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ETAP User Conference

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3rd Global ETAP User Conference 2018




Join several hundred peers and ETAP technology partners from around the world representing industries including:

  • Generation
  • Transmission
  • Distribution
  • Industrial (Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Metals & Mining, etc.)
  • Mission Critical Facilities (Data Center, Hospitals, etc.)
  • Low-Voltage Systems and more.

What to Expect
  • This informative and technical, three-day event, covers presentations and case studies by ETAP users and experts on a broad range of electrical power systems applications, model-driven engineering & operation, and ETAP technology.
  • Gain in-depth technical insights on application of ETAP solutions, user case studies and projects, technology showcase, hands-on workshops, and interactive demonstrations from modeling to operation.
  • Present, share experiences, exchange ideas, gain visibility, promote your technical passion, and expand your professional network with fellow delegates across a wide spectrum of industries.

 

Nuclear Utility User Group (NUUG)

The ETAP Nuclear Utility User Group is open to any and all client institutions of ETAP licensed as nuclear users. All users within a nuclear client institution using ETAP to support the activities of a nuclear utility are encouraged to participate in the annual conference and its related activities. ETAP users with a non-nuclear license who support nuclear activities can participate as an associate member.  View NUUG past events »

 

ETAP User Groups

ETAP 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 ETAP users are given the opportunity to participate.

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn from ETAP engineers
    what's new in ETAP.
  • Interact and network with
    other ETAP users.
  • Learn more about
    the many capabilities of ETAP.
  • Develop contacts from a variety of industry-leading firms.

Registration

  • ETAP User Groups are free; however, registration is required.
  • Online registration is available for user group meetings held in the U.S. and processed by ETAP.
  • Registration for international events are processed by the local ETAP office. Click on the event link to view registration information for that user group meeting.

Become a Host or Chair

Please contact info@etap.com if you are interested in hosting or chairing an ETAP User Group in your area.

User Group Events

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.

Regional User Groups Contact Information

United States User Groups

Southern California

Amir Haghpanah - Mangan Inc.
Tel: (310)835-8080 Ext. 382
ahaghpanah@manganinc.com

Houston, TX

K.S. Chan - Bechtel Corporation
Tel: (713) 235-4538
Fax: (713) 235-2561
kschan@bechtel.com

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Nuclear Utility User Group

Chairman

Mark D. Bowman - TVA Nuclear
(423) 751-8239
mdbowman@tva.gov

Technical Chairman

Paul Colaianni - Duke Energy
Tel: (980) 373-3868
paul.colaianni@duke-energy.com

Associate Chairman/Secretary

Timothy Lensmire - NextEra Energy
Tel: (920) 755-7685
timothy.lensmire@nee.com

 

International User Groups

Canada

Darcy Braun - ETAP Canada Ltd.
#102, 1289 – 91 Street SW
Edmonton, AB, Canada
T6X 1H1
Tel: (780) 758-0500
Fax: (866) 821-3732
Toll Free: (866) 573-3827
sales@etap.ca
www.etap.ca

Chile

Arnaldo Barros - Limache
2107-4 #102, 1289 – 91 Street SW
Viña del Mar, Chile
Tel: +56 32 267 2471
Fax: +56 32 267 2471
ventas@raien.cl
www.raien.cl

China

Yonghong Li - ETAP China (Nanjing)
Computer Technology, Co. Ltd.
Tel: (86) 25-8361 0113
usergroup@etapchina.com

Europe

Ferry Zuiderwijk - ETAP Automation B.V. - Europe
Tel: +31 (0)10 5224878
Fax: +31 (0)10 5224879
ferry.zuiderwijk@etap.com

Japan

K. Kameda - Eltechs Eng. & Consulting Co., Ltd.
Tel: 81-47-490-1010
Fax: 81-47-490-1010
etap@eltechs.co.jp

Philippines

Leo Manio - Eltechs E&C Corporation
#735 St. Jude Village, Alfonso
Concepcion, Tarlac, Philippines, 2316
Tel/Fax: (045) 609-0011
etap@eltechs.com.ph
www.eltechs.com.ph

Saudi Arabia

Syed A. Raheem - Future Technologies Ltd.
Tel: +966-3-8941444 ext. 31
Fax: +966-3-8650627
Mobile: +966-504980106
sayed@takneat.com

South Korea

Bryan Youn - Seoul Data System Co., Ltd.
2FL, Korea Exchange Bank Bldg.
# 772-66 Hwagok4-Dong, Kangseo-Gu
Seoul 157-896
South Korea
Tel: (82 2) 2649-9345
Fax: (82 2) 2643-6105
bryan.youn@esds.co.kr
www.etap.co.kr

2016 User Groups

Russia User Group - July 11, 2016 - 1st Annual Meeting


ETAP hosted its 1st Annual User Group in Russia

ETAP Russia User Group held its 1st annual user group and seminar on July 11th at MPEI (National Research University, “Moscow Power Engineering Institute) in Moscow, Russia.

The conference offered the opportunity to get the overview of ETAP main features including the latest 14.1 release.

The program included the opening ceremony of the new ETAP Power Lab at MPEI offering their students the opportunities to study power systems courses using the ETAP software. The keynote and the opening ceremony was conducted by Dr. Farrokh Shokooh, CEO & President, who attended this event as a special guest.

The event agenda included the following topics and presentations:

  • ETAP company presentation
  • Time-saving features of ETAP latest release
  • MPEI Presentation on utilization of the software:
    • Requirements for power systems software. ETAP utilization in new Curriculum of Relay Protection Department - Relay Protection Department
    • ETAP utilization in new Curriculum of Power Stations Department - Power Stations Department
    • ETAP utilization in new Curriculum of Power Systems Department - Power Systems Department
  • ETAP adaptation to Russian requirements - BSTU (Belgorod State Technological University after V.G. Shukhov)
  • Optimal capacitor placement using genetic algorithm - BSTU (Belgorod State Technological University after V.G. Shukhov)
  • Nuclear Power Plant dynamic behavior modelling using ETAP - Rosenergoatom OJSC
  • Engineering course of ETAP-Intergraph SPEL at Nuclear Power Plants department of MPEI - Nuclear Power Plants department
  • Arc Flash protection - Specenergozashita LLC
  • Thanks to the dedication and support of our regional office (ETAP Systems LTD) and the high quality of the technical presentations by our users, this event was a valuable venue to learn, share ideas, and discover solutions to improve skills and productivity using ETAP power system engineering and operation solution.

               

2015 User Groups

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


2014 User Groups

Seoul Korea User Group – October 15, 2014 - User Group Meeting 2014 & ETAP 14 Seminar 


The Festival of Electrical Engineering in Korea “User Group Meeting 2014 & ETAP 14 Seminar”


The 10th user group meeting highlighted Seoul Data System Co., Ltd 20th anniversary as the exclusive ETAP representative in Korea. This year's user group meeting was held on 15th Oct, 2014 at the Renaissance Seoul Hotel, South Korea.
Attending ETAP users come from managers and engineers of Korea leading companies and institutions.
User Group Meeting 2014 was organized by Seoul Data System Co., Ltd. who represents ETAP in South Korea. The user group is a great networking and learning opportunity for ETAP users in Korea. . The event kicked off with a preview to the upcoming ETAP 14 release, case studies, ETAP & ETAP Real-Time exhibition. User topics included:

  • Guide for MV Motor protective relay setting using ETAP, Prof. Junggu Jang/KINGS: Korea International Nuclear Graduate School
  • Guide for MOV starting analysis using ETAP in Nuclear Power Plant, Sangyoun Byun, Deputy General Manager/KNHP-Central Research Institute
  • Guide for Transient Stability Analysis about Residual Voltage for Motor Bus Transfer Scheme, Kangwan Lee CEO/Deahwa Power Engineering Company
  • Guide for ETAP SIMULATION of Exciter Configuration, Kijun Jang CEO/Genex Engineering

Farrokh Shokooh, CEO and Mrs. Nikta Shokooh, CFO, from ETAP Headquarters in the USA attended the event; Prof. Jaechul Kim, Professor of Soongsil University/President of KIIEE,The Korean Institute of Illuminating and Electrical Installation Engineers, and Prof. Bonghee Kim, Professor of Myongji College/Technical Adviser of ETAP User Group Korea, attended and dignified the event.

Many ETAP users attended the event and and took the opportunity to discuss and share their ETAP experiences with other users ranging from solving open theoretical to exchanging knowledge about operational issues.

“We are very happy about another successful annual User Group Meeting ” said Bryan Youn, CEO of Seoul Data System Co., Ltd. “We will continue to hold the annual ETAP User Group Meeting as a place for electrical engineers to networking and learn”

MENA User Group – October 13, 2014 - ETAP 14 Advanced Features


ETAP's first-ever Middle East / North Africa (MENA) User Conference “ETAP 14 Advanced Features”


ETAP’s first-ever Middle East / North Africa (MENA) User Conference was held October 13 at the International Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The program featured case studies and technology presentations by ETAP personnel, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions that enabled customers to get answers to all of their technical questions. Presentations included:

  • ETAP 14 Technology (Farrokh Shokooh, ETAP CEO)
  • Integrated Approach of ETAP: From Modeling  to Operation (Shaikh Sahid Hossain)

 

The EMEA event attracted 85 attendees representing more than 50 companies, an excellent turnout for the inaugural user group event in the region.

Southern California User Group #46 – June 3, 2014 - How to Apply IEEE Standard 1584.1-2013

Southern California User Group #46 – June 3, 2014 - How to Apply IEEE Standard 1584.1-2013 Using ETAP Arc Flash Analysis SoftwareSouthern California User Group #46 – June 3, 2014 - How to Apply IEEE Standard 1584.1-2013 Using ETAP Arc Flash Analysis Software

 

How to Apply IEEE Standard 1584.1-2013 Using ETAP Arc Flash Analysis Software

No. of Companies Participating: 12





Practical application of an arc flash hazard analysis using ETAP arc-flash requires the proper determination of the system complexity, number of scenarios to be considered, impact of bolted short-circuit fault currents on protective devices, equipment segmentation considerations, and reporting / labeling guidelines to correctly configure the arc flash program functionalities.

IEEE 1584.1-2013 focuses on these items and this presentation will provide practical application examples and explain which software features need to be configured for different types of systems to follow these guidelines. Those individuals currently planning or performing arc-flash hazard calculations using power system analysis software will benefit by gaining a deeper understanding of the options in the program.

