Book now 20–21 October 2015, SIRF Roundtables assembles Australia’s practitioners to share knowledge about safe, reliable and cost effective management of electrical assets. We specially encourage professional development of less experienced practitioners.[*]


Come and join us at EMS NF — Electrical Maintenance & Safety National Forum. It is an unforgettable annual national event — with energy filled presentations, discussions, displays & entertainment.

Free Registration[*] Every SIRF member organisation will received one free forum registration for a person with less than 10 years industrial or engineering experience with their first Early Bird forum registration. One of our observations is that our forums are mostly attended by more experience electrical people and practitioners even though the benefits from attending would be far greater for less experienced people. SIRF Roundtables wishes to support the development of the next generation of electrical, instrumentation and control specialists.

→ Email if you have a candidate for free registration.

When and where?

EMS 2013 when and where

20-21 October 2015 • Bayview on the Park Hotel, 52 Queens Rd, Melbourne

AMEA winnersWhen attending all our National Forums, you will enjoy: Roundtable focus groups • Keynote presentations • Case studies • Post conference workshops and training • Numerous exhibitor / trade booths and displays • Networking drinks • Dinner and live entertainment • And much more.

Great range of speakers, practical and relevant case studies.
— EMS National Forums participant

It was a good couple of days with lots of info and industry contacts.
— EMS National Forums participant

Thanks for putting such a great event with delegates who are keen on many electrical safety subjects.
— EMS National Forums participant

Many thanks again for the exceptional efforts by all with this event.
Once again, very much enjoyed the event and am looking forward to
next year.
— National Forums participant

Pre-Forum workshops

Pre-Forum workshops are free to all Forum attendees.
Monday 19th October.

Choose a morning and afternoon session of your preference.

8:30 12:30 Use of Ultrasound for Safety Management & Monitoring of Electrical Systems, by Garry Ward, IPI
  Methods for Locating and Monitoring MV and HV Electrical Faults, by EA Technology
13:00 17:00 Use of Thermography for inspection & Monitoring of Electrical Equipment, by Fluke
  IIncreasing Reliability with Electric Motor Condition Monitoring, by APT Group

Forum topics and presenting companies

DAY 1 — Tuesday 20th October.
Topics spread over dozens of subjects and contributing companies (the list will be expanded):

08:00 09:00   Registration and arrival tea & coffee
09:00 09:15   Welcome and introduction
09:15 10:05   KEYNOTE PRESENTATION — Maximising Arc Flash Protection & Wearability for Electrical Personal Protective Equipment, by Geoff Wynn, Technical Consulting Services.
10:05 10:35   Morning Tea
      ROOM 1   ROOM 2
10:35 11:20   Australian Arc Flash Standards – An Overview, by Sesha Prasad, Welcon Technologies.   High Voltage Cable Partial Discharge Testing at Wind Farm, by Jackson Hill, LIVE HV
11:25 12:10   The Art Of Being Mindful, by Jason Holzberger, Gladstone Ports Corporation   Arc Flash\Blast - Am I Really Protected?, by Brad Gradwell, Hudson McKay
12:10 13:10   Lunch
      ROOM 1   ROOM 2
13:10 13:55   Arc Flash Assessment Studies, by Brett Cleaves, Engineering Safety Pty Ltd   Root Cause Analysis and its Role in Electrical Problem Solving & Incident Investigation, by Brian Niven, SIRF Rt
14:00 14:45   Product Recalls for Electrical Equipment (eg Infinity Cable Recall), by David Bowen, Focused Quality Systems   Using Ultrasound to Detect Electrical Faults & Improve Safety, by Garry Ward, Industrial Precision Instruments
14:45 15:15   Afternoon Tea
16:30 17:30   Further discussion and networking opportunities over food and drinks
17:30 20:30   Forum diner and entertainment

— Wednesday, 21st October.

Topics spread over dozens of subjects and contributing companies (the list will be expanded):

08:30 09:00   Registration and arrival tea & coffee
09:00 09:15   Welcome and administration
09:05 09:50   KEYNOTE PRESENTATION — The Importance of a Behavioural Safety Approach to Build a Strong Safety Culture, by Janet McCulloch from Safety Dimensions.
10:10 10:30   Exhibitor Introductions
9:50 10:20   Morning Tea
      ROOM 1   ROOM 2
10:20 11:05   High Voltage Cable Condition Monitoring & Asset Management, by Neil Davies, EA Technology   Proposed Presentation by Melbourne Water
11:10 11:55   Retrofitting Swichgear with Actuators to Eliminate Manual Switching, by Dr Phil Evans, Lucy Electric   Use of Thermography for Electrical Condition Monitoring, by John Tarenidis, ThermoSpec (TBC)
11:55 12:55   Lunch
      ROOM 1   ROOM 2
12:55 13:40   New Approaches to Task Risk Assessment, by Peter Kingwill, Sage Technology   Oil Analysis and other Transformer Condition Assessment Strategies, by Antony Giacomin, TJ|H2b
13:45 14:30   Managing Technical and Safety Risks related to Earthing, by Dr Darren Woodhouse, Safearth Consulting   Condition Monitoring of Electrical Equipment (TBA)
14:30 15:00   Afternoon Tea
15:00 15:10   Prize Draws
      Final keynote address — Motivational and Inspirational Presentation
15:55 16:00   FORUM CLOSE

Post-forum workshop

Thursday & Friday, 22nd and 23rd October.
8:30 — 16:30h

  DAY 1 — Arc Flash Analysis
Keynote 3Arc Flash hazards and the management of these risks is now becoming an integral function for all Australian electrical workers. Supervisors and managers are responsible for ensuring that their electrical workers are trained in the use of Arc Flash Risk Mitigation techniques and the use of any relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

This course has been designed to provide an overview of the Arc Flash Hazard Analysis terminology, concepts and methodology. Hence, it is relevant for power system operators, electricians, engineers and safety personnel. The topics are presented from the basic level in a logical sequence. The emphasis is on the concepts and practical aspects of Arc Flash Hazard. No prior knowledge of Arc Flash Hazard is assumed. The topics are presented from the basic level in a logical sequence. The emphasis is on the concepts and practical aspects of Arc Flash Hazard.

