Short Courses and Technical Tour

Short Course 1: Electrical Safety in the R&D Laboratory
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:00 AM - noon
Lloyd B. Gordon, Los Alamos National Laboratory 

Short Course 2: High Voltage Testing
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:00 AM - noon
Jim McBride, JMX Services, Inc. 

Technical Tour: NEETRAC High Voltage Lab Tour
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM 

Short courses will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza (conference hotel).
Cost: $200 for the 1/2 day short course.
Includes: Breakfast and short course handouts.
Registration is available through the conferences registration site (together with the conference registration) or at the on-site conference registration table.

A short course will be cancelled if it has less than 10 attendees registered.

Please feel free to contact the conference chair at  in case of questions. 

Below please find details on the short courses and the technical tour. 

Short Course 1:

Electrical Safety in the R&D Laboratory

Dr. Lloyd B. Gordon

Los Alamos National Laboratory 

Presents advances made in managing electrical hazards in the R&D Laboratory with a focus on High-Voltage, High-Current, and Pulsed Systems.  The course includes methods of electrical hazard classification, development of engineering controls for protecting the user/operator, and selecting administrative controls for protecting the workers.  Engineering controls presented include evolving design standards for capacitor bank design for safety, automatic energy removal system, and the design of grounding devices.  Administrative controls include specialized training for R&D workers, work control processes, and selection of the correct personal protective equipment for working on and near high-voltage and energy-storage systems.  Recent changes in, and upcoming proposals for national safety standards for R&D electrical safety will be covered.  Historical and recent accidents to researchers on high-voltage and energy-storage systems will be covered including those at universities, industries and government laboratories.  Details of the causes of and prevention of these accidents will be covered.  The fatality on a capacitive system to a government researcher in 2009 will be presented, as well as other accidents in the past 4 years. 

Dr. Gordon received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1983 at Texas Tech University.  Dr. Gordon has performed research in high power R&D systems for 30 years, and for the past 15 years has led in the development of methods of electrical safety for R&D researchers.  Dr. Gordon has trained over 80,000 Department of Energy researchers in electrical safe work practices over the past 25 years and is the author of numerous articles on electrical safety in R&D, including a new electrical hazard classification system for R&D electrical hazards.  Dr. Gordon is currently the Chief Electrical Safety Officer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is Chair of the ISA Standards Committee on High Power R&D Electrical Standards, is an officer of the Department of Energy's Electrical Safety Task Group, and hosts DOE's Center of Excellence for Electrical Safety. 

Short Course 2:

High Voltage Testing

Jim McBride

JMX Services, Inc. 

This course will provide an overview of the typical test methods used to perform high voltage tests on industrial electric equipment.  The course will cover the primary methods used to generate and measure various types of high voltages.  The characteristics of the test sets and various methods of generating high voltages will be examined.  The characteristics of various high voltage sources will be presented.  General engineering rules of thumb and high voltage laboratory design strategies will be discussed.  Some of the topics to be discussed are:

- Standards and References for High Voltage Testing
- Generation and Measurement of AC and DC Voltages
- Generation and Measurement of Impulse Voltages and Currents
- Test Conditions and Voltage Corrections
- Visual Corona and PD Measurements

The course material will complement the Thursday afternoon tour of NEETRAC’s High Voltage Laboratory. Course registrants will have a seat reserved for them on the tour bus, but tour attendance is not mandatory for completion of the short course. 

Jim McBride received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1988.  He has worked in high voltage testing, research and development for 25 years.  Jim has worked extensively with high voltage testing, calibration testing, and frequency response testing.  He has designed and implemented hundreds of high voltage tests on power system products.  His areas of expertise include:  calibration, data acquisition, software development, and high voltage testing.  Jim has worked with many predictive maintenance and failure detection techniques used for evaluation of power equipment.  Jim is currently president of JMX Services, Inc.  JMX Services is a provider of high voltage testing products and services. 

Technical Tour: NEETRAC High Voltage Lab Tour

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 1:30 PM (departure by bus from The Westin Peachtree Plaza) 

The National Electric Energy Testing, Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC) is a nonprofit, member supported electric energy research, development and testing center, housed in the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost electric energy research, testing and evaluation centers, NEETRAC is engaged in a wide spectrum of innovative activities. The tour will focus on NEETRAC’s high voltage test laboratory facilities.

The bus is expected to return to The Westin Peachtree Plaza by 5:00 PM.

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The technical tour is limited to 50 attendees at no extra charge. High Voltage Testing (short course 2) registrants will have automatically reserved a seat on the tour bus.  To sign up for the tour (without signing up for short course 2), please e-mail your contact information to Frank Hegeler at .