SCADA Designs: The Evolution of the User Interface for the Pipeline Industry PUBLIC ACCESS

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Chad G. Wagner

Interprovincial Pipe Line Inc.

Paper No. IPC1998-2107, pp. 919-926; 8 pages
  • 1998 2nd International Pipeline Conference
  • Volume 2: Design and Construction; Pipeline Automation and Measurement; Environmental Issues; Rotating Equipment Technology
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June 7–11, 1998
  • Conference Sponsors: Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4023-8
  • Copyright © 1998 by ASME


This paper will discuss some of the key features that have been implemented in the user interface component of IPL Energy’s Pipeline Control System (PCS).

IPL Energy operates the world’s largest crude oil and liquid pipeline system. In 1968, IPL Energy became one of the first pipeline companies in the world to implement computer based control of its pipeline systems, commonly referred to as SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition). Since then, the SCADA system has been continually modified and improved in order to achieve high standards of reliability, safety, and operator functionality.

Unlike other SCADA systems, PCS has been developed from the ground up drawing from a wide range of experience and expertise in pipeline design, control, and operation. A brief overview of the past generations of SCADA systems will show how the user interface has evolved into the present system. The focus of the discussion will be on the Line Display, a single screen that can be used to operate a particular pipeline. The Line Display is the main operating screen used to control the pipeline and provides the operator with the current operating conditions, including operating pressures, pump statuses, and important alarms.

Copyright © 1998 by ASME
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