AEGIS Loss Control is pleased to announce its latest webinar: Falling Conductor Protection, May 4, 2022 at 2:00 PM EDT.
Who Should Attend
Electric utilities subject matter experts responsible for maintaining safe and reliable service are encouraged to attend this critical safety webinar.
When transmission or distribution line conductors fail and fall to the ground, the resulting high-impedance arcing fault may be difficult to detect electrically, yet may be capable of igniting dry flammable vegetation or creating an electrical hazard for people near the live downed conductor. San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E), in association with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL), pioneered the development of a Distribution Falling Conductor Protection (DFCP) system to detect and de-energize compromised conductors.
What is Covered
Participants will learn about the risks associated with a falling conductor and the importance of having a system and processes in place for early detection.
The Falling Conductor Protection webinar is presented by Christopher Bolton, PE, Manager, System Protection Automation & Control Engineering at SDG&E, and an expert in DFCP systems. Chris will explain how the DFCP system collects streaming synchrophasor measurements from along a distribution circuit and can detect breaks and open adjacent breakers or switches by the time the overhead conductors have fallen only a few feet. He will demonstrate how the affected circuit section is de-energized within milliseconds of the conductor falling, eliminating the risks of an arcing ground fault underneath the distribution line or of energized conductors on the ground.
About the presenter
Christopher Bolton, PE, is the Manager, System Protection Automation & Control Engineering at SDG&E. Since joining SDG&E in 2011, Chris has held many roles in management, engineering support, and construction of greenfield and brownfield electric substation and synchronous condenser installations. He currently oversees the engineering of all SDG&E control and protection/automation equipment for electric infrastructure. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California.
About AEGIS Loss Control Webinars
AEGIS Loss Control is proud to host a series of webinars focusing on electric, natural gas, water and renewable operations, as well as fire protection and generation stations. Risk managers and member company employees who work in safety, engineering and operations roles can attend from the convenience of home or their offices. Click here to be alerted to our upcoming webinars or to access past webinars posted on our website.