Make plans now to attend the 20th Annual Beckwith Electric Protection & Control Seminar in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

The seminar is divided into two program tracks, Power Plant Protection and Distribution Protection & Control, to help you find the educational programs of most interest and value for you.


Power Plant Protection Track
This track provides an in-depth study of Generator and Transformer Protection, Blackout Avoidance, Load Shedding, Motor Bus Transfer, Automatic Synchronizing, and more.

Distribution Protection & Control Track
This track provides an in-depth study of Transformer Protection, Feeder Protection, DER/DG Operation, Protection & Control, Arc Flash, LTC & Regulator Controls, Transformer Paralleling, and Distribution System Optimization: VVO/CVR.

Each participant will receive daily breakfast and lunch, comprehensive course materials, and the opportunity to interact with our knowledgeable instructors in a casual classroom environment and at evening receptions. Participant interaction is encouraged to gain from the shared experiences of others. Opportunities to discuss needs-based case studies and examples will be available throughout the seminar.

Who should attend?

Engineers and Technicians at Utilities, Consultancies, Integrators, Packagers, and OEMs, as well as others who design, engineer and develop settings for protective relay systems. Also, protection generalists who desire a deeper background on the subject.

Seminar Cost:

$1,320 per person by Friday, June 30, 2017, 5 PM EST.
10% group discount for 2+ attendees from the same company. Please note that all registrations must be made on the same day to qualify.


In the Power Plant Protection Track:

Generators are subject to internal faults, external faults and abnormal operating conditions impressed by the turbine and excitation system issues, as well as power system events the generator has no control over but must cope with. False (nuisance) trips are costly as the generators output is lost. Inability to trip due to lack of sensitivity, lack of certain protections or deficiencies in protection application may cause severe damage to generators, resulting in prolonged outage and revenue loss, plus increased system instability risk. Achieving the ideal balance of secure and dependable protection involves use of an array of elements that protect the generator for all operating modes: off-line, start up, synchronizing, various levels of power output and when challenged by system faults and anomalies.

  • Ground faults in generator stator and field/rotor circuits can lead to damage, costly repair, extended outage and loss of revenue plus these faults are becoming more common as the generators age and the insulation degrades.

  • Low level ground faults can quickly evolve into multiphase faults, even near the neutral. Learn how to securely decrease ground fault protection time delays.
  • Low level external faults can cause false trips on differential protection. Find out how to use ratios of RMS vs. Fundamental to maintain security.
  • You can measure rotor to ground impedance and alarm before you have to trip the generator. See how an injection based rotor ground fault system can be applied on brushed and brushless generators.
  • You can use load encroachment blinders on phase fault back up elements to help better discriminate between load and systems faults.
  • Subharmonic injection is a sure-fire method to detect ground faults under all operating and loading conditions. Find out how using the real component for fault detection makes the system secure yet extremity sensitive.



In the Power Plant and Distribution Track:

  • Ground faults near the neutral or on impedance grounded transformers are difficult to detect with phase differential. Learn how the use of ground differential protection increases sensitivity and security.
  • CT remanence is a leading cause of differential element misoperation. Explore how to use an IEEE calculator and use dual slope characteristics to mitigate the effects of CT remanent flux.
  • Newer transformers may not exhibit sufficient quantity of 2nd harmonic for restraint of the differential element when energizing. See how the use of 2nd and 4th harmonics for inrush detection enhances reliability during energizing.
  • Possible overexcitation is not exclusively a generating plant transformer issue. Learn the causes of damaging overexcitation from the Utility T&D and how to effectively protect against them.
  • Overexcitation can cause false differential operation and most relays employ differential element blocking when faced with 5th harmonic.
    Explore why that can lead to a reliability issue and how to mitigate with adaptive restraint. An adaptive technique to increase reliability of the differential element during overexcitation will be illustrated.



In the Distribution Protection & Controls Track:

  • Coordination principles based on industry standard practices

  • Distribution protection in the presence of feeder reconfiguration

  • Communication Assisted Tripping for Networked Feeders

  • Latest industry trends using advanced power quality indices



In the Distribution Protection & Controls Track:

  • LTC & Regulator Controls
    On-line load tapchangers are a key component for controlling voltage at transmission and distribution levels. They are also a key element of IVVC, VVO and CVR application. Schemes and applications for operation, alarming, runback, reliability centered maintenance, paralleling and coordination with capacitors are addressed.

