IEEE Southern Alberta

April 14th, 2019


PV modelling for EMT-simulation
Presented by: Henry Gras
Date: Thurs May 9, 8am-12pm
Location: Fairmont Palliser Hotel, 133 9 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta
Register in advance or on site: Discounted online advance registration is open until May 8.

The amount on renewable energies in electrical grids is constantly growing and, with it, the need to improve the simulation tools and models used to study their integrations. More and more system operators are now requiring very advanced EMT models for new wind or solar projects. This tutorial will focus on Photovoltaic (PV) parks.

The objective is to understand why it is important to simulate PVs with time-domain software and to learn how to model them for EMT simulations. The focus will be brought on:

  • PV cell modelling with manufacturer datasheet
  • Converter models: average-value versus detailed models
  • Power Plant Controller (PPC) and inverter control
  • Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT)
  • Protections
  • Harmonics

Generic models will be presented with a discussion on practical aspects. This tutorial will also address PV initialization challenges and propose automatic initialization methods.

LVRT simulations will be presented to verify the compliance of models with grid codes. A case of temporary overvoltage (TOV) will be demonstrated.

April 16th, 2018


Title: 26th IEEE Requirements Engineering 2018 (RE’18) Conference
Date: August 20-24, 2018
Location: The Banff Centre, Banff, AB
Details: Website 


The 26th IEEE Requirements Engineering 2018 (RE’18) conference will be held in Banff, Alberta, Canada during week August 20 to 24, 2018. RE’18 will offer an extensive program of interest to academia, government and industry. It will include three distinguished keynote speakers and three conference days full of papers, panels, posters and demos. Two days of workshops as well as doctoral symposium offer forums for participants to present cutting-edge techniques and approaches in particular fields. On top of all that, we will have a focus on industry participation and industry-academia interaction. We will run an Industry Day, will have a Industry Innovation track as well as a series of exciting tutorials to develop skills in requirements engineering practices being of particular interest to industry. The conference’s Industry Day will bring together entrepreneurs across industry sectors, who are navigating the expectations, challenges and opportunities of today’s ever-evolving requirements engineering ecosystem. Industry Day sessions explore practical experiences in managing requirements and measuring success, while provoking participant discussion and encouraging interaction.

April 16th, 2018
Congratulations to Anis Ben Arfi for winning the 2017 MGA Young Professionals Achievement Award for contributions in humanitarian technologies!

April 16th, 2018

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the power engineering profession at the local level. Contributions may be technical, leadership-related, educational, service or a combination of these. Two Outstanding Engineer awards will be presented annually, based on years of experience: 1 for 15 years or less and 1 for more than 15 years. Beginning in 2018, an Outstanding Chapter Volunteer Award will also be presented, recognizing outstanding service to the Southern Alberta PES/IAS Chapter. Awards will be presented at the Southern Alberta Section’s Annual General Meeting in November 2018. Nominations are due Jun 15, 2018.

Nominators must be IEEE members, and nominees must also be members of PES in addition to being IEEE members. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Submit a nomination here.

April 16th, 2018


Title: Introduction to Transmission Line Design
Date: May 1-2, 2018
Time: 8-5pm
Location: The Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Trail S
Details: Registration – Outline

This two-day hands-on transmission line design workshop is presented by Carl Orde.  Mr. Orde is a Professional Engineer with over 45 years’ experience in overhead line design, and past chairman and associate member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Overhead Lines Committee (Standard C22.3 No. 1).  Mr. Orde plans to retire in 2018; this is his last presentation of this workshop.

April 16th, 2018


Title: Alberta Power Grid Operations & Systems – Part II
Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 5:15-9pm
Location: TransAlta Building Atrium 1, 110 – 12 Ave SW
Details: Registration


AESO is the independent system operator of the Alberta power grid and market, who also plays the critical roles of Balancing Authority (BA) and Reliability Coordinator (RC) in operating the Alberta Interconnected Electric Systems (AIES). As a continuation of the speech given on Feb 1st 2018, the presentation will first briefly review the Grid and Market structures of Alberta and how AESO is equipped to balance the supply and demand in real-time (the BA role). Subsequently, the on-line Network Applications in EMS which are crucial for AESO to fulfill its role as RC will be explained in detail, including the modeling of AIES, the function of State Estimator (SE), Real-Time Contingency Analysis (RTCA), and Voltage Stability Analysis (VSA). How the market tools and EMS applications are utilized at AESO to help achieve reliability and efficiency in system operations will also be discussed.

April 16th, 2018


Title: International Symposium on Bid Data Management and Analytics, BIDMA 2018 Call for Participation
Date: April 24-25, 2018
Time: 8:30am-5:30pm
Location: University of Calgary Downtown Campus, Event Center a
Details: Program – Registration – Website

The organizing committee is delighted to invite you to BIDMA 2018, the third International Symposium on Big Data Management and Analytics to be held on magnificent Canadian prairies land and Rocky Mountains foothill in Calgary on April 24-25, 2018. Symposium on big data management and analytics aims to bring together leading experts from academia and industry to discuss effective and efficient approaches in dealing with the inherent complexity and increasing demands in “Data Science”, aka all aspects related to Big Data.


Session 1: Big Data Analytics and Visualization

Session 2: Data Mining and Big Data Algorithms

Session 3: Business Data Analysis

Session 4: Big Data in Health

Session 5: Network Data Analysis

Session 6: Big Data in Education

Session 7: Big Data Applications

February 20th, 2018


Title: Artificial Intelligence Applications in Power Systems
Date: May 7, 2018
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Location: University of Calgary Downtown Campus, Event Center B and C
Details: Flyer – Registration

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has recently emerged as a science even though it may still be considered in its early stages of development. Depending on the goals and methods employed in research, its definition varies. As a broad description, it may be described as the science of making machines do things that would require intelligence if done by humans.

Although AI applications are now being considered in a very wide variety of disciplines, ranging from humanities to natural and applied sciences, this seminar will focus on AI applications in electric power systems. In this context, application of artificial neural networks (ANNs) and fuzzy logic is commonly referred to in the literature as AI applications in power systems.

Over the past 25 years or so, feasibility of the application of AI for a variety of topics in power systems has been explored by a number of investigators. Topics explored vary from load forecast to real-time control and prote! ction. In addition to providing a brief introduction to ANNs and fuzzy logic, a number of examples of their application, that have been proposed, will be outlined and discussed in the seminar.

February 20th, 2018


Title: Medium Voltage Breakers and Applications
Date: March 14, 2018
Time: 1-5pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Calgary, 700 Center Street SW
Details: Registration


  • Key Ratings and IEEE/IEC Harmonization.
  • Physical Characteristics of MV Breakers (New and Retrofit).
  • Transient recovery voltage (TRV) capability. The review and evaluation shall be performed in accordance with IEEE Std. C37.015, C37.04, C37.06 and other applicable standards.
  • Vacuum Interrupters, Current Chopping, and Transient Overvoltages.

February 20th, 2018


Title: CSA Z462-2018: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities
Date: March 14, 2018
Time: 1-5pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Calgary, 700 Center Street SW
Details: Registration


  • Overview and details surrounding the 4th and newly published in January 2018 edition of CSA Z462.
  • Comprehensive, participatory and interactive discussions on the improvements to the standard, challenges faced by front line supervisors and workers in the field and opportunities for excellence in safety and timely work programs.
  • Job Planning and execution of best case electrical work practices as they are detailed in the standard will be discussed.
  • Good Safety is Good Business will be a central theme for this tutorial.