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Calgary hosts IEEE I&CPS Technical Conference


May 24, 2019
By Tamer Mellik

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May 24, 2019 – From May 6 to 9, IEEE held its 55th annual Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Technical Conference—reflecting departmental activities within its Industry Applications Society (IAS)—at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel in Calgary.

The conference provides a forum for young and experienced electrical engineers to come together and learn about many aspects of I&CPS. Technical committees for power system engineering and protection, codes, standards and energy systems participated in the event. There were approximately 100 attendees in total, including consultants, academics and power systems professionals, among others.

One of the conference’s key activities is developing and updating IEEE’s Standards Series 3000, a comprehensive volume of recommended practices formerly known as the ’13 colour books.’ Working groups held panels, presentations and discussion sessions that articulated best practices for professionals who design and maintain electrical systems.

In total, the conference featured 52 paper presentations, 15 committee and subcommittee meetings and four tutorials. Topics included solar photovoltaic (PV) modelling, electrical safety and switching procedures and practices, high-resistance grounding (HRG) and trends in power quality improvement.

Calgary previously hosted the I&CPS Technical Conference in 2009 and 2015, laying the groundwork for a successful return this year.


Tamer Mellik is a power systems specialist engineer for Eaton. For more information, contact him at tamermellik@eaton.com.