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February 26: Anticipating Power Line Problems


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


Check In - 6:30 to 7:00 PM

Social & Business Meeting - 7:00 to 7:30 PM

Program- 7:30 to 8:30 PM

RSVP: RSVPs appreciated (but not required) by sending an email to

Cover Charge: We pay Cover 3 to use their private meeting room and ask that all attendees help defray our costs by ordering dinner or paying a $20cover charge. We will reimburse up to $20 of meal expense for IEEE student members, take your receipt to the Treasurer after the meeting.


DFA technology, developed by Texas A&M Engineering, uses sophisticated software algorithms to analyze current and voltage waveforms to detect and characterize events and conditions on distribution circuits. All sensing is from passive monitoring of signals from conventional, substation-based CTs and PTs. Detected events are provided to dispatchers and other personnel in real-time.

Bluebonnet was part of a multi-utility Texas project that began testing DFA in 2015. During that project, the DFA system provided participating utilities with their only actionable notice of a substantial number of circuit issues, including the following partial list:

  • Detection and repair of substantial number of routine outages, without customer calls.
  • Detection and location of tree branch hanging on line and causing intermittent faults.
  • Detection and location of intact tree intermittently pushing conductors together.
  • Detection and location of broken insulator that resulted in conductor lying on and heavily charring a wooden crossarm.
  • Detection and location of catastrophically failed lightning arrester.
  • Detection and location of arc-tracked capacitor fuse barrel.
  • Detection and location of multiple problems with capacitor banks.

Used in conjunction with other utility resources (e.g., smart meter pings, circuit model software), DFA enabled the utilities to respond to and correct these and other issues. The presentation will describe the fundamentals of DFA technology and illustrate its use via a series of detailed case studies that have occurred at Bluebonnet and at other participants, and an overview of how Bluebonnet is using DFA technology operationally.

Based on results from the demonstration period, Bluebonnet and multiple other utilities have begun expanding their use of DFA to cover additional circuits.


Thomas Ellis, P.E., is Manager of Engineering at Bluebonnet Electric Coop. Thomas Ellis is the Engineering Manager for Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative in Central Texas. He received his BSEE from Texas A&M University and is a licensed P.E. in the state of Texas. Thomas has spent twenty-two years in the electric utility industry, primarily involved in operations and engineering. One of his current responsibilities is oversight of BBEC’s DFA program including deployment, integration, and upgrading.

Carl Benner, Research Associate Professor of Texas A&M University. Carl conducts power systems research in the Texas A&M Power System Automation Laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His work centers on the application of advanced technologies to the solution of challenging power system problems, with an emphasis on the application of computer-based monitoring and control. Mr. Benner is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He is a member of the IEEE Power Engineering Society and Industry Applications Society.


March 27: IEEE (PI)² Workshop: Grounding for Electrical Engineers


Location: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin, TX 78701


Program- 8:00AM to 5:00PM

RSVP: RSVPs appreciated (but not required) by sending an email to

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive a 16 PDH certificate.

Register here:

Early registration discount through March 7th
Registration closes after March 23rd

This two-day workshop will provide educational instruction for electrical engineers and electricians on the grounding and bonding requirements of the 2017 NEC and on important topics such as short circuit current ratings, selective coordination, and incident energy as well as practical and theoretical instruction for electrical engineers on how to comply with the NEC grounding and bonding requirements.
The Workshop is formatted for Electrical Engineers and Designers of electrical systems that are governed by the NEC
Highly recommended as a review supplement for those preparing to take the Electrical P. E. exam.
Workshop fee includes: A copy of Soares Book on Grounding and Bonding, 13th Edition, as well as breakfast tacos, beverages, break refreshments, door prizes, and industry exhibits.
Attendees are advised to bring a laptop, an engineering calculator, and a copy of the 2017 NEC, either electronic or paper.

Instructor: 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.


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