Substation Asset Management Fundamentals

Substation Asset Management Fundamentals

December 9, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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This course provides guidelines for management and maintenance of substation primary equipment such as Load Tap Changers (LTC), Transformers, Breakers, etc. We will cover multiple technologies used to monitor primary equipment assets and cover in detail the various analytic tools available to utilities to determine the current and future health of their assets. We will also look at emerging technologies such as thermal imaging and artificial intelligence (AI) which have the promise of predicting failure more accurately in a faster time frame while at the same time being a lower cost alternative.  This course will provide useful and applicable knowledge that can be used by attendees in their everyday functions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the benefits of substation asset management
  • List various types of failures and monitoring analytics for load tap changes
  • Describe the meaning of transformer moisture in oil analysis and detection methods
  • Explain impacts of and detection methods for transformer dissolved gas & partial discharge analysis
  • Review the analysis on bushing failure modes and what they mean
  • Describe breaker failure modes and the benefit of the analysis from protection relays
  • Explore the asset management of other substation equipment and components
  • Review what AI and IR are and how they can be used to detect failures



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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in each day and 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.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020 : Central Time

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. :: Log In

9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

Introduction to Substation Asset Management

  • Why asset management?
  • Impact of asset management
  • Benefits of asset management

Load Tap Changer (LTC) Monitoring & Analytics

  • Types of LTC failures
  • LTC sensors
  • Data acquisition and monitoring systems
  • Analytic software and algorithms

Transformer Moisture in Oil Analysis

  • Impact of moisture in oil
  • Sensors and tests for detecting moisture in oil
  • Electronic monitoring equipment

Transformer Dissolved Gas Analysis & Partial Discharge Analysis

  • What each type of dissolved gas tells us about the health of the transformer
  • What are partial discharges and what do they tell us about the health of the transformer
  • Overview of sensors used for detection of dissolved gases in oil
  • Partial discharge detection and reliability
  • Electronic monitoring equipment

Bushing Monitoring and Analysis

  • Bushing failure modes
  • Failure detection methodologies and sensors
  • Electronic monitoring equipment

Breaker Monitoring and Analysis

  • Breaker failure modes
  • Using data from protection relays for analysis
  • Analysis software for failure prediction

Other Primary Equipment Assets, Batteries, Etc.

Thermal Imaging & AI

  • Infrared (IR) thermal imaging overview
  • What can IR images tell us?
  • What is artificial intelligence (AI)
  • How can AI & IR images be used to detect failures in primary equipment


Ken Caird, Chief Technology Officer, VNCTech Group

Ken has over 35 years’ experience in the Electric Utility automation field. He started his career as a Protection & Control engineer at a major Canadian Utility, where he was responsible for the design and installation of EMS and SCADA Systems, and communication networks as well as protection automation. After 15 years at the utility Ken became Director of R&D at a substation automation start up that became the #1 supplier of substation automation products in North America. After the company grew to $80 million dollars it was acquired by General Electric.

At GE, Ken was responsible for the high-level systems design for GE’s Smart Grid System offering. This includes interoperability requirements between GE’s products used in Smart Grid solutions and legacy systems used by GE’s utility customers. Ken was also responsible for developing requirements and working with external System Integrators to provide interoperability between utility real time network operational systems and IT based enterprise systems.  Ken specializes in Substation & Distribution Automation Projects. Can has worked with several major North American Utilities including AEP in optimizing their Volt/VAR performance.

Ken was the U.S. national country representative on the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Standards Management Board (SMB) Smart Grid (SG) #3. The SMB SG#3 is responsible for the recommendation of existing standards to be used in Smart Grid projects, identifying gaps in existing standards and identifying new standards required to fully allow interoperability amongst vendor products. Ken is also leading the IEC SMB SG#3 Architecture Task Team developing a database linking Smart Grid business and architectural requirements to IEC standards.

Ken is on the Board of Directors for Light The World which is a non-profit organization brining electricity to 3rd World and remote communities.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.



Substation Asset Management Fundamentals

December 9, 2020 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 795.00 each

Buy 4 seats and only pay for 3! For this event every fourth attendee is free!

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