Press Release

Electrocon International to Host Annual CAPE Users' Group Meeting and Conference

Includes Full-Day Generation Protection Seminar
Two-Day Users' Group Meeting
Two-Day CAPE Training
Next generation computer-aided protection software for high voltage electrical transmission and distribution lines

Ann Arbor, Michigan - May 6, 2015 - Electrocon International, the full-service developer and marketer of CAPE software for protection system simulation and data management, will host the annual CAPE User's Group Meeting and Conference, June 22-26, 2015 at the Eagle Crest Conference Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The event is expected to attract protection engineers from utilities and consulting firms around the world. Registration for the event is now open and may be completed online at www.electrocon.com/ugm2015.php.

The week-long conference will kick off on Monday with a full day protection seminar on generation protection by Russ Patterson, President of Patterson Power Engineers. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the CAPE Users' Group Meeting will be held. This two-day session covers a variety of topics related to the latest features and enhancements to CAPE protection simulation software. Among these are many that support compliance with many NERC new and emerging PRC standards.

Electrocon will also highlight CAPE 14, the next generation version of Electrocon's CAPE family of computer-aided protection software. This new version of CAPE was released in March to new users and existing CAPE users with active maintenance agreements.

Several current CAPE Users will present "best practices" technical presentations based on their real-life experience using CAPE in their daily operations. In addition, IPS-Intelligent Process Solutions GmbH, will demonstrate an advanced IPS-CAPE Bridge™ in conjunction with Electrocon based on CIM XML data.

Thursday and Friday, Electrocon will offer a series of training sessions including a full-day "CAPE for New Users" session and several half-day sessions on topics including "Modeling Detailed Bus Structures," "Using Coordination Graphics," "System Simulator and Relay Checking," "Introduction to Relay Setting Algorithms," "Introduction to SQL and Reporting," and "Conducting Transient Stability Studies using CAPE-TS Link™." Electrocon training sessions are conducted by the Electrocon engineers who are experts in their field and have on average twenty-five years of experience in power engineering.

"The CAPE Users' Group Meeting for 2015 looks to be among the best we have ever offered," remarked Paul F. McGuire, EE, MSEE, PE and President of Electrocon International. "With the release of CAPE 14 and CAPE-TS Link, we have many incredibly powerful new features and enhancements to discuss and demonstrate to CAPE users attending this year’s conference."

Attendees will receive continuing education units toward their accreditation for their professional engineering certification. Electrocon provides CEU credit to attendees at no additional charge.

CAPE offers extensive tools for detailed relay modeling that help engineers manage voluminous and complex network data, uncover potential problems, and examine alternative solutions. Supporting the system protection function within electric power utilities, CAPE is used by transmission, distribution and generation companies as well as electrical engineering firms in more than 50 countries on six continents worldwide.

CAPE 14 includes a number of new features designed to enhance usability and improve engineering productivity, including:
• Automated time-distance diagrams with an option to store in database.
• Edit forms for adjusting existing double/triple/quadruple, ring, and breaker-and-a-half detailed bus structures.
• Point-to-point line structure for graphical representation of transmission lines and connection of point buses, bus ties, transformers, and shunts.
• On-line documentation with fast, simultaneous keyword-searching across all help.
• Support for NERC standards PRC-019-1 (coordination of Generator Voltage Regulator Controls with Unit Capabilities and Protection), PRC-023-2 Transmission Relay Loadability), PRC-025-1 (Generator Relay Loadability), and PRC-026-1 (Stable power Swing Relay Loadability).
• CAPE-TS Link™ option to integrate the detailed protection system model of CAPE with the time-domain model of the Siemens PTI PSS®E transient stability simulation.
• IPS-CAPE Bridge™ option to provide two-way data exchange between the IPS-RELEX™ protection system data management software and the CAPE protection system simulation environment.
• Special support for generator protection coordination tasks; display of generator capability curves; loss-of-field protection.
• Frequency relay models.
• Volts-per-Hertz relay models.
• 100+ new detailed relay models developed since CAPE 2010 bringing the total relays to more than 6000 detailed relay styles, reclosers and fuses.
• Modeling of generator and induction motor fault decay in Short Circuit, System Simulator, and Relay Checking.
• Support for modeling unbalanced three-phase transformers.
• Enhanced Shunt Capacitor Bank Performance macro.
• Quickscan fault studies.
• Quick protection system simulations in Short Circuit.
• CT saturation simulation in differential relays.
• Protection simulation speed enhancements.
• Many new hot key combinations.
• Sliding fault impedance feature.

Past CAPE Users' Group Meeting have sold out by early June. For more information about CAPE, CAPE 14 or Electrocon services, visit us on the web at www.electrocon.com or call +1 734-761-8612 extension 202 or email eii@electrocon.com. For more details or to make reservations for the CAPE 2015 Users' Group Meeting and Conference visit the web at www.electrocon.com/ugm2015.php.


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About Electrocon International, Inc.

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Electrocon International, Inc. develops and markets CAPE software for protection engineering. CAPE's graphical network modeling and system simulation support automatic relay setting, detection of miscoordinated settings, and event analysis. CAPE's is the largest and most detailed library of relay models available. With more detailed, more accurate models, protection engineers study real life conditions, perform wide-area reviews, predict protection system performance, and much more. Electrocon provides ongoing technical support and CAPE-related services for its customers all over the world, which include transmission utilities and engineering firms of all sizes.

Electrocon has been developing tools for computer-aided protection engineering since 1985, working with input from protection engineers from leading North American power utilities. CAPE’s original mission was to create a combined network and protection system model that would support automated relay setting and coordination checking. Today, with a master library of over 5,500 manufacturer-specific relay styles and supported by a true database management system, it is common to see CAPE network models of 2,000 to more than 30,000 buses and protection system models of 5,000 to 50,000 relays. Wide Area Coordination reviews have become a reality as one tool to improve overall power system reliability.