UG SoCal

Ground Grid Design and Optimization

Feb 12, 2019
Irvine, United States

The User Group will meet at the ETAP Training Center.

User Group Description

Social: Introduction of the hosts and attendees, snacks and refreshments will be provided

Presentation: Ground Grid Design and Optimization

Ground grid systems are necessary to direct faults to earth, limit voltage rise and eliminate step and touch potentials to ultimately limit electric shock related incidents. When designing a grounding grid, engineers are faced with these complex technical challenges as well as optimizing the size of conductors and number of rods to increase material cost savings.

ETAP Ground Grid provides flexible design methodologies for quick auto-designed layouts or very detailed schemes, while maintaining the goal of reducing design time and project material costs. Advanced 3-D technology integrated with the one-line diagram enables engineers to visualize their ground grid and automatically use short circuit results, removing the need to manually transfer the fault currents from a separate database.

Ground Grid in ETAP 19 has been enhanced to include a soil resistivity calculator. Attendees will learn how to convert field measurements into appropriate soil models using industry standard ground resistivity calculations, and perform safety assessment using IEEE 80 and Finite Element Method in an integrated application. 

Key Topics: 
  • IEEE 80 & IEEE 665
  • Finite Element Method
  • Rod and Conductor Optimization
  • Ground grid layout in 3-D
  • Soil Resistivity Calculator

Open discussion

Who should attend

This event is open to all engineers and managers who are interested in learning about the latest features and capabilities of ETAP. New and experienced ETAP users will gain valuable knowledge and be more productive with ETAP.


This event is free and registration is required. Seating is limited, please register early.


ETAP Learning Center
17 Goodyear
Irvine, CA 92618

Date & Time

Feb 12, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


Snacks and refreshments will be provided.



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