Introduction to Lightning Protection for Substations



Over the years, many theories and changes have been made to the approach and methodology applied by designers to minimize direct and indirect lightning strokes preventing damage to buildings and substations. Lightning strikes induce fast transient over voltages into the power system. These over voltages, if not intercepted, can damage plant and equipment.  

This fundamental Introduction to Lightning Protection considers the following aspects: 

  • Identification and discussion of design procedures to provide direct stroke shielding of outdoor distribution, transmission, and generating plant substations.
  • Insulation Coordination
  • Shielding methodology
  • Surge Arrestor application
  • Modelling and analysis 


    Referenced Standards 

    AS/NZS 1768 : 2007           :  Lightning Protection 

    IEEE Std 998-1996   :  IEEE Guide for Direct Lightning Stroke Shielding of Substations 


Malcolm Davies| Technical Principal

Malcolm is a Technical Principal at SMEC (Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation) with 35 years’ experience of increasingly responsible positions in the Electrical Engineering discipline, consulting, design, layout, hands-on knowledge, project management and maintenance of Power Systems. Malcolm has been closely involved in earthing and Lightning system design and testing on projects including substation, rail electrifications, wind farm, solar, mining and industrial plants. 

Malcolm was awarded a MEng Sc from the Queensland University of Technology for his work on Substation earthing design methodology, and is present lecturing Post Graduate courses in Substation Design at QUT.

Malcolm has an in depth knowledge working with high voltage design, testing and audit and has experience in all aspects of design and installation of high voltage systems including insulation coordination, earthing and lightning systems.


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Tue 20 Jun 2017 - 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm



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Fri 16 Jun 2017 - 5:00 pm


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