UU 201: SCADA: The Platform for All Automation: Part 1 Fundamentals

Jan 25, 2022
C143. First Level
Utility University

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This course provides an examination of the fundamentals of electric utility supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems with a focus on case studies, industry best practices, and application of the concepts. Key topics to be covered include: 

  • SCADA system benefits, building blocks, and system integration 
  • The business case for SCADA 
  • Delivering reliability outcomes through digital technologies 
  • Introduction to and comparison of communication technologies and protocols
  • The use of SCADA in emerging applications 

Attendees should acquire:

A student new to SCADA will leave with a thorough understanding of why these systems are so important to reliable grid operation as well as what other technologies and considerations accompany an actual deployment. A critical component of this class is the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters and share experiences/issues with fellow classmates. The presenters have over 60 years combined experience in this area so the talk will include many “real world” equipment and project examples (utility case studies) to go along with the technology narrative. 

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 presenters will discuss “pain points” that can arise during implementation and maintenance. New applications in the areas of utility analytics, bridging physical and software systems through digital twin constructs, and the timing constraints of microgrid control will illustrate the “platform” aspects of SCADA.


  • A fundamental understanding of what an electric utility SCADA system does and how it is constructed
  • Why a SCADA system is important for basic and advanced operations
  • Key SCADA communication technologies and practices that bind control centers to remote assets
John McDonald, Smart Grid Business Development Leader - GE Grid Solutions
Michael Thesing, Smart Grid Technical Leader - Patterson & Dewar Engineers Inc.