GDCSIP: Graduate Distributed Control & Safety Instrumentation programme

GDCSIP: Graduate Distributed Control & Safety Instrumentation programme

This Programme is consists of 5 Sub- programme:

GDCSIP Sub- programme 1: Distributed Control Systems I

GDCSIP Sub- programme 2: Distributed Control Systems II

GDCSIP Sub- programme 3: Distributed Control Systems III

GDCSIP Sub- programme 4: Industrial Data Communications

GDCSIP Sub- programme 5: Safety Instrumented Systems

Distributed Control Systems of Achievement programme provides you with hands-on training in the principles and design of computer-based distributed or process control systems (DCS/PCS). Review of input measurement devices and output control devices is necessary as these devices are for the operation of the level process skids/carts.

Device networks — Foundation Field Bus, Device Net, Modbus — are also covered to ensure students have the skills required for a typical DCS/PCS installation.

This program offers extensive theoretical and practical training. Based on Emerson’s Delta-V control system, this program is wired to a real process — tank level control complete with control valves, level and flow measurement, pump control, process and safety shutdowns.

Labs include building all the logic and graphics for the proper operation and tuning of the flow and level loops on the process skids/carts. Each student uses their own configuration/operator workstation to develop configuration and graphics.

Upon completion of the program, you can pursue a career in various industries that monitor and control processing facilities such as power plants, pulp mills, oil-producing and refining plants and chemical processing plants, etc

Course Description

This course starts with an introduction to control system concepts covering Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) based applications.

You'll then learn about Emersons Delta V hardware, coupled with basic wiring concepts for instruments and end devices. We will then learn about the Delta V configuration software and use it to interface with discrete and analogue I/O.

The last part of this course covers PID feedback control with the help of Delta V configured software simulators to understand process dynamics and tuning fundamentals

Course Description

The second Distributed Control Systems course builds on what you have learned in CNTR-115 and provides an introduction to feed forward and cascade control. More advanced software process control simulators are implemented which will completely emulate the level process skids/carts that students will be eventually configuring and controlling.


The second part of the class will have students connecting to the level process skids/carts using pre-configured control and interface graphics. Students will be able familiarize themselves with the process, graphics, and shutdown (SIS) logic required for proper operation and control. Tuning of this process is also a learning objective.


An introduction to interlocks, permissives, and shutdowns and how these are configured into the SIS modules will be taught in preparation for the third DCS course.


Upon completion of the course, you will have an understanding of Feedback, Feedforward and Cascade control, interlocks and permissives, tuning techniques, and know how to use the Delta V configuration and graphics software to create your own process simulation or for connecting to real world I/O and processes

Course Description

The third course in the Distributed Control System certificate program will build on what you have learned in CNTR-120 Distributed Control Systems II. The objective of this course is to have the students build their own configuration and graphics (from scratch), to achieve the same control and operation of the process skids/carts that was supplied to them during the last class.


The course starts with a review of previous classes and then focuses on Foundation Field bus configuration as a number of the process devices use this interface. HART is also covered as some of the devices are analog and knowing how to bring in additional device information will be required.


Details on the configuration of the Delta V SIS module are explained to allow the student to configure the process skid/carts shutdowns. These shutdowns are very similar to what you would find in a processing facility and include fire and gas monitors and HiHi/LoLo process trips. More training on the Delta V graphics software is also covered.


Upon completion of this course you will have completely configured the graphics, PID control, and SIS logic to run the level process skids/carts. You will also understand how to communicate with different field devices and be commissioning and re-tuning the process for your newly developed configuration

Course Description

This course will build on what you have learned in CNTR-125 Distributed Control Systems III, and cover a number of industrial process networks and well as network security.

Course will begin with the theory and structure of digital communications as it relates to Field Buses.

A review of Foundation Field Bus will be followed by other buses such as: Device Net, Profibus, Modbus, wireless, etc. Where possible we will be communicating to process devices, which will help us understand the configuration required, the protocol, wiring methods, and troubleshooting techniques.

The remainder of the course will be focusing on DCS networking, which will include fibre, routers, port mapping, security, etc. We will also be discussing virtualization as this is becoming more common, especially on larger DCS installations

Course Description

This process systems technology course is designed for those wanting to understand the basics of function safety engineering and how to apply the safety life cycle concepts as defined in the international safety standards such as ISA 84.00.01-2004/IEC 61511 in the process control industry.

Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) learning topics include Safety Life Cycle Concepts, Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) and their selection, Safety Requirement Specifications (SRS), verification of SIL, installation, operation and maintenance issues, documentation and cost justification.

This SIS course also covers:


  • The application of Functional Safety Standards in prescriptive standard based environments such as BMS
  • Operator initiated SIF analysis
  • Continuous and Demand modes of SIFs and their analysis
  • Design guidance
  • General purpose versus safety specific devices
  • Fault tolerance
  • The relationship of BPCS and SIS
  • Certification/prior use guidelines

BMS application example with typical SIFs, their assessment and verifications

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