September 26, 2011

2nd Southern African Digsilent User Conference

The 2nd Southern African Digsilent conference was held on the 21 and 22 September 2011 at the picturesque Blue Valley Golf and Country Estate. The conference was well attended with over 65 delegates attending each day. The objective of the conference was to promote information sharing amongst the Digsilent user base in Southern Africa, and this objective was certainly achieved, based on the very positive feedback received from the attending delegates.

The first day focused on the users of Digsilent products sharing their experiences with the products. Presenters from Eskom and Digsilent Buyisa shared their experiences on various projects where, in particular, Powerfactory was the core tool utilised.

The conference was opened by Dr Markus Poller with an insightful presentation on the new features of Powerfactory V14.1.

This was followed by a very interesting session whereby various stability and model tuning issues were presented by speakers from Eskom. The after lunch session dealt with database matters, in particular interfacing Powerfactory with external data. Eskom demonstrated their unique solution to import data from their Smallworld environment into Powerfactory. There was also a very interesting presentation on the setup of the City Power Stationware environment and how the tool has already improved the working environment of the protection and settings engineers in the utility. The post tea session had two presentations in the area of renewable energy integration.

Following the first day closure, delegates took part in a 'closest to the pin' competition. At the evening dinner, Stan Sussman wowed the crowd with some breath taking magic tricks.

Obviously, since the room was filled with engineers, theories on 'how he did it' were immediately available.

The second day contained 4 'mini-workshops'. The workshops were presented by engineers from Digsilent Buyisa, and dealt with

  • Stationware
  • Reliability studies ( and the new features in V14.1)
  • Data Administration tools in Powerfactory
  • Open Tie optimisation and Optimal Power flow

The conference was certainly a success with delegates already enquiring about plans for the 3rd conference. The conference has subsequently been accredited with 2 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points by the South African Institute of Electrical Engineer (SAIEE), which is testament to the high quality of the information shared.

The presentation slides can be downloaded from http://www.digsilent.de/listing/userGroupMeeting2011/ 

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Presentation at the South Africa User Conference

"Closest to the Pin" Competition