Basics of Grounding Modeling and Design - Lunch & Learn


The Basics of Grounding Modeling and Design - lunch & learn - will go over the basics of grounding design for substations applications.  The webinar will review what happens during a fault, the risk to personnel, what goes into a typical grounding model, and how to interpret the results.  The lunch & learn will also introduce the various types of testing techniques to serve as inputs for grounding models as well as post installation verification of models and safe touch and step potentials.  While this lunch & learn presentation isn't supposed to be a complete how-to guide to complete a design or test, it will introduce utility engineers about the grounding study process, and how to interpret the results of a grounding report, and help them understand the often underrated importance of testing.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 09 Feb 2022
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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Webinar (virtual).

  • Starts 14 December 2021 12:00 AM
  • Ends 07 February 2022 01:43 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


Biren Patel, PE, MBA, PMP of Biren Patel Engineering


Basics of Grounding Modeling and Design - LUNCH & LEARN


Biren Patel – Biren is a Substation Design Engineer with 16 years experience working on high voltage transmission substations for electric utilities.  Biren graduated with a BSEE from Ga Tech in 2005 and an MBA from UGA in 2012.  He is a PE in 15 states, a certified PMP, and an IEEE member since 2003.  In 2011, he left his first substation engineering job at Burns & McDonnell to start the poorly named company, Biren Patel Engineering.  He, his wife, and two kids live in Macon, GA.  According to his wife, the only reason he does these presentations is because he loves to hear himself talk and thinks he's a lot funnier than he really is.


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Keith Wallace, PE


Basics of Grounding Modeling and Design - LUNCH & LEARN


Keith Wallace, PE - Director and Principal Engineer for Safearth Americas, a specialized electrical engineering company providing world-recognized expertise in safe power system grounding and lightning protection systems. Keith’s professional history includes 28 years with Southern Company, having risen to the position of Principal Grounding Engineer. There, he developed programs for utility management of Substation Grounding, Temporary Protective Grounding, Lightning Protection, Arc Flash and Minimum Approach Distance, including implementation of training across multiple operating companies and staff at all levels. During his career he has been an industry leader in the field of power system grounding, live line work rules, and safety. He has led the industry having contributed to IEEE standards 80, 81, 1048, 516 and 998 for over 30 years. Keith was an integral part of the development of the 2012 and the 2017 National Electric Safety Code. He is an engaging speaker who has delivered training domestically and overseas.