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EDF Case Study: TSO-DSO data exchange using CIM

The dynamic and ever-changing landscape of the modern grid is creating a greater need for enhanced visibility and security across all grid domains. In order to achieve this, stronger collaboration and communication is needed between TSOs and DSOs through more centralized data exchange.

With this comes a much bigger challenge of effectively managing large influxes of grid model data across geographies. The power of CIM as a standard enables the seamless interoperability of this cross-border data flow between different systems. However, advanced tools and techniques still need to be developed to facilitate scalable and secure information exchange.

With this in mind, we decided to invite Eric Lambert, Senior Research Engineer and Project Manager at EDF, as well as a member of IEC TC57 WGs 13, 14 and 16, to join the speaker line up at Common Information Model 2020. Eric is currently leading on the H2020 TDX-ASSIST project focused on the design and development of ICT tools and techniques to facilitate scalable and secure information systems and data exchange between TSOs and DSOs.

We caught up with Eric this week and he kindly provided us with an insight into what he will be sharing at the conference

The need for better cooperation between TSOs and DSOs is being recognized at the European level as of paramount importance. Advancements in the CIM standard are providing a platform to faciliate centralised data exchange between TSOs and DSOs. Despite the existing diversity of TSOs and DSOs throughout the Europe, they face a common set of central challenges. Among similar challenges posed to both TSOs and DSOs, three of the most relevant ones include:

  • Increase grid observability and controllability
  • Integrate increased amounts of renewable energies
  • Facilitate the integration of flexibility services and consumer participation in electricity markets.

In order to meet their respective responsibilities and successfully overcome existing challenges, TSOs and DSOs will need to intensify interactions between them, doing so in a more structured and standardized manner in order to continue guaranteeing at least current levels of security of supply. A stronger TSO-DSO cooperation is necessary in several transversal areas, including long-term network planning, short-term network planning (e.g. day-ahead operational planning), system operation and emergency system operation. Overall system optimization should be a priority, rather than having TSOs and DSOs independently managing the performance of their own networks, as well as designing a standard.

H2020 TDX-ASSIST project, funded by European Commission (www.tdx-assist.eu) aims to design and develop novel Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and techniques that facilitate scalable and secure information systems and data exchange between Transmission System Operator (TSO) and Distribution System Operator (DSO). The three novel aspects of ICT tools and techniques to be developed in the project are: scalability – ability to deal with new users and increasingly larger volumes of information and data; security – protection against external threats and attacks; and interoperability – information exchange and communications based on existing and emerging international smart grid ICT standards.

This presentation will present the methodology retained by TDX-ASSIST in order to improve TSO-DSO interoprability. The methodology is based on IEC best practices from IEC SyC Smart Energy and IEC TC57 standards:

  • European regulation addressing TSO-DSO information exchanges
  • TSO-DSO Business and System Use cases definition
  • Business Objects identification and CIM standard assessment
  • TDX-ASSIST CIM profiles reusing existing CIM Profiles or creating new CIM Profiles
  • Main CIM topics and related issues discussed so far with IEC TC57
  • TDX-ASSIST Demonstrators and associated information exchange platforms”

Eric will be joined by 14+ other utility case-studies that are scheduled to take place at Common Information Model 2020. In addition to these high-quality, implementation focused case studies, we have an in-depth, 90-minute tutorial on advanced open source simulation modelling to support CIM implementation and applications, a technology innovation panel discussion with pioneering CIM suppliers, a series of end-user driven roundtable discussions, a live demo lab of the latest tools and technologies, and an evening networking reception open to all participants.

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14+ utility case-studies including:

  • Chavdar Ivanov: Power System Analysis Engineer (Tennet) & Co-Convenor of Group for CGMES (ENTSO-E)
  • Svein Olsen: Enterprise Information Architect (Statnett), Co-Convenor of Group for CGMES (ENTSO-E) & Member (IEC TC 57 WGs 13 and 14)
  • Olivier Aine: Standardisation and Interoperability Manager (ENTSO-E) & Liaison Officer (IEC TC 57 WGs 13, 14 and 16)
  • Neil Meredith: Lead Solution Architect (SSEN)
  • Harald Klomp: Business Strategist (Vattenfall)
  • Paul Hayes: Smart Networks Manager (ESB Networks)
  • Tom Berry: Product Offer Architect (Schneider Electric) & Member (IEC TC 57 WGs 13 and 14)
  • Michael Covarrubias: Director of Market Strategy and Solutions (Xtensible) & CIM User Group Vendor Co-Chair (IEC)
  • Muhammad Barbar: Consultant Digital Grid Operations (DNV-GL)

Join the Solution Zone

Would you like to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of CIM experts and implementation leaders? Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more!

