IEEE Southern Alberta

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.

February 20th, 2018


Title: Roadmap for Implementing a Safety System
Date: March 8, 2018
Time: 5:15-9pm
Location: T1-Auditorium at TransAlta, 110 – 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Details: Registration

International standards IEC 61511 and IEC 61508 provide guidance for implementing the safety system life-cycle phases. Armed with this knowledge safety design engineers may feel that they can tackle any project. However, the scope of a safety system project can vary considerably.  The SIS may be part of a new multibillion dollar process plant, a facility revamp or just involve the addition of a few safety functions to an existing installation. The execution will vary considerably depending on the overall scope and makeup of the project even though the basic steps will be similar in concept.

Most importantly, the overall project schedule and resourcing is often governed by scope other than the safety system. A large project may take four to seven years from conception to startup. Essentially the safety engineer must navigate many interfaces in order to formulate a solid SIS design basis (i.e. safety requirements specification). It is important to understand! the complexity that arises from these interfaces; they need careful management.

February 20th, 2018


Title: Women in Data Science
Date: March 5, 2018
Time: 8:30-5pm
LocationGallery Hall, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary

The Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, IEEE Women in Engineering, and IEEE Computer Chapter of the Southern Alberta Section (SAS) are proud to host a satellite event for the annual Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference held at Stanford University!

Everyone is welcome!

Join us to:

  • learn about the latest developments and trends in data science from the leading experts in the global and local industry
  • network with other industry professionals and researchers
  • Meet with researchers of similar interests
  • Receive feedback from experts and other researchers on your work

Call for Poster Presentations:

Female professionals and researchers from related science and engineering disciplines are welcome to submit their work for interactive (poster) presentation at the WiDS event. Interested participants shall send a short abstract (maximum 250 words) of their work to the conference committee via email at by February 23, 2018. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to prepare and print a poster of size A1 (59.4 x 84.1 cm) using the template provided by the committee.

Best Poster Award: The winners of the Best Poster Awards are announced during the closing ceremony of the WiDS Event and will receive $300, $200 and $100 bursaries.


October 23rd, 2017

We are delighted to announce we have been selected to receive the 2017 Outstanding Section Membership Retention Performance award. We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you for your support!

2017 Outstanding Section Membership Retention Performance Award

2017 Outstanding Section Membership Retention Performance Award

October 23rd, 2017


Title: Grid Energy Storage: Policies and Applications
Date: November 20, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: T1-Auditorium at TransAlta, 110 – 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Details: Flyer Registration (registration closes November 16)