12-Week Online Training for Electrical Engineers New to IEC 61850

Date: 10th January - 27th March 2024

Time: 16:00 - 17:30 CET every Wednesday

Format: Virtual

Venue: LearnWorlds Online Platform

  • Very Early Bird – Save up to €2,000 on Delegate places by booking before Friday 29th September 2023

  • Group Booking Discount - 10% discount for 3+ delegates, 20% discount for 5+ delegates and 30% discount for 10+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time

Fundamentals of IEC 61850 Speaker Line-Up

This 12-week community-based learning event has been developed in collaboration with 20+ IEC 61850 specialists from across the European smart grid sector, to ensure that your engineers have all the theoretical and practical knowledge they need to embark on their IEC 61850 journey.
IEC 61850 is far more than a communication protocol. It is an engineering philosophy and a common language for all those working with digital substation technology. As the use of IEC 61850 becomes business-as-usual for substation automation, it is essential for the technicians, design specialists and specification engineers involved to have a solid grounding in the standard.
Christoph Brunner

Christoph Brunner

Convener, TC57 WG10

Christoph Brunner graduated as an electrical engineer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1983. He is a Utility Industry professional with over 25 years of industry experience with both knowledge across several areas within the Utility Industry and of technologies from the Automation Industry. He is president of it4power in Switzerland, a consulting company to the power industry. He has worked as a project manager at ABB Switzerland Ltd in the business area Power Technology Products in Zurich, Switzerland where he was responsible for the process close communication architecture of the substation automation system. He is convenor of the working group (WG) 10 of the IEC TC57 and member of WG 17, 18 and 19 of IEC TC57. He is IEEE Fellow, member of IEEE-PES and IEEE-SA. He is active in several working groups of the IEEE-PSRC (Power Engineering Society – Relay Committee) and member of the PSRC main committee and the subcommittee H. He is international advisor to the board of the UCA international users’ group.

Alex Apostolov

Alex Apostolov

Editor in Chief, PacWorld

Alexander Apostolov received MS degree in Electrical Engineering, MS in Applied Mathematics and Ph.D. from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has more than 35 years experience in power systems protection, automation, control and communications. He is presently Principal Engineer for OMICRON electronics in Los Angeles, CA. He is IEEE Fellow and Member of the Power Systems Relaying Committee and Substations C0 Subcommittee. He is the past Chairman of the Relay Communications Subcommittee, serves on many IEEE PES and CIGRE B5 Working Groups. He is member of IEC TC57 and Convener of CIGRE WG B5.27 ”Implications and Benefits of Standardised Protection Schemes”. He holds four patents and has authored and presented more than 400 technical papers. He is IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is Editor-in-Chief of PAC World.

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Renaud Renaud-Drouin

Automation Engineer, Hydro Quebec

Renaud graduated from Sherbrooke university (Canada) in 2009 with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering, He started his career at Schneider Electric. Working on multiple projects internationally, he acquired extensive experience and knowledge in IEC61850 systems. In 2018, Renaud moved to Hydro-Québec to jumpstart a new generation of P&C systems based on IEC 61850.

Bas Mulder

Bas Mulder

Consultant Digital Substations, DNV

Bas is a recognized expert in substation automation (IEC 61850) and tele-control (IEC 60870-5) standards (communication protocols, data modelling, specifications) and wide and local area networks including cyber-security standards such as IEC 62351 for a reliable and secure exchange of process and automation data inside and outside the substation. Since August 2020 Bas has been at TenneT as Technologist for OT - developing the framework for future digital substations of TenneT including process bus and vendor independent utilizing IEC 61850 and security standards such as IEC 62351. Between May 2019 and August 2020, he worked as Expert OT in Stedin where he supported different departments with knowledge and experience on IEC 61850 and telecommunications. From 2005 to April 2019 he worked at KEMA/DNVGL as a consultant in different (inter)national projects to support technology providers and network operators in the implementation of IEC standards.

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Frances Cleveland

President, Xanthus Conslulting

Ms. Cleveland has managed and consulted on Smart Grid information and control system projects in the electric power industry for over 35 years. Her expertise has focused primarily on Smart Grid information interoperability standards, grid codes and market-based functionalities for utility-scale Inverter-based Resources (IBR) and Distributed Energy Resources (DER), cybersecurity standards and best practices, and the integration of systems, including SCADA systems, plug-in electric vehicles (PEV), Advanced Metering Infrastructures (AMI), Distribution Automation (DA), substation automation, and energy market operations. Recent work includes consulting on: IEC 61850-7-420 semantic data model standard, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), IEEE 1547-2018 standard, among others.

Maik Seewald

Maik Seewald

Senior Technical Lead, Industrial IoT, Automation Networks & Security, Cisco

Maik Seewald has thirty-three years of engineering and security experience. He works as a Senior Technical Leader in Cisco’s Intent Based Networking Group. He focuses on the development of Industrial IoT architecture, network convergence, security, and standards for Cisco’s Intent-based Networking CTO team. Before Cisco, Maik was a senior research and development architect and CISSP for Siemens, specializing in systems, software, and security architectures in energy and industrial automation. Earlier, he held project management, architecture, and engineering positions at Infineon, Audi, Siemens COM, and AMD. Maik received a degree in Informational Techniques and a Qualified Engineer degree from Dresden University. His special fields of interest comprise cyber security, system and software architecture of Industrial IoT/M2M systems and distributed intelligence. Maik Seewald is Cisco’s representative for communication, security and automation in IEC TC 57, IEC TC 65, DKE, IEEE, OPC UA, and UCA. He participates actively in standard development with the focus on Deterministic Networking (in IEC, IEEE and OPC UAFX), IEC 61850, IEC 62351, and IEC 62443/ISA99 with strong domain expertise in power grid and industrial automation, smart grid architecture, and cyber security for industrial control systems. He is a frequent public speaker and technical writer with a focus on cyber security and Industrial IoT.

Joerg Reuter

Jörg Reuter

Managing Director, Helinks

Jörg is founder and CEO of HELINKS LLC. HELINKS LLC is a Swiss company focusing on the development of SAS Engineering tools. With a background of 30 years’ experience in software development, process and power automation, Jörg’s work is driven by the vision of a device independent, IEC 61850 based SAS engineering process and the appropriate tool support. He is an active member of the IEC 61850 standardization body (IEC TC57 WG10).

Thomas Sterckx

Thomas Sterckx

Expert, Engineering Secondary Systems, Elia

Thomas graduated in 2007 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. After gaining experience as project leader and engineering manager at Engie, he is now working at Elia since 2014. Currently working as an expert within the Virtual Substation department with a focus on the top-down (IEC61850) engineering process and data modelling. Member of B5.68 and IEC61850 WG10, with a focus on modelling and engineering.

David MacDonald

David Macdonald

System Architect, Standardisation, General Electric

David works within Grid Automations Office of Innovation at General Electric where he helps define system and solutions standardization. Prior to this he worked in the standardized design and industrialized engineering process of the Substation Automation System at Iberdrola Distribution. .He received his MEng degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Strathclyde, and is a member of Cigre Working group B5.68 and IEC61850 WG10.

Herb Falk

Herb Falk

Managing Director, Outside the Box Consulting

Herb is one of the Editors of IEC 61850, US Lead on cyber security to IEC TC57, and leads the development and management of the IEC 61850 Testing program for the UCA International Users Group (www.ucaiug.org). He has been involved with the product development including base protocol and product development. He has also worked on several IEC 61850 integration projects involving advanced testing methodologies.

Ovidiu Serban

Ovidiu Serban

Senior Consultant, Digital Systems Operations, DNV

Ovidiu Serban is senior consultant in Intelligent Networks & Communication at DNV GL Netherlands Energy Advisory with a focus on digital grid operations, design, deployment and testing, including cybersecurity. Prior to joining DNV GL, Ovidiu has been working for 11 years as a designer, automation engineer, technical lead and project manager on different projects in the energy sector that involved SCADA EMS/DMS deployment and upgrade, substation automation based on IEC 61850 including replacement of legacy protocols and renewables installation and grid interconnection. In 2018 he joined DNV GL as a senior consultant and protocol test engineer and since 2019 he is an active member of IEC TC57 working group 15 and 17. His work is focused on IEC 61850 system engineering and implementation, testing of cybersecurity protocol extensions based on IEC 62351 and SCADA/ADMS/EMS Implementation & QA Consultancy. He has master’s degrees in project management and High-Performance Power Systems, he studied Power process informatization and control in Bucharest and Fuel Cell Simulation and Control in Perugia, Italy.

Fred Steinhauser

Fred Steinhauser

Digital Substation Evangelist, OMICRON

Fred Steinhauser works for OMICRON, and is dedicated to Power Utility Communication and IEC 61850, serving as a Digital Substation Evangelist. He is a member of IEC TC57 WG10, contributing to IEC 61850 and one of the main authors of the UCA Implementation Guideline for Sampled Values (9-2LE). He is also active within CIGRE and IEEE.