In this course, we discuss grounding concepts and show how you can use XGSLab software to design your grounding system and perform system analysis.

This course covers the following concepts:

  • Components of a grounding design
  • Personnel safety with regard to IEEE Std 80
  • Measuring and characterizing soil resistivity
  • Seasonal effects on grounding performance
  • Ground fault current and current split


This course shows how grounding concepts may be implemented in the GSA or GSA_FD modules of XGSLab by discussing:

  • XGSLab interface and settings
  • Conductor library 
  • Drafting grounding systems
  • Importing grounding systems
  • Calculating ground potential rise, touch voltages, and step voltages
  • Soil resistivity analyzer
  • Seasonal analysis
  • Modeling ground fault and calculating fault split
  • Generating automated reports


You have up to 45 days after your enrollment to complete the course.

This course is eligible for 0.2 CEU credits.

Note: If you are purchasing the course for someone else to use, please sign up with their name and contact information so that they receive the appropriate communications about their enrollment and receive CEU certifications in their name.

You can use your own version of XGSLab to practice the concepts of this training.

Be sure to see our FAQ page for more information. 

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Introduction

    • VIDEO: Grounding Introduction and Overview (19 min.)

    • QUIZ: Grounding Introduction and Overview

    • VIDEO: XGSLab Background and Interface (4 min.)

    • QUIZ: XGSLab Background and Interface

  • 2

    Grounding Design and Components

    • Grounding Design and Components

    • VIDEO: Grounding Design and Components (17 min.)

    • QUIZ: Grounding Design and Components

    • VIDEO: Drafting and Conductor Library (13 min.)

    • QUIZ: Drafting and Conductor Library

    • VIDEO: Importing CAD Files (8 min.)

    • QUIZ: Importing CAD Files

  • 3

    Personnel Safety

    • Personnel Safety

    • VIDEO: Personnel Safety Criteria (17 min.)

    • QUIZ: Personnel Safety Criteria

    • VIDEO: Touch and Step Voltages (4 min.)

    • QUIZ: Touch and Step Voltages

    • VIDEO: Area and Line Calculations (13 min.)

    • QUIZ: Area and Line Calculations

  • 4

    Soil Modeling

    • Soil Modeling

    • VIDEO: Grounding Soil Data and Modeling (26 min.)

    • QUIZ: Grounding Soil Data and Modeling

    • VIDEO: Multilayer Soil Modeling (7 min.)

    • QUIZ: Multilayer Soil Modeling Quiz

    • VIDEO: Multizone Soil Modeling (3 min.)

    • QUIZ: Multizone Soil Modeling

  • 5

    Seasonal Analysis

    • Seasonal Analysis

    • VIDEO: Seasonal Analysis Effects on Grounding (12 min.)

    • QUIZ: Seasonal Analysis Effects on Grounding Quiz

    • VIDEO: Seasonal Analysis (17 min.)

    • QUIZ: Seasonal Analysis

  • 6

    Ground Fault Current

    • Ground Fault Current

    • VIDEO: Ground Fault Current (13 min.)

    • QUIZ: Ground Fault Current

    • VIDEO: Grounding Energization and Impedance (10 min.)

    • QUIZ: Grounding Energization and Impedance

  • 7

    Fault Current Split

    • Fault Current Split

    • VIDEO: Fault Current Split (18 min.)

    • QUIZ: Fault Current Split

    • VIDEO: Fault Current Split and Training Conclusion (9 min.)

    • Conclusion

  • 8

    IEEE Continuing Education Course Evaluation

    • IEEE Continuing Education Course Evaluation