Distributed Control Systems

An Intensive 5-Day Online Training Course

Distributed Control Systems

Operations in a Globalized Environment

Scheduled Dates

06 - 10 Nov 2023 Online $3,950
Enroll Now View Classroom Format In-House Options

Are the scheduled dates matching with your needs?

We provide a wider range of training options. Tailored and customized, we can deliver your organization’s training needs anytime, anywhere.

Why Choose this Training Course?

Recent trends in globalization, mobile devices, remote operations, and system integration are blurring the lines between distributed control systems (DCS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). To complicate matters, some vendors position their products either as DCS or SCADA depending upon the actual application. This training 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 Alarms. Topics of importance to field Engineers and Operators such as Maintenance and Troubleshooting are covered. Finally, state of the art advanced process controllers and latest trends are also covered.

  • DCS Organization and operation
  • Networking, HMI, and Alarms
  • Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Advanced Process Controllers
  • Latest trends

What are the Goals?

  • To review sensors, instrumentation, and process control
  • 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

Who is this Training Course for?

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.

How will this Training Course be Presented?

This PetroKnowledge online training course will utilize a variety of proven online learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, retention of the information presented. The training course is conducted online via an Advanced Virtual Learning Platform in the comfort of your choice location

Organisational Impact

Upon returning to their organization, employees will have:

  • 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

Personal Impact

Participants will gain in depth understanding of:

  • Sensors, instrumentation, and process control as they relate to DCSs.
  • DCS Organization and operation
  • Networking, HMI, and Alarm features of DCSs
  • Issues and procedures to perform DCS Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Advanced Process Controllers in DCSs
  • Latest trends related to DCSs

Daily Agenda

Day One: 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

Day Two: 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: ISA-95
  • 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 (Oil & Gas)

Day Three: 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 phylosophy, 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

Day Four: 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

Day Five:

  • 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
    • Industrial Internet
    • Internet of Things
    • Mobile and remote devices
  • Cloud Processing
    • Monitoring and control in the Cloud


  • On successful completion of this online training course, a PetroKnowledge E-Certificate will be awarded to the delegates

In Association With

GLOMACS Training

Our collaboration with GLOMACS aims to provide the best training services and benefits for our valued clients

Visit Website ›

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I register for a training course?

  • To register online through our website, please click “Enroll Now” on the course page, complete and submit the form. A confirmation e-mail and instructions will be sent to the participant’s e-mail.
  • You may also get in touch with our Registration Team on
    +971 50 981 7386 | +971 2 557 7389 or send an email to reg@petroknowledge.com

When and how do I arrange payments?

  • Payments can be made in USD or UAE local currency AED (Arab Emirates Dirhams) either by Bank Transfer or by Credit Card. Our Bank Account details will be provided on the invoice.
  • Course fees are payable upon booking unless a valid, authorized Purchase Order is provided and accepted.
  • Invoices will be sent via email/courier to the ID/name and address provided.
  • The course fee shall be settled prior to course start date. Corporate payments with existing payment policy shall be relayed to us in advance.

When should I expect to receive confirmation of registration?

Upon successful registration online, enrolment on the respective training course will be confirmed by Registration Team by e-mail along with the invoice and joining instruction.

Is there a discount for more than one registrant/course?

For corporate fees and group registration, please send your query to info@petroknowledge.com.

Download PDF

© 2023. Material published by PetroKnowledge shown here is copyrighted.

All rights reserved. Any unauthorized copying, distribution, use, dissemination, downloading, storing (in any medium), transmission, reproduction or reliance in whole or any part of this course outline is prohibited and will constitute an infringement of copyright.

Sending your message. Please wait...


There was a problem sending your message. Please try again.

Please complete all the fields in the form before sending.