Short course programs will be offered during the morning (8:00AM – 12:00PM) and afternoon (1:00PM – 5:00PM) of Sunday, June 19.   Attendees have the option of registering with a short course (for an additional fee) as part of the conference registration process.  Please contact the EIC Short Course Chair with questions on the short course program.

Note that a minimum number of attendees are required to hold a short course.  If a course becomes cancelled, the registered course attendees will have the option of signing up for another course or receiving a refund.

Short Course 1:  Dissolved Gas Analysis (DGA) for in-depth condition assessments. The Scientific Perspective.

8:00 – 12:00 Sunday, June 19, 2022


This course describes considerations/methodologies used for e.g. transformer condition assessments and diagnostics that go far beyond the present standard methodologies. Gas formation is affected by a large number of factors that are not addressed in the present standards.

Who Should Attend?

Asset managers, and operation managers responsible for condition assessment of critical components in the electrical system
Industry experts, Consultants, and Insurance specialists looking for more advanced and above all more accurate and efficient tools to assist and support their customers.
People responsible for sampling and testing transformer oil

Instructor: Lars Arvidsson

General Manager VPdiagnose

Lars Arvidsson is a Master of Science in Chemical Process Engineering and graduated in 1979 from the Lund University of Technology In Sweden. He founded VPdiagnose in 1994 and is the general manager. VPdiagnose is a completely independent laboratory dealing with machine diagnostics in general and transformers/reactors etc in particular. He specializes in the diagnosis based on state-of-the-art transformer testing technology beyond that of the International standards. He has over 40 years of involvement in the machine diagnostics areas and was the team leader when the “corrosive sulfur” problem was solved in 2013.

Lars is a member of Cigre and of IEEE and has recently been upgraded to “Grandfather 2.0”.

Short Course 2: Longevity and Reliability of Energy Cable Systems in the Grid

13:00 – 17:00 Sunday, June 19, 2022

This course describes the most important factors that determine the electrical stress and strength in energy cables. Understanding the stress and strength enables the design of energy cables for longevity and reliability. It also provides a framework for managing the legacy grid. The topics include accessories & cables, basic construction elements, ac & dc voltages, degradation of the electric strength, and impacts on real-world applications

Who Should Attend?

  • Engineers and Field personnel responsible for specifying cable systems
  • Asset managers, operation managers responsible for condition assessment of critical components in the electrical system
  • Industry experts looking at new technological tendencies in the field testing arena
  • Consultants who are looking for more advanced and efficient tools to assist and support their customers

Instructor: Dr. Nigel Hampton

Dr. Hampton was born in the United Kingdom. He received his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in Physics from the University of Bath. After receiving his doctorate, he undertook two years of postdoctoral research into the dielectric properties of ceramic and glassy dielectrics over a wide range of frequencies.

In 1988, Dr. Hampton joined the R & D laboratories of BICC Cables Ltd., located in North Wales, whereupon he earned a master’s degree in Polymer Engineering from Manchester Polytechnic. In 1991, Dr. Hampton joined the Supertension Cable business of BICC Cables, southeast of London. Over the next nine years, he worked within the HV & EHV cable business, building a number of internationally respected research programs. During this period, he pursued interests in the fields of HVDC, cable accessories, XLPE cables, applied statistics, and life analysis. Between 2001-06, Dr. Hampton had global responsibility for managing the technical and market activities for power cable materials (insulations, semicons and oversheaths) within Borealis AB in Sweden. In this role, he was involved in R&D innovation, customer support, and collaborative programs. Dr. Hampton worked at the National Electric Energy Testing, Research, & Applications Center from 2006 to 2021, where he developed and managed a large variety of projects related to the high field dielectric and performance characteristics of materials used in all parts of the electric utility industry. He also participates in a variety of industry technical organizations related to this field and is currently developing instructional programs related to the design and application of high voltage dielectrics, with a particular focus on MV, HV, & EHV power cable systems.

Dr. Hampton joined the Engineered Materials group of UL in October 2021 with global responsibility for Market Development for Cable Systems for Energy and Utilities.

Dr. Hampton is the author/co-author of more than 97 technical papers/presentations and is the holder of 18 patents or patent applications.

