ADMS & DERMS Conference
Successfully Assess, Procure, Implement and Operate These Critical Systems for the Utility of the Future
April 27-28, 2017
Atlanta, GA

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Distribution operators face a formidable challenge in the coming years.  They need to keep the lights on, and increase reliability to suit a more demanding customer base.  ADMS and DERMS offer technological solutions to integrate:

  • Increasing penetration of distributed energy resources (DER), including distributed generation, distributed storage, demand response, and Microgrids
  • New regulatory regimes
  • Heightened physical and cyber security threats
  • Aging utility infrastructure and workforce
  • Potential and actual structural changes to the distribution business model

This conference is meant for utility distribution management practitioners who have identified the need for upgrading their distribution management systems, outage management systems, and manage the distributed resources coming their way.

The conference will provide useful and actionable information from a variety of utility case study presentations, a unique vendor panel, and presentations from the most advanced technology providers in the industry.

Case studies are from these utilities implementing ADMS and DERMS technologies:

  • Georgia Power
  • Avangrid
  • Eversource
  • CenterPoint Energy
  • City of Chattanooga 
  • Duke Energy

Learning Outcomes

  • Address the fundamentals of Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS), Distribution Management Systems (DMS) and provide a glossary of terminology specific to them
  • Explain what a DMS and ADMS system is, how it functions, and the purpose within a utility
  • Discover how one utility was able to create a business case, procure, implement and successfully operate an ADMS under extreme conditions of floods and substation malfunction
  • Demonstrate how an ADMS is able to interact with multiple technologies within the Distribution Control Center achieving quantifiable costs savings, improving efficiency and providing better internal and external communications on system status
  • Identify how a utility is responding to a new regulatory scheme by implementing an ADMS which will gain control over expected higher penetration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and be ready to be the utility of the future
  • Assess how a municipal utility was able to save $2 million per year by implementing a Conservation Volt Reduction (Volt/VAR) while also improving system reliability
  • Hear from five of the most qualified Vendors providing ADMS technology and guidance to assist a utility in making specific choices to procure, implement and make successful an ADMS
  • Explore how a utility upgrading their DMS was able to improve emergency restoration both by reducing time to restore and by providing better estimated return to service which has demonstrably improved customer satisfaction and reduced cost via quicker restoration times
  • Gain a background and better insight into DER interconnection and how DERMS technology will be developed, standardized and regulated for better control over higher penetration of DER
  • Hear from a current utility who is going through a DERMS technology implementation


EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.9 CEUs for this conference and 0.6 CEUs for the workshop.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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

Instructional Methods

Case Studies, Panel Discussions and PowerPoint presentations


Thursday, April 27, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: EUCI Safety and Agenda Overview

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.  :: Host Utility Welcome, Georgia Power

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: Opening Remarks, Glossary of Terms and Intro to ADMS

A presentation on industry trends including distributed energy resources, analytics, and grid edge devices and how they are driving ADMS and DERMS markets. This will highlight some of the freshest questions facing the industry today that are being addressed by the industry leading experts sharing their knowledge in this conference. And finally, it will define important terminology and concepts that will be used extensively during the conference. 

Terry Nielsen, Senior Vice President, GridBright

Tom Servas, Senior Vice President, GridBright

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: CenterPoint Energy:An ADMS Procurement, Implementation and Trial by Flood and Fire Story

CenterPoint Energy procured an ADMS system and it was fully implemented in 2016 just as the flood of the century hit Houston last Spring.  This case study will overview the entire process and provide up to the minute stats and the industry leading results of its use during extreme stress periods, the flood plus the sudden loss of a 300 mw substation.

            Getting Started

  • The Internal Business Case
  • The RFF Process and Making Procurement Decisions
  • Project Startup

Implementation Phase

  • Major Tracks and Phases of Project
  • Expected and Unexpected Challenges Encountered
  • Change Management
  • Risk Management
  • Personnel and Project Management

Project Completion and Post Mortem

  • Go-Live
  • Reaching a Steady State
  • The Use of the new ADMS during the historic floods of 2016
  • Present actual statistics from that flood, plus a loss of a 300 mw substation

Rick Morton, Operations Manager for Distribution Control, CenterPoint Energy

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. :: Networking Break

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. :: Georgia Power : Leveraging ADMS technology to manage the distribution system

Georgia Power will present a case study of multiple technology initiatives that include ADMS functions in the Distribution Control Center to more efficiently manage and respond to outages, improve reliability, improve operations efficiency and provide better information internal and external to the company. The case study will cover the objectives, implementation and results of the initiatives.

