Previous Webinars

Our previous webinars are listed below. Click on the webinar for more detailed information and to view a replay.

Triangle MicroWorks previously hosted and participated in a webinar including UCA International User Group (UCAIug), DNV Energy Systems, and Elewit from Red Electrica Group to present the upcoming changes involved with IEC 61850 Ed. 2.1. With these changes comes new conformance test procedures and policies for Ed 2.0 & 2.1 conformance testing.

In this upcoming webinar, we will briefly review those topics with a focus on migration strategies and how to prepare for the update to Ed 2.1. The best way to prepare for a successful migration is by testing in advance of implementing the update to Ed 2.1. Testing can help you understand any challenges, minimize the risks involved and uncover any issues early on for planning purposes

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DER Solutions

Enabling Interoperable SCADA Communications for PV Inverters through Embedded Controllers

The percentage integration of Distributed Energy Resources(DER), specifically photovoltaic (PV) inverters in the field, has increased significantly in the past 5 years. Regardless of the size of the PV plants and the inverters (residential vs. commercial), it is becoming crucial that these devices have the capability to communicate with peers (other smart devices) and with components that are at a hierarchy above the inverters (e.g., supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, distributed controllers, and data managers).

National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) with support from Triangle MicroWorks, developed standard SCADA software code for inverters’ embedded controllers that will enable interoperability with other components in the system.

The focus of this webinar is to show part of the larger work, specifically how to enable IEC 61850 server & client communication on a PV inverter.

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Migration Strategies for using IEC 61850 Edition 2 Amendment 1 (Ed 2.1)

UCA International User Group (UCAIug) Supporting Users

Over the years, IEC 61850 started out with Edition 1 and has continued to evolve and improve with updates including Edition 2 and 2.1 (Edition 2 Amendment 1). Ed 2.1 is the latest release and as a result the UCAIug IEC 61850 Test Procedure Working Group (TPWG) has been actively developing IEC 61850 Edition 2.1 conformance test procedures and new policies for Ed 2.0 & 2.1 conformance testing.

With updated conformance test procedures and timeframes, many new questions are being asked. What are the key drivers to motivate utilities to upgrade to Ed 2.1? What are the issues related to migrate a substation automation system towards Edition 2.1?

The UCAIug has published a white paper documenting best practices and new policies to rollout Ed2.1. The goal of this webinar is review highlights of the white paper, provide the IEC vs User perspective and review of testing and migration strategies for Ed 2.1.

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For device vendors, SCADA communication testing is difficult and time consuming.  Interoperability problems in the field cause serious support issues. For Utilities, connection problems and configuration issues slow down device integration times and create downtime.

Having the right tools can simplify your testing & troubleshooting while improving efficiency & productivity by allowing you to prevent many issues that would typically occur in the field.

Troubleshooting & Conformance Testing with DNP3

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gateway is a powerful tool that combines the ability to collect, interpret, translate, and deliver data coming from multiple downstream sources. It simplifies workflow, integrates data from multiple data sources, and adds a layer of security within one application.

Both data concentration and protocol translation are necessary functions in the utility industry to be able to work with the wide variety of protocols used around the globe. Our industry is reliant on gateways and protocol converters to manage & simplify these complex functions. But how is it different than a router? How can this be done across different SCADA protocols with a gateway?

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In a traditional substation with copper wires, testing is straightforward. You can isolate the section to test attempting to avoid effecting the entire system, hook up the test equipment and physically perform a manual test. However, this involves a tremendous amount of manual effort, intervention & modification of the entire system which is ultimately inefficient and creates a high risk of multiple safety issues.

