Free OMICRON Substation Grounding Seminar – October 3rd

 

Grounding

The Department of Electrical Engineering at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) will host a free one-day seminar on substation grounding presented by OMICRON. This seminar will introduce the basics of grounding system design, discuss evaluation of ground grids for personal safety according to IEEE Standard 80-2000 and the corresponding OSHA Standard, and show how to determine the local ground potential rise (GPR) of the station under test from faults to ground or lightning impulses.

The presenters will also talk about how to determine k-factors and line, earth, positive-sequence and zero-sequence impedances.

Who should attend:

  • Power utility engineers
  • Substation design engineers
  • Transmission line engineers
  • Protection electrical engineers
  • Consultants
  • University and college lecturers
  • Students

Seminar topics will include:

  • Industry Standards Review – OSHA, IEEE
  • Objectives of Good Design
  • Understanding the Soil Model
  • Ground Potential Rise (GPR)
  • Lightning Design Considerations
  • Case Studies – Improper Designs
  • Testing & Evaluation
  • Line Impedance and k-factor Measurement

Cost: No charge. Includes copy of presentations, lunch, and Certificate of Participation. CEUs are available on request.

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern

Location: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University Center Auditorium

Additional Information: An agenda, directions, parking information, and speak biographies are available here.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Thursday, September 26, 2013
To register, complete the form available here.

Electrical Engineering Smart Grid & Digital Relay Laboratory in the T&D World

The UTC Smart Grid and Protection (SGP) Laboratory once again being mentioned in the recent article in the Transmission and Distribution World magazine. During his visit to UTC recently, Rich Bush, the T&D World Editorial Director, toured to Electrical Engineering Laboratory facilities and spent quite sometime in the state-of-the -art SGP Lab and exchange conversation and ideas with EE Faculty and Graduate Students. The report regarding his visit to UTC can be found here.


Students Awarded IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship

Two Electrical Engineering students were selected as IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Scholars. David Nordy, Jr., an Electrical Engineering senior and the president of the student chapter of the IEEE, has been granted this prestigious award for a second year. Nicholas Johnson, also a senior, was recognized this year. David and Nick competed with students from all across the country for this honor. The award comes with $2,000/year for up to three years of funding.

The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative targets students preparing for careers in the power industry. Students are required to take at least three power engineering courses. While many universities scaled back their power engineering curricula in years past, UTC has retained a strong program with multiple power and energy electives available for students to take.


TVA continues to support UTC’s research and educational efforts

TVA presents a check to the College of Engineering and Computer Science. (L-to-R: Jacinda Woodward, VP, TVA; Chancellor Grady Bogue; Dean Will Sutton)

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) unique relationship with the College of Engineering and Computer Science and, in particular, the Department of Electrical Engineering was highlighted recently with the presentation of a check for $25,000 by TVA to fund graduate research in grid modernization. The presentation was made in the new Smart Grid and Protection Lab, a lab made possible by the support of TVA and the $2.4M Department of Energy Workforce Development grant the Department received in 2010.

TVA has long been a strong supporter of the Department and this check represents just one aspect of our relationship. 750 of TVA’s employees obtained degrees from UTC and more than 270 received engineering degrees. TVA engineers frequently teach power engineering courses at UTC as adjunct faculty. UTC’s TVA Power Engineering Lab has been used by TVA to train their engineers in protection relays. Many of the Department’s juniors and seniors intern part-time at TVA locations. This check will enable us to extend the relationship by increasing the department’s research activities in areas that are of interest to TVA.


Post-Doctoral Position Available

The Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga invites applications for a post-doctoral position in the area of electric power systems to begin in the 2012/13 Academic Year. This is a one year appointment with possibility of renewal.

We are seeking a candidate with expertise in one or more of the following key areas: power system modeling and analysis, power operation and control, smart distribution system, smart grid, IEC 61850, PMUs, and power system relaying. A candidate with strong programming skills such as Matlab and Simulink, and possesses hands on experience on real-time digital simulator (Opal RT) and relay testing is preferred.

Successful candidate is expected to engage in high level research, support activities related to work force development, demonstrate performance in a collaborative teamwork environment, possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and must be committed to contributing to the goals and objectives of the program’s progressive growth. The approximate start date will be October 1, 2012.

The Department of Electrical Engineering is contained in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The Department offers the B.S.-E.E. and M.S. degrees. The undergraduate program follows the ABET accreditation guidelines and is fully accredited. The department currently has seven full time faculty members, and approximately 140 undergraduate and 26 graduate students. The department recently secured approximately close to $3 million dollars grants from Department of Energy and National Science Foundation. It has excellent laboratories and strong ties with industry. Significant local opportunities exist for industrial activities in electrical engineering. The department is growing with enrollment doubled within the past two years. Likewise the number of full-time faculty has doubled within the same period. For more information, please visit EE department’s website at: http://www.utc.edu/ee.