David Lyons, Distribution Support Manager, Georgia Power

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.  :: Avangrid Responds to NY REV with a New Plan for ADMS

AVANGRID is developing an ADMS as part of its Distributed System Implementation Plan (DSIP) filed with the New York Public Utilities Commission in 2016 as part of the NY REV Program. The DSIPs contain each NY utility’s roadmap for enabling vibrant distributed energy resource markets and for maximizing penetration of clean energy resources. A technology platform has been planned in order to achieve the planning, operating, and market enablement needs anticipated for the utility of the future. This presentation will review AVANGRID’s ADMS within the context of their technology roadmap.

Brian Conroy, PE, Smart Grid, Avangrid

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. :: Electric Power Board of Chattanooga: A DMS Use to Save Money

The presentation describes how EPB uses the DMS applications to operate its electric system more effectively.  Specific examples will include how Volt/VAR application helps EPB maintain a system Power Factor at optimum level, how CVR saves EPB over $2 million per year, and how Fault Locating is helping EPB to improve reliability for our customers.  It will also describe some of the unique features of our interfaces to GIS, OMS and AMI that have enabled us to improve our operations.  The session is meant to guide those upgrading or moving to a new system on how expansive a DMS can be not only in operations and reliability, but also the bottom line.

Jim Glass, Manager of Smart Grid Development, EPB Chattanooga

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.  :: Networking Break

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: Vendor Presentations + Panel Discussion

Five of the most qualified companies will present on their ADMS and DERMS solutions and systems, each will have a 15 minute session including Q&A and then will sit on a Panel for questions from the attendees.

Moderator: Tom Servas, Senior Vice President, GridBright

Ravi Pradhan, Vice President of Technology Strategy, Siemens Digital Grid

Tom Eyford, Principal Solution Architect, Operations Systems, Oracle

Hormoz Kazemzadeh, Vice President of Distribution and Smart Grid, OSI

Gary Ockwell, Chief Technical Officer, Advanced Control Systems

William Peterson, DMS Product Manager, ABB

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. :: Networking Reception

Friday, April 28, 2017

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. :: Welcome and Review of Previous Day

8:45 – 9:30 a.m. :: DMS Upgrades Improve Eversource Energy’s Reliability & Restoration

Eversource upgraded and enhanced their Network Management System (NMS) to integrate new damage assessment (DA) functionality to streamline restoration processes, improve reliability, and drive up customer satisfaction by providing more accurate and timely estimated restoration times based upon actual field conditions. This presentation will demonstrate how this new system works and how Eversource plans to expand in the future. Eversource will demonstrate how they are able to quickly and more accurately estimate the amount of damage, identify devices that need to be operated in a model, and get high level estimated times to repair.   Any utility looking to upgrade or gain a new ADMS will need to know how the system will benefit not only reliability, but return to service.

Ken Brajczewski, IT Business Solutions Analyst, Eversource Energy

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. :: Impact of DER on Utility Distribution Systems, a DERMS Background

Decades ago, interconnection rules for distributed energy resources (DER) on utility distribution systems were designed based on a vertically integrated utility with central generation providing power on radial distribution systems with very little expectation of large numbers of DER being deployed. Today with regulatory renewable energy goals, more economical solar PV DER, and rising utility rates, there has been a rapid growth in PV deployment causing various technical and financial challenges for utilities. Although smart inverters are being developed to address some of the issues, they present new challenges for utilities. This presentation will discuss the challenges with higher penetration PV, inverter standards trends, why ADMS and DERMS are being considered, and potential new utility business models around transactive energy. 

John Barnick, Industry Solutions Executive, ABB

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. :: DERMS Technology R&D and Implementation

A West Coast Utility is leading the way on low voltage DER integration and has begun a DERMS system development and implementation. Learn how to evaluate distributed energy resources to expose the key data points needed to transform them from problematic uncertainties into tools for grid stabilization via integration into DERMS. 

Travis Rouillard, Chief Technology Officer, GridBright 

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  :: Utility Panel Discussion and Q&A

The assembled Utility Presenters will wrap up the conference via a review of the content of the conference plus specific questions offered and an audience Q&A to answer final questions.

Moderator: Terry Nielsen, Senior Vice President, GridBright

Ken Brajczewski, IT Business Solutions Analyst, Eversource Energy

David Lyons, Distribution Support Manager, Georgia Power

Brian Conroy, PE, Smart Grid, Avangrid

Jim Glass, Manager of Smart Grid Development, EPB Chattanooga

12:00 p.m. :: Conference Wrap-up and Adjournment


Advanced Distribution Management Systems and Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems, the Fundamentals, Past, Present and Future

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss industry trends driving ADMS and DERMS
  • Identify key questions being answered by industry leaders today
  • Explain key terminology used throughout the industry


8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  :: ADMS Fundamentals
  1. ADMS Fundamentals
  2. ADMS Modular Architecture
  3. DMS Functions
    1. Switching Management
    2. Permits, Clearances, and Tags
    3. Suggested Switching
    4. Operator’s Power Flow
    5. Load Modeling
    6. Distribution State Estimation
    7. Volt-VAR Optimization
    8. Conservation Voltage Reduction
    9. Demand Management
    10. Fault Locating and Restoration (FLISR)
    11. Impacts of Distributed Resources and Renewables

