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Pre-Conference Workshop

Workshop: Fundamentals of IEC 61850
10:30-17:00 Tuesday 26th September 2017




Workshop Leader


Christoph Brunner
President of
it4power
& Convenor of
IEC TC57 WG10

Christoph is president of it4power in Switzerland, a consulting company to the power industry, and convenor of the working group (WG) 10 of the IEC TC57 and member of WG 17, 18 and 19 of IEC TC57. He is IEEE Fellow, member of IEEE-PES and IEEE-SA. He is active in several working groups of the IEEE-PSRC (Power Engineering Society – Relay Committee) and member of the PSRC main committee and the subcommittee H. He is also an international advisor to the board of the UCA international users group.


Workshop Format
The IEC 61850 standard is an extensive and complex set of international standards specifically designed for substation automation and the smart grid. Now universally recognised as the de-facto standard for power utility compliance, it presents as many challenges as it does opportunities.
During this workshop Christoph Brunner, Convenor of IEC TC57 WG10 provides a comprehensive and in-depth insight into the building blocks, key applications, and optimal operations of the standard within the substation environment and beyond. Whether you are just at the start of your IEC 61850 investigations or have several years’ practical implementation experience, this workshop will provide you with a much-needed update on the fundamentals of this evolving standard.

Session 1:
Introduction to IEC 61850 - key benefits, alternatives and implications for the utility engineer
Gain clarity on how IEC 61850 was conceived, its key objectives and features, and how it has evolved to support interoperability, free configuration and long-term stability. A comparison with other communication standards will be made, and the impact on engineering processes will be clarified. Edition 1 will be reviewed in relation to its application in different domains. Key functions such as Process Bus, Goose Messaging, Sampled Values, Data Models and Data Attributes will also be discussed.



Session 2:
Evolution to Edition 2 – product introductions, utility implementation experiences, interoperability advancements
Understand how Edition 2 builds up from Edition 1, the backward compatibility aspects, new features and functionalities, the rate of take up within vendor products and feedback from utility implementations. In this session the major new features such as Common Data Classes, ACSI, and SCL will be discussed, as well as the benefits of the new Testing Capabilities and Diagnostic Features.



Session 3:
Data Modelling Fundamentals
Deep-dive into the function of IEDs, Logical Nodes, and Data and Logical Node Groups. Examples of Logical Nodes and Logical Node Instances will be given. Insights will also be shared into Common Data Classes, CDC Measured Values, Hierarchical Data Models, Specification Methods, acquisition of Current and Voltage and Modelling examples such as Control.



Session 4:
Communication Fundamentals
Various communication concepts will be discussed based on practical examples including Datasets, Reporting, Goose Object Oriented Events and Goose Repetition.



Session 5:
Quality Assurance – how to specify IEC 61850 to ensure your automation system work effectively
Understand how the IEC 61850 requirement specification could look like, learn how to assure your automation system will work as early in the project as possible and what kind of test tools are required for optimal performance validation.



Session 6:
Future Directions and New Activities – further improvements, wider smart grid applications, and suitability for new domains
Get up to speed with the latest IEC 61850 implementations across the wider smart grid, as well as in new domains such as hydroelectric power plants, distributed energy resources, and wind turbines. Understand how to work around current gaps in the standard, and how to ensure true multi-vendor interoperability and effective future proofing.



Session 7:
Practical Group Exercise and Q&A
In this final session a series of practical exercises will bring to life the application of IEC 61850 and provide attendees with the chance to have all their questions answered in great depth and detail by the workshop leader.




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