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Swindon - Visit to Fundamentals Ltd - Technical Presentation and Tour (revised date)


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GB transmission and distribution networks face significant challenges such as connected renewable generation. The presentation will review the technical challenges and solutions whilst the tour will offer the chance to see the equipment in production.

Date and Time

16 January 2018 - 14:00-16:30


SWINDON, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - SW:Swindon local network.

About this event

The electrical power grid in Great Britain was designed and built many decades ago. At that time, generation was predominantly fossil fuel based and the network power flow was uni-directional. Many of the main assets on the network such as transformers and switchgear were designed with lifetimes which have long-since been surpassed, mainly a result of the over-engineering applied to such critical plant.
The proliferation of renewable generation resources connected to networks has introduced issues associated with bi-directional power flows which are quite unpredictable. Add to this the preclusive cost of replacing an asset base and a resulting requirement desire to ‘sweat it’ harder, the operation and management of the grid requires innovative solutions.
This presentation will provide details of these technical challenges and some of the solutions being offered by Fundamentals and will conclude with a tour of the production workshops.


Dr Jonathan Hiscock, Managing Director Fundamentals Ltd

Dr Jonathan Hiscock graduated in 1995 with a BSc in Physics with French at Sussex University. He went on to study for his PhD at King’s College London where he researched semiconductor materials within the Solid State Physics department.
Following the award of his Doctorate in 1999, Jonathan worked in the IT industry for a few years before joining Fundamentals Ltd in 2004. He took the position of R&D Manager with the view of succeeding his father and co-founder as Managing Director. In order to focus on power systems, Jonathan completed an MSc (with Distinction) in Electrical Power Systems at the University of Bath in 2005.
In 2007, Jonathan was appointed Managing Director of Fundamentals Ltd. His first goal was to develop services to complement the Company’s existing product offering. Fundamentals was soon involved in turnkey projects to modernise existing systems.
Fundamentals became involved with tapchanger and transformer maintenance after concluding this was the next natural step for the growth of the business. The Company continues to grow and current developments include remote monitoring (web) for voltage control schemes, fault detection and location devices and HV services for wider activities around transformers, tapchangers and switchgear.
Dr Jonathan Hiscock is committed to evolving products and services for the power grid in order to help customers manage their assets and the network more effectively.



14.00 – 16.30 (including tour)
Light refreshments will be provided 

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


Free of charge

Additional information

Maximum of 35 people

The general public are welcome to attend this event.


Registration information

To be able attend this visit you will need to register.



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