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IEEE VTS, Phila Chapter - Topic: "Grounding In Transit And Railroads - Using Communications Tech"

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
STV Incorporated
1818 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA  19103
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Sponsor:  IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) Philadelphia Chapter


Topic:  Grounding in Transit and Railroads - Using Communications Technology in Signal Rooms


Speaker:   Vijay Lalchandani, P.E., SYSTRA

Professional Development Hours:  Attendees may apply for 2.0 PDHs upon completion of lecture.
Certificates will be provided through the IEEE Certificates Program, accepted in all states.

Meeting date/time: Wednesday, November 28, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Meeting location:  STV Incorporated, 14th Floor Conference Room, Beneficial Bank Place, 1818 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19103-3616

Cost of meeting:  No charge for attending.  However, a charge of $9.00 will be collected for IEEE PDHs.

Reservations:  Attendees are required to register at
If you have any questions, please contact Brandon Swartley at or 856-986-1221.


Abstract:   Transit signal use ungrounded energies to detect position of trains using vital circuit design.  The track circuit for this could be 300 feet to a few miles, so the exact position, direction, and speed of train is unknown.  This is an inefficient use of real estate especially, if 30 or more trains per hour have to operate.  To improve throughput, CBTC (communication based train controls) is being deployed, which also meets FTA/FRA PTC requirements.  However, CBTC uses 3 V or 12 V redundant design of computers and network switches which require Zero Reference Ground (ZRG).  How do you achieve ZRG in transit with leaking DC currents?


Speaker:  Vijay Lalchandani served for 30 years at New York City Transit in roles of power engineering, signaling design, project management, and senior management. As the Manager of Power Operation Engineering, he coordinated the maintenance of 215 substations and 300 circuit breaker houses.  While Director of Signal and Power Engineering, he coordinated a billion dollar Signal Capital Program.  He managed multiple electrical and signal engineering projects as the Assistant Chief Officer.  Presently, he works for SYSTRA.  Vijay studied electrical engineering in Bombay, India (BSEE).  He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of New York.


IEEE VTS Philadelphia Chapter Officers:

Chapter Chair:  Brandon S. Swartley, P.E., STV Incorporated,

Vice-Chair:  Harvey Glickenstein, P.E., F.I.R.S.E., Parsons Brinckerhoff,

Secretary and Treasurer:  Robert Fisher, P.E., Parsons Brinckerhoff,