Course Date/Time: One day course on Thursday Oct 3, 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Course Format:
Class room format with demonstration of field testing.
Course Description: This seminar is specifically related to electrical power grounding systems with the course
material supported by years of experience troubleshooting utility grounding problems. The
course is structured to provide a very fundamental introduction into grounding systems
beginning with grounding system design followed by maintenance and testing of grounding
systems. Test equipment will be demonstrated. A brief discussion of lightning protection is
included. The course material is based on ANSI/IEEE Standard #80 “IEEE Guide for Safety in
AC Substations Grounding”.
Target Participants: This course is suitable for both new and experienced engineering and electrical staff
involved in grounding system design, maintenance and testing. It is very suitable for utility staff
responsible for operating and maintaining grounding systems. The course is very appropriate as a
refresher course for engineering staff and also for industrial electrical staff wanting a better
understanding of power system grounding particularly substation grounding.
Course Outline:
Definitions and Standards
Grounding Design Methodology
Objectives of Grounding
Grounding System Maintenance Practices
Grounding System Components
Testing of Grounding Systems
Principles of Grounding
Lightning Protection
General Grounding Requirements
Mr. John Williamson received his Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering in
1974 from the University of New Brunswick. He is a registered professional
engineer in the province of New Brunswick with 36 years of experience in the
electrical utility industry. In 2010 he retired from NB Power Transmission Corp.
as Manager of Transmission Engineering. In 2008, he established J Williamson
Engineering Inc. specializing in lightning protection and grounding system design
for transmission lines and substations. His recognized expertise in grounding
related issues from 30 years of experience in troubleshooting utility grounding
problems has lead him to becoming the technical advisor of the CEATI Grounding
and Lightning Task Force formed in 2009 and their annual workshops
“The Station”, at 380 York Street, Fredericton, is conveniently located in the core
of Fredericton's Downtown only minutes away from all amenities. This iconic
1923 heritage property has been fully renovated with the latest state-of-the-art
audio-visual equipment and technology.
Register by email to: [email protected]
Street Address
Course Fee:
$250 payable by cheque, money order or bank transfer to J Williamson Engineering Inc.
Payment mailed to J Williamson Engineering Inc, 44 Day St, Fredericton, NB, E3B-7E1

Grounding Training Seminar Brochure