UTC is one of four primary campuses in The University of Tennessee System. There are approximately 11,000 students. Chattanooga is a dynamic, mid-sized city with a metropolitan population in excess of 400,000. The city is blessed with unusual scenic beauty and exceptional recreational and cultural attractions and it currently has the fastest fiber optics communication in the country. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is located in the service area of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA), one of the nation’s largest public power corporations. UTC is also located within two miles of the Electric Power Board (EPB). EPB was recently awarded the 12th largest DOE grant in the nation worth $111 million to create a comprehensive Smart Grid system.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/Title IX/Section 504 ADA institution, and, as such, encourages the application of qualified women and minorities.

Applications should include a cover letter, a complete resume, and the names of two references. Application materials should also include research interests and career aspirations in electrical engineering. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications in MS Word or PDF format should be sent electronically to Ms. Sherri Crawford at sherri-crawford@utc.edu.


2nd UTC Smart-Grid Workshop 2012 (USW 2012)

Date: 3rd October (Wednesday)

Venue: UC Auditorium, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 735 Vine St, Chattanooga, TN 37403

Participation is open to industry, academia, government, and media, and is SUBJECT TO REGISTRATION

For online registration click here.

Click here for detailed Program Schedule.

The workshop aims to discuss the latest predictions in addition to the following topics:

  • Keynote session will provide a true insight on “Is Global Recession Threatening Smart Grid Deployments in USA?”.
  • A Special session on “Smart Grid-2015” is specifically designed for technical managers to provide comprehensive knowledge on Utility Trends, Implications and Key Challenges envisioned in the next three years.
  • An Educational session is specifically setup for researchers/students, and aims to present latest innovations in smart generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption. It will also focus on role of ICT in Smart Grid new applications.
  • Last session a Panel Discussion aims to bring the technical, financial and regulatory experts to take a moment and assess if smart grid has been a smart or a dumb investment so far.
  • In addition it provides networking opportunities (breaks and lunches) to students, employers and job seekers.
Get Continuing Education Credit (CEUs)
6 CEU’s will be available for 6 contact hours for the SMART-GRID Workshop participants.  The cost to the individual is $10 and can be paid at registration with a check or credit card.
WORKSHOP ORGANIZER

Dr.Raziq Yaqub,
Department of Electrical Engineering,
The University of tennessee at Chattanooga.
Phone: 1-423-425-4373
Fax: 1-423-425-5229
Mobile: 1-908-319-8422
Email: raziq-yaqub@utc.edu

Hotel information:

Below is a limited list of hotels that are near UTC.  When making a reservation, ask for the UTC
rate since most hotels offer a discounted rate for UTC affiliates which is
subject to availability.

The DoubleTree Hotel

407 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

(423) 756-5150

Sheraton Read House Hotel

827 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

(423) 266-4121

Marriott Chattanooga

2 Carter Plaza  Chattanooga, TN 37402

(800) 841-1674

Residence Inn

215 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

(423) 266-0600

Hampton Inn & Suites

400 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

(423) 693-0500

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

440 West Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402

(423) 664-4321

Staybridge Suites

300 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

(423) 267-0900

 


New Date – Free Transformer Diagnostic Seminar August 16th

Due to overwhelming demand, we are offering a second Transformer Diagnostic Seminar!

This free, day-long seminar will run from 8am to 4pm on Thursday, August 16th. Multiple aspects of power transformer testing and diagnostics will be covered, drawing upon Mark Goff’s 28 years of TVA experience in substation power equipment.

RSVP:  Registration has now closed for the August 16th event.

Topics:

  • Basics of Power Transformers
  • History of TVA Transformer Failure Since 2000
  • Routine Electrical Testing Performed in the Field
  • Transformer Oil Analysis
  • Transformer Bushing Oil Level
  • Infrared Scanning of Power Equipment
  • Root Cause Investigation

SpeakerMark B. Goff, PE, is a staff system engineer for Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He received a BSEE degree from the University of Kentucky in 1983 and went to work for TVA as a field test engineer at Paradise Fossil Plant. He joined TVA’s Transmission Staff in 1990 as a lead engineer for substation large power equipment.

Since being on the staff, he has developed TVA’s predictive maintenance program for TVA’s substation. In 2006, he received the ‘Power Delivery & Markets Product Champion Award’ for successful implementation of the Paradise Substation Antenna Array / Backscatter Sensor Demonstration Site. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Kentucky.

