Resources

Feel free to browse through the various resources provided by IDC.

The Engineering Institute of Technology holds the Educational Copyright Licence.

In brief:

With this licence all our teachers can copy any third party material to distribute to the students (within the limitations of the licence). This can be done in both hard copy and electronic format and includes whole articles from newspapers or journals, up to 10% of any book or website, as well as the ability to embed any third party material into any resources that IDC may be producing for our online courses. 
Without this licence, no organization is allowed to reproduce any third party material from any source other than where there is a direct licence/subscription in place or permission has been granted from the creator of the work.
Every university, TAFE and school throughout Australia has this licence as well as over 1,000 private colleges, Registered Training Organizations (RTOs) and training arms.

The benefits:

  • Freedom and flexibility Instant access to an abundance of both Australian and international digital and hard copy materials.
  • Convenience and ease – With the licence, IDC no longer needs to identify and search for copyright owners, gain permissions, negotiate terms of use or maintain records when we make a copy for our students.
  • Compliance/risk management - With the availability of digital technology and the Internet, copyright infringement can occur at the click of a button. This licence is an effective way for IDC to increase and/or maintain our current compliance program. 

For full information on this licence, please visit www.copyright.com.au

PC-ControLAB, now in Release 3, is a Windows (R) based process control loop simulation program.

For more information simply follow the link below (you will be redirected to our sister company IDC Technologies' website to download the resources):

PC-ControLAB Software

Engineering Pocket Guides

Your 6 Engineering Pocket Guides - FREE

To download electronic copies of our acclaimed engineering Pocket Guides, bursting with over 500 pages of valuable know-how, simply fill in the quick form below and you will be directed to our Pocket Guide Download page.

The Pocket Guides are specific to different engineering disciplines including:

  • Instrumentation
  • Industrial Automation
  • Data Communications
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Formulae and Conversions

 

You can purchase hard copies of the full set of 6 IDC Engineering Pocket Guides by clicking here to go to the download page.

To purchase copies, please click here

To view our Technical References and Whitepapers simply follow the link below (you will be redirected to the main IDC Technologies' website to download the resources):

Technical References (Whitepapers)

Topics of references and whitepapers include:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Data Communications
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Instrumentation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Project Management

FREE Live and Interactive Instructor-Led Courses

IDC Technologies are running complimentary, live and interactive instructor-led sessions in various engineering disciplines that will give you the opportunity to ask questions and expand your knowledge.

The sessions are designed to give you a toolbox that can be immediately applied to your workplace. They are presented by the interactive Dr Steve Mackay, the foundation Dean of Engineering at IDC.

Every fortnight, we offer a range of webinar topics that you may register for. The different session types include:

1.   Free Live Sessions: Register to attend the live and interactive 30 minutes session taking place 9am UTC session or to receive a copy of the recording and slides only.

2.    Free Course Resources: This is NOT a live session. Register to receive a copy of the recording and slides.

The upcoming topics are listed below on the schedule. If you cannot attend the live sessions, simply register to receive the recording and slides only.
  ** Please ensure you have the latest browser for either Google Chrome or Firefox prior to attending a live session to ensure the software package will work **

2015 LIVE Course Schedule

Date

Link

 LIVE SESSION:   Troubleshooting PLCs
28 Oct 2015 Register Here
     

2015 Course Resources Topics

 

Link

 Basics of Routers and Switches   Access Here
Essentials of Project Management   Access Here
Fundamentals of Power System Protection   Coming Soon
Electrical Safety Techniques for Industry   Coming Soon
Troubleshooting of SCADA and Data Acquisition Systems  

Coming Soon

 

Would you like the Slides from our Past Topics? Click Here to download the slides for past topics. 

lian Electrical Wiring Standadsamtals of Process Controoject Management Essentials

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I&E Systems    Instrumentation and control   IPENZ

Your training and technical education laboratory in the CLOUD!

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

 

 

 

ElectromeetClick HERE to view the eLabs Brochure

Interested in obtaining access to our eLabs or creating your own?

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eLabs Demonstration

 

eLabs Demo - VP Labs

 

eLabs Demo - AutoCAD P&ID

 

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.

 

Be Prepared

Many students underestimate the workload that is associated with online learning. It is important to be prepared and plan ahead to ensure you get the most out of your eLearning experience. Stay motivated and disciplined by exercising good time management skills. Apart from succeeding in your studies, you will also enjoy the experience.

