Control Fundamentals with LabVIEW, 10 - 12 March 2015, Newbury


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 methods such as PID controller (including tuning methods) and lead-lag 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 practising engineers. As with all ACTC training courses, discussions and questions will be encouraged through the course.


Additional Information
Event Venue

This course will be held in National Instruments, Measurement House, Newbury Business Park, London Road, Newbury RG14 2PZ.


The closest hotel, Newbury Manor, is only a five minutes' walk away from NI. For more hotels in Newbury, please click here (PDF).


NI, Newbury is reachable by flight into the London Heathrow Airport or by train to Newbury:

  • By Air - Fly to London Heathrow, from where:
    • Take the RailAir bus to Reading (journey time under an hour), then a train from Reading to Newbury station (journey time about half an hour).
    • Take the underground or Heathrow express to London Paddington, then travel from Paddington to Newbury by train.
  • By train - Travel to the Newbury Station and then take a taxi to NI.

For detailed instructions and map, please click here (PDF).

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 LabVIEW and CD&SIM
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 (Anti-windup, Bumpless Transfer, Rate Feedback
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