Michael Thesing to Teach SCADA with Advanced Applications at DistribuTech

By November 6, 2015Announcements from P&D

Michael Thesing, manager of SCADA engineering at Patterson & Dewar Engineers, Inc., and John McDonald, director of technical strategy and policy development
at GE Digital Energy will teach Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) with Advanced Applications as part of the Utility University® at DistribuTech® at the Orlando Convention Center Orlando on Monday, February 8 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Together, Michael and John bring more than 60 years of combined experience in this area, and will include many “real world” equipment and project examples. The course provides a comprehensive examination of electric utility SCADA systems, as well as the many adjacent technologies, techniques, and industry best practices that accompany them. 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.

For more information or to register, click DistribuTECH UU102.



Michael_ThesingMichael Thesing is an IEEE Senior Member who has worked in SCADA product development and power systems for 19 years, and in process control and military communications for eight years prior to that. His current work involves the design of and consultation on utility SCADA, automation, and communication projects for clients at Patterson & Dewar Engineers, Inc.  Michael holds a BSEE from the University of Notre Dame and is widely regarded as a thought leader in the industry. He has authored articles and spoken at a number of industry conferences on topics ranging from SCADA communications to flexible AC transmission system (FACTS) applications. He was the working group chair and principal author of IEEE Std. 1615-2007, “Recommended Practice for Network Communication in Electric Power Substations,” and author of the DNP3 over IP network standard for the DNP Users Group. Other industry contributions include work on IEEE Std. C37.2, IEEE Std. 1613, and IEEE Std. C37.1. Michael is co-inventor on a US patent related to programming meters over a network.


John_McDonaldJohn D. McDonald, P.E. is Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Digital Energy. John has 41 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. He 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. He is past president of the IEEE PES, a member of the IEEE PES Region 3 Scholarship Committee, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and Chair of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) Board. John was the IEEE Division VII Director in 2008-2009, served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association) in 2010-2011, focusing on long term IEEE Smart Grid standards strategy, and was Chairman of the Board for the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) for 2010-2012 and for SGIP 2.0, Inc. for 2013-2014. John is a member of the Advisory Committee for the DistribuTECH Conference, Vice Chair of the Texas A&M University Smart Grid Center Advisory Board, member of the Purdue University Office of Global Affairs Strategic Advisory Council, and received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. He teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and substation automation, distribution SCADA and communications 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.