DIgSILENT Seminars

DIgSILENT Pacific provides regular training seminars for PowerFactory and StationWare throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Seminars are available on the following topics:

PowerFactory Seminars

PowerFactory Fundamentals Training

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This two day course provides a general introduction to the use of PowerFactory software and is aimed at first time users. Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to the graphical user interface
  • Introduction to the PowerFactory data structure and PowerFactory project management
  • Entering network information to PowerFactory
  • Load-flow analysis
  • Analysing results using the built-in object filters/browsers
  • Modifying variable sets for display in the SLD or flexible data page
  • Presenting and analysing load-flow calculation results using the single line diagram
  • Using the calculation comparison tool
  • Generating the built-in ASCII reports
  • Reactive power control (transformer tap control, shunt switching, generator capability curves)
  • Active power control (assigning the slack bus and using a distributed slack)
  • Substations (beach balls), branches and templates
  • Distribution system analysis tools (voltage profile plots, feeder modelling, optimal capacitor placement)
  • Modelling of unbalanced systems (2-phase, SWER etc)
  • Short circuit (fault) analysis according to IEC and Australian standards
  • System earthing considerations
  • Expansion and operational planning using variations and operation scenarios
  • Modelling overhead line geometries and mutual couplings
  • Project management using versions; and
  • Introduction to DPL tools.

Python Training

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This three day course provides an introduction of Python as the programming language for use in PowerFactory software and is aimed for experienced PowerFactory users. Topics covered include:

  • Introduction of Python
  • Python data structure including strings, lists, dictionaries and files
  • Python syntax and control flows
  • Python for PowerFactory
  • Integration with the PowerFactory GUI
  • Data analysis with Python and PowerFactory
  • Custom GUIs with Tkinter
  • Object orientated programming in Python
  • Python regular expressions
  • Unit testing in Python
  • Getting to grips with NumPy
  • Automating RMS simulations using Python
  • Internal Python methods

PowerFactory DIgSILENT Programming Language (DPL) Training

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This two day course provides an introduction to the DIgSILENT Programming Language that is used for developing automated scripts within PowerFactory and greatly increasing productivity. Topics covered include:

  • Basic DPL syntax
  • Variables and types
  • Checking for errors and creating custom error messages
  • Execution flow control
  • Input and output
  • Modular programming concepts in DPL
  • Accessing PowerFactory objects using DPL
  • Optimisation using DPL
  • Options for storing calculation results in DPL
  • Sets and filters
  • Special functions of specific PowerFactory objects
  • Accessing and using DPL object methods
  • Advanced programming tasks.
Before attending this course, course attendees should be familiar with the basic use of PowerFactory such as how to perform load-flow and short circuit analysis and navigate around the database.

PowerFactory Protection Systems Training

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This two day course provides a comprehensive introduction to the advanced protection specific tools of PowerFactory. Topics convered include:

  • How to find and setup protection devices in PowerFactory
  • Current transformer and voltage transformer modelling
  • Modelling of CT saturation
  • Protection of motors using fuses
  • How to setup over-current relays in PowerFactory
  • How to use the PowerFactory time over-current plot
  • Grading of over-current relays
  • Directional over-current protection (Ring Main systems)
  • Earth fault protection
  • Protection paths and time-distance diagrams
  • Distance protection principles
  • Entering the earth fault compensation factor (k0)
  • Distance protection schemes (POTT)
  • Development of user-defined relay models
  • Time domain protection simulations
Before attending this course, course attendees should be familiar with the basic use of PowerFactory such as how to perform load-flow and short circuit analysis and navigate around the database.

