Call for participation

The South African Council for Automation and Control presents a one-day interactive workshop on modern techniques and software for process control. The workshop covers the fields of linear and non-linear model predictive control. Each topic will be covered by an expert in the field, and the delegates will use software installed on their laptops to gain practice.


More information on this event

Who should attend

The workshop will be useful to practitioners in the field of process control, who have not yet been exposed to cutting edge methods. At the conclusion of the workshop the attendees will have a thorough understanding both the modern techniques and software that is used in implementing advanced control schemes. This is an ECSA CPD validated training course (SAIMC_CPD_C_124).


Workshop Attendees are required to bring a laptop computer, since the workshop will include exercises which can be done electronically. The software will be on a virtual machine, requiring only installation of a player and image. The laptop should have at least 4096 mB of memory and 30 GB of free disk space.

No knowledge of advanced control techniques is required but some background in process control will be an advantage.


08:00 – 08:30: Registration (tea/coffee)

Session 1: Introduction and Software Installation
– A general introduction to the topics to be covered and installation of the software

Session 2: Linear Model Predictive Control
– Dr Kevin Brooks of BluESP will present the application of linear MPC. Topics to be covered will include step test design, model identification, controller simulation and implementation

10:15 – 10:30: Tea/coffee

Session 3: Linear MPC completed

12:15 – 13:00: Lunch

Session 4: Non-linear MPC
– Dr Loutjie Coetzee of Mintek will present cutting edge aspects of non-linear control. This will be demonstrated on Mintek’s APC platform, StarCS.

14:30 – 14:45: Tea/coffee

Session 5: Non-linear MPC completed

16:30: Closeout and Evaluation

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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