July 13 - 14, 2017Postponed
Golden, Colorado USA

Check-in is required for all participants on the first day of attendance. A continental breakfast is available before class on each day. Breaks are scheduled in the morning and afternoon.

  • Communication Requirements for Power System Applications (½ day)

    Data transmission requirements (quality of service, reliability and security) for major EMS/DMS applications: examples include state estimation and load flow, generator dispatch, voltage and var control, outage management, and demand response; overview of the SCADA system, phasor measurement units (PMU) and metering system (AMI/AMR).

  • Fundamentals of Communication Engineering (~1 hour)

    Basics of modulation and sampling; analog and digital modulation techniques; multiple access schemes; spread spectrum techniques.

  • Overview of Network Architecture (1 day)

    Necessity and benefits of layered communication architecture; concept of interoperability; introduction to OSI and TCP/IP models; review of communication media for power systems (wired versus wireless); overview of functions and design issues related to data link layer, MAC sub-layer, network layer and transport layer; IPv6 vs. IPv4; review of Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 family, WiMAX, Bluetooth and ZigBee; step-by-step design of a communication network.

  • Overview of Main Communication Protocols for the Smart Grid (½ day)

    Overview of SCADA protocols (ModBus and DNP3); introduction to IEC 61850 (data models, abstract services); protocols for home/building automation networks (OpenHAN, BACnet, LonWorks, and ZigBee); time synchronization protocols (NTP, IRIG-B, PTP).

Course Textbook (Recommended)

K.C. Budka, J.G. Deshpande and M. Thottan, Communication Networks for Smart Grids: Making Smart Grid Real, Springer, 2014