Grounding and lightning issues continue to be an important area of development for the electrical utility industry. New and better ways to design, construct, and test grounding and lightning protection systems are continuously being developed to meet evolving industry demands. The 13th Annual Grounding & Lightning Conference is an open forum for information exchange, technical presentations, and training. Discussions and presentations will cover grounding and lightning topics applicable to all areas of electric power systems.
Supported by 35 participating utilities, the Grounding and Lightning Conference brings together leading subject matter experts from around the world, while providing an opportunity for networking with consultants, manufacturers, and representatives from electric utilities.
- Lightning Protection & Performance
- Station Grounding
- Personal Protective Grounding (PPG)
- Distribution & Transmission System Grounding
- Copper Theft
- Pipelines in Proximity to Electrical Power Lines and Structures
The 13th Annual Grounding & Lightning Conference will be hosted online and mirror our in-person event with seamless transitions between activities, including:
- The main stage, with technical presentations
- Breakout rooms for interactive sessions
- Event-wide and room-based live chat with presenters and other attendees
- Impromptu one-on-one video calls with other attendees
- Side discussions with up to four other attendees
- Exhibition booths
We have selected Hopin (hopin.com) as our browser-based platform. Attendees will be invited and required to set up a free Hopin account to complete their registration for this event.
Hopin system requirements:
- Minimum Internet speeds of 5mbps for download and 2mbps for upload are recommended
- Use of Chrome or Firefox is recommended – make sure your browser is up-to-date
- Webcam and microphone (to participate in breakout sessions and one-on-one video calls)
- Disabling use of any VPN, as VPNs can cause internet instability and negatively impact user experience
This conference is an industry open event, with registration available to:
- Electric Utilities
- Equipment Vendors
- Research Facilities and Laboratories
CEATI Program Participants
This event is organized in coordination with the following program participants:
Call for Abstracts
We are pleased to announce a call for abstracts for the 13th Annual Grounding & Lightning Conference. Experts are invited to submit presentation abstracts on one of the six themes described below.
IMPORTANT – Abstracts are due by 4:00pm ET on April 5, 2021. A notification of acceptance will be provided no later than May 21, 2021. Abstracts shall be evaluated based on their applicability to the subject matter and their technical merits. Proponents are encouraged to emphasize work conducted for electric utility clients.
Lightning Protection & Performance:
- Lightning protection and electric utility system performance to ensure the safety of people and equipment during lightning events
- Correlation of lightning strike locations to utility infrastructure to guide utility response to outage events
- Transmission line surge arrester application and performance
Station Grounding (Including Substations, Generating Stations, and Switching Stations):
- Proper design, construction, and testing of substation grounding systems
- Training on the use and application of grounding design software, as well as equipment and methods used in grounding tests
- Grounding system maintenance practices, frequency, and prioritization
- Assessment and prioritization of aged grounding system condition
- Mitigation of transferred voltages onto the distribution feeder system during line-to-ground fault events
- Determination of applicable worst case seasonal soil resistivity models for grounding system designs
Personal Protective Grounding (PPG):
- Practices and methods for measuring and monitoring induced voltages to ensure safe work practices
- Improving and unifying industry PPG practices through collaborative review of utility practices, which offer safety while considering practicalities such as ease-of-installation, cost, and adverse environmental effects
- Portable grounding mat design for use in PPG
Distribution and Transmission System Grounding:
- Stray voltage on the distribution neutral system, including testing and mitigation methods
- Induced voltage on infrastructure which is on powerline rights of way and nearby electrical substations, such as fences
- Grounding of power and control cables and isolated phase buses, including segmented grounding of HV systems
- Practices to consider current splitting between substations, shield wires, and distribution neutral ground systems to reduce step/touch voltages under fault conditions
- Mitigation of induced voltages onto railroads and communication lines due to nearby high voltage lines
- Grounding of transmission line structures using counterpoise conductors
- Mitigation methods to lower ground resistance, particularly in high resistivity earth conditions
- Neutral isolation devices used on distribution systems
- Mitigation/prevention techniques, including alternative conductors and installation methods
- Utility experiences and practices addressing present and future risks to infrastructure, monitoring, and alarming of substation grounding
Pipelines in Proximity to Electrical Power Lines and Structures:
- Ensuring adequate separation distance protecting both the pipeline and powerline infrastructure to address concerns such as induction, arcing, and contact voltages, as well as AC corrosion and its mitigation
- Development of new strategies to improve collaboration between pipeline and electric utilities, such as identifying locations where the pipeline company should be notified when a nearby electrical fault has occurred
|5 April 2021||Abstracts due|
|21 May 2021||Presenter award/regret notifications|
|1 August 2021||Deadline for presenter registration|
|12 September 2021||Deadline for draft presentations|
|5 October 2021||Deadline for final presentations|
Presentations should adhere to the guidelines set forth by CEATI International.
Presentation Guidelines Include:
- Presentations must be submitted in PowerPoint (PPT) format using a 16:9 aspect ratio
- Presentations will be distributed to attendees in secure electronic (PDF) format
- Page numbers must be displayed in the lower right hand corner of each slide
- Each presenter will be allocated 25-30 minutes of presentation time, including 5-10 minutes for Q&A
- Presenters may be asked to participate as panelists in an open discussion concerning the session topic as well as their specific presentation
- Please note that all participants, including presenters, are required to register to attend
Subsequent to submission, presenters may continue to revise presentations but must submit their revised files on flash drive at a minimum of one (1) day in advance of their scheduled presentation time.
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