IEC 61850 SCT – ASE61850 SCL Manager


The ASE61850 SCL Manager is the leading IEC 61850 Substation Configuration Tool (SCT) in the market. This tool supports Edition 1.0 and Edition 2.0 and is continuously updated to comply with the changes in the standard.

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ASE61850 SCL Manager is the leading IEC 61850 Substation Configuration Tool in the market. IEC 61850 Substation Configuration Tool is a vendor-agnostic, comprehensive graphical tool that allows creation, configuration, viewing, and editing of all substation elements and IEC 61850 Substation Configuration Language specification data models.

  • ASE61850 SCL Manager IEC 61850 SCL Configuration Tool helps in creation, import, and export of SCD/SSD/SED/ICD/IID SCL files with SLD Information
  • ASE61850 SCL Manager IEC 61850 SCL Configuration Tool enables the creation of architectures for substations, wind/hydropower plants and distributed energy resources (DER), and definition of complete system specifications
  • ASE61850 SCL Manager IEC 61850 SCL Configuration Tool links different Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) and their logical functions to substation specifications.
  • ASE61850 SCL Manager IEC 61850 SCL Configuration Tool supports IEC 61850 Ed. 1.0 and Ed. 2.0 and allows mapping of IEC 61850 signals from one IED to another

Key Features of ASE61850 SCL Manager IEC 61850 Substation Configuration Tool

  • IEC 61850 SCL Engineering involves substation specification and substation configuration which includes drawing the Single Line Drawing (SLD), adding IED to the project, linking of IED functions to SLD, and generating the SCD file.

  • IEC 61850 Substation Configuration Tool, SCL Manager has three wizards which help the user in corresponding tasks:

    • IEC 61850 SCL Engineering SLD Wizard: The SLD wizard is used for adding the substations into the
    • IEC 61850 SCL Engineering IED Configuration Wizard: The IED wizard is used for adding IEDs.
    • IEC 61850 SCL Engineering SCD Wizard: Use this wizard to add external SCDs to the project.

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•    Unique SLD Database.
Users can import the SLDs from the database to the project for ease in building SLDs. Users can also save an SLD in a project as a template for use in another project. Thus the user can build up the available database with user additions.
•    Mapping of Signals between IED (s) through Reports, GOOSE, and Sampled Values.
•    Support of all control blocks including R-GOOSE and R-SV.
•    Support of IED to IED Signal Matrix and SLD to IED Signal Matrix.
•    Capability to compare Services and Models of IEDs with results in percentages.
•    Auto Position Algorithm.
The standard SSD file does not have any coordinate information of the substation elements. Information about where to position each element (bays, breakers) is not present in the SSD file. SCL Manager automatically calculates the position of each element using this algorithm and draw the SLD from the SSD file. The auto position algorithm positions all the substation elements from the SSD file.

Special features are as follows:
•    IEC 61850 SCL file validation. ASE61850 SCL Manager allows the user to validate any external/ current working SCL file using the validation option available in the Tools menu.
•    Highlighting IEDs that have Data Relation Errors in them, using a red color.
•    SCL- XML editor. IEC 61850 Substation Configuration Tool allows the user to edit the corresponding XML file (SSD) generated when the user draws the elements in SLD.
•    Tag Generator. Users can create communication tags for the SCD file which can be stored in the file.
•    History management. Users can view and manage the history of any project file.
•    Document Generator. Users can generate and view the document of the projects externally and internally. This document will have SLD pictures and the IED details of all projects in the Workspace.
•    Exporting files. Any dependable file added in the Workspace can be exported from the Project Explorer. Capability to export SCL files to any supported Ed.1.0 and Ed.2.0 schema versions.
•    Automatic Selection of dependent IEDs of an IED. This allows automatic selection of all IEDs that have External Signals coming in or going out of n IED.
•    Unique IED database. SCL Manager has its own IED database with the list of IEC 61850 IEDs present in the market. The database can have the ICD file of each IED, Bill of Materials (BOM) details, terminal details, and so on.
•    SCD/ICD Simulation. If the IED Simulator is already installed in the PC, then the user can simulate the SCD/ICD files by clicking the Simulate option, which will, in turn, open the corresponding SCD/ICD file in IED Simulator.
•    Private data management. Users can add more data into the existing database of SCL. Users can add names and properties for each data item user add.

SCL Manager Configuration 

ASE61850 SCL Manager SCT enables the configuration and engineering of a complete IEC 61850 Substation. A complete IEC 61850 Substation SLD is shown below made using ASE61850 SCL Manager, after following the various engineering steps. This section provides a high-level configuration overview. 

SCL Manager provides a complete engineering environment as per IEC 61850 as given in the following figure. The figure illustrates the information flow in the configuration process.


