Is SCADA the Platform for All Automation? Find out at DistribuTech’s Utility University

By January 9, 2019 January 11th, 2019 uPDate

DistribuTech® once again brings you Smart Grid experts Michael Thesing and John D. McDonald, PE for an in-depth look at the benefits, practical applications, and implementation best-practices of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) in two Utility University® sessions:

SCADA: The Platform for All Automation, Part 1 Fundamentals

Monday, February 4, 2019 
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This course examines the fundamentals of electric utility supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems through case studies and industry best practices. Attendees new to SCADA will gain a thorough understanding of why these systems are so important to reliable grid operation, as well as what other technologies and considerations accompany a deployment. The presenters will share several “real world” equipment and project examples (utility case studies) from their more than 70 years of combined experience in this area. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters and share experiences/issues with classmates.

Learning objectives include:
  • SCADA system benefits, building blocks, and system integration
  • Budgets, schedules, and other project considerations
  • Delivering reliability outcomes through digital technologies
  • Introduction to and comparison of communication technologies and protocols
  • Use of SCADA in emerging applications
  • Utility analytics
  • Bridging physical and software systems through digital twin constructs
  • Timing constraints of microgrid control and communications
Case studies will address:
  • Communications from control center to substations and downline devices
  • New SCADA system purchase with common HMI and training simulator
  • New SCADA system purchase with legacy RTUs
  • New SCADA with meter data and back-up communications

SCADA: The Platform for All Automation, Part 2 Advanced

Monday, February 4, 2019 
1:00 – 5:00 PM

This course provides an in-depth look at the systems that use supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) information, functionality, and secure networks for advanced applications. It will build on the Part 1 Fundamentals course, but students already familiar with the basics of SCADA can take another morning course and be comfortable jumping into this session. With updated content for 2019, those wishing to build on an existing background in SCADA will learn how other applications use the data and facilities in an effective and ever-evolving manner. As with the fundamentals course, attendees are encouraged to bring questions and experiences to share. The presenters will also facilitate discussion on how time-tested methods of utility data acquisition and control can be married with new, more complex applications and security.

Learning objectives include:
  • Distribution Automation (DA) and Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS)
  • Industry standards in smart distribution
  • Framework of a DA/DMS system
  • Integration with other systems such as distributed energy resources (specifically solar PV and energy storage systems), new power electronics devices, and microgrids
  • Real-time DA/DMS applications
  • The impacts of IT/OT convergence and data from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and robots
  • System design considerations such as alarm management, HMI design, databases, and time synchronization
  • Cyber security considerations and best practices including the pros and cons of an “air gap,” important industry standards and references, and creating a security program

The cost of each course is $325.

Register now for one session or both.


Who should attend these courses:
  • 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
  • Nontechnical professionals who wish to get an introduction to SCADA and Smart Grid technologies
  • 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
Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications:

No prior knowledge of SCADA or certifications required

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