Join Michael Thesing at DistribuTech for SCADA with Advanced Applications

By December 28, 2016Announcements from P&D

SmartGrid experts Michael Thesing and John McDonald bring more than 60 years of combined experience in this area, and share “real world” equipment and project examples to teach Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) with Advanced Applications as part of the Utility University® at DistribuTech®.

The course takes place in room 24B at the San Diego Convention Center on Monday, January 30, 2017 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). It provides a comprehensive examination of electric utility SCADA systems, as well as adjacent technologies, techniques, and industry best practices. Key topics include:

  • SCADA system benefits, building blocks, and case studies
  • Introduction to and comparison of communication technologies, protocols, and system uses
  • Distribution automation and management systems
  • Advanced applications and integration with other systems such as OMS and AMI
  • Different types of SCADA architectures
  • Cyber security best practices

A student new to SCADA will leave with a thorough understanding of why these systems are so important to reliable grid operation and what steps are required for effective deployment. A veteran SCADA user will be able to fill in knowledge gaps and gain new ideas for improvements and upgrades.

Registration Information

The cost for this course is $495.  Space is limited – click here to register.

Who should attend this course?

  • Engineers and managers responsible for planning and cost-justifying SCADA, communications and smart grid
  • Engineers responsible for designing and implementing a SCADA, communications or smart grid project, or contributing to its design and implementation
  • Communications engineers working on a SCADA or smart grid project
  • Operators and technicians working with SCADA, communications or smart grid systems
  • Project managers
  • Engineers and sales personnel working for suppliers and integrators of hardware and software products used in SCADA, communications or smart grid and related fields

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Michael_ThesingMichael Thesing, PE is an IEEE Senior Member and engineering manager for Patterson & Dewar Engineers, Inc. (P&D). He has worked in SCADA product development and power systems projects for twenty years, following eight years in process control and military communications. His current work involves the design and consultation for utility SCADA, automation, and communication projects.

Mike served as the working group chair and principal author of IEEE Std. 1615-2007, “Recommended Practice for Network Communication in Electric Power Substations,” and authored the DNP3 over IP network standard for the DNP Users Group. He has written articles and spoken at a number of industry conferences on topics ranging from SCADA communications to flexible AC transmission system (FACTS) applications. Michael is co-inventor on a US patent related to programming meters over a network. He holds a BSEE from the University of Notre Dame, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia.


John_McDonaldJohn D. McDonald, PE is SmartGrid Business Development Leader – N.A. in the Global SmartGrid Strategy Group for GE Energy Connection’s Grid Solutions business. He has 42 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his BSEE and MSEE (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an MBA (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley.

John is a Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award in 2002, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2003, and the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award in 2015. John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology and courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published eighty papers and articles in the areas of SCADA/EMS/DMS and communications, and has co-authored three books.