If you are involved in modern industrial power system operation you should have a good understanding of the following issues. Why Arc Flash Hazards have become an important safety issue? Is it safe to work in a 415V system with safety gloves & boots? How does fault current influences the Arc Flash Hazard? What factors influence the severity of Arc Flash? How do you calculate Arc Flash Incident Energy? What Arc-rated PPE means and how to select the right PPE? What is the relevance of “Flash Protection Boundary”? These are some of the items covered in this course.

At the end of the course, the participant will have a good understanding of the importance of Arc Flash Hazards in modern industrial power systems, Arc Flash Analysis concepts and selection of appropriate protective gear. The knowledge gained will enable better communication between management, safety supervisors and operators. This will help to introduce appropriate procedures to establish a safe operating environment. Click here to download Day 1 Course Structure and Contents. →

  DAY 2 — Power System Earthing
Day 2 of 2 Day Workshop Electrical System must have effective grounding to ensure safety. If an over current device operates slowly, or not at all, during aground fault, the following may happen:

• Damage of Equipment,
• Ignition, Fire,
• Electrocution of Personnel.

Of all these factors, increased consideration must be given to electrocution of personnel and, therefore, a high degree of grounding protection should be implemented to safeguard human life. In principle, the objectives of Safety in Grounding Design are as follows:

• To provide means to carry electric current into the earth under normal and fault conditions without exceeding any operatiKeynote 3ng and equipment limits, or adversely affect continuity of service.
• To make sure that a person in the vicinity of grounded facilities is not exposed to the danger of critical electric shock.

This specialised course provides an overview of earthing system concepts and terminologies, including, human electric shock models, earth grid resistance, touch, mesh and touch potentials.

The participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the earth grid design based on the IEEE 80 Standard and the Australian Standard ESAA-EG1 which follows similar design principles. The Earthing course only uses GroundMat software to demonstrate modern earthing design software. It is also used in the Case Studies. But there is no need to attendees to purchase the software. Click here to download Day 2 Course Structure and Contents. →

Course Instructor → Sesha Prasad is a Senior Power Systems Specialist with Welcon Technologies. Over the past nine years he has been responsible for conducting various power system studies including load flow studies, fault studies, harmonic studies, protection coordination studies, motor starting studies and arc flash studies. He has also specialised skills in earthing design and lightning protection.

With Sesha’s vast knowledge and experience of over 20 years as a Senior Lecturer at Central Queensland University and in industry has seen Sesha develop a suite of Power System Training modules, including a 4 day power system workshop, as well as specialised one day courses on topics such as Arc Flash Hazards and Step/Touch Potentials. Sesha regularly receives excellent feedback for his teaching style, his technical skills and his ability to explain complex topics in a simple and easy to understand manner.

Feedback from these Workshops last year:
— Very relevant to my job with lots of practical examples,
— Well presented course & made the material interesting,
— I was impressed by the depth of knowledge of the trainer,
— Not only did I learn a lot, it gave me a lot to think about for later,
— It gave me an understanding of the theory & legal requirement for Arc Flash.

Industry exhibitors displays

For more information about the venue, booking, discounts, exhibition opportunities and presentations, please contact Peter Todd on M 0414 383 350, phone (02) 4271 3585, or email him at

Who is this for?

As an organisation that supports leading maintenance practices, SIRF Roundtables has over 250 member companies in Australia and NZ, covering industries like power generation, mining, chemical, food & beverage, paper, mineral processing, steel, manufacturing, oil & gas, pharmaceutical & water utilities.

People who would greatly benefit from attending this national forum are Electrical Maintenance Managers, Supervisors, Team Leaders, Safety Officers, Planners, Design Engineers, Project Engineers, Electricians and Technical Managers.


Situated on the fringe of Melbourne’s city precinct, adjacent to Albert Park Lake and golf course, Bayview On The Park Hotel provides the perfect location for business or leisure. Delegates and guests coming to EMS National Forum from other cities, can book their accommodation at a special price. Click on this link to book in your accommodation. Use special promo code: SIRF. Alternatively, call Natalie Sahakian directly at (03) 9243 9811 to help you with all booking requirements.


Early bird rates — registrations before 31 August 2015

SIRF and save   General admission SIRF MEMBERS
1 person $1,870 $1,360
2 or more* $1,496 $1,088

Normal registration prices per attendee — for registrations after 18 August 2014

    General admission SIRF MEMBERS
1 person $2,200 $1,600
2 or more* $1,760 $1,280

Forum workshops

  2 day Arc Flash Analysis and
Earth Grid Analysis

SIRF members companies enjoy a substantial discount when attending EMS National Forum. If you are unsure if your company is a SIRF member, call Jeff Naylor (M 0409 535 239) for Vic, Tas, SA, WA and NZ, or, Gary Silverside (M 0479 164 169) for Qld, NSW and NT to find out. Extra discount* for 2 or more people is available too, and it applies only when 2 or more people are booked at the same time.

Book now

* Discount applies only when 2 or more people are booked at the same time.

More info

For more information about the venue, booking, discounts, exhibition opportunities and presentations, please contact Peter Todd on M 0414 383 350,
phone (02) 4271 3585, or email him at

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