MECT07029 2019 Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition L7

General Details

Full Title
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition L7
Transcript Title
Supervisory Control and Data A
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Subject Area
MECT - Mechatronics
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Eamonn Reddin
Programme Membership
SG_EMTRN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EMTRN_J07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering (Add-on) SG_EMTRN_J07 202000 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EROBO_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automation SG_EMSYS_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronic Systems SG_EMECH_N07 202000 Certificate in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EMECH_H08 202100 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Systems

The subject aims to give the student the skills to design and build  Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA)  and  distributed control systems software using graphical programming techniques

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Acquire the necessary skills to produce visual models of real world events


Demonstrate a proficiency in the design and development of a HMI


Broaden a knowledge of the theory behind and techniques employed in program design


Use visual programming techniques (i.e. Labview) to interface with industrial hardware


Understand the function and application of networking protocols 


Understand the deployment of SCADA software for the development of increasingly complex tasks.


Be able to implement remote telemetry over a Client/Server architecture.


Understand OPC Server and Client communication.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Weekly lecture - 1 hour

Weekly Laboratory work - 2 hours

Module Assessment Strategies

The students will be asked to develop an interactive project, suitable for the process industry. The

project will be conducted in the students own time using the skill developed during class.

The student will be continuously assessed on practical work conducted in class. The work will be

based directly on skills learned during the practical class.

The final examination will be based on material covered during in lectures


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Assessments as per Assessment Strategies

Indicative Syllabus

Using Labview

Graphical programming , measurement and analysis.

Development of automatic control system.

Introduction to Distributed Control systems.

Graphical programming

Measuring and analysis

SCADA Interfacing using Labview MAX and OPC

Development of automatic control system

Introduction of the Distributed Control System

SCADA /HMI Application Systems.

Graphical displays, Standard and graphics, Display and application

Adding and amending alarms, real Time Trending and data logging to embedded database

Client/Server concepts

Client/Server Implementation using Labview

Scada project programming

Software development techniques

Deploying Client/Server Scada control systems

Networking and Advanced Application Development

Networking applications

Introduction to networking protocols

Internet server/client connectivity




Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
90 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
10 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Scada Project Project Project 70 % End of Semester 1,2,3,5,6,8
2 Continuous Assessment Coursework Assessment Practical Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,6,8

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 End of Semester Exam Final Exam Open Book Exam 10 % End of Semester 2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical / Laboratory Computer Laboratory Laboratory Work 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2003-09-17 Practical SCADA for Industry (IDC Technology (Paperback)) Newnes
ISBN 0750658053 ISBN-13 9780750658058

A SCADA system gathers information, such as where a leak on a pipeline has occurred, transfers the information back to a central site, alerting the home station that the leak has occurred, carrying out necessary analysis and control, such as determining if the leak is critical, and displaying the information in a logical and organized fashion. SCADA systems can be relatively simple, such as one that monitors environmental conditions of a small office building, or incredibly complex, such as a system that monitors all the activity in a nuclear power plant or the activity of a municipal water system.

An engineer's introduction to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and their application in monitoring and controlling equipment and industrial plant
Essential reading for data acquisition and control professionals in plant engineering, manufacturing, telecommunications, water and waste control, energy, oil and gas refining and transportation
Provides the knowledge to analyse, specify and debug SCADA systems, covering the fundamentals of hardware, software and the communications systems that connect SCADA operator stations

Recommended Reading
2006 Practical Scada for Industry Newnes

Engineering Introduction to Scada systems

Module Resources

Other Resources

Labview Software development environment - 1 year license