August 2014, Vol. 241, No. 8

Features

Characterizing Performance of Enterprise Pipeline SCADA Systems

There is a trend in Enterprise SCADA toward larger systems controlling more assets from a single location within the pipeline company. As additional control systems are required for new assets, expansion of existing assets or projects to replace legacy systems, it is natural to want to leverage or expand an existing successful SCADA infrastructure. For example, we have worked with network operation centers (NOCs) that have integrated national crude, products and gas transportation networks under a single distributed SCADA infrastructure. In each case, the national systems began as local and then regional systems. Over time, more and more pipeline networks were brought under the

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