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COM 401: Data Communications Fundamentals

Overview

Designed for engineers in protection, automation, systems integration, and communications as well as consultants who specify and design operational technology for networks, COM 401 covers data communications employed in industrial and utility power systems.

This course reviews relevant terminology, concepts, and other information necessary to be knowledgeable in data communications. The course provides basic guidelines for the design, integration, and use of data communications equipment and systems.

Agenda

Day 1
  • Communications Fundamentals
  • Modulation Techniques
  • Communications Media (includes an exercise)
  • Traditional Applications
  • Data Communications (includes an exercise)
  • Data Transmission
Day 2
  • Introduction to Message Switching (includes an exercise)
  • Geographical Classification (includes an exercise)
  • Network Architectures (includes an exercise)
  • Ethernet Communication Fundamentals
  • Software-Defined Networks (includes an exercise)
Day 3
  • Precision Time Protocol
  • Introduction to Protocols: SCADA Communications 
    (includes an exercise)
  • Introduction to Protocols: Other Communications
  • Introduction to SEL Protocols
  • Applications using Mirrored Bits
  • DNP3 Protocol (includes an exercise)
Day 4
  • Cybersecurity
  • Security Levels
  • IEC 61850 Overview
  • IEC 61850 GOOSE Messaging
  • IEC 61850 Creating Reports (includes an exercise)
  • IEC 61850 Digital Secondary Systems
  • Comparison of IEC 61850 and DNP3

Note: This course teaches fundamental knowledge but does not provide hands-on experience with SEL relays.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students can:

  • Define the purpose of system integration and communications-assisted applications
  • Describe intelligent electronic device (IED) data contents, data integration, and data consumers
  • Identify device communications methods and topologies
  • Define common communications protocols, including IEC 61850, Modbus, and DNP3
  • Distinguish between serial and Ethernet networks
  • Identify SEL best practices in configuring device communications
  • Identify the advantages of networking multiple IEDs together

For hands-on experience with data communication protocols and equipment, please consider the following courses:
SYS 407: Software-Defined Networks 
APP 3530: SEL-3530 Real-Time Automation Controller (RTAC) 
APP 3620: Sensible Cybersecurity Using the Ethernet Security Gateway  
APP ICON: SEL ICON Integrated Communications Optical Network 

Course Information
Course Base Fees: $USD2,300*

CEUs: 2.8
Available Courses
Pullman, Washington, USA
July 8–11, 2019
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Location:
SEL University
2270N NE Hopkins Ct
Pullman, Washington 99163
USA

Additional Information:
8:00am-5:00pm each day

Recommended Hotel Information:

Residence Inn
1255 NE North Fairway Rd.
Pullman, WA 99163
509-332-4400
Amenities: complimentary breakfast

Holiday Inn Express
1190 SE Bishop Blvd
Pullman, WA 99163
509-334-4437
Amenities: complimentary breakfast

Best Western University Inn
1516 W. Pullman Rd.
Moscow, ID 83843
208-882-0550
Amenities: complimentary breakfast

Fairfield Inn
1000 West Pullman Rd.
Moscow, ID 83843
208-882-4600

LaQuinta
185 Warbonnet Dr.
Moscow, ID 83843
208-882-5365
Amenities: complimentary breakfast

*Please note that these are only recommendations

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Course Requirements

Prerequisites

A degree in electrical engineering or information technology is required. Equivalent experience in data communications also is acceptable.

Course Preparation

Please check the General Course Information page for what you should bring to class.