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We provide insights on natural gas measurement, underground utility damage prevention, utility contractor services and various natural gas products. Formerly the Linc Energy Blog. This article intends to address the basics of SCADA and its applications and uses in the oil and gas industry, and to educate on some of the field equipment and instrumentation that supports industrial control systems. How can we help you? SCADA Supervisory control and data acquisition is a control system complex that uses computers, communication networks, and a computing platform for real-time process management.
Industrial organizations in every industry manage countless production processes and transactions every day. Management teams oversee operations, inspect equipment, gather enormous amounts of data, strive to minimize downtime and ensure that everything runs smoothly and seamlessly. Performing these duties manually is a nearly impossible task. One of the most powerful tools for monitoring equipment and processing data in real time is supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA — a control system that makes high-level supervision of critical operations in industries like oil and gas, transportation and manufacturing a much more manageable undertaking. SCADA is a powerful system of hardware and software designed to help industrial organizations in their day-to-day operations. It typically involves several subsystems that manage assets dispersed in remote locations, often with limited connectivity. Instead, it focuses more on monitoring and parametrization.
What is a SCADA system?
Of critical importance, in most of these SCADA systems , are the standard features that include alarms management and emergency response, communications over a variety of mediums, redundancy at all points in system, trend analysis, and remote system access. The powerful scripting language also allows graphing of pump curves. The process of getting oil and gas from the well head production source to the refinery processing facility and ultimately to the consumer usually requires a large infrastructure of pipeline networks. The advances made in oil and gas distribution SCADA technology have significantly reduced the cost for remote telemetry devices and the communications infrastructure required to retrieve data from these devices. This in turn allows operators to remotely monitor, control and optimize their distribution network.