Lightning Protection Systems: Understanding the Process for a Successful Project

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) and the Lightning Safety Alliance (LSA)
Presented by Kelley Collins and Jennifer Morgan

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify key factors that determine the "need" for a lightning protection system on a new or existing building/risk assessment.
  2. Outline the lightning protection system’s installation process from start to finish on new roofs or re-roofs to collaborate with building enclosures team members: roofing consultants, engineers and architects.
  3. Gain a clear understanding of a lightning protection system’s main components, installation process by certified lightning protection professionals, and the importance of inspection by a third party to ensure proper operation of the system for their building owner.
  4. Apply new knowledge of lightning protection systems to initiate a discussion with the building owner and/or their building enclosure team about the need for a lightning protection system.


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There are many questions when it comes to how to properly install a lightning protection system, including clarification on who should install and inspect a lightning protection system. There’s also a lot of confusion on what happens if a lightning protection system already exists and what steps should then be followed.

This webinar will answer these questions and more. Lightning protection systems protect a building from structural damage, physical harm of individuals inside, and destruction of the electrical and electronic infrastructure. We will discuss the basics of lightning protection systems and its components—as well as the considerations for specifications, installations and inspections. This foundational information will enable you to start or join the conversation on lightning protection systems.


Photo courtesy of Dobbyn Lightning Protection in Calgary


Kelley Collins, has been immersed in the science and technology industries for over 25 years, with diverse roles such as executive management, marketing, sales, and consulting. She was intrigued with the science and the opportunity for growth in the lightning protection industry and joined LPI just over two years ago. Currently, Collins works with the LPI developing strategy, partnerships, and communication to support the expansion and awareness of the lightning protection industry. She attended the University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business with a degree in management and marketing. She holds a master’s in business management and organizational behavior from Benedictine University and two professional certificates: organizational development and management in a technical environment. She is also the co-developer and instructor for the science communication program for PhD students at Northwestern University.


Jennifer Morgan, is co-owner of East Coast Lightning Equipment Inc., one of the largest lightning protection system component manufacturing firms in North America. Her role at ECLE includes oversight of purchasing, accounting, hiring and business development. She also serves as the CEO of Scientific Lightning Solutions of Titusville, Florida. SLS solves lightning related problems for mission critical facilities, such as rocket launch pads, power generation facilities and mines. She has served as the Education Coordinator for the Lightning Safety Alliance, a not-for-profit business league since 2009 and joined the NFPA 780 Technical Committee as an alternate member in 2019. Jennifer has authored numerous articles on lightning protection best practices, which have been published in prestigious trade journals throughout the US and Canada.


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Originally published in December 2022