With the introduction of IEC 61850 into a substation, there are many features defined by the standard to eliminate the manual effort with Virtual Isolation.  This will increase efficiency & accuracy of testing while greatly reducing safety risks.  
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A Holistic Approach to Industrial Cybersecurity

Detecting Cyber Attacks in Substation Networks

Security is a critical requirement in modern SCADA systems. Interest & awareness of cybersecurity has increased with the looming deadlines by North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) standards increasing the urgency for the electric power industry to address this need. The good news is existing standard communication protocols like IEC 60870-5-104 and IEC 61850 have security capabilities built into to them and are used by SCADA devices today. This existing infrastructure can be leveraged as a major step towards meeting this requirement.

Holistic Approach to Industrial Cybersecurity

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Debugging GOOSE

Streamline Troubleshooting & System Validation

One of the major advantages provided by IEC61850 is the utilization of GOOSE messages. GOOSE messaging provides broadcast communication from one IED to many other IEDs. The GOOSE service has been implemented in order to replace the traditional signal wiring in the substation providing several advantages:

  • A GOOSE message can carry more information such as quality and time stamp.
  • Continuous supervision of GOOSE messages provides immediate notification of broken links.
  • Scheme redesign can be made in software and does not need expensive physical rewiring.
  • Reduce cost associated with traditional wiring.
  • Achieve more comprehenive automated testing.
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Simplifying Secure Routable GOOSE & Sampled Values

Applications, Architecture, Configuration & Simulation

Smart Grid concepts have driven the need to migrate to microprocessor based controls and digital communications. There are several use cases that require interoperable communications within and between utilities as well as industrial complexes such as:
 - Transfer-Trip
 - Remedial Action Schemes (RAS)/System Integrity Protection Schemes(SIPS) 
      - Load Shed
      - Blackstart
      - Dynamic Grid Formation
      - Actionable Synchrophasor Exchange

All of the these use cases require point-to-multipoint secure communications. Some of the use cases can be extended to integrate between the utility enterprise and the industrial complex.

The routable version of the Generic Object Oriented Substation Event (R-GOOSE) and routable Sampled Values (R-SV) profiles satisfy the security and communication requirements of the utility industry. These profiles allow IP multicast address and advanced route path determination to prevent network flooding. The release of Amendment 1 to IEC 61850 Edition 2 has supplanted IEC TR 61850-90-5, providing enhancements and defect correction.
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Garibaldi Key Distribution and Access Control

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The lifetime of substation equipment is getting shorter. Substation equipment that was replaced every 40+ years in the past is now worn out or obsolete in 15 years.  As a result, the need to optimize the process of designing an electrical power system has become critical to continue to meet increased demand while minimizing costs & resources. In this 2 part series, you will learn how to optimize the process of designing an electrical power system by combining the IEC 61850 Engineering Process with the right tools, allowing you to implement a standard, non-vendor-specific method.
  • In Part 1  learn how to create IED Capability Description (.ICD) files and verify SCL Files against the standard, and how to create a system specification and implement a design for that system using vendor neutral tools.
  • In Part 2 learn the 2nd half of the IEC 61850 Engineering Process with a focus on Factory Acceptance Testing, Commissioning and Maintenance process.
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Remote testing & simulation can drastically reduce your need for travel, to be onsite, and increase productivity so you can maintain existing/ new project schedules as well as respond quickly to new situations. Remote workforces need tools that are user friendly, work with existing hardware & operating systems (i.e. Windows, laptops, servers), are low cost  & easy set up so they can quickly start using them. The goal of this webinar is to show you how SCADA testing can be done remotely that you would normally do onsite to maintain and commission a substation. You will learn about remote testing strategies & a tool called Distributed Test Manager(DTM) that can be used from a remote set up. It will cover the following protocols: DNP3, Modbus, IEC 60870-5, IEC 61850, and ICCP.
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Automatically test protocol and data type mapping in a gateway and document results with the Distributed Test Manager (DTM). This is accomplished by simulating changes in the downstream IEDs and verifying they are received upstream in the SCADA Master. The following benefits will be achieved:
- Saves Time
- Saves Money
- More Reliable
- Perform testing earlier by not waiting for the final system to be installed and configured
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