Welcome to Grid Analytics Europe 2018

Welcome to the 4th annual Grid Analytics Europe 2018. This year’s programme draws together 120+ utility big data leaders and smart grid domain experts for a review of practical big data implementations, and a discussion of the next steps in developing the data management, analytics and visualisation function, to maximise value and drive use-case expansion across the smart utility asset management, operations & maintenance, customer journey and finance department

This year’s case-study conference spans 3 days and focuses on establishing more efficient ways to manage the data, more accurate ways to analyse the data, new use-cases that that deliver more business value, and the potential of future technologies such as cloud, AI and blockchain for driving big data innovations. Alongside the case-study agenda we have a technology innovation panel discussion, a 2-hour cloud tutorial, a series of intimate round table discussions, a live demo lab of the latest tools and technologies, an exhibition area displaying state of the art smart utility big data solutions, and an evening reception open to all participants.

The programme and speaker line-up are currently under development, please join our mailing list to receive weekly updates and value-added content, and check back in May 2018 for the full agenda.

Event highlights include:

  • Case-study Programme – gain in-depth insights into the big data experiences of 16+ pioneering European utilities and understand how new use-cases are being introduced in the context of organisational objectives and pressures
  • Technology Innovation Panel – quiz the technology innovators on the strength of their current product offerings, their R&D pipelines and their vision for the future of smart utility big data
  • Roundtable Discussions – bring your specific big data challenges to the table and brainstorm and problem solve intensively with the entire smart utility big data community
  • Live Demo Labs – through a dedicated 1:1 session gain hands-on experience of the most advanced and forward-looking big data platforms and tools on to the market
  • Solution Zone – get up to speed with the latest big data solutions and services, discuss your specific challenges and get tailored advice to help propel your big data strategy to the next level
  • Networking Reception – relax and unwind after an intensive day of presentations and panel discussions, meet with colleagues from across the European smart utility big data community, allow new ideas to cement and new partnership opportunities to emerge

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Speakers Include

Robin Hagemans

Senior Manager, Data & Insights

Robin Hagemans MSc is working as IT R&D Manager at Alliander (holding company of Liander) and member of the management team for Digital Grids.  He studied Process Engineering and Business Science in the Netherlands and is the executive of the Advance Analytics Innovation program for translating complex grid –related analytics into robust and scalable IT solutions.  Robin has a background in Technical Automation & Statistical Engineering and participated as senior member of the Taskforce Energy transition in the development of Alliander’s Smart Grid Strategy & Roadmap

Samuel Young

Analytics Development Leader
National Grid

Samuel is an Analytics Development Leader working at National Grid within the Electricity Transmission Owner. He focuses on identifying innovative uses for analytics within the organisation, as well as designing and delivering modern analytics solutions to replace legacy platforms. Most recently he has been leading the transfer of National Grid’s asset condition monitoring data and analytics onto a new in-house data lake. Prior to joining National Grid, Sam worked in financial services, developing strategies and models to manage consumer credit risk.

Luca Grella

Innovation Workstream Lead
UK Power Networks

Luca Grella is an electrical engineer with a master degree on Power Systems. He is a Chartered Engineer in Italy and a member of the IET in the UK. Luca has experience in construction and design of electrical systems as well as project management focused on technical project delivery matured while working for the Danish consulting engineering group Ramboll. Luca joined UK Power Networks as Innovation Workstream Lead and he is responsible for the successful delivery of the technical elements of a number of NIC and NIA projects including Kent Active System Management and Active Response.

Borsu Shahnavaz

Innovation Analyst
UK Power Networks

Borsu Shahnavaz is a Chartered Engineer and an Innovation Analyst at UK Power Networks. He has over 10 years UK and international experience mainly in energy sector. Borsu specialises in distribution and transmission electricity networks and has experience in low carbon innovative projects, generation planning, electricity wheeling, design and development of information system and project management.

In the UK, Borsu has worked on a variety of innovation projects for UK Power Networks including Network Visibility and Control, energywise, Smart Urban LV Networks, Flexible Urban Network Low Voltage, Distribution Network Visibility, and PD Condition Monitoring System.

Before joining UK Power Networks, Borsu worked as an energy consultant at Ricardo Energy and Environment. He was involved in various international projects including development of a wheeling charging model for Jamaica, development of a generation planning model for Uganda, research and development of a decision support system for energy policy makers in the EU countries and developing an information system for performance management in power sector in Bangladesh covering KPI analysis of six power utilities.

Borsu has an MSc in Engineering projects and System Managements, and MSc in Mining Engineering. He is a member of Energy Institute and the British computer society (BSC).