Harmonics Analysis Training

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This one day course provides an introduction to the harmonics analysis tools of PowerFactory. Topics convered include:

  • Harmonics Basics
  • Harmonic current and voltage sources
  • Harmonics load-flow
  • Determining the network frequency response (Frequency scan)
  • Modelling frequency dependent R and L
  • Harmonics analysis of ripple control sources
  • Harmonics analysis of line commutated rectifier/inverter models
  • Harmonics' Filter Modelling
  • Harmonics' Filter Design
  • Harmonics analysis with EMT simulations
  • IEC-61000-3-6 harmonics analysis using PowerFactory
  • Calculating voltage flicker using PowerFactory
Before attending this course, course attendees should be familiar with the basic use of PowerFactory such as how to perform load-flow and short circuit analysis and navigate around the database.

PowerFactory DSL/Stability training

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This two day course provides an introduction to DIgSILENT Simulation Langauge (DSL) for developing time domain (RMS and EMT) models of control systems such as AVR's, governors, Power system stabilisers and STATCOMs. The topics covered include:

  • Introduction to time domain functionality of PowerFactory
  • Introduction to DSL: State equations, basic modelling blocks, DSL model structure, drawing block diagrams
  • Model initialisation basics
  • Excitation system review
  • PowerFactory standard model library
  • AVR modelling using DSL
  • Open and closed loop step response tests of AVRs
  • Hydro governor modelling using DSL
  • STATCOM modelling using DSL
  • Advanced motor load mechanical modelling
Before attending this course, course attendees should be familiar with the basic use of PowerFactory such as how to perform load-flow and short circuit analysis and navigate around the database.

PowerFactory Reliability Assessment and Distribution Network Optimization Training

This two day course covers Reliability Assessment in PowerFactory, and distribution network optimization. The topics covered include:

  • Reliability assessment background
  • Reliability assessment data inputs
  • Common mode failures
  • Reliability data colouring modes
  • Time tariffs and energy tariffs
  • Load states and load distribution states
  • Maintenance
  • Reliability assessment command calculation options
  • Single element reliability assessment
  • Reliability calculation results and colouring modes
  • Visualization of optimal power restoration switching actions
  • Techno-Economical calculation background
  • Economic data inputs to project variation / expansion stages
  • Techno-Economical command calculation options
  • Automatic cable sizing according to International Standards
  • Cable reinforcement based on user-defined cable / line type library
  • Verification of cable sizes
Before attending this course, course attendees should be familiar with the basic use of PowerFactory such as how to perform load-flow and short circuit analysis, and how to navigate the PowerFactory database.


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PowerFactory EMT Training

A one day course is presented in practical modelling and simulation of various electromagnetic transient simulation applications. The course covers the following aspects:

  • Modelling of passive power system components for EMT simulations
  • Review of time domain simulations
  • Transformer saturation and inrush simulation
  • Capacitor switching transients and voltage magnification
  • Transient recovery voltage
  • Lightning surges with direct strikes; back flash-over and induced over-voltages
  • Surge arrestor selection
  • Rectifier and inverter models
Before attending this course, course attendees should be familiar with the basic use of PowerFactory such as how to perform load-flow and short circuit analysis, and how to navigate the PowerFactory database.


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Technical Seminars

Generator Control Systems, Stability and Compliance Training

This two day course provides a theoretical and practical introduction to modelling a synchronous machine and its associated control systems. A relevant discussion is also provided to power system stability and the approach for implementing PSS for improved stability. The following topics shall be presented:

  • Synchronous machine basics
  • Basics of the excitation system
  • Excitation configurations
  • Closed loop control theory and its application to model an excitation system
  • Open loop performance of the excitation system
  • Closed loop performance of the excitation system
  • Excitation system tuning
  • Excitation limiters
  • Frequency control
  • Governor and turbine modelling
  • Compliance with NER/Technical Rules
  • Introduction to power system stability
  • Transient versus oscillatory stability
  • Need for PSS
  • Introduction to integral of accelerating power PSS (PSS2B)
  • PSS Tuning
Before attending this course, course attendees should be familiar with the basic use of PowerFactory such as how to perform load-flow and short circuit analysis, and how to navigate the PowerFactory database.


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