Staying alive is high on Jim White’s to-do list, along with “not being mangled or disfigured.” In order to stay alive in this industry, electrical workers must follow safety methods to a tee.
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Navigant has launched a Utility Forum, a panel of senior executives from electric and gas utilities in both regulated and non-regulated markets, focused on exploring the future of utility operations and organization within the context of the convergence of customer operations, integrated demand-side management, marketing and smart grid deployment.
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Siemens will increase its pledge to the Joining Forces initiative by committing to hiring another 300 veterans in 2012.
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Apr. 10-11: Decagon Inc., Hotel 1000, Seattle, WA
2nd International Thermal Resistivity Seminar & Workshop
Join us for this comprehensive 2-day seminar and hands-on workshop focused on best practices and new research for measuring thermal resistivity in soil and backfill. Topics to include: Principles of heat and moisture transport in soil, Ampacity calculations, Factors affecting soil thermal properties, Instrumentation and standards to measure RHO and diffusivity, and Geothermal applications for thermal resistivity of soil. For more information go to www.decagon.com.
Apr. 16-19: Siemens Power Academy, Wendell, NC
The Energy Professional Series
Whether you are in customer service, finance, project management, or a transitioning civil or mechanical engineer, understanding the physical, financial and future drivers of the electric power grid will enable you to improve your valued contributions to your organization. Come join us and learn more about the Physical, Financial and Future Drivers of the Power Grid. Register SEPS 400 to complete all 5 courses (SEPS 305, 315, 320, 325 and 300) this series.
For more information go to www.usa.siemens.com/energy/pti-education
May 30- Jun. 1:Siemens Power Academy, Schenectady, NY
PSS®E – Modeling of Wind and Solar Farms
Are you analyzing the impact of wind and solar farms on power systems in your planning studies? Do your modeling capabilities meet the growing demands for incorporating renewables into your system? This course provides you with techniques and hands-on experience for modeling and running interconnection studies for wind and solar farms. A general summary of specific wind turbine model packages developed by Siemens PTI for PSS®E will also be given to highlight the latest developments and increase awareness of model contents and availability. For more information go to www.usa.siemens.com/energy/pti-education
Jun. 4-6: Siemens Power Academy, Schenectady, NY
Understanding System Losses for Utility Management - NERC Certification
Are you aware that the greatest reduction in losses comes from how you manage the reactive power in your system? Are you looking to identify concentrated and unacceptable system losses? By attending this course you will learn the role of utility management in assessing the effects of system losses from both an operations and a planning perspective. This course provides transmission and distribution planning engineers, rate design engineers from utilities, and regulatory commissioners with methods for effectively modeling, analyzing, allocating and reducing losses. Topics include loss evaluation techniques, methods for simplifying the loss calculation, principal causes of losses (trans-formers and lines) and program requirements to reduce them effectively. Case study provided. For more information go to www.usa.siemens.com/energy/pti-education
Jun. 4-8: Siemens Power Academy, Littleton, CO
PSS®E - Power Flow and Steady State Analysis - * NERC Certification
Are you required to interpret power flow results (convergence, divergence, non-convergence)? Do you need to understand the causes and event sequence of voltage collapse and apply data checking functions in PSS®E to identify power flow modeling issues? This course provides the fundamental PSS®E software training to help novice users navigate the interface and gain hands-on experience. More than an application course, PSSC 500 will acquaint you with most program functions in sufficient detail to begin study work relevant to power flow and fault analysis. Upon completion of this course, you will understand PSS®E functions and their uses and have the ability to perform various power flow analyses. Topics include power flow modeling data, one-line diagrams, power flow solutions and reports, program automation, response files, IPLAN and Python™, contingency and transfer limit analysis and more. For more information go to www.usa.siemens.com/energy/pti-education
Jun. 11-15: Siemens Power Academy, Schenectady, NY
PSS®E - Dynamic Simulation
Different types of disturbances can cause your system to behave in certain ways. Do you know how to analyze your system response by running a dynamic simulation? If not, this course will help you understand how your power flow indicates your system status in steady state and how dynamic simulation tells you how your system transitions from one status state to another. This course covers data development and input for dynamics, initial system setup and checkout, running dynamic simulations, plotting results and more. This course requires previous knowledge of PSS®E, as it is fast-paced and includes hands-on exercises using PSS®E.
