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Program Outline


Session 1: Electrical Grounding Overview

  • Grounding- Definitions
  • Grounding methods
  • System Grounding
  • Telecommunications Single Point Grounding
  • Solid Grounding
  • Impedance Grounding
  • Resistance Grounding
  • Ground Faults
  • Why Ground Circuits and Systems
  • Grounding Systems
  • Grounded Systems

Session 2: Grounding Electrode System

  • Grounding Electrodes: Construction And Installation
  • Ground Resistance and Resistivity
  • Grounding Electrode Conductor
  • Electrical Grounding and Corrosion
  • Materials-Splicing
  • Installation and Protection
  • Sizing the grounding Electrode Conductor

Session 3: System Grounding

  • Circuit grounding
  • Why Systems and Circuits are grounded
  • Grounded Conductor
  • Direct Current Systems
  • Alternating-Current System
  • Systems less than 50 Volts
  • Grounding of Transformers
  • Grounding for Telecommunications Site

Session 4: Tower Installations

  • Self-Supporting Tower Installations
  • Bonding the Tower Ground to the Central Office Ground
  • Pole Mounted Antennas
  • Antenna Towers Mounted on Top of Buildings
  • Antennas and Connecting Coaxial Transmission Lines and Waveguides
  • Protection of Radio Equipment
  • Guyed Tower Installation
  • Pole Mounted Installation
  • Building Mounted Installation

Session 5: Telecommunications Electrical Bonding System

  • Equipment Bonding and Grounding
  • Rack Bonding
  • Major Requirements: Leakage Current, Proper Sizing
  • Generators
  • Transformers
  • UPS systems: Online, Standby, Line Interactive, Alternative
  • Installation
  • Sizing the Equipment grounding
  • Identification of the Equipment grounding Conductor
  • Electric Shock
  • Grounding and electric Shock

Session 6: Telecommunications Stand-by/Emergency Generators

  • Separately Derived Systems (SDS)
  • When an Emergency Generator is not a SDS
  • Main Bonding Jumper
  • Portable generators
  • Vehicle Mounted Generators


Session 7: Lightning Protection System for a Telecommunications Site

  • The Phenomenon of Lightning
  • Development of Lightning Flash
  • Flash Parameters
  • Lightning- Characteristics
  • Electrical Effects
  • Basic Protection Requirements
  • Protection Systems
  • Electro-Geometric Method
  • Tower Lightning Protection System
  • Rolling sphere Concept
  • Lightning Protection system Specifications

Session 8: Telecommunications Industry Grounding Practices

  • Telecommunication Site Grounding
  • Single Point Ground System
  • Grounding Subsystems
  • Exterior Ground Ring
  • Exterior Structural Metal Elements
  • Interior Ground ring- Halo Ground
  • Master Ground Bar
  • Cable entrance Ground Bar
  • Telecommunications Closets
  • Cable Trays or Raceways
  • Low Frequency Networks
  • High frequency Networks
  • Waveguides Grounding
  • Racks, Cabinets and Enclosures
  • Central Office Battery System

Session 9: Grounding against Electromagnetic Interference (EMI/ESD/RFI)

  • Electronic Equipment Grounding
  • Introduction and Definitions
  • Telecommunication Rooms and Closets
  • Data Processing Equipment Grounding
  • Electronic Security Equipment Grounding
  • EMI (Electromagnetic Interference)
  • Inductive, Capacitive and Radiation Coupling
  • RFI (Radio frequency Interference)
  • Electrostatic Discharge
  • Shields grounding
  • Cable Shielding and Grounding
  • Coaxial Cables
  • Telephone Lines

Session 10: Telecommunications Equipment Protection

  • System Reference Zero
  • Detection of a faulty Neutral-Ground System
  • Sizing Wiring to meet Computer Industry Standards
  • Grounding line Treatment Devices
  • Transient Overvoltage Protector Grounding
  • Gas Tubes
  • Metal Oxide Varistors
  • Silicon Avalanche Diodes
  • Data Lines Grounding- RS232


Case histories included: Four Telecommunications Case Histories will be reviewed and analyzed.


    National Electrical Code/IEEE Standards/ANSI Stds, Industry STDS
  • Communications:
  • Canadian Standards Association
  • TIA/EIA - 568: Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling Standard
  • TIA/EIA - 607: Commercial Building Grounding and Bonding Requirements for Telecommunications
  • ISO/IEC IS 11801: Generic Cabling for Customer Premises
  • BICSI: BICSI Telecommunications Cabling Installation Manual
  • BICSI: BICSI Customer-Owned Outside Plant Design Manual (CO-OSP)

Earn Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Credits

Successful completion of this course qualifies participants to receive a certificate of course completion with indicated CEUs. CEUs are granted by either "North Idaho College", "Gonzaga University", "IEEE" or the Engineering Institute of Canada. One CEU is equivalent to 10 professional development hours of instruction. The following course earns 1.4 CEUs.


It has been determined that over 70 per cent of all electrical problems in industrial, commercial and institutional power systems are due to poor grounding and wiring errors. Without proper grounding, sensitive electronic equipment is subjected to destruction of data, erratic equipment operation, and catastrophic damage.
This electrical grounding seminar will give participants a comprehensive understanding of practical applications of proper grounding and wiring practices.

Increase Your Knowledge
· Focus on specific electrical grounding problems and consequences relating to fires, safety of personnel, and damage to equipment
· Participate in discussion of electrical grounding problems and how to overcome or avoid them
· Gain a firm foundation of knowledge for your next project involving electrical grounding
· Develop your knowledge of theory and practice

Learn About

· The requirements of the National Electrical, CEC in Canada and NOM 001 in Mexico.
· Specific grounding problems, installations and code requirements
· Testing procedures for residential, industrial, commercial and institutional electric power grounding systems
· Practical solutions to grounding problems

After Attending, You Will

· Work more safely and efficiently
· Have a better understanding of Article 250 in the 2005 N.E.C.®
· Be more aware of the benefits of good grounding systems
· Be better prepared to design your next grounding system

Who Should Attend

This electrical grounding course is a must for electrical engineers, design engineers, electrical engineering managers, project managers, power quality specialists, maintenance managers, consultants and technologists responsible for the design, construction, installation, inspection, operation, or maintenance of electrical systems, designers, contractors, and electrical technicians, inspectors, safety personnel and other employees responsible for the operation and maintenance of electrical grounding systems in a commercial, industrial, institutional or utility setting.

Effects of Poor Grounding

Without good grounding, sensitive electronic equipment is subjected to destruction of data, erratic equipment operation, and catastrophic damage.
Inductive effects of lighting including transients, wiring errors, and code violations cause damages estimated at about $20 billion dollars in the US and Canada each year.

The economics:

Loss of sales, Loss of production, Loss of work in process.

The knowledge acquired in this course will enable the participant to apply correct electrical installation procedures (CEC/NEC), effective cabling and state of the art technologies available for the protection of equipment and circuits. Code violation poses the greatest hazards to human life.

Other considerations:

Sometimes a system shut-down can cause a telecommunications company thousands of dollars per hour. To a petrochemical company, an unplanned shut down can cost millions of dollars.
With the practical application of the Electrical Code (CEC) and electrical grounding practices, which minimizes errors and loss of equipment, the cost of the course will be amortized many times over.
Other considerations are Warranties and Guarantees. For insurance validation, these warranties/guarantees are based on compliance with the Electrical Code (learned in this course).


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