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eLabs or remote/virtual labs are practical technical training sessions that are accessible by users from anywhere in the world, simply with an Internet connection.

"I recently used the eLabs to demonstrate the configuration of a controller. I was able to access the controller programming language, create an example, upload it onto a controller, and view the result via webcam - it felt like I had the equipment right here on my own desk! I could even switch over to try a data communications lab for configuring routers and IP cams - all with the click of a button."

Dr. Piet Bothma

 

 

 

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To view the list of available online labs and practicals, please click on the relevant School tab on the table below:

I&C Automation Practical eLabs Include:

  • Control Valves: The purpose of this practical is for you to familiarise using a control valve selection software tool and to determine the control valve size and type suitable for a given application.
  • PID Control (Process control): The purpose of this practical is provide practice in OPEN / CLOSED loop control, FEEDFORWARD / FEEDBACK control and MODULATING / ON_OFF control. Practice open loop and closed loop methods in tunning a process control and using the Ziegler Nichols formulas.
  • Loop Tuning: The purpose of this practical is provide skills in PID, Closed/open loop tuning, feedback/feedforward, Ziegler-Nichols, Pessen, Lambda Tuning, Dead Times, Cascade Loops.
  • Advanced Process Control: Model Predictive Control, Internal Model control, LTI, Observers, Optimal/Robust control.
  • PLC Programming: To develop a PLC program and test functioning using simulation software. ISaGRAF, LogxPro, Instruction List, Function Block Diagram, Structured Text, Sequential Function Chart. Once the intended function of the program is tested, download the code to a simulated and real PLC and troubleshoot.
  • SCADA Configuration: General SCADA configuration, Citect SCADA process loops, OPC client dataflow.
  • PROFIBUS: On Line Build under Utilities; Monitor Parameter; Modify Parameter; Profibus DP Master Simulator; Communications (inputs/outputs).
  • DNP3: Serial & TCP/IP: Demonstrate the use of a Remote Telemetry Unit (RTU) in the transfer of control messages over Serial using the DNP 3.0 protocol. The ScadaSoft DNP Demon Lite is used as a Master to generate DNP3 messages sent to a DATRAN XL4 DNP3 RTU. Messages are viewed on the Master and captured on the LAN segment by a Wireshark protocol analyser for viewing and analysis.
  • OPC: Basics, DCOM, Tunnelling: Data access on OPC-enabled SCADA system using Citect. An OPC compliant Data Access server version 1 (DA1.0) added to the system. Setup DCOM for multiple remote OPC clients (on separate host machines) to connect to an OPC server. Understand the simplicity and reliability of tunnelling, using Matrikon’s OPC tunnelling software. Connect an OPC client with a remote OPC server and communicate.
  • Process and Noise Measurement: Measure pressure, temperature and level using DAQs, software and hardware actuation. Investigate common mode noise. Peak-to-peak, frequency of repetition.
  • Temperature: Basic temperature measurements using real hardware data-loggers, HART monitors, and software.
  • Pressure: Basic pressure measurements using software simulations. Pressure measurement using hardware actuation, pumps, pressure gauges, and pressure release valves.
  • Level: Basic level measurements using software simulations. Level measurement using hardware actuation, pressure pumps, pneumatic actuation, level sensors and DAQ electronics.

ICT Engineering Practical eLabs Include:

