Practical SCADA for Industry


  • David Bailey, BEng, IDC Technologies, Perth, Australia
  • Edwin Wright, MIPENZ, BSc (Hons), BSc (Elec Eng), Senior Staff Engineer for IDC Technologies, Perth, Australia.

A SCADA system gathers information, such as where a leak on a pipeline has occurred, transfers the information back to a central site, alerting the home station that the leak has occurred, carrying out necessary analysis and control, such as determining if the leak is critical, and displaying the information in a logical and organized fashion. SCADA systems can be relatively simple, such as one that monitors environmental conditions of a small office building, or incredibly complex, such as a system that monitors all the activity in a nuclear power plant or the activity of a municipal water system.
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Control and instrumentation engineers; industrial system integrators; students taking electronics or computing degree courses; electrical, mechanical and chemical engineers and technicians wishing to understand the essentials of modern SCADA systems.


Book information

  • Published: June 2003
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-5805-8

Table of Contents

Background to SCADA; SCADA Systems Hardware (and Firmware); SCADA Systems Software and Protocols; Landlines; Local Area Network Systems; Modems; Central Site Computer Facilities; Troubleshooting and Maintenance; Specification of Systems; Appendix A: Glossary of Terms; Appendix B: Interface Standards; Appendix C: CITECT Practical.