Call for papers 2014

The APS has been designed to provide an ideal forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences within the electrical protection industry and is dedicated to the presentation of new developments, practical application of methods and technologies in the field of protection, automation and control for modern electrical power generation, transmission and distribution systems. Add your voice.

In 2013, more than 80 protection industry leaders and professionals gathered to share their insights. Now in its 8th year, the Australian Protection symposium will again bring together researchers, experts, engineers, practitioners and professionals involved and interested in the electrical protection industry to discuss their views and build close cooperation channels for solving future challenges.

The steering committee of the 2014 APS would like to invite interested protection experts from utilities, suppliers, vendors and academia in Australia and around the world to submit a paper for consideration. The focus of these papers can be on experiences, challenges, applications, ideas and solutions related but not limited to topics mentioned below. Authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to present at the event in 2014 and the papers will be published in the APS Proceedings.

The deadline for abstract submission for the 2014 APS has come to an end. Join the information exchange and discussion on 12th and 13th of August at Dockside Sydney. Incase of any enquiries don’t hesitate to contact us.
 Why you should present a paper:

Our involvement in the electrical protection field is forever teaching us in practice things that cannot be found in text books and manuals.  The experiences gathered through implementing techniques, trying new paths and learning from failures are so valuable that sharing them enhances the entire industry.  In fact, not learning from each other’s experience and doing it all over again risks repeated problems, wasted time and significant unnecessary costs.

Writing and presenting a paper is an opportunity to share knowledge, practices, processes, technology and experiences of an organizations or individuals technical work. At a strategic level, it allows broadening of perspectives, setting of good work practices and exposure to different ideas and creative solutions for existing challenges.

It will bring recognition for the company and/or individual as an engineering leader allowing them to express their views and build on their professional development.


Paper Topics

Design, Application, advantages and pitfalls of IEC61850

• Challenges and opportunities in Implementation of IEC61850

• Real life case studies of existing installations and future outlook

• Security implications in digital communications

• Multi-vendor integration experiences

• IEC61850 sampled values Applications and status of process bus implementation

• IEC61850 influence on development of relay protection and substation automation

• Challenges of interfacing IEC61850 network with SCADA/RTU system

• Need for increased intelligence in power systems

Innovation and advancements in Protection schemes

• Wide area protection, communication and control

• Distributed generation Schemes

• Islanding Protection of Distribution Systems

• Synchrophasor applications

• Adaptive Protection systems

• Automatic Under Frequency Load Shedding

• Protection performance in hostile environments

• Protection of smart grids and micro grids

• High impedance earth fault detection

• Protection of series compensated lines

• Point on wave switching

• Load modelling

• High impedance vs. low impedance biased differential busbar protection scheme

• Line distance protection with signalling and weak in-feed sources

• NER requirements – design and operation of schemes

• Development standards in protection and control

• Improving protection schemes to meet regulatory requirements

• Protection settings – basics calculations and pitfalls of Managing configurations

• Protection signalling technology – Pilot wire, Microwave radio, Power line carrier, Synchronous Digital Hierarchy

• Enhancement of operational reliability

• Power system Management and Planning

• Power quality enhancement

• Information technology security for electric power utilities

Commissioning and Testing case studies

• Fault location

• Use of relay data for fault analysis

• Industry experience of failures and faults

• Protection refurbishment and maintenance

• Travelling wave techniques

• Protection Scheme Testing through Network Simulation Modelling

• Collecting and analysing  disturbance events and implementation of results

• Standardized relay testing

• Operational experience – successes and challenges of Testing

• New approaches to reduce commissioning time

• Testing of IEC61850 based devices and systems

• Testing under dynamic and power swing system conditions

• Testing of power quality monitoring devices

• Recording of analog and digital signals during abnormal operation

• Health and safety approaches and culture

• Arc flash management

Non-conventional and conventional sensors

• Challenges of non-conventional instrument transformers

• Optical CT’s

• Saturation effects and its impact on protective relaying

• Transient Behaviour of CTs


Target Audience

The target audience for this event is engineers, technicians, managers, field staff and supervisors, planners, standard writers, system analysts, students and professionals from electrical utilities, consultants, service companies, industrial and mining industries, Universities and others employed in planning, design, construction, commissioning, maintenance and assessment of electrical protection systems.


How to submit

Please submit your paper abstract of approximately 250 words via email to papers[at] no later than April 15th 2014,  Please include the following information

  • Paper title
  • Authors’ and Co-Authors’ names and organization
  • Authors’ affiliation
  • Country
  • Email address of the main contact/author

The paper abstracts will be reviewed by the steering committee and selected on quality and relevance. Acceptance notifications will be sent to authors by April 30th 2014 along with format for Paper submissions.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: 15th April 2014
  • Acceptance notification: 30th April 2014
  • Full Papers submission: 20th June 2014
  • Power Point Presentation: 20th July 2014


Panel discussions

The APS provides a forum for robust discussions and exchange of opinions and ideas among the participants and presenters. Past panel discussions have raised important subjects and issues providing benefit to attendees and their organisations. Participants are free to suggest topics for the forum to be discussed by industry leaders.


Please send us your suggestions and feedback on panel session topics to info[at]



For enquiries and further paper submission details, please do not hesitate to contact us:

  • Maryam Khallaghi,Technical Program Chair: Maryam.khallaghi[at]
  • Andrea Stevens, Organisational Coordinator: Andrea.stevens[at]


Downloadable PDF version of the call for papers 2014


The deadline for abstract submission for the 2014 APS has come to an end. Join the information exchange and discussion on 12th and 13th of August at Dockside Sydney. Incase of any enquiries don’t hesitate to contact us.