Richard Jones serves as contributing editor for new GIS text

Richard (Dick) Jones, P.E., a principal consultant at EIG, recently served as a contributing editor for a new GIS (Gas Insulated Substations) text edited by Hermann Koch and published by Wiley. This text combines theory, technology, and application of GIS with practical testing, maintenance, and construction practices.

GIS substation facilities are becoming more popular in the North American market as land prices increase, local communities move toward smaller switchyard footprints, maintenance costs rise, and reliability concerns increase. While sulfur hexafluoride is a greenhouse gas, joint-and-seal designs have improved since the 1960s and 1970s, resulting in major reliability improvements. GIS retrofit applications in dense urban environments also provide owners with an option to provide modern switchgear within older buildings, avoiding costly structural modifications.

The text addresses these topics and provides extensive technical details on “what’s inside the GIS equipment and bus.” It is an excellent tutorial for recent graduate engineers new to the technology or for experienced engineers faced with challenges to apply GIS to a unique situation.

Dick has over 35 years of experience with GIS in the areas of application, engineering, specification preparation, construction, training, factory witness testing, commissioning, and repairs. He has also served on the IEEE PES Substation Committee, KO subcommittee for a number of years, writing national GIS standards.