Houston User Group #29 - April 15, 2014 - Cable Thermal Analysis in Underground Raceway Systems

Houston User Group #29 - April 15, 2014 - Cable Thermal Analysis in Underground Raceway Systems Houston User Group #29 - April 15, 2014 - Cable Thermal Analysis in Underground Raceway Systems

 

Cable Thermal Analysis in Underground Raceway Systems (UGS)

No. of Companies Participating: 25






Cable derating analysis is an important part of power system design and analysis. When the goal is to design a new system, ETAP’s UGS module determines the proper size of cables to carry the specified loads. When performing the analysis of an existing system, this cable thermal analysis module examines cable temperatures and determines their ampacity.

Features:
  • Used to compute the effect of duct banks or conduits based on cable steady-state and transient temperatures
  • Allows direct-buried cable systems surrounded with soil as well as cables in conduits surrounded by a raceway (e.g. concrete) with different thermal resistivity than the surrounding soil
  • Neher-McGrath Method
  • IEC 60287 Method
  • Multiple loading conditions
  • Reports and Flags critical & marginal cable temperatures
  • Can handle multi-raceway systems and consider the effect of heat generated by neighboring cables and external heat sources

Houston User Group #28 - February 11, 2014 - ETAP Unbalanced Load Flow

Houston User Group #28 - February 11, 2014 - ETAP Unbalanced Load Flow

 

ETAP Unbalanced Load Flow

No. of Companies Participating: 25






Many applications in industrial and distribution systems require a robust and efficient power flow solution method. These systems have a relatively unbalanced nature.

The ETAP Unbalanced Load Flow Analysis Program calculates the bus voltages, branch power factors, currents, and power flows for individual phases throughout the electric power system. The module allows for swing, voltage regulated, and unregulated power sources with multiple utility and generator connections. It handles both radial and loop systems.

Features:
  • Unbalanced power flow
  • 1-phase & unbalanced 3-phase modeling
  • Open-Delta transformer modeling
  • Alert view to display critical & marginal limit violations
  • Multiple loading conditions
  • Global & individual bus diversity factors
  • Report individual phase & sequence voltage, current, & power

Saudi User Group #19 - March 18, 2014 - ETAP Arc Flash Analysis Program

Saudi User Group #19 - March 18, 2014 - ETAP Arc Flash Analysis Program - ETAP Transmission & Distribution New Development Features Saudi User Group #19 - March 18, 2014 - ETAP Arc Flash Analysis Program - ETAP Transmission & Distribution New Development Features

 

ETAP Arc Flash Analysis Program
ETAP Transmission & Distribution New Development Features

No. of Companies Participating: 37





ETAP Arc Flash Analysis Program


An arc flash incident in an electrical system has the potential for serious injuries and fatal consequences to personnel working on or near energized electrical systems. ETAP Arc Flash is a powerful tool which can be used to perform an incident energy study. The results of which are used to determine the minimum arc rating of the personal protective equipment (PPE); which must be worn by workers when performing hazardous tasks. ETAP Arc Flash can calculate the arcing current, arc fault clearing time, incident energy, and arc flash boundary for labeling the electrical equipment. ETAP Arc Flash is based on the equations and guidelines provided in IEEE 1584 and NFPA 70E standards. The arc flash analysis program is a completely integrated module that solves multiple scenarios including minimum and maximum fault current levels to determine worst-case incident energy. It has many time saving tools, can print thousands of labels in a single click, and can graphically simulate faults and protective device behavior during arc fault conditions.

Features:
  • Arc flash study based on IEEE 1584 2002-2004-2009
  • Arc flash study in compliance with NFPA® 70E 2000, 2004, 2009, 2012
  • 1-phase, 3-phase, AC and DC arc flash analysis (including three DC AF analysis methods)
  • Arc flash in Enclosed and Open air equipment
  • Integrated with ETAP Short Circuit Analysis software ANSI / IEC
  • Integrated with ETAP Star protective device coordination software
  • Work permits and arc flash data sheets, and arc flash labels
  • Arc Flash Result Analyzer
  • Current Limiting Fuse (CLF) modeling
  • PPE Requirements Approval


ETAP Transmission & Distribution New Development Features

Description:
Keeping up with one of the main ETAP concepts: having one power system analysis platform to cover all type of power system studies and simulations; new developments for transmission and distribution (T&D) were introduced and demonstrated during this presentation. ETAP T&D combines generation, transmission, and distribution tools and makes them accessible to users.

Features:
  • Connecting the GIS World ETAP Analysis Tool
  • Instant analysis of millions of components
  • Access to T&D modules: Unbalanced Load Flow, Short Circuit, Time Domain Load Flow, Switching Optimization, Voltage Stability, Fault Management & Service Restoration, among other study tools
  • Interface with GIS MXD and ArcSDE SQL database
  • Tools for mapping GIS components and properties to ETAP
  • Multiple presentations: GIS Unique presentation and ETAP equivalent circuit presentations
  • Multiple zoom windows for GIS and ETAP Model presentations
  • Multiple zoom windows for GIS and ETAP Model presentations
  • Feeder sections defined statically from GIS
  • ETAP GIS Data Managers
  • Theme managers for global changes to layers and equipment

2013 User Groups

Houston User Group #27 - December 17, 2013 - ETAP DC Arc Flash

Houston User Group #27 - December 17, 2013 - ETAP DC Arc Flash ETAP DC Arc Flash

No. of Companies Participating: 24
Date: December 17, 2013




Abstract:
ETAP DC Arc Flash module calculates the incident energy for different types of DC applications including mission critical facilities, electrochemical plants, substation battery banks and nuclear plants.

Topics:
  • Determine incident energy
  • Calculate the arc flash boundaries
  • Determine Fault Clearing Time from DC protective devices
  • Model batteries, chargers, UPS, DC motors, & AC-DC converters
  • Print DC arc flash labels
  • Seamless integration with DC one-line diagram & Short Circuit module
  • Export DC arc flash results to MS Excel
  • Analyze data with DC Arc Flash Result Analyzer
  • Determine results using three different calculation methods
  • Fully integrated with industry standards & nuclear grade DC modules

Southern California User Group #45 - November 19, 2013 - Updates on recent ETAP 12.5 release; ETAP Power-AF™ subscription arc flash solution; 2013 Customer Satisfaction survey results; Holcim Cement’s and Hyundai Steel’s use of ETAP Real-Time™ Intelligent Load Shedding (ILS).

Southern California User Group #45 - November 19, 2013 - Updates on recent ETAP 12.5 release; ETAP Power-AF™ subscription arc flash solution; 2013 Customer Satisfaction survey results; Holcim Cement’s and Hyundai Steel’s use of ETAP Real-Time™ Intelligent Load Shedding (ILS).

Description:
We have a very full agenda for tomorrow night, including updates on both ETAP 12.5 and ETAP Real-Time products. We will discuss a case study on how a large steel facility with over 930 MW of generation, implemented both ETAP Real Time and ILS systems. Using these two tools, the steel facility was able to gain visibility of their electrical network and improve their operations by providing fast response times and optimized load shedding. Ultimately, ETAP’s ILS flexibility proved to be the ideal solution when considering different scenarios such as loss of utility connection, generator trips in an islanded system, main transformer overloading, and under/over frequency conditions.

South Korea User Group #9 - November 6, 2013 - ETAP 12.5 New Features & Capabilities

South Korea User Group #9 - November 6, 2013 - ETAP 12.5 New Features & Capabilities South Korea User Group #9 - November 6, 2013 - ETAP 12.5 New Features & Capabilities South Korea User Group #9 - November 6, 2013 - ETAP 12.5 New Features & Capabilities South Korea User Group #9 - November 6, 2013 - ETAP 12.5 New Features & Capabilities

 

 

 

 

ETAP 12.5 New Features & Capabilities

Description:
ETAP 12.5 release is the latest upgrade of the market-leading electrical power system design and operation software. The new analysis features and enhanced capabilities effectively enable optimized design, increasing safety, quality, and productivity.

ETAP Faster Than Real-Time™ solution provides for better decision making, improved operations management, cost saving, and compliancy.

Features:
  • Dynamic Parameter Estimation & Tuning - DPET
  • GOST Short Circuit - R 52735 Standard
  • New Web Consoles for Monitoring & Predictive Simulation
  • Customizable Web Console Templates
  • Native SCADA Communication Protocols
  • Waveform Capturing & Synchrophasor Measurements
  • New Library Merge & Cable Library Quick-Pick
  • Enhanced Analysis Modules
  • 3,500+ New Device Libraries
  • Multi-Language Editions
ETAP User Group Meeting - South Korea (9th | 2013)

Japan User Group #24 - October 24, 2013 - Asahi Nobeoka ETAP Online Simulator

South Korea User Group #9 - November 6, 2013 - ETAP 12.5 New Features & Capabilities Asahi Nobeoka ETAP Online Simulator

No. of Participants: 55
Date: October 24, 2013
Venue: Aomi Frontier Building



The Topics covered were as follows:

  • ETAP Features of ETAP 12.0 and 12.5 (By Leonard Manio)
  • Demonstration of Asahi Nobeoka Online Simulator (By Asahi Kasei Engineering)
  • Considering for Voltage Dip Protection
    • New Technology for Voltage Dip Protection (By Yoshihide Kado)
    • Modeling for voltage drop, contactor drop out reclose, etc. (By Keita Katayama)
    • Analysis by ETAP for Voltage Dip Protection (By Kazuyuki Kameda)


  • ETAP の画期的な新しい機能のいくつかを取り上げて説明
  • ETAP オンラインシミュレータの実例紹介
  • 瞬低対策について考える

Houston User Group #26 - October 22, 2013 - Dynamic Parameter Estimation & Tuning - DPET

Dynamic Parameter Estimation & Tuning - DPET

Description:
Knowledge of a rotating machine and its associated control system dynamic parameters is essential to power system transient stability simulation studies. These parameters include machine impedances and time constants, inertial and damping coefficients, prime mover and governor parameters, excitation system and AVR parameters, Power System Stabilizer (PSS) parameters, load characteristics, etc. Accuracy in hundreds of these parameters directly affects the credibility of the simulation results.

DPET is especially useful for Power Plant Model Validation, as mandated by North American Reliability Council (NERC) MOD-026 and MOD-027 Standards. MOD-026 will require power plant owners to verify that dynamic models of excitation controls are accurate and up-to-date; MOD-027 places the same requirements on dynamic models of governors and turbine controls.

