Southern Alberta Section’s 65th Anniversary

The IEEE marks the 65th anniversary of the Southern Alberta Section (SAS), officially, on Monday, May 10th, 2021.

Watch for more details on this IEEE SAS web site regarding the founding and history of the IEEE in Southern Alberta, later this Spring 2021.

Analytics-Driven Cyber-Physical Security for a Converged Smart Grid

Date: May 5, 2021, 12pm to 1pm (MDT)

Presented by: Dr. Deepa Kundur, Ph.D., P.Eng.

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The field of cyber-physical security has evolved greatly over the
last decade especially in the context of critical infrastructures
such as the smart grid. The current challenges aim to address the
increased sophistication of cyberattacks in the context of a more
automated grid. Emerging polymorphic and stealthy attacks
necessitate more coordinated and intelligent approaches to
mitigation. In addition to the typical defense-in-depth paradigm,
more harmonized protection and resilience strategies are
essential. Development of next-generation tools for cyber-physical
security requires the adoption of effective models that are
compatible with salient trends in smart grid infrastructure
including Information Technology/Operational Technology (IT/OT)
convergence. The resulting data-rich cyber- physical environment
from IT/OT convergence suggests a strong need for greater
data-driven modelling paradigms and analytics. In this talk, we
provide examples of deep learning in the context of anomaly
detection for the cyber-physical protection of transmission
protection systems. We then present a brave new world of
opportunities for smart grid cyber-physical security using a data
analytics-driven approach.

more info in PDF leaflet…

Insights into transceiver design for 5G mm-wave equipped cell-phones

Insights into transceiver design for 5G mm-wave equipped

Date: May 5, 2021, 2pm to 3pm (MDT)

Presented by: Venumadhav (Venu) Bhagavatula of Samsung

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The explosive growth services delivered via the internet onto the
mobile handset has result in an insatiable demand for higher
data-rates. Millimeter-wave CMOS radios – a research topic for
over a decade – is now finally on the cusp of large-scale
deployment. In this talk I will describe the challenges and
state-of-the-art in circuits and architectures for 28GHz/38GHz 5G
NR transceivers targeting user-equipment or UE applications.

Arc Resistant Switchgear – Why It Should Be Part of Your Safety Program

Date: May 12, 2021, 12pm to 1:30pm (mountain time)

Presented by: Michael W. Wactor, P.E, Technical director
for Corporate Product Development of Powell

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When properly designed, tested, and installed, arc resistant
switchgear provides increased arc flash hazard protection for
personnel operating around the equipment. However, there are many
factors that influence the equipment performance and many effects
from an arc flash that are often overlooked. To obtain the maximum
benefits from arc resistant equipment installation, one must
understand how the fault behaves, how equipment is tested and
evaluated and how this relates to the goals of the total safety

This presentation will discuss the physics of an arc fault and how
this affects design, testing and application. It will highlight
some of the fundamental features of arc resistant design to show
how such designs are used to address the fault hazards and how
this relates to the requirements of other safety documents such as
NFPA 70E and Z462. It will also discuss how the equipment works in
conjunction with other protective devices to minimize operator
exposure to arc fault hazards.

The presentation will conclude with how the test requirements,
performance criteria, and test results interpretation found in the
IEEE Guide C37.20.7 relate to actual application and discuss
upcoming changes proposed for the document.

International Standards Organization (ISO) Advancements of Mining Automation and Interoperability

Date: Apr 13 Apr 21, 2021, 12pm to 1pm (mountain time)

Presented by: Tim Skinner, President SMART Systems Group
Inc., Global Mining Guidelines (GMG) Group Vice-Chair, CIM
Distinguished Member of Smart Systems Group Inc.

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The ISO TC82 Mining SC8 Subcommittee for Advanced Automated Mining
Systems was formally established in early 2018. Since then the
standards development work plan has been initiated and is
exceeding expectations. This presentation will present an update
on the status of current mining automation and interoperability
standards development activity and the planned program of work.

