Charting a Course to a Digital Substation
A Guide to Integrate IEC 61850 in Your Solutions


DistribuTECH International 2023

February 8, 2023
3:30 - 5pm PST

Hilton San Diego Bayfront (exit convention center thru Lobby H)
Room Aqua Salon AB
San Diego, CA

Triangle MicroWorks is hosting a free training session during the DistribuTECH 2023 conference next door at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. Please join us for drinks and snacks while you learn the differences between DNP3 and IEC 61850 and how to develop a transition plan for using both protocols in future substations.

1.5 PDH (Professional Development Hours) will be earned for attending this training. Certificates are available upon request.

What you'll learn:

  • Review the differences between DNP3 & IEC 61850 at a protocol level
    • DNP3 is one protocol vs IEC 61850 is 3 protocols in one - MMS, GOOSE & Sampled Values
  • Compare the difference between DNP3 & IEC 61850 at a functional level
    • Review IED point list vs ICD file
    • Discuss wire diagrams vs GOOSE messaging configuration
    • How to transition from a points list to a data model
  • Game changer – IEC 61850 Engineering Process
    • Review how substations are built today vs building an IEC 61850 substation
    • Learn how the System Configuration Language (SCL) enables the IEC 61850 Engineering Process to design & specify a substation
    • How to get more out of existing DNP3 devices by mapping point lists to the IEC 61850 object model so they can be used in the IEC 61850 Engineering Process
  • See IEC 61850 in action through real world examples
    • Explore IEC 61850 data models to illustrate how to transition from IED point list to a data model
    • Demonstrate how to transition from wire diagram to GOOSE messaging
    • Simulate & test IEC 61850 systems using vendor neutral tools
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Christoph Brunner

Christoph Brunner has graduated as electrical engineer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1983. He is Utility Industry professional with over 30 years of industry experience with both knowledge across several areas within the Utility Industry and of technologies from the Automation Industry. He is a well-known expert on IEC 61850 as he has been involved in the development of the standard since the beginning. He is president of it4power in Switzerland, a consulting company to the power industry. As such, he has been consultant in many projects for substation automation and projects involving IEC 61850. He has worked as a project manager at ABB Switzerland Ltd in the business area Power Technology Products in Zurich / Switzerland where he was responsible for the process close communication architecture of the substation automation system. He is 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 guest professor at Shangdong University of technology and international advisor to the board of the UCA international users group.

Jackson Moore
Applications Engineer
Triangle MicroWorks, Inc.

Jackson received B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University and has a background in power systems engineering. Prior to joining Triangle Microworks, Jackson spent five years as a Microgrid Systems Engineer, where he designed and developed load management control systems for multi-source microgrids ranging from 1MW to 30MW. In his current role of Application Engineer, Jackson serves as a bridge between our customers and our development team, seeking to understand and solve the unique and complex challenges our clients face.



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