Instrumentation and Control Basics

Discover the fundamental concepts of instrumentation and control engineering, including sensors, actuators, control systems, and industrial automation.

This comprehensive course delves into the intricate aspects of instrumentation, control systems, and components within surface facilities.

It provides in-depth knowledge of specific instrumentation and controls, encompassing pressure, temperature, flow, level, density, control valves, and field data acquisition systems.

Moreover, the course elucidates fundamental principles, operational methods, measuring devices, and specifications associated with surface facilities.

Gain a profound understanding of these critical elements through expert-led instruction and enhance your expertise in this specialized domain.

Course Outline

Read more about the course outline below.

Day 1: Foundations of Measurement, Instrumentation, and Controls

  • Standard symbols and abbreviations for instruments
  • Basics of process control
  • Measurement techniques for process variables

Day 1 introduces industry standards, abbreviations, and symbols used in the oil and gas sector. It covers essential concepts of process control and explores the components of control systems. The day concludes with an in-depth discussion on the key process variables measured for effective process control.

Day 2: Pressure Control System and Control Valves

  • Pressure control devices
  • Sensors and transmitters
  • Controllers and control valves

Day 2 focuses on the technology and components of pressure control systems. Participants will gain insights into pressure control devices, sensors, transmitters, and controllers. The day concludes with exploring actuated valve engineering, control valve functions, sizing considerations, and selection criteria.

Day 3: Level and Temperature Control Systems

  • Measurement instruments
  • Classification of level and temperature systems
  • Range of operations for level and temperature control

Day 3 is dedicated to two key areas. Firstly, participants will delve into temperature measurement and control systems, including technologies, measurement principles, and operational ranges. Secondly, the focus shifts to level measurement and control systems, covering classification, operating principles, and range considerations.

Day 4: Flow Rate Control System: Gas and Liquid

  • Liquid flow rate metering and control systems
  • Gas flow rate metering and control systems

Day 4 commences with a comprehensive exploration of liquid flow rate measurement and control systems. Topics include flow metering technologies, measurement principles, and operating ranges. The day concludes with examining gas flow rate metering and control, emphasising flow metering technologies and operational principles.

Day 5: PLC, DCS, and SCADA

  • Local control systems
  • Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)

On the final day, participants will gain an understanding of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Distributed Control Systems (DCS), and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). The curriculum covers architecture, key functionalities, control systems, data acquisition, and communication systems associated with these technologies.


Participants should have an awareness of surface facilities production systems.

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