CAPE Users' Group Meeting & Conference

June 20-24, 2016

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."

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CAPE User Group Meeting


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.

Protection Seminar:

Understanding and Meeting Regulatory Compliance Challenges

Russ Patterson, Patterson Power Engineers

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday, June 20
Full Day: $500
Includes breakfast and lunch

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

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 2016 UGM Seminar.

More information

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CAPE Users' Group Meeting

8:30 a.m – 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21-22
$550 by April 30
Includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and dinner on Tuesday evening

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:

    • CAPE support for current and cuture NERC standards including PRC-027
    • Updates on emerging de facto standard for sharing network data: CIM XML
    • Preview of Electrocon's CIGRE 2016 paper on Simulating Single Pole Opening using CAPE-TS Link
    • Update on Electrocon's current R&D projects
    • Many useful new macros
    • Customer and industry presentations and updates

    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.

    Register online

    CAPE Training

    8:00 a.m – 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday, June 23-24
    $500/day ($325/half-day)
    Includes breakfast and lunch

    A half day session is eligible for .375 CEU credit while a full day session is eligible for .75 CEU credit.

    CAPE training classes will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 23-24. 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.

    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
    • Introduction to CAPE-TS Link

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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. Hotel Reservations-Electrocon CAPE Users' Group Meeting & Conference

    The Marriott will accept reservations if rooms are available. (We do not recommend staying at other hotels due to the morning commute on I-94.)

    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.

    Shuttle Service

    Metro Car is the official shuttle of the Electrocon CAPE User's Group Meeting and Conference for 2016. Private and shared rides, up to 4 passengers may be booked directly with Metro Car by calling 800-456-1701. The basic rate is $73 per car including driver gratuity.

    Meet & Greet Private Car

    A Meet & Greet Private Car service is also available from Metro Cars. With this service the driver will meet you at baggage claim or international customs arrival. The cost for this service is $88 for a pickup at the domestic baggage claim or international customs arrival including gratuity. This service must be booked at least one week in advance by calling 800-456-1701.

    Area map (PDF)


    Dress is casual.

    Monday night dinner

    $35 per person 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. Spouses or other guests are welcome to attend this event. A registration for your spouse/guest may be made in advance or paid separately upon arrival.

    Tuesday night dinner for spouses/guests

    $30 per spouse/guest includes cocktail party, dinner, beverages, and dessert. (This event is already included in the UGM fee for attendees.)

    Spouses or other guests are welcome to join you for cocktails and dinner. A registration for your spouse/guest may be made in advance or paid separately upon arrival.


    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 20

Protection Seminar

Presented by Russ Patterson

Full Day: $500

More info


Tuesday-Wednesday, June 21-22

CAPE Users’ Group Meeting

Two Full Days: $550


Thursday-Friday, June 23-24

CAPE Training

Full-Day $500 per day

Half-Day $325 per half-day

Register online



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

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