Webcast: Trade Secrets of Standby Power Systems
Register for the Aug. 12 Critical Power Webcast.
Register now to tune in at 1 p.m. Central time on Aug. 12 for a Critical Power Webcast, which focuses on the trade secrets of standby power systems. Designing a standby power system is only one phase of a large and complicated process of protecting hospitals, data centers, and other mission-critical facilities with power assurance. The next steps are selection and specification of the components and how to properly install them.
Strangely enough, how to specify systems so they are installed as designed, and holding that specification against contractors who may want to make substitutions that compromise the safety or performance of the system is not only critical, it’s an art.
Meanwhile, getting training on how to specify standby power systems is not easy. In today’s tough economic environment, engineers are becoming increasingly wary of sharing their “trade secrets” in webcasts and trade publications. But not all.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer will provide the “trade secrets” of two members of its Editorial Advisory Board, Keith Lane, PE, LEED AP, president, Lane Coburn & Assoc. LLC, Bothell, Wash.; and Ken Lovorn, PE, president, Lovorn Engineering Assoc., Pittsburgh.
In this Webcast, the first of the “Trade Secrets” series of Webcasts offered by Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Lane and Lovorn will each provide detailed instruction on two selection/specification tips for standby power systems.
Lane will present on generator sizing and specification. According to Lane, one major facet of proper generator selection is proper generator sizing. When specifying generators, engineers need to compensate for the harmonic load content and they need specify how to provide for adequate fuel supply. Another facet is correct grounding and ground-fault protection.
Lovorn will cover generator sound attenuation and transfer switch loading. On generators, Lovorn will cover airborne noise, exhaust noise, and structural vibration. On transfer switches, Lovorn will instruct on how to diagnose and resolve problems with transfer switch timing and loading.
This Webcast is free and one (1) AIA learning unit (0.1 CEU) (or 1 PDH) will be provided upon successful completion of exam following the Webcast. Note: This Webcast is not registered to provide CEUs in the State of Florida, but Florida engineers would benefit from attending anyway.
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