Experience that makes a difference

Rod Hughes has 30 years experience as a protection engineer and strategic leader in the power industry with roles in vendor, utility and consultant organisations.

  • Over 6 years working with IEC 61850 and associated standards
  • 30 years experience in Australia, New Zealand and Europe in protection design and application for 11kV to 500kV
  • 25 years experience in providing technical training Smart Grid and Smart Metering applications
  • Telecommunications
  • Cyber Security
  • Substation LAN
  • Control and automation
  • Instrumentation


Award Of Merit CIGRE  CIGRE Award SC B5

Experience that gives confidence

Rod Hughes has worked on several strategic projects that have influenced the direction of the industry in the region and internationally for deployment of IEC 61850 in particular:

  • Integral Energy: Specification of IEC 61850 Substation Automation System -establish new design and implementation standard for IEC 61850 station and process bus applications for the new East Richmond substation
  • TransGrid: Specification of IEC 61850 Substation Automation System, Relay procurement specifications, IEC 61850 Tools assessment -establish the new engineering environment and substation automation system solutions
  • ElectraNet: IEC 61850 Implementation Strategy and Business Case -establish the implementation strategy, impact assessment and business case for Australia‚Äôs first utility adoption of IEC 61850
  • Transpower: IEC 61850 requirements to replace RTUs at 180 substations -establish the IEC 61850 implementation requirements
  • CIGRE: Convener of WG B5.39 -establish industry guidelines for documentation of IEC 61850 systems for design review, approval, maintenance and operational staff throughout substation lifecycle & contributor to Technical Brochure 326 Implementation Guidelines for IEC 61850