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  :: Afternoon Break

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: DERMS Fundamentals
  1. DERMS Solution Categories
    1. Centralized vs Decentralized
    2. Network aware
    3. MW vs MW/MVAR
    4. Steady State vs Dynamic
    5. ADMS embedded vs DMS supplements
    6. Hosted vs License Solutions
    7. DERMS Commercial Product Offerings
    8. Communication Protocols
    9. Solution Fit for Various Utility Types 


Terry Nielsen, Senior Vice President, GridBright

Terry Nielsen is a Executive Vice President at GridBright. He has over 25 years of experience in defining and developing software solutions for the utility industry. His experience includes development, implementation and integration of Energy Management Systems (EMS), Market Management Systems (MMS), Network Model Management Systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Distribution Management Systems (DMS) and Outage Management Systems (OMS).

Terry possesses in-depth and practical understanding of utility transmission and distribution business processes and operational practices. He is a thought leader in the areas of electrical system modeling and has published papers and made multiple presentations on the issues associated with distributed resource modeling, complex electrical grid models and the associated analysis and use of these models.

He has assisted several utilities in developing multi-year strategies for deploying and integration of grid modernization technology including distribution and substation automation, transmission and distribution operations technology, and distributed resource integration. He has assisted several utilities in the selection and procurement of ADMS, OMS and DMS technologies.

Terry just completed his role as the principle investigator for a CEATI research project on Integrating Distributed Energy Resources into Distribution Operations. Terry is currently the technical lead for the ARPA-E GRID-DATA project that is developing the grid model repository to serve the power systems research community. Terry is also an active member of the IEEE reliability working group.

As an Executive Vice President of GridBright, Terry has the overall responsibility for consulting services deliver to the company’s utility clients.  Prior to GridBright he held senior management roles at UISOL (now a GE Grid Solutions Company), CES International, SPL Worldgroup, Oracle,, Alstom (now GE Grid Solutions) and Siemens.

Terry has a bachelors of science in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Travis Rouillard, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), GridBright

Travis Rouillard is the CTO of GridBright, where he is responsible for technology direction, innovation, and development. He has over twenty years of experience building and deploying utility software solutions.  For the last decade, he has specialized in solutions for Distributed Energy Resources Management (DERMS).  He was intimately involved with the development of DRBizNet at UISOL – an award winning platform for Demand Response Management (DRMS) – and its deployment at several North American RTOs and utilities before it was ultimately acquired by Alstom Grid.  At Alstom (now GE), he was the global product manager for Demand Response (DR) and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) solutions, as well as Market Management Solutions (MMS) and Analytics.  Travis has also held senior roles at PG&E, Ernst & Young, and Bank of America.  He has extensive background in energy markets, settlements, risk management, data analytics, IT architecture, and systems integration. 


John Barnick, Industry Solutions Executive, ABB

Ken Brajczewski, IT Business Solutions Analyst, Eversource Energy

Brian Conroy, PE, Smart Grid, Avangrid

Tom Eyford, Principal Solution Architect, Operations Systems, Oracle

Jim Glass, Manager of Smart Grid Development, EPB Chattanooga

Hormoz Kazemzadeh, Vice President of Distribution and Smart Grid, OSI

David Lyons, Distribution Support Manager, Georgia Power

Rick Morton, Operations Manager for Distribution Control, CenterPoint Energy

Terry Nielsen, Senior Vice President, GridBright

Gary Ockwell, Chief Technical Officer, Advanced Control Systems

William Peterson, DMS Product Manager, ABB

Ravi Pradhan, Vice President of Technology Strategy, Siemens Digital Grid

Travis Rouillard, Chief Technology Officer, GridBright

Tom Servas, Senior Vice President, GridBright


The Westin Peachtree Plaza
210 Peachtree Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30303

The hotel is sold out. the evenings of April 25-26-27.

Listed below are nearby hotels. 

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta Downtown

160 Ted Turner Dr NW, Atlanta, GA, 30303 United States

(404) 688-8600

Located 0.1 miles from the Westin

Courtyard Atlanta Downtown

133 Carnegie Way Nw, Atlanta, GA, 30303 United States

, (404) 222-2416 

Located 0.1 miles from the Westin

The Inn at Centennial Park

101 Andrew J. Young Intl. Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA, 30303 United States

(404) 524-5555

Located 0.1 miles from the Westin

Barclay Hotel Atlanta Downtown

89 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA, 30303 United States

(404) 524-7991

 Located 0.1 miles from the Westin

Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown by Marriott

134 Peachtree St Nw, Atlanta, GA, 30303 United States

(404) 522-0950 

 Located 0.1 miles from the Westin



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