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Leveraging virtualisation and centralisation to drive the large-scale deployment of IEC 61850 across the smart grid
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Friday 26th August 2022
5-Day In Person Conference, Exhibition & Networking Forum
Monday 17th to Friday 21st October 2022 | Cardiff, UK 

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Main Conference: IEC 61850 Implementation Case-study Conference

3-day, IEC 61850, case-study driven implementation focused conference features 40+ speakers sharing their practical experiences, lessons learnt and future roadmaps, to encourage peers to take the next step in their IEC 61850 implementations.

Conference Day One: Tuesday 18th October 2022


Registration and Refreshments
Opening address from the Chair
Standards Update: Reviewing the latest standardisation activity in TC57 and understanding how it is paving the way for more robust multi-vendor multi-edition IEC 61850 system deployments within TSO and DSO substation environments and beyond
Identifying the IEC 61850 standardisation priorities and how these will enhance existing and planned substation implementations
Evaluating the progress being made with new extensions for the substation, inter-substation, and to the control room
Determining the latest standardisation to support the DER environment
Updating on progress with verifying SCL files to improve quality
Creating a roadmap for the deployment of future editions of the standard
Christoph Brunner
  Christoph Brunner
  President It4power
  Convenor of TC57 WG10
Organisational: Optimising the workforce to maximise operational efficiency and drive the large-scale deployment of IEC 61850 at greater speed
Writing a standard IEC 61850 based approach to meet existing requirements in Germany and the Netherlands to streamline operations and gain time and cost advantages
Driving a standard IEC 61850 solution to improve specification of equipment and vendor solutions
Investing in training to build in-house knowledge to expert level to improve and develop IEC 61850 projects
Assuring confidence in conceptual models by investing in test equipment, laboratory testing, and feasibility studies before implementing a new standard model in substations
Benefiting from a flexible model that can improve commonality between projects and drive a dynamic, fast-paced, and cost-effective implementation of IEC 61850 across two nations
Martin Greenwood-1
  Martin Greenwood
  Technologist, Secondary Systems
Accelerating Substation Programmes: Driving down costs through the standardisation of IEC 61850 enabled substation design and deployment
Clarifying the drivers for adopting a standardised approach to IEC 61850 enabled substation design and deployment
Understanding the operations and maintenance benefits inherent in standardisation
Overcoming the technical configuration challenges associated with adopting a standardised approach
Driving workforce adoption through effective change management
Developing a training programmes to support the take-up of standardised designed, deployment, operations and maintenance
Fabrice Strevens-1-1Fabrice Strevens
  Business Development Manager
Andre Van Berkel-1Andre Van Berkel
  Electrical Engineer
  Strukton Systems
10:45 Morning Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition Panel
System Interoperability Panel: Evaluating how system suppliers are adapting their IEC 61850 integration approaches to ease multi-vendor multi-edition system interoperability
During this session 3-4 system suppliers will discuss their current IEC 61850 integration strategies, report on the feedback they have received from their utility customers and discuss how they will incorporate these into the next edition of their products. They will elaborate on the work they are currently doing within the IEC working groups to ensure they raise the plug-and-playability of future products. The formal presentations will be followed by Q&A and panel discussion.
Stefan Meier-1Stefan Maier
  Product Manager
  Hitachi Energy
Rui Jorge-1Rui Dias Jorge
  Head of Product Management

