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Advanced SCADA Systems Management (ASSM)

Duration: 1 Week

Course Objectives

To provide the electrical generation, transmission and distribution industry with highly skilled and competent human resource to the satisfaction of end-users in the area of SCADA Systems Management. This will enhance the management of the entire power networks to the satisfaction of both suppliers and consumers. The course includes tours to substations, control centres, and installations where participants can practice on SCADA equipments.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Apply their knowledge, skills and values (competences) so developed during training to new and demanding industrial situation.
  • Apply skills acquired in managing SCADA Systems equipment.
  • Apply skills acquired in analyzing events and disturbance data
  • Apply acquired skills to operate a SCADA system.
  • Understand errors in SCADA and failure rates.

Course Outline

  • Overview of Electrical Power System
  • SCADA Applications
  • SCADA Functions
  • System Architecture
  • System Structures
  • System Reliability
  • System Security
  • Practicals and Study Tours

Target Group

Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Switchyard/Substation, Control Room Operations/Maintenance Technicians, Technologists/Superintendents and Engineers.

Applied Industrial Hydraulics (AIH)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide Course participants with technical theory and practice in order to enable them comprehend the principles of operations and applications of oil hydraulics in industry. The program includes a lot of practicals in the KGRTC process laboratory on FESTO and MECMAN training modules and demonstrations at the Kafue Gorge power station for the course participants to be acquainted with actual equipment and procedures

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

    iMaster Basic Hydraulic Principles

  • Read and Draw Hydraulic Circuits.
  • Assemble, Operate, and Maintain Hydraulic Equipment and Components.
  • Troubleshoot and Resolve Hydraulic Problems.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Basic Hydraulics Principles
  • Hydraulic Circuit Symbols.
  • Hydraulic Fluids.
  • Hydraulic Valves
  • Hydraulic Pumps.
  • Hydraulic Cylinders
  • Accumulators
  • Hydraulic and Mechanical Governors.

Target Group

Electrical/Mechanical Engineers, Technologists and qualified practicing personnel.

AutoCAD Techniques for Practicing Professionals (ATPP)

Duration: 1 Week

Course Objectives

This course is designed for practicing professionals involved with engineering design field and for those interested in computer aided design for electricity applications. The aim of the course is to introduce particpants to the best practice information, skills, and concepts related to drafting and design with CAD. Special attention will be paid to sketching, measurement, field planning, multi-view drawing, auxiliary views, working drawings, sectional views, orthographic drawings along with AutoCAD tools and commands.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Create and edit engineering drawings using AutoCAD command and functions;
  • Create, import and insert blocks, files, and raster images into drawings;
  • Use paper space and models to plot drawings in A, B, C and D sizes to correct scales.
  • Prepare bills of materials/quantities and cost estimates and implement best practices and standards in engineering and design for the electricity industry using AutoCAD;
  • Apply in-depth knowledge, skills and values so developed during the planned course to demanding situations.

Course Outline

  • Getting started with AutoCAD
  • Application of basic drawing and editing commands
  • Setting up layouts and viewports
  • Working with layers
  • Working with externally referenced features
  • Hydraulic Cylinders
  • Annotating the drawing with the dimensions, labels, text and other features
  • Working with printing/plotting command in AutoCAD

Target Group

Planning and design professionals and any other suitably qualified personnel requiring a basic understanding of the concepts, principles and best practices in AutoCAD application in the electricity industry

Cable Jointing and Termination (CJT)

Duration: 3 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide participants with practical techniques and concepts in cable jointing and termination (CJT). The course aims at providing the participants with key concepts in CJT that will enable them to operate with confidence in a highly changing world in all sectors of the industry. The course includes tours to designated utilities and relevant companies. Participants will have first hand experience of new concepts.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Apply skills in the use of various types of hand, power and special tools in cable jointing and termination.
  • Identify and utilize various types of materials used in cable jointing and termination.
  • Apply standard safety rules and regulations.
  • Apply skills pertaining to installation and maintenance of LV, MV and HV cable joining.

Course Outline

  • Electricity General Rules and Regulations
  • Communication Skills
  • Basic Electricity Theory and Practice
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Cable Types
  • Application of Cables to various Voltages
  • Cable Design
  • Cable Laying
  • Cable Jointing Theory
  • Cable Jointing Practice
  • Cable Termination
  • Tools and Materials

Target Group

Personnel in Distribution, Transmission, Telecommunications, staff with trade test certificates in electrical engineering disciplines, and other suitably qualified personnel.

Diploma in Hydropower Technology and Management (Dip HTM)

Duration: 1 Year 3 Months

Course Objectives

The Power industry is a multi-disciplinary, highly capital intensive industry. The Human element is the most vital input of the Power Sector. Whilst Africa has largely developed capacity for operation and maintenance of power systems, this has been possible only at post graduate or in-service short training only. Further, and lamentably so, Africa has scarcely developed capacity for planning, development and management of power projects. The Dip HTM course has been designed to develop school leavers or better qualified individuals for a professional career at diploma level to be experts in power generation projects and have proficiency in related power systems as well in transmission and distribution. Utilities, government agencies and any power sector organization will be able to go on the job market and find experts of hydropower, whose knowledge is inclusive of all other forms of energy system and are ready to be deployed in planning, development and management of hydropower generation projects.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Design, supervise construction and commissioning of power projects.
  • Apply theories of engineering in planning and developing hydropower water systems, power house, equipment and machines installations
  • Carry out managerial, supervisory and business functions in operations and maintenance of power systems.

