SCADA 101: Fundamentals with a Focus on Energy Management System (EMS)

SCADA 101: Fundamentals with a Focus on Energy Management System (EMS)

August 2-3, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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“EUCI did a fantastic presentation for our organization on the topic of SCADA. This is perfect for new members to the company who need a high-level view of the SCADA system. It was interactive and informative.” Student Trainee (Engineering), Western Area Power Administration

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, the differences in the SCADA types, and how they evolved from monolithic to distributed to networked. It will also explain the typical SCADA hardware components through different viewpoints and how they work together, including:

  • Hardware standpoint: administrator, data acquisition servers, and front-end processors redundancies
  • Security standpoint: primary and backup systems 
  • Data maintenance standpoint: quality control system and production system 

There will be an explanation of how different telemetry points are processed, as well as the data flow all the way from the field, through RTU, to front end processor, to control room. The course touches on analogs, status points, and accumulators, along with different ways 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 and 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. The course will talk about data storage in historic servers and how data can be used or replayed. It will go over the 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 the 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 
  • Describe the increase need for cyber security for ICS 
  • Evaluate different instrumentation measurement technologies 
  • Review SCADA system architecture  
  • Discuss the data flow from field to control room 
  • Identify alarm processing and supervisory control  


Monday, August 2, 2021 – Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing

  • 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, August 3, 2021 – Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing

  • 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


Functionalities of Modern RTUs 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

In this session we talk about new functionalities of modern RTUs in Industry and Power Utility applications. RTU (Remote Terminal Unit or Remote Telemetry Unit) is known as a microprocessor-based device that is installed at a remote location to monitor and control field devices, then connecting to master control system. RTU is an integral part of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems in many industries, including power utilities and manufacturing. These SCADA systems are all about process control and information gathering. This ensures that a site manager has all the information they need. 

Modern RTU is a modular architecture device with advanced capabilities to support different data processing methods. Today, RTUs are part of Digital Substation and Automation system with various applications such as Data Concentrator, Gateway, IEC61850 Client/Server, Local HMI, and Process Controller with builtin PLC. Modern RTUs are equipped with multiple communication ports, such as Serial RS 232/485, Ethernet TCP/IP or even Fiber Optic to support different communication protocols.  

Learning Outcomes  

  • Learn Discuss why RTUs are integral to SCADA  
  • Review the basics of RTUs and their hardware architecture 
  • Evaluate communication protocols, direction signals, and data acquisition  
  • Examine the new applications and functionalities of modern RTUs, including gateway application, protocol converters, substation automation, and more 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the courseworkshop. 

Instructional Methods  

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used.  

Who Should Attend 

  • Engineering staff new to SCADA 
  • Executives, managers, and other professionals in the energy field  
  • Consultants, attorneys, and engineering firms that work within the electricity sector 
  • Anyone who would like a further understanding of how RTUs work and are integrated  



    12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
    Log In and Welcome

    1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    Workshop Timing


    Remote Terminal Unit  

    • General Overview 
    • Hardware Architecture 
    • Monitoring Direction Signal 
    • Command Direction Signal 
    • Time Synchronization 
    • Communication Protocols 
    • Master/Slave data acquisition 

    New Applications 

    • Gateway Application 
    • Data Concentrator 
    • Protocol Converter 
    • Substation Automation 
    • Programmer Logic Controller 
    • IEC61850 Standard 



    Amir Soroush, Application Engineer, Siemens  

    Mr. Soroush supports Siemens representatives for expert engagement in IOUs, municipalities, and cooperatives and is the first point of contact for utilities when it comes to all application-related questions. He also is responsible for training engineering and protection managers at utilities and their associated channels, such as panel builders, EPCs, and engineering consultants. Prior to working at Siemens, Mr. Soroush was the Lead Electrical Engineer at Power Technology Pyramids where he developed, managed, and sold Substation Automation Systems, and he also spent time as a Project Engineer at ABB. 

    Mr. Soroush is an experienced Senior Electrical Engineer and has a Bachelor of Engineering from the Iran University of Science and Technology. He is a licensed System Integrator and certified by ABB in Remote Terminal Unit and IEC61850.   


    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 almost 15 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 clients’ databases and displays, and she conducted the in-house training of Siemens Spectrum database and display systems management.  

    “Ivana was knowledgeable and able to answer most questions. Enthusiastic and clear speaker. I enjoyed the course and hearing her past EMS experiences.” – Principal Analyst at Reliability First

    “Ivana has good energy and an engaging speaking style. I appreciate her real-world experience and the stories she shared.” – Managing Director of Power Delivery at Grant PUD

    “Ivana was able to make the material relatable and keep us interested.” – IT Specialist at WAPA

    Online Delivery

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    Functionalities of Modern RTUsUS $ 495.00

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    Who Should Attend

      • Engineering staff new to SCADA
      • Executives, managers, and other professionals in the energy field
      • Consultants, attorneys, and engineering firms that work within the electricity sector



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    EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

    Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

    Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course.

    Instructional Methods

    Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used

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