Event Date and Time:   Thursday, August 16, 2012, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Location: The seminar will be held at the Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science (EMCS) building on the campus of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). It is located on the corner of Palmetto Street and E 5th Street, as seen in the campus map:

http://www.utc.edu/Administration/ParkingServices/maps/ParkingMapMar11.pdf

Continuing Education Credit (CEUs):  CEU’s will be available for 7 contact hours for Transformer Diagnostics participants.  The cost to the individual is $10.00 and can be paid at registration on the day of the seminar with a check only.


Free Transformer Diagnostics Seminar June 25th

This free, day-long seminar will run from 8am to 4pm on Monday, June 25th. Multiple aspects of power transformer testing and diagnostics will be covered, drawing upon Mark Goff’s 28 years of TVA experience in substation power equipment.

RSVP:  The seminar has reached its present capacity. To sign up for the waiting list please use the following link WAITING_LIST. Should additional space be found, you will be notified via email.

Topics:

  • Basics of Power Transformers
  • History of TVA Transformer Failure Since 2000
  • Routine Electrical Testing Performed in the Field
  • Transformer Oil Analysis
  • Transformer Bushing Oil Level
  • Infrared Scanning of Power Equipment
  • Route Cause Investigation

SpeakerMark B. Goff, PE, is a staff system engineer for Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He received a BSEE degree from the University of Kentucky in 1983 and went to work for TVA as a field test engineer at Paradise Fossil Plant. He joined TVA’s Transmission Staff in 1990 as a lead engineer for substation large power equipment.

Since being on the staff, he has developed TVA’s predictive maintenance program for TVA’s substation. In 2006, he received the ‘Power Delivery & Markets Product Champion Award’ for successful implementation of the Paradise Substation Antenna Array / Backscatter Sensor Demonstration Site. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Kentucky.

Event Date and Time:   Monday, June 25, 2012, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Lunch will be provided.

Location: The seminar will be held at the Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science (EMCS) building on the campus of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). Parking passes will be provided for Lot 10, adjacent to the EMCS building, at no cost.  It is located on the corner of Palmetto Street and E 5th Street, as seen in the campus map:

http://www.utc.edu/Administration/ParkingServices/maps/ParkingMapMar11.pdf

Continuing Education Credit (CEUs):  CEU’s will be available for 7 contact hours for Transformer Diagnostics participants.  The cost to the individual is $10.00 and can be paid at registration on the day of the seminar with a check only.

For more information, contact Pam Lewallen at 423-425-4349 or Pamela-Lewallen@utc.edu


Live Internet Streaming of the GE’s DA/DMS Applications in Smart Grid Seminar

Live streaming of GE’s Advanced DA/DMS Applications in the Smart Grid Seminar hosted at UTC will begin Monday, April 30, at 8:00am eastern time. The live stream is divided into two sessions, accessible via the links below. Please see the agenda for a list of topics scheduled for each session.

Part 1 8:00am-11:30am

Part 2 12:30pm-4:30pm

The live stream uses Microsoft Silverlight. A complete list of system requirements can be found here. For technical support during the presentation, please email CECSTech@utc.edu with “Seminar” in the subject line.


Distribution Automation in Smart Grid: Free Seminar on April 30th

Seminar Location:   Benwood Auditorium at the Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science Building (EMCS). (RSVP required by April 24).

REGISTRATION is free.

Abstract: This valuable one day seminar introduces the intuitive concepts, fundamental theories, practical technologies, core functionalities and real use cases of the advanced Distribution Automation / Distribution Management System (DA/DMS) applications in Smart Grid. The potential audience would include power system planning/operation engineers, project/product managers, business leaders in power utilities, smart grid solution providers, system developers, research institutes, as well as individual researchers, college students and other individuals working on or interested in the Smart Grid solutions. The course will cover the following break-down topics on DA/DMS: Overall Framework and Architecture of DA/DMS Systems in Smart Grid, Distribution System Operation Models and Advanced Applications for Distribution System Operation, Analysis and Optimization, Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Management and Optimization, Consumer Participation and the Impacts to the Distribution System Operation, DMS system integration with other systems in Smart Grid.

Speakers:
Dr. Jiyuan Fan, Strategic Planning Leader, GE Energy/Digital Energy.  Jiyuan Fan, PhD., IEEE Senior Member, He got his BS degree from Taiyuan Univ. of Tech., Taiyuan, China in 1979, MS degree from Chinese EPRI, Beijing, China, 1982 and PhD’s degree from Clarkson University, New York, USA, 1989. He worked as a Post Doctoral Research Associate at Texas A&M University, 1989-1990. Since then, he has worked in the Power System Automation area, including SCADA/EMS/DMS/OMS with the companies of Advanced Control Systems, Inc. in Atlanta, Valmet Automation in Houston, Beijing Sifang Automation in China. He is currently with GE T&D as the Strategic Planning Leader responsible for technology and product planning. Dr. Fan has authored/co-authored 20+ technical papers on Electric Power Automation, 10+ of them are IEEE PES transaction papers. He has an article on Advanced Distribution Management Systems in the 2009 March/April issue of IEEE Power & Energy magazine, whose theme is The Next Generation Grid.

