CoMPAS is designed to provide common software blocks for IEC 61850 profile configuration, using an open source shared development model. Building on development resources provided by multiple vendors, end-users, and other stakeholders results in rapid development and an end result that meets stakeholders’ needs. This open source initiative uses – and creates – industry best practices for top-down configuration processes and common model implementation choices, accelerating conformity to IEC 61850 through software implementation.
The project does not duplicate standardization efforts. Instead, CoMPAS’s goal is to deliver a production-grade reference implementation of the IEC standard. When the rules and principles from the standard are not comprehensive or specific enough or are still a work in progress, the project makes choices for the implementation based on the primary goal of a configurable and flexible implementation that follows the standard.
Main Use Cases
CoMPAS is designed around the following primary use cases:
- Tools for IEC 61850 profile management and configuration are needed at various business processes of the power grid industry
- The planning process for grid infrastructure components facilitates the design of power system adaptations and the engineering of substation PACS to be installed or upgraded
- Specifying requirements and performing multi-vendor system integration and commissioning during the PACS procurement and delivery phase
- Adapting to changes in operational conditions and performing system configuration updates during the operational life of PACS
- Managing assets in order to perform maintenance actions and PACS upgrades
Additionally, there is a demand for better availability of Substation PACS data at the enterprise level – functions & settings and operational process data – and enhanced interoperability between processes at substation and enterprise levels through stronger automation:
- Improving the interlinkage between grid planning and PACS engineering processes
- Improving the interlinkage between the configuration of PACS and the configuration of central systems, including SCADA and asset management