Speaker to be confirmed - Siemens
12:00 Lunch, Networking and Exhibition
Virtualisation Standardisation: Reviewing the latest research findings on the standardisation of virtualisation for substations
Simplifying substation processes onto a singular virtual platform to transform substations into intelligent hubs
Researching protection, automation, and control functions with virtual systems by utilising IED data to assess their reliability in a virtual environment
- Such as PTP, Sampled Values, GOOSE, Redundancy Solutions
Rigorously testing new concepts with widespread industry participation to encourage the standardisation of virtual applications
Assessing how to build cybersecure architectures and mitigating the risks of a virtual environment
Examining the change management that needs to be adopted by utilities and vendors to welcome virtualisation and manage expectations
Driving virtualisation from concept into the field to transform substations, integrate legacy systems, enable remote maintenance, simplify lifecycle management and to ensure reliability while driving down timelines and cost
Herb Falk
  Herb Falk
  Managing Director
  Outside the Box Consulting Services
Virtualisation: Ensuring accuracy and reliability of IEC 61850 processes in the migration toward virtualised digital substations
Demonstrating the benefits of a virtualised substation environment with a centralised protection box to enhance the speed of construction and operations as well as improving the safety of testing procedures
Showcasing how transferring data in a digital virtualised environment enables flexible communications with Process Bus
Examining how implementing different layers of redundancy and maintenance can aid software updates and prevent systems going down
Determining if a virtualised system can meet performance and operational requirements by testing its reliability and ensuring the workforce is trained in the new technology
Assessing the difficulties of time synchronisation and ensuring real time data for the guaranteed performance of protection relays
Integrating OT and IT departments to meet cybersecurity requirements and enhance virtualised operations and maintenance
Understanding how a virtual centralised control room will minimise the cost of construction and enhance the flexibility of operations and maintenance in a remote environment
farzad Khalipour-1Farzad Khalilpour
  Lead of Fully Digital Substation Automation Systems
   Southern California Edison
Mehrdad VahabiMehrdad Vahabi
  Substation Automation Project Manager
  Southern California Edison
15:00 Afternoon Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition
Cloud: Leveraging configuration tools in a cloud-based environment to facilitate the effective build (substation/DER) configurations
Demonstrating the advantages of configuration tools for general substation configuration in a centrally managed system
Determining how best to utilise such tools with (virtual) merging units
Assessing how configuration tools could work in a cloud based substation environment and determining how best to define and manage cloud functions
Making IEC 61850 configurations compatible with open-source software to virtualise all protection function IEDs
Enabling a user-friendly software that allows IEC 61850 to be a readable ‘plug-in’ architecture
Overcoming workforce shortages by investing time in training and IEC 61850 community collaboration to fast-track change
Creating a mature software that streamlines IEC 61850 configurations on a virtual cloud platform to integrate DER/substations assets and to meet energy transition goals
Sander Jansen
  Sander Jansen
  Product Owner Virtual Substations
Centralisation: Striking the balance between functionality and cost-efficiency in the migration toward centralised architectures
Clarifying the advantages of adopting centralised functions and investing in Process Bus to enhance functionality and reduce ongoing costs
Overcoming the challenges posed by rapid replacement in the instalment and refurbishment of secondary devices by prioritising cost and time efficiency
Examining how to manage increased data flow when integrating new network schemes and to ensure their reliability in emergency situations
Overcoming the challenges associated with training the workforce to adopt and effectively manage new technology
Determining how merging unit functionality can be simplified and improved by manufacturers to justify the cost of implementing Process Bus within medium and low Voltage substations
Demonstrating the benefits of implementing a centralised protection scheme through maintenance efficiencies gained, remote accessibility, and centralised communication
Bendic Ritt-1
  Bendic Ritt
  Project Manager
  Stromnetz Hamburg
Roundtable Discussions: During this session the audience breaks out into several smaller working groups, each focused on a specific theme that arose during the day’s presentations. Each working group will comprise of representatives of the entire IEC 61850 community to ensure a well-rounded and holistic discussion.
Roundtable Feedback: During this session each working group leader will provide a 5-min summary back to the wider group, highlighting the issues raised, the solutions discussed, and the recommendations made to take the matter to the next level.
Networking Reception: Time to relax after an intensive day of presentations and discussions! All participants are invited to join this networking reception where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the company of colleagues from across the European IEC 61850 community, in a relaxed and informal setting.
20:30  Close of Conference Day One