For more information go to www.usa.siemens.com/energy/pti-education
Jun. 18-22: Siemens Power Academy, Schenectady, NY
PSS®E - Advanced Power Flow
Do you need to conduct deterministic or probabilistic reliability assessments? Do you need to analyze system vulnerability through PV/QV analysis? This course teaches users advanced applications of PSS®E power flow. Topics include load-flow and short circuit interface, transformer and FACTS devices modeling, voltage analysis, optimal power flow, advanced contingency and reliability analysis, program automation and more. For more information go to www.usa.siemens.com/energy/pti-education
Mar. 22: WEIDMANN Diagnostic Solutions Inc., Colorado School of Mines, Student Center, Golden, CO
Laboratory Methods for Fluid Diagnostic Testing of Electrical Equipment
WEIDMANN presents a seminar on diagnostic testing of electrical equipment utilizing laboratory methods. Dissolved gas analysis (DGA), degradation of cellulose insulation, dielectric fluid assessment, and load tap changer (LTC) diagnostic evaluation will be discussed. Electrical engineers, technicians, and anyone responsible for electrical equipment maintenance will benefit from the valuable ideas and suggestions that will be presented. For more information contact: +1 916 778 8435; www.weidmann-electrical.com
Apr. 3-5: SEL University, Denver, CO
SEL-487E Transformer Protection Relay, APP487E
This three-day course provides hands-on application and settings guidance for the SEL-487E Transformer Protection Relay, used worldwide to protect and monitor a wide variety of transformers, including power transformers, generator step-up transformers, and autotransformers. For more information visit www.selinc.com/SELUniversity.
Apr. 11-13: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
Understanding Power System Design and Operation
This course is for managers, project coordinators, engineers, designers, technicians and other individuals who have little or no formal training in electrical power system design and operation. This includes individuals who need to communicate effectively with electrical engineers and other electrical system designers.This program begins with basic electrical theory and demonstrates how these theories are applied when developing transmission and distribution systems.
For more information and to register, visit Understanding Power System Design & Operation.
Apr. 16-18: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
Transmission Line Design
Learn a wide variety of design subjects at a level appropriate to those relatively new to the area of transmission line design. Explore the fundamentals for the electrical, civil, and structural design components of electric transmission lines. Examine industry practices, technical requirements, configuration philosophies, design practices, information resources and work procedures and presented. Topics covered include conductor types, sag and tension calculations, insulation and hardware, structure loading, codes and standards, clearances, foundations, ice and wind loading, and environmental coordination. For more information and to register, visit: Transmission Line Design.
Apr. 17-18: SEL University, Dothan, AL
SEL-351 Directional Overcurrent and Reclosing Relay, APP351
This course provides comprehensive application training for the SEL-351 Directional Overcurrent and Reclosing Relay, an extremely flexible protective relay used by utilities worldwide in multiple applications.For more information visit www.selinc.com/seluniversity.
Apr. 19-20: University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
Right-of-Way Acquisition Guidelines
Get an overview, and understand property ownership, land requirements and transmission line design. Discuss the appraisal process and the determination of pre-specific appraisal data. For more information and to register, visit: Right-of-Way Acquisition Guidelines.
Apr. 24-25: SEL University, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
SEL-651R Advanced Recloser Control, APP651R
This course provides an introduction to the SEL-651R Advanced Recloser Control. The course will also cover basic recloser control functions, advanced capabilities, and application examples, including Automatic Network Reconfiguration, single-phase trip and reclose, and harmonic analysis. The course also includes introduction to acSELerator® Designer SEL-5031 Software for creating customized settings templates. For more information visit www.selinc.com/SELUniversity.
