Welcome to the world of Industrial Control Systems Engineering

I’m not sure how you stumbled across my site, but I bet you are as interested as I am in following the exciting developments taking place in the most recent Space race. By approaching old problems with new sustainable technology and using live streams of rocket launches, people like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are making Engineering “Cool” again.

Although i’m no rocket scientist, the devices I get to play around with on a daily basis are used in some of the most basic control systems on the planet, to the most advanced “off” of it.

Namely, PLCs & SCADA systems.

You will find PLC’s, or Programmable Logic Controllers (lets just call them Controllers from now on) in just about everything these days, from refrigerators to satellites orbiting Mars. They provide the “smarts” behind how a device should operate, with limiting parameters programmed in.

The operator graphical user interfaces (GUIs) that ground control operators or industrial plant operators use to view and control field devices are called SCADA (Supervisory Control & Data Aquisition Systems) or HMIs (Human Machine Interfaces).

So who am I, and what is this blog about?

I’m an Electrical & Control Systems Engineer, with over 15 years of Industrial Control Systems security, networking, safety, maintenance, design and commissioning experience.

As a kid I developed a keen interest in computers when my dad got us an Osborne 386 PC in the early 90’s, which then got me interested in Electrical Engineering as a profession.

After I graduated as an Electrical Engineer, I slowly gravitated (sorry for the bad pun) towards Industrial Control Systems (especially PLC & SCADA programming) and how they are used within various industries.

This includes design and programming of PLCs, SCADA & HMI systems for plant operations.

I plan to use this blog to talk about some of the interesting things I come across within my field.

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