Substation Automation

To achieve the goals of a Smart Grid, electric utilities require highly reliable, accurate data acquisition and control in a substation to respond to real-time events with appropriate actions. Survalent's line of substation controller products, combined with SCADA and HMI enable 100's of utilities world-wide to increase reliability in their systems while reducing maintenance and other operational costs. Working with utilities for over 45 years has given us a deep understanding of utility-specific requirements and a unique perspective of our customer base. We have tailored our products to our customer needs for substation automation.

Survalent's substation automation solution ensures reliable power delivery and provides you with state-of-the-art performance, flexible architectures, and open standards such as IEC 61850 and DNP 3.0.


Station Explorer 3

Manage Your Station Controllers Locally or Remotely

The Station Explorer 3 application is for configuration, mapping and monitoring of the Survalent Station Controllers locally or remotely. Station Explorer 3 works with SCOUT and MINER RTUs and can be installed on any modern Operating System (Windows, Linux, iOS).

Station Explorer 3 is an intuitive standalone solution that provides reliable offline and online tools for setup of the Station Controllers that is easy, friendly to use, and saves time and effort.

An Extensive Range of Services

Consulting: Survalent Technology can assist to clients define their integration strategy. They also provide advice in defining and implementing processes as well as making the technological choices best adapted to their needs.

Implementation Support: Survalent Technology's engineers provide full support all through the various project steps including:

  • Integration with External Applications
  • Data Migration from a Previous System
  • Training and Configuration
  • Training Plan Design, including e-learning
  • Go-Live Assistance

Benefits of Station Explorer 3

  • Configure the Station Controllers VISUALLY, using intuitive graphical tools that require no training.With video tutorials, a help menu and a product manual, your product is ready for use in less than 15 minutes.
  • Rapid development of the database for collecting points from IEDs, intelligent I/Os or hardwired points.Your engineering time and effort is valuable. With Station Explorer 3, development times are decreased by 70%.
  • Reuse existing templates for IEDs generated for Survalent SCADA.With no more lost templates for your favorite IEDs, you do not have to do the same work twice.
  • Generate new IED templates in minutes and use them on Survalent Station Controllers or SCADA. Moving templates is simple as copying and pasting and are fully
    compatible between the Survalent SCADA Master and Station Explorer 3.
  • Offline and online configuration and mapping files.Making projects is simpler because now you can use them in one place and reuse them for the next project or on another computer. You can upload and download configuration and mapping when you are online with the Station Controllers. There is no need to memorize your communication "working" parameters. Instead you can just export and import parameters and easily export maps to the Supervisory Systems and provide data to the customer.
  • Complete flexibility when building the database for the data exchange with Masters.Now you can easily add and remove points, sort and filter, copy the names of the points from Excel and assign addresses to your preference.
  • Uploaded configuration and mapping from current Station Controllers. Station Explorer 3 allows you to view and reconfigure your existing Station Controllers and migrate your old projects (including mapping files from SE II) to the new format, which can also be used on the SCADA side.
  • No lost SE II templates. Station Explorer 3 can regenerate templates from the downloaded maps in the Station Controllers.


MINERTM Station Controller

MINER Station Controller Survalent Technology Remote Terminal Unit Survalent Technology Remote Terminal UnitThe MINER™ is a member of the Station Controller family of devices. Station Controllers not only combine the functions of a traditional RTU with the functionality of a Data Concentrator, but also includes a Terminal Server and a Web Server.

The MINER™ provides a balanced combination of I/O points and communication ports in a compact package, operating with just 6W in industrial temperature range.

The communications capabilities allow the MINER™ to connect to multiple IEDs either on multiple ports with multi-drop configurations or over one or two Ethernet ports. The communication to the master or masters can be configured to occur via one or more of four serial ports or via one or two Ethernet ports. When connected to an Ethernet LAN, one or more serial ports can be configured to act as terminal server ports. This allows a remote device (the master or other appropriate computer on the LAN) to access this port and exchange data with an external device. As an example, this feature can be used to remotely configure IEDs or upload historical data files.

The MINER™ has two dedicated serial ports for configuration, point monitoring and diagnostics. A simple terminal connected to this port will act as the Human interface. When connected to an Ethernet LAN, the same configuration and diagnostic operations can be performed remotely on the RTU via Telnet or Web Browser.

A powerful Web Server is also integrated within the MINER™. This user friendly tool allows operation, maintenance and configuration of the RTU without the need of proprietary software. Any standard web browser allows direct access to the web server built-in within the MINER ™.

Simple configuration is provided by the Points Mapping Wizard which allows points mapping of third party IEDs and I/O cards in a graphical environment. An extensive library of point maps is available for the most common IEDs available on the market, making IED point mapping a few clicks of the mouse.


