94th Annual SEMA Short Course and Conference

Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2022

Kissimmee, FL

Past Course Descriptions



101 Meter History
104 Meter History
This presentation will begin with the birth of the electric meter and carry you through its evolution to its modern form.
105 National Electrical Code
Exploring the interfaces between the electrical inspector and the utility as regards meters, sockets, point of service, and current withstand ratings of metering enclosures.
118 Introduction to Vectors
120 Basic Electricity I
Basic principles of electricity; Ohm's Law, measuring voltages/currents with an ammeter.
121 Basic Electricity II
Basic principles of electricity; Ohm’s Law, measuring voltages/currents with an ammeter.
130 Basic Metering Principles I
A look at single phase meters with an explanation of the mechanics and electrical theory behind their functionality. Explains what forces make the disk turn and the relationship between disk revolution & registration, followed by billing.
131 Basic Metering Principals II
135 Metering Terminology
An explanation of some of the technical terms used by metering personnel. How to speak in terms that the customer can understand. Clarification of meter loads, single phase, two and three wire services as well as three phase loads.
140 Introduction to Instrument Transformers
This session covers the reasons why instrument transformers are used in metering and demonstrates selection based on burden and accuracy, ratios and rating factors.
150 Current Diversion Fundamentals
Familiarize personnel new to revenue protection functions with the basics of field investigations. Overview of situations that personnel may encounter on routine inspections.
155 Basic Distribution Service Connections
This session reviews the various single-phase voltages and connections metering personnel will encounter in the course of their work in the field. Also, included will be network connections and their applications.
160 Rate Types
Discuss existing rate types and structures, parameters that move a customer from one rate to another and how different rate groups impact the utility.
162 Demand Metering
What are demand meters and where are they used? Applications of thermal, interval, rolling interval and other forms of demand meters.
164 Time of Use Metering
Why time of use? Rate structures. Who benefits? Creating a program.
170 Testboard Meter Testing Lab
180 Introduction to Polyphase Meter Design
Explanation of the polyphase meter, different configurations of polyphase meters. How to answer questions like "Why do I have a 3-phase service?" and "Why am I paying more for it?"
201 3-Phase Electrical Theory
A review of "three phase math" including geometry & trigonometry along with definitions and a discussion of phase relationships, phase angle and sine waves. This session also introduces the power triangle (kVA and power factor) and phasors.
207 Pulse/Load Profile Metering
What is pulse metering and how is it used in today’s metering systems? Pulse initiators are introduced along with examples of ratio selection and pulse weight calculation.
210 Three Phase Metering Applications
A lecture on Delta and Wye metering applications, 2, 2-1/2 and 3 element meter selection and Blondel's Theorem. The use of phasors to show correct metering will be discussed. Problems and examples will be presented.
211 Service Verification
218 Vector Analysis
223 Polyphase (Multi-Stator) Meter Theory
Discussion of the development of the polyphase electromechanical meter and how it works. The basic design of electronic watt-hour meters and the principles they operate on are introduced. Meter forms are also discussed.
230 Basic Metering Principles II
Relationship of disk revolution to registration. Practical applications. Math solutions.
235 Personal Computers
We will show and explain the basic function of the internal components that comprise the personal computer. In addition, we will cover basic computer operations for daily activities using computer basics and Windows95. This will be accomplished through a
240 Instrument Transformer Aps
241 Instrument Transformer Apps.
Examples of instrument transformer selection and connections based on the service and load. Calculations of burden, explanations of accuracy, the use of rating factor and the effect of temperature will be discussed. Students will learn how to apply transformer correction factors and ratio correction factors.
242 Introduction to Harmonics
This module will cover the basics of harmonics including non-sinusoidal waves, sources, typical waveshapes and potential effects on the distribution system. Examples of mitigation/reduction techniques will also be discussed.
255 Polyphase Distribution Service Connections
This session reviews the various polyphase service voltages and connections metering people will encounter in the field including three and four wire Delta, four wire Wye and network service connections.
265 Reference Standards
Why have standards? Which type fits my application. Calibration of standards and why traceability is necessary. What are current criteria for standards accuracy?
268 Advandced Field Testing
Advanced methods for field-testing high-end polyphase meters (inner-tie/large industrials) will be discussed and demonstrated (if time allows). Emphasis will be placed on multi-quadrant testing and testing with KYZ pulses and IR pickups.
275 Surge Protection & Grounding
Provides specific information on typical grounding, theory, and practical applications. Describes actual meter installation grounding techniques and lightning/surge protection techniques.
280 Four Quadrant Metering
Explanation of four quadrant metering, when and where should it be employed. Why is it better than mechanical metering? Does it increase revenue? What does it cost? Is it a viable option for the future?
285 Programming Concepts
301 Metering Terminology
320 Meter Testing
Calibration of self-contained meters as well as transformer rated meters.
350 Customer Service: Complaints
How do you deal with an angry customer? What types of complaints are most common? Communication skills under difficult conditions.
353 Irate Customers 1
Class members will actually confront irate customers. Session teaches how to handle dangerous situations on the job. Role playing by all attendees.
354 Customer Service Safety & Techniques
Will create safety guidelines and develop safety techniques for over the counter customer service representatives.
355 Customer Service Questions
Questions that are often asked by customers. Session focuses on responding to utility inquiries in many different areas (Electric, Gas and Water)
356 Customer Service Cases & Experience
This is an open session design for utilities to share experiences as they relate to their customer service unit. Most unusual cases.
357 What To Do When You Can't Say Yes
360 Conservation Audits and the Meter
Conservation audit techniques to explain energy consumption to the customer. Relating home appliances to the meter.
361 Appliance Consumption
A look at the effect house hold appliances have on utility bills. This session demonstrates the actual electrical consumption of major appliances.
362 Residential Audit
364 Service Verification
This course looks at diagnosing service problems on Wye and Delta 2, 2 ½ and 3 element metering installations using information collected from both the meter and additional analysis equipment.
370 Billing Errors in Metering
Problems associated with metering equipment related to the customers bill. Overview of meter multipliers and factors, register ratios/data, assumption calculations, nameplate data, and K-value.
371 Utility Billing Analysis
Identifies major components of a customer utility bill. Analysis of electric, water, gas, and others utility services.
400 Programming Concepts
This session covers the definitions of terms that will be encountered in establishing demand, time-of-use and reactive metering programs. The basic steps in establishing a program for an electronic register or meter will be discussed along with program parameters and the meter programming process.
405 Introduction to Power Quality
410 PQ Data Collection
411 PQ Data Collection Using Meter Technology
412 PQ Instrumentation
422 Solutions to Problems Created by New Meter Technology
433 PQ Data Collection Using Meter Technology
This class will cover the fundamentals of collection and analysis of Power Quality data using various metering technologies.
434 PQ Data Collection Wireless
Covers the field usage of power quality instruments for data analysis.
435 PQ Instrumentation
This course will cover instrumentation, usage of instruments, and results analysis.
437 PQ Preventative Maint. with Field Voltage Reg.
Reactavar Electronic Sag Protector Energy efficient solutions to protect sensitive electronic equipment from voltage sags, momentary voltage loss and transients.
465 Meter Shop Data Collection & Tracking
503 Enterprise Energy Management
542 Meter Shop Data Collection & Tracking
A presentation on how software can assist the tracking of meters from when they enter the system until they are retired.
545 MV90 Data Collection
“What is MV90” “What does MV90 do” “How does Tampa Electric use MV90”, Master File Setup, Workstation Setup, Security, Data Retrieval, Data Validation, Data Editing, Data Transfers, System Maintenance.

