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ELEX 0461 - Grounding and Bonding Hands-On Workshop

Electrical and Computer Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

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Course Details

Grounding and bonding are both integral parts of any electrical installation and network. An effective, low-impedance ground system is a key requirement for any electrical work, reinforced through legislation, the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), and other standards of practice. Those who are involved with any sector of electrical industry will benefit from this workshop by gaining familiarity with this key aspect of all electrical installations. This workshop makes use of up-to-date theory and industry standard software (WinIGS), combined with modern test equipment to give attendees the hands-on experience necessary for design, construction, operation and management of grounding systems for electrical facilities. The course will include: comprehensive coverage of the fundamentals of grounding and bonding, Canadian Electrical Code requirements, substation safety grounding, sensitive electronic equipment and lightning protection. Attendees will work both in BCIT laboratory facilities and in the field to perform the data collection necessary for a grounding study. The data taken during these practical sessions will be used with the provided grounding software to reinforce the application of the theoretical and practical knowledge covered in the course. At the end of the course, attendees will leave with the necessary skills and knowledge to both designing new ground grids or modernizing the existing grids. Who should attend: The workshop is designed for Electrical Engineers (Design Professionals, Managers, Power Quality Specialists, Maintenance Managers, Consultants), Electrical Technicians, Technologist, Electricians, Plant Operators, Plant Engineers and Electrical Supervisors. Biography of the Instructor: Dr. Nurul Islam is a registered professional engineer with EGBC and a full-time faculty member in the Electrical Power and Industrial Control Group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at BCIT. He received his PhD degree on Electrical Power System Engineering from Moscow Power Engineering University, Moscow, Russia. He has been involved in number of projects on substation grounding in BC Hydro including many years of experience in industrial and utility electrical system in Kraft Canada, AMEC and BC Hydro.


Familiarity with electrical nomenclature and electric circuit theory.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss grounding and bonding fundamentals and performance requirements essential for electrical installation, design and inspection, while maintaining the highest level of electrical safety for personnel and property
  • Discuss high resistance and low resistance wye and delta connected ground system and solidly grounded neutral system
  • Describe the basic principles of grounding and bonding of electrical utility substation and equipment.
  • Implement Canadian Electrical Code, and IEEE Std-80 requirements
  • Discuss the applicable standards and design methods.
  • Operate and maintain utility electrical grounding system
  • Design protection of substations for lightning strikes and surges
  • Use industry standard electrical test equipment tools to measure soil resistivity, ground impedance, ground potential rise, step potential and touch potential.
  • Interpret test results to provide recommendations for the upgrade of existing ground systems
  • Recognize deficiencies in existing systems or designs and take the necessary corrective action
  • Design a new ground grid for a station/substation based on industry practices.
  • Model grounding system using industry standard grounding software (WinIGS).

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2018

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