Dr Darren Woodhouse

Principal Engineer Safearth Consulting

Darren is a Principal Engineer with Safearth Consulting. He received his BE(Elec.)(Hons I) (1993), BMaths (1994) and PhD (2004) from the University of Newcastle, Australia. In 1992 what was Shortland Electricity instigated a business unit known as Safearth Engineered Solutions, or Safearth, of which Darren was one of the original members. In the ensuing years that group grew to over 30 staff and in 2008 changed its name to Network Earthing. During that time Darren was involved in consulting, training and R&D. Before joining Safearth Consulting in 2011 as Principal Engineer, Darren’s roles included Development Manager and two years as Acting Principal Consultant.

For over 20 years Darren has investigated and managed the risks associated with earthing, lightning protection and interference. The more notable projects include investigations of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme, Pacrim West OFC interference, CLP interference in Hong Kong and a number of forensic investigations. Darren has delivered formal earthing training, including over 20 earthing short courses for the ESAA/ENA across Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and has presented at numerous conferences including CIGRE and the IEEE. Darren co-delivered an appendix for AS2067 on earthing system testing and is the editor of the ENA Working Group tasked to publish on risk to telecommunications assets from power system earthing hazards and the recent revision of EG-1.

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COVID 19 – A Case Study in Societal Risk Perception

With the worldwide use of ‘social distancing’ becoming a social norm, will that make the idea of coincidence in quantified risk calculation more palatable to the public, politicians, the courts, the power industry or the earthing industry? The past year has been a public demonstration of how risk can be used to public benefit and […]


Looking at Safety Criteria for Transients

We take it for granted that when an earth fault occurs on the power system that the hazards created will be assessed against a set of criteria in some appropriate or required manner. What is usually not appreciated, particularly by our oblivious public, is that there is no such assessment of hazards generated by other […]

Safety Criteria
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