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Transmission Distribution Certificate Program Course Schedule tentative Fall 2007 Session I Aug 27 Oct 22 Transmission Line Design Introduction Project Development and Construction Methods Session II Oct 22 Dec 17 Electrical Grid Operations Electrical Distribution System Design T D Courses Students learn from industry leaders the skills they need and how to use the latest tools in the T D industry T D Program Five course Certificate Program 15 credit hours Content developed by industry experts for industry Industry practice and theory introduced in each course Experts provide practical details calculation methods and GU Faculty oversee courses T D Program cont Five utility related design courses Transmission Line Design Introduction Transmission Line Design Advanced Project Development Construction Methods Electrical Distribution System Design Photo courtesy Alliant Energy Electric Grid Operations TADP 540 Transmission Line Design Introduction Structures conductors insulation grounding survey techniques terrain modeling computer aided design NESC code requirements Each major step in an overhead line design process will be analyzed and discussed using data from a recently constructed line Advantages and disadvantages of some modern design tools will be established and students will be provided the opportunity to use many of these same tools The course is divided into four modules with each module emphasizing a key step in the line design process Overall the course will provide civil electrical or mechanical engineering students an opportunity to think strategically about using standards based methods in the design of overhead power lines over a given line route TADP 640 Transmission Line DesignAdvanced Advanced structures foundation design thermal conductor ratings lightning protection spotting algorithms construction methods This course further develops the strategies that were learned in the Introduction course and introduces advanced concepts for designing Transmission lines TADP 544 Project Development and Construction Methods Electrical grid design system planning and project development project proposals to management project initiation scheduling cost management resource management permitting authority land rights acquisition overview of contracts contractor selection Gantt tracking This course will introduce students to typical transmission line projects Students will study conductor types and uses and learn strategies for developing and describing competing transmission projects Given a specific transmission line project the students will be able to develop a detailed project description in the form of a project plan TADP 541 Electrical Distribution System Design Introduction Network planning protection fusing conductor sizing transformer specification connections arrestors reactive compensation underground cabling substation overview Students will learn the characteristics of distribution devices and how to select devices which contribute to the desired system performance The course will cover the requirements of acceptable power quality and how to identify the different types of loads and their requirements for service TADP 543 Electrical Grid Operations NERC WECC reliability standards control area operation outage coordination planning switch theory and devices reactive load balancing generation load balancing economic dispatch transmission marketing OASIS seasonal ratings An examination and study of the fundamental operating principles guidelines and policies of the WECC Western Electricity Coordinating Council that promote reliable interconnected grid operation Future Courses Substation Design Relay Protection Introduction and Advanced Environmental Aspects Legal Aspects Management and Leadership Photo courtesy ATC Anticipate developing a Master s degree in Engineering Design and Management Course Information Eight week on line courses instead of 15 weeks Six contact hours week instead of three Each course split into four modules One industry expert will teach a two week module Target Students CE ME EE graduates with 0 5 years experience and working on T Line or Substation Design Photo courtesy ATC Experienced Design Engineers Project Managers moving to utility industry GU Engineering undergraduates juniors seniors Instructors Adjunct Faculty Experienced engineers managers with utility and or consulting background four per course GU faculty from Civil Engineering Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Departments Industry Need For T D Engineers 1994 2004 Investment 2 3B year 2004 2014 Investment 5 7B year 2005 Federal Energy Legislation NERC Compliance Blackouts and Shortages California 1996 Seasonal Ratings 2000 2001 Energy Crisis Transmission Constraints August 13 2003 NE Blackout impacts 50M people NERC May 2001 The nation is at or is fast approaching a crisis stage with respect to reliability of transmission grids unless otherwise noted photos courtesy Microsof Power Industry Limited capital investment in lines and major equipment over last 25 30 years Overall power system in need of repairs and upgrades Several transmission only companies started in last 5 6 years Photo courtesy Alliant Energy Expected shortage of trained T D professionals as baby boomers retire


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