Utility University®

DistribuTECH is pleased to offer the following courses as intensive opportunities for attendees to gain skills and knowledge in specific industry fields. Utility University® courses fill up quickly! Be sure to reserve your spot by registering online at distributech.com. All Utility University® courses will be held on Monday only. Looking for a quick at-a-glance? You can grab a PDF. Please note: The most up-to-date version is through our searchable database.

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(Half-day courses are $300 ($325 after 11/1); full-day courses are $495 ($525 after 11/1). Lunch is included for full day or two half day registrations.)

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

UU 101: ADMS solutions for modern distribution systems

The course will provide information electric utilities need to plan, integrate and commission systems. The course covers key terms and definitions and basic and advanced functionality of the latest advanced distribution management...

UU 102: Using standard communication protocols for the grid of today and managing distributed energy resources in the future

This course provides background on standard communication protocols used for SCADA and distributed energy resource (DER) applications in the grid. The widely adopted IEC 61850 and DNP3 standards and emerging...

UU 103: Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) with advanced applications

This course provides a comprehensive examination of electric utility supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, as well as the many adjacent technologies, techniques and industry best practices that...

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

UU 201: AMI operations: best practices for achieving value from your AMI solution

This practical course describes the responsibilities and organization of the group that operates the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution. It also details the processes associated with the monitoring and management of this critical...

UU 202: A primer on next generation in big data and energy/grid analytics - road to the future

With the advent of the big data, analytics and visualization, utilities (electric, water and gas) have embarked on creating their visions, strategies and multi-generation plans. Some are evaluating the technologies available in the industry against...

UU 203: Line sensor deployment for distribution automation: practical deployment, data collection, and use

This course covers the practical aspects of line sensor deployment, radio communications, data management and the use of line sensor data in utility operations. This course gives attendees a basis for planning and executing...

UU 204: Planning for integration of distributed energy resources and microgrids in smart distribution systems

This course covers planning and engineering analysis for smart distribution systems, including modeling, simulation and advanced studies for integration of distributed energy resources (DER), such as distributed generation and...

UU 205: Selecting communications infrastructure for SCADA, DA, AMI, and DER

This course provides a fresh, unbiased perspective of communications technologies for field applications such as SCADA, distribution automation (DA), distributed generation (DG), advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and...

UU 206: Successful utility project management: the art and science

Effective project management for electric, water and gas utilities relies on superior implementation approaches, techniques and skills. Implementation success for utility projects is not a given in the utility industry in general, where as...

UU 207: The future of outage management systems

The future of outage management systems (OMS) is exciting and dynamic. Across the industry, changes are driving utilities and vendors to new levels of outage optimization. This includes new approaches to outage predictions, the use of social media...

UU 208: Modeling and simulation for cybersecurity research using open-source tools

This course is aimed at researchers and engineers interested in learning about the concepts of coupled simulation of communication network and power transmission systems, and how open-source tools for modeling and simulation of communication networks...

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

UU 301: Applying synchrophasor technology to distribution system operations

Distributed energy resources (DER), microgrid deployments and customer service demands are changing how medium-voltage distribution systems are planned, operated, controlled, protected and managed. Synchrophasor measurement technology, now widely adopted...

UU 302: Who's in your network and how long have they been there?

This course lays out a foundation of distribution, transmission and generation communications. It identifies the importance of understanding the traffic within a network and how logging and monitoring...

UU 303: Disruption: technology that will change the utility business model and how to prepare for it

Society has done little to modernize energy delivery or take advantage of proven, commonly available technology. In the past, change was driven by regulated entities with an exclusive franchise. Today, however, disruptors come from outside of the power sector...

UU 304: Grid modernization program overview and lessons learned

This practical course should allow a manager to walk out with a better idea of how to structure and sequence a grid modernization program and build a business case that senior management will understand. The course is based on lessons learned in real projects...

UU 305: Implementing DERMS to meet the challenges of distributed resources integration

This course provides background information and utility experience related to distributed energy resources management systems (DERMS)—the emerging computer applications that can help electric utilities better manage the increasing penetration of distributed...

UU 306: MDM: why do I need it? What can I do with it?

Meter data management (MDM) can significantly improve the value of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), or it can increase the complexity and cost of AMI. This course provides a review of functionality and features of MDM, explains what an MDM...

UU 307: Revised IEEE 1547 DER interconnection standard

This course is designed to educate utility engineers and professionals working in the distributed energy resource (DER) area on recent changes proposed in IEEE 1547. Instructors, who facilitated the development of the standard, explain the rationales behind...