Module 2:

Grounding High Voltage Power Systems

This is not your standard course within the industry that teaches you just how to comply with the NEC or NESC. It goes beyond the code minimums. Read on!!

This course is co-sponsored by I.E.E.E. ( The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.) with discounts available for I.E.E.E. members.

This course will cover general and detailed principles used for the design of power system and equipment in systems from 1,000-V up to transmission line systems. It is structured to cover all areas of concern for practicing industrial, commercial, and utility engineers. Most courses on this topic address only the "how" but omit the "why". Consequently engineers do not have the requisite knowledge to know how to handle unique situations and how to correctly select and install lightning and surge protection equipment.

This course will draw into the curriculum, design and theoretical principles, published within national standards and decades of I.E.E.E. papers written on the subject. It will also be focused on the information the instructor has needed during his professional career as a designer, consultant, and instructor.

Instructor: Charles Pratt, P.E.

  • Practicing professional engineer since 1971.
  • Life member of various I.E.E.E. power, industry, and EMC societies
  • Member of the Lightning Protection Institute.
  • Instructor for Army Corps of Engineers in the technical areas of power, surge protection, and lightning protection grounding system design

Why is this course unique?

  • Covers commercial, industrial, and utility systems and protection from effects of ground faults that can present adverse shock hazards to humans.
  • Taught by an instructor with decades of experience ferretting out fact from fiction and "sales pitches.
  • Provides students with theory and lab demonstrations to support the theory
  • Not a software course. Understanding principles is more important.
  • One module is dedicated to sample calculations and designs in specific areas submitted by the students or as selected by the instructor.
  • Covers the electrical theory, system analysis, and physics which form the basis for grounding system design. Answers many of the "Whys" that most grounding practicioners encounter.
  • Grounding electrode and array performance under normal power system frequencies and fast transients .
  • Grounding of systems and equipment for compliance with the National Electric Safey Code, NEC, and IEEE STD 80
  • Will remove most of the "mystique" and "black magic" commonly associated with grounding for safety, lightning, and surge protection. These topics should not be a mystery!
  • Class sizes are kept small to optimize your personal learning experience
  • Grounding system testing and calculations will be covered.
  • Hands-on experience in seeing and measuring actual grounding system conductor and electrode peformance.
  • Design tips provided to minimize system redesign
  • Information exceeds that of any other similar course on the market

Course Structure

The depth of the material is geared for graduate electricalgsafd study engineers or electrical designer technicians. Standards such as the NEC, IEEE 80, and other important standards are addressed. This is not a course in the use of any software. Focus is directed to designing systems with no custom ground grid software.

The course is held in conjunction with other grounding course modules. Each module can be taken separately, however maximum benefit will come from taking all modules at one time or in order. More details of the various topics in each module are contained in the course information link.

During short lab exercises, students will be able to see and take measurements around various grounding electrode arrays and grids. Electrode arrays will demonstrate impedances, touch potentials, and step potentials.

Course Materials

The student will receive an extensive workbook that exceeds the quality of training manuals of most courses of this type. Each workbook page contains a single lecture slide and appropriate comments by the instructor designed to minimize note taking by the student and to provide a more useful future reference.

The books "Industrial Power System Grounding Design Handbook" by Dunki-Jacobs, F. Shields, and Conrad St. Pierre, IEEE STD 80, the NESC,  and Soares' Grounding Books are referenced in the course and can be ordered on-line. The Soares Grounding book 2020 can be ordered from IAEI. Purchase of these books and standards is not required for the course.

Participant slots are limited to 16 to maximize student involvement in lab demonstrations.

Daily Schedule

Module 2 :   1-day,  8AM to 5PM lecture and lab demonstrations

Continuing Education Credits

CEU's or PDH's will be provided for each course  module through the I.E.E.E. Education Program for those students needing professional continuing education credits. The credits vary for each module attended and are tabulated in each course registration form.

Price:  $500.00 (US)

(There is a 10% discount available for I.E.E.E. members registering at any time in addition to any other discounts offered. See registration form for early registration and other discounts. )

Dates and Locations

See "Training" webpage.

If you will be interested in this or other courses, please contact us with an email or by phone and let us know about your needs and topics of specific interest. This will assist us in the course development and optimization.



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