Southern Africa User’s Group Meeting

2016 Southern Africa User’s Group Meeting

RTDS Technologies is excited to announce that we are bringing our popular User’s Group Meeting to South Africa! The 2016 Southern Africa User’s Group Meeting will take place January 25 in Johannesburg, South Africa, hosted by the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. This is an incredible opportunity to connect with other users of the RTDS Simulator, explore new applications and stay informed on new developments. The event is open to all users, and to all power industry colleagues who are interested in real time digital power system simulation.


Registration for the Southern Africa User’s Group Meeting is now open. The registration deadline is Friday, January 8, 2015. Space is limited so please register early.



Chamber of Mines Building
University of the Witwatersrand
1 Jan Smuts Avenue



Delegates will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation separately from the User’s Group Registration process. The most conveniently-located hotel close to the Wits University campus is the Milpark Garden Court

Draft Programme

A draft detailed programme for the User’s Group Meeting with user submissions is ready for download. The programme involves a mix of user presentations and hands-on technical demonstrations of three different common applications of the RTDS simulator presented by experts from RTDS Technologies Canada, and South Africa. Download draft detailed Programme.

08h30 – 10h30   Welcome & Session 1 (4-5 user presentations)
10h30 – 10h50   Morning Coffee Break (foyer)
10h50 – 12h45   Session 2 (4-5 user presentations)
12h45 – 13h30   Lunch (foyer)
13h30 – 14h30   Practical Session 1 : Hardware in loop testing of fully IEC 61850 based protection schemes (Sampled Values and GOOSE)
14h30 – 15h30   Practical Session 2 : Hardware in loop testing of conventional protection schemes, including techniques to automate tests and generate formatted test reports
15h30 – 15h50   Afternoon Coffee Break (foyer)
15h50 – 16h50   Practical Session 3 : Hardware in loop testing of generator controls (e.g. AVRs and governors)
16h50 – 18h00   Open discussion, Q&A, Close of UGM
18h00                  Sundowners at Wits Club
18h30                  Dinner at Wits Club

Practical Sessions 1, 2 & 3 will each be repeated three times, so all delegates will be able to attend all three 1-hour demonstrations.