The over-arching goal of this course is to increase the powerline bushfire safety capability of Australia’s electricity network businesses. On completion
of the course, participants will understand:
- The local history of catastrophic fires started by electricity networks and responses to them.
- The implications of future long-term weather trends on network fire risk.
- How networks start fires and the relationship between faults and fires.
- Modelling of fire risk as a prioritisation tool for investment decisions.
- Recent research into ignition from arc faults, vegetation faults and wire-down faults.
- Network design and operation elements that most strongly influence network fire risk.
- The role of undergrounding, covered conductor and ACRs in cutting fire risk.
- How network earthing options (including REFCLs) can cut powerline fire risk.
- The theory, simulation and practical realities of different network earthing treatments.
- Victoria’s regulatory fire-safety performance standard for networks for high fire risk areas.
The course will involve both information delivery and discussion, and guided hands-on use of simulation tools. Information delivery will be by industry
engineers involved in Victoria’s powerline bushfire safety program and leaders of ignition research projects.
- Duration: 4 days – Monday mid-day to Friday mid-day
- Timing: 24th to 28th of June 2019.
- Location: Monash University Clayton Campus, Melbourne
- Delivery Organisation: Monash University Grid Innovation Hub
- Sponsor: Professor Dr Tony Marxsen, ECSE Department, Monash University
- Ideal for: Electricity network engineers (planners, protection and control, etc.) and university researchers/students
- Continuing Professional Development: Maximum 32 CPDs
- Options: two-hour workshop on Monday morning on network earthing options ($400)