Electrical, Renewable Energy, Power, DCS Training Courses

Communications for Power System Protection and Automation Advanced Training

REF: 15253_303472
DATE: 09 - 20 Mar 2025

Dubai (UAE)


8000 Euro


This course is designed to benefit the utility industry, and overcome the challenges faced in power system communications to make it notable. This Training program is to enable you to learn the requirements placed on the substation communication system to meet the concurrent demands for protection, automation, and Smart Grid implementation. Course further includes a guide of Smart Grid interface standards under the aegis of IEEE, NIST, and NERC.

Targeted Groups:

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

Course Objectives
At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Set up a relay network
  • Read values from standard IEC 61850 data objects
  • Display the data in an Excel spreadsheet
  • Implement relay-to-relay communications via IEC GOOSE
  • Capture and analyze network data packets.

Course Content
Unit1: Analog Communications Fundamentals:

  • AM, FM, PM
  • Generation and detection
  • Performance comparisons

Unit 2: Digital Communications Fundamentals:

  • Quantization
  • Encoding
  • Framing multi-channels
  • Synchronous optical network (SONET)

Unit 3: Fiber Optic Communication Theory and Application:

  • Fiber optic basics
  • Fiber types (multi-mode, single mode)
  • System components (sources, detectors, connectors)
  • System design (architecture, loss calculations)
  • Utility applications
  • New technology and standards (WDM, PMD)

Unit 4: Fundamentals of Power Line Carrier:

  • Basic System
  • System components
  • Coupling Systems
  • Modal analysis
  • Performance calculations

Unit 5: Spread Spectrum Communications:

  • Basic system
  • System components
  • Relaying considerations
  • Control considerations

Unit 6: WAN Ethernet Transport:

  • MPLS
  • Carrier ethernet
  • Comparisons and impact on power system-critical communications

Unit 7: Special Communication Requirements of Protective Relaying:

  • Dependability
  • Security
  • Channel delay effects
  • Modes of operation
  • Channel arrangements
  • Comments on audio tone protection

Unit 8: Serial Data Communication:

  • Basic concepts
  • Data encoding formats
  • RS-232
  • RS-422
  • G-703

Unit 9: Data Networks:

  • Network concepts and devices
  • OSI seven-layer model
  • Substation LAN architectures
  • Network synchronization

Unit 10: Ethernet:

  • Physical connections
  • Data frames
  • Collision and retransmission mechanisms
  • Bridging

Unit 11: Time Synchronization:

  • Time synchronization sources (GPS)
  • IRIG-B
  • IEEE 1588

Unit 12: Protocols and Standards:

  • Architecture development concepts
  • Overview of Sequence of Events Standard
  • Overview of the IEEE Standard for Time Sequence Files
  • Review of the NERC Standard for Event, Fault, and Dynamic Recording
  • TCP/IP
  • ModBus
  • DNP
  • DDE and OPC

Unit 13: 61850 Network Communications Systems:

  • Abstract service models
  • Logical node concept
  • Internet-based communication
  • The IEC 61850 security model
  • Peer-to-peer communications (GOOSE)
  • Substation Configuration Language-SCL
  • Integration system examples
  • Routable GOOSE/SV (sample values)
  • Industry case studies

Unit 14: DNP3 and Applications:

  • DNP3 history, benefits, and capabilities
  • Overview of DNP3 object libraries
  • Discussion of various DNP2 polling schemes
  • Demonstration of DNP3
  • Future enhancements

Unit 15: Electronic Security of Remotely Accessible Control and Protection Equipment:

  • Threats
  • Vulnerabilities
  • Attack scenarios
  • TCP/IP network scanner
  • SCADA protocol reconnaissance
  • Electronic attack barriers
  • NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards (CIPS)
  • Requirements of IEEE 1686
  • Substation IEDs’ level of compliance

Unit 16: Implementing Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS):

  • Introducing MPLS and Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)
  • Transporting Global IPv4 and IPv6 Traffic
  • Enabling Multi-tenancy with MPLS Layer-3 VPNs
  • Building Complex MPLS Layer-3 VPNs
  • Extending Layer-2 Networks with Pseudo wires
  • Scratching the Surface of MPLS Traffic Engineering (TE)
  • Verifying MPLS LSPs Using OAM Tools

Electrical, Renewable Energy, Power, DCS Training Courses
Communications for Power System Protection and Automation Advanced Training (15253_303472)

REF: 15253_303472   DATE: 09.Mar.2025 - 20.Mar.2025   LOCATION: Dubai (UAE)  INDIVIDUAL FEE: 8000 Euro


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