MODULE DETAILS

Module 18: Distributed Control Systems

Nominal duration: 2 weeks (24 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 basic principles of Distributed Control Systems (DCSs) as used in the mining industry.

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

1.    Examine and discuss the basics of DCS

2.    Describe DCS operation




Learning Outcome 1

Examine and discuss the basics of DCS

Assessment Criteria

1.1

Define distributed control

1.2

Compare DCS with SCADA

1.3

Identify DCS system components

1.4

Discuss DCS data communication

1.5

Outline the basic controller mechanism

1.6

Describe the DCS  operator interface





Learning Outcome 2

Describe DCS operation

Assessment Criteria

2.1

Describe the basic DCS controller configuration

2.2

Discuss the programming of DCSs

2.3

Describe DCS alarm system management

2.4

Examine DCS reporting  requirements

2.5

Examine and discuss advanced control strategies for maintenance

2.6

Discuss the application of DCS in Mining



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

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Hardware

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