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Grounding, Bonding and Lightning Protection of Electrical Systems

5 Day Training

Dates: 26 – 30 August | 07 – 11 October 2024
Locations: Johannesburg, South Africa
Platform: Available In-Class / Online

Price: Available on request

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Course Introduction

Grounding and bonding systems ensure that electrical systems are safe from electric shock and fires by limiting the voltage imposed by lightning, line surges, or unintentional contact with high voltage lines as well as a ground-fault. An integrated approach of theory and practice will ensure you have a firm foundation of knowledge when you begin your next design or construction project, or when you encounter problems in your electrical system which must be corrected for safety, operational or power quality reasons.

Case studies will be presented to discuss grounding and bonding applications in a variety of areas (industrial and substation) in order to reinforce fundamental grounding principles common to a variety of applications.

Course Objectives

After participating in the Grounding, Bonding and Lightning Protection of Electrical Systems course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and prevent safety hazards to personnel who come in contact with electrical systems

  • Prevent equipment failures and malfunctions by employing proper grounding techniques

  • Interpret codes and standards related to grounding

  • Ensure proper operation of communication, computer and control systems by proper grounding and bonding

  • Apply to your projects lightning protection methods

Who should attend?

  • Electrical Engineers

  • Design Engineers 

  • Managers

  • Project Managers

  • Maintenance Managers

  • Consultants

  • Electronics

    and Controls personnel

  • Traffic Signal Designers and Operators

  • Technologists

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Training Methodology

Our diverse instructional approaches ensure effective learning:

– Lectures & Presentations: Engage with expert-driven, stimulating content.
– Course Material: Access well-crafted supporting resources.
– Group Work: Collaborate on discussions and case studies for practical insights.
– Workshops & Role-Play: Participate in immersive, scenario-based activities.
– Practical Application: Focus on applying theoretical knowledge in real situations.
– Post-Training Support: Receive extensive support after training for skill implementation.

Training Outline


  • Definitions

  • Electrical code objectives

  • Ground currents

  • Resistance and resistivity

  • Electrical shock hazards

What Is Grounding?

  • Grounding methods

  • Electrical code requirements

  • System grounding – single and multiple services

  • Unwanted current flow

  • Grounding electrodes and grounding methods

  • Effects of emergency generators

Electrical Safety Grounding

  • Common electrical hazards

  • Rules for working around live electrical equipment

  • Electrical safety grounding

  • Electrical code clearances

What Is Bonding?

  • Grounding and bonding – the differences

  • Body resistance and electric shock

  • Bonding definition and purposes

  • Electrical code requirements

  • Methods of bonding and what must be bonded

  • Single point bonding

Substation Grounding

  • Permissible body currents

  • Step and touch potentials

  • Grounding resistance and resistivity

  • Substation ground electrodes

  • ANSI/IEEE grounding standard

Electronic Equipment

  • Frequency and power quality

  • Frequency response of conductors

  • Isolation grounding

  • Minimizing electrical interference

  • Shielding methods

Lightning Protection

  • The nature of lightning

  • Lightning protection principles and methods

  • Protection equipment and grounding methods

  • Surge protection and insulation coordination

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