SCL Manager IEC 61850 SCL Engineering covers:

  • The functional components of a complete System Configurator with the help of the IED database.
  • The IED Configurator embedded in Engineering Workspace. SCL Manager Workspace helps the user to create a Substation / Hydro plant / DER plan as per specifications, add the IED into Workspace from any external ICD files or from the ICD file provided in the tool IED database, then link the functionalities of each IED to the Substation components for the creation of complete Substation Configuration Description (SCD).

Substation Configuration Language version support

SCL Manager supports IEDs that are based on Edition 1.0 as well as Edition 2.0 of the IEC 61850 Protocol. For a complete list of SCL Schemas that are supported, refer to the user manual available with the software download.

Exporting Files based on Schema

The following is the list of target Schemas supported. The content of the SCL file will be adjusted based on the Schema selected by the user.

IEC 61850 Edition 1

IEC 61850 Edition 2

2003 – 1.4

2007 A – 3.0

2003 – 1.5

2007 B

2003 – 1.6

2007 B3

2003 – 1.7

2007 B4

2003 A – 2.0


Supported Target Schemas for SCL Export

Resolve Errors and Edit SCL Schema

In case there are errors, the IEC 61850 Substation Configuration Tool prompt users to resolve the errors. Errors that can be resolved automatically are resolved by the tool. 

Resolving errors that cannot be resolved automatically

In case there are errors that require user intervention, or in case the user does not want SCL Manager to resolve the errors automatically, the software provides features such as an XML editor to make changes as necessary and Re- Validate.

Users can choose to force the IEC 61850 SCL Engineering tool to continue with the errors which might be needed in certain cases when working with certain SCD and ICD files.


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 ASE61850 SCL Manager – IEC 61850 SCT Software

Release Version / Build Date   Description / Links
IEC 61850 SCL Engineering Manager Version 5.0.0
Enhancements/ Changes Retaining all Private elements and namespaces from IED files during


import and SCD generation process

Added additional Ed.2.1 parameter support.
Add / Edit dataset from the control block screen.
Import multiple IED files from folder and subfolders with a single click.
View and edit all IEDs’ communication addresses together – separate screens to view/edit IP, GOOSE, and Sampled Value addresses.
Verify the uniqueness of an IP Address from the Network Addressing option.
Change the subnetwork of an access point.
Change the access point of a goose or sampled value message.
Add Preconfigured ExtRef in the IED.
View (and edit) Services of multiple Access Points and configuration restrictions based on that.
Optional insertion of ExtRef while mapping Report to Client IED.
The report, GOOSE and SV templates to facilitate quick configuration.
Support of ServerAt Access Points.
Search option in the IED explorer pane to locate the IEDs.
Move IED to any folder for easy grouping and viewing.
Enhanced IED compare feature with percentage comparison results with the option to exclude system logical node from the comparison.
Export of IED comparison results.
The indicator in ExtRef mapping to see whether an input is already mapped with another data source.
Changed the licensing mode of ICD Manager license; also updated the features available in ICD Manager.
BCOM and File license support added.
Bug Fixes Value initialization in Datatype sections is retained; also considering the same while resolving type definitions of IEDs.
Retaining enumeration types by renaming new Enum if the name is same and content is different in the new IED file during import.
Resolved automatic renaming of FC from SP to SG if IED supports Edit Setting group functionality.
Resolved invalid merging of complex data types.
Resolved original SCL file getting edited issue when User makes any changes during import.
Correction of service-based feature restrictions.
Option to clean unused Subnetworks.
Allowing reset of Internal Address and Data attribute values.
  Avoid Duplication of Private elements during import.


ASE61850 SCL Manager – IEC 61850 SCT Software

Release Version / Build Date   Description / Links
IEC 61850 SCL Engineering Manager Version 4.9.0
Enhancements/ Changes SCL Compliance with Ed.2.1.
The signal mapping between IEDs with predefined inputs.
Optimized SCD file with reused data types across IEDs.
SCD and IED Configuration mode for different types of Users.
Bug Fixes Evaluation license installation not working.
Two instances of LPHD in ICD file while creating a new IED with


one LPHD.

Issues in adding Logical Node PTOC while creating a new IED.
NamPlt.valRev value is not incremented after changing CF and DF values with Val import true.