Features:
  • Generate comparisons of multiple estimation results
  • Utilize ETAP User-Defined Dynamic Model to build custom models
  • Combinations of Models: Generators, Governors, Exciters, PSS, etc.
  • Utilize field data from disturbance recorders and PMUs
  • Tune dynamic models with multiple inputs and outputs
  • Estimate model parameters using field measurements
  • Compliance with NERC MOD Standards
  • Automatically exclude questionable data and noise
  • Multi-objective stochastic optimization method

Southern California User Group #44 - October 1, 2013 - ETAP Corporate Campus Microgrid

ETAP Corporate Campus Microgrid

Description:
This User Group Meeting will provide attendees with an overview of the ETAP Corporate Campus Microgrid project. The completed microgrid will save the company an estimated $40,000 to $50,000 per year in annual energy costs, while providing car-charging stations for ETAP employees who drive electric vehicles.

The microgrid will be controlled by ETAP® Real-Time™ software platform, which enables on-line monitoring, simulation and demand side management of Smart Grids and microgrids. Serving as the microgrid master controller, it monitors the building’s power consumption throughout the day, provides insights into ETAP’s energy usage patterns and helps the company lower energy costs.

You will learn how ETAP is increasing energy efficiency, reducing carbon footprint, and integrating ‘lessons learned’ in order to give our customers a deeper understanding of the issues they may face when they undertake a Microgrid infrastructure.

This User Group will cover topics such as:
Hardware in the Microgrid
  • PV Arrays / Inverter
  • Weather Monitoring
  • UPS
  • Smart Devices (PDUs, Outlets, Thermostats)
  • EV Charging Stations
  • Future: Natural Gas Generator / Absorption Chiller
Communication Infrastructure:
  • ETAP Communications Drivers (IEC 61850, Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP)
  • Third Party Communications drivers (SNMP, BacNet)
  • Discussion of overall communications topology
ETAP Microgrid Controller
  • Monitoring & State Estimation
  • Predictive Analysis
  • Energy Accounting
  • Real-Time Data Trending , Archived Reports, Sequence of Events Playback
  • Waveform Capture
  • ETAP Mobile Computing Platform
        • Web Browsers
        • Tablets & Smart Phones

Southern California User Group #43 - June 11, 2013 - Sneak Preview of ETAP AutoStar: Automatic Protection Evaluation

Sneak Preview of ETAP AutoStar: Automatic Protection Evaluation

Description:
AutoStar (Auto Evaluation of Devices for Protection and Coordination) is the new ETAP Star feature to be introduced in the next major release. This presentation is a chance for power system and protection engineers to have a sneak peek into the future. AutoStar is a powerful tool which automatically detects the zones of protection and evaluates the zones for protection and coordination. The presentation of results in tabular and graphical formats points out the issues and concerns which can be used as a reference for possible correction of protective device settings.

The presentation will cover the following topics:
  • Zones of Protection
  • Rule Book for Protection & Coordination
  • Equipment Protection
  • Protective Device Coordination
  • Condition Messages
  • Evaluation Results & Reports

Houston User Group #24 - May 1, 2013 - Multi-user Project Management using ETAP Project Merge

Multi-user Project Management using ETAP Project Merge

Description:
Project Merge gives multiple users the ability to modify and expand an ETAP project simultaneously by providing a complete management system and tools necessary to quickly identify changes and merge updates. This module increases engineering design quality and consistency, while at the same time speeding up project schedules.


Features:
  • Multi-user modeling of ETAP project
  • Ability to merge new STAR TCCs
  • Merge process compares elements and data
  • Support for merging ETAP revisions

Al-Khobar User Group #18 - April 01, 2013 - ETAP 12 New Features & Enhancements

ETAP 12 New Features & Enhancements

Description:
Major enhancements were performed for cable systems in ETAP 12. Among them are the Cable Manager and the Cable Sequence Impedance Calculator.

The Cable Manager enables engineers and managers to significantly increase their productivity by reducing the amount of design and review man-hours by tabulating all the cable input data and output results in a single display. The Cable Manager allows the “batch” management of all the cable data as they appear in the Cable Editors of each cable. The Cable Manager shows cable data in a consolidated fashion in a grid; with the presence of intelligent filters, cables can be searched and grouped by their relevant parameters, thereby simplifying their engineering management.

The Cable Sequence Impedance Calculator utilizes major industrial standards to calculate the positive and zero sequence impedances for common types of cable installations. This feature eliminates the need to search for and/or calculate the necessary values in order to move forward with the analysis.


ETAP 12 Cable Manager
  • Batch cable management
  • Customizable cable reports
  • Multi-cable sizing & shock protection evaluation
  • Intelligent search and filtering
  • Export to Excel sheets


ETAP 12 Cable Sequence Impedance Calculator
  • Automatic cable positive and zero sequence impedance calculation
  • Global System Frequency Impedance Adjustment
  • Single or multi-core cables
  • Multiple cable layouts and constructions
  • Consideration of different types of cable losses (Armor, Sheath, etc.)
  • Calculations based on BS 5467, BS 7671, IEC 60364, and IEC 60909


Cable Calculation Review
  • Ampacity/Capacity calculation
  • Phase conductor sizing
  • Grounding/PE conductor thermal sizing
  • Electric shock calculation

Southern California User Group #42 - March 19, 2013 - Switching Interlock Enforcer

Switching Interlock Enforcer

Description:
Switching interlock enforcer is an easy to use function in ETAP that allows the engineer to design and simulate the system while being aware of the existing interlocking between switching devices in the system. 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:
  • 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

Southern California User Group #41 - February 26, 2013 - Cable Manager and Sequence Impedance Calculator

Cable Manager and Sequence Impedance Calculator

Description:
Major enhancements were performed for cable systems in ETAP 12. Among them are the Cable Manager and the Cable Sequence Impedance Calculator.

The Cable Manager enables engineers and managers to significantly increase their productivity by reducing the amount of design and review man-hours by tabulating all the cable input data and output results in a single display. The Cable Manager allows the “batch” management of all the cable data as they appear in the Cable Editors of each cable. The Cable Manager shows cable data in a consolidated fashion in a grid; with the presence of intelligent filters, cables can be searched and grouped by their relevant parameters, thereby simplifying their engineering management.

The Cable Sequence Impedance Calculator utilizes major industrial standards to calculate the positive and zero sequence impedances for common types of cable installations. This feature eliminates the needs to search for and/or calculate the necessary values in order to move forward with the analysis.

ETAP 12 Cable Manager
  • Batch cable management
  • Customizable cable reports
  • Multi-cable sizing & shock protection evaluation
  • Intelligent search and filtering
  • Export to Excel sheets


ETAP 12 Cable Sequence Impedance Calculator
  • Automatic cable positive and zero sequence impedance calculation
  • Global System Frequency Impedance adjustment
  • Single or multi-core cables
  • Multiple cable layouts and constructions
  • Consideration of different types of cable losses (Armor, Sheath, etc.)
  • Calculations based on BS 5467, BS 7671, IEC 60364, and IEC 60909

Baton Rouge User Group #1 - February 12, 2013 - Preview of ETAP 12

Preview of ETAP 12

Description:
ETAP 12 is a major new release that takes design and analysis innovation to a whole new level of advancement. This automated design and analysis software enables engineers and managers to significantly increase their productivity by reducing the amount of design and review man-hours.


ETAP® 12 New Features & Capabilities:
  • InterHarmonics
  • Auto-Connect One-Line Diagram
  • Cable Manager
  • Cable Armor Sizing
  • Open Phase Fault
  • Transformer Buried Delta Winding
  • DC Photovoltaic Array
  • DC/AC Arc Flash Viewer
  • Arc Flash Sequence-of-Operations
  • ETAP Real-Time Web Brows
  • Built-in Import / Conversion Tools
  • Switching Device Interlock
  • License Borrowing / Checkout
  • Multi-Language Edition:
       English, Chinese, Japanese,
       Spanish, Russian, Portuguese

Southern California User Group #40 - January 15, 2013 - Transient Stability Program - Industrial Systems

Applications of the ETAP Transient Stability Program to Industrial Systems

The main objective of this presentation is to discuss various power system phenomena or issues that can be analyzed in the ETAP Transient Stability Module.





Discussion Topics::
  • Data requirements for dynamic modeling of various elements will also be covered
  • Transient and dynamic stability of synchronous generators
  • Motor acceleration and re-acceleration automatic
  • Load shedding to prevent system collapse
  • Automatic bus transfer schemes
  • Stable and unstable power swings of generators to confirm out-of-step relay settings
  • General dynamic behavior of a power system following a major fault disturbance

2012 User Groups

Houston User Group #23 - December 11, 2012 - ETAP Data Exchange (DataX)

Houston User Group #23 - December 11, 2012 - ETAP Data Exchange (DataX) ETAP Data Exchange (DataX)

Description:
The ETAP Data Exchange (DataX) modules provide import, export, and synchronize data between external databases and ETAP. Find out how DataX modules can increase the productivity of your projects.



Topics covered:
  • Automatic Conversion of SKM Dapper® PTW32 to ETAP
  • Automatic Conversion of EasyPower projects to ETAP
  • Import PSS®E
  • Project Merge
  • Open-Format Excel DataX
  • Export to DXF (AutoCAD / MicroStation)
  • Load Ticket
  • DataX Services


ETAP DataX Key Features:
  • Built-in auto-conversion tools from other power system analysis software
  • Import & export data using various formats
  • Data synchronization
  • Automatic one-line diagram generation
  • Intelligent error checking
  • Customizable data mapping
  • Real-time data exchange
  • Exchange data using RAW data format
  • Exchange data using IEEE format
  • Load ticket for induction machines
  • Multi-user management of project merge

Southern California User Group #38 - November 13, 2012 - Grounding of Low-Voltage Systems

Southern California User Group #38 - November 13, 2012 - Grounding of Low-Voltage Systems Grounding of Low-Voltage Systems

Description:
This user group covers two important topics relevant for safety of persons: Protective Conductors (PE) thermal sizing and Electric Shock calculation in Low-Voltage Systems.

Thermal sizing of protective grounding conductors on the technical standards NFPA 70- NEC, BS 7671 and IEC 60364-5-54. The sizing parameters are the calculated, or user-defined, ground fault currents, as well as actual fault clearing times of protective devices.

