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CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR INDUSTRIAL INSTRUMENTATION (LACEII) & NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS’ LabVIEW ACADEMY

To meet the industrial instrumentation needs of business, the School of Engineering have created a tailored version of the internationally recognised LabVIEW curriculum created by National Instruments (NI) - one of the world’s leading providers of software and hardware for measurement and control. The first of its kind in the UK, this programme aims to bring industry and academia closer together.


TO ADDRESS THE RISING INDUSTRY DEMAND FOR TRAINED LabVIEW SOFTWARE USERS, THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AT ROBERT GORDON UNIVERSITY HAS TEAMED UP WITH NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS TO CREATE the CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR INDUSTRIAL INSTRUMENTATION & LabVIEW ACADEMY AT RGU.

LabVIEW ACADEMY & INDUSTRIAL INSTRUMENTATION at Robert Gordon University Developed by the University’s academics over a period of nearly 18 months in close collaboration with industry, this innovative programme has been designed to bridge the recognised gap between state-of the-art technology, academia and current industry requirements in the area of applied instrumentation. It will be suitable for all technological disciplines including civil, mechanical, electrical and biomedical engineering. The course consists of two phases: Phase 1 – The study of LabVIEW based instrumentation specifically designed for structured learning of LabVIEW Virtual Instrumentation software. Phase 2 – Industrial instrumentation and LabVIEW based applications.

Benefits for you as an individual We strongly believe that theoretical knowledge must go hand in hand with strong practical experience. This programme does exactly that by introducing you to the practical side of LabVIEW. Upon completion of the course, and with sufficient practice, you will have gained the necessary skills to take the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) exam – at no extra cost. Conducted by NI, this is a much sought professional qualification and will be a valuable addition to your CV.

Career opportunities LabVIEW is the industry-standard software for data acquisition and instrument control. More than 30,000 companies around the world use National Instruments products in industries ranging from Engineering (e.g. Aerospace, Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Oil & Gas etc.), to pharmaceuticals, to telecommunications. When you learn LabVIEW, you are gaining a valuable, employable skill. The CLAD exam qualification is recognised by many companies and is a reliable and valid demonstration of your skills and knowledge.

Benefits for your organisation The pressure of achieving short time to market and the reality of cost cutting mean that today’s engineer must be focused on improving the productivity of the product-development process. A LabVIEW qualification provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve this and become a valuable employee.

Track Record Awarded Scottish University of the Year in The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 Rated Best Modern University in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2011 Rated Top Modern University in the UK in The Times Good University Guide 2011


TO ADDRESS THE RISING INDUSTRY DEMAND FOR TRAINED LabVIEW SOFTWARE USERS, THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AT ROBERT GORDON UNIVERSITY HAS TEAMED UP WITH NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS TO CREATE the CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR INDUSTRIAL INSTRUMENTATION & LabVIEW ACADEMY AT RGU.

LabVIEW ACADEMY & INDUSTRIAL INSTRUMENTATION at Robert Gordon University Developed by the University’s academics over a period of nearly 18 months in close collaboration with industry, this innovative programme has been designed to bridge the recognised gap between state-of the-art technology, academia and current industry requirements in the area of applied instrumentation. It will be suitable for all technological disciplines including civil, mechanical, electrical and biomedical engineering. The course consists of two phases: Phase 1 – The study of LabVIEW based instrumentation specifically designed for structured learning of LabVIEW Virtual Instrumentation software. Phase 2 – Industrial instrumentation and LabVIEW based applications.

Benefits for you as an individual We strongly believe that theoretical knowledge must go hand in hand with strong practical experience. This programme does exactly that by introducing you to the practical side of LabVIEW. Upon completion of the course, and with sufficient practice, you will have gained the necessary skills to take the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) exam – at no extra cost. Conducted by NI, this is a much sought professional qualification and will be a valuable addition to your CV.

Career opportunities LabVIEW is the industry-standard software for data acquisition and instrument control. More than 30,000 companies around the world use National Instruments products in industries ranging from Engineering (e.g. Aerospace, Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Oil & Gas etc.), to pharmaceuticals, to telecommunications. When you learn LabVIEW, you are gaining a valuable, employable skill. The CLAD exam qualification is recognised by many companies and is a reliable and valid demonstration of your skills and knowledge.

