ADMS 101 – Advanced Distribution Management Systems

ADMS 101 - Advanced Distribution Management Systems

March 7, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

Utilities find themselves in demanding times, with the move toward clean energy and distributed energy resources, grid control, reliability and transparency having become more difficult using existing DMS/OMS tools. Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) are the best answer to achieve these goals. This course brings together a systems expert and a utility user to share their knowledge and experiences making the functions and components of ADMS easier to grasp.

Register today to gain applicable information on ADMS that can benefit your everyday needs immediately.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe what an ADMS is and its functions, terminology, and glossary of terms
  • List the major functions and benefits of implementing ADMS
  • Review the interface to distributed energy resources (DER)
  • Hear from a utility the dos and don’ts, surprises, and lessons learned on implanting their ADMS
  • Review steps to take for the implementation planning of an ADMS
  • Define what a successful ADMS procurement and implementation looks like


Tuesday, March 7, 2023 : Central Time

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch Break

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Session 1 – Introduction to ADMS

  • What is an ADMS?
  • Key terms and definitions
  • Building blocks of ADMS
    • SCADA
    • Distribution application functions
    • Outage management functions
    • External interfaces
  • Overview of the major ADMS Functions and benefits
    • Distribution system operating model
    • Intelligent alarm processing
    • Online Power Flow
    • Switch Order Management
    • Fault location analysis
    • Fault Location Isolation and Service Restoration (FLISR)
    • Volt-VAR Optimization (VVO)/CVR
    • Outage management functions
  • Interface to distributed energy resources (DER)

Session 2 – Oklahoma Gas & Electric ADMS Implementation Case Study

  • Project description
  • Internal discussions
  • Grid analysis for needs assessments
  • Technology determination and procurement process
  • Implementation and lessons learned
  • Procedures and processes to go with FLISR

Session 3 – ADMS Implementation Planning

  • Major barriers to success (e.g., readiness of data and field equipment)
  • Needs analysis
  • Grid auditing to prepare for ADMS selection
  • Data development and analysis process
  • Technology assessment
  • Implementation strategy (phased implementation, procurement strategy, schedule, procurement strategy)
  • Resource plan
  • Business case
  • Procurement activities
  • Design review
  • Testing/Training
  • Installation
  • Change management strategy
  • Go-Live activities
  • Post implementation activities


Grant Cochenour, Lead Distribution Management System Engineer, Oklahoma Gas and Electric

Grant is a PE registered in Oklahoma. He has worked for OG&E for over 15 years in distribution design and operation, system protection and control, and SCADA-DMS. He has been the lead technical SME for both of OG&E’s DMS implementations.

He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University. He teaches graduate electrical engineering courses part time on electrical power systems at Oklahoma Christian University.

Bob Uluski, Executive Consultant, ESTA International

With over 40 years of experience in electric utility Transmission and Distribution (T&D) automation systems, his experience includes planning and implementing energy storage, microgrid control systems, advanced distribution management systems (DMS), feeder automation systems, substation automation, protective relay systems, and distributed resource energy management systems (DERMS).

Bob has helped numerous North American and International electric utilities to plan, design, and implement computer and communication systems for automating distribution feeders and T&D substations, along with DMS and enterprise level systems that make optimal use of these automation facilities. Bob is also a recognized expert in developing the business case for implementing these systems.

Bob has considerable experience in conducting tutorials on Distribution Automation technologies and advanced applications for DMS, having presented many training courses on the subject at DistribuTECH, NRECA TechAdvantage, IEEE, EUCI, and others. Bob has also presented a course on DA fundamentals and Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) principles for the Ohio Public Utility Commission members.

In 2010, the IEEE Power and Energy Society awarded Bob the Douglas M. Staszesky Distribution Automation award in recognition of significant contribution to the deployment of Distribution Automation in the electric utility industry.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


ADMS 101 - Advanced Distribution Management Systems

March 7, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before February 23, 2023 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, and group discussion will be used in this event.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 6.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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