The Advanced Control Technology Club 
Process Control and Instrumentation 2000 Conference Special Session on

"Software Tools for Process Control"

organised by the ACT Club, being held at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 28th July 2000

This special session of the Process Control and Instrumentation 2000 Conference is open to all attendees of the Conference and is free of charge to all ACT Club members. If an ACT Club member wishes to attend the full day of the Conference, then we have negotiated a special rate of 60 for the day (including refreshments and a copy of the proceedings). Alternatively, Club members can attend all three days of the Conference at the significantly reduced rate of 160.


This special session of the Process Control and Instrumentation 2000 (PCI2000) Conference, is being organised by the Advanced Control Technology Club. It aims to present some real-life experiences of using modern control system design software for process control problem solving. The first presentation will briefly describe several of the ACT Club’s own Case Studies– looking at the problem investigation and solution development using today’s control design packages for a variety of different processes. The second paper will demonstrate the power of the symbolic manipulation package Mathematica. This highly efficient and visual tool will be shown to solve the PID stabilisation problem in a highly innovative manner.
Several vendors of such control design tools will be present giving presentations and demonstrations on their very latest products. These include National Power plc, makers of RapidMVC and ADI who sell EASY5. Finally, an introduction to the capabilities and benefits of UNAC, a rapid prototyping package for advanced process control, will conclude the session.

Full details on the conference can be found at the Internet site

The agenda for the session is as follows:

1.30 P.M.      Advanced Control Technology Club Case Studies For Process Control, Andrew Clegg (ACT Club)
2.00 P.M.      Demonstration Of Mathematica For Systematic PID Stabilisation, Baris Bulut (University of Strathclyde)
2.45 P.M.      TEA/COFFEE
3.00 P.M.      RapidMVC - Multivariable Predictive Control Package For The Process Industry, Alex Morris (National Power plc)
3.30 P.M.      Enhancing Software Test Strategies For High Integrity Applications, Peter Moore (Applied Dynamics International)
4.00 P.M.      UNAC – A Rapid Prototyping Tool For Advanced Process Control, Andrew Clegg (ACT Club)
4.30 P.M.      CLOSE

Additional Information:

The session is being held in the Room 3 of the University of Strathclyde’s McCance Building. Please note that Registration will be in the same room from 1pm onwards.

Travelling to The University of Strathclyde:

The McCance Building is within the John Anderson campus of Strathclyde University. This in the heart of Glasgow City Centre and the excellent road, rail and air links make it very easy to reach. Please refer to the following map.


From the North: via A82 and M8. Exit junction 15.
From the South: via M6/M74 and M8. Exit junction 15.
From the East or West: via M8. Exit junction 15.

Car Parking: With Strathclyde University being centrally located on-street car parking is at a premium. Many pay and display car parks are situated nearby and the one adjoining High Street railway station is recommended.

Glasgow has two main-line stations which serve all of the UK. Trains from the South and West arrive at Glasgow Central Station and trains from the North and East arrive at Queen Street Station.
Buchanan Street Bus Station is Glasgow's main bus station and serves all of the UK. All the main bus operators including Scottish Citylink and National Express operate via Buchanan Street Bus Station and there are up to four services/hour to Edinburgh and six services/day to London.
Strathclyde University is less than 25 minutes drive from Glasgow International Airport. Taxis are available or an airport bus regularly runs to and from Buchanan Street Bus Station.
Nearby Hotels
Strathclyde Graduate Business School, Strathclyde University, 199 Cathedral Street, Glasgow, G4 0QU, Tel: 0141 553 6000
B&B 39.00

Travel Inn Metro, Montrose House, 187 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1YN, Tel: 0141 553 2700
Room only: 44.95, Breakfast: 3.75-5.75

Forte Crest Glasgow, Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 7EN, Tel: 0870 400 9032
Room Only: 79.00, Scottish breakfast: 10.95

Stakis Ingram Hotel, 201 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1DQ, Tel: 0141 248 4401
Room only: 87.50, Full breakfast: 7.50-9.50

Holiday Inn, West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1, Tel: 0141 332 0110
Room only: 89.00, Breakfast: 9.95

Copthorne Hotel, George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DS, Tel: 0141 332 6711
Room only: 135.00, Scottish breakfast: 11.50

Moat House Hotel, Congress Road, Glasgow, G3 8QT, Tel: 0141 306 9988
Room only: 135.00, Breakfast: 11.50

Marriott Hotel, 500 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3, Tel: 0141 226 5577
Room only: 155.00

The above prices are inclusive of VAT and are given purely as a guide. Prices quoted as at January 2000.