Why Choose this Training Course?
This Utility Distribution System Planning training course covers the process of planning an electrical utility distribution system to assure adequacy, reliability, and economy. The Utility Distribution System Planning training course begins with an overview of the distribution system and its basic equipment. Next, the planning process is explored, step-by-step, emphasizing the importance of each step in achieving the desired outcome. An in-depth view of engineering economics is included to assure cost-effectiveness of the capital-intensive infrastructure. Since the planning process is necessitated due to changes in load, the process of performing and interpreting load forecasts is investigated. Finally, means of quantifying and measuring reliability will be presented so the reliability of the distribution can be properly assessed.
Utility customers today are demanding higher reliability and lower costs, and this trend will undoubtedly continue for the next several decades. Effective planning techniques provide a means of meeting the customer demands of reliability and economy while better positioning the utility for adapting to future customer requirements. This Utility Distribution System Planning training course presents proven planning methods which will benefit both the utility and its customers.
This AZTech training course will feature:
- Distribution System and Equipment Overview
- The Planning Process
- Engineering Economics
- Load Forecasting
- Reliability Assessment
What are the Goals?
By the end of this training course, participants will be able to:
- Specify optimum distribution system topologies and equipment
- Conduct comprehensive planning studies
- Perform the calculations necessary to economically justify system improvement projects
- Implement and interpret load forecasts for distribution system studies
- Quantify reliability and assess progress toward achieving reliability goals
Who is this Training Course for?
This training course is designed for utility or consulting engineers and technicians involved in the planning and/or design of distribution facilities. If you are beginning a career in this area, this training course will be of great benefit to you. Prerequisite knowledge necessary to succeed in this course includes a basic familiarity with utility power distribution.
This AZTech training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:
- Engineers and technicians new to the electric utility industry
- Intermediate-level engineers and technicians responsible for utility distribution planning and design
- Professionals involved with improving distribution system reliability
- Utility engineers and consultants who conduct load forecasts and studies
- Engineers tasked with assessing the performance of power distribution systems
How will this Training Course be Presented?
This AZTech training course will utilise a variety of proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, and retention of the information presented. This includes incorporating case studies and scenarios from numerous utilities as well as classroom exercises to engage the delegates in planning strategies and methods. Goals and objectives for a comprehensive system plan will be studied, balancing system performance with economics. Increases in reliability will be deliberated and realistic means of achieving improved reliability goals will be explored.
The Course Content
Day One: System and Equipment Overview
- System Objectives and Hierarchy
- System Topologies and Service Areas
- True System Costs
- Substation Equipment
- Feeder Equipment
- The Need to Automate
Day Two: The Planning Process
- Evaluation Methods and Criteria
- Sensitivity Analysis
- Planning Horizons
- Planning Methods
- Four-Step Process
- Lead Times
Day Three: Engineering Economics
- Time Value of Money
- Cash Flow Constraints
- Cost of Losses
- Cost-Benefit Analysis
- Asset Management
- Reliability Centered Maintenance
Day Four: Load Forecasting
- Objectives of Small-Area Load Forecasting
- Informal Methods
- Simple Trending
- Sophisticated Trending
- Simulation Methods
- Putting it All Together
Day Five: Reliability Assessment
- Definitions of Industry-Standard Reliability Terms
- Reliability Indices
- Relationship between System Protection and Reliability
- Effects of Design and Operation on Reliability
- Intelligent System Components
- Reliability Improvement due to Automation
- AZTech Certificate of Completion for delegates who attend and complete the course