2019 PSS®CAPE User Group Meeting

2019 PSS®CAPE User Group Meeting

Renew your PSS®CAPE-Abilities!

You are invited to attend the 2019 PSS®CAPE User Group Meeting and Conference, including Monday's one-day protection seminar, the two-day PSS®CAPE User Group Meeting, and two days of training. We promise an exceptional opportunity to expand your knowledge of system protection, learn the latest about PSS®CAPE, guide future development, and meet with colleagues from other companies and countries.

We're convinced of the value of this face-to-face get-together, and every year our attendees agree. One online registration process covers all three events: the protection seminar, User Group Meeting, and PSS®CAPE training.
The PSS®CAPE UGM brings together a wonderful group of protection engineering experts. The atmosphere is interactive and enjoyable. On behalf of the entire PSS®CAPE team, we look forward to seeing you.  

Protection Seminar

Digital Relay Behavior
Presented by Pratap Mysore of Pratap Consulting Services and Craig Holt of Patterson Power Engineers

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday, June 24

Advanced Registration - by June 3:  $550
After June 3:  $625
Includes breakfast and lunch
This session is eligible for 0.70 CEUs or 7 PDHs.
Each year we offer a one-day professional seminar on a high-interest topic in system protection. This year’s seminar will be presented by two of the experts in our profession, Pratap Mysore, MSc, founder of Pratap Consulting Services and former chair of the IEEE Power System Relaying and Control Committee, and Craig Holt, MSc, Protection Consultant at Patterson Power Engineers and former Branch Manager with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.  Don’t miss it!
In this seminar both new and seasoned protection engineers will learn:

History of distance element comparators and how they work.
Inverter-based fault currents and the effect of high penetration of Inverter Based Resources (IBR) on the performance of distance and directional protection.
Impact of transient response of Capacitive Voltage Transformers (CVT) on distance zones.
Negative-sequence differential elements for transformer protection.
Latest developments in the detection of internal (turn-to-turn) faults in shunt reactors.
Reasons why fault identification loops are needed in protection and their associated pitfalls.
Principle of operation of compensator distance elements.
Memory voltage and its effect on the expansion of distance protection characteristic, complemented with a demonstration developed in PSS®CAPE-TS Link.

PSS®CAPE User Group Meeting

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25 - 26

Advanced Registration - by June 3:  $625
After June 3: $695
Includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and Tuesday reception/dinner  
This 2-day session is eligible for 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs. 
We have been developing serious new tools that will let PSS®CAPE do more for you and will help you with more of the real-world problems you face daily.  Topics for this year include:
  • PSS®CAPE support for current and future NERC standards
  • Arc Flash for Distribution using PSS®CAPE
  • EPRI Type 4 Wind/Solar Generator Model in PSS®CAPE
  • Update on current R&D projects
  • Many useful new macros
  • Customer and industry presentations and updates
In addition to in-depth presentations on new PSS®CAPE features, we also want to hear your ideas on how you would like to see PSS®CAPE evolve in the future.

PSS®CAPE Training

8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday, June 27 - 28

Advanced Registration - by June 3: $550/day or $375/half-day
After June 3: $625/day or $395/half-day
Includes breakfast and lunch
Each full-day session is eligible for 0.80 CEUs or 8 PDHs.
Economical training classes are a great way for current users to extend their PSS®CAPE skills and for new users to get the “big picture” quickly. You can sign up in half-day segments. You’ll need to bring your own laptop and if you like, your own database. 

Choose your topics when you register. Each topic is a half-day class except "PSS®CAPE for new users" which is a full day. We create a custom class schedule based on your selected class preferences and will confirm the final schedule with you just before the event. The schedule will accommodate virtually everyone's priorities, but we will let you know if there is a problem. Training class topics:

  • PSS®CAPE for new users (1 full day - covers Database Editor, Short Circuit, One-Line Diagram, and Coordination Graphics)
  • NERC PRC compliance reporting using PSS®CAPE - practical application of the NERC PRC standard macros available in PSS®CAPE
  • Modeling detailed bus structures and open-ended lines with One-Line Diagram
  • Using Coordination Graphics and its special displays
  • System Simulator and Relay Checking including pilot protection
  • Introduction to writing macros
  • Introduction to ready-to-use Relay Setting algorithms
  • Modeling transformers, neutral buses, neutral networks
  • Breaker duty analysis
  • Data compare, merge, and management techniques
  • Modeling transmission lines with Line Constants
  • Introduction to SQL and associated reporting
  • PSS®CAPE-TSTM Link (PRC-026)

More detail on training classes

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Accommodations and Getting Here


Most attendees stay at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, which is effectively part of the conference center. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Marriott at the discounted group rate of $152/night (plus tax). To make your Marriott room reservations, call 800-228-9290 (U.S. and Canada) or 734-487-2000 and identify yourself as part of the PSS®CAPE UGM group; or reserve via this link:

Book your hotel room

The deadline for this room rate is June 3. After this date, the Marriott will accept reservations if rooms are available, but the group rate will not apply. Don’t delay. (If you prefer to stay at another hotel in Ann Arbor and can provide your own transportation, we will be happy to send you recommendations.)

How to get here

If you travel by plane, fly to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). It’s halfway between Detroit and Ann Arbor and about 15 minutes from the conference center. There are a number of options for transportation from DTW to the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.

Transportation from the airport to the hotel and conference center is available by taxicab (about $60 one way). Cabs are located outside baggage claim. Metro Cab (734-997-6500) is the only official taxi service for the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Shuttle Service
Metro Car is the official shuttle of the PSS®CAPE User Group Meeting and Conference. Private and shared rides, up to 4 passengers may be booked directly with Metro Car by calling 800-456-1701. The rate is approximately $80-$85 per car including driver gratuity.

Meet & Greet Private Car
A Meet & Greet Private Car service is also available from Metro Cars. With this service the driver will meet you at baggage claim or international customs arrival. The cost for this service is approximately $90-$100 for a pickup at the domestic baggage claim or international customs arrival including gratuity. This service must be booked at least one week in advance by calling 800-456-1701.

Additional Information

Materials Format

Materials for all sessions will be available for web download during the meeting as well as provided to attendees on a flash memory drive at no additional cost.  


Monday Night Dinner

On Monday evening, for those who wish to fortify themselves for days of intense technical discourse, we will offer elegant door-to-door bus transport to a local restaurant where you can meet new and old friends. We provide the transportation and great company; the cost of the dinner is an option for you and your guest when you register. Great fun!



Dress is business casual.


We provide hot and cold breakfast, mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks and beverages, and lunches, all included in your registration fee for each day (or half-day) you attend. Also included: happy hour and dinner on Tuesday evening.

See you in June!

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