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Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (Scada) Systems Training

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  • London

    26 July, 2021 - 30 July, 2021

  • Online

    27 September, 2021 - 1 October, 2021

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  • Dubai

    7 November, 2021 - 11 November, 2021

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  • Houston

    6 December, 2021 - 10 December, 2021

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Course Information

Introduction to control systems
• Definitions
• Types of SCADA
• Smart instruments
• Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
• Heritage versus hybrid DCS
• Open DCS
• DCS versus SCADA
Instrumentation loops and signals
• RTD and thermocouple signals
• Voltage signals
• 4 – 20 mA signals
• Loop powering
• Load limitation
• Loop splitter
• Diagnostic output
• Basics of Hart
• Hart commands
Data transmission medium
• Twisted pair cables
• Co-axial cables
• Fibre optic networks

• Basic radio transmission
• Basic radio communications
• Radio propagation
• Frequency allocation
• Implementing a radio link
Basic data communications and networks
• Bits and bytes
• Binary numbering
• Resolution
• Hexadecimal
• Synchronous versus asynchronous Transmission protocols
• ASCII code
• Network topologies
Remote terminal units
• Hardware components
• CPU and memory
• Digital processing

• Discrete processing
• AC switching
• Analog processing
• Digital sampling
• Writing the spec
SCADA systems
• Features of a SCADA system
• Architecture
• Software systems
• Database management
Alarm management
• Case studies
• Common issues
• Time to respond
• Alarm displays
• Alarm generation
• Statistical alarms
• HMI issues
• ISA-18.2

Basic digital transmission systems
• RS 232
• RS 485
• Live terminations
• OSI model
• Error detection
Fieldbus systems
• Modbus
• Profibus

• Foundation Fieldbus
• IEC 60870
• DNP-3
Cyber security
• Likelihood of an attack
• IT versus ICN systems
• Consequences
• Case studies
• Threat sources
• Firewalls
• Auditing
• Port blockers

In its most widely used traditional form (particularly in the oil and gas industries) a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system acts as an adjunct to a larger control system – comprising a number of remote terminal units (RTUs) that collect field data and connect back to the system controller via a communication system. In its other form, SCADA is used as a standalone system to monitor and control a plant using PLCs as ‘hardened’ robust front-end devices providing a ‘window’ into the process.

However, SCADA systems are evolving, and the emphasis today is on using Open Standard communication protocols such as IEC 60870, DNP3 and TCP/IP together with ‘off-the- shelf’ hardware and software to provide greater flexibility and connectivity.

This comprehensive workshop, ‘Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems’ covers all the essentials of a SCADA system including: SCADA architecture and topology; system elements; communication and interconnectivity; and cyber security issues.

On successful completion of this workshop delegates will be able to:
 recognize the different components of a SCADA system
 appreciate the basic principles of data communications
 evaluate the requirements for PLC-to-SCADA communications
 understand the basis of cyclic redundancy
 appreciate the use of radio in the industrial environment
 evaluate the problems associated with database management
 recognise the wide range of modulation techniques
 apply Modbus in a practical manner
 evaluate the relative merits of IEC 60870 and DNP3 SCADA protocols
 gain insight into the challenges faced by cyber security

Software simulation:
An HMI simulation program, incorporating all of the major features of a typical SCADA system, will be made available to delegates for the duration of the course in order to experiment with practical SCADA concepts, in a safe and controlled environment.

Delegates are encouraged to bring their own (non-Apple) laptops.

Note. In order for the software to be loaded onto these machines, administrator rights may need to be obtained.

Other practical sessions include: exercise on radio telemetry path-loss design and performing an intermodulation products calculation.

 Instrumentation and Control Engineers
 Instrumentation and Control Technicians
 Process Control Engineers
 Electrical Engineers
 Consulting Engineers
 Design Engineers
 Control Systems Sales Engineers
 Maintenance Supervisors
 Control System Application Engineers
 Project Engineers
 Plant Engineers
 IT Personnel

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