Benefits for your organisation The pressure of achieving short time to market and the reality of cost cutting mean that today’s engineer must be focused on improving the productivity of the product-development process. A LabVIEW qualification provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve this and become a valuable employee.

Track Record Awarded Scottish University of the Year in The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 Rated Best Modern University in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2011 Rated Top Modern University in the UK in The Times Good University Guide 2011


PHASE 1 THE STUDY OF LabVIEW BASED INSTRUMENTATION SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR STRUCTURED LEARNING OF LabVIEW VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTATION SOFTWARE. Academy Programme Overview Core 1 The LabVIEW Core 1 course introduces the LabVIEW environment, its features, dataflow programming, and common LabVIEW architectures. This course is the fastest way to become productive with LabVIEW. It prepares you to develop test and measurement, data acquisition, instrument control, data logging, and measurement analysis applications using LabVIEW. At the end of LabVIEW Core 1, you can create applications using a state machine design pattern to acquire, process, display, and store real-world data. The hands-on format of the course enables you to quickly apply skills learned in the course to your application.

You will learn to: • Use LabVIEW to create data acquisition, analysis, and display applications. • Create user interfaces with charts, graphs and buttons. • Use the programming structures and data types that exist in LabVIEW. • Use common design techniques and the state machine design pattern in your applications. • Use various editing and debugging techniques. • Create and save VIs for use as subVIs. • Read and write your data to files. • Create applications using industry-standard Compact R10 and real-time software.

Course Content • • • • • • • • •

Setting up Hardware Navigating LabVIEW Troubleshooting and Debugging VIs Implementing a VI Relating Data Managing Resources Developing Modular Applications Common Design Techniques and Patterns Using Variables

Who should attend • New users and users preparing to develop applications using LabVIEW for industrial instrumentation. • Users and technical managers evaluating LabVIEW or NI Developer Suite in purchasing decisions. • Users pursuing the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer certification following science and engineering courses. • Students (undergraduate, postgraduate, research) following science and engineering courses. All delegates on this course should have experience with Microsoft Windows and writing algorithms in the form of flowcharts or block diagrams.

LabVIEW Core 1 STUDY OPTIONS Full-time/Part-time START DATE TBC COURSE DURATION 6 days full-time or 42 hrs part-time/ evening FINAL AWARD Internal:Certificate of completion External: See under Core 2 Contact Director of Studies (LACEII) Dr Gunti Gunarathne g.gunarathne@rgu.ac.uk T: +44 (0)1224 262443 Further Information www.rgu.ac.uk/labview Fees POA Accreditation National Instruments (www.ni.com)


PHASE 1 THE STUDY OF LabVIEW BASED INSTRUMENTATION SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR STRUCTURED LEARNING OF LabVIEW VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTATION SOFTWARE. Academy Programme Overview Core 1 The LabVIEW Core 1 course introduces the LabVIEW environment, its features, dataflow programming, and common LabVIEW architectures. This course is the fastest way to become productive with LabVIEW. It prepares you to develop test and measurement, data acquisition, instrument control, data logging, and measurement analysis applications using LabVIEW. At the end of LabVIEW Core 1, you can create applications using a state machine design pattern to acquire, process, display, and store real-world data. The hands-on format of the course enables you to quickly apply skills learned in the course to your application.

You will learn to: • Use LabVIEW to create data acquisition, analysis, and display applications. • Create user interfaces with charts, graphs and buttons. • Use the programming structures and data types that exist in LabVIEW. • Use common design techniques and the state machine design pattern in your applications. • Use various editing and debugging techniques. • Create and save VIs for use as subVIs. • Read and write your data to files. • Create applications using industry-standard Compact R10 and real-time software.

Course Content • • • • • • • • •

Setting up Hardware Navigating LabVIEW Troubleshooting and Debugging VIs Implementing a VI Relating Data Managing Resources Developing Modular Applications Common Design Techniques and Patterns Using Variables

Who should attend • New users and users preparing to develop applications using LabVIEW for industrial instrumentation. • Users and technical managers evaluating LabVIEW or NI Developer Suite in purchasing decisions. • Users pursuing the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer certification following science and engineering courses. • Students (undergraduate, postgraduate, research) following science and engineering courses. All delegates on this course should have experience with Microsoft Windows and writing algorithms in the form of flowcharts or block diagrams.

