Fundamentals of SCADA Systems for the Oil and Gas Industry

Live Streaming Online March 29-30, 2023 | Online

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The Fundamentals of SCADA Systems for the Oil & Gas Industry course will explore the history and evolution of SCADA systems, including the differences in the SCADA types and how they have evolved. The course will examine SCADA hardware components and how they work together. Attendees of this course will gain a comprehensive understanding of how SCADA systems work for the oil & gas industry, how and why they were developed, how they are structured, database and data collection techniques, and uses of the dynamic data by the end user.

There will be an explanation of the data flow from field, through RTU, to frontend processor, to the control room. We will examine how different telemetry points are processed; learn about analogs, status points, accumulators, and the different ways that they can be collected in field RTU for data exchange; scan rates; and protocols. The course will discuss how data can be processed for the end user, alarm processing, supervisory controls, processing logic in database, and putting it into the dynamic graphic user interface for end-to-end control and monitoring. We will explore the best data maintenance practices, such as maintaining the data standards, templates, creating the point list and checkout lists, performing point-to-point testing, and maintaining the quality assurance systems independent from productions where jobs are run first.

Learning Outcomes  

  • Review the history and evolution of SCADA systems for oil & gas and illustrate the basic hardware and software components
  • Discuss protocols that are used to transmit, collect, store, and manage data
  • Evaluate the increased need for cyber security for ICS
  • Describe different instrumentation measurement technologies
  • Review SCADA system architecture and explain the data flow from field to control room 
  • Identify alarm processing and supervisory control



9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. : CENTRAL TIME

SCADA History and Evolution 

  • By technological evolution
  • Telemetry based SCADA
  • Microprocessors – PLC

SCADA Types 

  • By market evolution
  • Distributed
  • Networked

SCADA Systems Components 

Common SCADA Abbreviations 

Typical Hardware SCADA Architecture 

  • Master administrator – data repository
  • Communicator – data acquisition
  • Front end processor – RTU
  • Historian – data archiving
  • Human Machine Interface – individual users

Typical System Division 

  • Primary system
  • Backup system
  • Training system


  • RTU protocol types
  • RTU scans rates and options
  • Field devices
    • Upstream vs. midstream vs. downstream


  • Topologies
  • Communication media
  • Data acquisition strategies


  • PCN
  • Cloud
  • Phones
  • IT/OT
  • Security
    • Cyber
    • Physical

SCADA Data Collection – Point Types and Uses 

  • Analog points (measurements)
    • Limits
    • Setpoints
  • Digital points
  • Accumulators (periodic collection)
    • Meter collections
    • Counter values
  • Status points (indication and controls)
    • Alarm processing
    • Supervisory controls

Data Collection and Q&A Session 

Course Adjourns for Day 



9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. : CENTRAL TIME

Review of Day 1 

Data Management 

Maintaining the Data and Designing a SCADA System

  • Assets
  • Field equipment
  • Network
  • Communications
  • SCADA platform
  • Data standards
    • Engineering points list
    • Naming convention
  • Historian
  • Reporting
  • Regulations
  • Best practices
    • HMI
    • Alarm rationalization
    • Point to point
    • Procedures
  • Monitoring
    • Control room
    • Field notification

AI and Machine Learning

Course Concludes 


Carin Meyer, Regulation Compliance Program Specialist, Atmos International Inc

Carin Meyer has been working with Pipeline SCADA for 15 years.  Ms. Meyer started with BP Pipelines in Tulsa Oklahoma as a SCADA Engineer and advanced to SCADA Team Lead. Carin has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Regis University, an MBA from Colorado Technical University, and a Master’s of Management IT – Project Management from Colorado Technical University. Ms. Meyer sits on several industry steering committees for SCADA Regulation, Leak Detection, and SCADA Cybersecurity. In addition to her current role, Carin speaks at industry conferences, is a technical SCADA instructor for continuing education, and consults for clients who benefit from her SCADA expertise.