May 22-23: SEL University, Irvine, CA
SEL-751A Feeder Protection Relay, APP751A
This course provides complete application training for the SEL-751A Feeder Relay, an extremely versatile protective relay used worldwide for industrial and utility feeder protection. For more information visit www.selinc.com/SELUniversity.
To post your T and D courses contact Susan Schaefer at 484-478-0154 or for information on sponsoring T&D World eTrain email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar of Events
Feb. 27 - 29: ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, Gaylord Convention Center, Washington, DC; www.energyinnovationsummit.com
The third annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit is designed to bring together key players from across the energy ecosystem – researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, and government officials – to share ideas for developing and deploying the next generation of energy technologies. The Summit’s unique combination of leaders makes it the perfect forum for developing energy solutions that will enable America to out-innovate our global competitors.
March 1-9: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association 2012 Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, U.S.,
(703) 907-5500; www.nreca.org
The NRECA Annual Meeting, which attracts upwards of 5,000 members, showcases national and world-class industry, technology and legislative experts. Delegates attending the Annual Meeting set NRECA's legislative and organizational agenda for the following year. In addition to considering and acting upon policy resolutions, delegates receive reports from NRECA officials, hear addresses by key public figures and business experts, and attend educational forums on major issues affecting electric co-ops and their consumer- owners.
March 7-8: Globalcon Energy, Power and Facilities
Management Strategies and Technologies Conference
& Expo, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., (770) 447-5083;
Presented by the Association of Energy Engineers, is designed specifically to facilitate those seeking to expand their knowledge of fast-moving developments in the energy field, explore promising new technologies, compare energy supply options, and learn about innovative and cost-conscious project implementation strategies.
Mar 7-9: Grid ComForum West (GCF West), 312-283-8459, San Diego, CA, USA ; www.gridcomforum.com/GCFWest
Hosted by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), GCF West will provide a unique conference for electric power utilities, vendors, and suppliers involved in Smart Grid technology deployment. Utility attendance will include: American Electric Power, APS, BC Hydro, Central Vermont Power, ComEd, Duke Energy, Exelon, Glendale Water & Power, Oncor, PG&E, Pepco Holdings, Progress Energy, SDG&E, Seattle City Light, Southern California Edison, and Southern Company. As the official media sponsor of GCF West 2012, special reduced pricing is available to T&D subscribers. Register today and enter promotional code GCF20TDW to save 20% off the registration fees.
Mar. 9-14: Power & Communication Contractors
Association 2012 Convention, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.,
(703) 212-7734; www.pccaweb.org
The Power & Communication Contractors Association, founded in 1945, is the national trade association for companies constructing electric power facilities, including transmission and distribution lines and substations and telephone, fiber optic, and cable television systems.
Mar. 11-15: Corrosion 2012, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.,
(281) 228-6200; www.nace.org
Mar. 12-14: APPA 2012 Legislative Rally, Washington, D.C., U.S., (202) 467-2900; www.appanet.org
This is your opportunity to influence policy makers who can make a difference. As a public power advocate, you are in the best position to talk to Congress about the direct impact of federal action at the local level.
Mar.12-16: National Utility Contractors Association
Annual Convention 2012, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.,
(703) 358-9300; www.nuca.com
Situated in historic Ft. Worth, Texas on March 12-16, Convention 2012 is jam-packed with fresh insights, colossal inspiration, huge energy, prolific peer interactions. There will also be a slew of roundtables, keynotes, break-out sessions, and construction market forums that will enhance your knowledge and build your skills. Table-top product and service displays manned by our premier National Partner sponsors are second to none.
Mar. 25-30: 2012 International Conference of Doble
Clients, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., (617) 926-4900;
The Doble Conference is in fact a Doble Users Group Meeting. All companies who have a Services Agreement with Doble that includes Conference attendance are eligible to attend.
Apr. 9-12: AGA/EEI Customer Service Conference & Exposition, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S., (202) 508-5563; www.eei.org
The American Gas Association (AGA) represents local energy companies delivering natural gas to customers. AGA members are committed to delivering natural gas safely, reliably, cost-effectively and in an environmentally responsible way. The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of U.S. Shareholder-Owned Electric Companies. Our members serve 95 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry.
