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Ampirical's Power-Tech Podcast is all about bringing technology to the power industry. Our goal is to educate utility personnel on the most popular trends, bring them actionable strategies from industry thought leaders, and help them make sure their utility is prepared for the future.

Ampirical's Power-Tech Podcast is all about bringing technology to the power industry. Our goal is to educate utility personnel on the most popular trends, bring them actionable strategies from industry thought leaders, and help them make sure their utility is prepared for the future.

Location:

United States

Description:

Ampirical's Power-Tech Podcast is all about bringing technology to the power industry. Our goal is to educate utility personnel on the most popular trends, bring them actionable strategies from industry thought leaders, and help them make sure their utility is prepared for the future.

Language:

English

Contact:

8889178793


Episodes

Strategic Implementation and Integration of AutoCAD Electrical for Substation P&C Design

10/28/2021
Ampirical has mentored and trained several engineering groups in AutoCAD Electrical and SDS toolkit applications over the last five years. Throughout that time, we’ve learned a lot of the “dos” and “don’ts” of integration and implementation that are worth sharing in this episode. Multiple considerations must be analyzed, such as relationships, team building, initial software training, discovery phase, planning phase, application phase, pilot selection, library creation, design standards...

Duration:00:26:01

Automating the Engineering Design, Verification, and Validation Process

10/1/2021
In this episode of the Power-Tech Podcast, Cybirical and GridIntel software engineer Jack Mertens discusses the Transmission & Distribution Toolbox, a solution to automating the engineering design, verification, and validation process. One of the most popular widgets of this web-based suite of tools is the Pole Configuration Summary (PCS) module, which generates PDF formatted reports for all poles in a PLS-CADD model. These reports can then be stamped and submitted for compliance. Other pla…

Duration:00:15:29

Protection & Control Automation: 2021 and Beyond (Part 4)

8/26/2021
This is the fourth and final episode in a series highlighting our previously recorded webinar entitled: Protection & Control Automation: 2021 and Beyond.” In the previous episodes, our panelists discussed the most significant challenge the electric utility industry faces over the next decade, where they believe the industry is related to the acceptance of cloud computing as a technology platform for protection & control automation, and the overall impact of IEC 61850 on the digitalization of...

Duration:00:18:55

Protection & Control Automation: 2021 and Beyond (Part 3)

7/30/2021
This is the third episode in a series highlighting our previously recorded webinar entitled: “Protection & Control Automation: 2021 and Beyond.” In the first and second sessions, our panelists discussed the most significant challenge the electric utility industry faces over the next decade and where they believe the industry is related to the acceptance of cloud computing as a technology platform for protection & control automation. In this third session, our panelists discuss the impact of...

Duration:00:29:23

Protection & Control Automation: 2021 and Beyond (Part 2)

7/1/2021
This is the second episode in a series highlighting our previously recorded webinar entitled: “Protection & Control Automation: 2021 and Beyond.” In the first session, our panelists discussed the most significant challenge the electric utility industry faces over the next decade related to protection & control automation. In this session, our panelists discuss where they believe the industry is related to the acceptance of cloud computing as a technology platform for protection & control.

Duration:00:25:52

Protection & Control Automation: 2021 and Beyond (Part I)

6/3/2021
This episode begins a series highlighting our previously recorded webinar entitled: “Protection & Control Automation: 2021 and Beyond.” In this first session, our panelists discuss challenges the electric utility industry faces over the next decade as it relates to protection & control automation.

Duration:00:23:05

The Missing Piece to the Puzzle: Software Engineers Fit Within the Power Industry

5/6/2021
Take a moment to think of all the aspects of the grid that are currently microprocessor-driven. Not only relays and RTUs in a control house or SCADA center, but also pole-top reclosers, battery banks, transformer monitors, microgrid controllers, and of course the familiar smart meter. The list goes on and is ever-growing. Where there are microprocessors, there is computer code controlling them, and so the electricity grid is steadily becoming an ideal place to stake a career in software...

Duration:00:12:29

Engineering Practices, Processes, and Projects from an Outsider’s Perspective

3/31/2021
This episode provides an independent view of the engineering process from a professional service provider who is not an engineer. This is a valuable perspective because, while it shares a similar background with engineering, architecture often invokes a more human feel to its processes. This can offer a higher level of focus on customer-oriented goals rather than simply the design specifications. Aligning an engineering firm's core values and culture with a client’s stated goals and...

Duration:00:20:39

Maximizing the Power Grid’s Transfer Capacity

2/24/2021
The power grid of today is experiencing uses and applications that were envisioned as the grid was originally designed and built over the course of the last century. Due to new technologies and the generation/use of electricity, we need new ideas on how to design/operate the grid to optimize its benefits to society. Some of these new ideas center around what might be the essence of grid infrastructure and maximizing the ability of the grid to transfer power. Guest: Michael Longoria, Senior...

