Grant Gilchrist, P. Eng., is a Systems Engineer specializing in grid modernization for Tesco Electric Ltd.  He is a member of several utility data communications standards groups including the IEC working groups for SCADA, substation automation, protocol security, and interoperability.  He is a founding member of the Technical Committee for the Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3) and served as the committee’s secretary for seven years .  He has helped several major utilities develop technical requirements for their Advanced Metering Infrastructures (AMI) and other grid modernization programs. He was editor of the IEC 62351-5 standard for security of the IEC 60870-5 and DNP3 protocols, and the IEEE Power and Energy Society award-winning IEEE 1815.1 standard for gateways between IEC 61850 and DNP3.  Talk to him about the application of use case methodology to the power industry and why it works better than just brainstorming ideas.

He specializes in visualizations of the Smart Grid and developed the NIST Smart Grid Framework “cloud” and Reference Model diagrams.

Smart Grid Reference Diagram

Before joining the power industry, Grant spent a total of 17 years developing embedded data communications software for GE Energy and Nortel Networks.  He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Canada.