RTDS Technologies regularly holds Simulator training courses at our world-class simulation lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba. These are hands-on courses that typically run over 5 days and are led by our team of simulation experts. The following is a list of courses that are available and their scheduled dates. Please note that we require a minimum of 5 participants to run each course. Each course is limited to 15 participants. Please register early. 

Introductory RTDS Simulator Training Course

This introductory course focuses on the basic use of the RTDS® Simulator’s hardware and software. The following topics will be covered as part of the course:

  • Overview of the principles of operation of the RTDS Simulator and an introduction to the electromagnetic transients algorithm used.
  • Introduction to the RSCAD® Software Suite and its modules.
  • Build and run a number of power system simulation cases showing the capabilities and limitations of the RTDS Simulator.
  • Use of various I/O cards – GTAO, GTAI, GTDO, GTDI and GTFPI.
  • Introduction to developing an interface between an external protective relay and the RTDS Simulator for closed-loop testing.
  • Use RSCAD’s CBuilder module to create user defined models.
  • Use scripts to automate the process of running simulation cases
  • Introduction to the small time step capability of the RTDS Simulator for modeling power electronic circuits.


September 24 – 28, 2018

RTDS Technologies Headquarters

Winnipeg, Canada


Melanie Dyck

Melanie Dyck joined RTDS Technologies in 2014 after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada. She currently holds the title of Simulation Specialist, Distribution Networks and has worked on the development of Distribution Mode for the RTDS Simulator. She is part of the Technical Customer Support group at RTDS Technologies. Her current interests are distributed energy resources and distribution systems

Advanced Applications: IEC 61850 & GTNET Applications

Course is full! Please register to sign up for our waiting list.

This 5-day advanced course specifically focuses on applications of the RTDS GTNETx2 and GTFPGA-SV for testing of power system protection, automation and control equipment. Hands-on exercises are included using RTDS Simulator hardware and the RSCAD Simulation Software Suite, to further explore the technology.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Introduction to new developments related to Protection and Automation;
  • Fundamentals and principles of IEC 61850 standard and its applications;
  • Use of RTDS Simulator hardware and software to assemble cases for IEC-61850 based applications;
  • Connection of IEC-61850 GOOSE and IEC-61850-9-2LE enabled relays to the RTDS Simulator;
  • Introduction to IEC 61850 Edition 2 related applications;
  • Use of GTNET-DNP/61869-5-104;
  • Use of the GTNET-MODBUS;
  • Use of the GTNET-SKT protocol in TCP/UDP related applications;
  • Use of the GTNET-PMU components and the PMU Test Utility;


October 1 – 5, 2018

RTDS Technologies headquarters

Winnipeg, Canada



Eric Xu

Eric Xu joined RTDS in 2009 after graduated from University of Manitoba with the Distinguished Award. Since joined, Eric has been involved in technical support, user training and GTNET component models development.

Eric is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Manitoba and a member of IEEE. He is also an active member of IEC Technical Committee 57 Working Group 10 which is the section working on the development of the communication standards for substations – functional architecture and general requirements.

Eric currently serves as the Lead Simulation and Automation Engineer in the protection and automation group.

Dinesh Gurusinghe

Dinesh Gurusinghe

Dinesh 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. He is a Chartered Engineer in the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka and a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Manitoba, Canada. He worked as an Electrical Engineer at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Ceylon Ltd., Sri Lanka and Ceylon Electricity Board, Sri Lanka from 2003 to 2008. Since 2015, he has been with RTDS Technologies, where he is currently holds the title of Simulation Engineer – Protection & Automation. Dr. Gurusinghe has co-authored more than 20 journal publications, conference papers, and technical reports.