By - Jon Brown

SCADA 101: Fundamentals with a Focus on Energy Management System (EMS)
February 24-25, 2020 | Houston, TX

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Learn the fundamentals of SCADA systems with focus on Energy Management systems (EMS).

SCADA systems are generally used to monitor and control equipment in industries such as telecommunications, water and waste control, energy, oil and gas refining and transportation – mainly systems that are geographically wide spread.

The course explores the evolution of SCADA systems, learning the differences in the SCADA types and how they evolved from monolithic to distributed to networked. 

This course will explain the typical SCADA hardware components through different view points and how they work together.

  • Hardware standpoint: administrator, data acquisition servers and front-end processors redundancies
  • Security standpoint: for Primary and backup system
  • Data maintenance standpoint: Quality control system, production system

There will be an explanation of the data flow all the way from field, through RTU to front end processor to control room and how different telemetry points are processed.  Learn about analogs, status points, accumulators, different ways that they can be collected in field RTU for data exchange, scan rates, and protocols. Discuss how the data can be processed for the end user, alarm processing, switching 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, maintaining the quality assurance systems independent from productions where jobs are run first.

The course will talk about data storage in historic servers and how data can be used or replayed. Uses of dispatch training system for the real time data and data analysis for performing various actions to the system and how they affect the systems.

In the end, students should gain solid understanding of how SCADA systems work, how and why they were developed, how they are structured, its database and data collection techniques, and uses of the dynamic data by the end user.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the history and evolution of SCADA Systems
  • Identify the basic hardware and software components of a SCADA system
  • Examine communication 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



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used


Monday, February 24, 2020

registration8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

timing8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

lunch12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

Agenda Day 1

  • SCADA Overview
  • SCADA Definition 
  • SCADA History and Evolution
    • By technological evolution
    • Telemetry-based SCADA
    • Minicomputers
    • Microprocessors – PLC
  • SCADA Types 
    • By market evolution
    • Monolithic
    • 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 (DTS)
  • RTUs
    • RTU protocols types
    • RTU scans rates and options
    • Field devices
  • SCADA Data Collection – Point Types and Uses
    • Analog points (measurements)
      • Limits
      • Setpoints
      • Secondary sources
    • 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 the day

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

registration8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

timing8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Agenda Day 2

  • Review of Day 1
  • Data Management
  • Maintaining the Data and Best Practices
    • Constructions project
    • Engineering points list
    • Data standards
    • Safe job processing (QAS and productions systems)
    • Station one-line drawings and dynamic graphic user interface
    • Point to point testing
    • Checklist and procedures
  • SCADA Security and Additional Applications
  • Network Processing 
  • Dispatch Training
  • Cyber Security of SCADA
  • Course Concludes


Ivana O’Deen
Principal Database Specialist, Xcel Energy

Ivana O’Deen is a current Principal Database Specialist at Xcel Energy. She has been with Xcel Energy for 12 years where she has been responsible for managing and training employees on SCADA/EMS systems. Prior to her employment at Xcel Energy she worked 11 years for Siemens, EMS division in Minnetonka, MN. During her employment at Siemens she helped prototype numerous client’s database and displays and conducted the in-house training of Siemens Spectrum database and display systems management. 


Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Galleria Area

3201 Sage Rd

Houston, TX  77056

Reserve your room:

please call 800-445-8667

Mention the Group Code FU0223

Click here to book online

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of February 23 – 24, 2020

Room rate through EUCI:

$175.00 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to February 3, 2020.



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