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Call for Nominations: 2020 Southern Alberta PES Outstanding Engineer Award

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. 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 2020. Nominations are due May 31, 2020.

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 at: https://forms.gle/2eKGfb5XXYy2gNkG7

Impact of New Networking Technologies on Industrial Communications

 

Impact of New Networking Technologies on Industrial Communications
Presented by: Ian Verhappen
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 5:30pm to 9:00pm.
Location: TransAlta T1-Auditorium, 110 – 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/218947 Advance registration only. Registration closes Mar 2 or once full.
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The adoption of IT / Ethernet packet-based communications in the OT or industrial space continues to accelerate. A wide range of wired and wireless technologies many developed by IEEE (TSN, APL, WiFi6, 6LoPAN, IEEE 802.x), ITU and others are all entering commercialization. These standards, associated protocols, and supporting consortia are working in parallel with the standards developing organizations to manage the delivery and content suitable for the industrial market within the next 2 years. This presentation will summarize the range of new and repurposed standards and how future control networks / control systems are likely to be impacted by these technologies.

2020 Women in Data Science (WiDS) Calgary Conference

 

Women in Data Science (WiDS) Calgary Conference
Date: Monday March 2, 9:00am to 7:30pm
Location: Hotel Alma at the University of Calgary, Senate Room
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/218860  Registration is free and all genders are invited to attend.

WiDS Calgary is a conference event coinciding with the annual global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference held at Stanford University (http://www.widsconference.org/) with an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. These events aim to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in this field. The conference provides opportunities to hear about the latest data science-related research and applications, connect with others, and celebrate the work of outstanding women in this dynamic field.

Registration is free and all genders are invited to attend.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/qVtkqaBWR1MRx8D26

See the registration link for the Call for Posters; abstracts are due Feb 17.

Authenticating Professional Work Products

Authenticating Professional Work Products
Presented by: Matthew Oliver and Pal Mann
Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 5:30pm to 9:00pm.
Location: TransAlta T1-Auditorium, 110 – 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/208605 Advance registration only. Registration closes Feb 3 or once full.
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The APEGA practice standard, Authenticating Professional Work Products, published 01 July 2019, explains the professional obligations and expectations of licensed professionals, Responsible Members, and permit holders for authenticating professional work products (PWPs). Areas addressed in the new standard include improved definitions, a method to determine what needs to be authenticated, acceptable methods for physical and digital authentication and validation of the PWPs, and the reintroduction of the Permit to Practice stamp.

In this talk, APEGA will discuss the themes of the new standard and respond to industry-specific authentication questions (control systems, automation, SCADA, and instrumentation). As part of the planned program of work to enhance the standard through industry-specific appendices, APEGA aims to better understand the unique challenges and concerns your practice sector faces regarding authentication.

Dynamic Thermal Line Rating: Using the Weather to Increase Transmission Line Capacity

 

Dynamic Thermal Line Rating: Using the Weather to Increase Transmission Line Capacity
Presented by: Leanne Dawson
Date: Monday, January 20, 2020, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Doors open at 5:45pm.
Location: TransAlta T1-Auditorium, 110 – 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/211758 Advance registration only. Registration closes Jan 16 or once full.
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As more renewable generation is being added to the grid, utilities are looking for solutions to integrate the new generation without adding new infrastructure. One potential solution is to use Dynamic Thermal Line Rating (DTLR). DTLR uses actual weather conditions to calculate a real-time thermal rating, compared to using conservative assumptions to calculate a static rating. This presentation will provide a brief overview of what DTLR is and the current state of the art, along with the DTLR research presently being conducted at the University of Calgary.

Leveraging the benefits of LTE cost effectively with deployment of a hybrid LTE/Meshing solution

 

Leveraging the benefits of LTE cost effectively with deployment of a hybrid LTE/Meshing solution
Presented by: Grenn Holden
Date: Tuesday December 2, 5:30pm to 9:00pm.
Location: TransAlta T1-Auditorium, 110 – 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/207816 Advance registration only. Registration closes Dec 2 or once full.
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The introduction of commercial LTE in North America promises great benefits, from long distance coverage to true Quality of service (QoS) and high network security. With a pricing model based on the amount of data transmitted, LTE can however rapidly become out of reach for those mines looking to access all their data, all the time. In this presentation, we will discuss how a fast roaming hybrid LTE/Mesh client can break the last barriers LTE faces in the market by providing complete coverage, higher throughput and peer-to-peer connectivity by better managing the amount of data travelling through the LTE network at any one time.

