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Save the Date!

Please save the date for the inaugural IEC 61850 USA 2020 conference, exhibition and networking forum, taking place July 14-16 in New Orleans. Drawing together 100+ IEC 61850 implementation leaders and specialists, this ground-breaking, case-study driven conference puts the end-user centre stage and explores the implementation challenges experienced at the coal face, as well as the solutions created to support the migration from pilot project to large-scale deployment of IEC 61850.

 If you are currently charged with carrying out a feasibility study, launching a pilot project, or driving large-scale deployment of IEC 61850, you cannot afford to miss this conversation!

 There is no other meeting like it. Over three intensive days, you will get up to speed with standardisation activity, hear insights and lessons learnt through 14+ utility case-studies, get the opportunity to challenge the product development status quo, and influence the future direction of standardization activity – all in support of end user needs.

 As the program and speaker line-up are being finalized, we wanted to give you the opportunity to put the dates in your diary, request management approval to participate, and inform colleagues in other departments who could benefit from joining this conversation.



Speakers confirmed to date:

  • Christoph Brunner, President of it4power & Convenor – IEC TC57 WG10
  • Mark Thompson, Director Digital Delivery – National Grid
  • Mark Seiter, Manager – Con Edison
  • John Bettler, Power & Protection Engineer – ComEd
  • Chan Wong, AMI Lab Manager – Entergy
  • Mehrdad Vahabi, Project Manager – Southern California Edison
  • Deepak Maragal, Manager – New York Power Authority
  • Eric Easton, Manager Substation Engineering – CenterPoint Energy
  • Jason Autrey, Manager Power Delivery R&D – Southern Company
  • Carl Boucher, Automation Engineer – Hydro-Québec
  • Guillaume Robert, Post Automation Manager – Hydro-Québec
  • Bruce Rosenthal, Principal IT Security Architect – Exelon Corporation
  • Pablo Humeres Flores, Head of Digital Supervision and Automation – ELETROSUL
  • Frances Cleveland, President of Xanthus Consulting International & Convenor – IEC TC57 WG15
  • Jason Allnut, Conformity Assessment Program Specialist – IEEE
  • Manny Pimenta, Technical Program Manager – K&A Engineering
    …with many others in the process of finalizing their contributions!

Discussion themes include:

Tuesday 14th July 2020

Pre-Conference Workshop: Fundamentals of IEC 61850
Led by: Christoph Brunner, President of it4power & Convenor – IEC TC57 WG10
Fundamentals of IEC 61850 – understanding the main features of the standard and their implications for the utility engineer

Evolution of the Standard – driving improvements, wider smart grid applications and establishing suitability for new domains

Advanced Maintenance Testing – overcoming the challenges of testing in a live substation

Advanced Engineering Process – understanding how IEC 61850 is evolving to enhance interoperability of the engineering process

IEC 612351 – updating on cybersecurity fundamentals for IEC 61850

Practical Demonstrations and Q&A
Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th July 2020

Main Conference: Driving the Large-scale Deployment of IEC 61850 across the Smart Grid
Standards Update – understanding how the next edition of IEC 61850 is being developed to support the large-scale deployment of the standard across the USA

Business Case – developing a feasibility study and formulating a business plan to secure investment and drive the deployment of IEC 61850 in the substation and beyond

Utility Panel: Large-scale Deployment – establishing a roadmap to ensure board approval, gain organizational buy-in, and develop the technical framework to drive the large-scale deployment of multi-vendor multi-edition IEC 61850 systems

Specifications – effectively combining end-user requirements with vendor expertise to create and convey clear and cost-effective specifications for next generation IEC 61850 systems

Station Bus Design – developing a design and deployment strategy that leverages the full set of features and functionalities of station bus architectures

Process Bus Design – optimizing system architectures to ensure cost-effective deployment of digital substations for mission critical applications

Configuration Management – adopting a top-down vs bottom-up engineering process and effectively managing configuration over the lifetime of the substation

Testing Process – optimizing the internal testing process to ensure the accurate and cost-effective implementation, operation and maintenance of IEC 61850

Testing Tools – evaluating state-of-the-art 3rd party testing tools to support the design, engineering, testing and operation of next generation IEC 61850 systems

Operations & Maintenance – optimizing IEC 61850 design, documentation and testing regimes to deliver simplified maintenance and support condition-based maintenance

Device Management – supporting remote monitoring and testing of IEC 61850 devices to drive down maintenance costs and improve testing efficiency

Time Synchronization – implementing advanced time synchronization technologies to better support time-sensitive applications in IEC 61850 systems

Cybersecurity – evaluating the latest standards and embedding the best-practice to ensure robust end-to-end cybersecurity of IEC 61850 systems

IEEE, DNP, Modbus – effectively interworking IEC 61850 with legacy protocols to ensure the smooth migration of substation automation systems to next generation digital substations

Substation to Substation – leveraging IEC 61850 for wide area substation communications

Substation to Control Centre – ensuring the effective interworking of IEC 61850 and CIM to ensure the smooth flow of information from the substation to the control room

DER Integration – understanding how IEC 61850 is being developed to support a more decentralized and flexible energy system through the intelligent operation of grid-edge assets

Workforce Training – optimizing the training and development of IEC 61850 maintenance staff to ensure efficient handling of multi-vendor multi-edition systems



Testimonials from our IEC 61850 Global event in Europe:

“A very useful time, open exchange of ideas and information. Excellent real-world presentations.”
Allan Wales, Distribution Systems Specialist – SP Energy Networks 
“An excellent opportunity to look further than the end of your own nose and acknowledge that other people’s solutions to shared problems may be far better than yours”
Julio E. Dominguez, SAS Designer – UFD 
“For me the IEC 61850 workshop was very useful to get a better idea of what the standard is and what it means. Different use cases that were presented during the conference gives me a good idea of the benefits and options.”
Hans Slootjes, Specialist – Stedin 
“Excellent opportunity to network in PACS related subject. Very close to implementation sharing of ideas that can contribute to the improvement of the standard, procedures, tools and equipment. Very useful to be updated with latest TC57 WG10 developments and to refresh concepts through the workshop.”
Bruno Miguel Soares, Researcher, Substation of the Future – R&D Nester 
“Over multiple years IEC 61850 Europe conference has proven to be a very valuable meeting of minds, with a good mix of vendors and operators.”
Anton van der Burgt, Marketing Director – Xelas Energy 
“Perfect event for meeting colleagues in the IEC 61850 world: vendors for IEDs, tools, test-sets, TSOs, DSOs, engineering companies and IEC group members. It was interesting to see and hear what others are working with and where the standard is moving. I hope to be able to participate next year.”
Anders Dahl Johnsen, Protection Engineer – Siemens


Presentation highlights from IEC 61850 Global 2019:

Please enjoy a selection of past presentations from our 6th annual IEC 61850 Global 2019 event held in London:

Join the solution zone:

Would you like to secure a significant share of this rapidly growing market? Take this opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of IEC 61850 experts and decision makers.

Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more! With a limited number of stands, we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest IEC 61850 tools and technologies for our audience, and maximum 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 8057 1700

Email: registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:   IEC 61850 USA 2020

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

PS: Very Early Bird Rate – Save up to $400 on delegate places and
$2,000 on exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 24th April!

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