DA/DSM(TM) DistribuTECH(TM) Asia `97 Returns to Singapore
By Jerry Locsin, Senior Editor
More than 7,000 power industry executives, managers and engineers will converge at the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Center Sept. 9-11 for DistribuTECH(TM) Asia `97, held in conjunction with POWER-GEN Asia `97. The island-state of Singapore is strategically located in the heart of Asia`s rapidly expanding power generation, delivery and automation industries. Participation and support of this conference will include all the major Asian utilities, including Singapore Power, TNB (Malaysia), National Power (Philippines), EGAT (Thailand), PLN (Indonesia) and Vietnam Electricity.
Asian nations plan to spend US$9.7 trillion on infrastructure development over the next 25 years. And as Asia`s need for electric power increases, so does its need for the latest management and automation technologies. In fact, an increase in the efficiency of the region`s transmission and distribution system would lead to considerable improvements in the energy equation throughout Asia. The 3rd annual DistribuTECH(TM) Asia will examine the cooperation between electric utilities and their customers while providing the latest information, trends, equipment and services for the Asian utility industry.
In addition to the POWER-GEN/DistribuTECH(TM) Asia Forum held in Singapore, PennWell Conferences & Exhibitions will introduce TeleCom Power Asia `97 Sept. 8-9. The theme of this first annual conference is “Telecom/Cable TV Business Opportunities and Technical Challenges for Electric Utilities.” The sessions for this conference will begin on the morning of Sept. 8 and cover issues including new venture opportunities, the competitive outlook for Asia Telecom and financial, legal and deregulation issues. On the morning of Sept. 9, the conference continues with the joint keynote address for the POWER-GEN, DistribuTECH(TM) and TeleCom Conferences.
DistribuTECH Conference Program
“In this climate of privatizing the Asian electric utility industry, do you want to compete successfully using automation technologies?” According to M.L. Chan, DistribuTECH(TM) Asia conference program chairman, “This year`s conference will allow you to see what the promised land may be like, and what you can practically achieve in the near future. The technical paper sessions, vendor exhibits and pre-conference seminars will arm you with the know-hows and pitfalls in the areas of transmission, power delivery systems and technologies, substation and distribution automation, EMS/SCADA/DMS systems, demand side management, load management and customer service technologies.”
The DistribuTECH(TM) Asia program committee reviewed more than 100 abstracts submitted for presentation at the conference. The DistribuTECH(TM) sessions were divided into four major track categories: Power and Service Delivery Trends, Automation and Communications, Information Technology/Sys-tem Integration and DSM/LM/Customer Services.
Utility Automation will be the official magazine publication for DistribuTECH(TM) Asia `97. In addition to being the official conference magazine, Utility Automation will sponsor one session from each of the four major track categories. These sessions will analyze major topics and issues as covered in Utility Automation, including “Improving Metering & Communications Management for Utilities,” “Strategic Issues in Power Delivery,” “New Directions in Information Technology” and “Customer Services Future in Asia.”
William Ackerman, past chairman of the Institute Electrical and Electronic Power Engineering Society Substations Committee and session chairman of the Automation & Communications track stated, “The papers selected for this year`s DistribuTECH(TM) Asia are exceptional for their high quality. There is a good mix of papers, many dealing with topics of particular interest to Asian engineers and utilities. In addition, there are papers and panel sessions that will cover the latest trends in automation and communications technology.”
Matt Chwalowski, consultant for Hagler Bailly Consulting and program committee member, adds “DistribuTECH(TM) brings together speakers and audiences from many countries to share experiences in the changing utility industry. These get-togethers are very helpful because of the similar challenges faced by the utility industry worldwide as it becomes privatized and deregulated.”
After attending some of the industry`s most interesting and informative sessions, DistribuTECH(TM) conference attendees can unwind under the beautiful island skies of Singapore. Museums, temples, ethnic districts, botanical gardens and many other attractions are within a brisk walking distance from the International Convention Center. But for the more adventurous visitor, here a few of Singapore`s more inspiring sites:
Sentosa Island. This former military base is Singapore`s “Discovery Island” and can be reached in just minutes by cable car or ferry from the World Trade Center. The latest development on the island is Underwater World Singapore, Asia`s largest oceanarium. Sentosa`s other attractions include swimming lagoons and beaches, two golf courses and the world`s largest walk-through butterfly park.
Night Safari Park. This 99-acre combination national park and zoo provides visitors an opportunity to view more than 110 animal species, half of which are endangered. A low-intensity lighting system is employed to view the animals at night, when they are the most active. The after-dark zoo spotlights more than 1,200 residents in 55 distinct and authentic jungle habitats.
Clarke Quay. Located along the Singapore River`s historic waterfront, Clarke Quay is a festive leisure and entertainment center of restored 19th century godowns, warehouses and shophouses. This center features 80 retail shops, 30 pubs and restaurants, Chinese opera performances and Disney-style adventure rides. Visitors can still imagine the smell of spices filling the air as they did in the 1800s when Clarke Quay played a central part in Singapore`s fascinating history as a seaport town.
Founded in the year 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles of the British East India Co., under the banner of Imperial Britain, the settlement once known in legend as Temasek and to be known in the future as Singapore, grew from strength to strength as a trading and economic powerhouse under the steadying rule of the Union Jack.
On Feb. 15, 1942, 80,000 British Empire and Commonwealth troops under Gen. Percival surrendered to the Japanese at Singapore in the final humiliation of the greatest military defeat in British history. In a campaign lasting just 70 days, the Japanese 25th Army under Gen. Yamashita advanced 400 miles against a numerically superior enemy, at the cost of fewer than 10,000 casualties, and captured Singapore.
The advent of World War II and the failure of the British Army in protecting the people of her colonies from the atrocities of the invading Imperial Japanese Army served to whip up the torrents of nationalism in her occupied territories. The Japanese capitulation saw the return of British rule, but the independence movement in Singapore, championed by men of great vision such as the late David Marshall and Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, was too strong for the British to suppress. Thus in 1959, Singapore achieved dominion status under the rule of the People`s Action Party.
A union with Malaysia between 1963 and 1965 proved too unhappy as a result of the bloody communistic race riots between the indigenous Malays and Chinese. As a result of too many other irreconcilable differences, Singapore was requested to leave the Federation of Malaysia and became an independent state with a parliamentary system of government on Aug. 9, 1965. Under the wise and visionary leadership of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the nation began a meteoric rise in terms of its economy and standard of living.
The island-state of Singapore is the host city of DistribuTECH(TM) Asia `97.
The Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Center.
Singapore boasts Sentosa Golf Course, one of the world`s most beautiful courses.