Webinar Strategic Telecom Planning for Smart Grid
IEEE Power & Energy Society Technical Webinar Series
Strategic Telecom Planning for Smart Grid:
Minimize CAPEX and OPEX, and Ensure Success
May 22, 2014 2:00 pm eastern
Presented by Amar Patel and Hugo Bashualdo of Siemens Power Technologies International
One of the components that can make or break a Smart Grid (SG) deployment is the design of the underlying telecommunications network that’s used to support functions such as protection, control, real time operation, and SCADA. An improper telecom strategy and design invariably leads to high O&M costs, reliability problems, network downtime, exorbitant capital spending, and reduced ability to extract maximum benefit and efficiency from the SG application. In order to avoid these undesirable situations, a strategic telecom planning study should be performed as one of the earliest steps of any SG project.
The study should assess different communication technologies and architectures on the basis of: (1) coverage; (2) operational performance; (3) cost; (4) compliance with standards and regulatory agencies; and (5) security. Consultants/engineers vary in their choice of different tools and methodologies to assess these items – with each leading to different degrees of accuracy in the analysis. How can you ensure you take the right approach to telecom planning, and ensure the success of your Smart Grid project?
Managers and engineers involved with technology integration, distribution, asset management, and telecom will benefit from this webinar.
Amar Patel. Mr. Patel spent the past two years as Consultant of Telecommunications Solutions for Siemens Smart Grid in North America. He is also the head architect of Siemens’ Smart Grid Communications Assessment Tool (SG-CAT) which is an advanced simulation and modeling software that provides detailed and objective telecom analysis to reduce risk, minimize cost and protect operational interests of utilities. Since joining Siemens in 2006, he has been involved in extensive wireless communications R&D in the fields of automation, sensor networks, intelligent buildings and Smart Grid. Mr. Patel attended Rutgers University as a fellow and earned his B.S.E. and M.S. degrees with a perfect 4.0 GPA and highest honors in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a specialization in electromagnetic theory and communications engineering.
Hugo Bashualdo. Mr. Hugo Bashualdo, a Senior Manager in the Consulting Department, will lead the team in the unbalanced feeder study. Mr. Bashualdo has over 19 years of specialized engineering and managerial experience in the distribution system. His technical expertise includes distribution planning, distributed generation interconnection impact studies, power losses reduction strategies, reliability improvement studies, and the design, construction and maintenance of distribution systems. He has led various areas within a distribution utility business, including: Planning, Tariff, Control, and IT; Technical Analysis; Design and Construction; Power Losses Control; and Distribution Studies. He improved the technical and economic performance of each area he managed.