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CE Code, Z462, solar, LEDs… great educational lineup at AEL Learning Expo 2015


March 16, 2015
By Anthony Capkun

March 16, 2015 – With seminars covering topics such as the new CE Code, changes to CSA Z462-15 “Workplace electrical safety”, the LED lighting juggernaut and solar energy systems, you simply cannot afford to miss Alberta Electrical League’s 2015 Learning Expo, being held March 25 at the Grey Eagle Casino.

Meantime, the exhibit hall boasts a long list of leading manufacturers ready to help you work smarter with the latest solutions for your craft.

The morning kicks off with chief electrical inspector Clarence Cormier, P.Eng., who will delve into the nuances of the latest iteration of the Canadian Electrical Code. And there are more than a few: Section 8 provides more options for load and voltage drop calculations; Section 12 contains new and revised requirements for wiring methods;  and the conduit fill tables have been expanded; Section 18 has undergone major revisions and Section 62 has been completely rewritten. And there’s more!

The exhibition floor opens at 11 am, and the next seminar, “Understanding Selective Co-ordination”, helps you understand the intricacies of selective co-ordination with both circuit breakers and fuses from the perspective of the CE Code. The seminar is presented by Greg Briggs, a field application specialist with Eaton Bussmann.

Next up are ESPS’s Terry Becker, P. Eng., and Jim Pollard, whose presentation on CSA Z462-15 will review the new Risk Assessment procedure, arc-rated clothing (no HRC a.k.a. Hazard Risk Categories), and the standard’s impact on electrical equipment maintenance.

The LED lighting revolution marches ever onward, and it’s tough to keep pace with all the changes. Enter Osram Sylvania’s Colin MacDuff, LC, development manager for solid-state lighting, whose seminar will cover a range information about how the government and industry is changing with LEDs. While LEDs have many advantages over legacy incandescent and fluorescent lighting, capitalizing on those features and benefits requires you actually leverage LEDs’ unique advantages. This seminar will also touch on new Canadian lighting legislation and what could be in store for us on the horizon (can you say OLEDs?).

Closing out the educational lineup is SkyFire Energy’s David Kelly, P.Eng., speaking on solar energy systems. While solar energy has been slow to expand in Alberta, Kelly says the province is slowly starting to ramp up due to the falling price of solar modules, growth of installation capacity, etc. This seminar will also discuss 1000vdc installations, ground mounting options and realistic output expectations.

Seminars run from 9 am to 4:30 pm, while the exhibit hall operates from 11 am to 5 pm. EBMag will be there, and we hope to see you, too!