Course Outline

  • Hydropower Development
  • Hydropower Plant Operations and Control
  • Power Systems and Operations
  • Maintenance Management Systems
  • Electrical Machines
  • Mechanics of Machines and Fluids
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Industrial Attachment and Final Year Project

Target Group

Any suitably qualified persons desiring competence in hydropower development and management at different levels of specialization.

Distribution Lines Design and Construction (DLDC)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide participants with modern concepts and practical techniques in design and construction of power distribution systems. Participants shall be exposed to isolation and safe operation procedures on live and dead lines.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Carry out stringing and sagging of distribution line conductors.
  • Apply climbing skills, techniques and safe work habits as per power line safety guidelines and principles.
  • Apply knowledge and skills gained to effectively execute construction and commissioning of power distribution lines as per standard design and with confidence.

Course Outline

  • Overview of Distribution Line Systems
  • Safety Working Procedures and Safety Rules
  • Line Equipment-Transformers and Switchgears
  • Planning and Resource Mobilization
  • Distribution Lines Components-Materials and Tools
  • Transformer Connections and Terminations
  • Line Locating, Staking and Guying
  • Construction of Distribution Lines
  • Installation of Distribution Line Equipment
  • Protection in Distribution Line Systems

Target Group

Engineers, Line men, technicians and any other qualified personnel involved in supervision and actual design and construction of power distribution systems.

Electricity Distribution Network Management (EDNM)

Duration: 3 Weeks

Course Objectives

The EDNM course provides participants with the fundamental understanding of modern practices in power distribution network management for business continuity and sustainability. It presents an introduction to the various types of distribution network configurations, equipment and loads. The fundamental concepts of outsourcing and contactor management are elaborated, including but not limited to resource planning and procurement. The main objective of the EDNM course is to improve the participants’ understanding of distribution network management; and their acumen to effectively manage the network to ensure reliability of supply to customers. The course participants will have the opportunity to benchmark on best practice against global minimum standards regarding quality of supply and quality of service for distribution networks.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Identify components of a distribution network and their functions clearly.
  • Carryout planning, construction supervision and maintenance of a disruption network.
  • Operate and control a distribution power system using appropriate software, including SCADA systems, effectively.

Course Outline

  • Overview of Distribution Line Systems
  • Safety Working Procedures and Safety Rules
  • Line Equipment-Transformers and Switchgears
  • Planning and Resource Mobilization
  • Distribution Lines Components-Materials and Tools
  • Transformer Connections and Terminations
  • Line Locating, Staking and Guying
  • Construction of Distribution Lines
  • Installation of Distribution Line Equipment
  • Protection in Distribution Line Systems

Target Group

Engineers, Line men, technicians and any other qualified personnel involved in supervision and actual design and construction of power distribution systems.

Emergency Restoration Systems (ERS)

Duration: 3 Days

Course Objectives

Generally, when electrical transmission is interrupted because one or several towers are damaged, there is a high economical cost for the utility company. However, there are also high political and social costs to such a situation. This represents an opportunity for a quick and efficient solution to temporarily replace damaged towers, until the utility company can remove the damaged tower, build a new foundation, transport the new tower to the site and install it. This process can take as little as 1 or 2 weeks (tower in stock, 24h shifts, efficient teams) or as long as 5 or 6 weeks. By using ERS, the towers can be replaced in just a few hours by creating a by-pass and power transmission resumed much faster than with the traditional methods. When the new tower is installed, the ERS towers can be removed as quickly as they were installed and put back in a container until the next use. The ERS course presents an opportunity for participants to gain relevant experience on application of the ERS Towers technology in electricity industry.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Carryout planning and verification of gorund intergirty conditions for ERS Tower Inatllations.
  • Carryout inatallation and disassembly of the modular ERS tower and relevant components to ensure continuity of comminucation and/or electricity supply under emergency conditions.
  • Adopt and apply appropriate safty skills for ERS Tower Installations.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Power Systems
  • Introduction to Emergency Restoration Systems (ERS)
  • Field practice on inspection of ground integrity conditions
  • Field demonstration of the ball joint gin pole method
  • Field demonstration of installation of tower section with sliding gin pole method
  • Field practice on assembly of tower using gin pole method
  • Field practice on tensioning of permanent guy wires
  • Field practice on assembly of insulators on ground
  • Field practice on installation of insulators on tower
  • Field practice on disassembling of the tower and insulators

Target Group

Engineers, Line men, technicians and any other qualified personnel involved in power network construction, operations and maintenance.

Energy Efficiency and Management (EEM)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide Course participants with technical theory and practice in order to enable them comprehend the principles of energy management and conservation of energy equipment in industry. The program includes practical demonstrations in the Kafue Gorge power station for the course participants to be acquainted with actual equipment and procedures.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Identify energy management opportunities
  • Carry out energy audits.

Course Outline

  • Understand your Energy
  • Compare yourself and understand how energy is used
  • Finding Savings Opportunities
  • Data recording & processing
  • Plant Survey
  • Electric Metering & Tariffs and Demand Management
  • Electric Motors, Lighting, Insulation
  • Fans, Pumps, Compressed Air, Refrigeration & Heat Pumps
  • Fuel Fired Equipment
  • Steam Generation & Distribution
  • Heat Recovery Systems
  • Monitoring & targeting

Target Group

Technical personnel, Engineering Consultants, Tertiary Education Personnel and other suitably qualified personnel.

