Call for participation

The South African Council for Automatic Control presents a one day interactive workshop on request on writing Control System Functional Design Specifications (FDS) for PLC and SCADA. The guideline presented is completely generic and does not necessarily align with any specific automation product or manufacturer.

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About the speaker

Alfred Schröder is the current Vice President of the South African Council for Automation and Control and has more than 25 years’ experience in the Automation, Control & Instrumentation Industry. He is also an Associate at Aurecon, a leading Consulting Engineering firm providing professional services to the Water and Waste Water Treatment Industries both locally and internationally.


8:30 to 9:00 Registration (tea/coffee)

Session 1 : Introduction – The importance of producing a control system FDS before software programming and configuration begins.

Session 2 : ISA 5.06.01 Standards for Control System Functional Requirements – Brief overview of the  International Society of Automation’s standard for control system functional requirements documentation and it’s relevance to the workshop.

Session 3 : Definitions – Essential industry terms and abbreviations to be used in the FDS.

10:30 to 10:45 Tea/coffee

Session 4 : Tagging and Naming Conventions Essential equipment naming (Tagging) conventions and their use throughout the control system.

Session 5: Control Philosophy – Review of the role of the Process Engineer’s Process Control Philosophy in guiding the FDS. A typical control unit will be described.

Session 6 : Control System requirements –Defining the requirements for the Control System i.e. PLC coding concepts.

12:30 to 13:15 Light Lunch

Session 7 : Visualization System and Data Logging Requirements – Defining the requirements for Visualization ie. HMI /SCADA configuration concepts.

Session 8 : Reporting Requirements

Defining the requirements for Control System reporting and presentation of reports.

15:30 Summary, closeout and evaluation

Who should attend

The workshop will be useful to both specifiers and implementers and will provide a theoretical grounding as well as a practical guide for preparing control system functional specifications for implementation on Industrial control systems consisting of PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers) and HMI (Human Machine Interfaces / SCADA devices) or DCS (Distributed Control Systems). Experienced and Novice process and control systems engineers and technicians who wish to gain an understanding of the ISA 5.06.01 Standards for Control System Functional Requirements Documentation.

At the conclusion of the workshop the attendees will have a thorough understanding of the minimum requirements for an FDS as well as a complete sample document for reference. The sample FDS will be handed out piecemeal after the conclusion of each exercise.


Workshop attendees do not need not be able to program a PLC or configure a SCADA system however a basic understanding of these systems will be beneficial.

Workshop fees

SACAC members: R 2250
Non-members: R 3000
Bona Fide Students: R 1500

(The fees above are approximate fees.)
Fees include a workshop manual, 
tea/coffee and a light lunch.


Please contact SACAC for more information

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