LabVIEW Core 1 STUDY OPTIONS Full-time/Part-time START DATE TBC COURSE DURATION 6 days full-time or 42 hrs part-time/ evening FINAL AWARD Internal:Certificate of completion External: See under Core 2 Contact Director of Studies (LACEII) Dr Gunti Gunarathne g.gunarathne@rgu.ac.uk T: +44 (0)1224 262443 Further Information www.rgu.ac.uk/labview Fees POA Accreditation National Instruments (www.ni.com)


PHASE 1 THE STUDY OF LabVIEW BASED INSTRUMENTATION SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR STRUCTURED LEARNING OF LabVIEW VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTATION SOFTWARE. Academy Programme Overview Core 2 The LabVIEW Core 2 course teaches you to design complete, stand-alone applications with LabVIEW. This course is an extension of the LabVIEW Core 1 course and introduces you to common design techniques for successfully implementing and distributing LabVIEW applications for research, engineering, and testing environments. Topics covered include use of event-driven programming, programmatic control of your user interface, techniques to optimize reuse of existing code, use of binary file I/O functions, and error handling practices. This course directly links LabVIEW functionality to your application needs and provides a jump-start for application development.

You will learn to: • Apply common design patterns that use notifiers, queues, and events. • Use event programming effectively. • Programmatically control user interface objects. • Evaluate binary file I/O formats and use them in applications. • Optimize reuse of existing code for your projects. • Industrial applications with LabVIEW-based Virtual Instrumentation including Temperature, Pressure and Flow monitoring and Data logging.

Course Content • • • • • • • •

Common Design Techniques Synchronization Techniques Event Programming Error Handling Controlling the User Interface File I/O Techniques Improving an Existing VI Creating and Distributing Applications

Who should attend • Users preparing to develop applications using LabVIEW for industrial instrumentation. • Users and technical managers evaluating LabVIEW or NI Developer Suite in purchasing decisions. • Users pursuing the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer certification following science and engineering courses. • Students (undergraduate, postgraduate, research) following science and engineering courses. All delegates on this course should have experience with Microsoft Windows and LabVIEW Core 1 or equivalent experience.

LabVIEW Core 2 STUDY OPTIONS Full-time/Part-time START DATE TBC COURSE DURATION 4 days full-time or 28 hrs part-time/evening FINAL AWARD Internal: Certificate of Completion External: Students may take Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer Exam free of charge at RGU after completion of Core1 & Core 2 studies. Contact Director of Studies (LACEII) Dr Gunti Gunarathne g.gunarathne@rgu.ac.uk +44 (0)1224 262443 Further Information www.rgu.ac.uk/labview Fees POA Accreditation National Instruments (www.ni.com)


PHASE 1 THE STUDY OF LabVIEW BASED INSTRUMENTATION SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR STRUCTURED LEARNING OF LabVIEW VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTATION SOFTWARE. Academy Programme Overview Core 2 The LabVIEW Core 2 course teaches you to design complete, stand-alone applications with LabVIEW. This course is an extension of the LabVIEW Core 1 course and introduces you to common design techniques for successfully implementing and distributing LabVIEW applications for research, engineering, and testing environments. Topics covered include use of event-driven programming, programmatic control of your user interface, techniques to optimize reuse of existing code, use of binary file I/O functions, and error handling practices. This course directly links LabVIEW functionality to your application needs and provides a jump-start for application development.

You will learn to: • Apply common design patterns that use notifiers, queues, and events. • Use event programming effectively. • Programmatically control user interface objects. • Evaluate binary file I/O formats and use them in applications. • Optimize reuse of existing code for your projects. • Industrial applications with LabVIEW-based Virtual Instrumentation including Temperature, Pressure and Flow monitoring and Data logging.

Course Content • • • • • • • •

Common Design Techniques Synchronization Techniques Event Programming Error Handling Controlling the User Interface File I/O Techniques Improving an Existing VI Creating and Distributing Applications

Who should attend • Users preparing to develop applications using LabVIEW for industrial instrumentation. • Users and technical managers evaluating LabVIEW or NI Developer Suite in purchasing decisions. • Users pursuing the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer certification following science and engineering courses. • Students (undergraduate, postgraduate, research) following science and engineering courses. All delegates on this course should have experience with Microsoft Windows and LabVIEW Core 1 or equivalent experience.

