Training Sessions – 21 November 2017

EECON 2017 will host a series of training sessions on Tuesday 21 November prior to the Conference commencing. There are two concurrent sessions taking place from 8:30am-5:00pm, to be held at RMIT University.  After a fruitful day of training, make sure you come along to the EESA Networking Event & Victorian Chapter AGM from 5:30-7:30pm for a chance to relax with colleagues and discuss what you learned over light refreshments. (Registration for the EESA AGM  & networking is available at the link above or during EECON conference registration.)

Prices inc GST:
– Student (RMIT) – Free
– Student (General) – $20
– EECON Delegate – $80
– Non-EECON Delegate – $200

*Includes lunch and morning & afternoon teas. 

  • EECON delegates: Add these training sessions during the registration process for the Conference. Click here for Conference registration.
  • Non-delegates: Standalone registration to attend the training only is also available – Click here to register.
  • RMIT students: If you wish to attend please contact the Conference Organisers at [email protected].
  • *Note: these sessions run concurrently so you can only attend one.
COURSE Introduction to the NEM Introduction to Earthing Systems Power Transformer Design, Condition Monitoring & Life Management  SESSION CANCELLED
PRESENTER David Strong
(David Strong & Associates)
Stephen Palmer & Bill Carman
 Wilson Transformer Company

Dynamic Ratings

TJ |H2b Analytical Services

DESCRIPTION An overview of the various components of the electricity market and discuss some current issues such as electricity prices, renewable energy generation, power system security and frequency control. An introductory level understanding of the principles governing how to create and maintain earthing systems that meet both safety and performance requirements.  Covers all aspects of power transformers, from specification and design, to manufacturing, maintenance, diagnostic testing and end of life assessment.
Building 80 (SAB)
Level 10
Room B080.10.009
Building 80 (SAB)
Level 10
Room B080.10.010
Building 80 (SAB)
Level 10
Room B080.10.011
DATE Tuesday 21 November 2017 – 8:30am – 5:00pm


Session Details


Date:                      21 November 2017
Venue:                   RMIT, Building 80 (SAB), Level 10, Room B080.10.009
Presenter:             David Strong, David Strong & Associates

About the Presenter
David Strong started work with the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) in April 1980. Activities included insulation coordination, electric and magnetic fields, transmission line design, system planning, environmental assessment and planning approvals, and strategic planning.

In the early 1990s David Strong became involved in the establishment of the Victorian Electricity Market and development of the National Electricity Market (NEM) and was appointed Manager Settlements at Victorian Power Exchange. He was also responsible for the development and running of electricity market seminars and workshops.

In August 1999 David Strong established David Strong & Associates to become a consultant to the electricity industry.

David Strong had a lead role in the development and testing of the Basslink System Protection Scheme on behalf of Basslink Pty Ltd. This work included negotiating agreements between the various parties involved, preparing documentation including specifications and test plans, witnessing tests, and coordinating the resolution of issues.

David Strong has provided advice to electricity companies on business processes and IT systems particularly related to the management of metering data.


This seminar will provide an overview of the various components of the electricity market and discuss some current issues such as electricity prices, renewable energy generation, power system security and frequency control.

The seminar will discuss the structure of the electricity industry, the regulatory framework, and the roles of the various organisations.

The seminar will discuss the operation of the spot market covering bidding, dispatch and pricing.  The energy market and eight frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) markets are co-optimized and generation is dispatched to meet demand subject to power system constraints.

Spot prices can be volatile and participants may want to manage their risk of exposure to spot prices by trading in derivatives.  These may be hedge contracts negotiated between two parties, or futures contracts traded through the ASX.  Examples of these contracts and financial outcomes under various conditions will be discussed.

The electricity market is data intensive.  Operational data is required for operation of the power system and the market.  Market data provides information on the operation of the market.

Settlement is calculated by metered energy multiplied by spot price for each trading interval.  Complete and accurate metering data is therefore essential for settlement.  The requirements for metering installations and management of metering data is set out in Chapter 7 of the National Electricity Rules.  The seminar will discuss the requirements for metering and the business processes associated with metering data management.

There are risks in trading in the electricity market.  The seminar will discuss the types of risks that participants are exposed to, the ways in which the risks can be managed and case studies where organisations where there have been failures of risk management.


