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Dinosaur Dump Evolves to Ask Auto
then to “Creating your Collaboration”
Education is not an affair of "telling" and being told, but an active constructive process to bridge the skills gap.
have been puzzling with the process of how industry knowledge gets past
on. The best information we have so far is Paul and Rick's articles
Addressing The Skills Gap It’s time we as industry begin to focus our efforts on investing in the people necessary to properly apply all the great technology we have in order to deliver quality solutions that provide real value to end users. - Paul Oswald, President,Environmental Systems, Inc (ESI)
Talent Development In The IoT World
Clients Demanding Building Automation Systems be Leveraged as
Enterprise Decision Support Systems for Their Energy Optimization and
Operational Effectiveness Objectives - Richard K. Warner, PE,
But how do we pass the years of exprience locked in the minds of those about to leave the industry?
In a recent Lunch
and Learn I attempted to provide a Deep Dinosaur Dump into
my watery life experiences in the ever exciting field of Fluid
Hydraulics for large buildings. Who knew a presenter could make this
watery topic dry........smile.
I carefully presented the answers to several questions not asked by anyone, dumping information not requested.
I am mulling in my mind what went wrong, but I think I learned lots: Do not try to answer questions not asked; That education is not an affair of "telling" and being told, but an active constructive process; I am a poor presenter but a good connector of concepts and resources for the active constructive process.
As a connector of concept and resource I need to be requested by the process of those seeking knowledge to be of use. My value is not the knowledge that I can share, but knowledge I can connect folks to so they then can self-teach themselves their way. I am but a catalysis in the process of learning. Catalyst reactions occur faster and with less energy.
Contributing editor Therese shares hers
wisdom here, Learning via "Sage of the Stage" - a popular style that
dates at least from Plato/Aristotle - may be over. What's a
knowledge base, but a glorified FAQ. Collaboration platform is a
synonym. Somewhere where someone who wants to learn can go when the
moment is right to find just the information they're seeking.
Useful information falling on my desk form the simplest of
Collaboration Platforms email.
As I see it I was up there telling them
some stuff they know and maybe some stuff they do not, but they likely
have real problems that I may be able to help with. So how best to turn
this into an educational process not simply a dump of information not
Let us explore the ASK Auto Approach, if I take apart one of the response emails to the Lunch and Learn experience and pull questions out of it.
We've done as much as we can on the control side but the next step is to convert the chilled water loop to a primary constant volume loop and a secondary variable volume loop. The client is struggling to get the chilled water to AHU at the end of the line (which is critical as this AHU serves a Hospital OR). Not only will this lead to energy savings, it will also solve a number of operational challenges.
Any Ideas? Chris Goodchild, B.A.Sc., E.I.T. SES Consulting, Inc.
Chilled water systems can be complex and never quite operate the way the way designed. Here is some of my experience in a dinosaur dump that you may find some solutions in.
My original introduction to variable
flow chilled water was on the operational side of U of A Edmonton
campus central chilled water system on the North Saskatchewan river.
Thousands of tons of cooling connected to a few miles of chilled water
piping. The new 1975 DDC proved the water even flowed backwards.
Solving problems over several years allowed two very large buildings to
be added to the chilled water system without any increase in capacity.
The extra energy came from the reduced pumping energy.
Next chilled water project was the
Robson Square project with a million gallon storage tank; maintaining
the differential is how this system works.
Then I Met Tom Hartman and his dynamic
control concepts, we agreed on many principles. Some of the best
documentation we have on variable chilled water flow has been captured
on AutomatedBuildings.com in Tom’s articles.
They are all here for you
Likely best to read from bottom up.
Hartman discussed this in 2006 and Called it Relational Control in a three part article
This is awesome info, thanks!!!
I spoke to the client about this approach and they are really excited about it. I'm hoping to turn this into a real project early next year.
I especially like the idea of creating a dynamic DDC graphic (points 1&2) to show where the chilled water is going and how that is impacting the critical space temperatures.
I'm going to use a similar graphic for another Heat Recovery Project. This will really help client understand the new system and will help us to easily diagnose any problems.
This article may also be of use as Matt
works with a consulting company in California providing simular
services to new buildings.
Analytics-Driven New Construction Commissioning Inefficiencies in the sequences of operation of a building automation system are a common problem for new buildings, particularly projects with complex equipment that rely heavily on automation systems. - Matt Schwartz, Associate, & Jeff Berge, Director of Marketing & Operations, Altura Associates
An advantage to this approach is that the discussion shares real information from real experiences that are important to both Chris and I.
The added advantage is that we both can share our interactions with others in a searchable format, post on discussion groups where questions can be expanded and clarified in further interaction. The online question and response allows it to be file classified, tweeted, texted, or emailed to someone wishing similar information. The dinosaur dump that no one asked for has become an online FAQ process to bridge the skills gap.
I am arriving at the conclusion that
everyone in our industry needs to develop their own Ask questions get
them documented online for their purpose and decide which to share with
world with their own collaboration platform.
These are early days of trying to figure this Ask Auto out so please share your thoughts with us.
We have set up a LinkedIn Group
When we originally created Ask Auto
LinkedIn group I thought I would be answering the questions but it has
now become clear that Auto is the community of AutomatedBuildings.com
not just me.
This makes this group much more powerful and with the correct educational focus and nurturing this group can become a living resource in our industry.
Very pleased to see where it might go. Feel free to join and post your questions or answers.
It will be exciting to see the Auto interactions.
Very pleased to get your feedback and ideas online.
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