Webinar: Medium Voltage Synchronous Motors

Presented by: Chris Schartner of GE Power Conversion
Date: Oct 29, 2020, 12-1pm (mountain time)
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/244397 Registration closes Oct 27 or once full.

This webinar will touch on multiple aspects pertaining to synchronous motors including basic theory, machine design considerations, application, construction, insulation, excitation, starting, operation, testing and maintenance.

Webinar: Medium Voltage Cable Constructability Overview

Presented by: Blair Sackney of Texcan
Date: Dec 1, 2020, 12-1pm (mountain time)
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/238121 Registration closes Nov 29 or once full.

This webinar will cover the site considerations related to medium voltage and large cables. These cables require additional planning to ensure long lasting and cost-effective installations. At the design phase and specification stage there are several best practices that can be considered that help ensure these critical cables are installed such that the risk of improper handling is minimized. Often poorly handled or improperly pulled medium voltage cables can result in damage that will pass acceptance testing but show up in failures 5 or 6 years later. With a good pull and testing plan, site issues can be better controlled for long lasting cable installations.

Webinar: Understanding MV-HV Cables, testing, applications – cable selection and standards

Presented by: Blair Sackney of Texcan
Date: Nov 10, 2020, 12-1pm (mountain time)
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/238123 Registration closes Nov 8 or once full.

This webinar will cover the basics of medium voltage cables. The CSA standards they are built to will be explained with how they result in cables suited to specific applications. Clarity will be given to which product types are typically commercially available, product types that can be made to order, and which product features can be specified. Each of the construction layers within a medium voltage cable will be shown and their functions defined. The goal is to understand how each construction layer provides benefits for different applications enabling designers to specify cables that best meets their projects’ unique requirements. Finally, a brief overview of factory and field acceptance tests will be covered.

Webinar: Energy Storage Road Map – Alberta

Presented by: Ata Rehman of AESO
Date: Oct 20, 2020, 12-1pm (mountain time)
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/240069 Registration closes Oct 18 or once full.

Energy storage is becoming more prevalent in the electricity industry as renewable penetration and distributed energy resources continue to increase, as consumer preferences and business models continue to evolve, and as technology costs continue to decline rapidly.
In 2019, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) developed the Energy Storage Roadmap that sets out the AESO’s plan to facilitate the integration of energy storage technologies into AESO Authoritative Documents and grid & market systems. This will help facilitate market qualification and participation for energy storage as well as enable an efficient and effective connection. The roadmap will also help the AESO in monitoring and control of energy storage facilities when connected to the electricity grid.
As part of the Energy Storage Roadmap, the AESO has identified a number of activities needed to integrate Energy Storage in the shorter and longer term. This presentation will provide an update on the different activities being undertaken along with timelines.

Webinar: Hazardous Locations – Code, markings, drawings and more

Presented by: Allan Bozek, P.Eng, MBA of EngWorks Inc. and Tim Driscoll, P.Eng, F.IEEE of OBIEC Consulting Ltd.

Date: Sep 29, 2020, 12-2pm (mountain time)

Please register online

Learning Objectives:

  1. Reading and interpreting a hazardous area classification drawing
  2. Determining if a product is certified for use in a hazardous location
  3. Interpreting hazardous location equipment markings
  4. Application of the Canadian Electrical Code

This webinar will cover the basics in reading and interpreting a hazardous area classification drawing and how to use the information to determine the Class, Zone/Division, Group and Temperature code requirements for electrical or instrumentation equipment intended to be installed. Product certification requirements and how to interpret Division and IEC markings on HazLoc (hazardous location) equipment will be covered as well as how to determine if the equipment to be installed is suitable for the location in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code.

We will also provide a preview of major changes coming into the 2021 edition of the Canadian Electrical Code, primarily Section 18 Hazardous Locations. Also, a couple of related and very important changes in other Sections for industrial facilities will be touched on. A couple of major changes to API 505, area classification for Zones for the petroleum industry, to be included in the next edition will be highlighted.

Intended Audience: Engineers, Designers, Manufacturer’s, Installers and Inspectors who are responsible for the design, selection and installation of equipment in hazardous locations.

Webinar: Rejuvenate Aging Eye with Presbyopic Implant in the Eye (PIE)

Presented by: Dr. Rajesh Khanna of Khanna Vision Institute

Date: Aug 19, 2020, 7:30-9pm (mountain time)

Please register online

Imagine having the vision of your younger self. Imagine throwing away your contacts, progressives, and readers because you now have 20/20 vision that even continues to improve through the years. To have a reversal of the aging process and even preventing cataracts from ever hindering your new vision. This ground-breaking advancement is called Presbyopic Implant in the Eye (PIE).

Webinar: Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Acquisition, Clinical Applications, and Advanced Hemodynamics

Webinar: Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Acquisition, Clinical Applications, and Advanced Hemodynamics

Presented by: Dr. Julio Garcia of Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta – Stephenson Cardiac Imaging Centre at the University of Calgary

Date: Thursday, June 18 at 2 pm (UTC-6)

Please register online

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become a well-established clinical tool for the evaluation of cardiovascular diseases. MRI allows for high-quality images from the human heart anatomic and hemodynamics. This presentation will introduce basics for the acquisition of cardiovascular MRI, illustrate standard-of-care imaging and discuss novel techniques for the visualization and quantification of complex blood flow hemodynamics.

2020 Southern Alberta Section Scholarships

Active IEEE Student Members and Graduate Student Members studying at a post-secondary institution in Southern Alberta are invited to apply for the 2020 Southern Alberta Section Scholarships.  Applications are due September 30, 2020.  Download the application form here.

Webinar: Quality Assurance of Transformer


Webinar: Quality Assurance of Transformer
Presented by: Ronnie Minhaz of Transformer Consulting Services Inc.
Date: June 10, 2020, 12-1pm (UTC-6)
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/230550 Advance registration only. Registration closes June 9 or once full.

The manufacturing of Transformer is integrated to global supply chain. With the improvement of technology, the design and manufacturing of transformer can be more aggressive such as reduce clearance and use of pure mineral oil during FAT to ensure the passing of tests during FAT. Clean room and environmental condition can be compromised during the manufacturing process which can have impact in the life expectancy of transformer. This presentation will walk through the quality assurance of transformer during the manufacturing of transformer.

Webinar: Preventative maintenance Partial Discharge testing of Switchgear and Cables


Webinar: Preventative maintenance Partial Discharge testing of Switchgear and Cables
Presented by: Tim Erwin of EA Technology LLC
Date: May 13, 2020, 12-1pm (UTC-6)
Register at: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/229032  Advance registration only. Registration closes May 12 or once full.

This presentation will provide an introduction to different common methods of partial discharge testing of switchgear. It will cover a brief introduction to:

  • What is PD?
    • Surface
    • Internal
    • Corona Discharge
  • Common methods of testing:
    • Offline testing – VLF and Tan Delta
    • Online testing – Ultrasonic, Transient Earth Voltage, RF, Cable
  • Advantages and limitations of both
  • Examples from the field
  • Recommended testing practices and frequency