Apr. 15-18: American Public Power Association
Engineering & Operations Technical Conference,
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., (202) 467-2942; www.appanet.org
The APPA Engineering & Operations Technical Conference is the conference of choice for public power professionals charged with designing, developing and maintaining the nation's electric system. In addition to the knowledge they'll take home and put into practice at their utility, participants can earn a full year's worth of professional development hours by attending this one conference.
Apr. 16-17: CI Energy Group’s Ontario Power Perspectives, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1-877-927-7936; www.OntarioPowerConference.com
Featuring diverse speaker perspectives and the hottest topics, this program is a power event like no other. Offering fresh, candid and interactive sessions, you'll walk away with the information you need to positively impact your bottom line.
Apr. 23-27: Energy Hannover Fair, Hannover, Germany,
(609) 987-1202; www.hannovermesse.de
Boasting eight flagship trade fairs with exhibitors and trade visitors from all over the world, HANNOVER MESSE will once again confirm its unique global standing in 2012. It remains without rival as a showcase of industrial technology, with more world firsts on display and more integrated solutions than elsewhere.
Apr. 25-27: T&D Outage Management America 2012, Miami, FL, USA; www.eventfulpower.com
Eventful Power's T&D Outage Management will guide delegates through a series of technical case studies offering insights into how top utilities are leveraging and integrating technology to tackle operational problems in the key areas of reliability, maintenance, customer delivery and many more.
Apr. 29-May 2: American Public Works Association 2012 North American Snow Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., (816) 595-5240; www.apwa.net
The 2012 Snow Conference will contain four days of education and networking, featuring an exhibit floor with the newest equipment and products available, quality education programs and technical tours, and opportunties to exchange ideas with manufacturers, distributors, consultants and other public works professionals.
May 7-10: IEEE/PES Transmission & Distribution
Conference & Exposition, Orlando, Florida, U.S.,
(703) 662-3602; www.ieet-d.org
This Conference and Exposition will deliver the most significant, pure technical information for power and energy professionals. It will also provide opportunities for industry leaders to exchange ideas on technological trends and best practices.
May 9-11: Lightfair International Trade Show & Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., (212) 248-5000; www.lightfair.com
As the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, LIGHTFAIR ® INTERNATIONAL blends continuing education courses with innovative products ranging from high-end design to cutting-edge technology.
May 19-23: Institute of Industrial Engineers Annual IIE
Conference 2012, Orlando, Florida, U.S., (770) 449-0460;
The Annual IE Conference and Expo attracts attendees from all over the world who share an interest in learning, sharing experiences and business successes.
May 20-23: Utility Supply Management Alliance Annual
Educational Conference 2012, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.,
(816) 532-4844; www.usma.com
The utility industry's most productive conference for supply chain professionals has just concluded. USMA continues its mission of providing sessions with a focus on delivering value that you can take home and apply to keep your supply chain safe and reliable.
June 3-6: Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference
59th Annual, Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S., (757) 220-1795; www.eufmc.com
June 3-6: 2012 Edison Electric Institute Convention & Expo, Orlando, FL, (202) 508-5535; www.eei.org
The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of U.S. Shareholder-Owned Electric Companies. Our members serve 95 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry.
June 5-7: TIA 2012: Inside the Network, Dallas, Texas, U.S., (703) 907-7002; www.tia2012.org
June 6-8: SEL Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago IL; www.selinc.com/mspsc
The SEL Modern Solutions Power Systems Conference will go beyond the traditional boundaries of organizations, industries, politics, and trends. Following a highly interactive format, speakers and attendees will identify opportunities, develop strategies, share best practices, and envision solutions for three areas critical to power systems—reliability, cost efficiency, and people. To learn more, visit www.selinc.com/mspsc
June 16-20: American Public Power Association National Conference, Seattle, Washington, U.S., (202) 467-2900;
June 20-22: Southeastern Electric Exchange Annual
Conference and Trade Show, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.,
(404) 233-1188; www.theexchange.org