ASE61850 SCL Manager – IEC 61850 SCT Software

Release Version / Build Date   Description / Links
IEC 61850 SCL Engineering Manager  Version 4.8.1
18-Jan-2019 (21-Dec-2019
Enhancements/ Changes Extend SSD export to all Project Types. Applied Substation topology to other profiles also and made an LN filter based on project types.
For temporary inclusion of LN from other Project Types, added “Open using Other Project Types” option. Users may add necessary LNs from newly selected Project types.
Additional option to fix Project SCL File which would be the same as the SCL Fix option during export. This allows Users to fix SCL issues in the project itself. Also added Force Export option if User wants to import with errors.
Added option to retain previous Private Logical Nodes list already created by the user, during new installation (old template files are not overwritten).
Removed Project type selection option from Private Logical Node. This allowed Private Logical Node created in one profile to be available in other Project Types.
Synchronized LN selection option in Private Logical Nodes same an Add LN option under Logical Node Tab (instead of a flat list in 4.8.0). This allows the reusing of Private LNs to create new Private LNs.
Option to fix SCL errors during SCL import. This allows Users to import clean files by fixing schema errors.
Multiple items delete option in Private Logical Node screen.
Create New IED has “Configure Logical Nodes” Enabled with Subitems “FALSE”.
Export schema defaults to Project schema so that export will automatically go through schema validation.
Added Force Export option if User wants to export with errors.
Add to Point list from Dataset.
Bug Bug Fixes Refreshing Private Logical Node list from the SLD screen.
Originator blank XML tag issue fixes in edition 2.
Resolved error while selecting all optional elements under Logical Node.


ASE61850 SCL Manager – IEC 61850 SCT Software

Release Version / Build Date   Description / Links
IEC 61850 SCL Engineering Version 4.8.0
Enhancements/ Changes Added user-selectable option of the target scheme version during SCD export. Schema can be selected from 2003 – 1.4 till 2007 B3.
Option to view the assignment of IEDs Logical nodes to Substation functions in a single line diagram matrix form.
Added matrix of Input / Output signal mapping between IEDs and/or Client transmitted over data tags such as GOOSE, Sampled Value, and Reports mechanism.
The tool automatically selects all dependent IEDs’ during the export of the SCD/ SED file and option to change the subnetwork of an Access Point after the addition of IED in the project.
Added configuration support for IEC 61850 90-5 R-GOOSE & R-SV
Added configuration matching percentage display in the compare IED feature for a high-level comparison of data models between IEDs.
Users can compare any two IEDs in the project, with percentage information of matching configurations.
Meaningful warnings of service restrictions to easily locate the relevant


service settings.

Default Configuration Mode now set to IED (user changeable), and Import type set to File System as this is the most common use case.
IEDs with name TEMPLATE will no longer be allowed to be added into the project using IED Wizard, to keep the IED names unique in a project.
Optimized project saving time.
Added appropriate filters to identify Client and Server logical nodes while configuring signal exchanges between IEDs.
Evaluation license will permit all operations but restricted to 10 IEDs cumulatively within a workspace.
Bug Fixes Fixed issues while creating projects with “System” Type.
Fixed issues with an inclusion of Edition 1 IEDs in Edition 2 Projects and vice versa when Project Type is not “Substation”.
Fixed issues while trying to Merge into Client IEDs.
Fixed issues while deleting Network Diagram when the project contains



Fixed issues in Document Generator.
Missed mapping information restored in Map External Signals.
IED edition icons corrected when there are validation issues.
Restricted configuration of Invalid values for Min and Max time.
Dataset size calculation corrected for GOOSE / SV.
Exception handled when Large SCDs would cause SCD Import to fail halfway.
Exception handled when IED Tags / SLD equipment was selected.


ASE61850 SCL Manager – IEC 61850 SCT Software

Release Version / Build Date   Description / Links
IEC 61850 SCL Engineering Manager Version 4.7.1
Enhancements/ Changes Added option to add Client IED.
Added service tracking in Ed.2 IED.
Added option to clone Logical Devices.
Bug Fixes Resolved the bug causing failure while adding Logical Nodes in Ed.1.




ASE61850 IEC 61850 SCL Engineering Manager

Release Version / Build Date   Description / Links
IEC 61850 SCL Engineering Version 4.7.0
Enhancements/ Changes Updated About window.
Modified evaluation licensing.
SCL Manager interaction with System Configuration Tools.
Easy Identification of LNs linked to SLD Objects.
Linked SLD functions to IED.
View services supported by IED.
SSD Reimport/Merge with selective accepting of differences.
Mapping ClientLN from Reports.
IED Name mapping from GOOSE/SV.
Automatic signal mapping from to ExtRef from Control blocks.
Restricts operations based on Services and Engineering Rights.
Valkind handling.
ICD/IID Reimport with selective accepting of differences.
SED Reimport/Merging with selective accepting of differences.
Implemented Sentinel Licensing.
Tab based view for IED Configuration and Service configuration.
Imposing restrictions based on service settings while configuring IED.
Auto insertion of connection node in SLD while connecting two entities.
x y coordinates handling for SLD
Array (ix) handling for harmonics and other array data in the FCDA element (only Edition2.0) and DAI, SDI elements.
IED data-model comparison.
Improved document generation with substation details, IED details, and network diagrams.
Supports network diagram drawing with HMI, Protocol gateway, Router, Switch, etc.
Added SCL validation using SCL schema version1.6 and 3.1.
Supports two evaluation mode for SCL Manager. Mode 1 should have a limitation in the number of IEDs to be added in the workspace while it provides unlimited features (Save and Export option are available in


this mode). Mode 2 should have limited features and there won’t be any

limitation in the number of IEDs to be added in the workspace.