ETAP also allows leakage currents of equipment, flowing permanently through the protective grounding conductors and possibly exceeding 10 mA, to be taken into account to establish the minimum size of PEs. ETAP bases the Electric Shock calculations on the technical standards BS 7671, IEC 60364-4-41, and EN 50122. Electric Shock calculations depend on the earthing / grounding type adopted within the facility or for the residential unit, namely: TN-C, TN-S, TN-C-S, TT, and IT. All the information on how ETAP handles these earthing / grounding types will be provided.

ETAP® 12 new low-voltage system features & capabilities will also be presented:
  • Enhanced Reporting
  • Cable Manager Tool
  • Automatic Cable Sequence Impedance Determination
  • System Grounding Checking
  • Cable Armor & Sheath Thermal Withstand Checking
  • Cable Sizing
  • Ground Conductor Sizing
  • Electric Shock Calculation
  • GFCI Handling
  • Compliance with NEC, IEC 60364, BS 7671

Houston User Group #22 - November 6, 2012 - Preview of ETAP 12

Houston User Group #22 - November 6, 2012 - Preview of ETAP 12 Preview of ETAP 12

Description:
ETAP 12 is a major new release that takes design and analysis innovation to a whole new level of advancement. This automated design and analysis software enables engineers and managers to significantly increase their productivity by reducing the amount of design and review man-hours.


ETAP® 12 New Features & Capabilities:
  • InterHarmonics
  • Auto-Connect One-Line Diagram
  • Cable Manager
  • Cable Armor Sizing
  • Open Phase Fault
  • Transformer Buried Delta Winding
  • DC Photovoltaic Array
  • DC/AC Arc Flash Viewer
  • Arc Flash Sequence-of-Operations
  • ETAP Real-Time Web Brows
  • Built-in Import / Conversion Tools
  • Switching Device Interlock
  • License Borrowing / Checkout
  • Multi-Language Edition:
       English, Chinese, Japanese,
       Spanish, Russian, Portuguese

Philippines User Group #5 - November 5, 2012 - Preview of ETAP 12 / ETAP Real Time

Philippines User Group #5 - November 5, 2012 - Preview of ETAP 12 Preview of ETAP 12 / ETAP Real Time

Description:
ETAP 12 is a major new release that takes design and analysis innovation to a whole new level of advancement. This automated design and analysis software enables engineers and managers to significantly increase their productivity by reducing the amount of design and review man-hours.


ETAP® 12 New Features & Capabilities:
  • InterHarmonics
  • Auto-Connect One-Line Diagram
  • Cable Manager
  • Cable Armor Sizing
  • Open Phase Fault
  • Transformer Buried Delta Winding
  • DC Photovoltaic Array
  • DC/AC Arc Flash Viewer
  • Arc Flash Sequence-of-Operations
  • ETAP Real-Time Web Brows
  • Built-in Import / Conversion Tools
  • Switching Device Interlock
  • License Borrowing / Checkout
  • Multi-Language Edition:
       English, Chinese, Japanese,
       Spanish, Russian, Portuguese

Japan User Group #23 - October 26, 2012 - Analysis Work executed by ETAP

South Korea User Group #9 - November 6, 2013 - ETAP 12.5 New Features & Capabilities Analysis Work executed by ETAP

No. of Participants: 45
Date: October 26, 2012
Venue: Aomi Frontier Building



The Topics covered were as follows:

  • Arc Flash Analysis on Actual Plant (By Kenji Okazaki of Sumitomo 3M)
  • PPE for Arc Flash Protection (By Shinichiro Ikeda of Du Pont)
  • Modeling of AVR and Governor using ETAP (By Keita Katayama)
  • Troubles and Analysis using ETAP at User’s Plant in Thailand (Mr. Yoshihide Kado of Asahi Kasei)
  • Summary of Analysis Work executed by ETAP (By Kazuyuki Kameda)


  • アークフラッシュ対策と実施
  • アークフラッシュに対するデュポン社の取り組み
  • UDMによるAVRおよびガバナのモデリング方法
  • タイ化学工場におけるトラブルと対策
  • 最近行った系統解析業務の紹介

South Korea User Group #8 - October 25, 2012 - Preview of ETAP 12

South Korea User Group #8 - October 25, 2012 - Preview of ETAP 12 Preview of ETAP 12

Description:
ETAP 12 is a major new release that takes design and analysis innovation to a whole new level of advancement. This automated design and analysis software enables engineers and managers to significantly increase their productivity by reducing the amount of design and review man-hours.


ETAP® 12 New Features & Capabilities:
  • InterHarmonics
  • Auto-Connect One-Line Diagram
  • Cable Manager
  • Cable Armor Sizing
  • Open Phase Fault
  • Transformer Buried Delta Winding
  • DC Photovoltaic Array
  • DC/AC Arc Flash Viewer
  • Arc Flash Sequence-of-Operations
  • ETAP Real-Time Web Brows
  • Built-in Import / Conversion Tools
  • Switching Device Interlock
  • License Borrowing / Checkout
  • Multi-Language Edition:
       English, Chinese, Japanese,
       Spanish, Russian, Portuguese

Southern California User Group #37 - October 16, 2012 - Preview of ETAP 12

Southern California User Group #37 - October 16, 2012 - Preview of ETAP 12 Preview of ETAP 12

Description:
ETAP 12 is a major new release that takes design and analysis innovation to a whole new level of advancement. This automated design and analysis software enables engineers and managers to significantly increase their productivity by reducing the amount of design and review man-hours.


ETAP® 12 New Features & Capabilities:
  • InterHarmonics
  • Auto-Connect One-Line Diagram
  • Cable Manager
  • Cable Armor Sizing
  • Open Phase Fault
  • Transformer Buried Delta Winding
  • DC Photovoltaic Array
  • DC/AC Arc Flash Viewer
  • Arc Flash Sequence-of-Operations
  • ETAP Real-Time Web Brows
  • Built-in Import / Conversion Tools
  • Switching Device Interlock
  • License Borrowing / Checkout
  • Multi-Language Edition:
       English, Chinese, Japanese,
       Spanish, Russian, Portuguese

Southern California User Group #36 - August 7, 2012 - Interharmonics using ETAP 12

Southern California User Group #36 - August 7, 2012 - Interharmonics using ETAP 12 Interharmonics using ETAP 12

Description:
Interharmonics are spectral components at frequencies that are not integer multiples of the system fundamental frequency. In electrical power systems, interharmonics are observed in an increasing number of loads in addition to harmonics. These loads include static frequency converters, cycloconverters, subsynchronous converter cascades, adjustable speed drives for induction or synchronous motors, arc furnaces, and all loads not pulsating synchronously with the fundamental power system frequency. Besides the typical problems caused by harmonics such as overheating and useful life reduction, interharmonics create some new problems, for example, subsynchronous oscillations, voltage fluctuations, and light flicker, even for low-amplitude levels.

ETAP 12 has an enhanced Harmonic Library to allow users to define harmonic spectra (where spectral components can be at any order), automatically generate harmonic spectra based on device parameters, and create interharmonic spectra from fundamental frequency, modulating frequency and rectifier/converter pulse number. In ETAP 12 the harmonic load flow study can analyze sources of both harmonics and interharmonics, and generate distortion indices for group total harmonic distortion (THDG) and subgroup total harmonic distortion (THDS). ETAP 12 also has a new capability to automatically adjust harmonic spectra according to device fundamental loading and operating voltage.

In this ETAP User Group meeting we will demonstrate the latest and newest capabilities in ETAP 12 on Harmonic Library and Harmonic Analysis.

Houston User Group #21 - June 27, 2012 - Sag & Tension Calculation for Transmission Line in ETAP

Southern California User Group #35 - May 15, 2012 - Sag & Tension Calculation for Transmission Line in ETAP Sag & Tension Calculation for Transmission Line in ETAP

ETAP Transmission & Distribution Line Sag and Tension Analysis module is an important tool to perform sag and tension calculation for transmission and distribution lines to ensure adequate operating condition for the lines.



Topics covered:

  • Overview the Transmission Line Editor in ETAP and Load Flow Calculation Alert
  • Operating & Base Ampacity
  • Loading Conditions Effect on Sag & Tension (Ice, Wind, Temperature)
  • Line Configuration Types
  • Limitation of the Ruling Span Method
  • CA Rules for Overhead Electrical Line Construction (General Order No. 59)

To learn more about Sag & Tension Calculation for Transmission Line in ETAP visit here.

Southern California User Group #35 - May 15, 2012 - Sag & Tension Calculation for Transmission Line in ETAP

Southern California User Group #35 - May 15, 2012 - Sag & Tension Calculation for Transmission Line in ETAP Sag & Tension Calculation for Transmission Line in ETAP

The Southern California User Group met May 15, 2012 to hear a presentation on Sag & Tension Calculation for Transmission Line in ETAP.

ETAP Transmission & Distribution Line Sag and Tension Analysis module is an important tool to perform sag and tension calculation for transmission and distribution lines to ensure adequate operating condition for the lines.

Topics covered:

  • Overview the Transmission Line Editor in ETAP and Load Flow Calculation Alert
  • Operating & Base Ampacity
  • Loading Conditions Effect on Sag & Tension (Ice, Wind, Temperature)
  • Line Configuration Types
  • Limitation of the Ruling Span Method
  • CA Rules for Overhead Electrical Line Construction (General Order No. 59)

To learn more about Sag & Tension Calculation for Transmission Line in ETAP visit here.

Southern California User Group #34 - March 20, 2012 - ETAP Data Exchange (DataX)

Southern California User Group #34 - March 20, 2012 - ETAP Data Exchange (DataX) ETAP Data Exchange (DataX)

The Southern California User Group met March 20, 2012 to hear a presentation on Data Exchange (DataX).

The ETAP Data Exchange (DataX) modules provide import, export, and synchronize data between external databases and ETAP. Find out how DataX modules can increase the productivity of your projects.

Topics covered:

  • Open-Format Excel DataX
  • Project Merge
  • Automatic Conversion of SKM Dapper® PTW32 to ETAP
  • Import PSS®E projects to ETAP
  • Export to DXF (AutoCAD / MicroStation)
  • Load Ticket
  • GIS Map Interface
  • Smartplant Interface
  • DataX Services

ETAP DataX Key Features:

  • Import & export data using various formats
  • Data synchronization
  • Automatic one-line diagram generation
  • Intelligent error checking
  • Customizable data mapping
  • Real-time data exchange
  • Exchange data using RAW data format
  • Exchange data using IEEE format
  • Load ticket for induction machines
  • Multi-user management of project merge
  • Built-in auto-conversion tools from other power system analysis software

To learn more about ETAP Data Exchange (DataX) visit here.

