IEC 61850 Boot Camp


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Course Overview

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Are you looking to take advantage of modern technology to reap new benefits for you and your company? This course will give you the tools to get started or learn more from prominent industry experts in IEC 61850.

IEC 61850 was created as an international standard for communication and integration of multi-vendor IEDs networked for protection, control and automation. This course will give an in depth look into the IEC 61850  and will also introduce it with a hands on exercise.

Who Should Attend?

This course will benefit those involved with substation communications and automation, as well as smart grid implementation, including:

  • Substation design and operations engineers 
  • Technicians 
  • Electric utility engineers

Course Outline

Protocol Fundamentals

  • 7-layer communication model
  • Concept of layer 8 as Data
  • Network topologies
  • UCA Concept
  • IEC61850 Document Overview
  • IEC61850 Profile

Ethernet Fundamentals

  • Physical interfaces
  • Data modulation
  • Logical layer
  • Priority
  • VLAN
  • Switches
  • Redundancy / Architecture
  • Network Management / SNMP

TCP/IP Fundamentals

  • What is a network
  • IP Addressing
  • Networking
  • TCP Functions
  • Port Concept 


  • IEC 62351
  • Application to R-GOOSE and R-SV
  • Application to Client-Server

Concept of Abstract Services

  • Review of IEC61850 Services
  • Error responses

Overview of IEC61850 Data Models

  • Concept of Models
  • Concept of a Logical Node
  • Overview of LN organization
  • Example overview
  • Overview of IEC61850 Common Data Classes
  • Data types 
  • Data / Data Attributes
  • Data Quality
  • Deadbanding

Reporting Model

  • Concept
  • Buffered vs. Unbuffered
  • Controls


  • Overview
  • Mapping of Abstract Concepts to MMS


  • Concept
  • Configuration
  • Performance 
  • Applications

Process Bus

  • IEC 61869-9 Process Bus Profile
  • Implementation of NERC PRC-005 – Data Compare

Substation Configuration Language – SCL

  • Concept
  • XML fundamentals
  • Examples

IEC61850 Compliance Testing

  • Goal / Concept
  • Test Scripts
  • Certification

OPC/DDE Overview

Time Sync

  • GPS  
  • IRIG-B w/ IEEE 1344 / C37.118 Extensions  
  • Precision Time Protocol – IEEE 1588


  • Remedial Action w/ R-GOOSE and R-SV
  • GOOSE Monitoring
  • Database Interface  

Ethernet Data Analyzer

  • MMS Traffic decoding
  • GOOSE / GSSE Monitoring 

 Hands-on session


Mark Adamiak

Mark G. Adamiak, is the founder of Adamiak Consulting. He was the Chief Application Architect at GE Multilin in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and previously worked for GE Power Management’s System Integration group, where he was responsible for developing and implementing utility integration solutions around the world, and the American Electric Power Service Corporation (AEP) in the System Protection and Control section, where his assignments included R&D in Digital Protection and Control, relay and fault analysis, and system responsibility for Power Line Carrier and Fault Recorders. Adamiak received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University in Electrical Engineering, and a master’s degree from the Polytechnic Institute of New York.

Shalini Bhat

Shalini Bhat, PE, is a program director at the Office of Interdisciplinary Professional Programs at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She has over 15 years of experience in the power industry. Previously, she has worked at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Cooper Power Systems. Most recently, she was a Senior Distribution Protection Engineer for seven years at WE Energies in Wisconsin.

Herb Falk

Mr. Falk has been involved in numerous projects involving the application of information systems technology and real-time communications technology to automated manufacturing, electrical distribution and automation and power quality monitoring. Mr. Falk is a recognized expert on MAP, OSI, UCA, information integration technology, distributed object technology, and the Manufacturing Message Specification
(MMS) having served on and chaired numerous industry technical committees. He has been a involved in the determination of communication security needs and standardization since 1996. In 1998, Mr. Falk prepared the security specification for UCA. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Falk assisted in the design and implementation of SISCO’s first suite of “secure” communication products. In 2000, Mr. Falk completed an EPRI security assessment of the United States Electric Utility Infrastructure. Additionally, Mr. Falk is a technical leader within IEC TC 57 WG15 whose scope is “Data and communication security in the field of IEC/TC 57”. The scope includes assisting in the assessment and standardizing of communication security for ICCP/TASE.2, IEC 870-5, DNP 3.0, IEC 61850, and other IEC TC57 protocols and their potential derivatives.

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