SMi present their 2nd annual

Smart Grid Data and Information Management

Managing the mountains of data

9th and 10th May 2012

£800 discount for utilities.
Register for £799 + VAT

The smart grid will generate data from hundreds of thousands of customers .....but how will we manage and utilize the mountains of data that is created?

Data Tsunami, Data Moutain, Tide of Data......however it is put thanks to the developments and recent advancements of the smart grid and smart meter, soon utilities will be flooded with data from every home a smart meter is in place. The million dollar question is how can they avoid being data rich, but information poor? .


The benefits of the smart grid do not lie in the quantities of data gathered, but the information that this data provides about consumption patterns and energy use, which in turn can result in benefits for the customers, increased energy effiicency, better energy management, and increased profits for the utilities. How this data is turned into valuable, and more importantly actionable, information and stored provides fantastic opportunities for vendors in terms of analysis and storage solutions




The smart grid represents a great opportunity to bring about a  paradigm shift in the way in which consumers use electricity and  understand their consumption habits. However the way in which smart  meters' systems are designed and deployed present numerous  challenges and risks for consumers. Data and information management  is only one of them, but indeed one of the most important. This data  from hundreds of different sources must be turned into information  is analyzed and integrated in a manner that leads to action  and results for the consumer and utility.

Massive amounts of data is forecast to swamp the existing infrastructure with the immenient roll out of the smart meter world wide. This poses a new challenge to all those involved. It has been mentioned the energy economy has moved on from a power economy to a data and power economy, which has the possibility of being of great value to customers, consumers, providers, and generators, if managed correctly. This is a new area, full of variability, differing expectations and goals. This conference aims to discuss how to maximise this opportunity.



Who should attend:

  • Data managers
  • Technical Directors
  • Network Development
  • Distributions Directors
  • Utility engineers
  • Asset managers
  • System operators
  • Reliability and quality managers
  • Integrators
  • System engineers
  • Innovation directors
  • Strategic project managers
  • System architects
  • Metering projects managers
  • Head of Strategy and Regulation
  • Smart Meter Solutions Architect
  • Utilities Director
  • Solutions Architect

Companies who attended in 2010:

EDF Energy, Kinberry Ltd, EDF Demasz , Amt Sybex, Electralink, DeMontford University,

Apurien, Alliander N.V.,Siemens Energy Services, Arqiva Wireless Access, Hewlett Packard, 

Teradata, Teradata, Secure Meters (UK),IMServ, SBGI Utility Networks, Seahorse, T-Systems Ltd,

Elexon, ETRI, Centrica, Alliander N.V., DeMontford University, OSIsoft, LLC, OSIsoft,

Apax Partners LLP, Institute For Information Industry, Apurien, Centrica, GPX International Ltd, 

Convergys, GREEN ENERGY OPTIONS, Itron Metering Solutions UK Ltd, EDF Demasz, Teradata,

Microgen Plc, QinetiQ, Apurien, Elexon, Orion Innovations, T-Systems, Siemens, Future Energy Solutions, British Gas


Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Martin  Ansell

Martin Ansell, Managing Director, LIG Consulting Limited

9:10 Smart metering and Data Protection

David  Reynolds

David Reynolds, Lead Policy Officer , Information Commissioners Office

• What are the privacy concerns?  
• DPA and processing personal data 
• Access to smart metering data and security

9:50 Data access and use – a consumer perspective

Zoe McLeod

Zoe McLeod, Lead Smart Metering Programme, Consumer Focus

• Good practice guidelines for industry
• Latest regulatory proposals on data access and use at GB and EU level
• Monitoring rollout – update on consumer feedback/views on privacy and security

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Smart Distribution Substations: Handling the data explosion

Simon Hodgson

Simon Hodgson, Technical Manager, Nortech Management

• What are the types of instrumentation being installed and which parameters are being collected?
• How much data can a substation provide?
• How are network operators collecting this data?
• Where and how could the data be stored?
• How can the data be retrieved and displayed?

