iConfICD icd Designer

iConfICD is a state-of-the-art software application to create ICD and CID files for the configuration and modelling of IEC 61850 servers. The new ICD design tool has been developed by iGrid T&D to provide a particularly efficient environment for the generation of fully compliant SCL files for IEDs. 

As the standard intends, the tool can be used to set up any device supporting IEC 61850 communication. It allows to create all of the standard’s Logical Devices and Logical Nodes, as well as to select the corresponding Data Objects, while strictly following the guidelines of the IEC 61850 edition 2 standard. With the iEdit tool, expert professionals can manually access and modify SCL files without restrictions.

Since full compliance is key, the tool has been designed to keep up with the evolution of the standard and automatically ensures that the SCL schema and data integrity match the standard’s requirements when an ICD or CID file is generated with the tool. Furtermore, manually modified SCL files can be automatically reviewed with a one-click validation function.

Beyond facilitating the configuration of SCL files for IEDs, the tool also allows to define datasets, report control blocks (URCB, BRCB, GOOSE), communication parameters, commmands and dead band measures. The simplicity and user-friendly interface of the tool opens new doors for professionals with less experience in implementing the protocol. However, despite its simplicity, we suggest having a clear understanding of the IEC 61850 standard and its data models in advance. Not sure how this tool could help your project? Get in touch with us!

What is an ICD file?

New IEDs are able to perform many different tasks within an electrical distribution network. In order to instantiate these functionalities, several capability subsets must be defined for the same device. IEC 61850 makes it possible to transfer these device descriptions and communication parameters amongst different vendors/manufacturers by specifying a standardized Substation Configuration Language (SCL).

The IED Capability Description (ICD) is a specific type of SCL file usually supplied by manufacturers and defines the full capability range of an IED, whereas the Configured IED Description (CID) file contains everything the IED needs to be configured, including IED-relevant data from the Substation Configuration Description (SCD) file, such as the dataset definition behind a GOOSE message the IED shall receive.


Product Highlights

  • Create new ICD and CID files for IEC 61850 servers intelligently
  • Freely configure any of the standard’s Logical Devices, Logical Nodes & assign them to Data Objects
  • Define datasets, control logs & report control blocks (MMS buffered/unbuffered, GOOSE) and modify any report parameter, including trigger options
  • Access & modify files line by line without restrictions in XML with the intelligent iEdit tool
  • Validate manually modified files through automatic data model checks (integrity, SCL schema etc.)
  • User-friendly interface for maximum simplicity, including comfortable communication, attributes and services definition
  • Plain view allows you to maintain an overview over all signals, or only the ones corresponding to a specific data object, logical node or logical device
  • Support of GGIO Logical Nodes (GGIO is not encouraged by iGrid T&D)
  • Keep your SCL file size to a minimum as the tool avoids the selection unnecessary (unused) data type templates
  • Define any of the standard command formats: status-only, direct-with-normal-security, sbo-with-normal-security, direct-with-enhanced-security or sbo-with-enhanced-security
  • Strict compliance with the IEC 61850 ed.2 standard

IEC 61850 Introduction

The open nature of the IEC 61850 standard unlocks new potential for future network adaptions but also provides immediate value to all parties involved by enabling advanced functionalities and schemes which are already being employed all over the world. As a result, over the last years IEC 61850 has spread from pilotting substation automation systems (SAS) to a broad and diverse range of applications in the energy sector, including distributed generation networks.

Retrofitting an existing substation with IEC 61850 technology or using the standard as a backbone for new networks can result in tremendous cost savings and strongly improve the efficiency and safety of the network.


In order to ensure full interoperability, IEC 61850 turns its back on signal-oriented communication, vendor-dependent libraries and diverting data structures to become the first object-oriented communication standard in the energy industry. As a result, IEC 61850 GOOSE, MMS and SMV protocols allow to map IEDs uniformly and do no longer require vendor-specific libraries. The standard also moves away from hard-wired signal paths to ethernet-based communication media. This does not only reduce wiring but also enables higher speeds, improved redundancy, higher efficiency and other advanced functionalities such as sophisticated logic schemes for substation protection and automation.

Transitioning to IEC 61850 is not just handling a new protocol but adopting an entirely new working philosophy. This can look challenging and discouraging at first sight. Our support engineers have extensive experience in implementing the standard. We can help you with your first projects and train your staff to become fully independent in creating entire projects based on IEC 61850.

iConfICD is just a small fraction of our IEC 61850 solutionscheck them out to see how you can benefit from IEC 61850.

All of our products, from SCADA to distributed I/Os, are advanced IEC 61850 enabled devices, speaking MMS & GOOSE protocols. You can get an overview below: