2/23/18 Basic,Code & Application Updates

Seminar Agenda


8:00 am – 8:15 am            Introductions


8:15 am – 9:00 am             Switchboard & Switchgear Basics and UL 1558 Vs.  UL 891 - Finn Schenck, IEM (45 minutes)


9:00 am – 9:50 am             Motor Control Center Basics and Intelligent Communication - Gary Fox, GE (50 minutes)


9:50 am – 10:05 am          Morning Break (15 minutes) (Meet with Vendor Sponsors & Network)


10:10 am – 11:00 am         Surge Protection Basics and Integrated System - Ali Vakili, Eaton ( 50 Minutes)


11:00 am – 11:50 pm         Low Voltage Transformer Basics & DOE 2016 requirements – Jay Tucker , HPS (50 Minutes)


11:50-am – 12:00pm         Obtaining Seminar Ideas for 2019 (10 minutes)


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm         Lunch  (Meet with Vendor Sponsors & Network)


1:00 pm – 2:00pm              Arc Flash Mitigation: The Latest on Industry Codes, Standards and Solutions -  David Durocher, Eaton (60 minutes)


2:00pm – 3:00pm               Microgrid, PV systems and Storage systems  – Dr. Vijay Bhavaraju, Eaton (60 minutes)


3:00 pm – 3:20 pm           Afternoon Break (20 minutes)  (Meet with Vendor Sponsors & Network)


3:20 pm – 4:10 pm             NEC Changes - Mike Stone, NEMA (50 Minutes)


4:10 pm – 4:30 pm           Closing comments and vendor gift drawing ( 20 Minutes)

See Below for Morning Session and Afternoon Sessoin Details


Seminar Cost :

$250.00 per Attendee,  (Vendor Tables are Sold Out  ) 




CEU's are available:  Cost= $10.00 Cash or check   Order CEU's at the seminar.  



  Date and Time




  • Date: 23 Feb 2018
  • Time: 08:00 AM to 04:30 PM
  • All times are US/Pacific
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  • Doubletree Hotel
  • 7050 Johnson Dr, Pleasanton, CA
  • Pleasanton, California
  • United States 94588
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  • Chair: Ali Vakili - alivakili@eaton.com

    Vice Chair: Roland Engle - roland.engle@tnb.com

    Treasurer: Gary Fox - gary.fox@ge.com

    Secretary/ Program Chair:  Finn Schenck-  IEM,  Consulting Engineer Support  - finn.schenck@iemfg.com  (510) 676-0979  www.iemfg.com



  • Starts 23 October 2017 12:00 AM
  • Ends 22 February 2018 03:00 PM
  • All times are US/Pacific
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Morning Session


Title:  Switchboard & Switchgear Basics and UL 1558 Vs.  UL 891

Speaker:  Finn Schenck, IEM

Abstract: Finn will review the origins of UL1158 low voltage switchgear, employing  UL1066 circuit breakers, as compared to UL891 switchboards and UL 489 breakers.  What should the specifying engineer know about low voltage switchgear, when compared to low voltage switchboards?  We will review product features and pricing differences, utility metering options, and touch on arc flash safety. 

 Biography:  A graduate of San Jose State, Mechanical Engineering, Finn began his s career with Square D Company in 1988.  Today, Finn provides consulting engineer support for IEM, Fremont. CA.  Finn has held various leadership positions in both the Oakland/ East Bay IAS, and San Francisco IAS chapters. 


Title:  Motor Control Centers: From Basic Functionality to “Smart MCCs”

Speaker: Gary Fox, GE

Abstract: MCCs have evolved  since their development in the late 1940’s.  MCCs  today include solid state starters, adjustable frequency drives, integrally mounted PLCs, and are easily customized for sophisticated control schemes.  With the advent of arc flash concerns, MCCs are available with arc flash mitigation features and in “arc resistant” enclosures tested to comply with IEEE C37.20.7. The presentation will cover the  capabilities of modern motor control centers, with a primary focus on low voltage designs.

 Biography:  Gary Fox has been active in technical support for Northern California consulting engineers, on behalf of General Electric, for over twenty years.  He has been employed by GE for over 38 years.  A Senior IEEE Member, his  IEEEparticipation includes holding officer positions for Chair for the San Francisco Chapter; Chair, San Francisco Section; and Chair, San Francisco Bay Area Council.  He is currently serving as the chair for the IEEE 3001 standards working group and as Treasurer for the San Francisco IAS Chapter.  Gary received his BSEE from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and has been a California-licensed Professional Engineer since 1982.

