Freelance Solutions Designer for

Embedded Systems

Web Based User Interfaces

Process Automation and SCADA

A seasoned designer and developer of hardware and software systems, I enjoy helping people to realise their goals through identifying with and understanding their specific project needs with clear and concise communication.

Starting at a young age with electronics, then a large part of my career as an engineer working in the industrial automation sector, I have been fortunate to develop and experience a broad skills set.

Some days will see me working with reasonably complex industrial automation projects, while many days will find me working from my hidden mountain cabin crafting away on code to further develop skills with integrating and implementation new methods of technology.

More information follows below on who I am with the sort of things I can offer and also details on my current personal projects which mostly are to do with open source SCADA and renewable energy systems.

To maintain my sense of sanity, I also enjoy a number of other activities in life which are not related to technology and I hope you might enjoy reading these as I write them up to share in the furture.

Embedded Systems

I am again focusing on small embedded systems after working mostly in main stream automation and instrumentation of process control systems for the past decade and a half.

Development with a variety of micro-controllers over many years has provided me a reasonable foundation in embedded systems architecture. My days started many years ago with the Signetics 2650 8bit CPU, progressing to other devices such as 6800 variants and Z80 based designs. More recently I use popular Atmel (now Microchip) 8 and 32 bit micro-controllers.

Optimised and unique in each case, embedded control systems have always been my first love. Designing PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) based control systems I would often think how I could achieve similar designs employing embedded systems for a smaller and more cost effective solution. Of course, using embedded systems is not always appropriate.

With the increase in the widespread development and acceptance of the ubiquitous micro-controller and embedded systems generally, especially in new and emerging areas such as the arts and home and building automation I expect we will shall see an exciting period ahead with new concepts and innovations, and one that I am keen to be part of.

Having come full circle, I choose to utilise embedded systems where I think it is an appropriate and effective solution.

Some project examples:
  • Specialised personal medical cardio exercise product,
  • Interactive art based 6m high talking sculptural rubbish bins,
  • Data logging environmental sensors for scientific analysis,
  • Industrial high power linear positioner actuator controllers,
  • Grain silo product environmental conditions monitoring and control,
  • Remote area power systems (RAPS) with micro-hydro turbine and solar photo-voltaic panels.

Automation of Process Control Systems

Experienced in wide range of process control systems engineering, from small to the medium sized industrial projects. For automation project work, I offer my engineering services within the Australian territory.

Past involved projects:
  • Clear water treatment plants,
  • Waste water treatment plants,
  • Ship loading and conveyor systems,
  • Agricultural crop environmental storage sheds,
  • Building energy management and control systems,
  • Hydro-electric and gas power generator utilities,
  • Vineyard weather stations and disease prediction,
  • Data radio telemetry systems for short and long haul data links.
Some of these projects are large and typically comprise both PLC and SCADA systems.

Quadlog SCADA

QuadlogSCADA is a personal project started in early 2014, with ongoing development.

QuadlogSCADA aims to be a functional SCADA system in the true sense of what a SCADA does. It performs Supervisory Control functions for processes as well as Data Acquisition from processes. SCADA is Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition

The core of QuadlogSCADA is an application program written in the C language, compiled to operate primarily on GNU/Linux operating systems. It works on both Intel 64/32 bit as well as ARM platforms. The ARM platform appears ideal for small and low power consumption applications such as found in solar installations.

QuadlogSCADA communicates to devices using standard industrial communication protocols such as Modbus via Ethernet TCP, RS-485 or USB. It maintains a regular scan of data tags from connected devices. The data is viewable by the inbuilt HTTP server for displaying as real-time data on web pages as the GUI.

QuadlogSCADA is aimed for small process control environments, typically used on industrial sites, but is equally right at home with building automation and renewable energy systems.

The scope of a QuadlogSCADA system is for small to medium automation or process control systems, being particularly more suited for non critical and non life threatening tasks. It is not designed to replace critical or safety systems. Such systems must be designed to use dedicated safety control equipment such as accredited PLC's.

Quadlog utilises the following proven C libraries SQLite3, libmodbus and libmicrohttpd:

  • SQLite3 for all configuration data in one database and all operational and historical data in another,
  • libmodbus to communicate Modbus devices using TCP or RTU (USB/RS485/RS232) such as PLC's, solar controllers or Arduino's,
  • libmicrohttpd as HTTP daemon, serving all html/css/js/image files and specific HTTP GET data requests.