John D. McDonald, P.E., is Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Energy’s Digital Energy business. John has 36 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California- Berkeley. John is a Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award in 2002, and the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2003. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, CIGRE US National Committee (USNC) VP Technical Activities, Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and IEEE Division VII Past Director. John teaches a course on Modern Energy Management Systems at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a course on Smart Grid for GE Energy, and has published thirty-four articles and papers and co-authored three books. John is a member of DOE’s Smart Grid Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC), a member of NEMA’s Smart Grid Council, on the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance, on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association), and Chair of the NIST SGIP (Smart Grid Interoperability Panel) Governing Board. John received Purdue University’s 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering (OECE) Award.

Event Date and Time:   Monday, April 30, 2012 from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Registration:    7:30 am – 8:00 am

Lunch will be provided.

Seminar Flyer

Continuing Education Credit (CEUs):  7 CEU’s will be available for 7 contact hours for the Advanced DA/DMS Applications in Smart Grid participants.  The cost to the individual is $10.00 and can be paid at registration on the day of the seminar with a check only.

Parking:  Guests are welcome to park in parking lot 10 which is adjacent to the EMCS building at no cost.  It is located on the corner of Palmetto Street and E 5th Street.

Campus Maphttp://www.utc.edu/Administration/ParkingServices/maps/ParkingMapMar11.pdf

RSVP:  Please RSVP for the seminar at the following link REGISTRATION by April 24.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Pamela Lewallen at Pamela-Lewallen@utc.edu or 423.425.4349.

Sponsors:

 

 

 

 

DRIVING DIRECTIONS
From Memphis
·         I-40 East to Nashville.
·         Pick up 440 loop to I-24 East.
·         Take I-24 East to 27 North (Downtown Chattanooga).
·         Exit at 4th Street (Exit 1C).
·         Stay on 4th Street to Mabel Street.
·         Turn right onto Mabel Street (see the UTC Arena on the right).
·         Stay on Mabel Street which will turn into 5th Street.  Parking lot 10 will be on the right.

From Nashville
·         I-24 East to 27 North (Downtown Chattanooga).
·         Exit at 4th Street (Exit 1C).
·         Stay on 4th Street to Mabel Street.
·         Turn right onto Mabel Street (see the UTC Arena on the right).
·         Stay on Mabel Street which will turn into 5th Street.  Parking lot 10 will be on the right.

From Knoxville
·         I-75 South to I-24 West to 27 North (Downtown Chattanooga).
·         Exit at 4th Street (Exit 1C).
·         Stay on 4th Street to Mabel Street.
·         Turn right onto Mabel Street (see the UTC Arena on the right).
·         Stay on Mabel Street which will turn into 5th Street.  Parking lot 10 will be on the right.

From Atlanta
·         I-75 North to I-24 West to 27 North (Downtown Chattanooga).
·         Exit at 4th Street (Exit 1C).
·         Stay on 4th Street to Mabel Street.
·         Turn right onto Mabel Street (see the UTC Arena on the right).
·         Turn right again onto Douglas Street to enter campus.
·         Stay on Mabel Street which will turn into 5th Street.  Parking lot 10 will be on the right.

From Birmingham
·         I-59 North to I-24 East to 27 North (Downtown Chattanooga).
·         Exit at 4th Street (Exit 1C.)
·         Stay on 4th Street to Mabel Street.
·         Turn right onto Mabel Street (see the UTC Arena on the right).
·         Stay on Mabel Street which will turn into 5th Street.  Parking lot 10 will be on the right.

From Chattanooga Airport
·         Follow signs to Hwy 153 via Shepherd Road
·         Take Hwy 153 South to I-75
·         I-75 South to I-24 West to 27 North (Downtown Chattanooga).
·         Exit at 4th Street (Exit 1C).
·         Stay on 4th Street to Mabel Street.
·         Turn right onto Mabel Street (see the UTC Arena on the right).
·         Stay on Mabel Street which will turn into 5th Street.  Parking lot 10 will be on the right.

 

Hotel information:

Below is a limited list of hotels that are near UTC.  When making a reservation, ask for the UTC
rate since most hotels offer a discounted rate for UTC affiliates which is
subject to availability.

The DoubleTree Hotel

407 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

(423) 756-5150

Sheraton Read House Hotel

827 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

(423) 266-4121

Residence Inn

215 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

(423) 266-0600

Hampton Inn & Suites

400 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

(423) 693-0500

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

440 West Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402

(423) 664-4321

Staybridge Suites

300 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402

(423) 267-0900