Be Accountable

Your biggest enemy will be time. Especially if you have family, work, leisure and study all playing tug-of-war. Be accountable for your study time by setting yourself realistic and achievable goals. Be Organised

IDC Student Tip #1
Time Management

This is an insightful recommendation on organising time from a past student. Good time management ensured this student was able to 'keep-up', whilst relieving the stress from assignments.

 

Student:At the end of each session/webinar, I attempted to answer those questions in the assignment which related to the session I had just completed. This effectively gave me a week to complete those questions. I sometimes used my lunch hours too.”

 

Be Familiar with the Tools and Service IDC offers

The online teaching methodology = TOOLS. Become familiar with these.

Moodle: This is your learning management system, your most important communication tool. Once you receive your password, practise navigating around the system. It contains the information you need to successfully complete the course (and is also a great way to network with other students).
 
Blackboard Collaborate: This is the software used for the live and interactive webinars. During your first few classes be brave and practise interacting.
 
The Microsoft Office Suite: Know your way around the Microsoft package. If you have a Mac, don’t panic!  Either purchase the suite or use Open Office. Become comfortable with the software’s key functions.
 
E-Learning Coordinators: They are real. Be kind and honest – Your eLearning coordinator is highly experienced and will be your biggest fan. IDC coordinators strive to support you throughout your course.
 
 

IDC Student Tip #2
Use Your Resources

A member of the IDC Alumni comended their eLearning Coordindator

 

Student: “My experience with IDC coordinators was always a leasant one. Regardless of my queries or concerns, they always assisted me in a very professional and expedient manner. Whether it realted to my inability to attend a session, problems experienced during the online sessions or issues arising with the assignments, I was always satisfied with the outcome

 
 
Lecturers: Your gurus. They are industry experts based nationally and internationally. Glean what you can from them.
 
 

IDC Student Tip #3
IDC Experts

Graduates commented on their appreciation of IDC lecturers

 

Student: “The passion and the knowledge that they showed throughout the course was remarkable",

"Each and every one of them (IDC lecturers) was always 'there' to help and answer questions"

and

"I had contact with the lecturers and students to discuss problems and bounce ideas off".

 
 
Your Class Mates: These are real people in the same boat as you. Nurture your relationship with classmates, regardless of their geographical location. Meeting with them once a week, during the webinar, will motivate both you and your peers and ensure you build important networks, globally.
 
 

IDC Student Tip #4
Classmates and Colleagues

Past students discuss how and why their classmates and colleagues were so valuable throught their studies

Student: “The interaction I had with the other students was a highlight. I appreciated all the questions and general comments. It is extremely humbling to have people from around the world add comment and opinion to a webinar.”

and

"It may be hard to believe of a distance learning course, but I felt a real sense of camaraderie with the other students on the course - I think that the ability to chat in real time with the during the webinars fostered this bond".


 
Be Aware
Webinar Schedules: When they are published on Moodle read them carefully. It is very easy to misinterpret when yours will run because of the global scheduling. Check if you are unsure.
 
Reading Materials: They are chosen with care to broaden your learning and reinforce concepts presented by your lecturers.
 
 

IDC Student Tip #5
Study and Learning Resources

Students have comented that the easy access to study and learning resources was a great benefit to their experience

Student: “I benefited greatly from the presentation of the reading material which made self-study enjoyable and beneficial

and

"Listening to the lecturers' live webcasts as often as I needed helped reinforce the course content for me."

 

Webinar Recordings: Your coordinator will ensure you receive these once they have been delivered and reviewed. Store them carefully. They are an important resource for your assignments. IDC also publish useful resources through social media, so keep an eye out for the latest updates. 
  • Understand how the course is structured
  • Determine, carefully and accurately, what it requires from you on a weekly basis
  • Create either a daily or weekly study plan
  • Ensure the plan covers all study requirements:
    • Readings
    • Software practical activities and remote labs
    • Webinar attendance
    • Forum/chats
    • Assessments
    • Be strict on yourself – use your study plan to schedule each session – these sessions will prove to be both engaging and invaluable. All webinars are recorded so if you are unable to attend, you can view the recordings and catch up.

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The FREE Engineering Resources app includes valuable material on engineering disciplines including:

  • Industrial Communications
  • Forumlae and Conversions
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Automation
  • Instrumentation
  • Electronic Engineering

Engineering Resources Include:

  • Engineering and Technical Pocket Guides (all above mentioned disciplines)
  • eBook Extracts (all above mentioned disciplines)
  • Engineering Training and Education Presentations from IDC and EIT
  • Technical Papers (all above mentioned disciplines)

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