By - Jon Brown

Introduction to Substation Design
November 13-14, 2018 | Denver, CO

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Substation design is a multidiscipline undertaking. The skills are learned from experience and take many years to perfect. The demand for experienced substation engineers is increasing. This combined with the aging and retiring of experienced substation engineers has made it vital for young and new substation engineers to become familiar with the fundamental aspects of design and construction.

This course is an introduction to substation design. The basic building block subjects are presented as an introductory overview. Information and examples are drawn from real world experience. Practical aspects will be emphasized and lessons learned from previous projects will be presented.



Learning Outcomes   

A comprehensive introduction to the following substation components will be discussed:

  • Bus configurations
  • Electrical equipment
  • Clearances and bus design
  • Civil engineering interface
  • Lightning protection
  • Substation grounding
  • Cable and raceway
  • AC and DC systems
  • Control and protection
  • Control buildings



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 1.1 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

registration7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

timing8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

lunch12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Introduction to Substations

  • This session covers why substations are necessary. It describes substation types, uses, and locations. Reasons for substations and the decisions and drivers for substations will be explained. Substation systems are described, and the drawing package based on systems is introduced.

Bus Configurations

  • The different high voltage bus configurations are explained in one-line format.  The different configurations are examined based on reliability and cost. Further overview of typical advantages associated with each configuration will be discussed.

Electrical Equipment

  • Different types of high voltage electrical equipment are shown and described. The ability to recognize the equipment allows the student to inspect substation installations, with one-line diagrams, and identify function. Further explanation is given of the functional differences between types equipment and discussion on properties affecting equipment quality.

Clearances and Spacings

  • Electrical clearances, dangerous fault currents and unusual electrical forces are unique to substation installations. This session familiarizes the engineer with substation specific design criteria. This lesson covers how substations are physically configured to maintain adequate distance between energized parts.

Bus Design

  • Wind, weight and magnetic forces can be extremely high during an electric disturbance. The substation buswork must be adequate to handle these requirements. The basics of bus design are described.

Civil/Electrical Engineering Interface

  • Substations use foundations, steel structures and have grading and drainage.   These are placed, with high voltage electrical equipment, into a very dangerous small area.  Interface between electrical and civil disciplines is vital to provide a safe, reliable and cost-effective design.   This session familiarizes civil engineers with substation specific requirements. It also covers information electrical engineers need to know about civil structures and foundations.

Lightning Protection

  • Lightning strikes are often the leading cause of power outages. Designing the substation to mitigate direct strikes is discussed.

Substation Grounding

  • Electrical systems use the earth as a current path. Substations must be designed for personnel safety during short circuit to earth conditions. History of substation grounding is discussed and practical methods of grounding design using modern computers are presented.

Cable and Raceway

  • Low voltage power, control, and instrumentation cables all interconnect the substation electrical equipment and the essential service control building. Cable types and composition are presented. The method of routing these cables is also described.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

breakfast7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

timing8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Control and Protection

  • Controlling the electrical equipment and shutting down the high voltage electric system rapidly during a critical event is a fundamental portion of substation design. The relaying equipment and the systems used for this task are complex and involved. This session introduces the basic terminology and methodology used in control and protection design.

AC and DC Systems

  • Low voltage AC powers electrical equipment and control building services. Low voltage DC provides emergency power for control and protection schemes and critical systems during power outages. How these systems are managed and designed is discussed.

Control Buildings

  • Control buildings contain the control, protection, and essential services for the substation. Different types of buildings are presented.

Metering, SCADA and Automation

  • Metering, SCADA, and automation are all detailed topics. This session introduces the fundamental definitions and uses of each with some examples of basic implementation.


Richard W. Childress, P. E.
Senior Substation Engineer, Leidos

Mr. Childress received a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1984 and a masters of engineering in 1986. He is a Power Delivery Engineer with over thirty years of experience. 

He has successfully designed and constructed substation and transmission line projects for a variety of different clients throughout the world. His forte is supervision of multidiscipline project teams for Engineer, Procure and Construct (EPC) substation projects. His technical abilities include outdoor electrical design, control and relaying design, quality supervision, specification reviews and construction supervision. He is considered an expert in the field of substation design and is an engineering instructor. Mr. Childress is currently working for Leidos as a senior substation engineer.


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Denver, CO 80222

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Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of November 12 – 13, 2018

Room rate through EUCI:

$119.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to October 22, 2018.



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

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