IEC 61850 Substation
Automation for Utilities
and Manufacturing Industry

14 – 18 October
Sandton Centre Johannesburg South Africa.


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R19,999.00 Per Delegate

Course Details:

This professional development course is designed for engineers and technicians who need to understand the techniques required to use and apply IEC 61850 to substation automation, hydropower plants, wind turbines, and distributed energy resources as productively and economically as possible.

This program covers core components of IEC 61850 and will provide you with the tools and knowledge to tackle your next substation automation project with confidence. It begins with a review of the fundamentals of substation automation, IEC 61850 elements, and core substation architectures.

The communication interface hardware and standards are then reviewed, along with Ethernet and TCP/IP protocols. A detailed explanation of IEC 61850 is given, where the features, message structure, practical benefits, and applications are discussed.

Furthermore, the program will cover the configuration of IEC 61850 systems, including conformance testing, migration, implementation issues, and recent developments. The content is intended to be product independent, but examples will be taken from existing products to ensure that all aspects of the IEC 61850 protocols are covered.

Targeted Audience:

This course will benefit those involved with substation communications and automation, as well as smart grid implementation, including:

    • Substation design and operations engineers
    • Technicians
    • Engineer Scada – DCC
    • Electric utility engineers

Course Outline:

Module 1: Introduction

  • Network topologies
  • Client/server & publish/subscribe concept
  • DNP3 and IEC 60870
  • Utility Communication Architecture (UCA)
  • Key features of IEC 61850

Module 2: Substation Automation Functions

  • Remote Terminal Unit (RTU)
  • PLC and Protection Relays
  • Intelligent Electronic Device (IED)

Module 3: Power System Automation Architectures

  • General structure
  • Types of automation architectures
  • Architecture of HV substation automation systems
  • Automation of MV substations
  • HV bay control
  • Current and future trends

Module 4: Basic Iec 61850 Substation Architecture

  • IEC61850 Architecture
  • Merging Units (MUs)
  • Station Bus
  • Process Bus

Module 5: Communication Basics

  • Physical Interfaces (10/100/1000 Mbps)
  • Media (copper, multi-mode fiber, single-mode fiber)
  • Media access (full-duplex vs. CSMA /CD)
  • VLANs
  • Network redundancy

Module 6: TCP/IP and Related Concepts

  • TCP & UDP
  • IP addressing: IPv4 vs. IPv6
  • Subnet masks and default gateways
  • Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • WANs

Module 7: Iec 61850 Data Modelling Approach

  • The information model
  • The Abstract Communication Service Interface (ACSI)
  • Logical devices
  • Logical nodes
  • Data objects

Module 8: Iec 61850 Data Modelling & Communication Models

  • Common data class
  • Manufacturing Message Specification (MMS)
  • Generic Object Oriented Substation Event (GOOSE)
  • GOOSE messaging
  • Sampled Values (SV) multicast

Module 9: Time Sync, Configuration Language & Tools

  • Time Synchronisation (SNTP)
  • IEC 61850-6 Substation Configuration Language (SCL)
  • Software tools

Module 10: Practical & Conformance Testing

  • Documentation and process
  • Assessment process
  • Testing methods
  • Practical example and exercise (SCL, Client/Server, GOOSE, and SV)

Module 11: Migration & Implementation Issues

  • Migration issues
  • Benefits of IEC 61850
  • Implementation issues

Module 12: Review of Automation Products & Recent Developments

  • Product review
  • IEC 61850 Edition 2
  • Object models for hydropower plants, wind turbines and Distributed Energy Resources (DER)
  • Mapping of IEC 61850 on DN P3 and IEC 60870-5-101/-104
  • The use of IEC 61499 (Distributed Function Blocks) in conjunction with IEC 61850
  • Exchanging synchrophasor data between PMUs, PDCs, WAM PAC and control center applications: IEC/TR 618-90-5:2012(E)
  • Communication with the control center based on IEC 61850 and Harmonisation with CIM

End of the workshop



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