0710: Surge Suppression Presentation on Updated Reliability and Protection

Please join us July 10, 2019 for: Surge Suppression Presentation on Updated Reliability and Protection

Speaker: Kenneth Pitt, P.E., Siemens TPS3 and FirstSurge Account Manager

Location:  Google, Mountain View. 

1365 Shorebird Way

Mountain View, CA 94043

SB65 Border to Border Conference Room

When: Wednesday, July 10, 2019: Dinner & Networking: 6:00 pm; Presentation, 7:00 pm

Event Details   or http://power.ieeesiliconvalley.org/  RSVP:  Registration

Cost:  Registration through 7/8/2019:  $15.00 for IEEE members, $20.00 non-members.  Walk-Ins if space available:  $20 members/$25 non-members


This presentation is a technical overview providing the attendees with an understanding on why surge protection is a mandatory component of today’s electrical systems power the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. New code changes are now mandating SPDs be included as a standard electrical system component to ensure reliability of electrical distribution equipment and operation.  CEC credits are available for this presentation.

Topics Include:

  • Understanding surges and their mitigation
    • What is a ‘Surge’?
    • How a SPD operates?
  • Standards review and NEC update
    • UL 1449 4th Edition
    • NEC 285
    • NEC 2011, article 708
    • NEC 2014, 700.8
    • NEC 2017, 620.51(E), 645.18, 670.6, and 695.15
    • NFPA 72,
    • Florida Building Code – AHCA Requirements (Could impact your area)
  • Surge Protecting Electrical Systems
    • Where to place SPDs
    • Sizing SPDs
    • “True 10” vs. 7 modes of protection


Kenneth Pitt, is a Professional Engineer with over 21 years of experience in providing solutions for power quality related problems, specifically pertaining to electrical surges. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1991 from the University of South Florida and is currently the Siemens SPD account manager.  He frequently lectures and teaches courses in identifying, solving, and mitigating surge related power problems.  He is an active IEEE IAS member from Tampa, Florida. 

See you there!

James Alvers

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