College of the Extended University

Fundamentals of Grid Modernization and IEC 61850

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The objective of this training course is to provide an overview of key fundamentals and principles of IEC 61850, including the data modelling, communication, testing and networking aspects. This course is a combination of the Tier I and Tier II courses that are spread across 5 days, and includes classroom sessions as well as hands-on workshops that integrate the latest Ed.2 devices from SEL, ABB, GE, Schneider, is5, Tekron, and Vizimax. This "Mobile Digital Substation" also incorporates process bus devices, as well as a PLC platform with a IEC 61850 client/server capabilities.

  • Substation, Protection & Control Engineers
  • Academics
  • SCADA Engineers
  • System Integrators
  • Testing Technologists
  • Operation & Maintenance Engineers
  • Planning Engineers
  • Engineering Management

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Upon completion of this course, the student will have the basic skills necessary to:

  • Understand the Fundamentals & Principles of IEC 61850
  • Learn the Specification & Engineering Process of IEC 61850
  • Understand the fundamentals of Network Management
  • Learn the differences between existing Testing versus IEC 61850 Testing Philosophies
  • Learn the Advanced Aspects of IEC 61850's system specification and engineering processes

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Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

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Attendees will “hear” about the IEC 61850 constructs, and then “see” them in the lab where they gain exposure configuring these IEC 61850 parameters. The IEC 61850 theoretical information is shared in an intuitive manner that is easily understood, regardless of the participants' IEC 61850 proficiencies. The intent of the training is:

  • Understanding the principles of IEC 61850, including the abstract data model, communication service mappings, specification, engineering and testing processes, SCL files, systems architectures, and other core elements of the IEC 61850 standard.
  • Sharing of information from past-projects that reference practical examples that illustrate the challenges that many have encountered when implementing IEC 61850 and how they were resolved.
  • Detailed discussion into the testing and isolation mechanisms available with IEC 61850 Ed.2/2.1, and how these are to meant to be specified and configured.
  • Hands-on exercises that allow participants to configure each of the IEC 61850 mechanisms, including GOOSE and sampled value messages, reports, logs, and the networking configurations. This includes the use of both Ed.1 and Ed.2 devices

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Dustin Tessier

Dustin Tessier is the Managing Director and IEC 61850 Systems Integrator for Tesco Automation, a Canadian-based company specializing in power system design and consulting services. In his 15-year career, Dustin has taken on a broad range of roles throughout his 15 year career; including hands-on experience as a technician, network planning engineer, station design engineer, IEC 61850 system integration engineer, and project manager. He was an early advocate for IEC 61850 during his days with a Canadian Utility as a stations design engineer, and spent a number of years working for Siemens where he was involved in Australia’s first IEC 61850 applications. He has since moved back to Canada to pursue his entrepreneurial dream, and has been involved with IEC 61850 on a global context ever since. Dustin actively contributes towards the standardization in the field of substation and distribution automation, and provides systems level standardization, coordination and consulting services within the Smart Grid domain. 

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Accommodations are available on campus: