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Covering AS 2067 and High Voltage Design, Installation and Maintenance for Mining, Industrial Plants, Oil & Gas & Utilities

Are you an electrical engineer, technologist or technician working with high voltage systems from the mining, industrial plants, oil and gas or the utilities industry?   We are looking for a number of presenters to submit a topic idea and present their papers at the upcoming conference which has been developed to promote best practice in this area.

This conference will cover the AS 2067:2016 HV standard which provides minimum requirements for the design and installation of high voltages above 1kV (ac) so as to provide safe functioning in operation. The newest edition of AS 2067 was released in 2016 and the significant amendments have proved to be a continuing interest to anyone involved in high voltage substations and installations.  

Most sections of AS 2067 have changed. These include issues associated with developments in the Building Code of Australia, closer alignment with the work of EL23 which deals with Mining Standards, and substation installation earthing. Significant changes have been made to the sections on access areas, protection against fire and explosions and earthing. The earthing section in particular is being considerably expanded and amended to cover all industry sectors, including that of mining.  

Australian Standard AS 2067 on Substation and High Voltage Installations is based on the IEC Standard IEC61936. AS 2067 comes under the Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000:2018) as the document relevant to high voltage installations. Accordingly, it has wide application and is applicable to most high voltage installations, be they customer installations, generation facilities or utility owned installations.  

The high voltage installation can range from a substation, auxiliary systems, interconnecting cables/lines and naturally the user’s facilities such a plant, factory, office facility and mine site. Equipment includes switchgear, transformers, converters, cables, lines, batteries, earthing systems, capacitors, reactors, buildings and structures. 
In addition to HV design and installation, HV maintenance is a challenging undertaking and the Australian industry needs to have the sustainability and reliability of ageing HV equipment at the forefront of their minds when planning and designing their upcoming projects.  The conference will discuss problems that arise from HV equipment maintenance and how industry can overcome these issues through well planned maintenance programs, adherence to standards/regulations and forward thinking.

Join your peers in a vigorous and positive exchange of views, building your career and public profile and making a contribution to Australian electrical engineering practice in this vital area!

IDC Events do not allow vendors to “sell” their products but rather focus on practical applications and solutions – probably the best way to showcase your technologies and engineering skills. In particular we are seeking practical case studies, applications and the newest developments in this critical subject.

SUGGESTED TOPICS - High Voltage Design & Installation:

HV SAFETY:
 
• Isolation
• Earthing
• Making feeders and apparatus safe to work on
• Work permits
• Live chambers and prohibited areas
• Abnormal conditions
• Responsible persons
• Local regulations and instructions

HV STANDARDS & REGULATIONS:
 
• Standard and best practice 
• Changes to HV standards
• State and utility regulations 
• The need for new standards 
• Inspection 
• Testing
• Interpretation of standards 
• HV transmission and distribution network design
• Comparison between IEEE and IEC standards – European, USA & Asian equipment suitability 

HV POWER SYSTEM PROTECTION: 

• Protection relays and settings 
• Fault calculations and analysis 
• Network protection schemes (incl. substation specifics such as transformer, area and directional protection) 
• HV and LV overcurrent and earth leakage issues 
• Applications of protection 
• Fault types and their effects 
• Co-ordination issues 
• Unit, feeder, transformer, switchgear, motor, generator, overhead line protection case studies 
• System earthing 
• Protection system components 
• Instrument transformers 
• Switchgear 
• Batteries 
 
ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS, EARTHING & BONDING:

• System earthing
• Equipment bonding & earthing of structures
• Electrical safety earthing
• Static earthing
• Solid, impedance, touch potentials
• Electric shock
• Earth leakage protection
• Design
• Protection
• Earthing electrodes 
• Measurement 
• Neutral earthing
• Corrosion problems in earthing 
• Earthing of surge protection devices         

SUGGESTED TOPICS - High Voltage Maintenance:

•    Replacement versus reconditioning of electrical equipment
•    Managing an ageing fleet of HV transmission and distribution equipment
•    HV maintenance programs and asset management strategies
•    Electrical safety related to HV equipment
•    Reliability centered maintenance (RCM) of HV equipment
•    RCM risk analysis - Assessment of switchboards, circuit breakers, rotating machines, transformers
•    Condition based maintenance (CRM) of HV equipment
•    Testing and maintenance of polymeric (mainly XLPE) cables
•    HV maintenance – rotating equipment
•    Medium-voltage contactors
•    Isolation tagging and locking systems
•    Low voltage circuit breaker testing
•    Switchgear life extensions
•    Circuit breaker conversions
•    Reconditioning standards
•    Age of equipment/assets e.g. switchgear and cables
•    Shutdown times e.g. production pressure, pressure from stakeholders
•    Increasing use of generators to overcome shutdown times
•    Legacy issues with older equipment
•    Lack of maintenance, procedures, training
•    Old equipment/safety issues
•    HV safe management plan
•    HV supply reliability
•    Safety management – minimum requirements for safe working in HV electrical equipment
•    Obsolescence – end of life
•    Skill shortages in HV maintenance and operation
•    Personal protection equipment (PPE) for high voltage switching
•    Thermal imaging
•    Partial discharge monitoring 
•    Protection tests
•    Ultrasonic monitoring
•    PPE testing
•    Battery tests and replacement program
•    Earthing system tests
•    Emergency lighting
•    Fire detection and prevention
•    Physical/visual inspection
•    Furans & other oil tests (water) 
•    Corona testing
•    Cable maintenance and testing
•    Maintenance issues causing arc flash and blast
•    Condition monitoring, risk and asset management for power networks

What is required from you?

-    A 100 word abstract, which outlines the topic you would like to present. This needs to be submitted electronically as soon as possible, to secure your place. 

-    Once your topic is approved, your technical paper and PowerPoint slides will be due six weeks prior to the event. 

-    Speaking slots are allocated on topic suitability and on a first come first served basis, so please register your interest today by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

For further information on this event or to discuss sponsorship opportunities contact: 

Sarah Montgomery
Conference Manager
IDC Events
www.events.idc-online.com  

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