Webinar: Solving Drive Input Power Quality Issues for the Oil and Gas Industries

Date: Sep 22nd, 2021, 11:45 PM to 01:15 PM (MDT)

Presented by: Thomas Dionise, P.E., IEEE Fellow of Eaton Corporation and Tamer Abdelazim Mellik, Ph.D., P.Eng., SMIEEE of Eaton Corporation

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This webinar will introduce the basic principles of input power quality issues related to VSDs with various topologies utilized in LV and MV VSD’s designs commonly used in the oil field industry. The input power quality issues (system side power quality) will be investigated: line-side voltage and current harmonics, voltage input range and regulation, voltage disturbance (transients, sags, swells, interruptions), voltage waveform notching. Special attention will be given to system grounding methods and equipment grounding. The presentation also considers the impact of the VSD on increased generator loading, reduced power factor, and overheating of cables and transformers. Present day solutions based on input filtering will be described. It will be shown these input power quality issues will increase equipment failure, or at least tripping of equipment, as well as increasing operating costs. The webinar will include filter design techniques reviewing various input drive harmonic mitigation solutions such as line reactors (chokes), phase-shifting drive transformers, and drive input filters (passive or active). A variety of real-world examples will be shared to illustrate these concepts, symptoms and solutions.

Webinar: How Robotics are Revolutionizing Rehabilitation

Date: Sep 21th, 2021, 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM (MDT)

Presented by: Dr. Hermano Igo Krebs

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We have developed novel robotic treatment and evaluation tools and have managed to collect the experimental evidence that demonstrates the unequivocal therapeutic benefits stemming from robot-aided rehabilitation for the upper extremity as well as present shortcomings. This talk will present an overview of our past rehabilitation robotics efforts and more recent efforts addressing the identified shortcomings.

Webinar: DC Traction and Power Substation Design

Date: Sep 21th, 2021, 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (MDT)

Presented by: Fernando Soares, B. Eng., of Powell Canada

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Most mass transit rail systems operate using high power DC sources to power the operating trains carrying passengers. The DC power is supplied by what are called DC Traction Power Substations (TPSS). These specialized substations have the necessary equipment to safely and reliably convert incoming AC power into outgoing DC power to feed the rail system. This webinar discusses the basic power equipment elements, applicable industry standards as well as industry practices applied to DC Traction Power Substations found across North America with a focus on Light Rail DC Traction Power Substations.

Webinar: Proximity Tracing in an Ecosystem of Surveillance Capitalism

Date: Aug 26th, 2021, 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM (MDT)

Presented by: Joel Reardon, Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary

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Proximity tracing apps have been proposed as an aid in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Some of those apps leverage attenuation of Bluetooth beacons from mobile devices to build a record of proximate encounters between a pair of device owners. The underlying protocols are known to suffer from false positive and re-identification attacks.

Dr. Joel Reardon, Assistant professor at the University of Calgary, presents evidence that the attacker’s difficulty in mounting such attacks has been overestimated. Indeed, an attacker leveraging a moderately successful app or SDK with Bluetooth and location access can eavesdrop and interfere with these proximity tracing systems at no hardware cost and perform these attacks against users who do not have this app or SDK installed. We describe concrete examples of actors who would be in a good position to execute such attacks.

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Webinar: Isolated Phase Bus Duct Technical Overview & Product Lifecycle Analysis

Date: Jun 29th, 2021, 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (MDT)

Presented by: Jim Bredberg, Operations Manager – Aftermarket of Powell

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The Isolated Phase bus (IPB) webinar presented by Powell will give a brief synopsis of the historical development of IPB cover the main components, applications, ratings, performance, governing standards, applications, tests requirements, installation methods with a focus on established design theory and modern innovation. This presentation will also discuss design considerations and guidelines for new construction units and field repair/replacement work. The last section of the presentation will focus on the maintenance and available monitoring technology for bus systems.

Webinar: Teleoperation, Force Sensing, Haptics and Control Issues in Medical Robotics

Date: Jun 17th, 2021, 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM (MDT)

Presented by: Dr. Rajni Patel, P.Eng., Distinguished University Professor and Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with cross appointments in the Department of Surgery and the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences at Western University, London, ON, Canada.

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Teleoperated (leader-follower) robotic systems offer advantages to the user of increased dexterity and precision, tremor filtering, motion repeatability, and the possibility of autonomous or semi-autonomous functions. In the time of a pandemic, such as COVID-19, they provide a means of improved safety for healthcare workers through the possibility of performing certain functions from short or long distances, such as patient monitoring, assessment and treatment. However, these teleoperated systems also have some disadvantages, primarily as a result of limitations of the current technology. These issues will be discussed in the talk in the context of two specific areas of application: robotics-assisted medical interventions and robotics for neurological movement disorders. Particular focus will be on issues arising from the absence of accurate haptic (sense of touch) feedback which prevents reflection to the user of realistic interaction forces between a robot and a patient or objects in the robot’s environment. The role of haptics-based teleoperation will be discussed based on experimental studies to highlight the key issues associated with incorporating force sensing, haptics and teleoperation in patient-oriented robotic systems and the advantages and potential uses of such interaction in specific applications.

