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Fundamentals of SCADA for the Oil & Gas Industry and SCADA Oil and Gas Leak Detection

October 24-25, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

Sponsored by EUCI

Click Here to register $1595.00

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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
  • Illustrate the basic hardware and software components of SCADA systems
  • Discuss protocols that are used to transmit, collect, store, and manage data
  • Discuss the increased need for cyber security for ICS
  • Describe different instrumentation measurement technologies
  • Review SCADA system architecture
  • Discuss 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 


SCADA Oil & Gas Leak Detection



During this afternoon workshop—paired to run after Fundamentals of SCADA Systems for the Oil & Gas Industry—the goal is to understand the various moving parts when it comes specifically to leak detection in SCADA systems. Attendees will learn the types of leak detection, as well as the regulations, implementations, integrations, and more. Those in class will understand the problems and solutions regarding leak detection, and there will be discussion on assets versus evaluations along with a deep dive on requirements for the differences between assets and levels of operation.

Although this workshop is a continuation of the SCADA Fundamentals course, those not registering for the prior course are more than welcome to attend.

Learning Outcomes  

  • Review the process of receiving a leak detection alert and how to handle the situation from beginning to end
  • Evaluate how to recognize an alert versus an alarm, assess the problem, and find the solution


1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Central Time


  • API 1135/API 1175
    • Alert vs. alarm
    • Leak detection requirements for different assets and level of operation
      • Pipeline
        • Transmission, gathering, pipeline, upstream, water transfer, HDPE, steel, and downstream
      • Storage tank and vessel
        • Upstream vs. midstream vs. downstream
      • Compressor station
      • Terminal
      • Refinery
    • Future regulatory requirements and planning
      • Rollover periods and timing of implementation
    • Show drill down from SCADA

Types of Leak Detection (LDS)

  • Types of assets
  • Problems
    • Corrosion
      • Susceptible areas on pipeline elbows
    • Third party impact
      • Mexico article/Pemex
  • Solutions
    • Continuous
      • CPM
        • Classified vs. certified (alert vs. alarm)
        • Mass balance/wave
      • Fiber optics
        • Discrete vs. distributed
        • Temperature, position, strain, and acoustic
      • Hydrocarbon detection
    • Snapshot in time
      • Lidar/visual/drone
      • Dogs

Asset vs. LDS evaluation

  • Evaluate by today’s standards and today’s technology; retrofit vs. install on new asset
    • Today’s technology is ever-changing

Integration/ Implementation/ Training/ Service/ Maintenance

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