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GEORGE J. ANDERS, Ph.D., P.Eng., Fellow IEEE
George Anders is a president of Anders Consulting. Between 1975 and 2012 he has been employed by Ontario Hydro and its successor companies in Toronto, Canada. He has been a Principal Engineer/Scientist in the Electrical Systems Technologies Department of Kinectrics Inc. for many years. Dr. Anders is a professor in the Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the Technical University of Lodz in Poland and until 2016 was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. For many years, Dr. Anders has been Ontario Hydro's resource person responsible for the development of power cable calculation methods and application of advanced techniques in power system analysis.
Throughout his 36 years with Ontario Hydro and the successor companies, as well as a professor at the TUL, Dr. Anders has been involved in several aspects of power system analysis and design. His principal activities have been concentrated in three areas: (1) ampacity computations of electric power cables, (2) application of probability methods in power system analysis and design, and (3) application of novel techniques in electric power utility practice. He is the author of three books and has written over 90 papers published in several international journals and a similar number of papers published in various conference proceedings. He has been conducting seminars in Canada and the USA as well as in Antigua, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Oman, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and in the United Arab Emirates.
In the field of application of probability methods in power system engineering, Dr. Anders has been involved in developing new methods and applications of probabilistic techniques to power system problems since 1975. He has published over 50 papers dealing with various topics on probability and optimization applications. Some of the problems he has been working on involved the development of: mathematical techniques to model operator's action in probabilistic load flow analysis; a new technique to assess the importance measures in power system reliability studies; a novel approach to frequency and duration analysis and uncertainty considerations for radial and two interconnected systems; a new method to evaluate a frequency of severe power system faults; and models to represent human failure in reliability analysis. He has recently been a project leader of several large projects on the probabilistic estimation of the remaining life of electrical equipment and asset management studies for large electric utilities. He also led a multi-year large project for Hydro One Networks in Ontario involving real time rating and monitoring of power transformers and power cables.
Dr. Anders has also been involved in developing new applications of optimization methods and novel techniques in power system problems. He started by developing an Interval Programming technique for application in reliability studies. Later he was involved in developing models for optimal economic power transfer. He was also involved in publishing new techniques for selection of most economic cable sizes. He has worked on application of multiobjective decision models for selecting an optimal maintenance strategy for power equipment using advanced probabilistic models. He has been a project leader on several large projects undertaken by Ontario Hydro Technologies and its successor Kinectrics Inc. to develop procedures, methods and computer tools for decision support and risk assessment. He has been a project leader on several projects in Colombia and in Toronto involving application of computer tools for analysis and reduction of losses in distribution systems and for estimation of customer damage functions. In the last several years Dr Anders has been a project leader for Kinectrics on several developments involving probabilistic modeling of importance measures for transmission lines, power equipment and whole substations. In 2014 Prof. Anders received a Merit Award from the International Society for Application of Probability Methods in Power Systems.
In the field of thermal analysis of electric power cables, Dr. Anders made major contributions in following areas: (1) development of computational techniques using finite element method to evaluate heat and moisture transfer in the vicinity of loaded power cables, (2) development of optimization techniques for selection of the most economic conductor sizes, (3) development of new algorithms for transient ratings of buried power cables, (4) development of algorithms for rating of cables in ventilated tunnels, and (5) development of new algorithms for deeply buried cables. He has published over 60 papers in high impact international journals on the subjects dealing with thermal analysis of underground systems and several of the computational models have been implemented in the 60287 series of the IEC Standards. Dr. Anders is an author of two books "Rating of Electric Power Cables - Ampacity Computations for Transmission, Distribution and Industrial Installations" published in January 1997 and "Rating of Electric Power Cables in Unfavorable Thermal Environment" published in 2005. Both books were published by IEEE Press in their Power System Reference Series. The first book has been also jointly republished by McGraw-Hill and IEEE Press in 1998 and the second with John Wiley and Sons, New York. As recognition of his work in this field, he received from Ontario Hydro a New Technology Award in 1990.
Dr. Anders is a Canadian representative and co-convener of Working Group 19 (ampacity computations of power cables and short circuit temperatures of power cables) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). This working group develops new computational techniques and new standards for power cable ampacity computations. He has also been a project leader on a number of projects dealing with ampacity computations sponsored by Canadian Electrical Association. In the course of these projects, a series of highly successful computer programs were developed for CEA and distributed by CYME Int. These programs are in use by over 1000 institutions in 50 countries on 5 continents and are de facto industry standard for power cable rating calculations. In 2007 Dr. Anders received a prestigious 1906 Award from the IEC for his work on cable rating calculations.
Dr. Anders is also involved in the development of novel techniques for dielectric fluid leak detection in pipe type cables. These methods utilize a minimal amount of measured information and employ artificial intelligence algorithms and probabilistic networks for decision making. Several installations in the U.S. and in Canada are being tested.
Another field of application in which Dr. Anders is involved is the development and installation of real time rating systems for underground power cables. Several dynamic rating systems whose software was designed by Dr. Anders are installed in the US, Canada and around the world.
For several years Dr. Anders has been teaching a course in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto on application of probability methods in engineering. His book on Probability Concepts in Electric Power Systems (Wiley, New York, 1990) is well recognized around the world as a unique reference on the application of probability methods in power system planning, design and operation. Dr. Anders is a Canadian representative in the CIGRE WG B1.35 whose task is to review the state of the art and suggest new research in power cable ampacity calculations, CIGRE WG B1.56 on verification of the computer tools for cable rating calculations and CIGRE WG B1.64 on developing methods for calculation of losses in 3-core armoured cables. He is also a member of the IEEE working groups dealing with cable rating issues.
Prof. Anders received the highest international award from IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) for 2016. The citation reads: "For contributions to advances in computational methods for the thermal rating of electric power cables". The award is sponsored by Robert and Ruth Halperin, the Foundation in memory of Herman and Edna Halperin and the Power Engineering Society of IEEE. IEEE is the largest technical society in the word for the advancement of technology for the humanity. It has over 430 000 members in over 160 countries. IEEE publishes one third of the world's technical literature in electrotechnical, electronic and information technology fields. In 2018 he received another high honour from IEEE, namely PES Roy Billinton Award in Power System Reliability and in 2019 - IEEE Power & Energy Society Prize Paper Award for outstanding paper published in IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, titled: "Rating of Underground Power Cables with Boundary Temperature Restrictions". In 2016, prof. Anders received an Engineering Medal of Excellence, the highest recognitions given yearly by the Ontario Professional Engineers Association.
George J. Anders received a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Lodz in Poland in 1973 and a M.Sc. Degree in Mathematics and Ph.D. Degree in Power System Reliability from the University of Toronto in 1977 and 1980, respectively. In 2000 he received a Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Lodz. Dr. Anders is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and a Fellow of IEEE. He is also a Project Management Professional registered by the Project Management Institute.