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ER-SP Practical Earthing (Grounding), Bonding, Lightning and Surge Protection

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Few topics generate as much controversy and argument as that of earthing and the associated topics of surge protection, shielding and lightning of electrical and electronic systems. Poor earthing practice can be the cause of continual and intermittent difficult-to-diagnose problems in a facility. This course looks at these issues from a fresh yet practical perspective and enables you to reduce expensive down time on your plant and equipment to a minimum through correct application of these principles.

This course is designed to demystify the subject of earthing and presents the subject in a clear, straightforward manner. Installation, testing and inspection procedures for industrial and commercial power systems will be examined in detail. Essentially this course is broken down into earthing, shielding and surge protection for both power and electronics systems. Earthing and surge protection for telecommunications and IT systems are examined in detail. Finally, the impact of lightning is examined and simple techniques for minimizing its impact are described.



  • Building service designers
  • Consulting engineers
  • Data systems planners and managers
  • Electrical and instrumentation technicians
  • Electrical contractors
  • Electrical engineers
  • Electrical inspectors
  • Electricians
  • Instrumentation and control engineers
  • Maintenance engineers
  • Power system protection and control engineers
  • Project engineers
  • Safety professionals



  • Basics of earthing
  • Bonding
  • Lightning and surge protection
  • Static charges
  • Shielding
  • UPS systems and their earthing practice



  • Unearthed and solidly earthed systems
  • Impedance earther systems
  • Resonant impedance earth systems



  • Shock hazards to the human body
  • Earthing of equipment
  • Operation of protective devices
  • Thermal capacity of earthing wires
  • Touch potential
  • Induced voltages
  • Multiple earthing connections
  • Surge protection earthing



  • The incidence and probability of lightning strike
  • Methods of lightning protection
  • Planning for lightning protection
  • Improvements to lightning protection
  • Effects of lightning strike on overhead lines
  • To protect or not to protect



  • What is static?
  • Generation of charge
  • Common examples
  • Energy of a spark
  • Ignition capability of a spark
  • Dangers of static build-up
  • Control of static
  • Assessment of risks and planning



  • Earthing electrodes
  • Soil resistance
  • Measuring soil resistivity
  • Resistance of single rod electrodes
  • Current carrying capacity of an electrode
  • Measurement electrode resistance single and multiple rods
  • Concrete encased electrodes
  • Corrosion of electrode systems



  • What is a surge?
  • Bonding of different earthing systems
  • Surges and surge protection
  • Principles of surge protection
  • Achieving graded surge protection



  • Definitions of electric noise
  • Analysis and categories of noise
  • Electrostatic coupling
  • Electromagnetic coupling
  • Shielded isolation transformer
  • Insulated earth receptacle
  • Zero signal reference grid



  • Power quality issues
  • Abnormal voltage conditions
  • Susceptibility and measures to handle voltage abnormalities
  • Regulating transformers
  • Standby sources
  • Electro-mechanical UPS
  • Solid state UPS
  • Multiple redundant systems
  • Selection of a UPS
  • Earthing practices


Plan Name Investment
Unlimited Access for 2 Years: US$ 299.00


Behrouz Ghorbanian

BSc, MSc, MIEAust

Behrouz has completed degree courses in Telecommunications and Electrical Engineering overseas. He also completed his studies in Electrical Utility Engineering at Curtin University in 2004. Behrouz started his career in the oil and gas industry where his role got him involved in the maintenance and repair of electronic and navigational marine equipment (VHF and SSB radios, Sat Nav, engine control panels etc). He then moved to the power industry and was involved in the design, installation, and commissioning of substations mainly for consultancies and utilities. He has also established a good reputation in teaching power system protection over his long term services lecturing at Curtin University, and also over the period he worked as a Protection Engineer in New Zealand.

Over the past years, Behrouz has been involved in many major projects across Australia (Port Hedland, Barrow Island, Tamar Valley, Karratha, and Newman for example). His most recent experience is related to cost estimation and risk assessment of major substation projects with a special focus on the secondary systems (Protection, COMMS, SCADA). He has also worked as an Engineering Manager and Senior Project Engineer on major copper mine projects overseas. Behrouz has also gained good knowledge in substation design, HV cables sizing and installation, transmission system design, earthing system design and applications, and power system protection design and applications.

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