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Past User Group Events - 2015

User Groups are organized to provide information and interaction among ETAP users and potential users. User groups are established in various locations worldwide to ensure a majority of users are given the opportunity to participate.


South Korean User Group - October 14, 2015 - 11th Annual Meeting

ETAP hosted its 11th  Annual Meeting

ETAP South Korea User Group held its 11th annual meeting at the Grand Convention Center in Seoul on October 14, 2015. The event attracted over 100 attendees from over 55 companies in South Korea.

Thanks to the dedication and support of our regional office and the high quality of the technical presentations by our users, this annual event has proven to be a valuable venue to learn, share ideas, and discover solution to improve skills and productivity using ETAP power system engineering and operation solution.

The annual meeting closed with customer appreciation and award ceremony followed by an evening reception and dinner. The ETAP South Korea User Group is looking forward to seeing you in 2016.


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MENA User Group – September 15, 2015 - Utilizing ETAP 14 to Boost Your Productivity

ETAP hosted its 2nd Annual Middle East / North Africa (MENA) User Group Summit in Dubai

The 2nd Annual MENA User Summit was held in Dubai, UAE on September 15, 2015. This event offered the attendees with the opportunity to gain insight to ETAP’s latest technology and solutions.

The presentations and user case studies covered numerous topics addressing sector-specific sessions including power utilities, oil & gas, and more.

The event was also the platform to launch the latest release of ETAP 14.0 where Dr. Farrokh Shokooh, President and CEO of ETAP, addressed the keynote topic of "From Modeling to Operation".

The topics focused on the latest technology and practices for the design, analysis, and operation of electrical power systems using the new ETAP 14 release.

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  • New Customizable Workspace & Theme - Look, Feel & Shortcuts
  • Redesigned Hi-Res, Hi-Speed Integrated Graphics
  • One-Line, GIS, & Web Enhancements
  • Modeling - Auto-Build, Alignments, Layout
  • New & Enhanced Calculation Engines
  • Time-Saving Analyzers
  • Powerful Rule-Based Automated Designs
  • Automated Protection & Coordination Evaluation
  • DataX – PSSE, SKM, EasyPower, CIM, MultiSpeak,
    SmatPlant Electrical, AVEVA Electrical
  • Model-Driven Power Management System - ETAP Real-Time

Irvine User Group – August 25, 2015 - Power Systems Study Specification for Short-Circuit, Arc Flash and Coordination Studies 

Power Systems Study Specification for Short-Circuit, Arc Flash and Coordination Studies

The user group meeting started at 5:30 PM with snack and beverages and an opportunity to network with fellow SoCal ETAP users, ETAP engineers and a number of ETAP users which were in town for a 5-day ETAP workshop.

The presentation, which started a 7:00 PM, started with identifying the scope and specification requirements that are critical to the success of power system study including short circuit, arc flash and protective device coordination studies. SoCal User Group Meeting.

It continued with pointing out that no matter who is performing the studies, the power systems study specification must define the detailed requirements for each type and phase of the study.

In addition, the study specification must spell-out the particulars of how the system data is validated and the type of studies to be conducted. Lastly, the study deliverables should be carefully outlined and completed.

The presentation ended by discussing the essential key aspects that need to be evaluated before a bid can be provided:

  • Data collection requirements
  • Availability of the data
  • System modeling methods
  • Capability of the analysis methods and tools used to perform the studies
  • Compliance with standards & guidelines
  • Study deliverables & report details

A complimentary copy of a sample power system study specification was provided to the attendees on a USB flash drive.

Please check our web site or our social media messages about the topics and dates for our next ETAP SoCal User Group Meeting.

Houston User Group – August 4, 2015 - Arc Flash - NFPA 70E 2015 ETAP 14 Compliance


Arc Flash - NFPA 70E 2015 ETAP 14 Compliance

This presentation highlighted the latest compliance requirements of NFPA 70E - 2015 Edition using ETAP 14 Arc Flash Analysis:

  • Compliance with the Latest Standards and Guidelines
  • New AC and DC Arc Flash Modes, Study Case, and Interface
  • Arc Flash Analyzer Enhancement
  • New Sequence-of-operation for IEC Arc Flash
  • New Enclosure Isolation for Main & Load Protective Devices
  • New Correction Factors for Arc Current and Incident Energy

Houston User Group – June 23, 2015 - New ETAP 14 User Interface and Auto-Build


New ETAP 14 User Interface and Auto-Build

The new look and feel of ETAP 14 takes advantage of the new 64-bit architecture, graphical foundations & numerous productivity tools to deliver unmatched speed, and increase productivity. From the Hi-Res Integrated graphics to the Faster Calculation Speed and Performance, ETAP 14 delivers superior intelligence.

Auto-Build features were discussed:

  • Power system analysis software used as CAD application
  • Quick & intuitive single line generation
  • No need to drag, drop, connect
  • Auto-build One Line Diagram without leaving Elements toolbar
  • Automatic spacing & alignment rules

Houston User Group – February 24, 2015 - Switching Device Interlock Enforcer


Switching Device Interlock Enforcer

The topic of the evening, "Abstract Switching Interlock Enforcer", was presented by Victor Andrade, Senior Power Engineer, Engineering at ETAP.

Switching Interlock logic is entered in the AC switching devices to implement interlock schemes which need to be implemented during special system operating conditions (including maintenance and outage modes). This has the potential to prevent the engineer from designing system configurations that are not allowed and save time by simulating scenarios that are unnecessary due to existing interlocks. The interlock logic can work with metering devices and take actions based on measured Real-Time data, or simulation results, using Load Flow and Switching Sequence Management modules.

Features discussed:

  • Auto enforcement of switching interlock logics
  • Automatic pre-switching & post-switching logic verification
  • Interlock based on switching devices positions
  • Interlocks based on load flow results, power flows and voltages
  • Automatic interlock conflict checking
  • Ability to model cascade control of switching devices
  • Active monitoring of switching interlock violations
  • Switching plan validation against hazardous actions