A Holistic Approach to Facilitate the
IEC 61850 Process
Webinar Series - Part 1 & 2

Part 1 - IEC 61850 Specification & Design 

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 11 AM to 12 NOON EST


The lifetime of substation equipment is getting shorter. Substation equipment use to last 40+ years, now they are only lasting 15 to 20 years. TSOs are no longer building new substations but instead need to maintain and rebuild substations, up to 100s per year. In addition, DSOs that develop in new residential areas are working in a very competitive environment. As a result, the need to standardize the process of designing an electrical power system has become critical to continue to meet increased demand while minimizing costs & resources.


The IEC 61850 61850 Engineering Process can meet that need today. Understanding the IEC 61850 Engineering Process and using with the right tools allows you to learn the approach from a standard method, not from different vendors. Adapting a standard set of tools that are not vendor specific allows you to work across multiple suppliers for specification & design along with verification early in the process. Here are just some benefits when you adopt a standard process & vendor neutral tools:
 - Allows for easier transfer of skills set
 - Hire employees that understand your process
 - Reuse of design
 - Engineering efficiency
 - Saves money
 - Saves time
 - Interoperability between vendors

What you'll learn:

  • Learn how to facilitate the IEC 61850 Engineering Process throughout the system lifecycle including design, factory acceptance Testing, commissioning and maintenance process.  
  • Create IED Capabiity Description (.ICD) files with standard IEC 61850 logical nodes and data objects
  • Compare models to allow verification of SCL changes as files are updated & propagated through the IEC 61850 Engineering Process. As ICD files are updated, the changes can be identified and validated, and the ICD file can be compared to IED instances in the SCD file to verify that the correct files were processed.
  • Manage data templates with the option to edit, reuse, or clean templates
  • Verify SCL Files against the standard with a vendor neutral tool called SCL Navigator.
  • Learn how to create a specification & system design with a vendor neutral 61850 System tool called Helinks.
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Specific knowledge, skills and/or capabilities that attendees should acquire by taking this course:

  • None

Who should attend this course: 

  • System Integrators
  • Software engineers
  • Software engineering managers
  • Substation Field Technicians
  • Anyone that is open to adopting a standardize process to save time & money

Joel Greene
Joel Greene
Director, 61850 Development
Triangle MicroWorks, Inc. 

Christoph Brunner




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