Fiber Optics for Telecommunication Applications (FOTA)

Duration: 1 Week

Course Objectives

The use and demand for optical fiber has grown tremendously. First developed in the 1970s, fiber-optic communication systems have revolutionized the telecommunications industry and have played a major role in the advent of the Information Age. Other applications for optical fiber include space, military, automotive, and the industrial sector in intelligent transportation systems such as smart highways with intelligent traffic lights, automated tollbooths, and changeable message signs, as well as use of fiber-optic-based telemetry systems in modern tele-medicine devices for transmission of digital diagnostic images. Accordingly, professionals increasingly need to retool their competences and skills to adapt to the changes in fiber optic systems technology. This has to be done in a clear and concise manner to avoid any ambiguity. The training programme on Fiber Optics for Telecommunication Applications (FOTA) has been designed for people responsible for design and installation of fibre-optic networks. The purpose of this course is to guide delegates into carrying out design, installation, testing and commissioning of fibre-optic systems for telecommunication systems with greater confidence, clarity and impact! The course provides practical exposure to splicing techniques and methods, an environment for effective fibre optic professionals.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Carry out Termination for a variety of Connectors
  • Assemble a Splice Enclosure
  • Carry out Testing and Troubleshooting of Fiber Optic cables and Fiber Optic Systems.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Fiber Optics: History and Future, Fiber to the Desk/ Home, Networking, and Safety
  • Fiber Optics Standards (Networking Standards, Certification Bodies, Cable and Connector Identification)
  • Design and Installation of Fiber Cabling
  • Outside Plant Fiber Cable preparation, termination & testing; Testing, OTls and Equipment; and Fiber Optics Safety)
  • Hands-on Sessin (Practicals and Field Trips): Cables/Termination/Splicing-Fusion/ Splicing-Mechanical/ TestInsertion Loss/ Test-TDR/Field trip to Fiber Optic installation sites for audit and benchmarking on best practice.

Target Group

Technical personnel, Engineering Consultants, Tertiary Education Personnel and other suitably qualified personnel responsible for design and installation of fibre-optic networks.

Fluid Flow and Centrifugal Pumps (FFCP)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide Course participants with technical theory and practice in order to enable them comprehend the principles of centrifugal pumps. The program includes practical demonstrations in the Kafue Gorge power station for the course participants to be acquainted with actual equipment, application areas and operation and maintenance procedures.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Master Fluid flow principles and apply them to various systems and processes
  • Carry out operation and maintenance of systems and processes relying on centrifugal pumps
  • Carry out appropriate pump installations, system design and pipework layout for domestic, commercial and industrial applications

Course Outline

  • Fluid Flow
  • Classification of Flow
  • Fluid Properties / Basic Equations
  • Head Losses/Cavitation
  • Hydraulic Transient in Pumps
  • Components / Operation Principles
  • Pipe Systems
  • Trouble Shooting Guidelines

Target Group

Operators and Technicians involved with Operation and Maintenance of centrifugal pump system.

Generator Performance Dynamics (GPD)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide participants with technical theory and hands on practice in order to enable them prepare, plan and manage the maintenance of generators and their associated equipment. This programme endeavors to demonstrate the pragmatic use of testing, inspection, maintenance and design information as it applies to the troubleshooting needs of power plant generators and generator maintenance technical personnel. The course includes tours to hydropower plants where generators are in use and being refurbished for the industry.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Master basic principles and skills for condition monitoring of generators
  • Carryout routine maintenance on generators and associated equipment effectively
  • Conduct various tests associated with condition monitoring of generators

Course Outline

  • Generator Design and Construction
  • Generator Auxiliary Systems
  • Operation and Control
  • Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics.
  • Hydraulic Transient in Pumps
  • Generator Protection
  • Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing
  • Stator Inspection.
  • Rotor Inspection.
  • Auxiliaries Inspection

Target Group

Engineers, Technologists, Technicians, personnel responsible for operation, maintenance of Generators and suitably qualified personnel.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide skills in data and information acquisition, extraction, management and analysis; spatial and statistical modeling; mapping and visualization. The course also aims at developing skills in the use of information technology, virtual working and electronic communication. The course will tackle principles and practices of using GIS, quantitative methods relevant to modern business management and planning, geodemographics, computer modeling for locational analysis, database marketing and data mining.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Understand and apply the main concepts and data models in GIS
  • Appreciate the analytical functionality of GIS and the limitations of GIS packages
  • Apply GIS principles in business and industry

Course Outline

  • GIS definition and characteristics
  • Data sources, datum, projections and co-ordinate systems
  • Spatial data models and the digital representation of spatial data
  • Geographical database issues
  • Basic spatial operations buffer and overlay
  • Data capture and representation
  • Network analysis
  • Surface analysis
  • GIS and modeling

Target Group

Engineers, Technologists, Personnel in planning, design offices, and other suitably qualified personne

Hydraulics and Turbine Regulations (HTR)

Duration: 3 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide Course participants with technical theory and practice in order to enable them comprehend the principles of operations of hydraulics turbines and governors. The program includes practical demonstrations in the Kafue Gorge power station for the course participants to be acquainted with actual equipment and procedures.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Operate hydropower plants under normal, abnormal and emergency situations
  • Operate and maintain hydraulic turbines
  • Operate and maintain hydraulic governors

Course Outline

  • Introduction to hydraulics
  • Hydraulic principles/symbols/components
  • Systems and circuit design
  • Trouble shooting techniques
  • Heat, leakage & contamination
  • Introduction to Turbine regulation
  • Control systems
  • Governor modules
  • Tunnel/Penstock influence on speed governing
  • Regulating theory

Target Group

Electrical/Mechanical Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and suitably qualified personnel.

