About The Course

This 3-day planning course has been designed for engineering managers and engineers who work for owners and operators of both high and low voltage electricity networks in the range from 230/415V to 132kV.

The delegates will get a full understanding of issues associated with planning of MV and LV electricity networks via a practical approach that contains worked and delegate examples. The course will introduce planning concepts, various network configurations along with protection systems and the types of equipment used in typical systems. It also covers fault level, power quality, harmonics, power factor, cable ratings, earthing and lightning protection.

Learning Outcomes

This course has been designed to give electrical engineers, engineering managers and other professionals a sound grounding and understanding of the principles of planning electricity networks – both in industrial settings and electricity utilities:

•    Planning concepts;

•    Equipment used in electrical systems;

•    Network configurations including options for protection systems;

•    Fault level, including associated calculations;

•    Power quality;

•    Harmonics; and,

•    Earthing systems and lightning protection

Who Should Attend

•    This course has been designed for:

–    Electrical engineers

–    Engineering managers

–    Asset managers and other professionals working with or have responsibility for the planning, operation and development of electricity networks

–    Graduate engineers who are new to electrical power systems

–    Engineers or technicians who have changed jobs and are now working in an electricity power systems environment

Course Faculty - Vukan Polimac

Vukan Polimac


Fellow of IET, IEEE, CIGRE

Vukan Polimac

In his 30 years working experience he provided highest quality services in system planning and analysis to major transmission and distribution and transportation companies including London Underground, National Grid Company (UK), MTRC Metro in Hong Kong, West Coast Main Line connection to NG, Scottish Power, ESB-Ireland, ESKOM-South Africa, Mauritius CEB, Balkan countries – grids of Romania and former Yugoslavia, HV network ISA-Colombia, Western Power Distribution-UK, etc.


Vukan’s technical expertise includes most aspects of power systems analysis, electrical asset management and railway connections to power networks where he provides solutions to technical problems and supports other field’s experts in complex assignments. He has project management skills in technical and environmental projects as well as experience in short and long-strategic term planning, maintenance and asset management, power quality analysis of transmission and generation systems, distribution, transportation and other power networks. Experienced in generation and network integration, electrical component of energy master plans as well as strategic asset replacement, he was also involved in load- forecast analysis and generation dispatching. Published papers on asset management based on projects and experience in working for distribution companies in Africa and Europe.


Vukan is very experienced in design, procurement, commissioning, erection and refurbishment of major projects in transmission and distribution substations up to 420 kV and hydro and thermal power plants. Served as project manager on several major projects as well as head of the Engineering Group, Vukan was responsible for final design, equipment specifications, layouts tender evaluation and commissioning. He has carried out conceptual development of protection and control philosophy for various projects as well as reviewed and approved project drawings and documents. He has applied the latest IEC standards, various codes of practice and engineering recommendations.  He has also specific experience in conceptual design of power supply for transportation and traction railway systems, defining the design principles and technical specifications for future design and privatisation process. He has analysed quality of power supply for connection of AC and DC unbalanced load to power network and published papers on practical implementation. Vukan carried out feasibility studies on reactive compensation (SVC and MSC) focusing on voltage variation and harmonic distortion issues.


Vukan has performed technical and economic evaluations, cost benefit net present value analysis, of various transmission and distribution schemes and electrical equipment. He carried out a number of asset evaluation analysis on electrical equipment and published papers on asset management, reliability and maintenance. He has performed equipment assessment and residual life prediction as part of strategic asset management analysis for a major underground transportation company in Asia. His duties have also included equipment arrangement optimisation in particular reliability aspect in terms of failure rate and financial consequences as non-supplied energy to the consumers.

Topics Covered

  • Overview of Planning Requirements
  • Drafting a LV Distribution System
  • Planning of MV networks
  • Consideration of Voltage
  • Lightning protection and Surge Arresters
  • Layout consideration in planning Faults in the System Types of Protection
  • MV Switchgear
  • Inverters and Converters
  • Load and Energy Management
  • Software for planning
This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan