In this interactive 3 month LIVE ONLINE course, you will learn:

  • The fundamentals of SCADA systems
  • SCADA protocols and how they should be structured and applied
  • "Best practice" decisions on the best and most cost effective use of SCADA open protocols for your company
  • The best current practice for data communications for SCADA systems, including LAN and WAN based systems
  • DNP3 protocol and how to apply it to your next SCADA project
  • DNP3 interoperability issues
  • The "nuts and bolts" about selecting DNP3 based systems
  • Troubleshooting simple problems with the DNP3 protocol
  • The fundamentals of IEC 60870-5 protocols
  • How IEC 61850 is structured 


Course Details


This course covers the essential elements of SCADA systems with particular emphasis on the DNP3 protocol, with an overview of the IEC 60870.5 and IEC 61850 protocols as well as new developments in this area.

The course commences with a review of the fundamentals of SCADA systems hardware, software and the communications systems that connect the outstations to the SCADA Master control station. The R S-232 and RS-485 interface standards are reviewed, along with MODBUS, Ethernet and TCP/IP protocols. The application of both Local Area and Wide Area networks for SCADA system communications is also covered. A detailed explanation of the DNP3 protocol is given, where the features, message structure, practical benefits and applications are discussed. The course is intended to be product independent but examples will be taken from existing products to ensure that all aspects of the DNP3 protocols are covered.

Examples are given of the configuration issues for DNP3 operation over both low speed serial (e.g., Radio links) and high speed LAN and WAN networks. An overview of the IEC 60870.5 and IEC 61850 protocols and their areas of application is given as well as new developments in this area. The application of Fieldbus protocols in SCADA systems is also covered. This course provides you with the tools to design your next SCADA system more effectively using DNP3 to draw on the latest technologies.


Course Outline


SCADA systems
Open systems and communications standards
Local Area Networks, Ethernet and TCP/IP
IEC 60870-5
IEC 61850 protocol
Open SCADA Protocols
Interoperability and open standards
Development of standards

MODULE 2: Fundamentals of SCADA Systems

SCADA systems
Remote terminal units
PLCs used as R TUs
The master station
Communication architectures
Communication philosophies

MODULE 3: Advanced consideration of DNP

Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model
Basic interface standards: R S-232 and R S-485
MO DBUS protocol
Preview of DNP3
What is DNP3?
Interoperability and open standard
Benefits of DNP3
Features of DNP3
System topology
Background and development
Why use DNP3?

MODULE 4: Fundamentals of Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3)

Fundamental concepts
Understanding DNP message structure
Physical layer
Datalink layer
Transport layer (Pseudo- transport)

MODULE 5: Wide area SCADA networks and overview of IEC60870-5 protocols

Application layer message handling
Application layer message functions
Data object library
DNP message decoding

MODULE 6: Advanced Considerations of DNP

DNP subset definitions
Interoperability between DNP devices
Implementation rules and recommendations
Conformance testing
DNP polling and communications options
Time synchronisation

MODULE 7: Configuration of DNP Over Serial Links

Configuration issues
Water industry example

MODULE 8: Review of Ethernet and TCP/ IP Protocols

IEEE 802.3 CSMA/CD ("Ethernet")
Physical layers
Medium access control
Full duplex
Switched Ethernet
Internet Protocol (IP)
Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)
User Datagram Protocol (UDP)

MODULE 9: Wide Area SCADA Networks

WAN technologies
DNP3 over TCP/IP and U DP/IP
Configuration of DNP over WAN
Power industry example


MODULE 10: Overview of IEC 60870-5 Protocols

Overview of IEC 60870-5 Protocols
System topology
Message structure
Networked version
Application data objects
Network operation
Differences between DNP3 and
IEC 60870 Protocols

MODULE 11: Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) AND IEC 61850

IEDs definition
IEDs functions
IEC 61850 Protocol Overview
IEC 61850 technology
Substation automation example

MODULE 12: Fieldbus and SCADA Communications Systems

Foundation fieldbus
Latest Developments in Technology

Learning and Teaching

Benefits of Online Learning to Students

  • Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
  • Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
  • Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
  • Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
  • No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
  • Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Learning Support Officer for the complete duration of the course
  • International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice 

Benefits of Online Learning to Employers

  • Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
  • Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
  • Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
  • International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students


How Does it Work?

EIT Online Learning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Learning Support Officer.

Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.

These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.




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