Date:                   Tuesday  21 November 2017
Venue:                 RMIT, Building 80 (SAB), Level 10, Room B080.10.010
Presenters:         Stephen Palmer – Safearth, and Bill Carman – Bill Carman Consulting

About the Presenters:

Stephen Palmer BEElec (Hons), GradCert BM, MIEAust, MIEEE
Engineering Director, Safearth
[email protected] 

Stephen is Director of Safearth Consulting. He is an Australian earthing specialist with expertise in all areas related to earthing, including design, audit and test in sectors including power generation and delivery, heavy industry, mining and rail. For nearly 20 years Stephen has investigated and managed the risks associated with earthing, lightning protection and interference. As the leader of a team of 25 consultants & researchers his experience extends well beyond the technical aspects of the field.

Stephen has delivered formal earthing training for more than a decade and has presented at numerous conferences including for the NSW Government, Energy Networks Association (ENA), Engineers Australia, CIGRE and the IEEE. He has been a contributing member on the committees responsible for Australian documents including EG-0, AS3007 and AS2067. Stephen recently co-delivered a testing tutorial for IEEE Std81 and is the secretary of the CIGRE & CIRED Joint Working Group B3.35, tasked to publish on substation earthing design optimisation including quantified risk.

Bill Carman BE(Elec)(Hons I), PhD, FIEAust, CPEng, SMIEEE
Director, Bill Carman Consulting
[email protected]

Bill specialised in the management of earthing system and lightning related risks working within Australian power utilities for over 35 years. Since August 2014 Bill has operated as an specialist consultant supporting utilities and industry both in Australia and internationally regarding the management of earthing and lightning related risk.

He has been closely involved in earthing system design and testing, R&D projects, and training throughout Australia and the Asian region since 1982. As the founder and Principal Consultant of the Safearth team within Energy Australia/Ausgrid for over a 25 year period Bill worked with a wide range of clients from power generation (coal, gas, hydro, wind, solar, and nuclear) and transmission to distribution, as well as industrial users and mining installations. Bill has been closely involved in training and educating engineers in how to better manage earthing systems since the 1980’s.

He received his BE in 1982, and Doctorate in the area of grounding system risk quantification and design in 2002, and is a conjoint Senior Lecturer with the Engineering School at Newcastle University. Bill is active in Australian and international standards and industry committees providing a leadership role in the development of new national standards. He is the chair of the Cigre B3:35 committee investigating the integration of quantified risk in earthing system design and operation.


Earthing systems play a vital role in the reliable and safe operation of each component of the electrical power network. This workshop will provide an introductory level understanding of the principles governing how to create and maintain earthing systems that meet both safety and performance requirements. The claim that earthing system design is a ‘black art’ has been used in the past to justify the use of inappropriate design policy simplifications. Through their first hand experience in earthing system design, installation, commissioning and incident investigations the presenters will demonstrate a practical approach to understanding how earthing systems work and how to avoid pitfalls seen in practice.

1: Introduction
This lecture will provide an overview of how earthing systems operate to meet the safety and functional needs of the power system. Examples will include managing the shock risk during earth fault as well as system normal operation (for both the public and operation and maintenance staff), lightning protection performance impact, as well as impact on system protection operation.

2: How to achieve safe earthing systems
Whilst a safe system is often touted as the highest priority there are conflicting guides as to what ‘safe’ actually means. In this session we will examine the basis for traditional safety targets and determine how they fit into today’s obligations. We will then move on to the development of risk based safety targets and the analysis required to demonstrate how a site meets the due diligence requirements of the latest WH&S legislation.

3: How do earthing systems work?
This session will introduce the theory governing the operation of earthing systems, as well as demonstrating how analysis tools may be used to achieve robust results given the large number of situation dependent input parameters. The key physics and circuit theory will be illustrated with real-life case studies.

4: How to make earthing systems do their job for the full life of an installation.
There are many threats to an earthing system continuing to provide safety over the full life of an installation. This session will discuss key actions to be undertaken at each stage of the process, from design concept through to decommissioning, that will enable an asset owner to effectively manage these threats. Reference will be made to the obligations clarified by the new AS2067.


*Please note this session has now been cancelled – for information only*

This seminar covers all aspects of power transformers, from specification and design, to manufacturing, maintenance, diagnostic testing and end of life assessment. This is an opportunity to listen to real-life case studies with practical solutions from a leading manufacturer of power transformers, as well as specialists of the condition-based maintenance solutions. The methods and tools presented will help you to better understand and manage your assets.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding of transformer specifications
  • Electrical design of power transformers
  • Mechanical design of power transformers
  • Transformer testing
  • Delivery and installation of power transformers
  • Service maintenance of power transformers
  • Online monitoring consideration
  • Diagnostic testing of power transformers