A DTI ACTT Programme "Profit Through Control" Seminar

PCs and The Internet in Control

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, on 19th April 2001

organised by The Advanced Control Technology Club

This seminar is part of the DTI's ACTT Programme on "Profit Through Control", and so it is open to anybody, whether ACT Club members or not. Registration is required.

NOTE: This meeting has since been held. Some of the presentations are now available on-line (to Club Members only) from our Download Centre, or simply click on the appropriate link in the agenda below.

NOTE: Presentation material downloaded from our web-site should not be incorporated (either in part or in entirety) into other work etc., nor distributed (either in part or in entirety) to third parties, without the express permission of the authors.


The use of PCs and Internet in Control Systems is becoming more and more common place in Industrial Applications. This meeting aims to describe these new technologies so that attendees can understand the potential benefits that this new inexpensive technology can provide industrial users. PCs provide the obvious benefit of a reduced cost platform for Control Systems, but issues such as reliability and security need to be addressed before they can become acceptable. Internet Enabled Control Systems are starting to really come of age. Their use in Process Plant Management Information Systems is now becoming much wider, yielding significant benefits which will be discussed, together with the potential obstacles that exist.

The agenda for the day is as follows:

9:30     Welcome: "What the ACT Club can do for You", Prof. Mike Grimble, ACT Club [732KB]
10.00   Building Business Advantage Through The Internet, Paul Burgum, Microsoft [3,561KB]
10.45  Use of the Internet for Performance Monitoring, Andrew Trenchard, Honeywell Hi-Spec Solutions
11.15  Thin Client Technology in Manufacturing, Duncan Fletcher, Pantek Ltd.
11.55   Open IP-Based Control in The Buildings Automation Industry, George Turnbull, Open Automation and Control [1,593KB]
12.40  LUNCH
13.40   Integrated Control and The Enterprise, Alan Mason, AJM Consulting [530KB]
14.10  Implementing Internet Technology in Open Industrial Automation, Michael Juniper, Omron Electronics
14.50  Soft Controllers: A Productivity Tool for Small Manufacturing Enterprises, Paul Hatton, ABB Automation Ltd.
15.45   The Value Proposition of Internet Technology, Graeme Beattie, Emation Ltd. [2,426KB] A companion set of notes are available here [151KB].
16.45  Close

Additional Information:

The meeting is being held in the Court Senate Room of the Collins Building, Strathclyde University.

Travelling to The University of Strathclyde:

The Collins 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.