By - Jon Brown

Evolution of Distribution Feeder Network Analysis and Automation
August 14, 2019 | Denver, CO

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While advanced transmission network analysis (aka energy management systems) steadily advanced from the 1970s through the 1990s, distribution management systems never enjoyed the same attention, or funding, so it never advanced beyond SCADA, aka D-SCADA. Today, distribution network analysis and automation are more challenging and more advanced in every aspect compared to its transmission brother. Because the functional technology is evolving at such a rapid pace, the resulting complex suite of integrated analysis and automation applications is not well understood by its users.

This course will address the unique challenges that distribution network operation faces and the developments at this stage in the  distribution automation evolution. Where is it going? What are the benefits? Who are the users? These questions will be addressed in this course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the history and evolution of realtime feeder network automation
  • Review self-healing considerations
  • Examine smart grid automation functions
  • Identify current ADMS challenges
  • Discuss visualization challenges
  • Review renewable integration and control
  • Identify types of architectures
  • Discuss power quality considerations



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 0.7 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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

 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

History of Electrical Network Automation System Evolution to Today

Smart Grid Functions

  • Automation functions / applications
  • Analysis functions / applications
  • Optimization functions / applications
  • Simulation
  • Benefits
  • Challenges


  • Definition of ADMS
  • Benefits
  • Challenges

Self-Healing Automation Considerations

  • Benefits
  • Challenges

Power Quality Considerations

  • Benefits
  • Challenges

Visualization Challenges

  • Who are the users?
  • What operators get
  • What operators want
  • Challenges and considerations

Renewable Integration and Control

  • Grid connected
  • Microgrid
  • Renewable operational objective and considerations
    • Applications and components
    • Integration with other smart grid functions
    • Supporting applications
  • Benefits (review real world use case field results)

Network Modeling

  • Usage
  • Objective
  • Scope of the problem
    • Maintenance source model
    • Operational source model
    • Integration with IT and OT


  • Centralized
  • Peer to peer
  • Device controller
  • Distributed

Summary and Closing

  • What’s next?


Gary L. Ockwell
Chief Technology Officer, Advanced Control Systems

Gary Ockwell is the Chief Technology Officer for Advanced Control Systems (ACS). He joined ACS in 1995, bringing 22 years of expertise in the global electric utility market.

Gary began his career with ACS as the Energy Management System Business Unit Manager and has been the Chief Technology Officer since 2004. He has worked to transition ACS to integrated Transmission Management, Distribution Management and Outage Management Systems. As CTO, Gary is responsible for the Smart Grid product direction and roadmap. This includes defining the functionality and evolution of the core technologies and the integration of those technologies with those relevant in the industry.

From 1985 to 1995, Gary was the XA/21 SCADA/EMS Product Manager for Harris Controls Division. His responsibilities positioned him to make technology presentations for utilities in the domestic US, southeast Asia, Middle East and European markets. Gary was responsible for defining product requirements, strategic planning, and direction for Harris™ Distribution Management and Distribution Automation Systems. He was also responsible for research/ evaluation of strategic alliances with key utilities and vendors, product coordination of substation computer systems, substation automation and distribution automation; technical proposal documentation, setting price strategy, in-house engineering direction, and major contract negotiations.

Prior to that, Gary was the Project Manager for SaskPower Corporation in Canada. While with SaskPower, he served as the overall project manager for the $21,000,000 system control project for the Gas and Electric System Control. His responsibilities included directly supervising the engineering design, system evaluation, procurement, control center construction and facilities installation for the GESC project.


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