Dot Net Framework requirement for SCL Manager is upgraded to version 3.5.0. Windows 64bit compatibility.
A compact installation package and a full installation package is provided. The full installation package consists of Set up for SQL 2005 server Express and dot net framework 2.0.


IEC 61850 SCL Engineering Version 4.7.0
Enhancements/ Changes While creating a new project or creating a new IED into the project the user will be asked to enter the SCL Version details namely, “IEC61850 Ed.1 (SCL Version 2)” and “IEC61850 Ed.2 (SCL Version 3)”.
Validation of SCL with different schema versions. This won’t be applicable to the right-click – validate option. If the user clicks the “Validate SCL” button in the toolbar, an additional window with.


1.     Folder Browse window

2.     Version Selector Dropdown should be available.

Dropdown entries shall be


1.           SCL Version 1.4

2.           SCL Version 2.0

3.           SCL Version 3.0

For the project validation from the project explorer, the schema validation is based on Schema version 2. The validation done while importing the SCD and ICD files is done with respect to Schema version 2.
The default schema version while adding Project is “IEC61850 Ed.1 (SCL Version 2)”. Old Projects should be loaded with IEC61850 Ed.1 (SCL Version 2) as a default schema version.
The IED Wizard now doesn’t show the default start page, instead of its starts with asking the user to select one from the three ways to add IED (“Create New IED”, “From IED Database” and “Import from File System”).
Adding an IED from the Tree view is now through the IED wizard
Application Mode: Application can be run in a compact mode as well as in standard mode. The mode will be determined from the installed license.
Pan and Zoom view Added outline and zoom view for easy and size SLD drawing.
Log Control Block (LCB): Option for adding the LCBs included
Drawing Component: Added graphical component with enhanced drawing options.
Provision for adding/linking existing LN into the substation elements.
Toolbox: Replaced the old toolbox with a more dynamic toolbox. Toolbox elements and its icon images are taken from the XML.
Save file: The output will have two files. One with standard extension and the other with *.SCL extension. SCL file will have all the standard tags and the private tags which will have the information of the substation coordinates
XML Editor: Added XML editor module for viewing and editing of the SCL XML file.
Private Data Management: Added private data managing the option to add, edit, and include private data into an SCD/ICD file.
New save format: Added option to save the output XML in Unicode Transformation Format (UTF-8) and UTF-16 formats.
Validate the Added option to validate the current project SCD/ICD file, while working on it.
Client LN: Report Control Block (RCB) can now pre-configure, all the client LN from which report is going to enable through Client LN.
Multiple inclusion of DO’s: Inclusion of multiple DO instance option for all optional DO’s in generic LNs (GGIO, GAPC).
Dataset Configuration: Simplification in the Dataset configuration, like configure all FCD/FCDA along with its Dataset. Drag and drop option for FCDA’s have been included.


IEC 61850 SCL Engineering Version 4.7.0
Enhancements/ Changes LN addition and linking: Provided LN adding and linking options in the graphical view, by displaying all the LNs that can be linked from the SCD file.
Copy Paste options: Enhanced cut/copy/paste options in the Graphical view. Substation elements can be cloned.
Control Model Editing: Provided control model editing option. Control model editing will now prompt for the creation of new LN type or for change in all instances of the LN Type.
ICD Combine/ Import: Enables the user to import the pre-configured ICD files to configure SCD or CID files.
Generate data tag: Enables the user to create Manufacturing Message Specification (MMS) tags for the loaded SCL file. Users can also have the list of substation equipment with in the same file of the MMS tags or with other files.
Map external signal: This enables the user to map any signals coming to the IED to the corresponding internal address. The internal address can be any IED specific address or an MMS tag itself.
Tree-based configuration Enables the user to configure the total SCL (Substation configuration language) file including substation, IED, and communication tags.
Graphical substation configuration: Graphical configuration of the substation includes drawing substation, voltage level, bays, different orientation of conducting equipment, connectivity node, and including horizontal and vertical bus bars.
Toolbox for the graphical elements: Toolbox contains a different representation of the substation elements with different orientations.
SCL File validation: Validation of the SCL file with schema version 1.4.


ASE61850 SCL Manager – IEC 61850 SCT Software
Version 4.7.0

Release Notes – SCL-Manager-4.7.0_Release-Notes_Version-4.7.0.pdf