Capped at 10 stands, we ensure a focussed and relevant display of the latest CIM tools and technologies for our audience and maximum visibility for each of our exhibitors.

If you know of an up and coming solution provider that you’d like to meet in the solution zone this year, please drop us a line at: registration@smartgrid-forums.com and we will be happy to investigate and invite.

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Register today

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Common Information Model 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in January 2020!

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €200 on delegate places and €1,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 13th December 2019.

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.


TenneT Case Study on CIM Testing

The growing demand for interactions across transmission and distribution networks is creating an increasing need for standardized and seamless data exchange. Although CIM is perfectly placed to underpin this, many utilities have been implementing other approaches largely due to the lack of confidence around optimal implementation approaches to CIM.

One of the more complex challenges for CIM implementation is around testing, from development to IOP to conformity of tools against the standard. When addressed correctly, this can drive new levels of operational efficiency, create transformational results, demonstrate the value and justify the investment in CIM.

And it was with this in mind that we invited Chavdar Ivanov, Power System Analysis Engineer at Tennet onto the speaker line up at Common Information Model 2020. Chavdar is currently leading on different ways to test CIM data exchange across all parts of the business chain. We caught up with Chavdar this week and he kindly provided us with a sneak preview into what he will be sharing at the conference:

“In the time when energy transition is an objective for society and grid transformation is a result of the discussion on energy system of the future from a holistic point of view, the information exchange between various actors in the electricity supply chain is intensified. This is driving the need for a seamless data exchange in our digital world and requiring interoperable standards and tools. The testing of CIM based exchange is not a trivial task – it is a complex and resource demanding effort. Numerous organisations such as ENTSO-E and UCAIug and utilities in Europe and the rest of the world are facing the same challenges.

I will be presenting ENTSO-E and TenneT’s experience in dealing with challenges across the whole chain from the business requirements and standard specification up to testing of the available products and their usage in business processes. Stages related to standard development process, standard interoperability testing, conformity of tools against standard, conformity of tools against business process requirements will be explained and discussed. As an example of challenges we have – standardisation is a voluntary effort and as a result lacking of resources; conformity testing is a complex process which requires legal framework, tools and resources to be properly executed; to have the satisfaction of the business processes’ needs available tools or procedures shall be verified for compliance with business requirements. This calls for up to date testing specifications, mechanisms and tools to support this, which will be outlined in my presentation.

I look forward to sharing more details of my experiences, challenges and future roadmap with colleagues at Common Information Model 2020 conference.”

Chavdar’s will be one of 14+ utility case-studies scheduled to take place at Common Information Model 2020. In addition to these implementation focused case studies, we have scheduled an in-depth 90-minute tutorial on advanced open source simulation modelling to support CIM implementation and applications, a technology innovation panel discussion with pioneering CIM suppliers, a series of end-user driven roundtable discussions, a live demo lab of the latest tools and technologies, and an evening networking reception open to all participants.

Register Today:

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Common Information Model 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in January!

PS: Early Bird Rate! Save €200 on delegate places and €1,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 13th December 2019.

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.


Very Early Bird Savings Expires Friday 25th October

Keep up to date with the latest news regarding the Common Information Model 2020 conference.

There’s just 12 weeks to go until Common Information Model 2020.

Don’t miss out on the Very Early Bird rate! Register before Friday 25th October 2019 to save €400 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces.

Plus, save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.

Topics to be discussed

Join 100+ leading CIM implementors for 3 intensive days of case-study driven content.

Just some of the topics that will be discussed in great depth are:

  • Applying IEC 61970
  • Applying IEC 61968
  • Applying IEC 62325
  • CIM Working Group Developments
  • CIM Configuration & Interoperability
  • The Future of CIM

14+ utility case studies including:

  • Chavdar Ivanov: Power System Analysis Engineer (Tennet) & Co-Convenor of Group for CGMES (ENTSO-E)
  • Svein Olsen: Enterprise Information Architect (Statnett), Co-Convenor of Group for CGMES (ENTSO-E) & Member (IEC TC 57 WGs 13 and 14)
  • Olivier Aine: Standardisation and Interoperability Manager (ENTSO-E) & Liaison Officer (IEC TC 57 WGs 13, 14 and 16)
  • Neil Meredith: Lead Solution Architect (SSEN)
  • Harald Klomp: Business Strategist (Vattenfall)
  • Paul Hayes: Smart Networks Manager (ESB Networks)
  • Tom Berry: Product Offer Architect (Schneider Electric) & Member (IEC TC 57 WGs 13 and 14)
  • Michael Covarrubias: Director of Market Strategy and Solutions (Xtensible) & CIM User Group Vendor Co-Chair (IEC)
  • Muhammad Barbar: Consultant Digital Grid Operations (DNV-GL)

Register Today:

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Common Information Model 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in January!

