Short Course: Powerline Bushfire Safety

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Event Details

Date:
24th Jun 2019 12:00pm - 28th Jun 2019 12:00pm
Venue:
Monash University, Clayton Campus

Register by May 24th for early bird rates

Monash University and Electric Energy Society of Australia (EESA) are offering a 4-day professional development short course for all Network Engineers within the industry to deliver essential knowledge and practical skill sets, and empower them to make better decisions and ensure Powerline Bushfire Safety.

Course details

The course will involve both information delivery and discussion, and guided hands-on use of simulation tools. Information delivery will be by industry engineers involved in Victoria’s powerline bushfire safety program and leaders of ignition research projects.

  • Presentations from industry experts involved in Victoria's powerline bushfire safety program as well as the Ignition research projects
  • Interactive sessions inclusive of rich discussions and open Q&A forums
  • One whole day dedicated for computer laboratory sessions to explore varying simulations of network faults likely to cause fires
  • Plus there is an option to attend a two-hour workshop on Monday morning on network earthing options

Learning Objectives

On completion of the course, participants will understand:

  • local history of Australia’s catastrophic powerline bushfires
  • implications of future long-term weather trends on network fire risk
  • how networks start fires and faults/fires relationship
  • modelling of fire risk as a prioritisation tool for investment decisions
  • recent research on ignition from arc, vegetation & wire-down faults
  • network design & operation elements that influence network fire risk
  • role of undergrounding, covered conductor and ACRs in cutting fire risk
  • how network earthing options (inc. REFCLs) can cut powerline fire risk
  • theory, simulation & realities of different network earthing treatments
  • Victoria’s regulatory fire-safety performance standard for networks for high fire risk areas.

This course is ideal for Electricity network engineers (planners, protection and control, etc.) and university researchers/students and contributes to Engineers Australia Professional Development Credits (32 hours)

More information


Event contact
Dr Behrooz Bahrani
Contact email
behrooz.bahrani@monash.edu