This full-day workshop will feature a number of presentations, breakout sessions and discussions, focussing on the challenge of integrating SCADA infrastructure with a range of other enterprise systems. Topics of discussion will include:
- Different approaches to digital architecture and their suitability for your organisation based on multiple criteria
- The specific challenges faced in integrating SCADA infrastructure with other utility systems including OMS, GIS and EAM
- The merits of industry standards in ensuring flexible system interoperability
- The institution of robust data governance frameworks to clearly define data ownership and hierarchies
- Change management strategy to mitigate the organisational upheaval associated with digital transformation
Current and future trends behind integrating utility systems with SCADA infrastructure will be examined in the context of the energy transition and IT-OT convergence, establishing the range of benefits and new opportunities afforded by closer integration between systems. The value of SCADA system integration will be demonstrated through the review of real-world examples, as well as the identification of value-adding analytics use-cases involving SCADA data.
Dr.-Ing. Andreas KubisDepartment Manager Research & Development, PSI AG
Various approaches to digital architecture, including the Enterprise Service Bus, will be evaluated and criteria for assessing the suitability of an architecture to your organisation will be identified. The importance of Master Data Management will also be discussed, as well as data governance frameworks for managing data quality, privacy and security.
Lino PrkaSoftware Architect, DNV GL
The specific challenges of integrating SCADA infrastructure with other utility systems, including OMS, GIS and EAM, will be examined in this session. Key integrations, considerations and common pitfalls will be identified per system, and strategies for reducing timelines and costs of system integration will be introduced.
Ovidiu SerbanSenior Consultant in Intelligent Networks & Communication, DNV GL
The Common Information Model will be introduced, examining the drivers behind its development, its important role in integrating SCADA infrastructure with enterprise systems, as well as a critical assessment of its present benefits and flaws. Relevant sections of CIM will be identified and explored, and specific uses of CIM in system integration will be demonstrated.
Dr. Mathias UslarGroup Manager Standardised Systems Engineering & Assessment, OFFIS
The ongoing Energy Transition in Europe with the increasing numbers of decentralised energy resources is triggering the launch of new market roles (e.g. various kind of aggregators) and ever increasing installations of often fluctuating decentralised energy resources. All these changes require implementation of new SCADA-related use cases, or a fast adaption of existing ones. To implement these use cases, we have to integrate even more IT- and OT-components, which are provided by various vendors and operated by different grid operators, aggregators, or other market roles. In Germany, we have 4 TSOs, approximately 800 DSOs, and at least a few dozen aggregators who must interact with each other seamlessly. We are now in a system integration hell.
There is firstly a need for faster implementation (or re-implementation) of software components for new (or changing) use cases in grid operation, and secondly a necessity to speed up SCADA integration projects by improving interoperability between the software-systems of various actors. The first issue of faster implementation and adaption of software components we address in our research projects by adaption of agile software development methods and DevOps tools. The second issue of improving interoperability we can speed up by so-called interoperability connectathons. The interoperability connectathons were first introduced twenty years ago in the health industry, and since then have improved the interoperability between various hospital equipment and software.
Based on my experience as lead of the software architecture team in openKONSEQUENZ software cooperative, and as project lead in Smart Grid research projects, I will share with you our lessons learned in the adaption of agile and DevOps methods for developing new software components for smart grids in Germany. Furthermore, I will talk about our first experiences with energy connectathons in the project “IES (Integrating Energy System) Austria”.
Dr. Jürgen MeisterHead of R&D Energy Division, OFFIS Chairman of Architecture Committee, Open Konsequenz
The integration of SCADA infrastructure with enterprise systems will be brought to life through the in-depth review of a real-life utility case study, exploring the steps taken, benefits delivered, and crucial lessons learnt. Attendees will have the opportunity to have their questions answered in detail by the workshop leaders.
Bas KruimerBusiness Director Intelligent Networks & Communication, DNV GL