Hydropower Construction Management and Contracts (HCMC)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

This course has been designed to develop local capacity to deal with all issues related to contract management for successful, accelerated and sustainable hydropower development with greater confidence, clarity and impact. The course focuses on developing an equitable contract management system and mechanisms for quick dispute resolution, addressing potential calamities at hydropower construction sites, as well as fostering synergy among stakeholders, i.e. developers, consultants and contractors, for timely completion of hydropower projects.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Comprehend and integrate the multi-disciplinary and multidimensional aspects of hydropower projects for successful implementation
  • Coordinate various activities for successful hydropower project completion
  • Effectively manage various stakeholder interests to ensure that cost overruns on a hydropower project are limited
  • Apply in-depth knowledge, skills and values so developed during the planned course to demanding situations in their line of duty.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to hydropower
  • Tender documents for hydropower construction and their legal implication
  • Hydropower contract preparation and negotiations
  • Contract models
  • Risks in hydropower projects and liability sharing in hydropower construction
  • Construction delays in hydropower projects
  • Construction management, monitoring and supervision

Target Group

Personnel such as engineers, environmental, social and economic scientists involved with hydropower development, legal and contract management as well as any suitably qualified personnel requiring a pragmatic understanding of the concepts, principles and practices for successful hydropower construction contract management.

Instrumentation and Process Control (IPC)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

With the ever changing world of industrial instrumentation and automation technology, instrumentation and process control studies have become common. This has been necessitated by a large cost reduction that accompanies Automation in the use of SMART instruments and reliable computerized systems (SCADA and PLCs). It is therefore a strategic imperative that organizations establish good Process monitoring, measurement and control systems, hence the need of the IPC course.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Define Instrumentation and Process Control.
  • Define Sensors (Transducers) in Instrumentation
  • Identify Instrumentation Symbols
  • Describe the importance of Process Control in Metering, Variability, Efficiency, and Safety
  • Wire Process Instruments to a SCADA or PLC.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Instrumentation: Definitions of Instrumentation Terms; Engineering Units, Fundamental Mechanical Laws and Electrical Laws
  • Instrumentation Symbols and Sensors: Types of Sensors; Process Measurement, Monitoring and Control Instruments
  • Process Control Signals-Discrete and Continuous: Analogue Inputs and Outputs; Digital Inputs and Outputs profound; Role of Field Instruments in Process Control
  • Signal Processing and Control: Process Control Philosophy; Feedback Control; Reading PIDs
  • Instrument Meters and indicators in Power System Operations
  • Process Control in Switching Operations: Circuit Breaker remote operations; Isolator or Disconnector remote operation; Substation measuring instruments; Earthing and Interlocks
  • Wiring Process Instruments to a SCADA or PLC
  • Process Automation

Target Group

Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and other suitably qualified personnel invlved with instrumentatin and prcess cntrl in industry.

Machinery Alignment and Balancing (MAB)

Duration: 1 Week

Course Objectives

Machines will need balancing from time to time. Among the highlights are when we have major rehabilitation and reassembly work or during new installations and commissioning. Other cases may arise during normal maintenance and operation of the equipment. Equipment is properly aligned ensuring it is important to both extend life and enable efficient operations. The course is designed to assist course participants and identify the different alignment issues and how to fix them. Identification of imbalance and how to fix it is also treated. The course is builds on strong aspects of practical work with the use of tools and of appropriate standards as practiced in the industry. Case studies and different projects will be discussed; including site visits industry to help the other components of the course.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Apply basic principles of alignment to identify misalignment and successfully set up the alignment job
  • Use a dial indicator tool or laser alignment system to precisely align two components together
  • Deal with thermal growth, and how to approach a larger machine train.
  • Read and interpret vibration phase measurements and vectors using appropriate sensors
  • Balance machinery using different approaches and weights
  • Use balancing standards to make balancing effective.

Course Outline

  • Basics of Alignment: Overview of the alignment process, The benefits of shaft alignment, and Shaft Alignment Mathematics
  • Dial indicators and alignment checks: Dial indicator measurements, and Pre-alignment checks
  • Soft checks and corrections: Detecting and correcting soft foot, Importance of soft foot, Testing for soft foot, and Correcting soft foot
  • Alignment correction methods: Rim-Face dial indicator method, Reverse dial indicator method, and Laser alignment
  • Machine Movements: Base bound and bolt bound, Dynamic and thermal movement, and Machine train alignment
  • Amplitude and phase readings: Vibration and phase readings, Vibration sensors, and Vectors
  • Machinery balancing methods: Single plane balancing, Balancing with weights, Two-plane balancing, and Factors affecting balancing
  • Balancing standards: ISO Grades, and Charts

Target Group

Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and other suitably qualified personnel.

Machinery Vibration Monitoring and Analysis (MVMA)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

The training program is an application-oriented course for industry, which aims at conveying the latest thinking and best practice of machinery vibration monitoring and analysis via lectures, case studies and workshop activities.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Detect, locate and diagnose faults in rotating and reciprocating machinery
  • Use vibration analysis software and equipment to diagnose faults

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Machinery Vibrations
  • Basic Theoretical Concept
  •  Instrumentation
  • Vibration Characteristics of common machinery faults
  • Analysis for bearings, shafts and gearboxes
  • Trending

Target Group

Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and other suitably qualified personnel.

