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The Australasian Transformer Innovation Centre delivers courses tailored to meet the needs of the industry.

  • Basic transformer courses include transformer theory and applications, procurement, design, operation, maintenance and condition monitoring techniques. 
  • Advanced courses include transformer ageing, failure analysis, specifying for requirements, dynamic loading, and condition-based maintenance.
  • Courses will be delivered by transformer experts from universities, transformer manufacturers and transmission and distribution companies.
  • Courses will be two to three days long with hands-on activities in the Centre's laboratory.
  • All members are entitled to send staff to attend the basic CPD course at discounted rates, in addition to:
    • Platinum members whose annual fees > $10k p.a. receive two complimentary CPD course attendances annually (i.e. 1 attendance at a basic CPD course and 1 attendance at any advanced course).
    • Platinum members with fees < $10k receive one complimentary CPD course attendance annually (at either a basic or an advanced course).
    • Platinum members can purchase additional tickets at the discounted rate of $650/day.
    • Gold membership provides a discounted fee of $800/day.
    • The standard course fee is $1000/day.

In these 2 day intensive courses the delegates will be given an overview on how to make the best use of their transformer assets. The course has been set up to be delivered jointly by industry and academic staff, where the delegates enjoy the best of both worlds in course relevance, depth and structure. In general, academic staff will discuss the fundamental background to the various concepts while industry staff show how to apply these concepts to real-life situations.


Three CPD courses are to be run in the 2018/19 year. 

  • 2 Day Advanced Course Power Transformer HV Bushings Design, Maintenance & Risk Mitigation 12-13 November 2018 

  • 2 Day Advanced CPD Course Power Transformer Oils 11-12 February 2019 

  • 2  Day Advanced CPD Course Power Transformer Testing will be run 24-25 June  2019, with optional 3rd day for practical/hands on testing on 26 June. 


Power Transformer Tap Changers- Advanced Design, Maintenance & Retrofit

This course was held on the 27th and 28th June.

  • Understand the basic principles of tap changers, including oil, vacuum.
  • Learn the basic arrangement of regulating windings, benefits and issues of oil and vacuum diverters. Tap changer considerations for renewables and grid integration.
  • Understand tap changer designs and applications, differences between diverter and selector type, Loading capability, the effects on transformer windings.
  • Become familiar with OLTC maintenance for oil and vacuum types. Witness live  of diverter maintenance, steps to take for high diverter moisture content.
  • Participate in a forum for OLTC fault investigation and supply restoration.
  • Understand MR & ABB retrofit options where oil diverters are replaced by vacuum.
  • Understand the benefits of dynamic resistance tests.
  • Be informed of innovative condition assessment of tap-changers using acoustic measurements, signal processing techniques used and results from field trials, case study.
  • Be exposed to how some utilities are implementing life cycle oriented maintenance of tap changers.
  • Moisture tolerance, Life extension.
  • Learn about OLTC failures due to silver sulphide formation.

Course was delivered by:

Dr. Thomas Smolka (Reinhausen Australia), Anders Hakansson (ABB Singapore), Rob Milledge (ABB Australia), Dr. Wenyu Guo (OMICRON), Dr. Hui Ma (UQ), Dr. Dan Russell (Energy Queensland), Mike Elms (Western Power), Ross Kempnich (Essential Energy), Ray Holzheimer (TIC)

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23 delegates attended the 2 day advanced course. 

100% of the attendees rated the course “excellent” or “good”.   

What delegates said: 

  • I would highly recommend this course. 
  • Great technical and experience sharing across utilities manufacturers, vendors. 
  • Real experience shared by asset owners. 
  • Great tap changer principle explanation. 
  • Fantastic frontline material 
  • Case studies were excellent. 
  • Great open discussion.  
  • more than 80% of topics are directly relevant to me and my team.  
  • Course materials relevant, knowledge of presenters excellent 


Power Transformer HV Bushings- Advanced Design, Maintenance & Risk Mitigation

The course will be provided on the 12th and 13th November 2018 at the St. Lucia campus of the University of Queensland, Brisbane.

  • Understand the basic principles of design of HV Bushings.
  • Learn the differences  in technology for SRBP, OIP, RIP, RIS bushings and how these differences  influence your maintenance and asset strategies.?
  • Be informed of the latest Australian HV bushing failure statistics.
  • Understand the mechanisms of HV bushing failure.
  • Learn how to detect bushing failures using offline techniques such as advantages of dissipation factor and capacitance over different frequencies. Learn practical methods to improve your bushing testing methodology.
  • Understand online bushing monitoring techniques, what they measure, and diagnostic tools in common use.
  • Learn what other electrical utilities  are doing in  bushing life cycle management, testing , replacement practices and issues, determining end of life and justification to mitigate risks.
  • Participate in group sharing activities and build your network of friends and technical experts.

Course will be delivered by a unique mix of nine industry and academic experts:

Rob Milledge (ABB Australia), Gary Russell (Powerlink Queensland), Dr. Dan Martin (UQ), Dr. Wenyu Guo (OMICRON Australia), Karl Haubner (Doble Australia), Brian D. Sparling (Dynamic Ratings), Dr. Thomas Smolka (Reinhausen Australia), Emmanuel Santos (Western Power), Ross Kempnich (Essential Energy).

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Previous delegates attended from generators, transmission & distribution, suppliers & service organisations, and universities. They participated in group discussions sharing solutions to industry problems. In the feedback 100% would recommend the course to others, and rated the course as either excellent or good.

Snowy Hydro Ltd “Provided excellent quality information.” “ Direct applicability for utility use”
Energy Queensland “Well organised, relevant to the topic, excellent speakers.” “relevant to my job”
Stanwell Corporation Ltd “Very good information on design/maintenance practices”, “Great course, high quality.” “ Industry experts know the language and make it easy to understand”,” I will attend future courses organised by TIC”
SA Power Networks “Significant learnings.” “ Good to hear solutions /problems from other companies”

Gary Russell Powerlink, explaining bushing maintenance practises.