8:00 – 12:00 Sunday, June 19

Special Short Course on Sunday June 19:  Fundamentals of Dielectric Materials and Testing


The focus of this short course is the fundamental aspects of electrical insulation materials. The main focus will be rotating equipment, but transformers, cables as well as transmission and distribution needs will also be discussed. This general course will cover basic components of an insulation system, material selection criteria, review of intrinsic properties as well as aging parameters. Major test methodologies and standards used in selecting and qualifying insulation systems will be discussed.

It is intended that this short course help the novice understand the critical working aspects of electrical insulation materials. This knowledge can aid in maintenance decision processes, equipment repair decisions, as well as educate those in the industry understand the tradeoffs in the dielectric materials selection process.


Dr. Nancy Frost
Frosty’s Zap Lab, LLC

Dr. Nancy Frost is a Dielectrics Engineer with dual roles as President of Frosty’s Zap Lab, LLC, her dielectric materials R&D testing laboratory, and with Gerome Technologies as a Materials Engineer. She is focused on investigating aging mechanisms of dielectrics, and has given over 100 presentations and courses over the last two decades.  Dr. Frost has experienced the electrical insulation business from the points of view of vendors, customers, utilities and manufacturers. She has had the unique opportunity to see many insulation system designs and manufacturing styles, as well as a variety of aging techniques.

You can reach Dr. Nancy Frost at for further information.

Short Course 4: Tutorial: Electrical Insulation Overview

National Electrical Manufacturers Association – Industrial Systems


This short course will provide an overview of some of the most important types of insulation used in electrical and transformer machines including:

  • Resins and Varnishes
  • Flexible Insulations (papers, films, and laminates including mica for high voltage)
  • Thermoset Laminate Solid Composite Insulations
  • Pressure Sensitive Tapes

Course Outline:

  • NEMA Overview – (Stephen Tuckwell, Elantas)
  • Resins and Varnishes (Mark Winkeler, Elantas)
  • Flexible Insulations (Evanne Wang, DuPont)
  • Thermoset Laminate Solid Composite Insulations (Solomon Chiang, The Gund Company)
  • Pressure Sensitive Tape (Will Lee, 3M)

Who Should Attend?

  • This course will be of interest to anyone responsible for or wanting to know more about available insulation materials for electrical equipment and will be of particular benefit to those responsible for the selection of insulation materials including design engineers and quality personnel. Students and young engineers will also benefit from this thorough introduction to insulating material for electrical equipment.

Presenter’s Biography:

Evanne Wang is an applications development and evaluation expert working with DuPont Nomex® paper and pressboard for the past decade.  Her focused areas of expertise are evaluating the characteristics of electrical insulating materials including Electrical Insulation Systems (EIS) aging studies.  She is involved with several standards bodies such as IEEE, ASTM, and UL and currently chairs IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 4 on Electrical Insulation, which oversees three standards relevant to the electrical insulation industry (IEEE 1, 98, 99). Wang received her BSEE in electrical engineering from the University of Nevada with a minor in psychology.

Solomon Chiang is currently the Director of R&D for the Gund Company, a private company with 10 manufacturing facilities in four countries and one of the largest global fabricators of polymeric and composite components.  Mr. Chiang holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry and has 30 years of industrial experience in the manufacturing and applications of polymeric and composite materials.   He chairs the NEMA advisory technical committee on Industrial Laminates and consensus body for revision of Insulation Material standards and serves as NEMA’s technical advisor to IEC TC 15.  Mr. Chiang is a member of IEEE PES and DEIS and is a voting member of the Transformer Committee.  He is also a member of the Standard Technical Panel for UL1558.

Mark Winkeler is the Manager of Application Technology at the ELANTAS PDG, Inc. formerly the P.D. George Company.  He has been with the company since 1982.  He is responsible for the application technology group at ELANTAS PDG, Inc. The group’s activities include customer support, agency testing, and prototype processing.  Mark works closely with R&D and Sales to develop innovations to assist the electrical industry.  He is involved with NEMA, ASTM, and IEEE DEIS.

Will Lee is 3M’s expert in electrical insulating tapes. Will has spent years helping electrical professionals with effective solutions. His 25 years of experience includes application, product, and process development roles in the electrical and electronics fields. He currently is an Application Development Engineer supporting the electrical OEM & MRO tape and liquid resin portfolios. Will holds a BS in Engineering Technology from the University of Wisconsin – Stout.

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