Houston User Group #20 - February 28, 2012 - DC Arc Flash

Houston User Group #20 - February 28, 2012 - DC Arc Flash DC Arc Flash

The ETAP Houston User Group met February 28, 2012 to hear a presentation on DC Arc Flash.

ETAP DC Arc Flash module calculates the incident energy for different types of DC applications including mission critical facilities, solar generation sites, substation battery banks and nuclear plants.

ETAP DC Arc Flash complies with NFPA 70E 2012 Annex D.8 which is dedicated to the direct current incident energy calculation. This module allows the engineer to compare DC arc flash incident energy values and determine the most conservative results.

To learn more about DC Arc Flash visit here.

Southern California User Group #33 - January 24, 2012 - Dynamic Parameter Tuning

Southern California User Group #33 - January 24, 2012 - Dynamic Parameter Tuning Dynamic Parameter Tuning

The ETAP Southern California User Group met January 24, 2012 to hear a presentation on Dynamic Parameter Tuning.

Electrical network models form the basis for most power system studies, thus power system model validation is an essential procedure for maintaining system security and reliability. NERC compliance standards require that periodic system model validation be performed to ensure that the power system models are accurate and up to date.

Determining the parameters and validating the dynamic model requires comparison of simulated values versus generator test measurements. Dynamic models have to be tuned (often manually) in order to match simulation results with actual field measurements consuming man-hours and requiring expertise that may not be available in-house. This presentation will discuss the capabilities of ETAP Dynamic Parameter Tuning (DPT) that can be used to automatically tune dynamic model parameters for exciter, governor, PSS, etc. significantly speeding up NERC compliance testing for your generation system.

To learn more about Dynamic Parameter Tuning visit here.

European User Group #2 - January 18, 2012 - ETAP 11 Release: Modeling Low Voltage Railway Signaling Power

European User Group #2 - January 18, 2012 - ETAP 11 Release: Modeling Low Voltage Railway Signaling Power SystemsETAP 11 Release: Modeling Low Voltage Railway Signaling Power Systems

The ETAP European User Group met January 18, to hear a presentation on the ETAP 11 Release: Modeling Low Voltage Railway Signaling Power Systems.

The ETAP LV User Group provides a conduit to steer the ongoing development of ETAP features, libraries and modules for the design and operation of mission critical low voltage electrical systems across a range of industries including:

  • Railway Signaling
  • Nuclear
  • Mission Critical Process & Manufacturing
  • Ships & Marine
  • Spacecraft & Aircraft Power Systems
  • Hospital
  • Data Center
  • Utilities (Power Distribution, Water, Gas, Telecoms)

The main objective of this user group is to offer a technical forum to learn and share experiences on ETAP’s features and capabilities as well as to exchange views on standards and applications for the Low Voltage sector.

In addition to the above, the User Group promotes the development of training courses for LV ETAP users and acts as a foundation for an annual conference for attendees to share technical papers, exchange experiences and further their knowledge on the use of ETAP for LV systems.

To learn more about the ETAP 11 release visit here.

2011 User Groups

Southern California User Group #32 - December 13, 2011 - DC Arc Flash

Southern California User Group #32 - December 13, 2012 - ETAP DC Arc Flash ETAP DC Arc Flash

The ETAP Southern California User Group met December 13, to hear a presentation on ETAP DC Arc Flash.

The presentation discussed the theory, application and calculation methodology available in ETAP to determine the incident energy for DC systems.

Three methods were covered in detail including the Maximum Power, Stokes & Oppenlander, and Paukert Methods. The pros and cons of each method were discussed along with their individual limitations.

The presentation included a live demonstration of the features of the DC Arc Flash analysis program in ETAP 11.1.0. A brief discussion on some of the differences in the new versions of NFPA 70E 2012 and IEEE 1584, which may impact the incident energy calculations, was also included.

To learn more about ETAP DC Arc Flash visit here.

Southern California User Group #31 - November 15, 2011 - ETAP 11 New Features & Capabilities

Southern California User Group #31 - November 15, 2011 - ETAP 11 New Features & Capabilities ETAP 11 New Features & Capabilities

The ETAP Southern California User Group met November 15, to hear a presentation on ETAP 11 New Features & Capabilities.




ETAP 11.0 is the newest release of our power system engineering software. ETAP users are able to innovate, manage and deliver state-of-the art power analytical and engineering applications to increase productivity, reliability, and provide for safe and clean operations. This latest release includes many new key features, several new analysis modules, new elements and libraries, and significant enhancements to existing analysis modules.

Some new modules are:

  • Photovoltaic Solar Array
  • Protective Conductor (PE) Sizing
  • Low Voltage Grounding System
  • Graphical Logic Editor (UDM Builder)
  • IEC 60364-4 / BS 7671-17th Cable Sizing
  • Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Dynamic Modeling
  • Revision Data Manager
  • Project Management & Merge

To learn more about ETAP 11 visit here.

Japan User Group #22 - October 20, 2011 - New Features of ETAP 11

Japan User Group #22 - October 20, 2012 - New Features of ETAP 11 New Features of ETAP 11

No. of Participants: 46
Date: October 20, 2011
Venue: Telecom Center Building



The Topics covered were as follows:

  • New Features of ETAP 11 (By Leonardo Manio)
  • Control of LTC of several Transformers in Power Plant (Hiroki Koyama of Osaka Gas)
  • Comparison of Transient Stability Analysis when apply Composite Motors (Keita Katayama)
  • Transient Stability Analysis on Actual Plants (Kazuyuki Kameda)


  • ETAP 11 の新しい機能
  • 発電所における複数台主変圧器 LTC の協調制御システムの開発
  • 縮約電動機と ETAP による解析結果の比較
  • 実際の工場での系統解析実例紹介

Southern California User Group #30 - August 9, 2011 - Generic Load & Source Models Using ETAP 11 UDM

Southern California User Group #30 - August 9, 2011 - Generic Load & Source Models Using ETAP 11 UDM Generic Load & Source Models Using ETAP 11 UDM

The ETAP Southern California User Group met August 9, to hear a presentation on Generic Load & Source Models Using ETAP 11 UDM. A total of 35 people attended.




This presentation discussed the capabilities of ETAP 11 UDM for creating dynamic models for distribution loads, thermodynamically controlled loads, custom MOV and Motor loads, DC Motor Acceleration and source models like inverters, rectifiers, PV arrays and wind turbine models. The presentation introduced the users to the interface and operation of the program and it discussed how the UDM mathematical models are created, tested and implemented in the transient stability program.

To learn more about ETAP ETAP 11 UDM visit here.

Houston User Group #19 - June 14, 2011 - Underground Cable Raceway Systems

Houston User Group - June 14, 2011 Underground Cable Raceway Systems Rule-Based Wizard for Conduit Spacing and Alignment Underground Cable Raceway Systems Rule-Based Wizard for Conduit Spacing and Alignment

The ETAP Houston, CA, User Group met June 14, to hear a presentation on Underground Cable Raceway Systems





The presentation included:

  • Customizable Intelligent Rule Books
  • Rule-Based Wizard to Create Duct Banks
    • Uniform Conduit Size
    • Multi-Size Conduits
    • Multi-Voltage Levels (IEEE 518-1982)
  • Conduit Alignment Tools
  • Conduit Library
  • Graphical Result Annotations

To learn more about ETAP Underground Cable Raceway Systems visit here.

Southern California User Group #29 - May 17, 2011 - Underground Cable Raceway Systems

Irvine User Group - May 17, 2011 Underground Cable Raceway Systems Rule-Based Wizard for Conduit Spacing and Alignment Underground Cable Raceway Systems Rule-Based Wizard for Conduit Spacing and Alignment

The ETAP Irvine, CA, User Group met May 17, to hear a presentation on Underground Cable Raceway Systems Rule-Based Wizard for Conduit Spacing and Alignment. Over 32 people from 16 different companies attended.




The presentation included:

  • Customizable Intelligent Rule Books
  • Rule-Based Wizard to Create Duct Banks
    • Uniform Conduit Size
    • Multi-Size Conduits
    • Multi-Voltage Levels (IEEE 518-1982)
  • Conduit Alignment Tools
  • Conduit Library
  • Graphical Result Annotations

To learn more about ETAP Underground Cable Raceway Systems visit here.

Southern California User Group #28 - March 29, 2011 - Automated Protection and Device Coordination Modules in ETAP 11

Irvine User Group - March 29, 2011 New Automated Protection and Device Coordination module that will be included in ETAP 11. New Automated Protection and Device Coordination module that will be included in ETAP 11

The ETAP Irvine, CA, User Group met March 29, to hear a presentation on the new Automated Protection and Device Coordination module that will be included in ETAP 11. Over 36 people from 18 different companies attended.




The presentation included:

  • Different renewable energy techniques
  • Intelligent rule-based evaluation
  • Interactive Result Analyzer
  • Protection & Coordination Rules for applying best practices for protective devices
  • Rule-Based verification against applicable standards
  • Automatic detection of local zones of protection
  • Automatic selection and user-defined paths for coordination
  • Protection & Coordination zone viewer

Utilizing user-definable rules, the protection and coordination in a system can be evaluated and reported in an easy to understand format. The application of analyzing the protection and coordination was demonstrated in ETAP 11 using this new tool.

To learn more about ETAP automated protection visit here.

Houston User Group #18 - February 22, 2011 - Solar Power Systems in ETAP 11

Houston User Group - February 22, 2011 Renewable Energy - Introduction to Solar Power Systems Solar Power Systems and its upcoming model in ETAP 11

The ETAP Houston, Texas, User Group met Feb 22, to hear a presentation on Solar Power Systems and its upcoming model in ETAP 11. Over 30 people from 19 different companies attended.




The presentation included:

  • Different renewable energy techniques
  • Existing and future solar cell technologies
  • Solar panel parameters
  • Characteristic curves
  • Different solar plants
  • Upcoming technologies
  • Future of solar renewable energy

Also, the application of photovoltaic arrays in a power network was demonstrated using ETAP 11 by adding inverters with MPPT (Maximum Peak Power Tracking) controllers to a realistic model. Short Circuit, Load Flow, Transient Stability, and many other studies can be run with this new realistic model.