  • Transformer Paralleling


In the Distribution Protection & Controls Track:

This technical session provides a background into DER operation and associated protection and control considerations for conventional and inverter-based power sources. We will review types of DER/DG and the modes in which they can operate in parallel with the distribution system. Key aspects of IEEE 1547 and a sample DER interconnection screening process are highlighted. Details of on-site standby power system conversion to operate in parallel with the distribution system are shown. Protection methodology at the point-of-common coupling (PCC) and point-of-interconnection (PI) is explored for all types of DER. A treatment of distribution system protection and control considerations and applications with DER is discussed, including addressing the impact of IEEE 1547A.



In the Power Plant Protection Track:

Motor Bus Transfer (MBT) is the process of rapidly transferring sources to a motor bus for planned source switching and unplanned source failure. The rapid transfer allows the process to continue without interruption. To avoid damage to the motors, specialized equipment and methods are employed to cope with the dynamics of motor deceleration, and voltage and phase angle change between the new source and the motor bus. Improper reconnection of the motor bus can cause cumulative or immediate damage to the motors, and result in a process crash.

Synchronizing is the process of taking two electrical systems and connecting them. This can be affected on a generator to a bus, or a tie between two bulk power systems. Proper synchronizing involves minimizing the phase angle, slip frequency and voltage difference between the two systems. Prior to synchronizing, the systems may have a static phase angle or rotating phase angle. The application of sync check and automatic synchronizing elements is explored and calculations developed. Synchronizing schemes are illustrated that improve security. Specialized control algorithms to properly adjust generator speed and voltage for proper synchronization are defined and graphically illustrated.


Included with Registration is your choice of Printed or Electronic Materials loaded on a Tablet

Based on your learning preference, you have the choice of receiving seminar materials either printed or loaded on a tablet that you get to keep. Included with the tablet is a table stand for comfortable viewing. All attendees receive electronic versions of seminar materials that can be printed later. Hard-copies will not be available at the seminar unless you order at registration.


Earn 2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 28 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

The seminar provides Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through IEEE. The IEEE maintains an official registry of all CEUs awarded. This makes accounting to state licensing boards an easier task for our seminar participants.

One CEU is equal to ten contact hours of instruction in a continuing education activity. Many states require Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to maintain P.E. licensure, encouraging engineers to seek CEUs for their participation in Continuing Education Programs.

IEEE CEUs readily translate into PDHs (1 CEU = 10 PDHs).


Hospitality & Demo Expo

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
7:00 - 10:00 PM
Sandpearl Resort: Harbor Ballroom

Meet with the experts and visit interactive product demonstrations!

Beckwith Electric and Special Guests will host a Hospitality & Demo Expo for a time of networking and information sharing including food and drinks. Don't miss the raffle at the Hospitality & Demo Expo! There will be a drawing for some great prizes at the end of the reception. Must be present to win!




Factory Tour & Product Demo at Beckwith Headquarters (Optional)

Thursday, July 27, 2017
1:00 - 5:45 PM

Visit the Beckwith Electric factory for a behind-the-scenes look at our advanced manufacturing and services capabilities at work. Discover how we turn raw material into cutting-edge technology. Experience the Beckwith Electric commitment to quality, equipment reliability, testing procedures, new product development, and customer service. Talk to Beckwith Electric technical and product support staff and learn first-hand about our technology through live product demonstrations.

Includes transportation to and from the Sandpearl Resort. Estimated arrival back at the Sandpearl is 5:45-6:00 PM.


Optional Post-Seminar Product Training (Free!)

Friday, July 28, 2017
8:00 AM - Noon

Attend free product training on the following Beckwith Electric products with a special interest in testing and commissioning procedures:

  • M-3425A Comprehensive Generator Protection System
  • M-3311A (2, 3, or 4-Winding) Transformer Protection System
  • M-7651A D-PAC Protection, Automation and Control System for Power Distribution Applications

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