Practical Electrical Network Automation & Communication Systems

THE WORKSHOP

Ensure that you are informed and a part of this leading edge technology by attending our workshop presenting an objective, unbiased view of the latest and future developments in this area of electrical engineering.

You will be able to:

  • Competently define the concepts of substation automation
  • Identify the multitude of benefits a substation automation system can bring to your power network
  • Specify the main components of substation automation
  • Present the requirements of an effective substation automation system
  • Compare and evaluate different systems and products available today
  • Effectively design and implement a substation automation system, based on your specific requirements
  • Avoid pitfalls and costly mistakes when implementing substation automation
  • Analyse and assess the economic benefits substation automation can bring to your factory or workplace
  • Make informed decisions regarding the suitability of various systems according to your specific requirements
  • Identify and diagnose shortcomings of any existing substation automation system

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Receive a certificate of attendance in support of your continuing professional commitment
  • All workshops include the associated hardcopy technical manual
  • Printed workshop handouts
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Interact and network with workshop attendees and experienced instructors
  • Practical, industry driven content to assist you in your continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Attendees automatically become IDC subscribers and receive exclusive deals and technical content every month

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Consulting engineers
  • Control engineers
  • Design engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Maintenance supervisors
  • Power system engineers
  • Project engineers
  • Protection engineers
  • Technicians

COURSE SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION

  • Definition and application of Substation Automation

HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Short overview of technical developments in related industries

OVERVIEW OF PROTECTION AND POWER DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS

  • Fundamentals of power distribution
  • Fundamentals of protection
  • Functions and types of protection relays
  • Multi-function relays

REMOTE SUBSTATION ACCESS

  • Background and development
  • PLC's and RTU's in a substation environment
  • Modern trends

INTELLIGENT ELECTRONIC DEVICES (IED's)

  • Description of IED's
  • IED’s on the market today
  • Differences in manufacturers’ approaches and equipment
  • Installation and commissioning
  • Troubleshooting

COMMUNICATION IN SUBSTATION AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

  • Basics of communications
  • Communication requirements for substations
  • Suitability of different protocols for substation communications
  • Examples of communication systems used in substations today
  • Pro’s and con’s of various communication systems
  • Standardisation of communication in substations: goals and status
  • Physical medium for substation communications
  • Radio and satellite communication
  • Trends in technology: the Ethernet and Internet
  • Installation and commissioning of communication systems
  • Troubleshooting

SCADA SYSTEMS FOR SUBSTATION AUTOMATION

  • Definition and background of SCADA systems
  • Requirements of SCADA for Substation Automation
  • Overview of SCADA systems in use today
  • Hardware and support requirements
  • Installation and commissioning of SCADA systems
  • Troubleshooting

COMPARISON OF SUBSTATION AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

  • Overview of leading manufacturer’s systems
  • Advantages and disadvantages of various systems

ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS

  • Benefits of a Substation Automation System
  • Capital expenditure
  • Maintenance costs
  • Cost savings
  • Economic feasibility of a substation automation system

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