Practical Control Systems

Brightview Technology 285

Organisation profile

This company was established in 1989 and has been operating since in the area’s of control systems, instrumentation systems, process safety systems, data logging, research, design, consulting and training.


Pádraig F. Ó’Murchú. CEng FIEI, MInstMC, FSEng(TÜV), RFSE.

Niamh Murphy. BSc [Chem].

Training aim

Is to train the relevant staff to a competent practical level in Control Systems and enhance their competence and understanding in Control Loop configurations and operations.

Learning objectives

Understand the principles of closed loop control and their physical implementation.

Understand control systems using analog, digital and pneumatic controllers.

Understand the underlying principles of controller tuning.

Understand the operation and the function of complex control configurations such as feed-forward, ratio control, split-range control, cascade control and adaptive control.

Understand the concept of optimisation in control systems.

Course outline

The purpose and structure of the control system.

Control Strategy Implementation (Hardware).

P&ID symbols and diagrams.

Process types and performance

Proportional[P], integral[I] and derivative[D] control Strategies.

Pneumatic controllers and positioners.

Tuning of control loops

Control Loop Configuration.

Interactive control loops.

Adaptive control.

Optimisation of control loop operation. 

Trainer's profile

Padraig0'Murchu is an electrical/control engineer with over 40 years experience. His experience began at the ESB where he spent five years. He then served as an electrical engineering officer with Irish Shipping for three years. He then pursued a lecturing position with CIT Cork where he lectured in Control and Automation for thirty two years. He is with Brightview Technology for the past ten years specialising in Process Functional Safety [Safety Instrumented Systems].

Course duration

1 day (6.5 hours presentation)

Assessment & certification

Certificate of Attendance will be provided.

Who should attend

Process engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, chemical engineers, instrumentation engineers, E&I technicians, senior electricians, instrumentation maintenance personnel.