Mechanical Design of Transmission and Distribution Lines (MDTDL)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide trainees with technical theory and practice in order to enable them to perform the mechanical design of supported transmission and distribution lines using specialized software.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Enter all basic data necessary for overhead line design (conductors, supports, climatic and regulation assumptions, etc…) and all prices to be taken into account for computing a line cost
  • Create a line definition file and entering topographical data concerning that line;
  • Define a spotting and performing all the corresponding security checks (clearances, stress
  • Select an optimized spotting and producing all printings required for control and for line builders
  • Define a village electrification network and performing all the mechanical parts of its design

Course Outline

  • Presentation of different possible type of overhead transmission and distribution lines and of specialized terms;
  • Explanation on data to be entered for each line element, conductors, insulator strings, crossarms, towers
  • Site visit followed by topographical and geotechnical data entering;
  • Tower spotting and security controls, ground clearance, conductors’ clearance, stress on all lines elements
  • Foundation computation
  • Cost computation
  • Results printings and plotting;
  • Map definition for a HV, MV or LV network, followed by corresponding line design
  • Production of bill of quantity for HV, MV or LV network

Target Group

Engineers and any other qualified personnel responsible for transmission and distribution lines design, construction and. maintenance

Metering Solutions Technology and Installations (MSTI)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

The MSTI course has been designed to prepare personnel involved in prepayment metering installation and management. The course is based on the Single Phase Pre-Wired Prepaid Meter Installation, and is expected to streamline and technically enhance both theoretical knowledge and practical skills of target trainees in the prepayment metering technology.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Demonstrate holistic knowledge in prepayment metering technology
  • Develop high standard of craftsmanship in installation, commissioning and maintenance of prepayment metering technology
  • Apply an appropriate skill-set in prepayment installation, fault diagnostics and reslution
  • Forge a desirable work attitude and keen sense of responsibility, particularly concerning public and personal safety when handling prepayment meter installations
  • Apply knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired to demand situations in their line of duty

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Prepayment Metering
  • Prepayment Vending Systems
  • Hardware Components of the Prepayment Metering System
  • Prepayment Meter Installations
  • Customer Service / User Training
  • Fault Diagnostics / Troubleshooting
  • Prepayment System Usage and Management

Target Group

Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and other suitably qualified personnel involved in prepayment metering installation and management.

Microprocessor Logic Controls (MLC)

Duration: 3 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide Course participants with technical theory and practice in order to enable them comprehend the principles of operations of programmable logic controllers. The program includes practical demonstrations on models designed to represent industrial processes for the course participants to be acquainted with actual equipment and procedures.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Describe and understand the history of PLC’s and generic logic functions
  • Carry out logic circuit programming, and design programs using Grafcet charts
  • Design programs for use in industry
  • Troubleshoot and rectify faults in logic controls

Course Outline

  • History and development of PLC’s
  • Ladder Logic programming instructions
  • Programming examples of simple logic circuits
  • Use of PLC’s in industrial process control
  • Understanding process conditions
  • Generation of Logic Functions and circuits using appropriate design tools and methods
  • Design PLC’s using Grafcet charts and writing PLC programmes.

Target Group

Electrical/Mechanical Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and other suitably qualified personnel.

Modern Distribution System Design and Planning (MDSDP)

Duration: 3 Weeks

Course Objectives

The MDSDP course is designed to provide personnel with the fundamental understanding of electric circuit analysis with application to power distribution systems. It presents an introduction to the various types of distribution system configurations, equipment and loads. Power system reliability, power quality, voltage drop, voltage regulation, power factor correction, load flow studies and capacitor applications are some of the topics to be discussed. The fundamental methods used in the steady state analysis of AC circuits as applied to power distribution systems are reviewed including: linear circuit elements, complex numbers, matrices, network solution methods, three-phase power systems, the per unit system, symmetrical compnents and fault currents. The main objective of the MDSDP course is to improve participants’ understanding of distribution system design and planning. The course participants will have the opportunity to conduct case studies using DigSilent software.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Classify distribution network configurations, equipment and loads
  • Carryout distribution system design and planning
  • Undertake load flow studies on the distribution network

Course Outline

    Introduction to Power System

  • Power Concept
  • Power Systems Overview

    Distribution System Planning and Design

  • Distribution System Layout
  • Electrical Design of Overhead Lines
  • Mechanical Design of Overhead Lines
  • Underground Cables
  • Distribution Transformer Selection
  • Distribution Load Flows
  • Distribution Feeder Loss Reduction and Voltage Drop Control
  • Distribution System Protection and Automation
  • Switchgear Selection and Rating
  • Design Standards for Distribution Systems

    Distribution System Protection Practice

  • Overview of Distribution System Protection
  • Introduction to ABB Distribution Protection Relays
  • Automation and Configuration of Distribution Relays

Target Group

Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and other suitably qualified personnel involved in distribution system design and planning.

