Course Duration: 1 Day

Course Format: Lecture type format with extensive interaction through example discussion.

Overview: This seminar is specifically related to power system grounding systems with the course material drawing from years of experience troubleshooting utility grounding problems.

Target Participants:This course is well suited for both new and experienced engineering people involved in grounding system design, maintenance and testing. It is also very suitable for utility staff responsible for maintaining grounding systems.

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Course Instructor

John Williamson received his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1974 from the University of New Brunswick. He is a professional engineer in the province of New Brunswick with 36 years of experience in the electrical utility industry. He served NB Power Transmission Corp. as Manager of Transmission Engineering. In 2008, he established J Williamson Engineering Inc specializing in lightning protection and grounding system design. His recognized expertise in grounding related issues from 30 years of experience in troubleshooting utility grounding problems has made him a natural and effective technical advisor of the CEATI Grounding and Lightning Task Force and its annual workshops. He is a previous participant in CEATI WISMIG where he organized and chaired the WISMIG Transmission line lightning protection workshop in 2006. His recent accomplishments have been in the area of transmission line lightning protection and more specifically the practical issues in application of line arresters.

Sample Course Outline
  • Introduction
  • CEATI Grounding and Lightning Task Force
  • Definitions and Standards
  • Objectives of Grounding
  • Grounding System Components
  • Principles of Grounding
  • General Grounding Requirements
  • Grounding Design Methodology
  • Lightning Grounding
  • Grounding System Maintenance Practices
  • Testing of Grounding Systems
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