Serving the energy industry for over 30 years
By - Jon Brown

ADMS 101 – Advanced Distribution Management Systems
June 11, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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Arguably, grid modernization has had more impact on the electric distribution system than on any other portion of the power grid. Electric distribution utilities have been migrating mostly manual, paper-driven business processes to electronic, computer assisted decision making with a much higher level of automation than before. Visibility of the growing penetration of distributed energy resources (DERs) and their impact on electric system operation is also being added. At the heart of this transformation is the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS).

Utilities find themselves in demanding times, with the move toward clean energy and distributed energy resources, grid control, reliability and transparency have become more difficult using existing DMS/OMS tools.   Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) are the best answer to achieve these goals.

ADMS has been utilized and installed in larger utilities for a few years now and other utilities including Munis and Coops have identified the need for such systems.   There are many options and the process to implement an ADMS can seem not only intimidating, but difficult to achieve.    This online live course is designed to demystify the process, from building an internal business case to how an implementation works.

A utility case study will wrap up the course providing do’s and don’ts learned from their ADMS Project.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe what an ADMS is and its functions, terminology and glossary of terms
  • Provide information on building upon legacy systems, “big bang” vs. scaled phase in process
  • Demonstrate how to create an internal business case for developing and implementing ADMS
  • Describe the benefits of an ADMS in:
    • Ability to produce grid system transparency
    • Allow for more precise grid management
    • Provide the ability to handle increased DER penetration and
    • Creates a better way for grid system planning and O&M
  • Reveal what a “road map” for utilities to follow for:
    • Gaining approval procure an ADMS
    • Developing cross functional teams
    • Doing the data and grid data mining and analytics necessary
    • Creating RFI/RFP
    • Evaluation tools to select technology
    • Evaluation tools to select implementation consulting
    • Plans for go live and any distribution automation/upgrades that an ADMS will require
    • Define what a successful ADMS procurement and implementation looks like
    • Hear from a Tier 2 Utility on their implementation, do’s and don’ts plus what was expected that did not happen and what happened that was not expected
    • Provide a system for continuous improvement


Thursday, June 11, 2020 – Central Time

9:45 – 10:00 am :: Log In

10:00 am – 4:00 pm :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 pm :: Lunch Break

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
    • Interface to distributed energy resources

Session 2 – Major ADMS Functions

  • Overview of the major ADMS functions
  • 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
    • Outage detection
    • Outage call grouping
    • Fault interrupting device prediction
    • Crew management
    • Estimated restoration time
    • Outage prioritization

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

Session 4 – Project Implementation

  • Procurement activities
  • Design review
  • Testing
  • Training
  • Installation
  • Change management strategy
  • Go-live activities
  • Post implementation activities

Session 5 – 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


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 14 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

Our courses are designed to be the best possible use of your valuable time – get the information you need to improve your position in the market in an interactive, dynamic format.

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.

  • 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 registrants for three business days after the event

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