Partial Discharge Testing Techniques (PDTT)

Duration: 1 Week

Course Objectives

It has become increasingly necessary for company to provide quality, sufficient and reliable electrical energy to its customers. As there are limited energy systems and resources around the worldwide, it is important to ensure that equipment is ever functional to avoid any loss of power to the customers. A loss of power would not only affect a utility company, but would cause a loss of revenue to the customer as well. The partial discharge test course is intended to help companies detect the insulation or material breakdown before it occurs so that a preventive and corrective action can be done before the equipment fails. It helps evaluate high voltage equipment performance. With the various testing methods on partial discharge, it is possible to determine when equipment is likely to fails. The data collected during partial discharge testing is compared to measurement values of the same material gathered during the acceptance-test, hence helping companies also improve on how to keep maintenance records.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Describe the different causes of Partial Discharge
  • Apply best practice techniques to detect Partial Discharge
  • Carry out appropriate Partial Discharge tests
  • Explain the events of Partial Discharge in transformers, switchgear and reactors
  • Undertake the preventive and corrective actions in Partial Discharge

Course Outline

  • Causes of Partial Discharge in electrical systems: Age, Operations and maintenance, and Handling
  • Partial Discharge in insulating materials: Gases, Liquids, and Solids
  • Discharge detection
  • Partial Discharge measuring systems: Laboratory methods, Field testing methods, and Calibration methods
  • Monitoring partial discharge in Transformers, switchgear and Reactors
  • Corrective and Preventive action
  • Technical Excursions: Transformer and Switchgear Work, and Substation

Target Group

Managers, Engineers, Technicians and any personnel responsible for power quality management.

Plant and Asset Management Systems (PAMS)

Duration: 1 Week

Course Objectives

The management of physical assets like power plants, power transmission and distribution networks, buildings, etc. is critical to the economy of many countries. How we manage physical assets determines the efficiency of companies and how competitive they are in the market. This training course aims to support this drive to improve management practices by presenting standards, methodologies and guidance on how to set up good asset management systems.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Understand what Asset Management is and how it can contribute to asset effectiveness and efficiency
  • Understand the most important Key Performance Areas and related activities and methodologies of Asset Management
  • Be able to participate in the implementation and application of the underlying Asset Management methodologies and technologies
  • Have insight in the current status of the Best Practices and Performance of the Asset Management process within their organization by assessing the current Asset Management processes and results of the company

Course Outline

  • Overview of asset management
  • Asset Management strategy and planning
  • Asset life cycle management
  • Reliability and maintenance optimization
  • Maintenance and operations
  • Resource management
  • Organization and people
  • Asset information management
  • Risk management
  • Monitoring, review and improvement

Target Group

Managers, Engineers, Plant Maintenance and Operations personnel and other suitably qualified personnel

Power Distribution Management (PDM)

Duration: 3 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide participants with technical theory and hands on practice in order to enable them manage distribution systems using the latest technological methods. Course participants shall also learn the procedures required for the provision of good customer service and in the long – term integrity of the networks. The course includes tours to substations, control centres, and installations

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Apply their knowledge, skills and values (competences) so developed during training to new and demanding industrial situations.
  • Apply skills acquired in the management and operation of distribution systems.
  • Apply skills acquired in the efficient running of the distribution network to the satisfaction of the end users (customers).

Course Outline

  • Overview of asset management
  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Organization structures for Distribution Systems Management
  • Organization of crews for urban and rural service
  • Standards of service to customers
  • Continuity standards
  • Network monitoring
  • Fault analysis and reporting procedures
  • Design and construction standards methods
  • Indices and standards
  • Productivity measurements
  • Maintenance and stores control
  • Computer application

Target Group

Engineers, Technologists, Technicians, Distribution, Operations and Maintenance personnel and other and suitably qualified personnel.

Power Quality Management Systems (PQMS)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

The combination of ever strained and limited energy systems and resources worldwide coupled with high levels of losses in power systems, demand proper management of energy sources. The quality of power plays an important part in many industries, including sensitive areas such as hospitals, intelligent security systems, mobile communication systems and many computerised systems. It is therefore important to ensure that the electrical energy generated, transmitted and distributed to customers is of the needed quality befitting the users’ needs. The PQMS course is designed to equip course participants with skills to mitigate the ever growing deficiency of quality power. The course focuses on all aspects quality in a power supply chain. It emphasises the requirements needed to overcome different disturbances in power systems and the areas where quality may be compromised together with the available mitigation factors. Case studies and various projects will be discussed; including site visits to generating, transmission and distribution centres and sites.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Describe different power system disturbances and how power system steady state conditions are achieved
  • Describe what spinning and operating reserves are and how power balance and frequency control in generation are done
  • Carryout power management technieqeus for reactive and active power
  • Identify various compensation techniques used in power systems
  • Apply energy efficiency startrgeies using appropriate devices on the power system

Course Outline

  • Disturbances and Losses in Power systems: Power system overview, Power Conditioning, and Smart grids
  • Power Control in Generation: Speed control, Voltage control and stability, Power balance frequency control, Automatic Generation control (AGC), Operating and spinning reserves, and Protection in generation systems
  • Power Control in Transmission systems: Reactive compensation techniques, Protection in transmission systems,
  • Power Control in Distribution systems: Reactive and active power management in distribution, and Energy efficiency devices
  • Technical Excursions: Power Generation Station, National and Regional Control Centres, and Distribution Substation

Target Group

Managers, Engineers, Technicians and any personnel responsible for power quality management.

Power Systems Planning (PSPg)

Duration: 3 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide participants with practical techniques and concepts involved in power system planning. The training shall expose participants to new computer programmes used in the planning process. Course participants shall also learn the procedures required to effectively carry out the power system planning process and the entire Planning cycle for long term customer satisfaction. The course includes tours to designated power stations, and departmental planning units in utilities where participants can learn new ideas and practice. The Participants will also benefit from the simulated Power System at the Training Centre.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Apply their knowledge, skills and values (competences) so developed during training to new and demanding industrial situation.
  • Apply skills acquired in planning of generation, transmission and distribution systems in power utilities.
  • Apply skills acquired in this course in order to improve services rendered to other departments in utilities.

