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The course revisits low & high voltage electrical circuits, equipment & systems used in industrial & commercial facilities, & provides an understanding of the methods used to design low voltage power distribution systems.

Course Outline
After participating in this course you will be able to do the following:
apply electrical design concepts in your work situations
recognize the liabilities associated with poor electrical design
design electrical systems in compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code
understand electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution
relate electrical design procedures to construction and the operation of electrical systems
enhance safety
review transformer, substation, distribution system, motor, and other equipment applications
estimate load
determine load characteristics and demand factors of your system
control voltage within your tolerance limits
analyze fault currents in AC systems as well as in distribution equipment
increase the efficiency of your substation
reduce your energy expenses


This course, focused on basic electrical design concepts, revisits low and high voltage electrical circuits, equipment and systems used in industrial and commercial facilities, and provides an understanding of the methods used to design low voltage power distribution systems. You gain practical understanding of design concepts for typical industrial and commercial applications. You study basics of electrical generation, transmission and distribution, basic design philosophy and design procedures, electrical construction materials, services, and grounding and power quality concepts. Application of Canadian Electrical Code is emphasized. Instructors will assume that you have no prior electrical design experience but are currently involved with the electrical equipment and systems.

After the course participants will be able to apply the electrical design concepts in their work situations. They will be able to review the electrical systems for compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code. They will be able to review the substation, distribution systems, motor and other equipment electrical design procedures and their impact on construction and operation of electrical systems.


To provide participants involved with the design, construction or maintenance of electrical systems, with a sound understanding of the principles used in designing electrical systems for industrial and commercial facilities.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for electrical engineers and supervisors with limited design experience, technologists, technicians involved in electrical systems in industrial applications and commercial and institutional buildings and facilities. It will benefit plant, project, and facility engineers, electrical contractors, as well as sales engineers involved with electrical equipment and systems. No electrical design experience is required. All topics begin at the fundamentals level and bring you to the present state-of-the-art.

Special Feature
You will receive the book - IEEE Recommended Practice for Electric Power Systems in Commercial Buildings, published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Program Outline

Day I

Registration and Coffee

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Review of Basic Electrical Concepts

€¢  Voltage, current, power
€¢  Resistance, inductance, capacitance
€¢  Ohm€'s law, RMS, average values
€¢ Three-phase systems
€¢ Power factor

Electrical Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
€¢ Fundamentals of power generation, transmission and distribution
€¢ One-line diagrams
€¢ ANSI practices and standards, electrical drawings and specifications 

System Design Philosophy
€¢ Load estimates and tabulation
€¢ Load characteristics
€¢ Total load considerations and demand factors

Voltage levels and control
€¢ Voltage classes
€¢ Transformer connections
€¢ Voltage control
€¢ Tolerance limits
€¢ Voltage drops

Grounding and Bonding
€¢ Shock hazard
€¢ Grounding safety
€¢ Grounding of distribution systems
€¢ Arc flash hazard


Day II

Power Sources and Distribution Systems

€¢ Metering and utility billing
€¢ Distribution circuit arrangements
€¢ Emergency and standby power
€¢ UPS integration

Power Quality
€¢ Non linear loads
€¢ Voltage regulation and Power Factor correction 
€¢ Harmonic Filters

Standards, Recommended Practices, Guides and Codes
€¢ Introduction to Canadian Electrical Code
€¢ Key relevant sections of the Canadian Electrical Code

Electrical Equipment
€¢ Review of electrical distribution equipment
€¢ Transformers: theory, types, connections
€¢ MV Fuses, MELI Switchgear metal clad switchgear, MV breakers,
€¢ LV switchgear, LV breakers, LV fuses 



€¢ Starting Methods
€¢ Motor control centers
€¢CEC requirements

Electrical Construction Materials
€¢ Switchboards
€¢  Panelboards
 €¢ Busways
 €¢ Cables, wires, raceways, devices, boxes

Protection and Coordination
€¢ Types of faults
€¢ The nature of fault currents in AC systems
€¢ Methods of fault current analysis
€¢ Phase to phase and phase to ground faults
€¢ Limiting the available fault current level

Protective relaying
 €¢ Interrupting ratings,
 €¢ Protective device coordination

Facility Automation
€¢ Energy management
€¢ Integration of metering, protection, control and communication


Day IV

Case Study

Step by step designs process for the typical small industrial/commercial facility:

€¢Load estimates
€¢Selection of circuit arrangement
€¢Selection of voltage levels
€¢Selection of transformer ratings
€¢Selection of protection elements
€¢Development of the design

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to refreshment breaks during each morning and afternoon session.

Daily Schedule:

8:00   Registration and Coffee (Day I only)
8:30   Session begins                                                                                                                      
12:00 Lunch
4:30   Adjournment


Ajit Bapat
Ajit Bapat is well known in the electrical distribution field for his 40 years of expertise in the art and science of ground fault protection. He holds Master's degrees in business administration and electrical engineering, specializing in power systems and power system protection. He has particular interest in ground fault protection; digital metering systems; microprocessor based integrated systems for protection; and the metering, monitoring, and control of power distribution systems. A member of Professional Engineers Ontario, he is also a senior life member of the IEEE.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

2.8 CEUs / 28 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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