Call for papers 2018

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 2016, more than 80 protection industry leaders and professionals gathered to share their industry insights. Now in its 11th year, the Australian Protection symposium will again bring together researchers, experts, engineers, practitioners and professionals involved and interested in the electrical protection industry facing similar challenges allowing them to discuss their views face to face and build close cooperation channels for solving future challenges.

The steering committee of the 2018 APS would like to invite interested protection experts from utilities, suppliers, vendors and academia 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 on the next page. Authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to present at the event with complimentary registration and the papers will be published in the APS Proceedings.

 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, experiences and technical expertise of an organisation or individual. 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 and training by participating in a well-established and specialized event.

At a strategic level, it allows broadening of perspectives, setting of good work practices, opening up of discussions with a different point of views for better ideas and creative solutions for any existing challenge. It will be the best opportunity to report on a recent research, technological development and industry projects and lessons learned along the way.


Paper Topics

Design, Application, advantages and pitfalls of IEC61850

• Real life case studies of existing installations

• Security implications in digital communications

• Isolation Techniques for Testing

• Multi-vendor integration experiences

Innovation and advancements in Protection schemes

• Wide area protection, communication and control

• Adaptive protection systems

• Protection of smart grids and micro grids

• Network requirements for battery storage and installations

• Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL) installations

Commissioning and Testing case studies

• Integration of distributed energy resources

• Industry experience of failures and faults

• Battery Storage implementation

• Protection Scheme Testing through Network Simulation Modelling

• Operational experience – successes and challenges of testing

• New approaches to reduce commissioning time

• Testing of IEC61850 based devices and schemes

Non-conventional and conventional sensors

• Redundancy requirements for protection systems using Non-Conventional Instrument Transformers and Merging Units

• Optical CT’s

• Saturation effects and its impact on protective relaying

• Transient Behaviour of CTs

Management and business strategies

• Are we using smart relays to their full capability- experiences and insights?

• Developing skills and competencies for next generation protection and control systems (technology, change management, training, social media etc.)

• Paperless Electrical Drawings management

• Data gathering, analysis and management of protection statistics

• Maintenance Management for Protection systems

• Health and safety approaches and culture


 Power Talk

Sharing of experiences and lessons learned have proven to be of the highest interest and benefit to all involved in the industry. Great lessons are learned from failures. Unfortunate events causing mishaps often provide the most valuable experience with lessons more worthwhile than any success story.

The APS steering committee would like to introduce a power talk session where unfortunate events and lessons learned from these events are discussed. These will be short format 5-10 minute power talks independent from paper presentation. To facilitate sharing, these talks will not require written format and will not be distributed in the proceedings. Talks can range from local or overseas experiences where a failure has provided an invaluable lesson.


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, protection system designers and manufacturers, Universities and others employed in planning, design, standardization, construction, commissioning, maintenance and assessment of electrical protection systems.


How to submit

Please submit your paper abstract of approximately 250 words to Maryam Khallaghi, Technical Program Chair, via email to papers[at] or maryam.khallaghi[at]

Please include the following information:

  • Paper title
  • Authors’ and Co-Authors’ names and organization
  • Authors’ title
  • 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 mid October 2017 along with format for Paper submissions. Please express your interest in delivering a Power talk along with the topic and short description to the Technical Program Chair via email.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: 16th October 2017
  • Acceptance notification: 30th October 2017
  • Full Papers submission: 15th December 2017
  • Power Point Presentation: 26th February 2018


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 or interest in the Power talk session, please do not hesitate to contact us:

  • Maryam Khallaghi,Technical Program Chair: Maryam.Khallaghi[at]
  • Jessica Rizio, Organisational Coordinator: Jessica.Rizio[at]


Downloadable PDF version of the call for papers 2018