Implementing and operating a first-world pipeline SCADA system in a developing country presents many unique opportunities and challenges.
One of the unique advantages a vendor/integrator might realize when implementing a SCADA system in a developing country is that these ventures are often “greenfield” projects, with all new equipment and software, as well as instrumentation and other field components. In the majority of cases, there is likely no need to consider backward compatibility with existing equipment or software, which reduces risk and makes for a clean and consistent implementation.
The unique challenges, on the other hand, fall into two (2) primary categories. First, is the initial implementation, and second, is the continued successful operation of the system.
PRIMARY CHALLENGES OF IMPLEMENTING A SCADA SYSTEM IN A DEVELOPING COUNTRY:
- Lack of local staff with adequate education, training and skills;
- Lack of infrastructure to provide reliable electric power and adequate reliable data communication capabilities;
- Difficulty importing staff…
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