Meeting attendees showed a lot of interest for the new PV Array and WTG dynamic models in ETAP as many of them are currently working on designing solar plants and wind farms in different places on the planet.

To learn more about ETAP short circuit software visit here.

Southern California User Group #27 - January 25, 2011 - How to Perform Short Circuit Duty Calculations

Southern California User Group #27 - January 25, 2011 | Topic: How to Use ETAP to Perform Generator Circuit Breaker Short Circuit Duty Calculations per ANSI Std. C37.013 How to perform Short Circuit Duty calculations for Generator Circuit Breakers in accordance with the requirements of ANSI Std C37.013

The Southern California User Group met January 25 to hear a presentation by Herminio Abcede, Principal Technical Specialist at Fluor Corporation, and chairman of the user group.

His presentation discussed how to perform Short Circuit Duty calculations for Generator Circuit Breakers in accordance with the requirements of ANSI Std C37.013. Specifically, the discussion focused on the calculations for generator short circuit contribution for both an unloaded and fully loaded generator prior to the occurrence of the fault. The phenomenon, called “delayed current zero” in the generator contribution, will also be covered. Ideas on how the effects of arcing can be included in the present algorithm were solicited from the group and discussed.

Agenda:

  • Generator SC Current Characteristics
  • The “Delayed Current Zeros” Phenomenon
  • Influence of TRV on CB SC current interruption
  • ETAP GCB Duty Calculation (ANSI SC Duty module)
  • Comparison of Switchgear CB and GCB Capabilities
  • CB SC Duty Evaluation for GCB Application Using ETAP Results
  • Suggestions for Enhancements

To learn more about ETAP short circuit software visit here.

2010 User Groups

Southern California User Group #26 - December 7, 2010 - ETAP Real-Time Implementation

ETAP Real-Time Implementation

The ETAP Southern California User Group met Dec 7, to hear a presentation on an ETAP Real-Time implementation at a major mining facility. Over 25 people gathered for a social and discussion. The presentation discussed a case study as how a large mining facility utilized ETAP Real-Time – Power Management System and Intelligent Load Shedding solutions to gain visibility of their electrical network and improve the operations by minimizing down time.

Meeting attendees saw how ETAP Real-Time saves the mining company a substantial amount of money by monitoring and predicting energy activities and situations that ultimately reduce downtime by a major factor.

To learn more about ETAP Real-Time, visit http://etap.com/real-time/real-time-software.htm

Be sure to join us at our next User Group. You can find them at http://etap.com/training/events.htm.

Southern California User Group #25 - November 17, 2010 - Arc Flash Events

Considerations When Applying High Resistance Grounding to Reduce the Possibility of an Arc Flash Event

On November 17th, the Southern California ETAP User Group met at OTI’s headquarters in Irvine to learn from guest speaker Daleep Mohla, a recognized P.E. and IEEE Fellow.

Approximately 25 individuals representing 7 different companies came to learn about “Considerations When Applying High Resistance Grounding to Reduce the Possibility of an Arc Flash Event.” Mr. Mohla also presented possible upcoming changes to NFPA 70E 2012 and how they may affect Arc Flash Analysis. Mr. Mohla gave a captivating and informative presentation on the dangers inherent in electrical engineering and the criticality of effective fault analysis.

ETAP extends its thanks to Mr. Mohla for his presentation. Be sure to join us at our next User Group. You can find them at http://etap.com/training/events.htm.

Southern California User Group #24 - October 19, 2010 - ETAP Partner Program & High-Voltage Adjustable Frequency Drives

Southern California User Group #24 - October 19, 2010 | Topic: Modeling, Analysis, and Operation of High-Voltage Adjustable Frequency DrivesETAP Partner Program and Modeling, Analysis, and Operation of High-Voltage Adjustable Frequency Drives (ASD / VFD) with ETAP

ETAP engineers from all over the Southern California area braved stormy weather on Tuesday, Oct. 19 to attend an event-filled evening of social networking and informative presentations. 34 attendees representing 22 companies joined more than 20 ETAP employees at the ETAP Learning Center in Irvine, California.

As always, the user groups meetings began with a social where old-timers and newcomers got a chance to meet and compare ideas and projects. That particular week, an ETAP workshop was taking place and some of the workshop attendees from out of town got a chance to meet fellow users and see how an ETAP user group meeting works.

This month’s presentation covered two topics. First, David Bridgeman of ETAP’s Business Development group, gave a presentation on the ETAP Partner Program. He offered users the opportunity to join a community of ETAP customers and partners working together to provide superior electrical engineering software and services. More information can be found on the ETAP Partner page.

The second presentation was an in-depth look at Modeling, Analysis, and Operation of High-Voltage Adjustable Frequency Drives (ASD / VFD) with ETAP. It was presented by Dr. Farrokh Shokooh, President and CEO of ETAP. ASDs have become more commonly used in industrial applications due to their ability to save owners money and improve product quality. Dr. Shokooh’s presentation provided insights as how to model, validate, simulate ASDs with ETAP for both steady-state and transient analysis studies.

The chairman of the Southern California User Group is Herminio Abcede of Flour Corporation. The next meeting for the user group will take place on December 7. Click here for more information.

Japan User Group #21 - October 13, 2010 - ETAP 2011 (ETAP 8.0) New Features

Japan User Group #21 - October 13, 2010 - ETAP 2011 (ETAP 8.0) New Features ETAP 2011 (ETAP 8.0) New Features

No. of Participants: 54
Date: October 13, 2010
Venue: Aomi Frontier Building



The Topics covered were as follows:

  • ETAP 2011 (ETAP 8.0) New Features (By Leonard Manio)
  • Use of ETAP on Actual Projects (Users Experiences)
  • ETAP new Technology for Wind Turbine Generator and PV Array (Keita Katayama)
  • Short Circuit Current Calculation as per ANCI (By Kazuyuki Kameda)


  • ETAP 2011 (ETAP 8.0) の新たな機能
  • 実務で直面した課題と応用例
  • 太陽光発電および風力発電に関する最新の技術動向と ETAP への適用
  • ANSI による短絡電流計算法

South Korea User Group #3 - October 6, 2010 - ETAP 11 New Features, Motor Starting and ETAP Real-Time™

South Korea User Group #3 - October 6, 2010 | Topic: ETAP 2011 New Features, Motor Starting, ETAP Real-Time™ETAP 11 New Features, Motor Starting and ETAP Real-Time™

ETAP engineers welcomed 47 attendees from 26 companies to the October user group meeting held at the ETAP Training Center in Seoul, Korea.

The agenda included ETAP 2011 New Features, Motor Starting and ETAP Real-Time™.

To learn more about ETAP 11 New Features visit here.

Philippine User Group #3 - September 27, 2010 - ETAP 11 New Features, Harmonic Analysis, Short Circuit Calculation

Phillipine User Group #3 - September 27, 2010 | Topic: Sneak Preview of the ETAP 2011 New FeaturesETAP 11 New Features, Harmonic Analysis, Short Circuit Calculation ANSI/IEEE

ETAP engineers welcomed 30 attendees from 17 companies to the September user group meeting held at the Philippine Trade Training Center in Pasay City.

The agenda included ETAP 2011 New Features, Harmonic Analysis, Short Circuit Calculation ANSI/IEEE, and a Round Table Discussion.

To learn more about ETAP 11 New Features visit here.

Southern California User Group #23 - August 17, 2010 - Renewable Energy - Introduction to Solar Power Systems

Southern California User Group #23 - August 17, 2010 | Topic: Renewable Energy - Introduction to Solar Power SystemsRenewable Energy - Introduction to Solar Power Systems

ETAP engineers welcomed attendees from 15 companies to the August user group meeting held at the ETAP Learning Center in Irvine, California. Renewable Energy - Introduction to Solar Power Systems was the main topic.

To learn more about ETAP Renewable Energy visit here.

Southern California User Group #22 - July 20, 2010 - Steps to take ETAP Real-Time Projects Online

Southern California User Group #22 - July 20, 2010 | Topic: Steps to Take ETAP Real-Time Project OnlineSteps to take ETAP Real-Time Projects Online

ETAP engineers welcomed attendees from 10 companies to the July user group meeting held at the ETAP Learning Center in Irvine, California. Steps to Take ETAP Real-Time Project Online was the main topic.

This month’s user group presentation covered the initial and crucial steps in setting up a real time project. Starting with the modeling of a power system in ETAP, followed by an introduction to SCADA and OPC Servers. Also discussed was tag mapping of multi-meters, protective devices, and control system archiving and databases, including setting up Microsoft SQL Server. At the end, attendees got to see the designed project online along with its different ETAP Real-Time tools.

To learn more about ETAP Real-Time visit here.

European User Group - June 18, 2010 - Preview of the upcoming ETAP 11

ETAP European User Group - June 18, 2010 | Topic: Upcoming enhancements and new features on ETAP releasePreview of the upcoming ETAP 11

An ETAP engineer presented what's new in the next release of ETAP. A broad and robust set of new features and enhancements include new analysis modules and time-saving capabilities, as well as faster processing time.

To learn more about ETAP 11 New Features visit here.

Houston User Group #17 - June 8, 2010 - Control Systems Diagram

ETAP Houston User Group #20 - June 8, 2010 | Topic: Control System Diagram (CSD)Control Systems Diagram

ETAP engineers welcomed 25 attendees from 10 companies to the June user group meeting held at Bechtel Corporation in Houston, Texas.

The Control Systems Diagram (CSD) was discussed. It has the capability of determining pickup and dropout voltages, losses, and current flows at any time instance as well as overall marginal and critical alerts. A large library of equipment enables engineers to quickly model and simulate the action of relays associated with control interlocks after given time delays.

To learn more about ETAP Control Systems Diagram visit here.

14th Saudi Technical Exchange Meeting - June 1, 2010 - Preview of the upcoming ETAP 11

Farrokh Shokooh, PhD, PE, President & CEO of Operation Technology, Inc. | Topic: Sneak preview of the upcoming release of ETAPPreview of the upcoming ETAP 11

Farrokh Shokooh, PhD, PE, President & CEO of Operation Technology, Inc. presented at the 14th Saudi Technical Exchange Meeting. He gave a preview of the innovative new features and capabilities of ETAP's next major release.

To learn more about ETAP 11 New Features visit here.

