Conference Day One | Tuesday 10th April 2018


Registration & refreshments


Welcome address from the Chair

Mark Ossell, Vice President & Board Member – Networked Energy Services Corporation, OSGP Alliance


Drivers for Digitisation: Identifying how new capacity addition and renewable integration is driving the need for digital substations

  • Quantifying the risks introduced by new capacity addition and renewable integration in terms of grid stability, flexibility and security
  • Identifying and prioritising the new substation functionalities that will fully support the demands of the evolving digital grid
  • Determining the volume, type and quality of data enabled through digitisation to support effective asset management
  • Defining the cyber-security threats introduced by a more connected grid and how further leaps in security will address this
  • Evaluating how reduced asset lifecycle can be offset by the cost efficiency gains in operation and maintenance
  • Balancing the need for future-proofing with minimising system complexity and ensuring cost efficiency

Pablo Humeres Flores, Head of the Digital Supervision and Substation Automation Sector – Eletrosul Brazil


Digital Substation Investment: Creating a compelling business case for investment that balances the need for innovation with the pressure to achieve rapid ROI

  • Examining the macro and micro drivers for investing in digital substation technology at this time
  • Building a business case for investment that achieves rapid board approval, taking into account:
  • Timeframes for technology obsolescence
  • New system functionalities to support renewable integration
  • Increased data for better decision making
  • Customer needs
  • Regulatory pressures
  • System reliability, stability and security
  • Identifying how increased volumes of data can be leveraged to support investment viability
  • Evaluating the need for running pilot projects versus testing and implementing directly in terms of cost efficiency, risk management and speed of system roll out
  • Establishing appropriate investment timeframes to drive the rapid roll out of digital substations whilst staging expenditure to achieve a healthy ROI

David MacDonald, System Monitoring Lead Engineer – Iberdrola


Primary Digital Substations: Driving innovation in the implementation of primary digital substations through advanced functionalities such as the Process Bus, PRP and HSR

  • Establishing and prioritising the smart grid functionalities that will support grid development in line with organisational and regulatory demands
  • Optimising the implementation of PRP & HSR to support redundancy and network reliability
  • Leveraging the full potential of IEDs for primary substations to maximise the value and usage of substation data
  • Managing the implementation of digital substations to ensure minimal disruption to service quality and availability
  • Measuring the impact of digital substations on operation and maintenance efficiency

Nargis Shabbir Hurzuk, Engineer  Statnett


Morning refreshments, exhibition & networking


Secondary Digital Substations: Optimising system design and functionality to ensure the rapid and cost-effective digitisation of the end to end grid

  • Identifying the most critical system design and functionality requirements to create cost effective solutions that will support high volume roll out in the MV/LV environment
  • Determining the suitability of IEC 61850 and Process Bus solutions for the MV/LV environment and establishing optimum timescales for their introduction
  • Planning for effective monitoring and control of the network edge as the number of customer connection points and charging stations increases
  • Establishing new parameters for more robust monitoring and control of the end to end grid in line with network complexity:
  • Voltage control
  • Circuit breakers
  • Automated switching procedures
  • Setting up a reliable testing framework to support high volume roll out in the MV/LV network
  • Determining realistic timescales for the full digitisation of the MV/LV network

Alvar Suun, Chief Specialist, Network Technology Development Elektrilevi OÜ


Writing Specifications: Ensuring clarity of utility requirements whilst leveraging vendor expertise in delivering high performance, low maintenance, cost effective digital substation solutions

  • Establishing agreed parameters for specification writing through effective collaboration between utilities and vendors
  • Defining a specification framework that provides clarity of utility requirements from the outset
  • Determining the type of information utilities must share in order to achieve optimal system architectures
  • Ensuring functionality requirements are clearly captured and effectively translated
  • Specifying cyber-security requirements in the absence of detailed technical knowledge of emerging threats
  • Identifying how specific processes can ease engineering, operation and maintenance in the long term

Rakesh Bali, Consultant, IEC61850 Advisory, Operational Excellence – DNV GL


Applying First Principles: Specifying, designing, building, and deploying cyber-secure traditional and IEC 61850 Edition 2 Energy Control Systems

  • Discussing the role of standards related organizations (SROs) and standards development organizations (SDOs) within the “Innovation to Specification Spectrum” from customer perspective following five year specification process
  • Identifying the goals of cryptography; confidentiality, integrity, and authentication (CIA) and parallels with ECS protection triangle/pyramid
  • Reviewing the basics of service level agreements (SLA) and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) as part of system specifications
  • Understanding limited vulnerability design (LVD) practices, challenges of IT and OT system convergence, and pitfalls of “All IP” strategies
  • Reviewing appropriate technologies to satisfy mission critical LAN and WAN packet delivery and security SLAs

