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SCADA and Industrial Computing Applications;
Fundamentals, Principles and Emerging Trends

SCADA and Industrial Computing systems managers are at a crossroads, tempted by new developments in technology but cautious because of their mission-critical responsibility. This three-day seminar program is designed to present SCADA and Industrial Computing personnel with a clear understanding of just how their environment is being redefined as a result of revolutionary changes in supporting technology.

The objective of this seminar is to provide an intensive, systematic treatment of classical solutions and new developments in SCADA technology, and deliver a thoroughly up-to-date view of emerging trends in this critical industry segment.

Who Should Attend
SCADA and Industrial Computing Applications; Fundamentals, Principles and Emerging Trends delivers essential information for technical professionals, operators and managers who need to understand and deal effectively with this class of computer-based networked systems.

Typical delegates include:

• SCADA Systems Personnel; Novice, Intermediate and Senior
• Process Engineers and Managers
• Operations and Maintenance Managers, Engineers and Technicians
• Hardware and Instrument Specialists
• Business System Analysts Who Support SCADA Interfaces
• System and Application Programmers
• Project Managers
• Telecommunications Support Personnel

Workshop Program

This course includes a hands-on workshop component, in which students have opportunity to explore some of the important concept features of the Modbus SCADA protocol and view/analyze its operational features. If the hands-on activity is impractical due to lack of computers, students will be guided through an in-class demonstration of the workshop elements, and be left with software to replicate the hands-on part of the course on their own time.

Program Outline: SCADA and Industrial Computing Applications Fundamentals, Principles and Emerging Trends

(i) Introduction
Summary Features of Industrial Computing Applications
A Prototype View of SCADA Systems
SCADA, PLC and DCS Compared
Networked Computing Issues that Apply to SCADA
Data Communications and Computing Vocabulary Review

(ii) Telecommunications Services and Link Protocols
Types of SCADA Networks
Communications Media and Signals
Wireless Systems Concepts
Modem Types and Features
Functions and Examples of Data Communications Protocols
Error Detection and Control Methods

(iii) Local Area Networks in The Master Station and in The Field
Ethernet Networks and Configurations
Industrial Adaptations to Ethernet
Hub-Oriented LAN Configurations
Intelligent and Switching Hubs
LAN Connectivity; Bridges, Routers and Switches
Solving Distance and Capacity Problems With Full Duplex Ethernet

(iv) Principles of The TCP/IP Architecture
Features of The Internet Computing Architecture
Key Elements of The Internet Protocol
Transmission Control Protocol Concepts
Web-Based Industrial Computing Applications

(v) Reliability, Redundancy and Safety Issues
Reliability and Availability Definitions
System Reliability Models
Failure Modes
Intrinsic Safety and Electrical Hazards

(vi) Features of the RTU
Data Representation Formats
Real Time Operations; Requirements and Features
Role and Typical Features of the RTU
Packaging Issues and Designs

(vii) PLCs and Industrial Computers
Open- and Closed-Loop Control Concepts
Relay Logic and Ladder Diagrams
Programmable Logic Controllers
The Fieldbus/Modbus Architecture
Ethernet Industrial Protocol (Ethernet/IP)

(viii) Instrument and Equipment Interfaces
Traditional Computer Interfaces
Balanced and Unbalanced Wiring Configurations
RS-485 Bus Architecture Features
Cross-Over Cables
Analog Interfaces and Instrument Concepts

(ix) Features of the MTU/HMI
Classical Role of The Master Terminal Unit
A Vital Component: The Human Machine Interface
Graphical Display Developments
Wall Systems; Map Boards and Projection Systems
HMI/MMI Presentation Sampler

(x) Security
Sampler of Industrial Security Incidents
Points of Vulnerability
Overview of Encryption and Firewalls
Access Control and Intrusion Detection
Unique Challenges of Wireless

(xi) Data Historian/Backend Systems
Client/Server Concepts and Features
Intranet Systems; Configurations and Applications
System Modeling and Trend Analysis
Data Warehousing; Archival Information Retrieval
Open Systems; Concepts and Scope

(xii) Planning and Managing SCADA Projects
Phases of a SCADA Project
Specifications; Alternative Strategies
Alternatives in Procurement
Implementation and Commissioning

General Index


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