Conference Day Two: Wednesday 19th October 2022


Registration and Refreshments
Opening address from the Chair
Multi-Vendor: Leveraging new tools and workarounds to address multi-vendor interoperability gaps, and to ensure the seamless operation and maintenance of advanced IEC 61850 systems
Demonstrating the flexibility of the multi-vendor approach and its effectiveness in speeding up large-scale implementation of IEC 61850 in brownfield and greenfield projects
Creating clear design specification documentation to piece together multi-vendor equipment and facilitate the sustainable and practical roll out of IEC 61850
Proactively managing different details of implementation to find solutions to delays and bugs caused by a multi-vendor approach
Working with vendors to find concrete solutions in areas lacking maturity and functionality, such as metering revenue and power quality measuring devices
Utilising the full benefits of IEC 61850 by keeping up with the pace of documentation change to fast-track operational team training and design finalisation
Realising the potential of the multi-vendor approach in keeping up with future technology, enabling end-user flexibility and facilitating important learning curves
Birkir Heimisson-1-1
  Birkir Heimisson
  Specialist in Digital and Smart-Grid Development
Top-Down Engineering: Clarifying the benefits and driving new processes and culture change to achieve organisational adoption of top-down engineering
Driving conversation to mature the IEC 61850 market to enhance top-down engineering projects by:
- Pushing efficient specification and configuration tools
- Propelling the optimisation of the interface between user and IED supplier
- Discussing documentation of digital substations
Achieving engineering efficiency with the IEC 61850 standard by introducing:
- Large-scale template libraries
- Concept traceability and automation of updates
- Optimized version and file management systems
Enhancing the top-down engineering process to keep up with the future expansion of IEC 61850 substation projects
Florian Soyez-1
  Florian Soyez
  Expert Secondary Systems
Digital Testing: Leveraging advanced digital tools to accurately analyse and test IEC 61850 enabled digital substations and better support commissioning and field engineering teams
Understanding the drivers for migrating from analogue to digital testing tools to better support IEC 61850 enabled digital substations
Clarifying and mitigating the risks inherent in digital testing tools vs analogue tools
Supporting the system installation and troubleshooting procedure to ensure testing accuracy and ease of regulatory compliance
Navigating the multi-vendor environment in terms of the different interpretations of the standard for different vendors’ equipment
Identifying new testing criteria to ensure full support of testing procedures for utilities golbally
Overcoming the challenges of bringing disparate technical teams onto the same page and utilising the tools in the most effective way
Learning from customer use-cases of cybersecure remote testing during the Covid lock-down period
scott shortScott Short
  Doble Engineering
10:45 Morning Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition Panel
Testing Tools Panel: Reviewing the latest features, functionalities and cybersecurity effectiveness of 3rd party testing tools in supporting multi-vendor multi-edition station bus and process bus installations
During this session 3-4 3rd party tool suppliers will discuss how they have been developing their products to support true multi-vendor multi-edition testing within a variety of grid scenarios. The formal presentations will be followed by Q&A and panel discussion.
Jurgen ReschJuergen Resch
  Industry Manager

Joel GreeneJoel Greene
  Business Development Director
Jackson MooreJackson Moore
  Senior Application Engineer
  Triangle MicroWorks
12:00 Lunch, Networking and Exhibition
Automatic Testing: Ensuring the accuracy and reliability of automatic testing procedures to maximise time and cost efficiency
Understanding the technical and organisational drivers for adopting automatic testing in IEC 61850 systems
Clarifying the automatic testing functionality inherent in IEC 61850 and how it can be enhanced through state-of-the-art tools and techniques
Examining the automatic testing methodology adopted for GOOSE Messaging and MMS
Determining the optimal way to facilitate automatic testing in a remote access environment
Rolling out automatic testing across multiple functions and system domains to maximise return on investment
Demonstrating the value of automatic testing through the operational efficiencies gained, testing accuracy, and substation roll-out timelines reduced
Renaud Renaud-Drouin-1
  Renaud Renaud-Drouin
  Automation Engineer
  Hydro Quebec
GOOSE Messaging: From GOOSE to Wide-Area-Applications to R-GOOSE. Efficient and secure messaging for Digital Substations
GOOSE messaging in the LAN and the WAN
Augmenting the options for WAN applications with R-GOOSE
Applications from communication aided protection schemes to SIPS
Assessing the GOOSE communication in LANs and WANs
Cybersecurity for GOOSE over WANs
Fred SteinhauserFred Steinhauser
  Business Development Power Utility Communication
Version Management: overcoming the complexity of managing multiple files in the implementation of Station and Process Bus through detailed documentation and standardisation to optimise the engineering of the digital substation
 Driving a file standardisation process to support the journey from Process Bus onto the full digital substation in greenfield projects with vision to adopt on brownfield projects
 Creating a standard process for all IEDs that will enable the achievement of a digital substation
 Anticipating the Process Bus roll out and its impact on remote testing and protective maintenance
 Ensuring detailed and standardised documentation to save time on installation and upfront engineering whilst prioritising safety and contributing towards the 2050 net zero goal
 Lessons learnt from changing documentation files and how to apply these to future processes
Developing in-house knowledge to execute the documentation process across all devices and maximise capabilities, such as extending GOOSE to the control room
Mohseen Mohemmed - SSE Circle
  Mohseen Mohemmed
  Protection & Control Engineering Manager
Afternoon Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition
Sampled Values: Overcoming timing and synchronisation complexities to maximise the benefits of sampled values for next generation process bus digital substations
Understanding the evolution of the application of sampled values and the impact of its load on the grid
Quantifying the risk that timing and synchronisation continues to pose to the effective use of sampled values in process bus driven digital substations
Determining how multi-vendor systems are compounding the challenges around timing and synchronisation for sampled values
Evaluating the challenges posed by automatic configuration and testing of sampled values
Overcoming the challenges associated with merging units in terms of:
- Responses to differences in PTP signals
- Responses to jumps and time
- Quality of information transmission
Building in device flexibility to offset timing and synchronisation issues
Determining how the IEC 61850 standard needs to evolve to support more effective timing and synchronisation for sampled values
Jennifer Mackenzie-1
  Jennifer Mackenzie
  Lead Design Engineer
  SP Energy Networks
Remote Access: Ensuring the accuracy, reliability and cybersecurity of remote access procedures for the cost-effective maintenance of next generation digital substations
Demonstrating the benefits of integrity checks in tracking device and version changes to enable remote access operations and save time on testing
Creating detailed specifications of command line configuration tools to engineer an interoperable remote access database that manages data and sends automated commands
Enabling efficient remote and automatic firmware upgrades that are time stamped with constantly verified data
Developing a remote and cybersecure communication system with accurate fault information and event logs to maximise operations
Investing in detailed specifications to enable remote access maintenance and testing to reduce on-site maintenance, drive down cost and build confidence in machine-led processes
Close of Conference Day Two