Andy Gay

Program Manager

Andy Gay is a recognized expert in Energy Utility operations and geospatial systems.  He has over 30 years’ experience delivering Analytics, GIS, Grid Operations, and Asset Management software projects to T&D utilities globally.  Andy previously worked for Xcel Energy as an IT Manager, for Schlumberger as Manager of Software Projects, and for the past 15 years at General Electric in various software delivery roles.  Andy is currently the Program Manager for GE at Exelon Utilities’ (USA) Business Intelligence Data Analytics (BIDA) project.

Ana Filipa Ribeiro

Project Manager

Ana Filipa is a Project Manager at Mission Critical Application Development Unit at EDP Distribuição, the Portuguese electrical DSO. She has spent the last three years managing projects related to Big Data and BI-SCADA platforms which support decision-making and operational management of the distribution network. She received her PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2014 from the Faculty of Sciences of Porto University. She was a member of the Institute of Systems and Robotics – Porto; an Invited Assistant at both the Polytechnic of Porto School of Engineering and at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto.


Iain Stewart

International Practice Partner, Utilities & Smart Cities

Iain is an executive consultant with experience in many industries, currently focused on utilities and smart cities. He is UK based with extensive global experience working throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and the USA. Iain co-ordinates Teradata go-to-market for utilities in our international region, also working closely with colleagues in the Americas to bring their experience to our international utilities. He has 17 years’ experience working across the utilities value chain and in regulation on projects including customer experience, asset management, and supply chain and workforce management.

Iain also focuses on the emerging smart cities market from both a utilities specific and cross-industry perspective and is part of a wider Industrial Internet of Things team focused on data integration and analytics across all heavy asset based industries.


Stefan Lanz

Data Scientist

Stefan Lanz is a Data Scientist in the Network Information Systems division of BKW, the largest distribution grid operator in Switzerland. After several years as a researcher in theoretical particle physics, he has switched into the energy sector as a load forecast expert in energy trading. He has worked on the development of software that allows distribution grid operators to understand and actively optimise flexible loads in their grid. More recently, he has focused on data from network information systems with the goal of digitising time-consuming and complex processes and gaining new insights into the grid.

Bas Van Dorst

Principal Solution Specialist, Data & Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft Advanced Analytics

Bas is active in several customer centric roles for more than 25 years. The last 17 years of his career he is more focused on Software solutions within several industries and all kind of organizations. The last 4 years of his career Bas was intensively involved in Data & AI developments within the Utility Industry working for SAS Institute. This year Bas started at Microsoft being a Principle Solution Specialist PSS. He is responsible for identifying, driving and closing complex data & AI use cases for Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform to drive adoption of public cloud for Dutch Enterprise customers like Eneco, Stedin and Enexis.

David Shipworth

Professor or Energy and the Built Environment
UCL Energy Institute

David Shipworth is Professor of Energy and the Built Environment at the UCL Energy Institute. His research focuses on ways to provide demand flexibility within the energy system and roles of consumers, regulators, and buildings in delivering these. He has a particular interest in peer-to-peer energy trading, time of use tariffs, and home energy management systems. He speaks and consults widely in the UK and internationally on peer-to-peer energy trading – particularly on the design, conduct and evaluation of field trials for testing the consumer acceptability and response to different flexibility product offerings.

Dieter Vonken

Manager, Asset Management Excellence & Data Analytics

Dieter is a Senior Manager within the Risk Advisory team of Deloitte Belgium, where he leads the Asset Management Excellence service line.  The focus relates to Asset & Process Performance within Energy, Infrastructure and Utility companies, providing services with respect to various asset management processes, such as Asset Performance, Asset (Risk) Management, Asset Data & Information Management, Data Quality Management, Investment & Maintenance Planning, Dashboarding (BI), Change Management and Organizational Design.

Jon Black

Load Forecasting Manager
ISO New England

Jon is currently Manager of Load Forecasting at ISO New England, the not-for-profit corporation responsible for keeping electricity flowing across the six-state New England region. In this role, he provides technical direction for energy analytics and both short-term and long-term forecasting of load, distributed photovoltaic (PV) resources, and energy efficiency.

Formerly, Jon served as the ISO’s Lead Engineer on efforts to efficiently and reliably integrate distributed PV into the regional power system. Upon joining ISO in 2010, Jon assisted with the New England Wind Integration Study and the design of wind plant data requirements for ISO’s centralized wind power forecasting system.

Jon is currently a PhD student researching advanced forecasting techniques within the Big Data Energy Analytics Laboratory (BigDEAL) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where his research at the UMass Wind Energy Center explored the effects of varying weather on regional electricity demand and renewable resource availability.



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