Professional Education Course

Integrated Grounding System Design and Testing

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Course Title: Integrated Grounding System Design and Testing
Program ID: ELEC 3500P Subjects: Electrical Engineering, Power Systems


Registration DeadlineSection DatesFormat & LocationCEUsFeeStatus
Mar 23, 2015 (Mon)Mar 23, 2015 (Mon) - Mar 26, 2015 (Thu)Atlanta (Georgia Tech Global Learning Center) (this is an onsite course)2.6$1,450OPEN

Meeting Times:
On the first day, check in at least 30 minutes before the class start time.

  • Monday, March 23, 2015 (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015 (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Optional Textbook
$100 -- Power System Grounding and Transients by A.P. "Sakis" Meliopoulos, second printing (Marcel Dekker Inc., 1988).  You will be able to choose to purchase this book during the online registration process.



Course Description

Get comprehensive coverage of grounding system design procedures for safety and lightning shielding. Start with a simplified coverage of the basic principles in grounding design, followed by a step-by-step design procedure.

Explore soil characterization, including soil testing methods, data interpretation, and a workshop. Discuss modeling requirements and data preparation procedures for substation ground system design and lightning shielding. Discuss practical examples and see demonstrations of design procedures with three examples of realistic systems: (a) a generation substation; (b) a transmission substation; (c) a distribution substation.

Investigate options for controlling ground potential rise, touch, and step voltages. Quantify the influence of grounding systems on nearby pipes, fences, buildings, etc., with the use of the WinIGS program. Discuss design procedures to limit transfer voltages to safe levels. Design the lightning shielding system for these substations to minimize the risk from lightning overvoltages.

Who Should Attend

  • Electric power utility engineers involved in substation design, testing, and design of grounding systems
  • Engineers engaged in the design and testing of power systems for commercial and industrial installations

How You Will Benefit

  • Explore fundamental principles of grounding system design, the IEEE Std. 80 (new 2000 edition), IEC-479-1, analysis and design for special points of danger, industry practices in substation ground system design, electromagnetic interference, substation lightning shielding methods, and ground testing methods.
  • Examine course examples that enhance the understanding of the phenomena that determine safety near electrical installations, shielding of electrical installations, and Hi-F grounding.
  • See design procedures with three examples of realistic systems in action demonstrations using visualizations with the Integrated Grounding System Design (WinIGS) program and the Smart Ground Multimeter software (WinSGM).

What Is Covered

Grounding System Design Principles

  • Basic Concepts
  • Accidental Electrocution Circuit Parameters
  • IEEE Std. 80-2000 Edition
  • IEC-479-1
  • Lightning and EMC

Grounding System Performance

  • Ground Potential Rise
  • Fault Current Distribution
  • Transferred Voltages
  • Touch and Step Voltages
  • Influenced on Comm/Control Circuits
  • Influence on Piplines
  • Analysis Methods

IEEE Std. 80 Design Procedure

  • Conductor and Joint Selection
  • Recommended Design Procedures
  • Special Points of Danger
  • Comparison of IEEE Std. 80 and IEC-479-1

Soil Characterization

  • Soil Structures
  • MEasurement Techniques
  • Soil Samples
  • Wenner Method
  • Three-Pin Method
  • Theory and Limitations
  • Measurement Interpretation
  • Computer Workshop
System Modeling for Grounding Design

  • General Principles
  • Modeling Requirements for GPR
  • Design Options for GPR Reduction
  • Modeling Requirements for Shielding Analysis
  • Computer Workshop

Ground Mat Design for Safety

  • Touch/Mesh/Step Voltages
  • Metal-to-metal Touch Voltages
  • Design Options for Touch Voltage Control
  • Safety Assessment
  • Computer Workshop

Integrated Grounding System Design

  • Cost/Benefit Analysis
  • Integreated Design Evaluation
  • Transfer Voltages (pipelines, buildings, etc.
  • Control Cable Shielding and Grounding
  • Wind Farm Grounding
  • Design Optimization
  • Computer Workshop

Substation Lightning Shielding

  • Basic Principles
  • Shielding Angle
  • The EGM Method
  • Risk Assessment
  • Design Procedures
  • Workshop
Ground Design for Lightning

  • Ground Surge Impedance
  • Lightning Overvoltages and Propagation
  • Transfered Voltage to Control Circuits
  • Wind Turbine Protection
  • Mitigation Methods

Ground Impedance Measurements

  • Fall of Potential Method
  • Theory and Limitations
  • Factors Affecting Test Accuracy

Grounding System Testing and Evaluation

  • Ground Impedance Measurements
  • Ground Mat Measurements
  • Tower Ground Resistance Mesurements
  • Point-to-Point Ground Impedance Measurements
  • Ground Integrity Test
  • Touch and Step Voltage Measurements
  • Transfer Voltage Measurements
  • Probe Calibration
  • Measurement Confidence Level
  • Grounding Audit

Demonstration and Workshop

  • Demonstration of Ground Impedance, Soil Resistivity, and Tower Ground Measurements

Course Materials

  • Class notes
  • SGM Operating Manual

Optional Publications

  • $100 -- Power System Grounding and Transients by A. P. "Sakis" Meliopoulos, second printing (Marcel Dekker Inc., 1988) -- Please be sure to add this to your registration if you would like to purchase a copy.
  • IEEE Std. 80, IEEE Guide for Safety in AC Substation Grounding, 2000 edition. -- Purchase directly from IEEE.
  • IEEE Std. 81, IEEE Guide for Measuring Earth Resistivity, Ground Impedance and Earth Surface Potentials of a Ground System. -- Purchase directly from IEEE.

Course Administrator

A. P. Meliopoulos

Certificate Information

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