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €400 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 25th October 2019.

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.


14 Weeks Until Our First Common Information Model Conference!

We are now just 14 weeks out from the first annual
Common Information Model (CIM) 2020 conference, and the traction that this utility case study driven, implementation focused event has gained across Europe and the US has been incredible!

To join these CIM pioneers and take your CIM implementation to the next level, visit the registration page of the event website and save €400 on delegate places and €2000 on exhibition places with our Very Early Bird rate if book before midnight on 25 October 2019.

What to expect:

This groundbreaking 3-day programme will provide the clear roadmap you need to secure CIM investment and accelerate your wide scale CIM implementation. This event goes far beyond covering the CIM fundamentals, with the chance to scrutinise leading implementation case-studies, and gain direct insights into how to leverage the newest and best technologies to take your CIM integration to the next level!

100+ CIM experts, including a number of well renowned IEC WG 13, 14 and 16 members from across Europe and the US, will convene to review 14+ utility case studies, evaluate 10+ technology innovations, participate in a variety of end-user focused roundtable discussion, and get hands-on and personal with cutting edge CIM-enabled tools and technologies.

This is the only CIM event on the market that directly addresses and tackles the practical challenges that arise as you embark on your CIM journey.

Deep dive into leading edge CIM case studies:

We challenge the status quo and create the integral conversations needed to drive the development of the CIM standard. By the end of day 3, you will be fully ready and equipped with the knowledge and skill set needed to hit the ground running with your CIM implementation roadmap!

Just some of the hot topics that will be addressed in great depth include:

CIM Configuration and Interoperability:

  • Leveraging advanced tools and technologies to support timely and cost-efficient implementation of CIM and maximise operational efficiency
  • Developing methods of creating your own adaptor or plugin when working in proprietary systems in order to ensure CIM compliance
  • Establishing a standardised approach to ensure compatibility of mRID in XML format between different vendor systems
  • Understanding how CIM is being integrated with a variety of protocols to support information flow across all grid domains

TSO-DSO Data Exchange:

  • Maximising wide-scale interoperability of TSO-DSO information exchange to deliver increased visibility of the European regional power system
  • Performing enhanced IOP tests to ensure the seamless interoperability of CIM across all systems
  • Incorporating cybersecurity best practices to ensure full protection of network model data
  • Breaking down the status of CIM activity within IEC TC57 and identifying how WGs 13, 14 and 16 are collaborating to facilitate the development of CGMES

Accurate UML modelling:

  • Accurately mapping attributes within a variety of complex grid architectures to ensure consistent interpretation of CIM
  • Developing appropriate extensions of attributes within your network to support the modelling of relational databases
  • Resynchronising your network model to conform with updated semantics of new CIM versions
  • Educating IT teams with relevant power system knowledge to facilitate effective CIM knowledge transfer and create accurate UML models

14+ Utility Case-Studies Including:

  • Chavdar Ivanov: Power System Analysis Engineer (Tennet) & Co-Convenor of Group for CGMES (ENTSO-E)
  • Svein Olsen: Enterprise Information Architect (Statnett), Co-Convenor of Group for CGMES (ENTSO-E) & Member (IEC TC 57 WGs 13 and 14)
  • Olivier Aine: Standardisation and Interoperability Manager (ENTSO-E) & Liaison Officer (IEC TC 57 WGs 13, 14 and 16)
  • Neil Meredith: Lead Solution Architect (SSEN)
  • Harald Klomp: Business Strategist (Vattenfall)
  • Paul Hayes: Smart Networks Manager (ESB Networks)
  • Tom Berry: Product Offer Architect (Schneider Electric) & Member (IEC TC 57 WGs 13 and 14)
  • Michael Covarrubias: Director of Market Strategy and Solutions (Xtensible) & CIM User Group Vendor Co-Chair (IEC)
  • Muhammad Barbar: Consultant Digital Grid Operations (DNV-GL)

Register Today:

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Common Information Model 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in January!