Duration:00:22:28

Connecting the Bridge Between Traditional Engineering Packages and Technology Innovation in Utility EPC Projects

1/28/2021
The utility industry for the most part has not had many changes for decades when it comes to engineering and information provided to build transmission and distribution lines. Most lines have a life cycle of 40-50 years with regular maintenance. The issues arise due to the lack of record-keeping and red line drawings to capture changes made during its life cycle. To confront these challenges successfully, the industry must go through a change in mindset to use the latest technologies hardly...

Duration:00:18:34

Economic and Reliability Impact of Power Quality

12/29/2020
Power quality is one of the most challenging and exciting parts of modern utility practice. It is also one of the most misunderstood. Often quality and reliability are confused as the same thing. Today we will be discussing, how power quality is defined from a standards perspective and the implications of grid modernization on the quality of the power system.

Duration:00:30:07

Optimizing Load Tap Changer and Voltage Regulator Control in Distribution to Stabilize Voltage with DER Penetration

11/25/2020
The impact of distributed energy resources (DER), specifically for solar and wind power, continues to be challenging for many utilities with increased DER penetration. Problems associated with DER include: reverse power conditions, fast and unpredictable voltage fluctuations, excessive on-load tap changer transformer (OLTT) operations, and “hunting” conflicts between OLTTs, distribution capacitor banks, and active VAR DER. In this podcast, we discuss “smart control” methodologies that help...

Duration:00:26:58

Adopting AutoCAD Electrical for Substation P&C Design

10/29/2020
Strategic planning is a phase that often does not get the attention it deserves when it comes to building and standardizing new design tools for the utility industry. In this episode, we discuss how important the planning phase is for this transition, the conversations that should be had, and the considerations that should be made before any real work begins.

Duration:00:23:21

Power Grid Supply Chain Security: Past, Present, and Future

10/1/2020
This episode highlights cybersecurity and supply chain risk management. Currently, supply chain is being driven by the regulatory standard NERC CIP-013 and the new executive order. This episode provides guidance and considerations when developing a program to address supply chain security. Host: Dr. Nathan Wallace, Director & Co-Founder of GridIntel and Cybirical Special Guest: Chris Humphreys, CEO of The Anfield Group, Former NERC Auditor

Duration:00:23:48

Is FUD (Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt) Holding You Back From Adopting the Cloud?

8/27/2020
This episode features a round-table discussion regarding FUD – Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt - and touches on topics that may be holding entities back from adopting the Cloud. The stage is set by framing the discussion in the context of dispelling misconceptions of Cloud FUD by simply asking the following three questions: First - Should we be replacing Fear with Facts? Second - Would it be better to be proactive and remove uncertainty by developing and implementing an action plan? Third- Can...

Duration:00:27:54

Security, Compliance, and the Cloud: Where We Are Today

7/30/2020
This episode is the third in our continuing series regarding cloud hosted, software as a service solutions, and security considerations. Our first podcast was focused on cloud based solutions and security for power systems. In the second podcast, we discussed cloud data security (the where, who, and how). In this episode, we will take a deeper dive into where we are today with security, compliance, and the cloud. Host: Dr. Nathan Wallace, Director & Co-Founder of GridIntel and Cybirical....

Duration:00:24:33

Cloud Data Security – The Where, Who and How

6/25/2020
This is the second episode in a series of podcasts based on cloud-based solutions. In our previous episode, we discussed an overview of cloud solutions and security features. This episode dives a little deeper on customer engagement with the cloud and some technical aspects of cloud solutions. Host: Dr. Nathan Wallace, Director & Co-Founder of GridIntel and Cybirical Special Guest: Ranjan Banerji, Senior Partner Solutions Architect of Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Duration:00:17:54

Cloud Based Solutions & Security for Power Systems

5/28/2020
Cloud computing or hosted solutions by a Cloud Services Provider or CSP are ever increasing across the utility industry landscape. Many utilities have been slow or reluctant to embrace these solutions due in part to the amount of unfounded FUD (Fear, Uncertainly, and Doubt) that has been surrounding software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions. In this episode, we will discuss cloud hosting, an overview of security and user access, and discuss some organizational considerations when implementing...

Duration:00:17:27

Using Technology to Predict the Future in Occupational Health & Safety

12/31/2019
Rod Courtney (Ampirical's HSE Manager) discusses how companies within the power industry can develop a pervading culture of safety based on a commitment to safety excellence that improves safety performance, operational effectiveness, and business performance.

Duration:00:35:52

Emerging Trends in Grid Modernization Efforts

9/30/2019
Over the past decade, several utilities and commissions have made investments into new technologies, tools, and techniques to modernize the electric grid. As some of these investments are reaching full implementation, there is an opportunity for other utilities and their regulators who are contemplating similar investments to learn from the experiences of the “early adopters.” One key component of a successful grid modernization effort is customer engagement. Utilities are moving away from...

Duration:00:20:33