Updated 2015/05/09

Thank you to all our Conference Participants, Event Sponsors and Volunteers. See you at I&CPS 2016 in Detroit MI, May 1-4, 2016.

The Call for Papers for the 2016 Conference is now available.


Calgary skyline

On behalf of the Conference Sponsors and the Local Committee I would like to extend a sincere invitation to attend the 2015,  Industrial and Commercial Power System Technical Conference (I&CPS 2015) in Calgary.  Previously in 2009 our beautiful City, Calgary, hosted the I&CPS Technical Conference.  We enjoyed having you with us and we are looking forward to see you again. In 2009 we had a record number of new attendees and we anticipate an increase in participant number in 2015. Simply an I&CPS Technical Conference in Calgary is a win-win case: an amazing technical gathering in an amazingly beautiful city. Please spread the word, tell your boss, your spouse/partner and your colleagues about the 2015 I&CPS Technical Conference, Calgary May 5-8.  We would like to extend a warm Calgary welcome featuring a great program for everyone who wishes to join us.


This is the 51st annual IEEE Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Annual Technical Conference. The Conference reflects the activities of the I&CPS Department of the Industry Applications Society (IAS) of the IEEE. Hence the Conference is jointly sponsored by the IAS and the Local Section of the IEEE (South Alberta Section).


Over its 51 year history, the Conference has been the forum bringing together IAS’s experienced engineers and our younger engineers. Many aspects of Industrial & Commercial Power Systems are discussed and relevant papers are presented.  In addition, Work Groups are gathered to put together one of the most comprehensive series of IEEE Standards on Recommended Practices for Industrial and Commercial Power Systems (formerly known as the 13 Color Books).


What is the I&CPS Annual Technical Conference?

I fondly remember our friend Jim Beal who chaired many I&CPS Technical Conferences.  In the I&CPS 2008th Conference in Tampa Jim wrote: “it is the Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Department of the IEEE Industry Applications Society. It is a group of Power Engineers Serving Industry and Commerce. These engineers write IEEE Standards, the Color Book series, used by Industrial and Commercial customers of the Power companies. They hold an annual Technical Conference every May”. They also write and present Technical Papers and Tutorials of interest to engineers in this field. The thirteen Color Books, recommended practice Standards are now being revised and re-published as the IEEE Standards Series 3400.  Series 3400 is intended for the applications of power system engineering in the Industrial and Commercial establishments. They are most helpful to young engineers as guiding references and also they assist the veteran engineers as backup references. They are widely utilized all around the world. The standards include Recommended Practice for: Grounding, Protection, System Design, Reliability, Power System Studies, Emergency Supply, Maintenance and operation, low Voltage Circuit Breaker Applications, Powering and Grounding Electronic Equipment, and Short Circuit Calculations.


The Conference will start with Series 3400 / Color Books Work Group meetings, discussions and continuous development work on Tuesday May 5th, 2015. The Conference will host related Industrial and Commercial Power System Paper Sessions on Wednesday and Thursday (May 6 & 7, 2015).  The Conference will conclude with four important tutorials on Friday May 8.


Information on Calgary:

Calgary is a modern city of over one million inhabitants. It is located in the foothills of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, and (as referred to by Calgary Tourism) the “Heart of the New West™”.  Every year, especially in July when the Stampede is held, the city attracts visitors who come to discover the heritage of the Canadian West.  Economical activities by the famed oil patch has resulted in a rapidly growing city.  Calgary is also known for its blue skies and breathtaking scenery.  Being close to Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks, many visitors associate their visit to Calgary with a visit to the National Parks and their pristine wilderness.  The Conference’s Hotel is the Marriott Downtown in the City Center, across 9th Avenue from the Calgary Tower.  The Hotel is within walking distance from a shopping area and a variety of restaurants that reflect Calgary’s vibrant nature.  Two additional features for the 2015 attendees are free internet and breakfast for all registered attendees, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


Social Activities:

The Conference Reception is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 PM at the Hotel.  The Reception is intended as a forum to get together, introduce ourselves and exchange some thoughts and initiate some informal discussions.


On Wednesday, we will have the Conference Dinner, the main social evening.  In 2009 we had a great time at the Silvertip Resort in Canmore.  In spite of some mechanical problems with one on the buses we had an electrifying evening at the mountains with the “Calgary Fiddlers” and door prizes for all attendees.  Please keep checking our web updates for this year’s social evening.  On Thursday Noon, we will have the traditional Award Luncheon, with Paper prize awards, and other Honors.


Spouse-Companion Activities:

The Spouse-Companion Hospitality Suite will be set in the Mount Royal Room of the Marriott.  A breakfast for registered spouse companions will be provided on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  Activities include an Historic Walking Tour of Calgary.  Please plan to attend, register as early as you can, keep an eye on our Web Site updates, and we are counting on seeing you in the first week of May 2015 in our proud City of Calgary.  If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact me personally, or contact any members of our local Committee.


Rasheek Rifaat, P.Eng, LFIEEE

Chair, IEEE, 2015 I&CPS Technical Conference, Calgary, AB, Canada