CAPE Users' Group Week June 22-26

Advanced Registration Extended to May 25

The annual CAPE Users’ Group Meeting Week includes the one-day protection seminar, two-day CAPE Users' Group Meeting, and two days of CAPE training. We promise an exceptional opportunity to expand your knowledge of system protection, learn the latest about CAPE, guide CAPE’s future development, and meet with colleagues from other companies and countries.

One online registration form covers all three events: the protection seminar, two-day Users’ Group Meeting, and the two training days.

The CAPE Users' Group Meeting brings together a wonderful group of protection engineering experts. The atmosphere is informal, interactive, and enjoyable. A sampling of UGM comments from recent years:

..."Very good technical presentations that encourage questions, discussion, and exchange of information."
..."Bring your questions and take advantage of the expertise of staff and users."
..."Very informative."
..."Real case studies are the best way to learn."
..."An excellent experience; I would encourage everyone to attend."
..."Well worth the time and money."
..."This is the best users group you could attend."
..."Change absolutely nothing."
..."Best conference I attend each year!"
..."It would be hard to improve."


Professional Training Credit

The CAPE Users' Group Meeting is an excellent way to work toward your continuing education credits needed to keep your professional engineer certification. Each full day session offers .75 CEU credits. If you attend the entire week, including the optional seminar on Monday, you can earn 3.75 CEU credits. There is no additional charge to receive credit although you must indicate that you wish to receive credit when you complete your online registration.

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CAPE User Group Meeting


Protection Seminar:

Generator Protection

Russ Patterson, Patterson Power Engineers

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, June 22; $395 by May 25 (includes full breakfast and lunch); ($495 after May 25)

Each year we offer a one-day professional seminar on a high-interest topic in system protection. Russ Patterson of Patterson Power Engineers will be our guest presenter for the 2015 UGM Seminar.

This full day session is eligible for .75 CEU credit.

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CAPE Users' Group Meeting

8:30 a.m – 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 23-24

$395 by May 25 (includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and dinner on Tuesday evening) (After May 25, $495)

This two-day session is eligible for 1.5 continuing education units.

We have been developing new features and tools that will let CAPE do more for you and will help you with more of the real-world problems you face daily. Topics we plan to present include:

    • Support for recently approved PRC-026 standard
    • Modeling FIDS logic in SEL relays
    • Building block macro for finding min/max currents and apparent Z
    • Tutorial on modeling detailed bus structures
    • Emerging standard for sharing network data:  CIM XML
    • Automatic relay setting:  the Fingrid implementation
    • Implementation of xfmr damage curves modeled like TOC relay elements
    • Update on Electrocon’s current R&D projects
    • Many useful new macros

    In addition to presenting the work we have been doing, we have invited a few CAPE users to present their accomplishments; plus we always want to hear your ideas on how you would like to see CAPE develop in the future.

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    CAPE Training

    CAPE training classes will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 25-26. This is a great way for current users to extend their CAPE skills and for new users to get the “big picture” quickly. You can sign up in half-day increments. Please bring your own laptop and, if you like, your own database. $395/day ($250/half-day) by May 25; includes continental breakfast (am) and lunch (pm). Each full-day session is eligible for .75 continuing education units. (After May 25, $495/day or $300/half-day.)

    Choose your topics when you register. Each topic is a half-day class except "CAPE for new users," which is a whole day. Don't worry about when your topic will be scheduled; just pick the topics you need. We will create a class schedule in early June, based on the classes requested. Below are examples of previous topics that have been covered during previous CAPE Training sessions.

    • CAPE for new users (1 full day - covers Database Editor, Short Circuit, One-Line Diagram, and Coordination Graphics)
    • Modeling detailed bus structures and open-ended lines with OL
    • Using Coordination Graphics and its special displays
    • System Simulator and Relay Checking including pilot protection
    • Introduction to writing macros
    • Introduction to ready-to-use Relay Setting algorithms
    • Modeling transformers, neutral buses, neutral networks
    • Breaker duty analysis
    • Data compare, merge, and management techniques
    • Modeling transmission lines with Line Constants
    • Introduction to SQL and associated reporting

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    Most attendees stay at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, which is connected to the conference center. To make your room reservations with the Marriott, call 800-228-9290 (U.S. and Canada) or 734-487-2000. We have reserved a block of rooms at a group rate. To receive the group rate of US$145/night, plus tax, identify yourself as part of the Electrocon group. For online reservations, use Group Code ELTELTA or the link below

    Hotel Reservations-Electrocon CAPE Users' Group Meeting & Conference

    The deadline for this room rate is May 25. After this date, the Marriott will accept reservations if rooms are available, but the group rate will not apply. (If you prefer to stay at another hotel in Ann Arbor and can taxi or rent a car to get to the meeting, we will be happy to send you recommendations.)

    How to get here

    If you travel by plane, fly to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). It’s halfway between Detroit and Ann Arbor and about 15 minutes from the conference center. There are a number of options for transportation from DTW to the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.


    Transportation from the airport to the hotel and conference center is available by taxicab (about $60 one way). Cabs are located outside baggage claim. Metro Cab (734-997-6500) is the only official taxi service for the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

    Share-Ride Shuttle Service

    A shared-ride shuttle service is available through Select Ride Airport Shuttle for about $37 one-way for one person. The rate per person is lower when you book for 2 or more people on the same ride. Call 866-663-8898, option 4 or 734-663-5959, option 4, to make a reservation at least two days in advance.

    Meet & Greet Private Car

    A Meet & Greet Private Car service is also available from Select Ride Airport Shuttle. With this service the driver will meet you at baggage claim or international customs arrival. The cost for this service is $77 (domestic baggage claim including gratuity) or $87 (international customs arrival including gratuity). This service must be booked at least one week in advance by calling 866-663-8898, option 3 or 734-663-5959, option 3.

    Area map (PDF)


    Dress is casual.

    Monday night dinner

    $35 includes dinner, beverages, and dessert

    A great way to start the week: we will offer a door-to-door bus ride to a local restaurant. We provide the transportation, great company and a selection of exceptional beverages! We try to get everyone back to the Marriott as close to 9 p.m. as possible. Great fun! Register online with your UGM week registration.


    Each day's registration includes generous hot and cold breakfast, lunch, and mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. CAPE Users' Group Meeting registration includes Tuesday evening happy hour and dinner. An optional dinner is available on Monday (see above section for details).

    We hope to see you in June!

    More information including detailed time schedule

    Ann Arbor local information - transportation, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment options in Ann Arbor.

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Monday, June 22

Protection Seminar

Presented by Russ Patterson

$395 by May 25
$495 after May 25

More info


Tuesday-Wednesday, June 23-24

CAPE Users’ Group Meeting

Two Full Days: $395 by May 25
$495 after May 25


Thursday-Friday, June 25-26

CAPE Training

Full-Day $395 per day by May 25
$495 per day after May 25

Half-Day $250 per half-day by May 25
$300 per half-day after May 25


More information including detailed time schedule

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Eagle Crest

Meetings: Eagle Crest Conference Center

Accommodations: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest

1275 South Huron Street Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (map)

800-228-9290 (U.S. and Canada) or 734-487-2000.

Reserve your room by May 25 to get the group rate of $145/night plus tax.

For online reservations, use Group Code ELTELTA or the link below

Hotel Reservations-Electrocon CAPE Users' Group Meeting & Conference





CAPE training