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January 23: Power Plant Control Rooms, then, now and the future

 

Location:Cover 3, 2700 W Anderson Ln #202, Austin, TX 78757

Time:

Check In - 6:30 to 7:00 PM

Social & Business Meeting - 7:00 to 7:10 PM

Program - 7:10 to 8:30 PM

RSVP: RSVPs appreciated (but not required) by sending an email to pi2-secretary@ieee.org

Cover Charge: We pay Cover 3 to use their private meeting room and ask that all attendeeshelp defray our costs by ordering dinner or paying a $15 cover charge.

Title
: Power Plant Control Rooms, then, now and the future

Abstract: Gene will discuss control rooms.  --Where we were, where we are, and where we might be going.  Gene has dealt with vintage control rooms and control technologies that were constructed in the 1940’s and 1950’s, he as upgraded plants to modern distributed control systems, and he has managed remote control centers that controlled hundreds of remote sites across 8 time zones simultaneously.  His experience has informed his thinking about how far we have progressed and improved in this area.  His experiences have also given him some awareness for the down-side of these modern improvements.  Gene will share some of what he has experienced, what he has learned, and some ideas and concerns about the future of control rooms/control centers.

Speaker: Gene Grindle PE, Plant Manager, Western Farmer Electric Cooperative



Biography: Gene Grindle graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Georgia and Utah.

Gene’s entire career has been in the power generation and power distribution sector. He is currently the Plant Manager of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative’s Hugo Plant in Fort Towson, Oklahoma. Prior to that he held positions as Senior Manager in charge of EDF-RE’s OCC (their North American control center that remotely operated over 140 wind, solar, and battery installations) in San Diego, California, Plant Manager of Deseret Power’s Bonanza Station in Vernal, Utah and a number of other project engineering and management positions in the power generation space.

February 27: Lessons Learned from the Texas Synchrophasor Network

 

Location:Cover 3, 2700 W Anderson Ln #202, Austin, TX 78757

Time:

Check In - 6:30 to 7:00 PM

Social & Business Meeting - 7:00 to 7:10 PM

Program - 7:10 to 8:30 PM

RSVP: RSVPs appreciated (but not required) by sending an email to pi2-secretary@ieee.org

Cover Charge: We pay Cover 3 to use their private meeting room and ask that all attendeeshelp defray our costs by ordering dinner or paying a $15 cover charge.

Title
: Lessons Learned from the Texas Synchrophasor Network

Abstract:

The Texas Synchrophasor Network has been operating since 2008. It now has remote monitors in all three US grids and produces reports showing interesting findings associated with grid events, stability, and impact of renewable generation. Synchrophasor phasor measurement units (PMUs) in the field continually send voltage magnitude and phase angle measurements to Baylor via internet at the rate of 30 per second, where the data are processed and interesting events are found. The network is sponsored by Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and ERCOT. This presentation will give an overview of the network, and illustrate the power of synchrophasor technology. Reports since 2008 can be found on Dr. Grady’s web page.

Learn about the Texas Synchrophasor Network at http://web.ecs.baylor.edu/faculty/grady/

Speaker: Professor at Baylor, Professor Emeritus at U.T. Austin



Biography:

Mack Grady, IEEE Fellow and P.E. in Texas, is a Professor of ECE at Baylor since 2012, and a Professor Emeritus of ECE at U.T. Austin where he worked from 1983 to 2012. He received his BSEE from U.T. Arlington, and MSEE and PhD from Purdue University. He worked as a system planning engineer for Texas Power & Light (now Oncor) in Dallas for six years.

His research now focuses on two subjects: 1. Integration and use of synchrophasors in electric power grids (sponsored by Schweitzer Engineering Labs and ERCOT), and 2. Assessing the vulnerability of power grids and customers to EMP-E3 resulting from a high-altitude nuclear attack (sponsored by DoD Defense Threat Reduction Agency).

 

 

April 2nd & 3rd: NEC for Electrical Engineers Workshop

NEC for Electrical Engineers Workshop

Monday, April 2 & Tuesday, April 3, 2018 8:00AM to 5:00PM

 Austin Scottish Rite Theater

207 W. 18th Street, Austin, TX  78701

Workshop:

This two-day workshop will provide instruction on the 2017 NEC and on important topics such as short circuit current ratings, selective coordination, and incident energy.  It is intended for Electrical Engineers and Designers of electrical systems which are governed by the NEC, and is highly recommended as a review supplement for those preparing to take the electrical P. E. exam.  In addition, there will be exhibits by industry manufacturers and suppliers.  

