Course Duration: 5 Days


Recent distributed mobile devices, remote operations, and system integration are blurring the lines between upon the acts. Topics of importance to field Engineers and Operators such as Maintenance  control systems (DCS) and usual application. This course has been designed with these recent trends in mind while covering the most important components of a DCS in detail. Emphasis is placed on DCS operation, networking, HMI, and Alarm supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). To complicate matters, some vendors position their products either as DCS or SCADA depending rends in globalization and Troubleshooting are covered. Finally, state of the art advanced process controllers and latest trends are covered too.


  • To cover DCS Organization and operation
  • To summarize the most important Networking, HMI, and Alarm features of DCSs
  • To highlight Maintenance and Troubleshooting procedures and issues
  • To review Advanced Process Controllers in DCSs
  • To cover Latest trends related to DCSs
  • Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will gain in-depth understanding of :
  • A working knowledge of sensors, instrumentation, and process control as they relate to DCSs.
  • A working knowledge of DCS Organization and operation
  • Practical knowledge of Networking, HMI, and Alarm features of DCSs
  • Practical awareness of the issues and procedures to perform DCS Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Practical awareness Advanced Process Controllers in DCSs
  • Practical overview of Latest trends related to DCSs

Target Audience:

This course is intended for managers, engineers, and technicians requiring knowledge of sensors, instrumentation, control, and automation in a distributed control environment. A section on maintenance and troubleshooting methods is also included. Personnel in operations will also find this an invaluable course.

Course Outline:

  • Review of Process Control and Introduction to DCS
  • Review of sensors, instrumentation, and process control systems
  • Control Algorithms
  • Proportional (P)
  • Proportional and Integral (PI)
  • Proportional, Integral, and Derivative (PID)
  • Distributed Control Systems: Introduction
  • Overview, Features, Advantages, Where used
  • Functions, Architecture, I/O, components,
  • Hardware, software, system interfacing
  • Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) – brief overview
  • supervisory control and direct digital control
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) – brief overview
  • DCS, PLC and SCADA compared

DCS Configuration and Networking

  • Distributed Control Systems: Structure and Configuration
  • DCS block diagrams, components, architecture, redundancy concepts
  • DCS hardware configuration
  • DCS Hardware & Software Internals
  • Process variables, software variables, tags
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI)
  • Alarms, Trends
  • Databases
  • Basic DCS Controller Configuration
  • Sequential Controllers for Batch Processing
  • Controllers for Continuous Processes: Function Blocks
  • Hierarchical Structure of control systems
  • Data Communications and Networking
  • Signal Transmission
  • Physical Network Structures
  • Logical Network Structures
  • Communication Standards
  • Fieldbus Operation: Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus
  • Wide Area Network (WAN) communications: Modbus
  • Control in the Field (CIF)
  • DCS applications and case study

HMI, Alarms, and DCS Operation

  • Human Machine Interfaces: Introduction, features, requirements
  • Plant mimic and animation
  • DCS Operator Stations
  • Interface Categories
  • Recorders, Loggers, Trend Displays, and Data Archiving
  • HMI in the Control Room and in the Field: Mobile and remote devices
  • Alarm Management
  • Key Requirements
  • Alarm System Functions
  • Alarms philosophy, control & Management
  • Development and Applications, Logs, trends and reports
  • DCS Operation
  • Operational view of DCS
  • Role of operators
  • Integration and Optimization of DCSs
  • DCS Configuration
  • DCS Integration

Maintenance and Troubleshooting

  • Maintenance Considerations
  • Maintenance Requirements: System and Components
  • Procedure for Checking Control Loop Calibration
  • Identify proper tools and test equipment for troubleshooting


  • Proper troubleshooting methods
  • Identify typical communication malfunctions and faults
  • Identifying failures, malfunctions, and faults
  • Diagnostics through DCS Modules, and Programs (code)
  • Diagnostics through Internal internal Variables and Bits of DCS
  • Diagnostics of Communication faults
  • Advanced Process Controllers
  • Feed forward Control
  • Cascade Control
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Basics of advanced process control and optimization
  • Latest DCS Trends
  • Monitoring and control in the Field

Methodology of Delivery

  • Instructor-led classroom session, 70% practical sessions

Training Costs

  • The training fee per person/individual is KES 122,500.00
  • The fee quoted includes VAT.
  • The costs caters for provision of an ideal venue to conduct the training (boardroom/class room for
  • theoretical training and practical training) as well as meals and refreshments for trainees for the duration of the training.
  • The cost caters for the provision of professional training, student manuals anf CPD certified certificates from EBK.
  • Viscar shall provide a training venue at any location (Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru) at no additional fee.
  • The minimum number of delegates for each class is seven (7).
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