Join the Solution Zone @ Common Information Model 2020

With just 4 months to go to the premier Common Information Model 2020 conference, exhibition and networking forum, this is the final call for CIM-enabled solution providers who wish to join the exhibition, deliver a live demo lab, or participate in the technology innovation panel discussions taking place next year.

If you know of an up and coming solution provider that you’d like to meet in the solution zone, please drop us a line at registration@smartgrid-forums.com and we will be happy to investigate and invite.

Supplier categories of greatest interest to our end-user utility audience include:

  • CIM-enabled system suppliers
  • CIM-enabled system integrators
  • CIM configuration tools
  • Testing and certification laboratories

This is an unparalleled opportunity for you to meet 100+ CIM experts and implementation leaders, from across Europe and the US. You will gain direct insights into 14+ CIM implementation focused case studies, evaluate 10+ technology innovations, participate in a variety of end-user focused roundtable discussions, and get hands-on and personal with leading edge CIM-enabled tools and technologies.

Contact us today to recommend the up and coming CIM tech innovators that you’d like to see in the zone this year!

Find out more by clicking here.

Register Today:

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Common Information Model 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in January!

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €400 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 25th October 2019.

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time


Registration is now live for CIM 2020, 21-23 January!

We are delighted to announce that registration is now live for the premier Common Information Model 2020 conference, exhibition and networking forum. Drawing together 100+ participants to review 14+ CIM implementation case-studies over three intensive days, this ground-breaking new forum provides a clear roadmap for gaining investment and driving the practical implementation of CIM across the wider smart utility infrastructure.

Whether you are at the start of your CIM journey or have already integrated several systems, you cannot afford to miss out on this crucial conversation between like-minded CIM advocates and pioneers who are determined to push the maturity, organisation, and practical application of the standard to its next level. You will join CIM representatives from TSOs, DSOs, system suppliers and integrators who will not only address the technical configuration and interoperability challenges that are currently impeding CIM, but also discuss new frameworks for procuring CIM-based tools and technologies.

If you want to challenge the status quo, address CIM’s greatest flaws, and move the needle on this important standard and market, then join us for the most in-depth, inspirational and innovative review of CIM yet.

Discussion Themes Include:

  • Applying IEC 61970 – achieving reliable configuration between internal and external IT systems to ensure their seamless compliance with CIM standards
  • Applying IEC 61968 – establishing a robust framework for implementing CIM as DER integration accelerates within a more flexible grid environment
  • Applying IEC 62325 – effectively managing the influx of high-volume, real-time data across the energy market whilst minimising risk
  • CIM Working Group – leveraging the power and focus of the CIM working group to drive greater awareness and speed up deployment of the standard across the smart utility industry
  • CIM Configuration and Interoperability – leveraging advanced tools and technologies to support timely and cost efficient implementation of CIM and maximise operational efficiency
  • The Future of CIM – developing a robust roadmap for efficiently updating existing network models in alignment with new CIM versions

14+ Utility Case-Studies Including:

  • Chavdar Ivanov: Power System Analysis Engineer (Tennet) & Co-Convenor of Group for CGMES (ENTSO-E)
  • Svein Olsen: Enterprise Information Architect (Statnett), Co-Convenor of Group for CGMES (ENTSO-E) & Member (IEC TC 57 WGs 13 and 14)
  • Olivier Aine: Standardisation and Interoperability Manager (ENTSO-E) & Liaison Officer (IEC TC 57 WGs 13, 14 and 16)
  • Neil Meredith: Lead Solution Architect (SSEN)
  • Harald Klomp: Business Strategist (Vattenfall)
  • Paul Hayes: Smart Networks Manager (ESB Networks)
  • Tom Berry: Product Offer Architect (Schneider Electric) & Member (IEC TC 57 WGs 13 and 14)
  • Michael Covarrubias: Director of Market Strategy and Solutions (Xtensible) & CIM User Group Vendor Co-Chair (IEC)
  • Muhammad Barbar: Consultant Digital Grid Operations (DNV-GL)

Join the Solution Zone:

Would you like to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of CIM experts and lead implementers? Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more!

Capped at 10 stands, we ensure a focussed and relevant display of the latest CIM tools and technologies for our audience, maximising visibility and interaction levels for each exhibitor.

Register Today:

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Common Information Model 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in January!

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €400 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 25th October 2019.

PPS: Group booking discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time