SCOUTTM Station Controller

SCOUT Station Controller Survalent Technology Remote Terminal UnitSCOUT Station Controller Survalent Technology Remote Terminal UnitThe SCOUT™ is a member of the Station Controller family of devices. Station Controllers not only combine the functions of a traditional RTU with the functionality of a Data Concentrator, but also includes a Terminal Server and a Web Server. Extensive communications capabilities are available over both serial and Ethernet networks.

Modular I/O Architecture allows the SCOUT™ to be scaled to the desired point size up to 256 I/O points of each type perSCOUT™ module up to a database size of 16,000 points. This innovative architecture allows the SCOUT™ to monitor and control points connected directly to the RTU The modular I/O boards are compatible with those used on previous Survalent RTUs. Hence, the SCOUT™ will be able to replace the main electronic circuits in previous RTUs, such as the XPPB. This capability also enables a customer to upgrade to a more feature-rich RTU while leaving the external wiring untouched. This upgrade capability also applies to the older 6CPP4 and 6CPP6 RTU models.

Extensive communications capabilities allow the SCOUT™ to connect to many IEDs either on multiple ports with multi-drop configurations or over one or two Ethernet ports. The communication to the master or masters can be configured to occur via one or more of four serial ports or via one or two Ethernet ports.

When connected to an Ethernet LAN, one or more serial ports can be configured to act as terminal server ports. This allows a remote device (the master or other appropriate computer on the LAN) to access this port and exchange data with an external device. As an example, this feature can be used to remotely configure IEDs or upload historical data files.

The SCOUT™ has a dedicated serial port for configuration, point monitoring and diagnostics. A simple terminal connected to this port will act as the Human interface. When connected to an Ethernet LAN, the same configuration and diagnostic operations can be performed remotely on the RTU via Telnet or Web Browser.

A powerful Web Server is also integrated within the SCOUT™. This user friendly tool allows operation, maintenance and configuration of the RTU without the need of proprietary software. Any standard web browser allows direct access to the web server built-in within the SCOUT™.

Simple configuration is provided by the Points Mapping Wizard which allows points mapping of third party IEDs and I/O cards in a graphical environment. An extensive library of point maps is available for the most common IEDs available on the market, making IED point mapping a few clicks of the mouse.


Gateway

Gateway is a software automation solution to convert protocols from substation devices, such as Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs), to a standard protocol to achieve interoperability. It can run on any substation hardened computer running Microsoft Windows operating system.

Gateway Software Automation Survalent Technology IED

IED points can be mapped to the Gateway using our database editing tool STC Explorer, imported from MS Excel spreadsheets, or automatically created using our IED Wizard.

Gateway Software Automation Survalent Technology IED

Interoperability is setup in the Data Exchange by defining Servers, Virtual RTUs, and Datasets. The Servers editor allows you to define links to other systems. For each link, you specify the type of interface, the communications ports or IP addresses used to access the other system, and other communication parameters. The Virtual RTU editor is used to create one or more Virtual RTUs for each server. Each Virtual RTU references a Dataset of SCADA points whose values are to be reported to the client. Supported Servers include: ICCP, MultiSpeak, OPC, DNP 3.0, Modbus, and QUICS IV. The Datasets editor is used to create sets of points that are referenced by the Virtual RTUs. Each dataset contains blocks of status, analog, control, setpoint, and accumulator entries to which SCADA points can be mapped.

Supported Substation
Protocols

Supported Data
Exchange Servers

  • DNP 3.0
  • Harris 5000-6000
  • IEC 60870-5-101
  • IEC 60870-5-103
  • IEC 60870-5-104
  • IEC 61850
  • Landis & Gyr 8979
  • MDO-11
  • Modbus RTU
  • OPC Client
  • Quics IV
  • Quin
  • SNMP
  • Tejas Series 3 & 5
  • DNP 3.0 Server
  • Harris 5000-6000
  • ICCP Server
  • IEC 104 Server
  • Modbus RTU Server
  • MultiSpeak Server
  • OPC Server
  • Quics IV

Features

  • Hardware platform independent
  • The Gateway data exchange servers are designed to make data appear to other client systems like it is coming from one or more RTUs. It can support multiple master stations or client applications.
  • Complete Datasets can be created and assigned to multiple Virtual RTUs. This means that the same data can easily be sent to more than one master system without having to maintain duplicate dataset definitions for each Virtual RTU.
  • Points are easily added to the Virtual RTU with the drag-n-drop point browser. Our Virtual RTU application includes all the editors for setting up the communication connection and how the data is formatted when polled by the other system.

Benefits

  • Gateway runs the same baseline software as our SCADA master station:
    • Multiple redundancy
    • NERC CIP compliance
  • Gateway is fully scalable. Applications such as Event Data Recorder, GPS Clock, and Voltage Reduction can be added to extend the capabilities of the gateway.
  • HMI can be added to the gateway to provide a full graphical user interface based on our SmartVU GUI