PLC Metering - Alternatives to Mass Market Solutions

Analyze cost effective AMR alternatives for utilities looking to tackle hard toa ccess customers. Learn how PLC technology can allow you to "spot meter" within your territory. This course will provide insight to utilizing PLC to manage outlying areas, high-security customers, difficult or dangerous areas or customers with special service needs, such as TOU.
3101 Metering Application
Choosing the right meter for the job. How to size the meter to fit the service.
355 PQ-Case Studies
Concerns and solutions, PQ Standards, Case Studies and problem resolution.
355 Distribution Power Quality Case Studies
Describes the operation of a typical electric utility distribution system and the impact of typical events on our customers.
355 PQ-Case Study: Motor and Power Factor
500 Case for Field Testing Single Phase Meters
This class takes a fresh new look at the age-old debate of “field testing versus shop testing” single-phase residential billing meters. The pros and cons of each are examined with an emphasis on new technology that has changed the dynamics of each testing approach. New data is presented including a unique inventory reduction approach to cost justification of field-testing. Analysis presented includes an actual business case performed by a major Midwestern investor owned electric utility. This business case centers on a meter sample-testing program. Customer complaint testing is also examined as a special case both from a quantitative and a qualitative perspective.
500 The Hall Effect
Introduction to the principal of the Hall Effect and how it is used to accurately measure KWH in singlephase electrical meters.
500 Vector Analysiss
A discussion of the information available from many of today’s meters that helps the meter technician understand and troubleshoot various installations. This class will cover basic terminology, basic concepts and what vectors mean in a metering environment.
500 New Instrument Transformer Applications
500 Rationalized Meter Test Results
500 New Substation Communication/Monitoring Options
500 Voltage Flicker Analysis
500 Linear Induction Motors
500 AMR Business Case
This session will review tangible and intangible cost and benefit elements needed to build a business case for an AMR system. A template will be used to model a utility considering an AMR investment. Key benefit and cost elements will be reviewed using sensitivity analyses to show which variables in the model have the biggest impact on the overall business case decision.
500 AMI Demonstration - Itron
500 AMI Demonstration - Elster
500 AMI Demonstration - Trilliant
500 AMI Demonstration - Cellnet + Hunt
550 RF Mesh Networks
552 Cost Savings Opportunities for C&I AMI Using Mesh
This presentation discusses the differences as far as using Cellular modems in each C&I meter in a grouping versus using a Mesh Collector using Cellular and Mesh modems in the C&I meters. Huge cost savings.
553 Cost Saving Opportunites for C&I AMI Using Digital Cell
555 Business Case Drivers for Two-Way AMI
Prior to automating business processes, most utilities can benefit from a focused analysis of their existing environment. Examining policies and processes can eliminate redundant work and streamline the manual aspects. Upon completing the business case the utility will have organizational buy in and have a clear picture as to whether or not there is a benefit to moving to an AMI solution. 
560  Best Practices for AMI Deployment
Provide an understanding of the types of changes a utility can expect as a resulf of implementing AMI. Advance utility thought processes to encompass some great lessons learned from other utilities that have deployed an AMI solution. Encourage you to tackle the challenges of capitalizin gon the benefits of your AMI solution. 
565 Emerging Communication Technologies for the Smart Grid

PLC Metering - Alternatives to Mass Market Solutions
Analyze cost effective AMR alternatives for utilities looking to tackle hard toa ccess customers. Learn how PLC technology can allow you to "spot meter" within your territory. This course will provide insight to utilizing PLC to manage outlying areas, high-security customers, difficult or dangerous areas or customers with special service needs, such as TOU.