Moodle-Enabled Virtual Lab for Fieldbus Process Control

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Vítor Viegas
José Miguel Costa Dias Pereira


The paper presents a Moodle-enabled remote laboratory intended to teach the principles of process control using the Foundation Fieldbus technology. The student logs into Moodle and accesses a “Virtual PC” learning activity that opens a private remote desktop with all set to run an FF simulator. Behind the scenes, a virtualization infrastructure, hosted on the Azure cloud, handles storage, cloning and deployment of virtual machines. The paper explains how this infrastructure was set up and how it works internally. Positive results were achieved with a limited number of students, on an elective course, making us believe that this infrastructure can be extended to highly populated courses.


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Vítor Viegas, CINAV - Portuguese Naval Academy

CINAV - Portuguese Naval Academy

Base Naval de Lisboa, Alfeite

2810-001 ALMADA


José Miguel Costa Dias Pereira, Setúbal School of Technology, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal

Setúbal School of Technology

Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal

Campus do IPS - Estefanilha

2910-761 SETÚBAL