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12-Week Online Training Programme for Electrical Engineers New to IEC 61850

Modules 1 to 12: 16:00 to 17:30 CET, Every Thursday
Thursday 8th September to Thursday 1st December 2022

Final Exam: 16:00 to 17:30 CET
Thursday 8th December 2022

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Fundamentals of IEC 61850 Online Training Programme

16:00 to 17:30 CET | Every Thursday
8th September to 8th December 2022
Programme Format
This 12-week IEC 61850 online training programme is overseen by Christoph Brunner, supported by the IEC, and certified by the CPD. Each module is led by a different speaker and consists of: 30-min speaker presentation, 30-min problem solving exercise, 20-min Q&A session, 10-min multiple choice quiz. There is a final exam at on Thursday 8th December 2022 in order to receive CPD certification.
Please note that there is no session on Thursday 20th October 2022.
Module Topics
Module 1
16:30 to 17:30 CET
Thursday 8th September 2022
Overview – Understanding the history of substation automation and the reasons behind the development of the IEC 61850 standard
Building the business case for IEC 61850 as a facilitator of multi-vendor interoperability
Comparing IEC 61850 with other protocols and understanding its role in smart grid communications architectures
Mapping out the contents of IEC 61850 and understanding the range of possibilities afforded by the standard
Understanding the difference between Station Bus and Process Bus IEC 61850 architectures, and the level of data exchange possible
Reviewing recent and future developments to IEC 61850 and understanding how it will evolve alongside the smart grid
Stefan Meier, Product Manager – Hitachi Energy
Module 2
16:30 to 17:30 CET
Thursday 15th September 2022
Data Modelling – Introducing IEC 61850 data exchange and functional modelling concepts
Understanding the OSI 7 Layer Model and the stack of protocols specified by IEC 61850
• Understanding the hierarchical data model and how devices exchange data in IEC 61850 systems
• Introducing IEC 61850 objects, Logical Nodes and other IEC 61850 data constructs
• Introducing IEC 61850 semantics and nomenclature
• Understanding different vendor interpretations of IEC 61850 modelling concepts
Renaud Drouin, Automation Engineer – Hydro Quebec
Module 3
16:30 to 17:30 CET
Thursday 22nd September 2022
Communication services – Understanding the core communication services used to exchange information in IEC 61850 systems
Understanding the Abstract Communication Service Interface and its role in achieving interoperability
Introducing the IEC 61850 communication services and establishing their uses within IEC 61850 systems
Using MMS for client/server communication
Using GOOSE messages for time-critical publisher/subscribe communication
Using Sampled Values for transmitting digitized power system measurements
Introducing buffered/non-buffered reporting and logging
Bas Mulder, Technologist OT - DNV
Module 4
16:30 to 17:30 CET
Thursday 29th September 2022
IEC 61850 Outside the Substation – Understanding the use of IEC 61850 to control & monitor grid-edge assets
Understanding the monitoring, protection and control requirements of DERs in the energy system
Identifying IEC 61850 features and related standards that facilitate the control of renewable power, microgrids, EV and battery storage systems
Introducing data models for use with inverter-based DERs
Examining the use of IEC 61850 to communicate over public networks with XMPP
Modelling DER activation schedules with IEC 61850
Frances Cleveland, President – Xanthus Consulting
Module 5
16:30 to 17:30 CET
Thursday 6th October 2022
Networking – Introducing basic networking concepts that underlie IEC 61850 systems
Understanding the role of Ethernet and TCP/IP in IEC 61850 systems
Introducing Ethernet addresses, physical connections, frames and collisions
Understanding different types of networks, including LAN, VLAN, WAN and VPN
Assessing the redundancy requirements of IEC 61850 systems and evaluating suitable protocols including HSR and PRP
Understanding the additional networking and time synchronization requirements of process bus IEC 61850 systems
Maik Seewald, Senior Technical Lead, Industrial IoT, Automation Networks & Security – Cisco
Module 6
16:30 to 17:30 CET
Thursday 13th October 2022
Engineering process overview – Understanding the IEC 61850 engineering process from start-to-finish
Introducing the IEC 61850 engineering process and identifying differences with traditional approaches
Understanding top-down and bottom-down IEC 61850 design approaches
Understanding the use of engineering tools for design & configuration of IEC 61850 systems
Examining the engineering process in detail across the whole lifecycle of a substation
Jörg Reuter, Managing Director – Helinks
Module 7
16:30 to 17:30 CET
Thursday 27th October 2022
Specifying IEC 61850 Systems – Using engineering tools accurately capture functional requirements of IEC 61850 systems in SCL files
Introducing Substation Configuration Language (SCL) and examining its application in substation engineering
Understanding how engineering tools are used to create and exchange SCL files and the differences between different types of file
Creating a System Specification Description (SSD) file from single-line diagrams and substation functional specifications
Selecting IEDs that fulfil functional requirements based on IED Capability Description (ICD) files
Thomas Sterckx, Expert, Engineering Secondary Systems - Elia
Module 8
16:30 to 17:30 CET
Thursday 3rd November 2022
Configuring IEDs – Using configuration tools to configure devices for a wide range of IEC 61850 functions
Understanding how engineering tools are used to configure IEC 61850 devices
Creating a System Configuration Description (SCD) file based on a system communication diagram
Creating IID and CID files using an IED configuration tool
Configuring GOOSE & Report Blocks
Configuring Gateways to interface IEC 61850 equipment with other systems
David MacDonald, Protection & Control Standardisation Manager - Iberdrola
Module 9
16:30 to 17:30 CET
Thursday 10th November 2022
Quality Assurance – Ensuring all IEC 61850 devices and systems closely match specified requirements
Understanding the different QA requirements of IEC 61850 systems vs. traditional substation equipment
Introducing the IEC 61850 QA process as laid out in the standard
Understanding IEC 61850 conformance testing and certification
Guidelines for Factory Acceptance Testing
Guidelines for Site Acceptance Testing
Herb Falk, Managing Director – Outside the Box Consulting
Module 10
16:30 to 17:30 CET
Thursday 17th November 2022
Testing Overview – Understanding the testing requirements of IEC 61850 systems and identifying features and tools that facilitate effective testing
Understanding the components of an IEC 61850 test system
Introducing the use of testing tools based on SCL
Understanding IEC 61850 test-related features
Understanding the difference between functional and system testing
Using the IEC 61850 test mode to test live systems
Ovidiu Serban, Senior Consultant, Digital Systems Operations - DNV
Module 11
16:30 to 17:30 CET
Thursday 24th November 2022
Practical Testing – Detailing the practical approaches for testing a wide-range of IEC 61850 functionality
Testing GOOSE messages, Sampled Values and report control blocks
Testing IEC 61850 supervision functions
Testing distributed functions encompassing multiple IEC 61850 devices
Testing redundancy and time synchronization of IEC 61850 systems
Fred Steinhauser, Business Development, Power Utility Communication - OMICRON
Module 12
16:30 to 17:30 CET
Thursday 1st December 2022
Cybersecurity – Evaluating the latest cybersecurity threats and identifying effective mitigation strategies for IEC 61850 systems
Understanding the increased attack surface introduced by IEC 61850 systems
Introducing IEC 62351 and understanding its role in securing IEC 61850 systems
Understanding encryption and user authentication
Understanding Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) and Access Control Lists
Deploying Ethernet-based security features such as VPNs and Firewalls
Frances Cleveland, President – Xanthus Consulting


Final Exam - Thursday 8th December 2022
16:00 - 17:30
90-min final exam will take place on Thursday 8th December, with the results announced and certification awarded in the first week of January 2023.


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