DPSP 2022

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Learn about real-time simulation with experts from RTDS Technologies

Event Details

Dates: March 7 – 10, 2022
Timezone: Central Europe Standard Time (GMT+1)
Location: Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, UK

What to Expect

We’re excited to be gold sponsors of DPSP 2022 – the IET’s conference on Developments in Power System Protection. DPSP is the premium international forum for power system protection engineers, and is your chance to hear about new research, results, innovations and initiatives, all geared towards maintaining grid stability.


“Recent Developments in Real-Time Simulation for HIL Testing of Power System Protection”

Presenter: Kati Sidwall
Date: Wednesday, March 9  9:30 – 9:50 AM


The power system as we know it is evolving, and a corresponding evolution is taking place in the way we must model and test power system behaviour and equipment in order to ensure a reliable and resilient grid. Real-time simulation – and the closed-loop testing process that it enables – is becoming increasingly involved in the development and testing of power system protection systems. Closed-loop testing, also known as hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing, allows engineers to de-risk the integration of new or modified protection schemes, anticipate and mitigate negative interactions, and optimize device performance by connecting real devices to a simulated network.

This presentation will outline exciting new advancements for the RTDS® Simulator, the world standard for real-time power system simulation, which improve the scope, ease of use, and accuracy of HIL testing for protection systems. Developments include IEC 61850 Sampled Values manipulation, an improved tool for configuring GOOSE communication, and other improvements to substation automation facilities. A new Universal Converter Model for enhanced power electronics simulation, which improves the user’s ability to investigate the impacts of inverter-based resources on power system protection, will also be presented.

Speaker Biography

Kati Sidwall
Technical Marketing Lead with RTDS Technologies

Bio: Kati Sidwall holds a B.Eng in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering from Carleton University, Canada. She founded the annual Carleton University Green Energy Symposium in 2010. In 2012, she received the Canadian Solar Industries Association’s Emerging Leader Award. She currently serves as a Simulation Specialist at RTDS Technologies Inc.

Paper Presentation

“Application of simulation feature and subscription monitoring in IEC 61850 Ed.2 for testing protection devices”

Presenter: Dinesh Gurusinghe
Date: Tuesday, March 8  11:00 – 9:20 AM
Session 3b: Commissioning and testing procedures and tools (e.g. IEC 61850)


IEC 61850 standard series offers, among other things, convenient and flexible methods of carrying out testing in SASs. Logically isolating IEDs using the simulation feature and monitoring the status of subscriptions for GOOSE and SV communication via dedicated LN classes are two of the most useful features introduced in Edition 2 of IEC 61850 standard. With IEC 61850 fast becoming the industry norm for power system automation in many parts of the world, it is important that personnel responsible for operating power grids are familiar with it. This paper discusses the implementation and the application of advanced IEC 61850 Edition 2 features related to testing in a digital real-time simulator.

Speaker Biography

Dinesh Gurusinghe
Simulation Engineer, Protection & Automation

Bio: Dinesh Rangana Gurusinghe received the B.Sc. Eng. (Hons) degree from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, the M.Eng. degree from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada, all in Electrical Engineering. In addition, he holds the BIT degree from the University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka and the M.Tech degree from the Open University of Sri Lanka. He has received many prestigious academic awards during his graduate studies.

He worked as an Electrical Engineer at Cruickshanks (now Balfour Beatty Engineering Services) Ceylon Ltd. and Ceylon Electricity Board, Sri Lanka from 2003 to 2008. Since 2015, he has been with RTDS Technologies Inc., Canada, where he is currently a Simulation Engineer. He is a Chartered Engineer in the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL), a Registered Engineering Practitioner in the Engineering Council, Sri Lanka (ECSL), a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Manitoba, Canada and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA.

Dr. Gurusinghe has co-authored 25+ journal publications, conference papers and technical reports. His research interests include digital real-time simulation, power system protection and automation, power system stability and control, and power system optimization.