Event Profile

Distribution Engineering Series - System Modeling & Analysis and System Planning

June 5 — 9, 2023
DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center

Who Should Attend:

Engineers and senior technical personnel involved in distribution system design, planning, modeling, and analysis.

Course Overview:

The focal point of this week-long class will be modeling the system and interpreting the results. This module will cover theory used to model distribution systems, including system impedance models, connectivity, loading the model, calculation of voltage drops, and load currents. You will learn how to set planning criteria, and most importantly, how to project and grow a sample system model and solve common system problems such as low voltage and/or excessive load current. Together, the class will discuss methods of how to place fixed and switched capacitor banks and work through class problems.

You will also focus on the development of short- and long-range plans for distribution systems. There will be a thorough review of how to prepare a present worth analysis. Methods to determine discount rates, carrying charges, and interest rates will be discussed. Methods for factoring reliability in the planning process will also be covered. Estimating new construction options will be discussed and shall include budgeting for new service extensions. 

Course Instructor:

Kevin Mara, Hi-Line Engineering

Course Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time on day one; the class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday. Lunch will be provided on the first four days; refreshments will be provided every day.

Course Location:

DoubleTree Spokane by Hilton Spokane City Center
322 N Spokane Falls Ct.
Spokane WA 99201
(509) 455-9600

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (extended until 6/5/2023): $3,040
Utility Member Standard: $3,115

Associate Member Early Bird (extended until 6/5/2023): $4,560
Associate Member Standard: $4,635

Non-Member Early Bird (extended until 6/5/2023): $6,080
Non-Member Standard: $6,155

Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.

Cancellation Policies:

For webinarsvirtual classes, and section meetings: cancellation at least five days prior to the event, full refund; within 1-4 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.
For in-person events: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

If canceling because the attendee is showing COVID-19 symptoms any time before the event, a full refund will be issued; if leaving during the event for COVID-19 reasons, a prorated refund will be issued.

When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions. To request a refund, please contact us, via email, registration@nwppa.org, or call 360-816-1457. 

Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for 27 continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

For More Information:

To find out more about this event, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.