About this course

This free course is offered in partnership with DISTRIBUTECH and POWERGRID International.

This course covers:
1. Role of distribution automation in electric utility grid modernization efforts
2. Key definitions pertaining to DA/ADMS
3. Basic building blocks of DA and ADMS
4. Benefits of DA/ADMS for meeting distribution utility business needs
5. Major challenges of DA/ADMS implementation
6. DA/ADMS implementation planning

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Course outline

1 module • 6 assignments • 53 minutes of video lectures

Module 1 • 4 assignments
Lecture: Introduction to DA/ADMS

In this free lecture you'll learn the fundamentals of distribution automation (DA) and advanced distribution management systems (ADMS). You can begin asking questions immediately after you enroll in the course. The lecture and Q&A will become available on the first day of the course.

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Lecture - Introduction to ADMS Part 1 of 3 (26:10 minutes)
  • Lecture - Introduction to ADMS Part 2 of 3 (14:09 minutes)
  • Lecture - Introduction to ADMS Part 3 of 3 (13:02 minutes)


  • Robert Uluski

    Executive Consultant, ESTA International
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    Bob Uluski has over 40 years of experience in electric utility Transmission and Distribution (T&D) automation systems. His experience includes planning and implementing energy storage, microgrid control systems, advanced distribution management systems (DMS), feeder automation systems, substation automation, protective relay systems, and distributed resource energy... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
This is a free course. Enroll today and get access to all of the materials instantly. The lecture video and other materials are available any time.
How long do I have access to the materials?
For free courses there is no guarantee for how long the course materials will be available.
Is there a certificate of completion?
Certificates of completion are only provided to HeatSpring Membership subscribers. This course has not been approved by any credentialing organizations (NABCEP, AIA, USGBC etc) for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). This course is for self education purposes only and completion does not indicate a level of professional expertise or credential.
Can I register multiple people?
Yes, this is a free course so you can share this page with other people from your team.


Based on 34 reviews
students have taken this course

Fantastic overview! Loved the graphs and implementation approach slides.

Marian King

If you are interested in distribution systems and the future of the systems, this course seems to display what the future looks like in system control and analysis.

Doug Palmbach

A wealth of knowledge transfer both information and history.

Jeff Duke
Retired, None

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