PowerWorld Training

PowerWorld Corporation provides software training in the use of PowerWorld Simulator and add-on products OPF, SCOPF, ATC, PVQV, Transient Stability, and SimAuto. Our training also covers some basics of the engineering, operations, and economics of interconnected power systems. We can also provide custom software training, tailored to your interests and availability, delivered at your site. If you are interested in software training please call us at +1 (217) 384-6330 or email us at

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Courses: PowerWorld Simulator, including OPF, SCOPF, OPF Reserves, ATC, PVQV, and SimAuto Add-On Tools

PowerWorld Simulator training is offered in three separate 2-day courses as follows:

  • Introduction to PowerWorld Simulator: Interface and Common Tools(
  • Power Systems Economics and Market Modeling with PowerWorld Simulator(
  • Steady-State Power System Security Analysis with PowerWorld Simulator(
  • Transient Stability Analysis with PowerWorld Simulator (1.5-day course)(

The courses covers techniques for power system modeling and simulation, providing a framework for analysis of system design, operation, and economics. PowerWorld Simulator will be used for development and demonstration of system models. Course participants will learn to develop power system models, perform system analysis, and to create visual simulations that illustrate their results. In total, the courses cover:

  • Interactive simulation of large-scale interconnected power systems
  • Economics of generators and interchange transactions
  • Use of animated one-line diagrams to rapidly assess power system operating conditions
  • Utilization of pan and zoom features to simulate and display systems
  • of almost any size at different levels of detail
  • Reduction of large system models into equivalent circuits
  • Advanced visualization techniques such as contouring of bus and flow data
  • Construction of equivalent power systems
  • Contingency Analysis
  • Unbalanced Fault Analysis
  • Linear Analysis Techniques including
  • Power Transfer Distribution Factor (PTDFs),
  • Transmission Loading Relief (TLR) Sensitivities,
  • Generation Shift Factors (GSFs),
  • Outage Transfer Distribution Factors (OTDFs),
  • and Line Outage Distribution Factors (LODFs)
  • OPF – Optimal Power Flow
  • SCOPF – Security Constrained Optimal Power Flow
  • OPF Reserves – Energy market co-optimized with reserve or forward capacity market
  • ATC – Available Transfer Capability
  • PVQV – Voltage Stability Analysis
  • Transient Stability Analysis
  • SimAuto – Automation Server

Simulator OPF allows you to optimally dispatch generation in an area or group of areas while simultaneously enforcing the transmission line and interface limits. Course participants will learn how to use Simulator OPF to calculate marginal prices at each bus in a system (also known as locational marginal prices or LMPs). Other topics covered will include the introduction of the economic principles underlying spot-pricing, data requirements of the OPF, and interpreting unenforceable constraints.

Simulator ATC allows you to determine the maximum MW transfer possible between two parts of the power system without violating any transmission line limits. This is the same calculation commonly performed by system operators or market operators.

Simulator PVQV allows you to identify static voltage stability limits and reactive power margins. You can then use this information to determine how to strengthen the system by modeling and evaluating the effectiveness of proposed changes.

Simulator Transient Stability performs detailed transient modeling of contingencies.

Simulator SimAuto is a COM Automation Server which allows you to control Simulator from custom applications developed in environments such as Visual Basic for Applications, C++, and MATLAB.

Who Should Attend?

System planning and operation technicians, engineers, electricity market analysts and managers involved in power system network analysis. Also all individuals involved in the presentation of power system network topics to technical and non-technical audiences will benefit from this course.

Course participants are NOT required to be licensed users of PowerWorld Simulator.


All computer equipment for the course will be provided for training delivered in Champaign. Participants may be required to bring computers for training delivered at other locations.

Course Instructors

Scott Dahman, P.E.
Matt Davis, Ph.D.
Kyle Johnson
Mark Laufenberg, Ph.D.
Caroline Marzinzik
Thomas Nicol
Kollin Patten
James Weber, Ph.D.

Course Location and Schedule

Training provided in Champaign will be held at PowerWorld Corporation, located in the Strata Building at 2001 South First Street (Champaign, Illinois). The Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites are located conveniently nearby.

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The modules will begin at 8:30 AM on Monday or Wednesday.

Hotel Information

I Hotel and Conference Center
1900 South 1st Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: +1 (217) 819-5000

The I Hotel is one of Champaign-Urbana’s finest hotels and at 1/4 mile away, the closest hotel to the PowerWorld office. It is an easy walk in all but the most inclement weather. Complimentary shuttle service may be arranged from the Champaign Willard Airport (CMI) by contacting the hotel.

A room block at a discounted rate ($109) is available to guests of PowerWorld training until the Friday prior to 14 days before the start of each training session. Make reservations by phone (217-819-5000) and request the PowerWorld training rate. Reservations for 2012 sessions may also be made online, using the following codes (click the orange attendee code button):

APWN: November 6-12, 2011
APWD: December 4-10, 2011
PWF: February 6-12, 2012
PWA: April 22-28, 2012
PWM: May 14-20, 2012
APSP: September 17-23, 2012
APNV: November 11-17, 2012

Homewood Suites by Hilton, Champaign-Urbana
1417 South Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: +1 (217) 352-9960

Drury Inn and Suites
905 West Anthony
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: +1 (217) 398-0030

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Travel Information

Several airports serve the Champaign-Urbana area. Champaign Airport (CMI) is only minutes away and taxi service is available. You might also consider the Bloomington Airport (BMI), which is about 55 miles (about 60 minutes) from Champaign and offers more frequent daily arrivals and departures. If you prefer to fly into a larger airport and drive to Champaign, we recommend the Indianapolis International Airport, especially if you are able to arrange a direct, non-stop flight from your home airport. At 125 miles, it is closer than Chicago and you will experience much less traffic on the ground. Chicago’s O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) airports are 155 and 130 miles to the North, respectively. (Driving time from Chicago is about 2½ hours in light traffic, but may be significantly greater in heavy traffic.)

The Homewood Suites is adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn and is located approximately two miles south of the I-74 Neil Street exit.

For those staying at the Homewood Suites, the hotel offers shuttle services to and from the airport, available from 7 AM to 11 PM. PowerWorld personnel will arrive at 8:00 AM on the first day of training to take you from the hotel to the training facilities and will arrange transportation for the days that follow.

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Registration and Tuition

Course enrollment is limited. Please complete and return the registration form( to reserve your place for 2010 courses. Register online( for courses occuring after January 1, 2011. For questions, contact PowerWorld Corporation at or by phone at +1 (217) 384-6330 x15.

Tuition (per person) is $1500 per course module.