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Substation Design Guide

Timothy L. O'Hearn, PE

This course provides criteria and guidance in the engineering and design of electrical substations. The planning, engineering, design, procurement, construction, and operation of transmission and distribution substations are covered. Substations should be designed, constructed, and operated to meet customers’ needs at the lowest possible cost commensurate with the quality of service desired.

The topics covered are: major equipment selection, layout, site design, structural design, grounding system design, insulation coordination, protective relaying, substation automation, inspection and testing, as well as maintenance considerations. Possible design responsibilities of the engineer are covered, including preparation of construction drawings, material, equipment and labor specifications and other engineering design services that may be required.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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