The Benefits and Practice Use of Cable Bus Feeder Systems

Presented by: Henry Quach and Bill Baldasti of United Wire & Cable (MAXIAMP Cable Bus Systems)
Date: Feb 23, 2021, 12-1pm (mountain time)
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The popularity of Cable Bus used a primary or backup power feeder system has grown exponentially in the past decade as engineers and owners begin to appreciate the commercial advantages as well as reliability improvements of Cable Bus over bus duct, particularly when installed outdoors. In 2014, the CSA released the CSA C22.2 No. 273 Cablebus certification, which was further revised in 2019.
This session will provide an overview of modern Cable Bus, typical applications and benefits. A deep dive into a the design and installation process will also be provided.

Addressing the Structural and Social Barriers to Global Cancer Inequities through Biomedical Innovation

Presented by: Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam of Duke University
Date: Jan 25, 2021, 5-6pm (mountain time)
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The latter half of the 20th century witnessed major reductions in infant and childhood deaths in developing countries. The upshot is that many more people are living to adulthood and old age. Ironically, however, cancer is rapidly out pacing the incidence of infectious diseases. The cancer statistics are staggering. More than two-thirds of the 10 million annual cancer deaths occur in developing countries and this number is expected to double by 2040.Yet, the allocated cancer resources are less than one-third that in developed countries. With rapid advances in low cost, high performance health care innovations, we have the opportunity to leapfrog from entrenched models of cancer care that have been a mainstay in affluent settings to innovative modalities of care – analogous to the demise of landlines in favor of modern cell phones. This is an exciting and realistic prospect. In my talk I will provide examples of specific technologies we are developing to address global cancer inequities, a challenging task given the limited resources available to adopt models that are currently in place in high income countries.

2021 Industry Mixer

Date: 20 Jan 2021
Time: 4:00PM to 7:00PM
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Register as an exhibitor (for companies)

Join us in welcoming companies from various engineering industries including power and energy, tech, construction, and consulting. We’ll host each company virtually in two slots from 4:00PM to 5:30PM and 5:30PM to 7:00PM.

Company representatives will have their own virtual meetings set up, using a platform of their choice. The links for each company meeting will be emailed out to all attendees closer to the event.

This is a great chance for students to network with industry professionals and ask them questions regarding their work, company, and industry. Companies can meet budding engineers who can make a difference in their workplace, and inspire them to work in their fields. There is no booth fee for this event.

This year’s event features representatives from IBM & Worley. More companies to be announced soon.

Small Modular Reactors

Presented by: Denys Elliot, Megan Moore and Metin Yetisir of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Date: Jan 20, 2021, 12-1pm (mountain time)
Register at: Registration closes Jan 18 or once full.

As a low-carbon source of energy, Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) are well-aligned with global desire to reduce our carbon footprint. Both smaller in size and in energy output, SMRs are considered ideal for deployment both on-grid and off-grid in remote locations such as mine sites or the oil sands, as well as willing communities in northern Canada reliant on diesel-fuelled generators for electricity. In addition, these technologies can also be utilized in other industrial applications such as production of hydrogen, local area heating, or other industrial heat applications. Currently, SMRs are an emerging technology. There are a wide variety of designs being developed by multiple prospective reactor vendors, each working hard to bring their technology to market

This webinar will provide participants with an introduction to SMRs, covering the fundamental features of the technology, and an overview of the most popular designs proposed to date. The webinar will also include a discussion on the economics of SMRs – how they are expected to compete in the global energy market, and what conditions could make them successful in the future. Join two renowned researchers from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) – Canada’s premier nuclear nuclear science and technology organization, for an engaging discussion on this exciting new set of technologies.

HackTogether: Alberta Virtual 2020 Hackathon

Register at: Registration closes Nov 15
Kickoff meeting: Dec 1, 2020
Implementation: Dec 1, 2020 – Feb 17, 2021
Submission deadline: Feb 17, 2021

This virtual event hopes to bring together post-secondary students who are passionate about science and technology to develop meaningful insights pertaining to one of the two themes of the event: (1) the COVID-19 pandemic related challenges, (2) issues surrounding diversity in STEM fields.