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Training course: CIM

Increase your understanding of the Common Information Model

DNV Energy Advisory offers various levels of CIM Training to help you understand and apply the CIM for different purposes within your organization and aid you in the digital transition. You will learn how to build your use cases and apply the relevant elements of the standard that are important for operating your grid safely and efficiently.

Grid Digitalization can be seen as enhancing and augmenting the conventional electricity grid data with the integration of information and communication technologies using operational technologies such as SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), EMS (Energy Management System), DMS (Distribution Management System), GIS (Geographical Information System), AMR (Automated Meter Reading) and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning). Creating a single source of truth for the network model planning and operation allows for collaboration, modelling and streamlining of dataflows. It also makes it easy to apply business intelligence to capture more insights in the terms of asset management, asset investment planning and asset lifecycle processes.

The Common Information Model (CIM) is defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the standards IEC 61970, IEC 61968 and IEC 62325. It is based on the Unified Modelling Language (UML) and split into three layers: canonical model, profiles and profile schemas.

The introduction course will provide you with an understanding of how CIM supports digitalization to reduce cost in operations, planning and asset management and an overview of the standards that define CIM along with its modelling concepts. Use cases will be shown for specific subparts of the standard, e.g. network model export, smart metering, flexibility market.

The advanced course will explore the CIM canonical model, show the detailed end-to-end process of creating CIM profiles and extensions, explain how to validate profiles and how to generate profile schemas and documentation.

Your benefits

■ Explain why and how CIM is a key driver of improvement in grid operations, planning and asset management

■ Explain how the existing CIM standards, packages, classes and attributes fit together

■  Explain how CIM fits into broader issues of data security, quality and assurance

■ Describe the use of the Common Grid Model Exchange Standard (CGMES) in transmission/ balanced network management

■ Describe the use of the Common Grid Distribution Model (CDPSM) in distribution/ unbalanced network management

■ Describe the use of electricity market profiles in market information exchange

■ Provide an insight on real-life challenges in implementing CIM

■ Understand the various parts of the CIM canonical model the most common classes and their relationships 

■ Learn how to create a CIM profile from scratch or modify an existing profile

■ Learn how to extend the CIM

■ Generate schemas and documentation for your CIM profiles


Other services

We also provides CIM consultancy services such as:

■ CIM assessment from “as-is” towards “to-be” scenario
■ Prepare business case & benefits of structured data exchanges & the role of CIM
■ Assist in creating the relevant and applicable use cases and CIM profiles
■ Create your CIM Roadmap & CIM project plans
■ Run & support your CIM projects e.g. data cleansing and mapping, profiling and extensions
■ Perform QA & CIM testing
■ Help manage overall CIM program with all stakeholders.

For whom?

■ An organization that has already decided it needs to implement CIM for network model management or wishes to know more about what CIM would mean for them;

■ Anyone implementing CIM in their organization, their own work practices, or helping their clients;

■ Managers, data owners, data architects and interface developers of power utilities (TSOs and DSOs) who need up-to-date knowledge of CIM.

Course topics

The following topics will be addressed:


• CIM Introduction
• UML & Enterprise Architecture Basics
• CIM IEC 61968, IEC 61970 and IEC 62325
• CIM Use Cases
• CGMES Conformance Testing


• CIM Canonical Model Deep-dive
• CIM Profiling E2E Process
• CIM Extensions
• CIM Profile Validation
• Generate Profile Schemas and Documentation

Practical information

For the following items, please refer to the registration form:

  • Course dates
  • Venue details
  • Registration fee
  • Payment and cancellation conditions
The training and all course materials will be in English. To encourage active participation, the number of participants is limited to 20. Click here for more information and to register for the upcoming course.

In-company and customized training courses

On request, DNV can also provide customized and in-company training courses in English. Content, location and duration of the course can be adapted to your specific needs. Additional elective workshops are further extension to this standard CIM training on fundamentals. In one day we can cover a maximum of 2-4 electives. If the customer would like to join all the elective workshops, we can offer another full three-day training (i.e., 8 hours per day in classroom or virtual arrangements accordingly). If the customer demands training for one elective only, we can arrange an extra four-hour of training and brainstorm session. Please contact us for more specific information on the elective workshops.


For more information please contact us

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