Attendees are advised to bring a laptop, an engineering calculator, and a copy of the 2017 NEC, either electronic or paper.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive a PDH certificate for sixteen hours.

Instructor: Thomas A. Domitrovich is an Electrical Engineer within Eaton Corporation

 Mr. Thomas A. Domitrovich is an Electrical Engineer within Eaton Corporation’s electrical group with experience in engineering, sales & marketing, business development and product management. Domitrovich is actively involved with various electrical industry organizations and most recently has focused on the continued growth of electrical safety. Mr. Domitrovich is an author with a wide range of trade magazine articles including columns in two industry trade magazines focused on electrical safety. He sits on NFPA Code Making Panel 2 for the continued development of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70). He is also on the NFPA committee for the continued development of NFPA 73 and chairs various committees for other electrical industry organizations. Mr. Domitrovich is a LEED® Accredited Professional, a licensed Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Gannon University.

Registration & Cost:


Membership Status

Through
3-07-2018

After
3-07-2018

IEEE Members

$250.00

$450.00

Non-IEEE Members *

$450.00

$650.00

IEEE Life Members, Students

$150.00

$250.00

* Become an IEEE member and enjoy the substantial IEEE member discount!

The workshop fee includes breakfast tacos, breakfast beverages, break refreshments, and a thumb drive with the class material.   Door prizes will be offered.

Registration and payment for this workshop must be completed at   https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/48932. Registration and payment for this workshop must be completed by Wednesday 3/21/2018 to ensure you will have the class materials in time for the workshop.  Saturday 3/31/2018 is the final day for registering.

Schedule, Location, Contact & Other Information

Schedule Monday, April 2:

07:00am – 08:00am            Registration, Breakfast, Coffee, Networking

08:00am – 08:15am            Opening, Speaker Introductions

08:15am – 11:30am            Power Systems Analysis, an Introduction

                                               The 1-Line diagram

                                               Ohms Law

                                               Three-phase circuit analysis

                                               The power triangle, impedance triangle, and their relationships

                                               Per-Unit

                                               Thevenin-Equivalent

                                               Symmetrical Components

11:30am – 12:30pm            Lunch break (Several venues within walking distance.)

12:30pm – 01:30pm            Illumination Principles - Ruth Sulzer, P.E., member of the                                                                                          Illuminating Engineering Society, Austin Section.  

01:45pm – 04:45pm            Short-Circuit Analysis

                                      The Impedance diagram

                                               Utility equivalent impedance

                                               Transformer equivalent impedance

                                               Conductor equivalent impedance

                                               Busway equivalent impedances

                                               Motor equivalent impedances

                                               Service entrance short-circuit current calculation

                                               Point to point vs. Per Unit

                                               Classroom Example

04:45pm – 05:00pm            Daily Wrap-Up and Q&A

05:00pm – 06:00pm            Visit Supplier Displays & Networking

Schedule Tuesday, April 3:

07:30am – 08:00am            Registration, Breakfast, Coffee, Networking

08:00am – 11:30am            Selective Coordination

                                               Time Current Characteristic (TCC) Curves

                                               Fuse

                                               Circuit Breaker

                                               Circuit breaker tables

                                               Fuse tables

                                               Classroom Example

11:30am – 01:00pm            Lunch break (Several venues within walking distance.)

01:00pm – 04:45pm            Incident Energy

                                               Calculating arcing current (IEEE 1584)

                                               Determining clearing times

                                               Calculating incident energy (IEEE 1584)

                                               Classroom Example

04:45pm – 05:00pm            Wrap-Up and Q&A, Door Prizes

Location:

The historic Austin Scottish Rite Theater is located at 207 W. 18th Street, Austin, TX  78701.  The building was erected in 1871 as Turner Hall, also known as the German Opera house.  Parking lot is available on the east side of the Theater.  18th Street is one-way west!

Contact & Other Information:

If you have any questions or need any additional information about the workshop, please contact James Mercier at jmercier@ieee.org.

James Mercier, IEEE

518 Academy Drive

Austin, TX 78704

All cancellation and refund requests must be submitted in writing and received by James Mercier at the address above prior to March 28. There will be a 20% processing fee charged for all refunds.

 

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