Electrical Substation Technologies

Electricity Today T&D Magazine Live Online Forums

September 27, 2022

Live Online Event

Hosted by The Electricity Forum


The focus of our Electrical Substation Live Online Forum will be substation reliability, security and stability. The changing environment in the energy sector creates a need for substation system operators to be able to robustly evaluate the impact that possible measures have on the dependability of supply of their networks. Electrical substations are is considered an important part of the power grid, and this has gained significant focus for electrical power system planners and operators to improve reliability. Our FREE Live Online Forum is a great way to learn from leading Electrical Substation professionals who are speaking on subjects about current or future technologies for reliable power substations.

45 minutes presentation includes 10 minutes of Q&A.

9:00am - 9:45am

Southwest Electric Co.

Cost-Effective Methods for Increasing Power Distribution Up-Time and Asset Life
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As productivity demands increase for facilities running continuous production 24/7/365, the need for monitoring power distribution equipment while energized is clear. However, full commitment to online monitoring requires significant capital and culture changes that may be difficult to do within a tight fiscal budget. This presentation offers simple, offline, and budget-friendly methods for monitoring your electrical equipment that you can implement immediately to increase runtime and asset life, while also mitigating risk of downtime should an issue develop.


9:45am - 10:30am

Critter Guard

Critter Guard - An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
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Animal related outages are every utilities’ nemesis. Squirrels consistently rank as the number 1 culprit. Yet many utilities may not take the threat of a silly squirrel as seriously as, perhaps, the threat of a cyber security breach. But the odds of a squirrel related outage are significantly higher. The cost of any particular outage in downtime, device replacement, truck rolls, and customer goodwill far outweigh the cost of prevention. This presentation will examine the unique approach Critter Guard offers utilities to prevent future animal outages, rather than simply reacting to an event once it occurs.


10:30am - 11:15am

Zensol Automation, Inc.

Methodology for the maintenance program of high voltage substations
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In this presentation, you will find a summarized description of a typical high voltage substation maintenance program's structure and its main components. We will show some real examples inspired from Hydro Quebec maintenance program methodology. We hope it will give maintenance planners managers enough insight to shape their electrical equipment maintenance programs or initiate one if it does not exist yet.


11:15am - 12:00pm

Group CBS

Prevent Normalization of Deviation in Substations
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A theory that was developed by Dian Vaughan looking at "where conflicts, mistakes, and disasters find their roots." In electrical substations these challenges of deviation begin at the earliest phases in the substations' life cycle and can continue to grow and compound themselves. This presentation will outline the importance of adhering to comprehensive substation commissioning during the acceptance testing of a new substation, addressing even minor operational or functional issues immediately when discovered during routine inspections, ensuring that predictive and proactive maintenance findings are addressed in a timely fashion, becoming an early adopter of new technology to improve the accuracy of accessing and monitoring substation equipment, and finally, proactively planning system improvements and modernizations to avoid unplanned outages as equipment nears its end of life.


Ray Urbanic, P.E.

VP of Engineering

Southwest Electric Co.

Mr. Urbanic has worked as an engineer in the power distribution industry for over 31 years, splitting that time between Westinghouse Electric/Eaton Corporation and Southwest Electric. He started as a product engineer in Westinghouse/Eaton's Metal-Clad Switchgear plant, then furthered his application knowledge with Southwest Electric across a wider variety of equipment (low to high voltage, switchgear, transformers, and motors). Southwest Electric is an independent, custom-engineered product manufacturer of transformers and switchgear, as well as a service provider for a variety of substation, switchgear, motor repair, and utility services.

John Sims

President & Owner

Critter Guard

John is the president and owner of Critter Guard. He has led and/or managed product development and global sales & operations management teams in energy and process industry for more than 30 years. He holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Mizzou. He resides in the Wichita, KS area.

Dr. Fouad Brikci


Zensol Automation, Inc.

Fouad Brikci obtained a Doctorate in Electronics in 1977 and a master's degree in Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Automation in 1975 both from the University of Bordeaux, France. During his 40 years and more of experience, he was a lecturer at the Ecole Polytechnique in Algiers, Algeria and a researcher at CNRS-LAAS, Toulouse, France. He is currently the President of Zensol Automation, Inc., a company founded in 1990 and located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Zensol is a world leader in the field of acoustic diagnostics for circuit breakers and on-line tap changers (OLTC). Zensol also has extensive expertise in conventional maintenance testing applied to high-voltage circuit breakers.

Mose Ramieh

VP of Business Development

Group CBS

Mose Ramieh is Vice President of Business Development at CBS Field Services, a Group CBS company. Mose has been in the electrical testing industry for 24 years. He is a Level IV NETA Technician with an eye for simplicity in the execution of acceptance and maintenance testing.

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Critter Guard
Southwest Electric Co.
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