MODULE DETAILS

Module 15: SCADA, Data Acquisition and OPC

Nominal duration: 4 weeks (48 hours total time commitment)

This time commitment includes the preparation reading, attendance at each webinar (1 hour plus 15-30 minutes for discussion), and the time necessary to complete the assignments and further study.

MODULE PURPOSE

This module covers the essentials of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) as used in the mining industry.

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

1.    Examine and discuss the basics of SCADA

2.    Compare WAN technologies for SCADA

3.    Select appropriate data acquisition systems and components

4.    Apply OPC to SCADA



Learning Outcome 1

Examine and discuss the basics of SCADA

Assessment Criteria

1.1

Describe the typical architecture of modern SCADA systems

1.2

Discuss the hardware and software components of SCADA systems

1.3

Design a SCADA system based on Ethernet

1.4

Address the security issues related to SCADA systems

1.5

Discuss the introduction of redundancy into SCADA designs

1.6

Outline the steps leading to good SCADA system implementation




Learning Outcome 2

Compare WAN technologies for SCADA

Assessment Criteria

2.1

Compare the following WAN technologies applicable to SCADA system:

(a) landlines

(b) digital hierarchies (T/E)

(c) X.25

(d) Frame Relay

(e) ATM

(f) SDH/SONET

(g) cellular (3G/4G)



Learning Outcome 3

Select appropriate data acquisition systems and components

Assessment Criteria

3.1

Select appropriate data acquisition devices for given applications

3.2

Describe the salient characteristics of SDI-12

3.3

Select appropriate wired or wireless technologies to connect data acquisition units to remote computers

3.4

Identify appropriate sensors for:

(a) temperature

(b) flow

(c) pressure measurements

3.5

Describe the functions of signal conditioning

3.6

Describe the hardware required for both analogue and digital input and output



Learning Outcome 4

Apply OPC to SCADA

Assessment Criteria

4.1

Demonstrate the role of OPC in SCADA systems

4.2

Outline the OPC specification structure

4.3

Examine and discuss DCOM configuration issues



Delivery mode

A combination of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning delivery comprising a judicious mix of interactive online web conferencing, simulation (virtual labs) software, remote online labs, online videos, PowerPoint slides, notes, reading and study materials (in PDF, HTML and Word format) accessed through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).

Software/Hardware Used

Software

  • Citect

  • SCADA

Hardware

  •  N/A