Three IEEE Fellows to Speak at Canada Protection Symposium

Aug. 15, 2016
The Symposium will cover protection, control, and automation.

OMICRON’s Canada Protection Symposium is taking place at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa on Sept. 7-8, 2016, in Toronto, Ontario. The Symposium will cover protection, control, and automation. One of the highlights of the conference will be a tour of GE Energy’s Grid IQ Global Innovation Center in Markham.

Fifteen experts from the industry will speak, including three speakers who are IEEE Fellows. Dr. Alex Apostolov will be the keynote speaker.  He is an IEEE Fellow and member of the Power Systems Relaying Committee.  He is also a Distinguished Member of CIGRE, holds four patents and presented more than 480 technical papers.  Dr. Apostolov is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa.Wanda Reder is the Chief Strategy Officer at S&C Electric Company. Prior to S&C, she has held leadership positions at two major investor-owned utilities. Her pioneering work has led to smart grid deployments and wind, solar energy, and utility-scale battery storage integration into traditional utility systems. An IEEE Fellow, Reder was recognized with the 2014 IEEE Richard M. Emerson Award for her leadership in the IEEE Smart Grid program and in the continued
growth of the Power and Energy Society (PES), including the creation of its Scholarship Fund program. Reder was the first woman president of PES and is responsible for the launch of the IEEE Smart Grid, positioning IEEE as the leading source for information on smart-grid technology. Wanda is a member of the US Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a candidate for 2017 IEEE President-Elect.  Wanda’s presentation at the Symposium will be Our Industry Challenge: New Trends in Distribution Protection Automation (i.e. Reclosers, Sectionalizers and Coordination)Dr. Murty V.V.S. Yalla is President of Beckwith Electric. He received a BSEE and MSEE from India and a Ph.D. in EE from the University of New Brunswick, Canada in 1987. From 1988 to 1989, he taught
and conducted research on digital power system protection at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada. He holds five U.S. patents in the areas of digital controls and protective relays. He is the convener of the IEC TC95/MT4. He was a U.S. delegate to the CIGRÈ WGs on Modern Techniques for Protecting and Monitoring Generating Plants and Power Transformers. He was also a member of the NERC System Protection and Control Subcommittee.

In 2006, Dr. Yalla was elected to Fellow grade by the IEEE Fellow Committee for his contributions in computer relays for power systems. He is presently the Chair of the Rotating Machinery Protection Subcommittee of the IEEE PES Power System Relaying Committee. He was the chairman of the working group which developed IEEE Standard C37.102-2006 "Guide for AC Generator Protection." He co-authored an IEEE PES tutorial on the "Protection of Synchronous Generators." Dr. Yalla received the IEC 1906 Award in 2010 which honors the IEC experts around the world in recognizing their exceptional recent achievements and contributions to the IEC committees.  At the Symposium, Dr. Yalla will present “NERC PRC Standards and Their Impact on Generator Protection.”

Rohan Perera received his Master’s in Engineering from the University of Waterloo and BSEE with honors from the University of Western Ontario. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Rohan has been working for Hydro One Networks, Inc. for the past 16 years and presently holds the position of senior technical coordinator in the protections support team. Rohan’s team is team responsible for developing test procedures for protection relay testing and provides technical support to Hydro One field staff.  Rohan’s presentation at the Symposium will be on “History of Relay Protection:  Past, Present, and Future.”

For a list of speakers and complete agenda, please go to:

Topics will include:

  • Intelligent Relay Testing Philosophy
  • Protective Relay Testing – Past and Present and future
  • Synchrophasor-Based Power System Protection and Control Applications
  • Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) Certification and Commissioning
  • New Trends in distribution protection scheme (i.e. Reclosers, Sectionalizers and Coordination)
  • Innovative solution for Recloser Testing (i.e. OMICRON ARCO 400)
  • Best Practices in Asset Management and NERC Compliance Programs for Utilities
  • A new database solution for protection system maintenance - Test, Maintain, Document, and Comply with NERC Reliability Standards
  • Updates on IEC 61850 standard – Power Utility Automation
  • Implementation of an IEC61850 System for Breaker Failure Scheme using GOOSE and Sampled Values
  • NERC PRC Standards and Their Impact on Generator Protection
  • Governor and Exciter Validation Measurements
  • K-factor and cable impedance measurement for precise fault location in MV cable systems
  • Impacts of CT Mismatch and Residual Flux on Differential Protection Scheme
  • Protection Redundancy: Combination of Line Differential and Distance Protection
  • Scheme testing of Bus Differential protection using RelaySimTest

This symposium is geared especially for technical staff from electric utilities, testing companies, service providers, universities and manufacturers involved in protection, control and automation.

Cost: $250.00 CAD (plus 13% HST tax)
Registration fee includes course materials, continental breakfast, lunch, breaks, and evening reception.

Seats are Limited!  Please register by September 2, 2016.

For more information, please contact Wayne Bishop, Marketing Manager of OMICRON at [email protected] 

About the Author

Wayne Bishop

Wayne Bishop Jr. is Vice President of Industry Outreach and Strategy at Quanta Technology and has worked in the electric power industry for over 30 years.

Wayne is also IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Vice President of Meetings and Conferences, a member of the IEEE PES Governing Board, a member of the IEEE PES Executive Committee and a Senior Member of IEEE.

PES’s Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) LATAM Conference held in Puerto Rico is one forum of many offering the world’s foremost engineering minds and climate change experts the opportunity to convene and discuss paths forward.

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