          • Secondary oil containment
          • Cable duct banks, maintenance/pulling chambers

 

  • Station Design Aspects
    • Drawing symbology and industry standard terminology
      • Detailed review of typical engineering drawings
    • System reliability and maintainability
      • Review the definitions of each and the discuss the major factors affecting these measures
    • Safety features
      • Isolation for work protection
      • Safe work permits
      • Safety Management programs
    • Basic review of protection and control systems

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

 

  • Operational Aspects
    • Control Room activities
    • Work protection policies and procedures
    • Device naming practices and conventions
  • Project Planning and Scheduling
    • Typical delivery times for equipment
    • Review of current manufacturers
    • Typical project scheduling
  • Wrap up and Review

Instructor

Ron LaPier, P. Eng. Vice President, Engineer, Costello Utility Consultants

Ron LaPier is a professional electrical engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the design, operation and management related to distribution systems. For more than six years, he was responsible for managing the engineering and operations for an Ontario distribution utility. Ron has worked with several LDCs on various design projects, system studies, and system planning. Some of the LDCs he’s worked with include: Innisfil Hydro, Five Nations Energy, Veridian Connections Ltd., Ottawa River Power Corp., London Hydro, PowerStream, Burlington Hydro, Woodstock Hydro, Westario Power, Enersource, Waterloo North Hydro, Entegrus (formerly Chatham-Kent Hydro), and Erie Thames Powerlines. He’s also worked with telecommunications companies for third party attachment projects. He is very familiar with Ontario Regulation 22/04 and the application of the USF standard design drawings.

Location

Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa

8500 Warden Ave

Markham, ON L6G 1A5, Canada

Reserve your room:

please call 1-905-470-8500

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of July 14-18, 2019

Room rate through EUCI:

$175 CAD single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to July 21, 2019.

Register

Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, June 28, 2019
Standard RateAttendees
Substations for Non-Engineers$ CAD 1495.00
(+ 13 % HST tax )
$ CAD 1695.00
(+ 13 % HST tax )

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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before June 14, 2019 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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