Focus on Africa- Technological Advancements Beyond Smart Grid


Presented by: John McDonald, Smart Grid Business Development Leader, GE Grid Solutions

Participants will be familiarized with technological advancements beyond smart grid with a focus on Africa. The technological advancements include 2 key industry subjects. The first session will cover Asset Performance Management (APM), including minimizing outages through analytics and outage restoration techniques. The second session focuses on the convergence of IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology) within an electric utility to enable effective Enterprise Data Management. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Engineers and project managers with utility, manufacturer and consulting organizations; regulators and policy makers; young professionals beginning their full-time careers in power and energy; and technical people with little or no background or experience in power and energy. 


Presented in two sessions:

Key Outage Cases in T&D, Intelligent Asset Strategies, Extending Useful Asset Life, Power Transformer Example: Traditional Remote Monitoring & Diagnostics (RM&D), Transformer Digital Twin, Minimizing Outages through Analytics: Outage Prediction, Network Connectivity, Storm Readiness, Vegetation Management, Outage Restoration Techniques - a Range of Values Manual: Control and Legacy Methods, Positive Step over Manual, Automation and Visualization, Digitally Enabled, APM Integration with ERP Architecture and other IT Systems
Stream Session 

Data Access, Realizing Greater Value from Data, New Sources of Data - UAVs and Robots, Data Characteristics, Ad Hoc Survey Results, Recommendations

Stream Session


Mark SiiraJohn D. McDonald, P.E., is Smart Grid Business Development Leader for GE Power’s Grid Solutions business. John has 44 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award, and the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and the IEEE Division VII Past Director. John was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association). John was elected to Chair the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Board from 2010-2014. Currently, John is on the NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee (SGAC) to provide updates on NIST Smart Grid activities. John received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and Smart Grid courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. John has published one hundred papers and articles and has co-authored five books.

Session prices vary based on IEEE membership. Each 80-minute session will be available for streaming for 1 year from purchase date. In addition, CEUs/PDHs will be available for purchase. To see all recorded tutorials and corresponding slides, please visit the IEEE Smart Grid Resource Center’s Education tab.

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