Quadlog specifically:

  • is lightweight and needing minimal system resources to operate,
  • uses SQLite3 to store all configuration data,
  • has inbuilt HTTP server allowing connections for remote SCADA viewing,
  • HTTP user authentication methods for protection of setpoint adjustments,
  • allows any modern web browser as the SCADA user interface for monitoring of entire system,
  • communication scan routines operate in separate threads at user specified poll rates,
  • scan routines makes connection to devices to read in or write out data held in datapoint tags,
  • scan routines performs conversion on datapoint tags from raw data to engineering values,
  • scans datapoint tags for alarm conditions, with alarm setpoints setable via HTTP,
  • scans datapoint tags to maintain a range of statistical information for each datapoint tag,
  • scans datapoint tags to maintain historical log for charting with selectable log periods per tag,

Quadlog is currently in development, having been started in April 2014 and is presently being tested in a few initial systems to test reliablility and robustness of core components. It is anticipated that by around mid 2015 it will closer to being at a state ready for use as an alternative SCADA system for renewable energy installations using solar, wind and hydro. It is hoped that people interested in such systems for their own private use might like to make use of QuadlogSCADA.

Licensing of QuadlogSCADA is still being determined

Information about this web server

This web server you are accessing right now is the QuadlogSCADA application itself. I have designed this application for a specific reason which is quite different from web servers as used by many web sites, though it may not be apparent to the casual user. The code this server operates on has been programmed from the ground up in the 'C language' in-conjunction with the libmicrohttpd library. This is not an Apaché nor Node.js style server.

The reason for writing this web-server code is to facilitate an integrated real-time SCADA system within the server code and also to be fully independent from any other web service. Also, traditional setups using the LAMP stack are not well optimised for use as real-time data systems. Typically, they consume a fair amount of operating system resources just sitting there and significant additional resources for every HTTP connection made to the system. The SCADA, (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system section uses an additional library which communicates with real world hardware continuously every 500mSec, 24/7. The real world hardware is my home based renewable energy system, which I detail in the following section below.

During the development cycle this server will operate on a dedicated small DELL laptop running Debian GNU/Linux as the operating system. Once development is closer to being stable, the server application will be migrated to an ARM based single board computer, a Cubieboard II, also configured with the same Debian GNU/Linux operating system. The Cubieboard II is a dual core ARM Cortex A7 CPU, based on the Allwinner A20.

A Cubieboard II s used as the server, running in headless mode providing a lightweight system that takes very little electrical power as well as system resources. My hope is that it should work well as a small web server and also work as a dedicated SCADA data concentrator and host for web based HMI screens to view next to real time data.

Help with Your Idea

Where ever you live, I may be able to offer assistance to your project in some way, whether your project is small or large, helping you to clearly define your project needs and required tasks and to find an appropriate solution.
  • Brain-storming,
  • Design constraints,
  • Critical analysis of functionality.

To Contact Me

I live on the small island of Tasmania, which hangs below Australia.
Tasmania is not a separate country, it is a part of Australia which has surprised many people. Our time zone here is UTC+10 plus an extra hour in our summer time.

For project assistance, I will need a detailed functional description of your project so I can clearly understand your concepts and ideas. I can assist you if you need help with this part.

Please contact me with the at least some of the following details:
  • firstly your location on planet Earth,
  • a brief description of your project,
  • what would my involvement be,
  • project time-lines and completion date,
  • goals and objectives with any project risk assessments and challenges,
  • the approximate budget for your project,

I try to be flexible with how I charge for my time, and may even work free of charge if your project really grabs my interest or if there is a possibility of teaming up with you and your project, where, together we might make a gazillion of some form of high value currency.

But if you prefer, I can work with you on an hourly rate or if you wish I can provide you a reasonably close approximation of project costs for my involvement.

There are many situations where I don't charge for my time, for example, when I need to learn something where you would generally expect me to already know this. This is normal and is my way of keeping myself well informed of new technologies and techniques.

My rates for engineering work in automation process control where I work with PLCs and SCADA systems are generally higher than other forms of work I do. For this sort of work my charge out rate is AUD$120 per hour.

You may contact me by any of the following methods:

mobile: +61 466 968 395

mail: Paul Alting van Geusau
PO Box 7533,
Launceston 7250,

Contact me by email

Last update to this information: 17 July 2016