In addition to increased reliability, the upgraded system provides
greater clarity, security and reduced runtime tasks
The railway company, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de
Catalunya (Catalan Government Railways), or FGC,
operates rail lines in the region of Catalonia, in northeastern
Spain, including metro and commuter lines in and
around the city of Barcelona; mountain tourist railways
and rural rail lines. In all, FGC operates about 300 km of
rail lines that include conventional and rack railways and
four funicular lines, comprising four different gauges.
FGC needed to upgrade its existing dispatch center to a 24-
hour system operation to improve its public transport service.
The company selected an ABB supervisory control and data
acquisition (SCADA) network control and monitoring solution,
MicroSCADA Pro, which includes Historian information
management function as well as network topology coloring in
order to provide updated overviews of network status.
The project is being delivered by the Spanish substation
automation and network control specialist, GEDLux, an ABB Authorized Value Provider since 2008. From October 2015 to
the expected commissioning date of February 2018 a total of
23 Substations, 69 MV stations and 15 Catenary Stations will
be migrated to the new system.
For this project ABB is supplying a variety of components to
facilitate the migration of FGC’s remote control system from
existing MicroSCADA to the 9.4 version. The existing HMI is
based on the old Microlibray 3.1 (dated 1996). The smooth
upgrade includes network topology coloring of the rail lines and
a redesign of the interface and Monitor Pro graphics to enable
easier and more immediate interpretation of system information.
The delivery comprises a compact, modular and scalable
SYS600 automation system, which delivers MicroSCADA Pro
functionality for real-time monitoring and control of primary and
secondary equipment; Historian information management, and
System Data Manager SDM600 software to manage service and
cyber security relevant data; DMS600 network management that provides versatile SCADA and Distribution Management System
(DMS) functionality in the same system; routers and network
In addition to improving public transport service, FGC’s system
can also be modernised without interrupting its metro and
commuter lines, tourist railways or rural rail lines.
The upgrade immediately increases system reliability as a result
of ABB SYS600C servers, which are designed with redundant
power sources and are permanently monitored. The upgraded
system also provides greater clarity, security and reduced
runtime tasks thanks to new features like topology coloring of
the 25-kilovolt (kV) network and a 1.500Vdc catenary network.
It also improves various display functions, such as zooming,
panning and decluttering, and strengthens the system’s cyber
security features. The equipment is to be housed in two new
electrical cabinets and GEDLux will provide the FGC employees
with customized training of the newly installed applications.
The entire system migration will be performed in stages whilst
maintaining the existing system operable.
MicroSCADA Host Image functionality will allow information
to be received by both the old and new dispatch centers
simultaneously during the three year transition phase.
Adding local value
GEDLux has worked closely with FGC since 2008,
demonstrating the value of ABB’s strong cooperation with
local third-party sales, support, engineering and service
As ABB control and protection system specialists, GEDLux
brokered an agreement with FGC and ABB that has become
a successful, ongoing relationship, yielding about 30
projects so far. Deliveries include MicroSCADA Pro systems
and RTUs (RTU560) to modernize substations, starting
with the Hospitalet substation in 2010; the migration of
the MicroSCADA Pro control system for FGC’s network
power, and its adaptation to the Ethernet network; and the
engineering and commissioning of 6-kV transformer stations
along the train network in Barcelona and the surrounding
Most FGC projects now require the integration of new devices
and modifications into the MicroSCADA Pro system of the
central Dispatch Control Center.
The relationship with FGC is close enough that Madrid-based
GEDLux set up a branch office in Barcelona specifically to
tend to FGC business. ABB’s intense customer focus extends
to communications, which are in the Catalan language.
Wherever possible, applications are translated into Catalan.
Outstanding ABB products combined with strong customer
focus and local engineering capability are delivering
tremendous long-term customer value. FGC receives an
exceptionally customized and integrated control system and
service that is specifically designed to meet its needs.