Course Outline

  • The Electrical Power System
  • The Planning Cycle
  • Load flow Studies
  • Stability Analysis
  • Short Circuit Studies
  • System Load Forecasting
  • Simulated System Operation
  • Generation, Transmission and Distribution Planning
  • System Reliability
  • Protection Coordination

Target Group

Engineers, system planners and other suitably qualified personnel.

Power Systems Protection (PSP)

Duration: 3 Weeks

Course Objectives

The course is intended to give the participants the knowledge required to learn and work in electrical power system with sufficient knowledge of protection systems and schemes. The programme is structured to give the participants the rare opportunity to learn and implement the schemes in the laboratory and on real plant. Field trips are part of the learning structure apart from classroom lectures and laboratory exercises.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Read and interpret electrical diagrams and symbols
  • Describe and understand the fundamentals of protection philosophy
  • Carry out fault current calculations
  • Carry out primary and secondary injection tests on protection elements
  • Describe and understand protection schemes for various elements and plant in the electrical power system and wire up and test protection schemes

Course Outline

  • System Configurations & Protection
  • Application Principles
  • Protective Transformers
  • Fault Calculations
  • Protection Grading
  • Fuse Protection
  • Directional Protection
  • Transformer, Busbar, Feeder Protection
  • Commissioning Procedures
  • Intertripping Schemes

Target Group

Electrical/Mechanical Engineers Technologists and experienced Technicians.

SCADA Systems Management (SSM)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

The program is designed to provide Course participants with technical competency on automation of substation supervisory control. The centralized and unmanned SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system featuring computers was developed and adopted mainly for the distribution substations (HV/LV substation which supplies distribution feeders). Automation of substation supervisory control has made great contribution to the improvement of productivity, efficiency and immediate restoration of outages. The course includes tours to installations where SCADA systems are applied

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Operate installations in the power stations and in regional and national control rooms confidently
  • Trouble-shoot and resolve maintenance problems encountered in the operations of SCADA systems
  • Manage SCADA systems analysis, design, functionality, operations, integration with other systems, standardization and models
  • Make informed decisions on the best communication medium to use (network, radio, landlines, microwave and satellite)

Course Outline

  • Outline of substation facilities
  • Philosophy of distributed arrangements of operation and maintenance offices
  • History of substation supervisory remote control systems
  • Function and structures of supervisory remote control devices and centralized SCADA systems
  • Supplementary facilities supporting supervisory remote control and centralized SCADA systems
  • Technical tour to control centers and distribution substations

Target Group

Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and other suitably qualified personnel

Small Hydropower Development (SHD)

Duration: 3 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide course participants with technical theory and practical know-how necessary for developing a hydropower plant. The Small Hydropower Development (SHD) course intends to harmonize the required knowledge and skills ranging from feasibility studies to basics in operation and maintenance of hydropower plants. The course will give detailed insight on site, overall scheme and equipment selection criteria, financial and economic appraisals as well as project construction management. The course also includes basic operation skills using simulators and study tours to hydropower development sites.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Identify the required information for SHD
  • Collect required information for hydropower development
  • Conduct a feasibility study for a small hydropower scheme
  • Select appropriate equipment for a hydropower plant scheme
  • Formulate a maintenance programme for a small hydropower plant
  • Operate the simulated small hydropower plant

Course Outline

  • Planning a small hydropower scheme
  •  Feasibility studies
  • Site configuration
  • The water resource and its potential
  • Dams
  • Civil works of small hydropower plants
  • Hydraulic machinery
  • Electrical equipment
  • Maintenance strategies
  • Project management of hydropower plants
  • Basic operation of hydropower plants using conventional and computerized simulators
  • Basic operation of hydropower plants using conventional and computerized simulators

Target Group

Civil, mechanical or electrical engineers, managers or any suitably qualified personnel responsible for planning and executing hydropower development projects.

Surveying for Electricity Utility Applications (SEUA)

Duration: 3 Days

Course Objectives

Public utilities serve useful purposes to the common person, neighborhood, or city. Examples of local utilities could include: water, sewerage, gas, electricity, and phone/cable lines. The installation and proper use of these utilities are comprehensive and complex networks that have been usually installed underground or above surface with the intent of uninterrupted use of them. The SEUA course has been designed to provide participants with technical and knowledge and practice on application for surveying technical to electricity utility infrastructure management.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Identify the appropriate techniques to apply for electricity surveying
  • Apply GIS Software to make electricity utility Survey

Course Outline

  • Underground/Aboveground Utility Surveying
  • Techniques Used For Utility Surveying
  • Factors Affecting the Selection of Techniques
  • Equipment for Utility Surveying
  • GIS Software Application for Precision Utility Surveying
  • Survey Data Management and Cloud Resource Pooling

Target Group

Engineers, Technologists, Technicians and any suitably qualified personnel responsible for planning and executing electricity utility surveys.

Transmission Lines Design and Construction (TLDC)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

To provide participants with practical techniques and concepts involved in design, construction and safe working practices in power transmission systems. Participants shall be exposed to isolation and safe operation prcedures on live and dead lines.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Apply best practices techniques and safe work habits as per power line safety guidelines and principles
  • Apply knowledge and skills gained to effectively execute construction and commissioning of power transmission lines as per standard design and with confidence

Course Outline

  • Power Systems Overview
  • Overview of Transmissin Line Systems
  • Safety Working Prcedures an dSafty Rules
  • Transmissin Subststsin Equipment
  • Planning and Resource Mobilization
  • Transmission Line Components-Line Materials and OTls
  • Transfrmer Connectins and Terminations
  • Transmission Line Fundations
  • Tower Shapes and Geometry
  • TConstruction of Transmission Lines
  • Protection in Transmission Line Systems
  • Overvoltage and Earthing Practices
  • Patrolling and Inspecting of Transmission Lines
  • Transmission Line Testing and Commissioning

Target Group

Engineers, Line men, technicians and any other qualified personnel involved in supervision and actual desgn and construction of power transmission systems.

Basic Line Work (BLW)

Duration: 1 Week

Course Objectives

The Basic Line Work (BLW) course is designed to provide practical technical skills and best practices in line inspection and maintenance to employees with little experience in electrical installation

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Apply their knowledge, skills and values to new and demanding situations in overhead lines maintenance techniques
  • Apply skills acquired in locating, staking, erecting, setting and guying poles
  • Apply skills acquired in stringing, joining and sagging line conductors
  • Apply skill acquired in replacing damaged insulators, poles, earthing and conductors
  • Appreciate working procedures and safety rules

Course Outline

  • Basics of Electricity
  • Safe Working Procedures and Safety Rules
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for working on Power Lines
  • Materials for Power Lines Poles
  • Power Line Components (Poles, Conductors, Insulators, Ratings)
  • Power Line Construction (Cable, Joining Techniques, Tools and Equipment)
  • Inspection of In-Service Poles and Components
  • Power Line Repairs

Target Group

Suitably qualified or personnel engaged in line work, especially helpers who work with linesman.

Distribution Power System Design and Operation (DPSDO)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

The Distribution Power System Design and Operation (DPSDO) course is designed to help course participants and their utilities or companies to be able to design and maintain substations, safely work with distribution protection devices, configure relays, operate power systems under normal, abnormal and emergency situations; and apply supervisory and Customer management skills in distribution power system networks. The DPSDO course focuses on the efficient operation and management of power systems and it equips course participants with good customer management skills. It emphasises requirements needed to overcome different disturbances in power systems and the areas where qualities may be compromised together with the available mitigation factors. Case studies and various projects will be discussed; including technical excursions to generating, transmission and distribution centres and other technical sites of interest.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Design a Distribution Power System Substation
  • Carryout tests and maintenance on a Substation
  • Configure Distribution Protection Devices including Relays
  • Effectively operate a Distribution Power System in power stabilization and voltage stabilization
  • Effectively operate a Distribution Power System under normal, abnormal and emergency situations
  • Apply Supervisory and Customer Management Skills in Distribution Power System Network operations and management.

Course Outline

  • Distribution System Equipment (Power Concept, Feeder Layouts, Substation Designs, Operating Voltages, Equipment and Conductor Capacities, Overhead and Underground Systems, Communications Systems and Control, and Types of Circuit Breakers)
  • Distribution System Protection (Auto Re-closers, Fuse Protection, Directional Protection, Transformer, Busbar, and Feeder Protection, Switchgear Measurements and Protection, Switchgear Maintenance, Inter-tripping Schemes)
  • Distribution System Operations with 3 KEYMaster Software (Power System Authorization, Power System Steady State Conditions, Power System Stability, Voltage Stability, Demand Side Management, Power Balance and Frequency Control, Disturbances and Collapses in Power Systems, Switching Operations and Authorization, and Capacitor and Reactor Applications)
  • Supervisory and Customer Management Skills (Emotional Intelligence, Time Management, Stress Management, Effective Communication, Interpersonal Skills, and Emerging Issues)

Target Group

Managers, Engineers, Technicians and any personnel responsible for distribution system operations and management

Design and Optimization of Power Lines (DOPL)

Duration: 2 Weeks

Course Objectives

The effects of badly designed power lines and the acquisition of wrong materials emanating from the poor designs are costing many utilities in Africa and beyond. With the many challenges faced in Power Systems transmission design and construction, it is important to integrate all aspects of line design into a single stand-alone program with a simple, logical, consistent interface so as to optimize the use of resources in power line design. PLS-CADD is the powerful tool in overhead power line design on the market. The Design and Optimization of Power Lines (DOPL) course is designed to help course participants and their utilities or companies to appreciate the roles transmission design and construction in Power systems. In this course the participants will address all aspects of line design and construction from Survey, terrain modelling and Components design.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training programme, course participants shall be able to:

  • Identify power system components and Materials
  • Safely apply best practice techniques in power line design and optimization
  • Apply PLS-CADD, PLC-POLE and PLS-Tower software in design of power lines.

Course Outline

  • Line Components and Properties (Power Systems Overview, Line Components and Materials, Design Components, Planning and Resource Mobilization, Line Foundations, Tower Shapes and Geometry, and Assessment of Existing Lines and Options for Upgrade)
  • Power Line Design and Optimization using PLS-CADD, PLC-POLE and PLS-Tower Software (Survey, Survey Data, Plan-Profile, Terrain Model, Engineering Standards and Calculations, and Material Subsystem)
  • Components Design (Conductor Design, Sag-Tension Calculations, Structure Modeling, Geometry, Strength and Spans, Interactive Line Design and Optimization, and Construction Drawings and Documents)

Target Group

Managers, Engineers, Technicians and any personnel responsible for power line maintenance and operations.