January 2018

Industrial Power Systems: Design Principles and Protection

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. A limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door.
Date: Monday, January 15, 2018 - Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM–8:30 AM: Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:30 AM–4:30 PM: Industrial Power Systems: Design Principles and Protection
Location: Best Western PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites (Granville Room), 1100 Granville Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 2B6
Presenter: Dr. A. Mihirig, P.Eng., AM Power Services
Credit: 7 Professional Development Hours (PDH) per day
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Members (until Jan 2, 2018):
Package (Day 1 & 2): $849.00 + GST = $891.45
Day 1 or Day 2: $449 + GST = $471.45

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Members (after
Jan 2, 2018):
Package (Day 1 & 2): $949.00 + GST = $996.45
Day 1 or Day 2: $499 + GST = $523.95

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Student Members:
Package (Day 1 & 2): $474.50 + GST = $498.23
Day 1 or Day 2: $249.50 + GST = $261.98

Package (Day 1 &2) : $949 + GST = $996.45
Day 1 or Day 2: $499 + GST = $523.95

Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by January 02, 2018 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
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** Best Western PLUS Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites is pleased to offer a special corporate rate of $124 for Standard Room or $134 for Suite Room per night based on single or double occupancy. Rate is subject to 16% taxes. Please contact Reservations Direct at 604-669-7070, Toll Free 1-800-663-0575 to get this rate. Please quote Engineers and Geoscientists BC Corporate Rate. This rate is subject to change depending on the hotel's occupancy.

** Parking price with taxes will be $8.00 (plus 21% city parking tax & 5% GST) total is $10.16. Parking Instructions: Please be sure that you stop by the front desk to collect your discounted parking voucher. It must be placed face up on the dashboard. After purchasing your parking voucher, drive into the parking garage and ring the doorbell and the front desk will answer. You can instruct the front desk that you are there for an Engineers and Geoscientists BC meeting and the Front desk will open the gate. Parking Location: Back alley of the building - 4 levels of basement parking.

This two days intensive course is designed to provide practical and industry standard knowledge necessary for the design and protection of industrial power systems. The course frameworks are based on ANSI/IEEE Standards 141 and 242 (Red & Buff Books). Participants will learn basics and principles of recommended practices in electric power distribution systems and how to apply this knowledge on industrial projects, operations and maintenance.

Seminar Description

Day 1: Industrial Power Systems – Design Principles and Protection

  • Basic system planning and design considerations.
  • Voltage considerations; ratings, selection, controls, drops, dips, flicker, and harmonics.
  • Surge voltage protection; travelling waves, switching surges, arresetrs, classes, and selections.
  • Grounding; bonding, system grounding, and ground fault considerations.
  • Power factor considerations; capacitor bank applications, risks, and harmonic mitigations.
  • Power apparatus; circuit breakers and switchgears, transformers, motors, power distribution, and motor control centers.
  • Cable systems.
  • Busways.

Day 2: Industrial Power Systems – Protection and Coordination

  • Safety and planning system protection.
  • Short circuit calculations.
  • Instrument transformers.
  • Selection and application of protective relays.
  • Fuses.
  • Low voltage circuit breakers.
  • Ground fault protection.
  • Conductor protection.
  • Motor protection.
  • Transformer protection.
  • Generator protection.
  • Bus and switchgear protection.
  • Supply line protection.
  • Over-current coordination.
  • Maintenance, testing, and calibrations of protective relays.

Who Should Attend

This course is essential for engineers, technologists, managers, or technical supervisors who are involved in industrial plants operation, maintenance, or new industrial projects such as power generation plants, mining, oil and gas, pulp and paper, chemical or cement plants, municipal water treatments or pump stations, or any other industrial power system. Topics are presented in practical aspects arising from extensive experience of the instructor in this field. This course is a must for young electrical engineers and excellent refresher for experienced engineers.


Ali Mihirig, BASc, MASc, PhD, P.Eng.
AM Power Systems Inc.

Dr. Ali Mihirig, P.Eng., graduated with B.A.Sc in electrical engineering from the University of Tripoli in 1978, earned M.A.Sc and Ph.D degrees from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in 1984 and 1987 respectively. Ali is the president of AM Power Systems Inc. and has over 30 years of consulting experience with industrial and utility power systems including system studies and analysis, design, protection and control, operation, and field commissioning. Ali has been working as leading consultant and power system specialist for various industrial and utility projects around the world.

He is the author of several technical papers and taught many short courses and tutorials for clients and professional conferences. Dr. Mihirig, is registered professional engineer in the Provinces of British Columbia and a senior member of IEEE.

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