1st Annual China User Conference - May 17-19, 2010

China User Group Conference #1 - May 17-19, 2010 | Topic: OTI FAR-EASTThe 1st annual China ETAP User Conference was held at the Golden Eagle Summit Hotel, Nanjing, China, from May 17 to May 19, 2010.

ETAP users attending the conference, represented 26 companies.



The main program of the conference consisted of three areas:

  1. Presentations by OTI FAR-EAST
  2. Technical power presentations
  3. A round table meeting

The conference started with an announcement about the opening of the 1st Annual China ETAP User Conference, followed by an introduction of the OTI FAR-EAST staff. Self-introductions of the attendees followed.

OTI FAR-EAST presentations included the following topics:

  • A welcome note by J.J. Dai, general manager of OTI FAR-EAST
  • Introduction of OTI and OTI FAR-EAST
  • ETAP Sales and Marketing in China
  • Introduction to ETAP UUC
  • Technical Support provided by OTI FAR-EAST
  • Workshops and Training provided by OTI FAR-EAST
  • Introduction of ETAP System Design and Analysis Modules
  • Introduction of ETAP Real-Time Products
  • ETAP 7.5 Chinese version and new features

A total of 10 papers were presented during the technical paper presentation session. These papers reported on successfully completed projects using ETAP, and shared valuable experience in applying ETAP in power system design, enhancement, and simulation studies. Presenters came from a broad range of industries:

  • Petrochemical
  • Oil and Gas
  • Iron and Steel
  • Power Distribution
  • Electric Train System
  • Others

Each paper presentation received active responses from the audience.

A round table discussion was arranged to allow attendees to express their requests, suggestions, and other comments toward ETAP. Compliments were given to ETAP for its complete suite of modules for modeling and simulation of various electrical power systems, and many other featured amenities in graphics, user interface, and project management.

A proposal to form a Chinese ETAP user group committee was accepted by the conference and eight committee members were elected, representing different industries. During the first committee meeting, nominations were made and approved to appoint a committee chairman and vice chairman, and an immediate committee working plan was discussed and agreed. It is expected that with active participation by ETAP China users and formulation and regular activities of Chinese ETAP user group committee, and dialogs between OTI FAR-EAST and ETAP China, users will be active and systematic. As a result, ETAP market share in China will continue to expand.

Southern California User Group #21 - May 18, 2010 - Control Systems Diagram

ETAP Houston User Group #20 - June 8, 2010 | Topic: Control System Diagram (CSD)Control Systems Diagram

ETAP engineers welcomed 18 attendees from 16 companies to the May user group meeting held at the ETAP Learning Center in Irvine, California.

The Control Systems Diagram (CSD) was discussed. It has the capability of determining pickup and dropout voltages, losses, and current flows at any time instance as well as overall marginal and critical alerts. A large library of equipment enables engineers to quickly model and simulate the action of relays associated with control interlocks after given time delays.

To learn more about ETAP Control Systems Diagram visit here.

Southern California User Group #20 - March 23, 2010 - Arc Flash

ETAP Southern California User Group #20 - March 23, 2010 | Topic: Arc Flash Done Right - Part IIArc Flash

ETAP engineers welcomed 38 attendees from 21 companies to the March user group meeting held at the ETAP Learning Center in Irvine, California. Arc Flash was the main topic.

Conducting an arc flash hazard assessment is the foundation for worker safety when working with live equipment.

The purpose of an arc flash hazard study is to determine the location and severity of arc flash hazards and to suggest appropriate courses of action to minimize them. The methodologies offered in IEEE 1584 and NFPA are guidelines and additional engineering expertise and system knowledge are required to successfully complete an arc flash hazard assessment. Part 2 of this series covers the challenges involved with developing and implementing an effective arc flash hazard safety program.

Arc Flash Done Right - Part 1 PowerPoint Presentation

To learn more about ETAP Arc Flash visit here.

Houston User Group #16 - February 9, 2010 - Arc Flash

ETAP Houston User Group #16 - February 9, 2010 | Topic: Arc Flash Done Right - Part IIArc Flash

ETAP engineers welcomed 44 attendees from 22 companies to the February user group meeting held at Bechtel Corporation in Houston, Texas. Arc Flash was the main topic.

Conducting an arc flash hazard assessment is the foundation for worker safety when working with live equipment.

The purpose of an arc flash hazard study is to determine the location and severity of arc flash hazards and to suggest appropriate courses of action to minimize them. The methodologies offered in IEEE 1584 and NFPA are guidelines and additional engineering expertise and system knowledge are required to successfully complete an arc flash hazard assessment. Part 2 of this series covers the challenges involved with developing and implementing an effective arc flash hazard safety program.

Arc Flash Done Right - Part 1 PowerPoint Presentation

To learn more about ETAP Arc Flash visit here.

2009 User Groups

Japan #20 - October 22, 2009 - New Features of ETAP 7.0

Japan #20 - October 22, 2009 | Topics: New Features of ETAP 7New Features of ETAP 7.0

ETAP engineers welcomed 40 attendees to the October user group meeting held at the Aoumi Frontier Bldg, in Tokyo.





The Topics covered were as follows:

  • New Features of ETAP 7.0
  • Setting of 3-D Database and Scenario
  • IPST – Comparison of ETAP & EMTP-RV on Motor Starting Analysis
  • Application of ETAP Motor Starting Program and Transient Stability Program

To learn more about ETAP Motor Starting Analysis visit here.

Southern California #19 - October 6, 2009 - Arc Flash Studies

Southern California #19 - October 6, 2009 | Topics: Arc Flash Done Right - Part 1Arc Flash Studies

ETAP engineers welcomed 41 attendees from 36 companies to the October user group meeting held at the ETAP Learning Center in Irvine, California. Conducting an arc flash hazard assessment is the foundation for worker safety when working with live equipment.

The purpose of an arc flash hazard study is to determine the location and severity of arc flash hazards and to suggest appropriate courses of action to minimize them. The methodologies offered in IEEE 1584 and NFPA are guidelines and additional engineering expertise and system knowledge are required to successfully complete an arc flash hazard assessment. This two part series addresses the pitfalls while performing arc flash hazard assessment and how to avoid them. Part 2 of this series, scheduled for March 23, 2010, covers the challenges involved with developing and implementing an effective arc flash hazard safety program.

adobe pdfArc Flash Done Right - Part 1 PowerPoint Presentation

To learn more about ETAP Arc Flash visit here.

Southern California #18 - August 25, 2009 - An Inside Look at the NFPA 70E-2009 Arc Flash Standard

Southern California #18 - August 25, 2009 | Arc Flash Analyzer & The Smart Grid AdvantageAn Inside Look at the NFPA 70E-2009 Arc Flash Standard

Guest Speaker, Mr. Daleep C. Mohla, PE, Fellow IEEE, Member of 70E-2009 Technical Committee, presented an inside look at the NFPA 70E-2009 arc flash standard to 40 attendees. The discussion included selection of PPEs based on incident energy or hazard risk categories (HRC), difference between HRC and incident energy for selection of PPE, and advantages and limitations of PPE. An ETAP Engineer presented an overview of the benefits Smart Grid offers power distribution networks from industrial to large scale T&D networks.

To learn more about ETAP Arc Flash visit here.

Houston #14 - July 21, 2009 - An Overview of the Highlights of the New Features and Enhancements of ETAP 7.0

Houston #14 - July 21, 2009 | Topic: ETAP 7.0 New FeaturesAn Overview of the Highlights of the New Features and Enhancements of ETAP 7.0

An ETAP Engineer provided 40 attendees an overview of the highlights of the new features and enhancements of ETAP 7.0. The user group covered the key functionalities of the new powerful analysis modules and time-saving capabilities of the new release.

To learn more about ETAP 7.0 visit here.

Philippines #2 - June 19, 2009 - An Overview of the Highlights of the New Features and Enhancements of ETAP 7.0

Philippines #2 - June 19, 2009 | Topics: ETAP 7.0 New Features & IEC Short Circuit Calculation MethodologyAn Overview of the Highlights of the New Features and Enhancements of ETAP 7.0

The second ETAP Philippines User Group meeting was held in Muntinlupa, Philippines on June 19, 2009. Over 34 attendees representing 16 companies were present at this event. An ETAP Engineer discussed 7.0 new features and enhancement and discussed the IEC short circuit calculation methodology.

The meeting was lively with interactions among the participants changing knowledge, views and ideas especially when it came to the IEC Short Circuit Calculation Methodology topic.

To learn more about ETAP 7.0 visit here.

Saudi Arabia #11 - June 9, 2009 - A Smart Real-Time Enterprise Solution From Network Analysis to Real-Time Automation

Saudi Arabia #11 - June 9, 2009 | ETAP 7.0 New Features - A Smart Enterprise SolutionA Smart Real-Time Enterprise Solution From Network Analysis to Real-Time Automation and Optimization

An ETAP engineer presented ETAP 7.0 - A Smart Real-Time Enterprise Solution From Network Analysis to Real-Time Automation and Optimization. The presentation highlighted what's new in ETAP 7.0 including new Real-Time capabilities.

To learn more about ETAP 7.0 visit here.

Europe #3 - May 29, 2009 - An Overview of the Highlights of the New Features and Enhancements of ETAP 7.0

Europe #3 - May 29, 2009 | Topic: ETAP 7.0 New FeaturesAn Overview of the Highlights of the New Features and Enhancements of ETAP 7.0

The third annual ETAP Europe User Group meeting was held in Strasbourg, France on May 29, 2009. 25 attendees representing 7 companies were present at this event. A senior ETAP Engineer discussed ETAP 7.0 New Features and Enhancements.

ETAP 7.0 brings design and analysis innovation to a new level of advancement. This release adds new powerful analysis modules and time-saving capabilities to the ETAP Enterprise Solution. The user group covered the key functionalities of ETAP 7.0, which encompasses a broad and robust set of new features and enhancements.

To learn more about ETAP 7.0 visit here.

Southern California #17 - May 19, 2009 - An Overview of the Highlights of the New Features and Enhancements of ETAP 7.0

Southern California #17 - May 19, 2009 | ETAP 7.0 - A Smart Enterprise Solution | Topic: ETAP 7.0 - A Smart Enterprise SolutionA Smart Real-Time Enterprise Solution From Network/Grid Analysis to Optimization and Automation

Over twenty ETAP users representing 17 companies attended the 17th ETAP User Group meeting held May 29, 2009 in Irvine, CA at OTI’s corporate ETAP Learning Center. An ETAP engineer presented ETAP 7.0 - A Smart Real-Time Enterprise Solution From Network/Grid Analysis to Optimization and Automation.