11:40 Coordination and Acceleration of Smart Grid Standardization – including Smart Grid Data

David Wollman

David Wollman, Deputy Director, Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program, NIST

• US smart grid policies, regulatory framework and challenges
• NIST coordination of smart grid interoperability standards development
• Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and international engagement
• Smart meter and energy usage information standardization
• Data access to consumers, including privacy and security
•  “Green Button” customer energy usage information initiative

12:20 Turning smart metering data into valuable smart grid information

David  Openshaw

David Openshaw, Head of Future Networks, UK Power Networks

• The role of smart meters in a smart grid
• Turning smart metering data into network information
• Supporting low carbon transition
• Improving customer service
• Implications for  data protection, privacy and security
• Anticipated network efficiency and performance benefits

12:50 Networking Lunch

13:50 Data and Information Policy and Regulation

Chris Harris

Chris Harris, Head of Retail Regulation, Npower

• A joined up view of national data initiatives
• Current status of the smart meter privacy debate
• A system view of data from the meter points
• Consumer use of system data

14:30 The value to GB PLC of the Smart Grid data opportunity

Laurence Carpanini

Laurence Carpanini, Member of the Operations Board, SmartGrid GB

  • Importance of energy to our economic life
  • The global context
  • The GB Context
  • An export opportunity
  • Next Steps
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Smart Grid Data – A case study by Scottish Power

    Alan Collinson

    Alan Collinson, Senior Design Engineer, SP Energy Networks

    • Overview of existing projects and the data that has been retrieved
    • Making use of smart grid data
    • The advantages and implications of having this grid data

    16:20 The Global Smart Grid Data Analytics Market Trends and Future Growth Prospects

    Marianne Hedin

    Marianne Hedin, Senior Analyst, Pike Research

    17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Martin  Ansell

    Martin Ansell, Managing Director, LIG Consulting Limited

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Martin  Ansell

    Martin Ansell, Managing Director, LIG Consulting Limited

    9:10 Information Management as a key enabler to Smart Grid in a distribution perspective

    Einar Hoffmann

    Einar Hoffmann, Managing IT Architect, DONG Energy AS

    • The challenge of operating a distribution grid closer to Its capacity limit.
    • Load-flow calculation/estimation can be the way to get the good insights of the grid loading. The downside is tough requirements to information management, though.
    • The Smart Grid forerunner proof-of concept project at DONG Energy.
    • The experience so far seen from an information perspective.
    • Looking forward.

    9:50 Future architecture for the Smart Grid

    Teus de Zwart

    Teus de Zwart, ESNA Workgroup Standards, ESNA

    • Scalability
    • Event management
    • Architecture, what to do centrally and what decentralized

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Bridging the OT/IT gap for a successful Smartgrid deployment

    Frans Campfens

    Frans Campfens, Senior Consultant SmartGrids (ICT) and AMR, Alliander N.V.

    • What do we exactly mean with OT and IT
    • Different view angles of OT and IT on Smart Grid development
    • A few examples of data and information management from the different perspectives
    • Bridging the gap: what is really necessary

    11:40 Integration of Smart Meter data in distribution networks operational systems

    Johan Soderbom

    Johan Soderbom, R & D Programme Manager, Smart Grids, Vattenfall Research & Development

    • Drivers for a change of todays netework
    • Implementation of smart grid solutions
    • Further steps to a smart grid

    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Retrieve and Process Data in the Low Voltage Grid

    Bob Ran

    Bob Ran, Student researcher, Tudelft - Delft University Of Technology

  • Why do we want to retrieve data from the low voltage grid?
  • What kind of data needs to be retrieved
  • How do we retrieve this data?
  • How do we process this data (into intelligence)
  • How can we control this with intelligent data?
  • 14:30 How Data Analysis can help reduce the cost of energy to the consumer

    Stuart  Lacey

    Stuart Lacey , CEO, Electralink

  • Importance of improving efficiency in the energy system
  • Potential focus areas to improve
  • Learnings that can be achieved from existing data
  • Opportunities for improvements in the future 
  • 15:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Martin  Ansell

    Martin Ansell, Managing Director, LIG Consulting Limited

    15:20 Afternoon Tea


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