Control Fundamentals

6th - 8th June 2017

ISC is pleased to announce that registration is now open for this course. We are offering an "Early Bird Discount" if registration is received 2 weeks before the course start date (see online registration form). Employees of ACTC member companies are entitled to two places free of charge. Note that all courses offered can also be provided at your company premises through special arrangements, please contact us for more information.

Registration is required. Please ensure the payment details section of the form is completed.


This three-day course introduces the basic control engineering concepts in terms of Linear Systems Models, Classical Control Theory and Practical Aspects in Control. The course presents analysis of a linear control system in terms of stability and performance. In addition, Classical Control Method such as PID controller (including tuning methods), lead-lag and root locus are also covered. Significant hands-on examples are used to reinforce the lectures.

This is one of our most popular training courses. It is especially useful to those engineers who may not have had specific control theory teaching during their engineering education. It also provides an excellent refresher course in basic control engineering for practicing engineers. As with all ACTC training courses discussions and questions will be encouraged.

Additional Information
Event Venue

Glasgow City Centre


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Day 1: Linear Systems Models
08.45 Registration
09.00 Introduction to the Course - "The Need for Control"
09.45 Linear Dynamic Systems - Transfer Functions and State-Space
11.30 Frequency Response Analysis (Bode, Nichols and Nyquist)
12.30 LUNCH
13.15 Hands-On Session: Introduction to Matlab/Simulink and Linear System Representation
14.15 Hands-On Session: Linear System Representation
15.15 Fundamentals of Modelling and Simulation
16.00 Hands-On Session: Modelling for Controller Design
17.00 CLOSE
Day 2: Classical Control Design
09.00 Fundamentals of Feedback Control Design
10.45 Hands-On Session: Control Fundamentals
11.45 Introduction to PID Controller and Tuning Methods
12.30 LUNCH
13.15 Introduction to PID Controller and Tuning Methods (continued)
14.00 Hands-On Session: PID Controller Tuning
15.15 Implementation Issues for Controllers
16.15 Hands-On Session: Practical Aspects in Control
17.00 CLOSE
Day 3: Practical Aspects in Control
09.00 Frequency Domain Control Design - Lead-Lag Compensation
10.00 Hands-On Session: Frequency Domain Control Design
11.00 Control System Strategies - Feedforward/Feedback Control, Cascade, etc.
12.15 LUNCH
13.15 Discrete-Time Systems and Control - Sampling Theory, z-transforms
14.45 Hands-On Session: Discrete Time Systems
15.30 What Makes Control Difficult
17.00 CLOSE