StationWare Features

DIgSILENT StationWare is an extended and extendable system with regard to the type of information stored in it. The device list managed by DIgSILENT StationWare has no limits; and may be extended according to the number of devices to be managed. One central question about this management system is how to integrate it into the existing IT infrastructure of your company. This requires both automation interfaces as well as data exchange possibilities.

Asset Management
  • Asset Management for primary and secondary equipment
  • User-definable location management
  • User-definable asset types and asset attributes
  • Topology model for primary and signal connections
Protection Settings Management
  • Management of protection settings
  • Management of protection devices and their attributes
  • Comprehensive protection device model library
  • Models including range checks and multiple settings groups
  • Management of manufacturer-specific settings files
  • Management and definition of settings templates
Protection Settings and Process Lifecycle
  • Customer-specific phases and transitions
  • Interactive lifecycle graph
  • Access rights per phase and transition
  • Audit trail
  • Trace of historic settings records depending on lifecycle transitions
  • Transition-triggered scripts and email notification
  • User-definable checklists
  • Multiple definable process lifecycles
Results and Reporting

Inbuilt functionality assists users in collating, analysing and presenting Stationware data. Scripts provide administrative users with the ability to automate common processes in StationWare. StationWare is shipped with an extensive set of quickly accessible built-in reports. Users also have the option to develop customised scripts and reports using the Python programming language via well-documented interfaces.

  • Various localised built-in reports available
  • Python scripting language for user-definable reports and scripts
  • User-definable layout formats: XML, HTML, PDF, EXCEL
  • Automated trigger for Python reports and scripts
  • Access rights management for reports and scripts
Audit Trail

The audit trail provides StationWare with a safe and tamper-proof way of logging events. Detailed audit trail reports can provide users with data regarding modifications to settings, devices, and locations. This is essential for traceability and accountability.

  • Safe logging of StationWare events
  • Read-only (tamper-proof)
  • Detailed reports
Business Processes
  • Management of business processes for primary and secondary equipment
  • User-definable process types
  • Assignment of devices and settings
  • Definition and management of process life-cycles with customer-specific lifecycle phases and transitions
  • Audit trail
Document Library

Documents and software packages can be stored in a central area: the document library. Examples of files stored in the library include manuals, brochures, software packages, firmware packages and inspection templates. All file formats are supported. A full-text search is available for documents contained in the library. The folder structure is customisable, and access rights can be defined for each individual library folder.

  • Central storage area for documents and software
  • User-definable folder structure
  • Access rights on library folders
  • Full-text search
Document Management

A built-in document management system supports easy access to device manuals, test reports, native settings files or additional documentation such as substation diagrams. A full-text search is available for additional documentation.

  • Document attachments for assets
  • Links to web pages or StationWare assets
  • Customised notes on assets
  • Full-text search
Historic View Mode

Historic data, which may be used to evaluate the network as it was at any particular point in time, may be recalled for analysis. Such analysis, together with knowledge of system experience, can lead to improved stability and availability, simultaneously and automatically increasing expert knowledge.

  • Snapshot of the StationWare system at a previous point in time
  • Trace of historic settings records
User Management

StationWare authorisation is based on roles. Authorisations can be granted on an object hierarchy level, individual lifecycle phases/transitions, and administrative functionality. This gives administrators the ability to precisely, yet easily, control the access rights of individual users. StationWare can define user accounts with a specific username/password combination. Alternatively StationWare can be configured to use Windows domain users (LDAP) for authentication.

  • StationWare specific user accounts
  • Concurrent read-only guest account pools
  • Individual user page
    • Assigned settings
    • Assigned tasks
  • Windows authentication using local or domain accounts (LDAP)
  • Access rights management for user groups
    • Location-dependent rights
    • Lifecycle-dependent rights
    • Library-dependent rights
    • Functional rights
Data Exchange Facilities

Web services provide a remote interface to StationWare. Service methods can be invoked from a local computer or over the network to provide functionality for automated processes. This allows StationWare to integrate seamlessly into existing IT systems. One example of the StationWare web service integration with another application is the PowerFactory link. This connection allows the exchange of calculation-relevant settings values between StationWare and PowerFactory.

  • Import/export of numerical protection settings files
  • Import/export of task attributes
  • Exchange of calculation-relevant parameters from/to PowerFactory
  • Excel import/export capabilities
  • Web service interface
Manufacturer-specific Interfaces

In StationWare, settings files can be viewed and managed independently of their manufacturer software. Converters provide the ability to import and export settings files directly to and from StationWare for further processing. In general, settings converters support manufacturer-specific file formats; this means that one converter can be used for various different device types and firmware configurations. The ever-growing selection of converters contains 30+ import and 15+ export converters. DIgSILENT accepts requests for the development of not yet supported file formats. Expert users also have the possibility to develop their own, customised converters.

Import Converters1

  • ABB: CAP540, PCM600, MCUSetup, WinECP 7
  • Basler: Bestcoms 851G/951
  • Beckwith: IPScom M-3425
  • Eberle: WinREG, WinTM, Toolbox
  • GE: various Enervista software versions - MII, MM2, MM300/MM200, SR3
  • Nari Electric: PCS-Explorer
  • Nulec: WSOS 4.4
  • Reinhausen: TAPCON 240/260
  • Reyrolle: Reydisp Evolution, Reyrolle 8/9
  • Schneider Electric: Micom S1 (S&R103 IEC, S&R Modbus, S&R Courier), SEPAM converter, WSOS 5
  • SEL: AcSELerator 4, AcSELerator 5
  • Siemens: DIGSI
  • Thytronic: ThySetter
  • VAMP: VAMPSET
  • ZIV: ZivercomPlus

Export Converters1

  • ABB: CAP540, PCM600 (XRIO)
  • Eberle: WinREG, WinTM, Toolbox
  • GE: various Enervista software versions
  • Nulec: WSOS
  • SEL: AcSELerator, SEL-5010
  • Siemens: DIGSI
  • VAMP: VAMPSET
  • ZIV: ZivercomPlus

1 Import/Export converters may refer to specific versions of manufacturer settings file formats. Data validation is subject of the manufacturer-specific software. Please contact stationware@digsilent.de for more details.