Conference Day Three: Thursday 20th October 2022


Registration and Refreshments
Opening address from the Chair
Driving Collaboration: Establishing a framework for effective collaboration when leveraging IEC 61850 to integrate a complex ecosystem of DER players into the grid
Determining the pros and cons of utilising IEC 61850 to support the integration of large volumes of DER into the grid
Developing a robust framework to support the timely and efficient input of all DER players into the technical solutions
Collaborating on the optimal data model, system specification, engineering process, interfaces
Ensuring effective cybersecurity of network interfaces
Measuring the impact of this approach on project timelines and cost efficiency
Rene Troost-1-1
  René Troost
  Grid Strategies
Renewables: Applying IEC 61850 to renewables to support the seamless transfer of communication across the end-to-end energy system as more DER assets integrate into the grid
Demonstrating the value of IEC 61850 features in meeting the rapid growth of DER integration required for the energy transition
Utilising the features of IEC 61850-8-2 to monitor and control privately owned DER assets through XMPP
Determining how to convert legacy protocols used in DER assets to enable the transition to IEC 61850 in a time and cost-efficient manner
Establishing verification procedures through IEC 61850-8-2 XMPP Gateway or cloud system to ensure efficient information transmission and the secure management of real time data in WAN
Examining how advancements in DER transmissions and communications could enable remote access in the future
Assessing how IEC 61850 needs to become more flexible to integrate DER and enable the achievement of 20% renewable energy in Taiwan’s power structure by 2025
Chi Shiang Cho
  Chi-Shiang Cho
  Research & Development, Taiwan Power Research Institute
  Taiwan Power Company
Time Synchronisation: Leveraging advances in approaches to ensure the reliability and quality of private utility telecoms
Understanding the drivers and urgency for implementing new and improved time synchronisation solutions for private utility networks
Determining the extent to which GPS/GNSS can be relied on going forward
Identifying the range of critical communication requirements on the horizon as renewables integration gains momentum
Evaluating the time synchronisation effectiveness of a range of technologies such as 4G, 5G, Fibre
Re-designing the network time synchronisation hierarchy to ensure the best fit with demands of new services and applications
Demonstrating the technical and financial advantages of adopting next generation time synchronisation approaches
Dominique Velhurst-1Dominique Verhulst
  Global Energy Practice Leader
10:45 Morning Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition Panel
11:15 Cybersecurity Innovations Panel: Leveraging state of the art cybersecurity solutions to ensure the cyber-physical security of IEC 61850 enabled digital substations

During this session 3-4 cybersecurity solution providers present their state of the art technologies designed for the digital substation domain specifically. The formal presentations will be followed by Q&A and panel discussion.

