A Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system is a computer based visualization interface that permits operators to remotely monitor and control field mounted equipment from a centralized location (Bentley Systems, 2004). SCADA systems are prevalent in the building automation, manufacturing, oil and gas, power generation and water treatment industries.
In this face-to-face course consisting of lecture and laboratory components, students will be introduced to the primary fundamentals of scalable SCADA systems and an industrial software package that is used to design SCADA graphic user interface (GUI) screens. Working in teams of two, students will design and demonstrate the functionality of custom operator screens integrated with industrial Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) software to monitor and control industrial equipment installed in the laboratory setting. Laboratory activities will facilitate the exploration and programming implementation of the following SCADA topics: monitoring and control of industrial equipment from a remote location; adaptation of mobile device and wireless network technologies for system alarm enunciation; configuration of user access policies to limit system control where necessary; and application of pre-defined software security measures to protect against potential network threats.