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101 Intro 1 to SKM Power*Tools 3-Day Training

Interface, Dapper, A_Fault, Captor, Equipment Evaluation



  • To develop a working knowledge of the Power*Tools for Windows DAPPER, CAPTOR, and A_FAULT (ANSI) software study modules
  • Database Concepts, Default Data, Copy/Paste Data, Clone Components
  • One-Line Diagrams, Copy/Paste, Annotation, Custom Symbols, Hide and Expand, UNDO, and Template Libraries
  • Creation, customization and use of Datablocks and Datablock Reports
  • Managing multiple scenarios with Scenario Manager and Data Visualizer
  • Efficient management and use of Equipment Libraries
  • Reporting Options and Customized Output Forms
  • Import/Export Capabilities
  • Merging Multiple Projects and Multi-user Access
  • Custom Queries and User-Defined Fields


  • Basic computer skills
  • Students are urged to review:
    • IEEE Red Book Std 141-1993, chapter 4
    • IEEE Buff Book Std 242-2001, chapters 9, 10 & 11
    • IEEE Brown Book Std 399-1997, chapters 2, 6, 7, 9 & 15

Course Description:

The course involves the discussion of the program interface. Management of multiple scenarios with scenario manager is covered. Demand Load, sizing, load flow, short circuit, load schedules, captor and equipment evaluation procedures are then reviewed. Other topics that will be covered are the efficient management and use of equipment libraries, reporting options and customized output forms, import/export capabilities, merging multiple projects, as well as custom queries and user-defined fields. Students will earn 2.4 CEUs for this course.


Demand Load:

  • Connected, Demand, and Design Load Analysis for Sizing
  • Demand Load Library
  • Input Data Requirements
  • Output Report Overview


  • Feeder and Transformer Sizing Calculations
  • Cable and Transformer Libraries
  • Input Data Requirements
  • Output Report Overview

Load Schedule:

  • Panel, MCC and Switchboard Schedule Representation
  • Input Data Requirements
  • Output Report Overview

Load Flow Studies:

  • Solution Techniques
  • Sources of Supply Representation
  • Transformer, Load and other Component Representation
  • Voltage Drop Snapshot of Motor Startup
  • Input Data Requirements
  • Output Report Overview

Fault Studies:

  • Solution Techniques: Comprehensive Fault Analysis, ANSI Fault Analysis
  • Comparison of Methodologies between Comprehensive and ANSI
  • Contribution Sources Representations
  • Input Data Requirements
  • Output Report Overview


  • Creation of Time-Current Curves from New and Existing Projects
  • Customization of TCC Drawing Layouts and Libraries
  • Using Forms to Print TCC Drawings
  • Export of TCC Drawing to Third Party Application
  • Input Data Requirements
  • TCC Settings Report

Equipment Evaluation:

  • Relationship with Short Circuit, and Equipment Sizing
  • Input Data requirements, Interrupting Rating, Close-Latch Rating, and Test X/R
  • Low voltage device evaluation based on ANSI, IEC and Comprehensive Fault results
  • HV/MV device evaluation based on ANSI, IEC and Comprehensive Fault results
  • Evaluation using bus fault current or worse case current through the device
  • Evaluation Criteria – Pass, Fail, or Marginal
  • Interpretation of PTW Equipment Evaluation results

Target Audience:

This course is intended for electric power engineers responsible for the design and analysis of three phase electrical distribution systems. No previous electrical distribution system analysis experience is required. This course is designed for new users of the software or as a refresher course.
Course 101 2017 Intro 1 to SKM Power*Tools 3-Day Training
Course Dates January 23, 24, 25 in Torrance, CA
April 3, 4, 5 in Houston, TX
May 8, 9, 10 in Torrance, CA
August 14, 15, 16 in Pittsburgh, PA
November 13, 14, 15 in Torrance, CA
Course Hours 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Wednesday
Course Fees $1,150 for 101 Standard 3-Day. Does not include hotel or travel costs.
$1,950 (Save $95) for 101 and 102 5-Day. Does not include hotel or travel costs.
Registration Fees Include 1 PTW Training Manual, Continental breakfast each day from 7 to 7:30 AM, On-site lunches each day, Group dinner on Monday after the class (Torrance, CA only), and an IEEE Certificate of Completion.
Training Equipment SKM will provide a computer with the software installed for the Torrance location only when requested.  However, students are highly encouraged to bring their own laptop computers. SKM will provide the latest version of the PTW software prior to the class for installation. License key will be provided on the first day of the course.
Course Location The Torrance DoubleTree Hotel at South Bay address is 21333 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503 and is located 10 miles South of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Airport transportation is approximately $30 for a taxi or $15 for SuperShuttle. The hotel is also conveniently located 2.5 miles east of the beach and the Redondo Pier. Restaurants and shops are within walking distance from the hotel. Parking and wireless internet usage at the hotel is complimentary.

For Torrance DoubleTree Hotel reservations, call 1-800-445-8667 and be sure to ask for the SKM corporate rate of $159 per night.


  Please wait for enrollment confirmation prior to booking flight and hotel reservations as classes often become full.  Enrollment is not guaranteed before confirmation.