LabVIEW Core 2 STUDY OPTIONS Full-time/Part-time START DATE TBC COURSE DURATION 4 days full-time or 28 hrs part-time/evening FINAL AWARD Internal: Certificate of Completion External: Students may take Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer Exam free of charge at RGU after completion of Core1 & Core 2 studies. Contact Director of Studies (LACEII) Dr Gunti Gunarathne g.gunarathne@rgu.ac.uk +44 (0)1224 262443 Further Information www.rgu.ac.uk/labview Fees POA Accreditation National Instruments (www.ni.com)


PHASE 2 INDUSTRIAL INSTRUMENTATION AND LabVIEW BASED APPLICATIONS What you will learn: This part of the course is application focused and covers a range of topics of current industrial interests including: • Sensory systems, Signal conditioning and Data acquisition • Principles of Systems Design • Plant and Process Control • Connectivity • Industrial presentations and case studies • Industrial applications with LabVIEW-based Virtual Instrumentation including Temperature, Pressure and Flow monitoring, Data logging.

Who should attend: • Users preparing to develop industrial applications using LabVIEW or NI Developer Suite. • Industrial participants engaged in Research, Design and Development. • Students (undergraduate, postgraduate, research) following science and engineering courses. All delegates on this course should have proficiency with Microsoft Windows, LabVIEW Core 1 & 2 or equivalent experience.

Industrial Instrumentation and LabVIEW Based Applications STUDY OPTIONS Full-time/Part-time START DATE TBC COURSE DURATION 5 days full-time or 35 hrs part-time/ evening FINAL AWARD Internal: Certificate of Completion Contact Director of Studies (LACEII) Dr Gunti Gunarathne g.gunarathne@rgu.ac.uk +44 (0)1224 262443 Further Information www.rgu.ac.uk/labview Fees POA

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PHASE 2 INDUSTRIAL INSTRUMENTATION AND LabVIEW BASED APPLICATIONS What you will learn: This part of the course is application focused and covers a range of topics of current industrial interests including: • Sensory systems, Signal conditioning and Data acquisition • Principles of Systems Design • Plant and Process Control • Connectivity • Industrial presentations and case studies • Industrial applications with LabVIEW-based Virtual Instrumentation including Temperature, Pressure and Flow monitoring, Data logging.

Who should attend: • Users preparing to develop industrial applications using LabVIEW or NI Developer Suite. • Industrial participants engaged in Research, Design and Development. • Students (undergraduate, postgraduate, research) following science and engineering courses. All delegates on this course should have proficiency with Microsoft Windows, LabVIEW Core 1 & 2 or equivalent experience.

Industrial Instrumentation and LabVIEW Based Applications STUDY OPTIONS Full-time/Part-time START DATE TBC COURSE DURATION 5 days full-time or 35 hrs part-time/ evening FINAL AWARD Internal: Certificate of Completion Contact Director of Studies (LACEII) Dr Gunti Gunarathne g.gunarathne@rgu.ac.uk +44 (0)1224 262443 Further Information www.rgu.ac.uk/labview Fees POA

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“This new programme represents a significant move in bringing academia and industry closer together and, given the large industrial base in and around Scotland, Robert Gordon University is well placed to harness this opportunity for the benefit of all concerned.� Dr Gunti Gunarathne

Photos on inside cover, pg 1,3,5 and 7 are courtesy of National Instruments Corp.


“This new programme represents a significant move in bringing academia and industry closer together and, given the large industrial base in and around Scotland, Robert Gordon University is well placed to harness this opportunity for the benefit of all concerned.� Dr Gunti Gunarathne

Photos on inside cover, pg 1,3,5 and 7 are courtesy of National Instruments Corp.


TALK TO US: Dr Gunti Gunarathne Director of Studies LabVIEW Academy & Centre of Excellence for Industrial Instrumentation (LACEII) E: g.gunarathne@rgu.ac.uk T: +44 (0)1224 262443 Further Information www.rgu.ac.uk/labview


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