Rockin’ Dave Blair is host for “Guru of Geek” Marlo Anderson on this episode of The Tech Ranch. This show is particularly charged with information and will introduce many of our listeners to a field of expertise we probably rarely, if ever, think about.
When Lightening Strikes
Most days, Scott Fisher can be found troubleshooting electrical grounding and conducting preventative inspections. Other days, he is researching the topic to learn as much as he can. As Operations Manager for Sustainable Grounding Systems for Lyncole, Scott provides electrical grounding and safety systems expertise in the Bakken Oil Field in North Dakota (and across the country). To Scott, lightening is a lucrative business. So what exactly is Scott’s job?
Scott Fisher spends his days performing hazard risk assessments to gather data through observation, testing and interviewing employees to administer a plan for electrical safety and grounding. Oftentimes, during storms, lightening strikes the ground near facilities, causing electrical currents to become disrupted. Phone lines, automation, electricity and even aerospace are all impacted when currents aren’t grounded properly. Electrical motors, especially those operating in oil country, are very sensitive to surges, which are most often caused by things like lightening. Many companies, even those recently built, may not be able to handle a transient current strike. Scott says when companies face problems as a result of transient currents, the result can be costly for repairs. The best way to those avoid costly expenses is through preventative measures.
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Broadcast Date December 11, 2017 Episode 297