Southeastern Distribution Apparatus School

September 17 – 20, 2018

The Hotel at Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama


General Information
The Southeastern Distribution Apparatus School and Conference is sponsored by Utility Technology Association.  The school provides a forum for electric utility substation and apparatus department personnel to discuss common problems and new technologies with representatives from industry. The conference is open to anyone interested and involved in these areas.

The school is divided into four modules to better provide instruction for utility professionals at all levels of experience.  The courses are designed for participants to select topics they require or have an interest in. Classes range from Fundamentals of Distribution System Apparatus for the beginning substation or apparatus technician to SCADA, Communications and Smart Grid applications for the utility engineer, manager or technical specialist.

  •  Module 100: Fundamentals of Distribution System Apparatus

This module provides instruction in basic distribution apparatus theory and application.  Students will learn electrical fundamentals and power theory along with how the equipment works. This session should be attended by those who need to gain a better understanding of the components in an electrical distribution system. This module will help the student establish a good foundation for future classes.

  •  Module 200: Principles & Applications of Distribution System Apparatus

This module provides a more in-depth look of the individual distribution apparatus equipment used in the substation and on the distribution feeders.  The sessions will emphasis why the equipment is used and how the equipment functions. Distribution equipment included in sessions will be regulators, breakers, transformers, capacitors, arresters, and reclosers along with classes on system protection and protective grounding.

  •  Module 300: SCADA and Communications

This module provides instruction on the principles and equipment of a SCADA system used for the monitoring and control of an electrical distribution system. This year includes session in Cybersecurity, DNP3 Applications, NERC CIP-014 Requirements, Feeder Automation, Fiber Optics, MPLS and TETRA for Utilities.

  •  Module 400: Engineering Topics and Emerging Technology

This module will examine the initiatives and engineering applications of electric utilities. Session topics will include Grid Architecture, Stray Voltage, Multi-Utility GIS, Grid Resiliency, Reliability & Restoration, Sensors & Analytics, MicroGrid Projects and Transformer Testing. You will be able to learn about new field technologies such as Augmented and Virtual Reality. Also will be an in-depth discussion on Power Quality issues and solutions of the electrical distribution system.

Both classroom and hands on experience opportunities are included. The courses are designed for participants to select topics they require or have an interest in.

Professional Development Hours
The Southeastern Distribution Apparatus School and Conference will award 18 professional development hours to participants attending the entire school.

Exhibit Hall
The Exhibit Hall will be open Monday, September 17 through Wednesday, September 19. All the suppliers you need to meet will be in one place to answer your questions and demonstrate their products.

Day Participant Program
This provides an opportunity for management (general managers, purchasing agents, operation managers, engineers, etc.) to attend one day for a reduced charge.  Come on any day and attend a few classes, then enjoy an evening of hospitality in the exhibit hall.

The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center is centrally located three miles from Interstate 85. The Hotel at Auburn University is situated in a charming university campus environment within easy walking distance to many shops and restaurants in the quaint, historical downtown Auburn, Alabama.

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