DOBLE LABORATORY SEMINARS:Electric Apparatus Condition Assessment Using Laboratory Diagnostics

Join us for one of Doble’s interactive lab seminars held in various locations throughout the year.

Seminar Objective

Provide engineers, chemists and others who review data to interpret laboratory results to detect and identify problems with electric apparatus. An interactive seminar combining theoretical background with practical experience and hands-on examples including case studies to illustrate common problems found in the field.

As the Provider of Knowledge Services for the Power Industry, Doble is pleased to offer seminars on electric apparatus assessment using laboratory diagnostics. This one day interactive seminar, held at various locations, combines theoretical background with practical experience and examples. Case studies are used to illustrate common problems found in the field. A one and a half day seminar is available and provides more in-depth knowledge and case studies on these topics. Two and three day seminars are also available and cover complimentary topics.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the quality of oils on the market today
  • Discover how knowing about the aging characteristics of insulating materials can help you extend the life of your assets
  • Learn how to take oil samples, avoiding common pitfalls and saving time and money by sampling only once
  • Diagnose apparatus problems with dissolved gas-in-oil analysis
  • Find out how to assess the condition of the paper insulation
  • Detect the presence of incipient-fault conditions and categorize them
  • Establish the correct method of analyzing the moisture-in-oil results
  • Study the significance of dissolved and particulate metals and other particle contamination found in electrical apparatus
  • Understand hot to determine the condition of electrical apparatus using laboratory tests

Discuss Your Specific Problems

Benefit from the theories and other skills learned during this seminar. Doble encourages seminar participants to bring their unique real-world problems for discussion. Send any specific problem you wish to address to us in advance to facilitate more detailed and beneficial discussions. Click here to email the data and details of your problems for discussion.

To arrange a Laboratory Seminar at your facility, contact us:

Phone: 617-393-2902

General Information

Seminar Fees:

One Day Seminar: $445 USD per person

The fee covers the seminar materials, break refreshments, lunch on the premises (Day 1) and a certificate of seminar completion. We prefer enrollment in advance.

Accepted forms of payment: Cash, Check (payable in US Dollars to Doble Engineering Co.), Mastercard, Visa or American Express.

For information about multi-day seminars please contact for more information.

Cancellation Policy

If you have registered for a Lab Seminar and cannot attend, please notify Doble at least seven days in advance of the course to receive a refund. Cancellations received later than seven days before the course are not eligible for a refund. You may enroll a substitute at any time before the course begins.

Need to Know More?

Email or Call 617-393-2997


About the Presenters

Doble seminars are presented by one or more of the following experienced staff members:

Paul Griffin; Vice President of Consulting and Testing Services 

Mr. Paul Griffin received his MS Degree from the University of Rhode Island. He has been with Doble since 1979 and held the position of Laboratory Manager before becoming Vice President. Since joining Doble, Mr. Griffin has published over 50 technical papers pertaining to testing of electrical insulating materials and laboratory diagnostics. He is a Fellow of ASTM and a member of Committee D-27 on Electrical Insulating Liquids and Gases. He was formerly ASTM Subcommittee Chairman on Physical Test, ASTM Section Chairman on Gases in Oil, and the Technical Advisor to the U.S. National Committee for participation in the International Electrotechnical Commission Technical Committee 10, Fluids for Electrotechnical Applications. Mr. Griffin is a member of IEEE, the IEEE Insulating Fluid Subcommittee of the Transformer Committee, and the American Chemical Society. He is the U.S. Representative on CIGRE Working Group 15.01 Fluid Impregnated Insulating Systems and serves on several CIGRE Task Forces. Mr. Griffin has received the ASTM Committee D-27 Charlie Johnson Award and the ASTM Award of Merit.

Lance Lewand; Director, Insulating Materials Laboratory

Mr. Lance Lewand received his BS Degree from St. Mary's College of Maryland. He has been with Doble since 1992 where he is the Project Manager of Materials Laboratory research and is also the Product Manager for Doble's moisture-in-oil sensor, called the DOMINO. He has also been a member of ASTM D-27 since 1989. Since joining Doble, Mr. Lewand has published numerous technical papers pertaining to sampling and testing of electrical insulating materials and laboratory diagnostics. Mr. Lewand was formerly Manager of Transformer Fluid Test Laboratory and PCB and Oil Field Services at MET Electrical Testing Company in Baltimore, MD for seven years. His years of field service experience in this capacity provide a unique perspective, coupling laboratory analysis and field service work

Eileen Finnan; Field Services Manager

Ms. Eileen Finnan received her BS Degree in Physics and Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She joined Doble as a Chemist in 1988 and held the position of Laboratory Manager from 1998-2003. She is a member of ASTM D27 on Electrical Insulating Liquids and Gases and has held a number of positions on its subcommittees. Ms. Finnan currently works with the Testing and Consulting group at Doble Engineering Company focusing on condition assessment of electrical apparatus and asset health review. She also has responsibility for managing the quality program at the Doble Laboratories.

David Koehler; Manager Laboratory Services

Mr. David Koehler received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Indiana University and his M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has over 15 years of experience in testing insulating fluids and management of analytical laboratories. Mr. Koehler has provided numerous technical presentations at various power industry conferences. He has the following industry affiliations: Chair IEEE-Central Indiana Section, IEEE Region 4 East Area Chair, IEEE Region 4 Strategic Planning Committee, ASTM D-27 Technical Committee on Electrical Insulating Liquids and Gases, and in 2011 was an Executive Committee Member of the Indiana American Chemical Society and remains active within ACS.

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