  • Control Valves: The purpose of this practical is for you to familiarise using a control valve selection software tool and to determine the control valve size and type suitable for a given application.
  • PID Control (Process control): The purpose of this practical is provide practice in OPEN / CLOSED loop control, FEEDFORWARD / FEEDBACK control and MODULATING / ON_OFF control. Practice open loop and closed loop methods in tunning a process control and using the Ziegler Nichols formulas.
  • Loop Tuning: The purpose of this practical is provide skills in PID, Closed/open loop tuning, feedback/feedforward, Ziegler-Nichols, Pessen, Lambda Tuning, Dead Times, Cascade Loops.
  • Advanced Process Control: Model Predictive Control, Internal Model control, LTI, Observers, Optimal/Robust control.
  • PLC Programming: To develop a PLC program and test functioning using simulation software. ISaGRAF, LogxPro, Instruction List, Function Block Diagram, Structured Text, Sequential Function Chart. Once the intended function of the program is tested, download the code to a simulated and real PLC and troubleshoot.
  • SCADA Configuration: General SCADA configuration, Citect SCADA process loops, OPC client dataflow.
  • PROFIBUS: On Line Build under Utilities; Monitor Parameter; Modify Parameter; Profibus DP Master Simulator; Communications (inputs/outputs).
  • DNP3: Serial & TCP/IP: Demonstrate the use of a Remote Telemetry Unit (RTU) in the transfer of control messages over Serial using the DNP 3.0 protocol. The ScadaSoft DNP Demon Lite is used as a Master to generate DNP3 messages sent to a DATRAN XL4 DNP3 RTU. Messages are viewed on the Master and captured on the LAN segment by a Wireshark protocol analyser for viewing and analysis.
  • OPC: Basics, DCOM, Tunnelling: Data access on OPC-enabled SCADA system using Citect. An OPC compliant Data Access server version 1 (DA1.0) added to the system. Setup DCOM for multiple remote OPC clients (on separate host machines) to connect to an OPC server. Understand the simplicity and reliability of tunnelling, using Matrikon’s OPC tunnelling software. Connect an OPC client with a remote OPC server and communicate.
  • Process and Noise Measurement: Measure pressure, temperature and level using DAQs, software and hardware actuation. Investigate common mode noise. Peak-to-peak, frequency of repetition.
  • Temperature: Basic temperature measurements using real hardware data-loggers, HART monitors, and software.
  • Pressure: Basic pressure measurements using software simulations. Pressure measurement using hardware actuation, pumps, pressure gauges, and pressure release valves.
  • Level: Basic level measurements using software simulations. Level measurement using hardware actuation, pressure pumps, pneumatic actuation, level sensors and DAQ electronics.

ICT Engineering Practical eLabs Include:

  • RS232 Basics: Setup, configure, and run RS232 communications. Monitor communication via software oscilloscope. Configure Baud, length, etc. View signal and physical converter via webcam. An understanding of how asynchronous serial data communications operate, using a breakout box on the COM port of a laptop computer.
  • RS485 Basics: Setup, configure, and run RS485 communications. Monitor communication via software oscilloscope. Configure Baud, length, etc. View signal and physical converter via webcam. An understanding of how asynchronous serial data communications operate, using a breakout box on the COM port of a laptop computer.
  • Ethernet Basics: Focus on attributes of Ethernet, in particular the header structure and speed/duplex settings.
  • TCP/IP, Internet layer protocols, HTTP, Utilities, Security Audit: Observe three of the Internet layer (OSI ‘Network’ layer) protocols: IP (IPv4, IPv6), ICMP and ARP. Analyse the TCP connection (3-way handshake) between a browser and a webserver, and to observe the HTTP/TCP/IP/Ethernet protocol stack in operation and analyse the structure of a UDP packet (frame).
  • FTP, Utilities, Security Audit, Wireless security: FTP sites, hosting and transferring. Using FTP clients and capturing the login sequences. Pinging and route tracing. Performing a security audit on a PC/laptop and make informed decisions based on the outcome of such audit. Wireless LAN security measures, WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy), WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) (TKIP(Temporal Key Integrity Protocol)) encryption, WPA AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), WPA2, IEEE 802.11i encryption standards.
  • Wireless: Theory, Access Point, Modems, Backhaul, WLAN, workgroup bridge: Perform basic setup of a Moxa AWK-3131 Industrial Access Point via a browser. Demonstrate various wireless-related calculations, and basic setup of a 900 MHz modem. Design a Point-to-Point terrestrial backhaul link with the aid of an online design service. Design a WLAN solution for a given floor plan. Create a workgroup bridge with Cisco Aeronet Wireless Access Points.
  • Telemetry: 3G, Wireless, Telnet, VoIP, Managed Switch: Become familiar with the concept of telemetry via 3G, the typical configuration and data acquisition steps for a 3G data acquisition unit. Design a Point-to-Point terrestrial microwave link by using a spreadsheet. Use Telnet to log in to a remote server, observe network traffic, and highlight security risks involved. Observe VoIP packets by capturing Skype traffic.
  • Networking: Managed Switch, Routers, RADIUS: Perform basic configuration and diagnostics on a Weidmuller IE-SW-M-Wave Industrial Ethernet managed switch with port trunking, VLAN, Rapid Ring. Perform basic configuration and diagnostics on a Cisco 1721 router via Telnet. Perform authentication via a RADIUS server for Wireless connection.
  • Fibre Link Design: Optical design, performance analysis and simulations
  • Website Infrastructure and Creation: Demonstrate the registration of a domain and the setting up of a hosting account. Create a website using the free version of Weebly. Install and configure Wordpress on your hosting service’s web server.
  • C++ Development: Set up an Open Source development environment for developing C++ programs and create a set of algorithms. General coding in C++.
  • SQL Development: Introduction to SQL, Terminology, Basic Queries, Modifying Table Contents, Constructing Nested Queries.
  • Windows servers and PC Troubleshooting: Creating and managing users, user resources and other network applications in a Windows Server 2003 environment. Organisation and administration of the Active Directory as well as the management of file, network and printer resources. To diagnose and troubleshoot a PC using the software BurnIn Test. Diagnose and propose solutions after running a stress test.
  • CCTV over IP: Setup and monitoring of CCTV IP camera, and observe the network traffic generated by a ‘CCTV over IP’ security camera.

  

Electrical Engineering Practical eLabs Include:

  • Motor Protection: Cable Sizing, Short circuit calculation, Load flow calculation.
  • Renewable Energy, PV’s, wind & Renewable Plant Sizing: RE supply system is stand alone; comprised of the technology options of wind turbine generator and a diesel generator. HOMER software is used to conduct an analysis of the ratings of the various components of the RE system. Obtain the optimum values for these ratings.
  • Electrical Drawings: Standards in Engineering drawings. Compliance of non-standard symbols. Diagram types, single line, ladder, wiring, schematics, 2D CAD, CAM, etc.
  • Basic Electrical virtual labs: Demonstrate and apply basic concepts for solving simple electric circuits. You will be able to measure circuit voltages and currents using LabVolt instruments in Remote Lab.
  • Basic Electrical Measurements: Basic electrical measurements such as current, voltage and resistance on a circuit with instruments.
  • Power Transformer Test: Demonstrate and apply basic concepts for power transformer circuits. Design, connect and test virtual Power Transformer connections.
  • Electrical Voltage Variations: Effect of power system voltage sag on a single phase rectifier under different conditions. voltage sag/dip
  • Switchgear Testing: Demonstrate and apply basic Switchgear concepts. Simulate and test arcs, flashover, circuits/switching.
  • Power Flow Calculations: Demonstrate how to use the Power World software to solve power flow problems. Explore the Gauss-Seidel, Newton-Raphson and Fast Decoupled load flow methods and performances.
  • Phase Connections virtual labs: Demonstrate and apply basic concepts for three phase transformer circuits. Design, connect and test virtual 3-phase connections.

 

Mechanical Engineering Practical eLabs Include:

  • Plant Layout & Piping Design: The purpose of this practical is to interpret Process Flow Diagrams, Interpret pipe standards and codes, Create equipment arrangement drawings, Create equipment lists, Create P&ID diagrams, Piping line lists, Piping specifications, Piping isometrics, Bill of materials, and touch on 2D/3D models.
  • Mechanical Drawings: Create equipment arrangement drawings, Create equipment lists, Create P&ID diagrams, Bill of materials, and 2D/3D CAD models.
  • Pneumatic System Design: Design a Pneumatic system for a given specification and test its function by simulating the design. Counterbalance valve. Cylinder that can automatically reciprocate. Dynamic braking by restricting. One directional flow.
  • Hydraulic System Design: Design a hydraulic system for a given specification and test its function by simulating the design. Counterbalance valve. Cylinder that can automatically reciprocate. Dynamic braking by restricting. One directional flow.

Project Management Practical eLabs Include:

  • Project Management-Scheduling: Develop PERT and Gantt charts for a simple project, and to do the costing on the same project.
  • Project Management: Work Breakdown Structure: Develop an understanding of the structure and purpose of Work Breakdown Structures (WBSs).
  • Risk Analysis: Demonstrate the use of Monte Carlo analysis to evaluate the financial risk associated with a project, and to analyse the size of the associated contingency.
  • Project Management-Scheduling: Develop PERT and Gantt charts for a simple project, and to do the costing on the same project.
  • Project Management: Work Breakdown Structure: Develop an understanding of the structure and purpose of Work Breakdown Structures (WBSs).
  • Risk Analysis: Demonstrate the use of Monte Carlo analysis to evaluate the financial risk associated with a project, and to analyse the size of the associated contingency.

 

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Boredom can be a real danger, however, we use an interactive approach to our e-Learning – with live sessions instead of recordings.  The webinar software allows everyone to interact and involves participants in group work; including hands-on exercises with simulation software and remote laboratories where possible.  You can communicate with text messages, or live VoIP speech, or can even draw on the whiteboard during the sessions.

 

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