The presentation included what's new in ETAP 7.0, which brings design and analysis innovation to a new level of advancement. This release adds new powerful analysis modules and time-saving capabilities to the ETAP Enterprise Solution. The user group covered the key functionalities of ETAP 7.0, which encompasses a broad and robust set of new features and enhancements.

To learn more about ETAP 7.0 visit here.

Chile #1 - March 10, 2009 - What's New in ETAP 6.0

Chile #1 - March 10, 2009 | Topic: ETAP 6.0 & 7.0 New FeaturesWhat's New in ETAP 6.0

A senior ETAP engineer presented what's new in ETAP 6.0, a broad and robust set of new features and enhancements including new analysis modules and time-saving capabilities as well as faster processing time to approximately 30 attendees representing multiple companies at the first user group meeting in Santiago, Chile.

Information was also presented on the new enhancements and features that will be included in ETAP 7.0. This new version of ETAP brings design and analysis innovation to a new level of advancement. This release adds new powerful analysis modules and time-saving capabilities to the ETAP Enterprise Solution.

To learn more about ETAP 6.0 visit here.

Southern California #16 - March 3, 2009 - Transient Stability Studies Using ETAP

Southern California #16 - March 3, 2009 | Topic: Transient Stability Studies using ETAPTransient Stability Studies Using ETAP

The 16th ETAP Southern California User Group meeting was held at the ETAP Learning Center in Irvine, CA at OTI’s corporate office. Several ETAP Engineers were available to meet with the 20 attendees representing 16 companies. An ETAP Engineer presented “Transient Stability Studies Using ETAP”.


  • What is transient stability
  • What causes a system to become unstable
  • Effects of an unstable system
  • Modeling and data preparation
  • Transient Stability study outputs

To learn more about ETAP Transient Stability visit here.

Houston #13 - February 3, 2009 - Transient Stability Studies Using ETAP

Houston #13 - February 3, 2009 | Topic: Transient Stability Studies using ETAPTransient Stability Studies Using ETAP

The 13th ETAP Houston User Group meeting included 79 attendees from 37 companies. An ETAP Engineer presented “Transient Stability Studies Using ETAP”. Topics included overview, unstable system causes and effects, modeling and data preparation, and transient stability study outputs.

To learn more about ETAP Transient Stability visit here.

2008 User Groups

Houston #12 - December 16, 2008 - New Time-Saving Enhancements for the Arc Flash Module

Houston #12 - December 16, 2008 ETAP 6.1 arc flashNew Time-Saving Enhancements for the Arc Flash Module

An ETAP engineer presented “ETAP 6.1 Arc Flash” to the 12th ETAP Houston User Group meeting held on December 16, 2008. Over 65 attendees representing 24 companies attended this event. ETAP 6.1 includes several new time-saving enhancements for the Arc Flash module.

The presentation included: what’s new in NFPA 70E-2009, Arc Flash Report Analyzer, work permits, data sheets, enhanced calculation options for systems with multiple sources arc flash analysis options for panels, UPS, and 1-phase systems, and consideration of motor contributions and generator decrements.

To learn more about ETAP Arc Flash visit here.
 

Saudi Arabia #10 - November 17, 2008 - ETAP 6.0 Enhancements

Saudi Arabia #10 - November 17, 2008 ETAP 6.0 New FeaturesETAP 6.0 Enhancements

A senior ETAP engineer presented “ETAP 6.0 Enhancements” demonstrating the new enhancements in ETAP 6.0 including new analysis modules and time-saving capabilities as well as faster processing time. Over 70 attendees from various companies attended the 10th ETAP User Group meeting in Dhahran on November 17, 2008.

To learn more about ETAP 6.0 visit here.

Houston #11 - October 28, 2008 - Single / Multi Phase Systems (Short Circuit Device Duty Calculation) & 6.1 Arc Flash

Houston #11 - October 28, 2008 Short Circuit Device Duty Calculation & ETAP 6.1 Arc FlashSingle / Multi Phase Systems (Short Circuit Device Duty Calculation) & 6.1 Arc Flash

An ETAP senior engineer presented “Single / Multi Phase Systems (Short Circuit Device Duty Calculation) & 6.1 Arc Flash” to the 11th ETAP Houston User Group meeting held on October 28, 2008. Over 35 attendees representing 19 companies attended this events.

Discussion topics included availability of ANSI and IEC standards for calculating short circuit current for parts of the network below main panels, sub panels, UPS, and phase adapters. Device duty calculation compares the calculated fault current from these networks for evaluation of protective devices and automatically generates critical and marginal alerts based on user-defined alarm limits. ETAP 6.1 new features and enhancements were highlighted during the presentation.

To learn more about ETAP Arc Flash visit here.

South Korea #2 - October 22, 2008 - New Capabilities That Were Added to the ETAP 6.1 Release

South Korea #2 - October 22, 2008 ETAP 6.1 New FeaturesNew Capabilities That Were Added to the ETAP 6.1 Release

The South Korea user group highlighted new capabilities that were added to the ETAP 6.1 release. The user group was a great opportunity to interact and network with other ETAP users. Attendees learned quite a bit of new information about ETAP features and problem solving techniques.

Southern California #10 - October 21, 2008 -  ETAP 6.1 Arc Flash

Southern California #10 - October 21, 2008 ETAP 6.1 Arc FlashETAP 6.1 Arc Flash

An ETAP senior engineer presented “ETAP 6.1 Arc Flash” to the ETAP Southern California User Group meeting held on October 21, 2008. Over 39 attendees representing 20 companies attended this event. ETAP 6.1 includes several new time-saving enhancements for the Arc Flash module, including Arc Flash Report Analyzer, what's new in NFPA 70E 2009, and more.

To learn more about ETAP Arc Flash visit here.

Philippines #1 - October 10, 2008 - Transient Stability Study, Low Resistance Grounded Systems, and Arc Flash Analysis

Philippines #1 - October 10, 2008 Transient Stability Study, Application of MV Fused-Contactor in Low Resistance Grounded Systems, and Arc Flsah AnalysisTransient Stability Study, Low Resistance Grounded Systems, and Arc Flash Analysis

Despite a typhoon in the region, over 20 engineers representing 18 companies attended the first ETAP User Group Meeting held in Manila, Philippines. The ETAP engineer presented “Transient Stability Study, Application of MV Fused-Contactor in Low Resistance Grounded Systems, and Arc Flash Analysis”.

Presenters were Engr. Leonardo Manio, REE, Eltechs E&C Corp., Engr. Anthony Quiogue, PEE, E&I Dept. Head, Fluor Phil., Inc., Mr. Kazuyuki Kameda, President, Eltechs Engineering Co. Ltd – Japan, and Engr. Ben Jimenez, PEE, President, DELTA Power.

To learn more about ETAP Transient Stability visit here. To learn more about ETAP Arc Flash visit here.

Japan #19 - September 18, 2008 - New Features of ETAP 6.0

Japan #20 - September 18, 2008 ETAP 6.0, Transient Stability, & Real-TimeNew Features of ETAP 6.0

The 20th semi-annual ETAP User Group was held in Tokyo, Japan on September 18, 2008. Approximately 35 attendees representing various companies were present. The topics were as follows: new features of ETAP 6.0, power system technology and comparison of analysis results using MATLAB/Simulink and ETAP, comparison of power system analysis of ETAP and EMTP-RV, demo of ETAP Real-Time System using lab system of Asahi Chemical, and ETAP Transient Stability - setting of action and event, and relay operation.

To learn more about ETAP 6.0 visit here.

Southern California #11 - August 19, 2008 - Single / Multi Phase Systems (Short Circuit Device Duty Calculation)

Southern California #11 - August 19, 2008 Single / Multi Phase Systems (Short Circuit Device Duty Calculation)Single / Multi Phase Systems (Short Circuit Device Duty Calculation)

The ETAP Southern California User Group meeting was held in Irvine, CA at the ETAP Learning Center on August 19, 2008. A senior engineer presented “Single / Multi Phase Systems (Short Circuit Device Duty Calculation)” to over 29 attendees representing 22 companies. Discussion topics included: Availability of ANSI and IEC standards for calculating short circuit current for parts of the network below main panels, sub panels, UPS, and phase adapters. Device duty calculation compares the calculated fault current from these networks for evaluation of protective devices and automatically generates critical and marginal alerts based on user-defined alarm limits.

To learn more about Short Circuit Device Duty Calculation visit here.

Houston #10 - May 20, 2008 - Harmonics & Filter Design

Houston #10 - May 20, 2008 Harmonics & Harmonic Filter DesignHarmonics & Filter Design

The 10th ETAP Houston User Group meeting included 54 attendees from 27 companies. An ETAP Engineer presented "Harmonics & Filter Design". The presentation included: modeling of different harmonic voltage and current sources (VFDs, Chargers, UPS, etc.) in ETAP Harmonic Analysis, interpreting voltage/current THD and IHD from ETAP displayed results and reports, and examples of harmonic filter sizing to reduce system harmonics.

To learn more about Harmonics & Filter Design visit here.

Southern California #10 - February 26, 2008 - ETAP Switching Management

Southern California #10 - February 26, 2008 Switching Sequence ManagementETAP Switching Management

The 10th ETAP Southern California User Group meeting was held at the ETAP Learning Center in Irvine, California at OTI's corporate office which provided almost 20 attendees from 10 companies with access to several ETAP Engineers to answer a variety of questions. The main presentation discussed how ETAP Switching Management allows the operator to build a complete switching procedure using a graphical user interface and execute the switching program all in one step. Before any switching sequence is executed, the application verifies whether the sequence is compliant with company standard safety switching procedures and requests confirmation during execution of each step before proceeding to the next step in order to avoid inadvertent switching.

To learn more about Switching Management visit here.

Houston #9 - January 22, 2008 - New Enhancements Added to Arc Flash in ETAP 6.0

Houston #9 - January 22, 2008 Arc Flash with PPE ParameterNew Enhancements Added to Arc Flash in ETAP 6.0

With almost 70 attendees from 41 companies, an ETAP Engineer presented the new enhancements added to Arc Flash in ETAP 6.0 at the 9th ETAP Houston User Group meeting. The presentation included an example of how to practically reduce the PPE level. Arc Flash mitigation methods were also discussed.

To learn more about ETAP 6.0 visit here.