 Title: Surge protection Basics and Integrated Systems

Speaker:  Ali Vakili, Eaton



    • What are they and where do they come from?
    • How do they damage electrical equipment?
  • Surge Protection Devices (SPD’s)
    • How do they work?
    • What ratings are important?
    • Where are they installed?
    • Why is installation so critical?
  • Recent NEC Changes
  • Surge Protection Solutions

 Biography: Ali Vakili is  the Eaton District Application Engineer and 2017 SF IAS Chapter Chair.  He has over(33) years of engineering experience with Teledyne, Allen-Bradley, Hewlett-Packard  and Eaton Electrical.  His experience includes electrical power distribution design, installation, commissioning, upgrading, modernizations, predictive and preventive maintenance, and failure analysis.  Ali Vakili, P.E., possesses a MS degree in Electrical  Engineering from State University of New York, Buffalo N.Y.  in 1984.

 Title:  Department of Energy 2016 New Efficiency Standards for Transformers

Speaker: Jay Tucker, Hammond Power Solutions

Abstract: April 10, 2013 the Department Of Energy (DOE) issued new efficiency levels which are roughly based on the NEMA Premium efficiency program and CSL3 efficiencies. These new efficiency levels are federally mandated and will commence on January 1, 2016. This new efficiency standard will affect low voltage and medium voltage dry- type and liquid filled transformers.  We will discuss how DOE 2016 will be implemented, how it will affect the manufacturing   processes, raw materials and tooling. We will discuss transformer dimensions and cost. We will also touch on inrush, impedance and fault current impact.

 Biography: Jay Tucker is the US Business Development Manager for Hammond Power Solutions. Prior to HPS he held the Regional Sales Managers position with General Electric . Prior to GE, Jay worked for ASCO Power Technologies as a Sr. Field Sales Engineer. He received his Electrical Engineering degree from Roxbury College. He served as a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of AIS from 2005 to 2010. 






Afternoon Session

Title:  New Industry Trend Regarding Arc Flash Mitigations

Speaker: David Durocher, IAS Past President (2015-2016), Eaton

Abstract: This session will focus on planned updates to the IEEE1584 and NFPA70E, discussing how these are changing electrical workplace safety practices in industrial operations and how business owners today are protecting their people from electrical shock and arc flash hazards. After review of applicable standards, the session will focus on both protection and prevention, reviewing new technologies in electrical systems designed to reduce or eliminate the hazard, keeping both valued personnel and electrical assets clear from harm’s way.

 Biography:  David B. Durocher (IEEE SBM ’77 M ’97-SM ’99) received a BSEE degree from Oregon State University, Corvallis, in 1978. He is currently Global Mining, Metals & Minerals Industry Manager, with Eaton Corporation in Wilsonville, Oregon USA. He has over 38 years of experience with Westinghouse and Eaton serving in a variety of product engineering, sales and global marketing roles, authoring numerous technical papers that have been presented at conferences around the world and published in IEEE Industry Applications, Plant Engineering, World Cement and EC&M Magazine. Dave is a Senior Member of the IEEE and served as IEEE IAS President 2015-2016. He presently serves on the Board of the IEEE IAS and the Board of the Washington Pulp & Paper Foundation. He is an active member of the IEEE IAS Mining Industry Committee, Cement Industry Committee, Pulp & Paper Industry Committee and the Association of Iron & Steel Technology.

 Title: Microgrid, PV systems and Storage Systems

Speaker: Dr. Vijay Bhavaraju, Eaton


 High penetration renewables

    • Issues and remedies
    • DER management solutions
  • Microgrids
    • Why microgrids?
    • Our experience and solution
    • Virtual Microgrid for design and commissioning
    • An example microgrid?
  • IEEE 2030.7/8 and IEEE 1547

 Biography:  Vijay is currently the Principal Engineer of Eaton Corporate Research and Technology.  He has over 35 years of industrial and academic experience. He played an active role in the development of IEEE 1547-2003 and developed PV inverters to UL 1741.

At Eaton, Vijay was a principal investigator for an Army funded microgrid project and was technical lead for other microgrid projects. He designed the 5 MW energy storage inverter system for the PGE FAST project. His current responsibilities include the design and control of microgrids and investigation and design of solutions for distributed energy resources management.  His previous education includes the following: Texas A&M University – College Station, TX, Ph.D., Power Electronics, 1994;

S.V. University -Tirupathi, India, M.S., Power Systems and Controls, 1988; Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1976.

 Title: Progress of the 2014, 2017 and 2020 NEC

Speaker: Mike Stone, NEMA


  • Major Changes and New Articles in the 2014 NEC
  • Energy Storage and the 2016 California Intervening Code Cycle
  • Major Changes and New Articles in the 2017 NEC
  • First Draft Report for the 2020 NEC

Biography:  Mike Stone is the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) West Coast Field Representative since August 2012.  He is the alternate member representing NEMA on Code Making Panel 1 for the 2017 National Electrical Code.  He also serves as Vice Chair of the California Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical and Energy Code Advisory Committee for the California Building Standards Commission.  Mike is a member of IAEI, ICC, NFPA and IBEW.  He is a Certified Building Official and a Certified General Electrician in the State of Ca