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EEA QUT 212 Advanced Power System Protection

19 September 2018 - 21 September 2018
8:30 am - 4:30 am
The Terrace Conference Centre
114 The Terrace

[Please note the start time for Wednesday 19th is 12.30pm)


Protection of today’s sophisticated Electricity Generation, Transmission and Distribution Systems is necessary to maximise safety for the public and electricity industry employees alike, to disconnect faulted plant from the system, and to maintain quality of supply to customers. Reliability of these protection schemes is important to ensure damage to the power system is minimised, faulted plant is disconnected, system stability is maintained, security is optimised, and to ensure unfaulted plant is not inadvertently tripped from service. Especially with respect to HV and EHV electricity transmission systems, the modern trend is for these to be operated closer and closer to their limits of performance. This requires the associated protection systems to be coordinated, to be fast operating, to be secure and to be reliable. The provision of these conflicting requirements is fundamental to the National Electricity Rules. These rules mandate performance of protection systems to prevent constraint of inter and intra regional power flows and to maintain power system stability.

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the sophisticated protection systems used to protect high voltage transmission and distribution systems. It also provides a comprehensive reference for the protection of rotating plant, including synchronous generators and large induction motors.

Advanced Power System Protection course covers the application of modern micro‐ processor based relay technology, as well as covering the application of older electronic and electromechanical relays, this latter group being the majority of devices still in service. It is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of the full range of protection equipment, except for distance protection which is covered under module EEP241 – “Distance Protection”.

This module will assist both those whose day to day work involves them in the application of protection design and also those in less directly associated areas of transmission system design.

This information is necessary for:

  • Planning engineers, to identify the difficulties in providing protection for various power system configurations under review.
  • Maintenance engineers, to ensure that system protection is not compromised as plant is removed from service during maintenance.
  • Circuitry design engineers, to ensure that protective schemes are implemented in a manner to provide optimum performance.
  • Protection application engineers, to identify protection implications and to ensure protection scheme design and relay setting principles provide the necessary levels of speed, security, reliability and safety.
Download course flyer here.

Course Aims

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the philosophy of protection scheme selection, protection scheme configuration, and the principles associated with the determination of relay settings.

Objectives and Outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Specify current and voltage transformers for transient operation.
  • Calculate settings for differential protection schemes and recognise blind spots in the protection.
  • Design and specify protection schemes.
  • Analyse protection operation using sequence component methods.
  • Understand trends in protection technology.

A detailed course outline has been provided by the lecturer which will assist in understanding the content of the course and assessment tasks. To view and/or download

Course Venue and Timings

The Terrace Conference Centre, 114 The Terrace, Wellington

  • Wednesday 19th September 2018 - 12.30pm (Registration) Course starts 1.00pm to 4.30pm
  • Thursday 20th September 2018 - 8.30am to 4.00pm
  • Friday 21st September 2018 - 8.30am to 4.00pm

Course Costs and Confirmation

The cost for EEA Members and staff of Corporate Members is $2150.00+gst and Non-Members is $2450.00+gst. This course is subject to a minimum number of attendees and will only be confirmed once these numbers are reached.

Register for this Course

To register, follow the link at the bottom of this page. If you have any trouble registering, or any questions, please contact us on 04 4738600 or email to

Note: An invoice will not be sent at the time of registration just your confirmation email of attendance. The invoice will be sent once the minimum number has been reached. Please hold any travel arrangements until we have confirmed the course.

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