An esteemed London, ON, IEEE Member, Dr. Rajni Patel, has been awarded the IEEE Canada A.G.L. McNaughton Award for 2021. Recipients of this medal are outstanding Canadian engineers recognized for their exemplary contributions to the engineering profession.

As part of recognizing this award, the IEEE, via the event primary sponsor, the IEEE London, ON, Section, Chapter EMB18, and via the event co-sponsor, the IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS) Chapter EMB18, have invited Dr. Patel to provide an overview of his research interests, already listed above.

Webinar: WindCharger Battery Energy Storage System

Date: Jun 30th, 2021, 11:45 AM to 01:30 PM (MDT)

Presented by: Sébastien Grégoire, P.Eng. Automation Engineer, BBA Inc. and Scott Fleming, P.Eng., PMP, Director Wind & Solar, BBA Inc.

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WindCharger is Alberta’s first utility-scale, lithium-ion energy storage project. It uses Tesla’s Megapack technology and is the first installation of this technology in Canada’s northern climate. The design team collaborated with the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to establish the project-specific, electricity grid interconnection requirements and applicable standards.

WindCharger has a nameplate capacity of 10MW, a total storage capacity of 20MWh and can be fully charged in approximately two hours. This technology supports fully behind-the-fence renewable energy, powered by TransAlta’s Summer view II Wind Facility. The project’s total capital cost was approximately $14.5 million (CAD), approximately 50 percent funded through the support of Emissions Reduction Alberta. BBA was the lead design consultant and Iconic Power Systems completed the project’s construction.

This presentation will elaborate on the key factors that led to the selection of the technology, including performance and utility requirements. Additional information will be provided about winter operation considerations.

Webinar: Static Converters (SVCs and STATCOMs) and Synchronous Condensers

Date: Jun 17th, 2021, 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM (MDT)

Presented by: GE Power Conversion & GE Grid Solutions

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This Webinar will provided the attendee, with an overview of Static Compensators (SVCs-Static Var Compensators and STATCOMs-Static Synchronous Compensators) and Synchronous Condensers for electric utility and industrial applications. The key drivers for selecting the appropriate solution along with the design/ratings basics, description of main components, substation layout, and modeling will be outlined in the session.

Webinar: Modern Protection Systems Device Coordination

Date: Jun 08th, 2021, 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (MDT)

Presented by: Rasheek Rifaat, P.Eng., IEEE Life Fellow, Calgary, AB, Canada

This webinar features:

1. A quick review of:
• Principles and basic aspects of protection and coordination of industrial and distribution power systems
• Protection of systems and major components
• Fault currents and voltages in symmetrical and asymmetrical conditions, symmetrical component analysis
2. Historical evolvement of protective relays reaching the current Numerical, Multifunction relays and Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED’s).
3. Protection for Main System Components: Generators, Transformers, Buses and Breakers, Feeders, Short Lines, Motors, and other system components
4. Coordinating protection of main component of modern distribution and industrial systems
5. Applications of communications for permissives, blocking, conditional operations and other coordination techniques in modern systems.
6. Concerns in setting and testing of smart relays and systems.
7. Q & A

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Rasheek Rifaat, P.Eng., IEEE Life Fellow

Rasheek Rifaat earned his B.S. Electrical Engineering at Cairo University, Egypt and his M.S. Electrical Engineering at McGill University, Canada. He serves as Technical Director for Rifaat Engineering with more than 45 years of Canadian and global experience in cogeneration and thermal power generating stations, power transmission and distribution, and electrical systems for utilities as well as mining, heavy industries and commercial facilities. Rasheek has experience with various projects, ranging from installation of control panels and 600 V MCCs for material handling systems to large 800 MW thermal generating stations.

Rasheek is experienced in transmission lines; plant generation; cogeneration and utility inter‐ties; substations and plant protection systems design; coordination and relay setting; 34.5kV, 25kV, 13.8 kV, 4.16 kV, 2.4 kV as well as 600 and 480 V plant distribution; UPS systems; automatic bus transfer; large motor circuit design; transformer installation; 240, 138, 72, 34.5 and 25 kV transmission; distribution and distribution substation systems; 25 kV rural distribution underground cable installation; power cable installations; and control of large electrical furnaces. Rasheek has performed power system studies including dynamic analysis, voltage transient and induction studies, and reliability assessment studies for transmission, distribution and industrial distribution systems. He has been very involved in all areas of project implementation and management, from feasibility to commissioning and final operation.

Mr. Rifaat is an IEEE Life Fellow and a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and PEO, Ontario (Canada)

IEEE Southern Alberta Section 65th Anniversary (2021)

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

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