Surge Protection: Technology and Application Update




This presentation is a technical overview providing attendees with an understanding of why surge protection is a required component of today's electrical systems powering everything from commercial applications to critical facilities and the Internet of Things (IoT).  Code changes are now mandating surge protection devices (SPDs) be included as a standard electrical system component to ensure reliability of electrical distribution equipment and operation.  Objectives include:

  • Understanding the true definition of a surge versus its ‘catch all’ designation
  • Understanding  how SPDs operate
  • UL 1449 4th Ed. and NEC code requirements
  • Understanding how to surge protect an electrical system and how to size the SPDs

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  • San Francisco Italian Athletic Club
  • 1630 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • San Francisco, California
  • United States 94133
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  • Starts 15 October 2019 01:48 PM
  • Ends 12 November 2019 04:48 PM
  • All times are US/Pacific
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James Alvers


James Alvers, Business Development Manager at Siemens in Northern California. 

In his role at Siemens he assists the electrical consultant community solve electrical distribution challenges in major commercial, data center and healthcare projects.

Previously James worked as a Data Center Electrical Engineer at Hewlett Packard/EYP Mission Critical Facilities.  He has worked on electrical infrastructure specification and proposals as well as the startup of HP’s innovative Micro Data Center.  In addition, he has worked with data center engineers to implement workshops focused on Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and has helped HP clients with proof of concept and selection of DCIM solutions.   In 2014 he presented “DCIM Evaluation and Selection for Converged IT & Facility Infrastructure” at the Uptime conference in Santa Clara.

He has also worked for Schneider Electric as a Global Account Manager helping clients configure electrical infrastructure for data centers.  This included the application of UPSs, electrical distribution and SE’s DCIM software.  James also configured power monitoring and SCADA systems for various customer data centers and holds an SE Energy Management Professional Certification.

He received an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Degree from University of California at Berkeley.  As an active member of the Santa Clara Valley IEEE, he is currently Vice Chairman for IAS/PES.

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Friday February 28, 2020  Annual Engineering Seminar  ( Topics and presenters TBA)


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Treasurer: Daniel Castro

Program Chair: Finn Schenck

Secretary:Matt Norlander