SCADA Systems Integration (IC30)

Length: 2 days
CEU Credits: 1.4
Course Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Certification of Completion: A Certificate of Completion indicating the total number of CEUs earned will be provided upon successful completion of the course.


This course provides an in-depth introduction to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. Participants will learn how remote sensing and actuation are combined with modern communication techniques to effectively monitor and control very large industrial processes-like those used in oil fields, pipelines, and electrical power systems. This course will cover most major SCADA applications, SCADA system components, and architecture.

You will be able to:

  • Recognize how SCADA developed from its source technologies
  • Recognize the factors that make SCADA different from other process control systems
  • Apply several different architectures common to SCADA systems
  • Determine which process control parameters may or may not be controlled by SCADA
  • Analyze the main building blocks and determine how they are integrated into a SCADA system
  • Apply protocol rules used to enable machines to communicate with other machines
  • Select protocols based on field imposed parameters
  • Calculate scan times for various sized systems
  • Differentiate the strengths and shortcomings of various communications media used by SCADA systems
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of standards for data interoperability
  • Explain how SCADA is used in oil and gas production
  • Describe how SCADA is used for electric generation, transmission, and distribution
  • Identify how SCADA is used in Irrigation and municipal water treatment
  • Describe drivers for future applications

You will cover:

  • Basic Concepts of SCADA: Definitions | SCADA Architecture
  • Communication: Importance | System Components | System Standards
  • Field Devices: Sensors | Discrete | Analog | Pulse | Serial I/O | Signal Conditioning
  • Wiring Methods: Types | Electrical Aspects | Technical and Mechanical Process | Grounding | Safety
  • Remote Terminal Units (RTU): Introduction | Communication Modes | Monitoring and Controlling | Smart vs. Dumb
  • Data Communication Concepts: Modulation | Handshaking | Modem Specs | Protocols | Error Detection | Signal Codes
  • Master Terminal Units (MTU): Concepts | Communication | Functions | Scan Periods | Configuration | Applications

Classroom/Laboratory Exercises:

  • Calculate scan time for various sized systems
  • Select protocols based on field imposed parameters
  • Develop specifications for SCADA systems selection

If you wish to register offline, download the Training Registration Form, complete, and return to ISA with your payment.

Not sure this particular course is for you?
pre-instructional survey is available for you to evaluate your level of understanding of the course material and to show you the types of questions you'll be able to answer after completing the course.

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