Southern African Scada Conference 2004

February 2004 News Integrated Solutions Security Services & Risk Management

IDC Technologies, together with some of South Africa's leading engineers and technicians, are proud to present the Southern African Scada Conference 2004. The event will be held in Johannesburg at the Eskom Convention Centre on 10 and 11 March 2004.

Scada has traditionally meant a window into the process of a plant or gathering of data from devices in the field, but now the focus is on integrating this process data into the actual business and using it in realtime. The emphasis today, is on using open standards such as communication protocols (eg, DNP3 and TCP/IP) and off the shelf hardware and software to keep the costs down. This two-day conference will cover a selection of case studies and examples of real world working scada systems in the mining, water, electrical and processing industries and will be an excellent opportunity to network with peers as well as gain significant new information and techniques for use in future scada projects.

Presentations include:

1. Open source scada systems - Eugene Coetzee, Potchefstroom University.

2. SCAW metals MES, scada and autosave Application - Alberto Pontiggia, Ram-Tec Systems.

3. Implementation of Eskom's first distribution automation (DA) system - Dieter Gütschow, Eskom.

4. Implementation of an auto restoration scheme at a 132/11 kV substation using PLCs - Allister McBlain, Eskom.

5. Innovative scada replacement for PPC De Hoek Cement Plant - Craig Belstead, PPC Cement.

6. Web-based realtime plant information system - Chandresh Narotam, Tongaat Hulett Sugar Farouk Ahmed, Tongaat Hulett Sugar.

7. The myths and facts behind security of scada and industrial control systems - Peter Diamandis, Synergy Automation.

8. Integration between scada and business systems in the electrical industry: Challenges and rewards - Malefane Mocoancoeng, Eskom.

9. Pushing integration and scada software to its utmost limits - Corn‚ Labuschagne, Keops Altech.

10. Scada and data acquisition systems at the SAFARI-1 research reactor - Gordon Proctor, Research Reactor NECSA.

11. Rapid process analysis, process modelling and optimisation of scada data - Derick Moolman, Crusader Systems.

12. Design and testing of a large distributed scada system - Steve Kirkpatrick, Unilever Bestfoods Robertsons.

13. MES scada solution for a typical rod mill - Geoff Holmes, Cape Gate.

14. Implementation of an on-line, remote monitoring, data acquisition and Web-based reporting system of a continuous miner - Tommy Gibson, Sandvik mining and construction.

15. Benefits of a standards based approach for control systems in geographically widespread scada applications - Edward Livesey, Johannesburg Water.

16. Upgrading and resizing of a scada/EMS/DMS system for City Power Johannesburg - Paul Vermeulen, City Power Johannesburg.

The emphasis of the conference will be on practical industry topics, case studies and the latest application of scada technologies. Case studies and practical applications will be presented by scada users who are directly responsible for their systems. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and talk to other experts in the industry on real practical problems and state of the art applications of the technologies. The conference is geared to benefit:

* Engineering managers.

* Chief engineers.

* Electrical and instrumentation engineers.

* Plant engineers.

* Automation engineers.

* Scada and control engineers and technicians.

* Anyone actively involved with implementing or optimising a scada system.

Pre-Conference Workshops are run on 9 March 2004, and IDC Technologies will also be presenting two half-day workshops:

1. The nuts and bolts of scada systems.

2. Industrial network security for your automation, process control and scada systems.

Sponsorship details may be obtained from IDC Technologies.

For more information contact Cheryl Reyneke, IDC Technologies, 011 883 2859,,

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