Insulation Coordination and Voltage Transients in Large Industrial Power Systems

 

Insulation Coordination and Voltage Transients in Large Industrial Power Systems
Presented by: Rasheek Rifaat and Xiaoke (Ken) Duan
Date: Monday November 25, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Doors open at 5:45pm.
Location: TransAlta T1-Auditorium, 110 – 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/208590 Advance registration only. Registration closes Nov 21 or once full.

Large industrial facilities have their own medium and high voltage systems and many of them are connected to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System (AIES) at higher voltage levels than previously done. To ensure insulation system secure and reliable design and operation, insulation coordination should be evaluated, and high voltage transient studies be should performed where applicable. This presentation provides an introduction to aspects associated with performance of insulation coordination, selection and use of surge arrestors for the protection of electrical equipment, and applicable North America and International Standards. The presentation also touches on other high voltage transient studies such as breaker Transient Recovery Voltage (TRV) and fast and very fast voltage transients; when to perform them, and what is needed to perform them such as necessary equipment information and required software to perform the analysis.

Sub-Synchronous Interaction and Harmonic Control Instability Associated with HVDC and Wind Plant Installations

 

Title: Sub-Synchronous Interaction and Harmonic Control Instability Associated with HVDC and Wind Plant Installations
Date: April 3, 2019
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: 110-12AV SW
Details: Registration

Sub-synchronous interactions (SSI) are a family of physical interactions that involve exchange of energy between a generator and a transmission system at ac frequencies below the system nominal frequency. They include sub-synchronous resonance (SSR), sub-synchronous torsional interaction (SSTI), and sub-synchronous control instability (SSCI). SSR is a phenomenon that can cause increased fatigue or critical failure of generator turbine shaft systems due to an energy exchange between the generator and a series-compensated transmission system, either through sustained or poorly damped oscillations, or transient effects. SSTI occur when an interaction happens between an HVDC link, FACTS device, or other power electronic controller and the mechanical mass system of a generator. The power electronic controller can exhibit negative damping at sub-synchronous frequencies, which can cause un-damped or growing oscillations in the known mechanical torsional modes of oscillation in the generator shaft system. SSCI phenomenon is a control interaction that can occur between any power electronic devices, such as wind turbine, and a series-compensated system. The oscillations resulting from SSCI may grow very quickly. Another SSCI phenomenon is the interaction between power electronic controllers such as grid-connected inverters for renewable energy sources integration. Such resonances can be both sub-synchronous and super-synchronous and may lead to inverter control instability and other dynamic problems when the connected grid is becoming weak.

The objective of this Seminar is to provide an introduction to SSI phenomena including SSR, SSTI and SSCI. To give a guide on how to identify potentiality where SSTI and/or SSCI may be an issue; how to study the phenomena; how to control, mitigate, and/or protect against any adverse effects associated with these interactions; and potential types of system changes or additions that would require equipment owners and/or operators to re-examine their system for the possibility of SSTI and/or SSCI.

Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference

 

Title: Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference
Date: March 4, 2019
Time: 8:30am-5pm
Location: University of Calgary MacEwan Hall B, 402 Collegiate Boulevard Northwest, Calgary AB
Details: Registration

WiDS Calgary is a conference event coinciding with the annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference held at Stanford University (http://www.widsconference.org/) and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. These events aim to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field.

WiDS Calgary is a one-day technical conference providing opportunities to hear about the latest data science-related research and applications, connect with others, and celebrate the work of outstanding women in this dynamic field. Female students registering for WiDS Calgary are encouraged to submit a brief abstract describing their recent or ongoing work and to present their work during our poster session.

All genders are invited to attend.

This event is sponsored by Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary and IEEE.