December 2015

Power System Grounding and Bonding

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. A limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door.
Date: Monday, December 7, 2015 - Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration - Day 1 and Continental Breakfast - Day 1
8:30 AM-5:00 PM: Power System Grounding and Bonding - Day 1
8:30 AM-5:00 PM: Power System Grounding and Bonding - Day 2
Location: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel (Grouse Room), 1180 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6E 4R5
Presenter: Mr. Jean Tessier, P. Eng., Eng. – Partner, Power Systems and Testing, BBA Inc.
Dr. Ali Moshref, P.Eng. – Department Manager, Power Systems and Testing, BBA Inc.
Credit: 15 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: Power System Grounding and Bonding - Day 1 : $795.00 + GST = $834.75 until Nov 23, 2015

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: Power System Grounding and Bonding - Day 1 : $895.00 + GST = $939.75

Non-Member Price: Power System Grounding and Bonding - Day 1 : $895.00 + GST = $939.75

Student Member Price: Power System Grounding and Bonding - Day 1 : $447.50 + GST = $469.88
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by November 23, 2015 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Shirley Chow | Professional Development Coordinator
Direct: 604.412.4865
Toll Free: 1.888.430.8035 ext.4865
Fax: 604.639.8180
Email: [email protected]
Grounding and bonding techniques are of the upmost importance in electrical system performance and overall cost. But above all, it plays an essential role in personnel safety and equipment protection. In this regard, engineers should have a good understanding of grounding and bonding issues and practical solutions to the most common problems.

Participants will gain a general understanding of grounding and bonding methods, common issues and practical solutions:
  • Understand the basic principles of grounding and bonding of electrical systems and equipment
  • Know the applicable standards and design methods
  • Know how to measure and improve an existing grounding and bonding system
  • Apply sound grounding and bonding techniques in designing new installations
  • Review of Grounding and Bonding Objectives
  • Basic Knowledge on Personnel Safety and Electric Shock Hazards
Simple Ground Electrode
  • Characteristics of Soil (Acting as Conductor)
  • Simple Ground Electrode
  • Fundamentals of a Simple Ground Electrode
  • Calculation of Ground Electrode Resistance
  • Measurement Methods
  • Examples
Substation Ground Grid
  • Description of a Typical Substation Grounding System
  • Electrical Safety Criteria
  • Performance Analysis and Design Optimization
  • Case Studies
Grounding of Electrical Power Systems
  • Distribution System Grounding
  • Utility Versus Industrial System Grounding
  • Ground Fault Protection
Grounding and Bonding of Electrical Equipment
  • Bonding Definition and Objectives
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Sensitive Electronic Equipment
Who should attend?
Electrical engineers, project managers, maintenance managers, involved in the design, installation, inspection and maintenance of electrical systems
Practical course in which participants focus on grounding and bonding concepts and complete exercises using typical case scenarios.
  • Formal/informal presentation and discussion
  • Practical examples and exercises
What Previous Participants have said about this Seminar:
  • “Excellent course. Many topics covered. Good presenters. Always began with review of fundamentals first.”
  • “Very knowledgeable. Effective slides and program examples. Good examples and photos to help illustrate points. Course was presented in a well organized, logical order.”
  • “Excellent coverage on all matters of grounding and bonding.”
  • “Very good instructors, excellent enthusiasm and communication.”
  • “Well presented. Good content. Instructors were extremely knowledgeable on the subjects discussed. Good presentation skills.”
  • “Good knowledge and with enough experience. Really happy about their way to approach the subject.”
  • “Great job – engaging, fun, knowledgeable.”
  • “Enjoyed the material presented and the presenters. You can tell they are passionate about the topic.”
Mr. Jean Tessier, P. Eng., Eng. – Partner, Power Systems and Testing, BBA Inc.
Mr. Tessier began his career at BBA in 1985 and became a Partner in 1990. He is a power systems specialist providing services for industrial complexes and utility systems that include short circuit calculations and load flow studies, design, protective relaying application and coordination studies, power system, ground mat design and transient phenomenon studies.
Responsible for power quality studies, Mr. Tessier manages and conducts various surveys related to measurement and analysis of the electromagnetic compatibility. He has extensive experience in solving problems pertaining to power systems and industrial installations. He also prepares technical audits and master plans. His fields of activity include production, transport and distribution of electricity as well as energy transformation and electro-technology applications in industrial installations.
As Head of the technical training services, he develops and presents training programs and seminars to engineers and technicians in universities, industries and public utilities. Mr. Tessier is member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC).
Dr. Ali Moshref, P.Eng. – Department Manager, Power Systems and Testing, BBA Inc.
Dr. Moshref joined BBA in 2012 with over 30 years of power system experience in the energy industry, including power system planning, system operation, asset management, alternate energy resources for power generation, and software development for the analysis of power systems.
Previously at Powertech Labs, Dr. Moshref was the power system studies manager and reported to the smart utility business unit director. Dr. Moshref developed planning and operation strategies and policies for various utilities and industrial organizations.
Early in his career, Dr. Moshref co-founded CYME International Inc. where he designed and developed more than twelve computer programs for power system analysis.
Dr. Moshref is the recipient of numerous awards from: McGill University in Montréal, Quebec; the IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Sciences in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and the NSERC Industrial Fellowship, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
Recent articles include “PMU Application in Controlled Islanding”, IEEE, Vancouver, July 2013 and “Network Security Assessments for Integrating Large-Scale Tidal Current and Ocean Wave Resources into Future Electrical Grids”, Proceedings of the IEEE, 2011.
Dr. Moshref is Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE) and member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), and a lecturer at the University of Victoria (UVic).

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