September 17 - Abu Dhabi

The Infrastructure Needs of Tomorrow’s Grid: Optimizing Distribution Operations

This event will explore methods for improving power delivery and utilization by optimizing the safe and efficient operation of sub-transmission and distribution networks. Topics will include:

  • Increasing operational efficiencies with a common platform for distribution SCADA, outage management and network applications
  • Optimizing the deployment of Smart Grid technologies by integrating traditionally siloed information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT)
  • Improving reliability and reducing the impact of outages by delivering the right information, to the right person, at the right time with intuitive interface technologies
  • Optimizing the use of distributed energy resources, including  renewables, to help consumers make  more informed choices about how and when they use power

ABB Office, Aldar HQ, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

08:00 – 09:00

Registration opens with coffee and breakfast in the lounge area

09:00 – 09:20  

Opening Statement and Welcome
Novak Stevanovic – Regional Manager Power Systems, ABB

09:20 – 09:40

Beyond Smart: Reinventing Energy in an Empowered World
Daryl Rolley – Executive VP of Global Sales, Ventyx

Utilities are facing a convergence of increasing demand, social change and rapid technological shifts. In a capital intensive industry, how will multi-decade investment decisions today balance the right technology, get results, and be economically viable? There is immense opportunity when taking a  collaborative approach, where data is allowed to flow between the sensors in the field and operational (OT) systems and the industrial enterprise information technology systems – turning this wealth of data into actionable insights. With true visibility, utilities can make faster, better-informed decisions in both daily operations and long-term planning strategies. Hear the Ventyx vision for a collaborative, responsive, highly efficient energy model that  unlocks human potential.

09:40 – 10:45

Parallel Session I: Global SmartGrid Research Results
Dr. Philip E. Lewis – CEO and Founder, VaasaETT

With over 200 smart grid projects globally, utilities spent nearly 14 billion dollars in 2012 to make their grids smarter. But is that investment delivering results? While theoretical smart grid maturity models have been discussed for some years, until now utilities and other stakeholders have had no way to benchmark their results on a global basis – financial or otherwise. Ventyx and ABB commissioned leading international energy think-tank VaasaETT to develop the Smart Grid Global Impact Report, the first-ever global research into smart grid project outcomes. The report focuses on five pillars of smart grid returns - economic, environmental, consumer, reliability, and innovativeness. Join us at this event and be one of the first in the world to gain access to a copy of this report.

09:40 – 10:30

Parallel Session II: Next-Generation User Interfaces
Rob Jones – Industry Solutions Executive, Ventyx

The vast amounts of network data generated in everyday operations require an intuitive, visually-compelling interface that is able to extract actionable intelligence from the array of “noise” surrounding it. Real-time, geographically-displayed data on the state of the network can be leveraged to inform critical operational decisions and optimize network performance.

10:30 – 10:45

Parallel Session II: Control Room Video Wall Displays
Michael Nevzorov – Regional Manager (Russia & CIS) Display Engineering, Mitsubishi

10:45 – 11:15

Refreshment Break

11:15 – 12:30

Solution for Distribution System Operations to Help Utilities Realize Vision for Smart Grids Powered by Renewable and Distributed Energy
Derek Porter – EVP, Product Management and Strategy
Rob Jones – Industry Solutions Executive, Ventyx

The Distribution System Operations Solution of tomorrow integrates and optimizes the value of distributed generation and demand response assets in a smart grid. It can help utilities move from a grid that requires reactive processes and disjointed manual interventions to a holistic and self-healing interconnected grid. The comprehensive solution enables the transformation of the entire distribution system operations process, and features robust SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), DMS (distribution management system), voltage optimization and demand response management capabilities.

Outage Lifecycle Management to Help Reduce the Economic and Societal Impact of Major Outages
Derek Porter – EVP, Product Management and Strategy

To deliver the ‘always on’ service levels that customers expect, utilities must transform their outage lifecycle process using newer technologies, including advanced analytics and mobility. Next-generation outage management solutions increase revenue by optimizing operational efficiency and minimizing costs.

12:30 – 13:00 

Q&A and Conclusions

13:00 – 14:00 


*Please note that the agenda is subject to minor changes.

Hosted by:

ABB and Ventyx, an ABB company