SIMPASE 2007 held in Salvador, Brazil

SIMPASE 2007 held in Salvador, Brazil

The Symposium of Electric Power Systems Automation is among the most important conferences of the Brazilian Power System.

The VII SIMPASE - Symposium of Electric Power Systems Automation was held in Salvador, Brazil from August 5 to 10, 2007. Having existed for more than 15 years, SIMPASE is now considered as one of the most important Brazilian conferences in its area. SIMPASE is a biennial meeting promoted by CIGRÉ-Brazil, conducted by Committees C2 (Operation and Control of Power Systems) and B5 (Protection and Automation).

SIMPASE's seventh edition was organized by Coelba (Bahia State Power Company) and gathered 500 actively engaged professionals who exchanged information and technical/managerial experiences. It is fair to highlight the active participation of professionals from utilities, vendors, consulting companies, system integrators, universities and research centers during the technical sessions, panels, conferences, mini-courses and in the exhibition hall, visiting the stands of national and international companies. Six preferential subjects were discussed in the symposium:

  • Automation and digitalization of plants, substations, distribution networks, and large consumer facilities;
  • Automation of control centers and service centers;
  • Integration of local control and supervision systems, facilities and control centers to corporate systems;
  • Education, research and development in the field of automation for power systems;
  • Automation-related economic, financial and performance aspects;
  • Metering automation.

Out of the 195 abstracts submitted by 64 organizations, the Technical Committee selected 42 technical papers to be presented in the technical sessions, The VII SIMPASE granted awards to the three best ranked papers based on evaluation by the participants of the abstracts, technical reports and their presentation in the plenary sessions.

The author of the best ranked paper will be granted a special award that consists of his/her participation at CIGRÉ - Paris 2008 Biennial Conference. The paper that was granted this award was presented by COPEL in partnership with UTFPR, and this shows the evolution of the academic centers as far as electric power systems automation-related themes are concerned. Noteworthy also is mentioning that the scoring system took into account the scores assigned by the Technical Committee to the abstracts and technical reports, in addition to the voting process that involved the participants of the conference.

Three technical panels were also conducted, bringing together renowned experts of the Brazilian Power System, and two minicourses that discussed issues related to IEC 61850 Based Substation Automation, delivered by Dr. Alexander Apostolov from OMICRON (US), and SCADA and Applications for Control Centers of Power Systems, delivered by Dr. Roland Eichler from SIEMENS (Germany). Special presentations on relevant and up-to-date subjects were done by invited speakers, such as the CIGRÉ SC B5 Chairman, Mr. Ivan de Mesmaker from ABB (Switzerland), Dr. Edmund Schweitzer III from SEL (US), Mr. Renato Céspedes from KEMA (US) and Dr. Walter Johnson from CaISO (US).

In addition, VII SIMPASE promoted an exhibit in which 22 companies/ institutions participated with 27 booths, taking great care in presenting the state-of-the-art in terms of available systems and equipment. The participants of the conference actively visited the exhibit.

The VII SIMPASE also promoted an atmosphere of comradeship to the automation professionals, especially during the opening ceremony and the get-together dinner offered by the conference.