Technical Session SC B3 - Paris 2014

27/08/2014 - 27/08/2014
Palais des Congrès, Paris - FR

Dear Delegates and SC B3 members,

Please find here the special report (written by Peter Glaubitz and Mark Osborne), the accepted articles and the associated presentations as shown during the Technical Session.

SC B3 members can access the 51st meeting file here.

Papers and Presentations (Poster Session, Technical Session and SF6 workshop), are available on the website!!! Visit the "Events" section and click on the event to access documents!


Please find here the 7ziped files that were used during the technical session

  • Articles that were accepted for the session here (you can download here those documents using your 2014 delegate account as well)
  • Special report for SC B3 here (you can download the whole 2014 package here)
  • Summary of the Technical Session here
  • Word contributions received here
  • Slides shown by respondents to the Special Report questions on stage:
    • General introduction by Terry Krieg here
    • Answers to Preferential Subject 1 here
    • Answers to Preferential Subject 2 here
    • Special contribution: Great Japan Earthquake Recovery Report here

Here is a summary table of the questions asked in the Special Report

Is there any experience to share on the impact that installing and operating automation schemes and smartgrid solutions has on the design and requirements for the substation? How much consideration has been given at this stage to the lifetime management of such schemes particularly extension or replacement?   
Given the similarity of the automation technology, does the industry think there is likely to be a difference in the design and cost of substation automation schemes depending on whether they are applied at transmission or distribution level?    
Is the adoption of IEC 61850 being driven by the manufacturers or Utilities? What challenges should utilities and developers focus on who have not piloted or implemented digital solutions involving NCITs, IEC 61850 or smartgrid applications? What are the different skill sets, testing and tools required to successfully roll out digital substations? 
Is there any experience to report on the design or operational experience of offshore, UHV or HVDC substation installations, especially where the actuality of operation has proved to be different to that expected or predicted in the design phase?  
What strategies are being considered with regard to standardized substation design? Are these new strategies and practices dictated by manufacturer equipment or utility planning & operational practice? What is the future trend in this matter likely to be?  
Is there any experience to report concerning the performance of MTS as a result of operating GIS equipment outdoors with AIS busbars? Are there any examples of different maintenance policies arising as a result of using MTS?
Considering further AC GIS requirements and developments, are there any others besides bus transfer performance and SF6-reduction? What kind of experience is available nowadays? 
Given the future challenges around the management of SF6, what is the likely uptake in HVDC GIS based applications? What issues are anticipated as the major challenges in asset management of HVDC GIS? 
When considering the reliability and performance of a new substation, is it better for a study to be based on the utility’s numbers based around interpretation and experience of its own obsolete equipment or should the study use estimates provided by the manufacturers? How does this data compare with the results of the CIGRE reliability studies?
Is there any evidence to suggest an increase in the use of GIS or MTS technology when either extending or asset replacing a substation?
What is the current thinking being given to the end of life and asset replacement of GIS substations, especially where space is limited and supply security critical?
What degree of reliability and availability should be considered for substation asset monitoring where critical systems, personnel safety or environmental performance is at risk? What is the future trend in this matter likely to be? What has been the experience of users to date regarding all mentioned asset management issues?
How widely is risk management employed in the substation design process as opposed to the project delivery phase? Do designers have sufficient access to the appropriate technical material or reliability data for the utility or is CIGRE data used? 
How important is the role that software design tools, such as Building Information Management and other packages, play in the development, construction and asset management of substations? Are there any real examples to indicate the scale of benefits that has been achieved using these new tools? What software tools are in use to supplement traditional substation design approaches?
Special con- tribution
Restoration from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011