Emissions-Related OBD Systems: A Design Overview C0708

Topics: Advanced Technologies

This course is designed to provide an overview of the fundamental design objectives and the features needed to achieve those objectives for generic on-board diagnostics. The basic structure of an on-board diagnostic will be described along with the system definitions needed for successful implementation.

Learning Objectives

By attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the underlying design objectives of on-board diagnostic systems
  • Apply the design features that all diagnostics need for successful implementation
  • Apply basic design techniques to deal with variation
  • Use a diagnostic design template in the development of an on-board diagnostic

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers involved in either the design or control of on-board diagnostic systems for engines or transmissions. Individuals working in the heavy duty industry will find the information relevant, but should note that the examples will be based on spark ignition engines and light and medium duty regulations. In addition, engineers involved in engine and transmission hardware will benefit by obtaining a better understanding of the design of OBD systems.Engineers new to the area of OBD system design and engineers involved in the design of control systems wishing to obtain a better understanding of OBD requirements will also find the course valuable.


An undergraduate engineering degree or a strong technical background is highly recommended. A basic knowledge of college algebra, college physics, and a familiarity with modern engine or transmission systems is required


"Very useful course for every OBD engineer."
Dheepak Guruswamy
Senior Engineer; John Deere Power Systems

"Very informative. Great instructor. Highly recommend this course to anyone who deals with OBD."
Vinay Premnath
Research Engineer; Southwest Research Institute

You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

John Van Gilder, Igor Anilovich, or Luca Scavone

John Van GilderJohn Van Gilder, a SAE Fellow, is currently an engineering consultant (Van Gilder Engineering, LLC) supporting clients with the development and implementation of on-board diagnostic systems, both algorithms and hardware. Prior to his retirement from GM in March of 2021. Mr. Van Gilder was the Technical Fellow, OBD II Development, in General Motors Propulsion System Embedded Controls. In this position, he was responsible for implementing statistical techniques in OBD design, model based on-board diagnostic design, development of OBD requirements for new powertrain systems, and in-use assessment of OBD systems.

Prior to working at GM, Mr. Van Gilder was a Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy working in materials research and development for application in the nuclear propulsion of warships.

He has organized and presented at numerous SAE OBD and Powertrain Controls technical meetings. Mr. Van Gilder has a B.S.E. in Engineering Physics from the University of Michigan, a M.S.E. in Nuclear Engineering from the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory and a M.S.E. in Reliability Engineering from Kettering University and is a Professional Engineer in the state of Michigan.

Igor AnilovichIgor Anilovich is currently a Diesel OBD II and AECD Leader in the General Motors Propulsion System Embedded Controls where he focuses on OBD II design and emission control strategy compliance for diesel engine applications. Prior to that, Dr. Anilovich was a Technical Specialist for Diesel Exhaust Gas Sensors Diagnostics. Dr. Anilovich was also a Control Design Engineer with responsibility for new concepts development for OBD II compliant diagnostics for gas engine applications. Dr. Anilovich won the 2008 "Boss" Kettering Award. He is a DFSS Black Belt and SAE member. Dr. Anilovich is an author of more than thirty patents, multiple publications and research reports. Dr. Anilovich has an M.S. from the Aviation University in Kharkov, Ukraine and a Ph.D. from the Automobile and Road Construction University in Kharkov, Ukraine.

Luca ScavoneLuca Scavone is currently Development Engineer for Regulatory Requirements (Diesel OBD) working in Diesel Controls department at GM Italy. He is responsible for the correct interpretation of OBD legislation and he is the support for its implementation in the Diesel sw. Mr. Scavone joined GM Global Propulsion System in 2008 as Control System Engineer in the Control Engineering group, he acted as Global Controls Technical specialist for Diesel Torque, Cranking and Thermal Management from 2010 to 2018. Before joining GM Global Propulsion System, he worked in Eltrac / Iveco as Control System Engineer. Mr. Scavone graduated from University Politecnico of Turin in Electronics Engineering (2001) and in Mechanical Engineering (2012).

Duration: 1 Day
CEUs: .7

Fees: $725.00

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