A new way of learning: TSCNET Academy!

03.10.2017

Sharing knowledge and experience with our customers is an essential objective of TSCNET Services and might easily be considered as one of the cornerstones of TSCNET’s mission. Our customers have diverging individual interests and aspirations, and a corresponding educational technology has to comply with these client requirements. A fitting tool had to be created and this is how our e-learning project was born!

Anywhere, anytime learning
At TSCNET we have decided to develop an e-learning programme providing individualised professional training and expert support. While e-learning can essentially be understood as network-enabled transfer of knowledge and skills, a specified e-learning solution corresponding with the high demands of TSCNET has to guarantee appealing training possibilities available to everyone, independent of time and place. Thus, the educational technology of TSCNET utilises multiple strategies for imparting knowledge in an individual manner to varied interested parties.

We started working on the e-learning project in early 2017. Initially, the focus lies on providing interactive training courses by means of a time and location-independent platform that is available for a large audience. In doing so, we follow the principles of blended learning and have created an education programme combining online digital media with traditional teaching methods. Learning has never been easier.

Take a look around TSCNET Academy!
Our e-learning solution has been designed for 300 TSC users from our member TSOs and for TSCNET employees. The project’s main component is a versatile Learning Management System. The first e-learning course with which the system is equipped deals with the MRA procedure. This 60-minute course familiarises our users with the complete MRA procedure by allowing them to carry out simulations and do-it-yourself exercises. And what is the most important –  everyone can learn at his own pace! The second e-learning course on GSK functionality is already in development. It is foreseen to be launched in early December of 2017.

Apart from being a training tool for our customers, the e-learning platform is destined to sustain TSCNET’s organisation, by supporting internal trainings for our employees, e.g. exercises on office safety and ISMS procedures. Feel free to visit and experience our TSCNET Academy!

> Visit TSCNET Academy e-learning platform (html)

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Productive TSCNET Forum in the Bavarian Alps

09.07.2017

TSCNET Forums are prime opportunities to share and exchange ideas with fellow users and experts from TSCNET Services and other transmission system operators (TSOs) that are a member of TSC. On June 27-29, 2017, we welcomed 32 participants from twelve European countries to this year’s Forum in Fall near Lenggries in the Karwendel Alps of Bavaria.

The Forum attendees could not only connect with colleagues, but take part in presentations (e.g. about the status of the Regional Security Coordination in Europe, the Capacity Calculation Regions, and the “Winter Package” of the European Commission), demonstrations (“CGMES project”, “TSCNET’s MRA tool”, “Visualisation at TSCNET”, and “AMICA live”), and workshops (“New release of Rulebook and feedback” as well as “IT change management process guide”). On the third day, we also offered a so-called poster session covering nearly half a dozen different issue-areas (“Operations”, “IT”, “Unicorn”, “Business Development”, plus “E-Learning”).

Next to the representatives of Unicorn, TSCNET’s long-term IT partner, we had a special external guest this time: Jan Van Roost, the new Chief Operating Officer from Coreso, the Regional Security Coordinator (RSC) owned by 50Hertz, Elia, National Grid, REE, REN, RTE, and Terna. “We were eager about getting up a programme with a great variety of methods, tools, activities, and approaches,” explains Christoph Meinersmann, TSCNET’s external communications expert who served as the moderator again.

Lots of quality content, plus big fun
“The TSCNET Forum with its exceptional team-building character always is kind of overwhelming for all of us,” said Marlene Petz, Data Quality Manager at TSCNET and responsible for a part of the event’s programme. “It shows how great it is to collaborate and put into life ideas on how to connect on a professional as well as a social level.” Diana Babiac, IT Project Manager at TSCNET, agrees: “Three days packed with fun and interesting topics tailored for a diverse audience, and all that in a picturesque setting.”

Péter Ambrus, the head of TSCNET’s organising team, adds: “It was for sure a remarkable event, not just due to the lots of valuable ideas exchanged, but also due to a lot of fun and new friends made.” His résumé: “It was really great to see that all the efforts put into the organisation resulted in a successful event with satisfied participants again.” Unreserved approval!
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Old environment with new horizons – change of job within TSCNET

02.03.2017

No matter how interesting and exciting a job is, sooner or later every employee may feel the lure of a change in profession or may just fancy a new challenge. That may mean leaving the old workplace behind in search of a new, professional “promised land”, while also learning new skills along the way. It’s an opportunity for a qualified and experienced employee – but a great loss to the company. On this view, TSCNET Services offers and promotes a different solution: Change your job without changing your employer.

