UU 301: SCADA: The Platform for All Automation: Part 2 Advanced

Jan 25, 2022
C143, First Level
Utility University

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This course provides an in-depth look at the systems that utilize supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) information, functionality, and secure networks for advanced applications. Key topics to be covered include: 

  • Distribution Automation (DA) and Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) 
  • Integration with other systems such as distributed energy resources (specifically solar PV and energy storage systems), new power electronics devices, and microgrids 
  • The impacts of IT/OT convergence and data from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and robots 
  • SCADA system design and best practices 
  • Cybersecurity considerations and perspectives 

Attendees will acquire:

Those wishing to build on an existing background in SCADA should expect to learn how other applications utilize the data, implementation challenges, and the latest tools for securing the system against cyber threats. As with the "fundamentals” course, attendees will be encouraged to bring questions and experiences to share. The presenters will address these and facilitate discussion on how the time-tested methods of utility data acquisition and control can be married with new, more complex applications. 

Who should attend:

  • Engineers and managers responsible for planning and cost justifying SCADA, communications, and smart grid
  • Engineers responsible for designing and implementing a SCADA, communications, or smart grid project, or contributing to its design and implementation 
  • Nontechnical professionals who wish to get an introduction to SCADA and smart grid technologies 
  • Operators and technicians working with SCADA, communications, or smart grid systems 
  • Project Managers 
  • Engineers and sales personnel working for suppliers and integrators of hardware and software products used in SCADA, communications or smart grid and related fields 

Prerequisite skills, knowledge, certifications: No prior knowledge of SCADA or certifications required


The material will build on the earlier SCADA Fundamentals course however students already familiar with the basics of SCADA can take another morning course and be comfortable jumping into the subject matter.


  • How SCADA systems support DA and ADMS 
  • Key aspects of SCADA integration with other technologies as well as system design considerations and best practices 
  • Security definitions and methods crucial to SCADA system operation and maintenance 
John McDonald, Smart Grid Business Development Leader - GE Grid Solutions
Michael Thesing, Smart Grid Technical Leader - Patterson & Dewar Engineers Inc.