Protection and Control Commissioning of Substations

February 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm America/New York Timezone
OMICRON - (Room: 1st Floor Training Room)
60 Hickory Dr
Waltham, MA 02451

Power & Energy Society and Young Professionals

Refreshments start at 6pm, talk commences at 6:30pm

Tim Walker, Northeast Protection Engineer, OMICRON Electronics Corp

Changing of today’s Protection and Control technology and protection schemes offers new challenges in meeting today’s demand for substation commissioning. Past Protection and Substation Commissioning practices do not meet the challenges and capabilities of today’s Modern Digital relays and relay test sets. New procedures need to be put in place to commission our modern day digital substations. 37% of today’s mis-operations occur because of as left personnel error and incorrect settings/ logic/design errors and not relay performance.

• Has your testing procedures changed from 20 years ago?
• Do you test the CT and wiring?
• Are you testing the functionality of relay and not just the elements?
• Are you changing outputs to monitor only 1 element during testing?
• Do you manipulate the magnitude and phase angle of currents and voltages to achieve a desired test outcome?
• Are you testing the logic programmed in the relay?
• Is your company ready to handle the next big change of implementing IEC 61850?

Tim received a BSEET from Franklin University located in Columbus, Ohio. Tim has 29 years of experience in substation, protection and control design, operation, testing and instructing for American Electric Power. Tim’s work experience includes time as a Protection and Control technologist in field work, Protection and Control training instructor and as a training manager for American Electric Power. AEP built a new state of the art Training facility to train their Transmission employees from 11 different states. This includes Substation, P&C Technicians and Transmission line mechanics. Developed scenarios for a training environment that reinforced and simulated protection & control schemes and substation simulation. Other work experience includes owner of a Protection and Control contract company. Work included testing of reclosers for Coops, Checkout of protection schemes for a simple cycle gas turbine power plant. Performed various checkout of substations for utilities and engineering. Currently working for OMICRON Electronics since Sept 2013 as an Application Engineer and Training Engineer supporting the North-East area of the US.

Meeting Location: OMICRON, 60 Hickory Drive, Waltham, MA 02451 (Room: 1st Floor Training Room)

Free and Open to the Public; RSVP is appreciated

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