Jerome Arnaud-2Jérôme Arnaud
  Head of Product Management
Jesus MolinaJesus Molina
  Director Industrial Security
  Waterfall Security
Bas Kruimer - AccentureBas Kruimer
  Business Director DSO Digital System & Grid Operations
12:00 Lunch, Networking and Exhibition
Inter-Substation Communication: Designing, specifying, and deploying reliable wide area networks to support the use of IEC 61850 inter-substation
Evaluating how Inter-Substation Communication applications can optimise the operations of digital substations
Determining why applications of Inter-Substation Communication are worth pursuing, such as:
                        - Accelerated Protection Schemes: to quickly identify faults and maintain the reliability of the DER grid
                        - System Integrity Protection Schemes: to monitor the state of the grid over wide area distances and wide area Protection, Automation and Control systems
Assessing the technology published by the IEC 61850-90-5 Working Group 10 report, such as, R-GOOSE, Sampled Values, and Wide Area Synchronisation
Ensuring R-GOOSE is specified effectively to meet requirements and to reap the benefits of utilising wide area network channels over the building of dedicated communication channels
Understanding how to test Inter-Substation Communications through simulation testing at different sites
Overcoming the cybersecurity challenge of undetermined communication paths that exist outside of the substation by following IEC 61850-90-5 requirements for encryption and authentication
Realising the benefits of Inter-Substation Communication in:
                        - Accelerating fault clearing
                        - Monitoring wide area Protection, Automation and Control systems to achieve a real time assessment of the state of the grid and in conducting system alterations
                        - Implementing a more deterministic and flexible communication channel
Alex Apostolov
  Alex Apostolov
Control Centre Communication: Harmonising IEC 61850 to support robust, reliable and secure data transfer from the substation to the control centre
Leveraging IEC 61850 and data centralisation methods to integrate legacy systems and drive the digitalisation of the substation to foster trust in the system, collect large volumes of data and enable the secure and reliable transfer of data to SCADA/control centre
Adapting relationships with vendors to update procurement processes to fit operational requirements
Navigating rapidly evolving project engineering and construction timelines to meet the needs of interdisciplinary stakeholders and the business as a whole
Building expert in-house telecommunication knowledge to lessen reliance on third parties and drive costs down
Negotiating the requirements of IT personnel, software vendors and power grid operators to ensure that security requirements and lifecycle maintenance align with reliability obligations
Architecting the substation network to enable segmentation of data flows to ensure communication patterns are compartmentalised
Quantifying the cybersecurity risk of routable based data and providing controls to limit the risk to an acceptable level
Overcoming the challenges of standardising processes within a multinational utility that stemmed from mergers and acquisitions of legacy utilities to streamline designs and organise large quantities of data
Dennis Murphy
  Dennis Murphy
  Lead OT Security Engineer
  National Grid, USA
15:00 Afternoon Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition
Cybersecurity: Ensuring the ongoing cyber-physical security of IEC 61850 enabled digital substations through a proactive defence-in-depth approach
Evaluating the latest trends in the threat landscape for digital substations and the new attack vectors being exploited
Understanding the implications of specific IT/OT vulnerabilities such as IEDs, communication within and from substation to SCADA systems, and from SCADA systems to other substations
Evaluating the potential of state-of-the-art solutions such as OT intrusion detection and substations encryption
Adopting a proactive offensive defence-in-depth approach to cyber securing digital substations through effective Board engagement and advanced staff training
Implementing CyberRange-e to drive a proactive security mindset across the organisation
Working with the national cybersecurity centre and EE-ISAC to ensure effective incident response, recovery, and resilience
Salim Bouramman-1
  Salim Bouramman
  Expert OT Cyber Resilience and Cyber Range
Time Synchronisation: Leveraging advances in time synchronisation solutions to support real-time communication across IEC 61850 enabled assets
Driving workforce engagement in Time Synchronisation protocols to optimise the implementation of IEC 61850 across the digital substation
Evaluating PTP mechanisms and assessing its technical possibilities
Assessing how best to monitor and test the performance of Time Synchronisation by evaluating the tool market and determining how it needs to mature
Training the workforce to implement ethernet based solutions and verify real time data with confidence
Optimising the design and specification process to implement a Time Synchronisation system that enables informed decision making and early action for protection systems
Lessons learnt from setbacks in recent projects to strengthen future Time Synchronisation applications
Pablo Humeres Flores-1
  Pablo Humeres Flores
  Head of Digital Supervision and Automation
Workforce Development: Creating culture change through effective knowledge transfer, training and development, and re-enforcement of IEC 61850 best practice to ensure full organisational adoption
Clarifying the advantages of a clear and concise IEC 61850 implementation strategy to satisfy all stakeholders and drive digital substation projects forward with momentum
Demonstrating the importance of acting swiftly to develop your workforce to manage increased data flow and ensure efficient asset management, operations, and planning
Assessing how best to articulate risk, cost, and performance indicators to all key stakeholders to facilitate effective conversations and address workplace grievances
Determining how to have a centralised vision when implementing IEC 61850 projects to streamline training and evolve the skills of your workforce
Understanding the importance of transparency, navigating failures, and setting realistic timelines to ensure the long-term benefits of IEC 61850 are recognised
Tuan Vu-1
  Tuan Vu
  Senior Digital Asset Strategies Engineer - Powerlink Queensland
  Associate Technical Director, Energy and Resource – Arcadis
Close of Conference Day Three


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