Georgia Tech Protective Relaying Conference, USA

The 62nd Annual Georgia Tech Protective Relaying Conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA from 21 to 23 May 2008. The Fox Theatre was the conference venue. The move from the Georgia Tech Conference Center was caused by the increased number of participants - more than 350, predominantly from the United States, but also from other countries around the world - as far as South Africa.

Most of the forty papers selected by the conference committee were presented at parallel sessions - at the Egyptian Ballroom and at the Grand Salon of the Fox Theatre.

The papers were of several different types: tutorials, operation analysis and applications.

Some of the topics included in the papers were:

  • Impact of distributed generation
  • IEC 61850 and its applications
  • Lessons learned
  • Synchrophasor applications
  • Relay testing

After the end of the daily paper sessions the participants visited the numerous hospitality suites and discussed with manufacturers' experts the latest developments in protection, automation and control technology.

The conference banquet included two events. Walt Elmore presented the award carrying his name to the authors of the best paper from the 2007 conference - Russ Patterson and George Pitts. The keynote speaker at the conference luncheon was Gerry Cauley, President and CEO of SERC Reliability Corporation. He talked about the impact of mandatory reliability standards on power system protection.

Binh Dam received the Student Paper Award - Leveraging the .NET Framework in Relay Simulation and Relay Virtual Testing.

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