Training course on utility distribution system planning

The course begins with an overview of the distribution system and its basic equipment. Next, the planning process is explored, step-by-step, emphasizing the importance of each step in achieving the desired outcome. An in-depth view of engineering economics is included to assure cost-effectiveness of the capital-intensive infrastructure. Since the planning process is necessitated due to changes in load, the process of performing and interpreting load forecasts is investigated.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:
• Specify optimum distribution system topologies and equipment
• Conduct comprehensive planning studies
• Perform the calculations necessary to economically justify system improvement projects
• Implement and interpret load forecasts for distribution system studies
• Quantify reliability and assess progress toward achieving reliability goals
5 Days
This training course is designed for utility or consulting engineers and technicians involved in the planning and/or design of distribution facilities. If you are beginning a career in this area, this training course will be of great benefit to you. Prerequisite knowledge necessary to succeed in this course includes a basic familiarity with utility power distribution.
This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:
• Engineers and technicians new to the electric utility industry
• Intermediate-level engineers and technicians responsible for utility distribution planning and design
• Professionals involved with improving distribution system reliability
• Utility engineers and consultants who conduct load forecasts and studies
• Engineers tasked with assessing the performance of power distribution systems
Day One: System and Equipment Overview
• System Objectives and Hierarchy
• System Topologies and Service Areas
• True System Costs
• Substation Equipment
• Feeder Equipment
• The Need to Automate
Day Two: The Planning Process
• Evaluation Methods and Criteria
• Sensitivity Analysis
• Planning Horizons
• Planning Methods
• Four-Step Process
• Lead Times
Day Three: Engineering Economics
• Time Value of Money
• Cash Flow Constraints
• Cost of Losses
• Cost-Benefit Analysis
• Asset Management
• Reliability Centered Maintenance
Day Four: Load Forecasting
• Objectives of Small-Area Load Forecasting
• Informal Methods
• Simple Trending
• Sophisticated Trending
• Simulation Methods
• Putting it All Together
Day Five: Reliability Assessment
• Definitions of Industry-Standard Reliability Terms
• Reliability Indices
• Relationship between System Protection and Reliability
• Effects of Design and Operation on Reliability
• Intelligent System Components
• Reliability Improvement due to Automation
• This course is delivered by our seasoned trainers who have vast experience as expert professionals in the respective fields of practice. The course is taught through a mix of practical activities, theory, group works and case studies.
• Training manuals and additional reference materials are provided to the participants.
• Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be issued with a certificate.
• We can also do this as tailor-made course to meet organization-wide needs. Contact us to find out more:
• The training will be conducted at DATA-AFRIQUE TRAINING CENTRE, NAIROBI KENYA.
• The training fee covers tuition fees, training materials, lunch and training venue. Accommodation and airport transfer are arranged for our participants upon request.
• Payment should be sent to our bank account before start of training and proof of payment sent to:

Date: 03 February 2020 to 07 February 2020
Time: 08:00 - 17:00
Cost: Course fee: KSH 70,000, USD 1,000

Contact: Duncan Kariuki
Telephone number: +254723360025
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