Control Fundamentals

6th - 8th March 2018, Glasgow

This meeting has since been held. (Register your interest for the next course here.)


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) and lead-lag compensator 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 ISC training courses discussions and questions will be encouraged.

Additional Information
Event Venue

Scottish Engineering at 105 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1QL.


Glasgow City Centre offers a wide range of accommodation, you can find our recommendations here.

Day 1: Linear Systems Models
8.45 Registration
9.00 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 (Performance, Stability & Disturbance Rejection)
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