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James Mark1 Top Mistakes People Make With Grounding & Earthing Projects
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Staggered by the thought of mistakes made while designing and installing grounding and earthing systems for different industries and residential needs, in this blog, we have tried to discuss in depth about the recommended practices and standards.

If you have ever had an experience of catastrophic loss or sudden shutdown of electric/electronic devices, then you shall realise how off-putting and devastating the aftereffects are. In spite of thousands of electric and fire hazards occurring each day around the world, very few people are concerned about ensuring the safety of buildings/structures and equipment within.

You can take measures to protect people from electrocution and electric devices from electrical faults. Well, the rudimentary practice is to couple all the conducting parts of the electric network together and connect it to the grounding system. This bond with a common electrode system provides a reliable platform for dissipation of electrical fault and is perhaps the most important installation ensuring zero difference in potential. 

Earthing system and grounding system has been in use since the advent of electricity and is still considered the most valuable development of all times. However, the technology has been upgraded and evolved as per the industry codes and standards, which is still an enigma to many.

There is truly no room for mistakes when it comes to electric safety provision, which involves the safety of human and their property. Here we would be focusing very much on the area's contractor's need to focus on avoiding mistakes during the installation of earthing system.

  • Less understanding regarding the safety installations for different possible site scenarios – 

First of all, it's essential to have clarity on the requirements of your site. Contracting electric projects for industries, power plants, mission-critical infrastructure, signalling and telecom sectors, defence sectors, data centres, pipeline plants, etc., are different from each other but have a highly complex electric powering system, and the site conditions are different where the earthing system becomes the core requirement. Total resistance to earth and the number of earth electrodes to be installed have to be estimated to design the low resistant earth electrode network, which is then linked with exposed electrical equipment. The installation must be as per the requirements of the site providing high-level safety and adhering to safety standards. This dedicated path for fault current dissipation can be designed effectively using CDEGS software tool, which accurately designs earthing system forming the essence and base of every electric network eliminating the possibility of electric as well as fire hazards.

  • Earthing system must not fall out of standard compliance

Technologies constantly changed - from plate earthing and pipe earthing to the maintenance-free earthing system, which has overcome the demerits of conventional earthing systems. Make sure you are proactive about choosing a safety system strictly complying with the latest IEC/IS standards to ensure that the system meets the highest standards of quality. Highlighting the primary benefits of the maintenance-free earthing system – specifies the usage of solid rod technology, which is a copper bonded steel rod, an intelligent concoction of low carbon high tensile steel rod molecularly bonded with 250 microns (minimum) copper coating complying with IS 3043, IEC 62561-2 and IEEE 80. Moreover, the soil texture is often a quagmire and tough, which needs to be treated. Hence as per standard IS 3043: 2018, complying earth enhancement compound is used as a backfilling compound in the space surrounding the conductor as it has excellent conductivity and moisture retaining attributes.


Earthing is the key element that must be given special consideration while designing any protection system, and we recommend you opt for a maintenance-free earthing system. Hopefully, the points discussed here shall give you basic knowledge on things that you need to take care of and help you decide on the best setup possible for your need.

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