IEC 60870-101/104 Training

SUBNET offers a three day protocol training course that combines an IEC 101/104 protocol training module with an ASE2000 Test Set module. To get the most value from your SUBNET training, the two modules must be taken in conjunction with each other and cannot be taken separately.

SUBNET’s IEC 101/104 Protocol Training is an intensive course that covers all aspects of the IEC 101/104 protocol. Learn the open standards-based protocol that serves as the communication link between substation computers, RTUs (Remote Terminal Units), IEDs (Intelligent Electronic Devices) and master stations. SUBNET Solutions Inc. offers a comprehensive two-day training course focused on the IEC 101/104 protocol.

SUBNET’s ASE2000™ RTU Test Set Training is a hands-on, one-day training course that offers a focused and comprehensive introduction to working with the ASE Test Set.

Training Hours: 24
Course Duration: 24.00

Course objectives include:

  • Understand the IEC 101/104 message structure
  • Understand device polling
  • Understand time synchronization and time-stamped events
  • IEC Subsets for interoperability between multi-vendor devices
  • Understand and troubleshoot IEC systems
  • Learn the benefits and practical uses for the IEC 101/104 protocol
  • Understand the various model options for the ASE Test Set
  • Discover how to use the Master Mode to analyze IEC 101/104 protocol behaviour for timing and troubleshooting
  • Understand how to use the RTU Mode to perform testing on the master
  • Learn to use the Monitor Mode to pinpoint problems occurring between master and slave devices, and optimize communication performance
  • Understand how to set up the Loop Back Mode to simulate a master station and RTU
Course abstract:
In addition to IEC 101/104 Protocol and ASE2000 Test Set training, a brief introduction to SUBNET products and the SUBNET ONE Architecture will be provided.

IEC 101/104 Module

  • IEC 101/104 history, benefits and an overview of the key features and capabilities of the protocol
  • An introduction to OSI 7 protocol layering
  • A review of Base 2 (binary) and Base 16 (hexadecimal) systems, and practice translating between these systems and Base 10
  • An in-depth overview of IEC  points and data, including binary and analog points, counters, event data, timestamps, classes and polls, and deadbands, and how these are portrayed in the IEC 101/104 object library and polling schemes
  • A review of IEC 101/104 structure for serial communication and IEC 101/104 over TCP/IP and UDP/IP
  • A thorough breakdown of IEC message structure and layers with specific hands-on practice decoding IEC 101/104 messages
  • A review of various IEC 101/104 polling scheme options
  • A discussion of IEC 101/104 implementation on intelligent electronic devices
  • A detailed look at IEC 101/104 documentation

ASE2000 Test Set

  • Overview of the ASE Test Set’s modes of operation (Master MTU Simulation, RTU Simulation, Monitor Mode, Loop-back Mode)
  • Correct cabling set-up for testing modes: Master, Remote & Monitor
  • Overview of the ASE Test Set graphical user interface
  • Master Mode Simulation: Includes protocol selection, communication parameters, exchange templates, protocol properties, Point Values view (creating devices, obtaining points lists and setting up scaling properties), master controls (digital and analog views) and capturing auxiliary files. Plus hands-on practice.
  • RTU Mode Simulation: Includes protocol selection, communication parameters, data simulation with exchange templates, protocol properties, and transmission methods. Plus hands-on practice.
  • Monitor Mode Simulation: Includes monitoring a communication line, Line Analyzer view (verifying timing with modems and signal levels) and graphing. Plus hands-on practice.
  • Loop Back Mode Simulation: Includes configuration, communication parameters and protocol properties. Plus hands-on practice.

The course is open to all levels of experience. However, attendees should have a base understanding of RTUs, IEDs and general substation devices. No prior understanding of the IEC 101/104 protocol is required. A Laptop with a full version of ASE2000 Test Set will be provided for each attendee to use during the training. 

Target Audience:

Typical participants include SCADA engineers, technicians and other persons responsible for evaluating or implementing substation architecture or HMI software, testing, implementing and troubleshooting substation communication devices.

  • SCADA Engineers and Technicians
  • Control System Technicians
  • Communication & Relay Technicians
  • System Engineers & Maintenance Personnel

Learning Environment:

SUBNET training is designed for electric utility professionals. The learning environment is structured to include participation from all participants. Training includes lectures, hands-on components and time to discuss industry issues and solutions. The relaxed environment encourages participants to engage with industry colleagues and course instructors to achieve maximum benefits from the course.