This is what Tin Bobetko did: In 2015, he had started as an Operator within TSCNET’s Operations team, coming from TSC member HOPS, the Croatian transmission system operator (TSO). As of now, he works as Business Implementation Manager in the Business Development team. With his eight years experience in Power System Engineering, he is responsible for the development and implementation of new tools, processes, products, and technologies to boost the services TSCNET provides to its customers. “Throughout my working career, I’ve always been enthusiastic about projects that required a lot of teamwork and offered the possibility to acquire new competencies and to evolve in various areas,” Tin says. This attitude is highly valued by the head of his new team, Mario Princip: “Tin joins us at an enthralling and challenging time, and both his vast experience and his urge for knowledge will help get a strong tailwind in our sails.” For a ship on its course to new destinations, that sounds like a most promising start.

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TSCNET’s deep dive into soft skills

04.10.2016

Training and development help to strenghten employees’ skills and to improve a staff’s performance. Most of TSCNET’s employees participated in two full days training in Oberaudorf about an hour’s drive south of Munich, Germany. These interactive course was facilitated by two external trainers focusing on a variety of soft skills and keeping the audience highly engaged and active.

Negotiation skills and conflict solving ability took centre stage. Since conflicts are an inevitable part of life, it is important to deal with them in a positive, courteous and constructive way – to turn conflicts into opportunities. The training helped to learn to work with different types of people and to look at the bigger picture with the focus on finding a way forward together and achieving the organisational goals.

In addition, the importance of non verbal communication and body language was emphasised on through various exercises which will help in more effective public speaking and presentation skills. To top it up, an archery team building exercise under the direction of skilled instructors provided fun and a challenging, healthy competition.
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TSCNET Taining Days 2016

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Training day for TSCNET employees

22.10.2015

Self-management and organisational skills help people to improve both work productivity and satisfaction. Experts consider them to be an essential component of high performing cultures. More than 20 TSCNET employees now participated in a full-day training near the office in Munich, Germany. The highly practical course led by a versed external trainer focussed on time-management and organising workflow.

Participants developed their ability to prioritise tasks and budget time in order to maximise personal productivity regardless of distractions within a busy working environment. The so-called Eisenhower Decision Matrix was introduced as good practice to distinguish between urgent and important tasks.

In addition, the tailor-made training was used to define general meeting rules and to hone communication and presentation skills for better public speaking and to get the message across more effectively.

 

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Applying R&D results

06.03.2015

The new “R&D Application Report”, published by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), describes and values the application and deployment of theoretical and practical results provided by European TSOs’ research and development (R&D) projects. The report accentuates concrete impact of these projects for Europe and depicts the main barriers.

> See ENTSO-E newsletter from 6th of March 2015 (html)

> Open ENTSO-E R&D Application Report 2014 (pdf, 4.2 mb)

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ENTSO-E releases TYNDP 2014

10.07.2014

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) today released the new European Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) 2014. The document describes the plans to strengthen the European power grid until 2030 to integrate an increased share of renewable energy – 120 transmission projects are believed to provide more benefits to consumers and citizens than they cost. Now all stakeholders are asked to give feedback.

> See ENTSO-E TYNDP website
> Open TYNDP (pdf)

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Well-developed grid

31.01.2014

The new annual Monitoring Report demonstrates that ENTSO-E makes headway on its research and development (R&D) activities. The report considers 38 R&D projects in all, funded either through the European Commission, member states or by TSOs directly.

Many of the R&D Roadmap 2013-2022 destinations and technical objectives have already been reached. “ENTSO-E remains optimistic that we will achieve the targets prescribed in R&D Roadmap 2013–2022,” states a ENTSO-E newsletter.

> See ENTSO-E R&D Monitoring Report 2013

> See ENTSO-E R&D Roadmap 2013-2022

> See ENTSO-E Monitoring R&D Achievement webpage

 

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