Dave Dolezilek, International Technical Director – SEL


Lunch, exhibition & networking


Digital Substation Design: Developing a flexible and secure digital substation design that fully supports current and future requirements and maximises ROI

  • Identifying the design criteria that will lead to simplification whilst maintaining operation and maintenance reliability
  • Establishing a robust and real-time communication architecture that supports high volume data transfer as the grid evolves
  • Integrating cost effective redundancy into substation design to ensure reliability, security and flexibility
  • Determining design options that will extend system lifecycles whilst enabling ease of future upgrades
  • Transforming data into intelligence and tangible outcomes
  • Striking the balance between a future proofed design and minimising short-term costs

Paulo Santos, Substation Automation Expert – EDP Distribuição


Configuration Tools: Leveraging vendor independent tools to speed up the engineering process and reduce implementation costs

  • Benchmarking configuration tools on the market and in development in terms of their accuracy, speed of engineering and cost efficiency
  • Quantifying the improvements realised through vendor independent configuration tools as compared with established tools
  • Pinpointing the configuration requirements of IEC 61850
  • Identifying the criteria that drives speed of configuration and balancing that with the need for accuracy and reliability
  • Determining how further cost savings can be realised through next generation vendor independent tools

Jürgen Resch, SAS Industry Manager Energy –  COPADATA

Michael Rotzinger, SAS Project Manager Substation Automation Technology – Swissgrid

Mohseen Mohemmed, Protection and Control Engineering Manager – Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks

 (Each speaker will give a 25 minute presentation independently and there will be 10 minutes for Q&A)


Afternoon refreshments, exhibition & networking


Centralised Protection & Control: advanced design concepts to support the effective future proofing of digital substation architectures

  • Mapping out the centralised protection and control architecture concept
  • Evaluating the results of compelling project experiences, hands-on examples and best practice
  • Migrating from historian, to analytics, to visualisation, to prediction services
  • Achieving performance, reliability, availability and business case assessment
  • Assessing software defined protection and applying advanced automation schemes
  • Applying embedded Artificial Intelligence to increase power quality and reduce CMI’s and CML’s

Bastian Fischer, CEO – Locamation


Advanced Testing: Devising a robust testing procedure to ensure the reliability, security and flexibility of digital substation assets

  • Carrying out comprehensive testing of digital substations under various disturbance scenarios in normal and emergency modes
  • Understanding testing requirements of specific parts of the substation infrastructure, such as PAC and communication systems
  • Effectively testing the communication infrastructure; within the substation, between substations, and from the substation to the control room
  • Overcoming the challenges of interoperability testing when working with a variety of protocols
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of testing tools on the market and in development
  • Examining how testing services are being developed to better meet the needs of digital substations

Ernst Wierenga, Technologist Protection, Control and Telecommunication – Tennet


Change Management: Driving IT/OT convergence to speed up the adoption of IT related skills, systems and processes, within the digital substation environment

  • Establishing a communication strategy and programme that clearly defines the change in systems, processes and people skills and gains immediate acceptance
  • Developing an in-house training programme to rapidly upskill engineering staff in IT enabled infrastructure
  • Measuring the impact of your change programme on staff competence and autonomy
  • Identifying mechanisms to reinforce culture change and embed new practices in the long term

Jeroen Fidder, Smart Grid Management Consultant – Accenture


Skills Development: Re-organising workforce structures and fast-tracking skills development to ensure the effective operation and maintenance of digital substations

  • Understanding the challenges associated with up-skilling existing substation operations and maintenance staff to fully support new digital substation technologies
  • Mapping out aspects of the wider organisation that need to be restructured to better support the digital substation environment
  • Facilitating the transition from hardware to software based substation operations and maintenance and targeting specific skills to support it
  • Addressing potential skills gaps with targeted personal development and role specific training programmes

Joost van Gemeren, Head of Engineering Department – Joulz


Roundtable Discussions – during this 90-minute session the audience splits into several smaller working groups, each focused on a specific theme arising from the day’s presentations. This is the ideal opportunity to bring your specific digital substation challenges to the table and brainstorm solutions with the entire substation ecosystem. At the end of the session each working group will feed back a summary of their discussions and recommendations to the wider audience.



Networking Reception – take this opportunity to relax and unwind with colleagues from across the European substation community. The ideal opportunity to catch up with existing acquaintances, make important new contacts, and round off an intensive day of presentations and discussions in a relaxed and informal setting.




End of conference day one

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