Cigre International Colloquium on Lightning and Power Systems

27/06/2016 - 29/06/2016
Bologna - IT

Organisation : CIGRE Study Committee C4 and the Italian National Committee of CIGRE with cooperation from SCs A3 (HV Equipment), B1 (Insulated Cables), B2 (Overhead Lines) B3 (Substations), and B4 (HVDC and Power Electronics).

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Background and Scope

CIGRE Study Committee C4 on System Technical Performance is pleased to announce the organization of an international Colloquium on ‘Lightning and Power Systems’ in Bologna, Italy. The Colloquium is organized by the Italian National Committee of CIGRE with cooperation from SCs A3 (HV Equipment), B1 (Insulated Cables), B2 (Overhead Lines) B3 (Substations), and B4 (HVDC and Power Electronics). The three-day event will include two days of report/paper presentation followed by a Tutorials session.

The Colloquium will take place at the School of Architecture and Engineering University of Bologna located in close vicinity of Bologna city center.

Bologna is known as one of the most picturesque cities in Italy, combining harmoniously modernity and tradition, history and smart city European paradigm. Bologna has an international airport and can easily be reached from other countries.

The Colloquium is aimed at bringing together CIGRE experts from around the world joined by regional engineers, managers and researchers to facilitate exchange of knowledge, experience and information towards further understanding phenomena associated with lightning and implementation of protective measures against its effect on electric power systems.

Engineering fraternities such as the CIGRE Study Committee C4 has an important role to play in expanding the knowledge on lightning and in identifying cost-effective solutions to minimize the impacts of lightning on power systems and thus the customers. We firmly believe that this colloquium will provide benefits to the electric power industry and therefore would like to encourage participants to share their knowledge and experience in lightning and lightning protection related to electric power systems.

Main Topics

The concept of the Colloquium is to be a place of knowledge exchange for engineers involved in the study of lightning and protection against its effects. In this new session we would focus more specifically on:

  1. Exploitation of data provided by lightning location systems (LLS), corrections applied to measurements;
  2. Principles of lightning location, limitations and performance of existing systems;
  3. Direct measurement of lightning currents using instrumented tall structures;
  4. Numerical simulations in lightning-related studies, including lightning shielding of HVDC and UHV lines, and overvoltage protection;
  5. Electrical tower grounding;
  6. Improvement of the protection of overhead lines and substation equipment against lightning and other transient phenomena;
  7. Protection of underground and submarine cables against lightning;
  8. Arresters exploitation and monitoring, field experience and possible conclusions about arrester condition.

Other topics related to lightning and protection systems against lightning will also be welcome.

The colloquium will start with keynote lectures providing the audience with the basics of lightning and enabling the participants to fully understand the articles which are to be presented.

Submission of Abstract

Participants who intend to provide written contributions are invited to submit their abstract in English (at least 400 words) before November 15, 2015 by using the following web site: (the site requires a registration through the “New users? Sign up here” link).

Each abstract must indicate the topic that will be addressed (1 to 8 above or others related to lightning and protection systems against lightning), the paper title, company affiliation, e-mail and full address of the main author.

Important Dates

  • November 15, 2015: Deadline for abstract submission. Authors will be notified of abstract acceptance before December 15, 2015.
  • February 15, 2016: Deadline for full paper submission.
  • March 15, 2016: Authors notified of paper acceptance and any modifications required.
  • April 20, 2016: Final manuscript submission.
  • June 27-29, 2016: Colloquium at the School of architecture and Engineering of the University of Bologna, Italy.

Venue & Accommodation

  • Dates: June 27 - 29, 2016
  • Venue: School of Engineering and Architecture - University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Address: viale Risorgimento 2 – 40136 Bologna Italy
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