By: Dylan Davey
As part of my job with Qualus, I have the opportunity to teach both short webinars and longer on-location seminars with our training department, Qualus University. In August, I will be leading a four-day Relay Testing and Commissioning Seminar in Pennsylvania. To give you an idea of what to expect, I’ll be offering a quick look inside the class via complimentary webinar on June 21, 2022, from 2:00 to 3:00 ET. I will cover zones of protection and the basics of Protection Suite including how to create macros and the use of state simulation. Not only do you gain a stronger understanding of what to expect in the full course, but the webinar itself is approved by NETA for 1 CTD and by the Florida Board of Professional Engineers for 1 CEH.
Relay testing and commissioning can include a very broad range of topics, sometimes difficult to narrow down to a four-day seminar. My goal with this course is to provide an eye-opening experience for not only the accomplished relay technicians and engineers, but also those that are looking to get a better understanding of what it takes to be successful in the field. This course will take you on a journey through the technical tools required, instrument transformers, relay design and basic protection elements, control circuits, advanced protection elements, and a variety of commissioning tests including the myriad of ways you can commission CT and PT circuits. While the course will include plenty of lecture time, my intent is to also provide an intensive hands-on drawing experience and interactive demo session using SEL AcSELerator and Doble Protection Suite.
I implore anyone who attends to come prepared with some of their own unique challenges in the field or unanswered questions that I may be able to assist with. My promise to you is by the end of the week, no question goes unresolved. I will be the first to share some of my own growing pains and learning experiences that I went through along the way, including misoperations. My hope is by the end of the week you feel more prepared to approach and handle the litany of topics and issues one might run into in the field.
For those of you that I have not had the pleasure of interacting with, my name is Dylan Davey. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in electrical engineering, focusing on power systems and communications. I spent time during my studies as an intern at FirstEnergy in their commissioning department, which was followed by a full-time stint in the same capacity. I had countless long nights studying and absorbing as much as I could. There wasn’t a day that I didn’t focus on learning something I didn’t understand. I was fortunate to have great mentors that were industry leaders in protection and control and now I aspire to continue teaching others.
After my time at FirstEnergy, I moved around the country as a lead field engineer for various utilities until I accepted a position as a supervisor for Qualus. Today I am the area manager of field services for the Mid-south region that includes Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi. My personal strengths include all things line protection, automation and protection logic, and the troubleshooting and analyzation of post fault event reports. I look forward to engaging in deep technical conversations with each of you.
Dylan Davey is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. He is a Field Services Area Manager at Qualus and a subject matter expert in Doble Protection Suite, pilot schemes, end-to-end testing, power line carrier, and other similar topics. For a list of all QualU classes see our full course catalog here.