Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How to Generate IEC 61850 IED Models?

IEC 61850-6 (SCL – System Configuration Language) supports the design, engineering and configuration of systems … systems composed of many IEDs (Intelligent Electronic Devices). One key question is: How can I define a model of an IED?

Big vendors like ABB, GE, Siemens, … have their own vendor-specific tools. What’s about third-party tools? Or even freely available tools?

The following tools may be used for free (with some restrictions):

IEDmodeler from RedWind:

IED Modeler is a tool free for use as long as you have an access to the internet and accept their license … The program is free of charge for non-profit purposes including teaching and research at universities, colleges and other educational institutions, research at non-profit research institutions, and personal non-profit purposes.

Click HERE for more information.

ICD Designer from SystemCorp:

The ICD Designer can be used to model IEDs according to Edition 1 and Edition 2 of the core parts of IEC 61850. In addition to modeling IEDs it can be used to bind Models to real applications: bind the “XCBR2.Pos.stVal” to a specific memory location or to a Modbus Coil:


The “Pos.stVal” can be bound to a Modbus Slave:


This binding allows automatic configuration of the IEC 61850 Stack/API and binding to the corresponding Modbus device at address 321.

Other bindings are supported: DNP3, IEC 60870-5-104, …

The ICD Designer can be used to simplify the application of the SystemCorp IEC 61850 Stack/API.

Click HERE for more information on the ICD Designer. The ICD Designer can – of course – also be used for creating CID Files.

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