The next offering of this course will be fully online and will be held March 14-17th, 2023 from 10am-3:30pm Central Time.
Increase your awareness of substation and power system grounding principles and practices. We will start with the fundamentals and progress to application-focused substation grounding design and methodology examples.
Power System Grounding Fundamentals
- System grounding vs. equipment grounding vs. lightning protection
- Transformer configurations and system-neutral connections
- Neutral to earth connections
- Ground-return current impedance and paths
- Impedance-grounded systems and neutral-ground line reactors
- Introduction to voltage gradients and ground potential rise
- Substation grounding principles
- Utility primary distribution grounding
- Key differences between utility and facility-grounding practices
- Arrester and grounding coordination
- Underground system considerations
- 60Hz vs. high-frequency surge impedance
Substation Grounding Electrodes and Ground Resistance
- Ground potential rise
- Voltage gradients
- Impacts of soil resistivity
- Applications of different grounding electrodes
- Materials and grounding components
- Fences and pre-cast screening/security walls
- Corrosion prevention
- Earth resistivity measurement applications and methods
Substation Ground Grid System Optimization Studies
- Design criteria
- Design input
- Fault current and fault current split factors
- Distribution vs. transmission substations
- Initial layout model
- Soil resistivity reports
- Overview of soil modeling
- Iterative step and touch-potential mitigation strategies
- Understanding deliverables (reports and drawings)
- Software options
Overview of NESC Grounding Requirements
- Industry terms and NESC definitions
- Exposure of public to electrical hazards
- Underground shielded cable (sheath-bonding options)
- Grounding electrodes and methods of connection
- Interconnection to customers and joint-use utility structures
- Equipotential and safety ground requirements for work
- Sizing protective grounds (examples)
Project Grounding Drawing Examples
Class Exercises to Review Concepts
"This course was exactly what I was missing from a grounding engineer perspective. This explained the theory behind several factors in design that I needed clarification on."
—John L., Avista Utilities, 2019
"I’ll recommend to my team of engineers. Very good for utility engineers and employees."
—Ryan H., Senior Substation Engineer, 2019
"I think Electrical Engineers will or should know all about this. For Civil Engineers and all designers, this class is (also) great... One of the best classes I've taken."
—Matt R., Dairyland Power Cooperative, 2020
Steve is a registered professional engineer with a master’s degree in electrical engineering specializing in power systems, a bachelor’s degree specializing in telecommunications, and a NERC certified reliability coordinator. Steve’s 40 years in engineering and operations includes generation, transmission, distribution, protection, safety, and high voltage testing. He is active in IEEE and has published two books. Steve is the founder of Applied Professional Training and APT College.
Adam Zook is a project manager for Burns and McDonnell’s Substation Department in Chicago, IL. He is responsible for managing all aspects of substation client services and varying projects across the U.S. Prior to moving into project management, Adam was a consulting substation engineer, where he was the subject matter expert and process owner for grounding design and analysis studies. Adam began his career as a distribution engineer for ComEd, and he received his BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a concentration in power systems engineering.
Upcoming dates (1)
Fee covers online course materials and live instruction.
Team Discount: $200 off the course fee, per person, when two or more enroll from the same employer.
- CEU: 1.6
- PDH: 16
- 3/14/2023 10:00am - 03:00pm CT
- 3/15/2023 10:00am - 03:00pm CT
- 3/16/2023 10:00am - 03:00pm CT
- 3/17/2023 10:00am - 03:00pm CT
Steven Blume, Adam Zook
This is an online course.
Once you have accessed the online course, no cancellations or refunds are permitted.