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IEC 61850 Interoperability of Multi-vendor Devices and Systems

Dates & Locations


​This course focuses on the interoperability of multi-vendor devices and systems for Global Standard IEC 61850. Course participants gain skills and in-depth knowledge through interactive participation in technical workshops presented by experts working in Kinectrics’ state-of-the-art labs. 

Upcoming Course Dates:

July 24, 25 & 26 

Cost: $1,900

Location: Head Office

October 2, 3 & 4

Cost: $1,900

Location: Head Office

November 27, 28 & 29

Cost: $1,900

Location: Head Office​

Click here to register​ or email us at training@kinectrics.com​​

Course Outline

​Module 1: Introduction to IEC 61850

  • History of IEC 61850
  • Documentation and organization of IEC 61850 standard
  • Substation configuration description language
  • Abstract communication service Interface
  • Data models for information exchange
  • Security and reliability
  • Benefits of IEC 61850

Module 2: Ethernet Architecture

  • Pros and cons of typical Ethernet architectures
  • Reliability requirement and N-1 criteria
  • Redundancy and interoperability
  • Traffic control and data flow management
  • Scalability and maintainability
  • Migration path for accommodating full-scope deployment from pure station bus applications to combined station bus and process bus applications

Module 3: Station Bus Applications

  • Overview of data models for GOOSE exchange
  • Mapping to MMS
  • State-of-the-art configuration tools
  • Horizontal integration
  • Typical GOOSE applications
  • Inter-tripping schemes
  • Breaker failure protection schemes
  • Interlocking schemes
  • Open/close breakers

Module 4: Process Bus Applications

  • Overview of IEC 61850-9
  • Merging unit and sampled value streams
  • Data sink relays
  • Time synchronization
  • Interoperability and Interchangeability

Module 5: Modeling Approach and Naming Convention

  • Overview of IEC 61850-5 and IEC 61850-7
  • Basic information models
  • Modeling approach
  • Self-descriptive names
  • Pre-defined names for logical devices
  • Naming convention
  • Function and product-related naming systems

Module 6: Deployment Strategy

  • Functional specification
    Architecture evaluation
    Cyber security design
    System-wide naming convention
    Data flow management
    Operational & non-operational data
    Traffic mitigation strategy

Module 7: Migration Strategy

  • Harmonization between IEC 61850 / 61970 / 61968
  • Strategy for new substations
  • Retrofitting brown substations
  • Migration path for existing substations
  • Control center connections
  • Field trial

Module 8: Maintenance Strategy

  • Isolation design
  • Cope with naming changes
  • Conditional assessment vs. periodic testing
  • Life cycle management
  • Firmware version control
  • Spare parts

Workshop Module 1: Integration of Multi-Vendor IEDs for GOOSE Applications

  • Overview of bottom-up approach
  • XML schemas
  • Substation configuration description language
  • IED and system configuration tools
  • GOOSE publication and subscription
  • Step-by-step integration procedures
  • Horizontal integration for GOOSE applications

Workshop Module 2: Interoperability Testing of Multi-Vendor IEDs & Systems – GOOSE Applications

  • Test system architecture
  • Test system configuration
  • Configuration tools and Integration
  • GOOSE simulation using Omicron / RTDS
  • GOOSE performance testing
  • GOOSE transfer trip vs. local hard-wired trip

Workshop Module 3: Integration and Interoperability Testing – Client / Server Applications

  • Test system architecture and configuration
  • Client / server integration
  • Data point mapping and signal scaling
  • Buffered and un-buffered reporting
  • Alarm Processing
  • Automatic Control

Workshop Module 4: Testing of Multi-Vendor Merging Units & Data Sink Relays

  • Test system architecture
  • Test system configuration
  • Configuration tools and Integration
  • Time synchronization
  • Interchangeability between merging units and IEDs
  • Traffic control / simulation over the LAN

Who Should Attend

​This course is designed for:

  • Utility P&C Engineers
  • System Integrators
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Consultants
  • Substation Automation System Designers

Key Benefits

​Gain an understanding of:

  • Gain Practical Knowledge to build station and utility performance
  • Experience “plug-and-work” solutions in Kinectrics’ Interoperability Testing Lab
  • Platform IEDs covered include:
    • GE
    • SEL
    • AREVA
    • Siemens
    • ABB
    • Cybectec


  • Mansour Jalali P.Eng

    Mansour has more than 20 years experience in design, application, testing and commissioning of Protection and Modern Substation Automation systems with utilities and industries around the world, including projects in Europe, the Middleast, Asia, North and South America.  Multivendor projects include implementation and interoperability of technologies from ABB, Siemens, AREVA,  SEL and others.
    He has worked on many  projects which included the design and test of the significant IEC61850 multi-vendor based Substation Automation Systems in Canada.
    Mansour has delivered numerous protection, power system and IEC61850 application courses. Mansour is a senior member of the Kinectrics team whose expertise is in implementation and interoperability of multivendor systems.

Training Locations

  • Head Office

    800 Kipling Ave., Unit 2
    Toronto, Ontario, M8Z 5G5