June 2012


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Robert BeverlyEMAIL INTERVIEWRobert Beverly and Ken Sinclair

Robert Beverly, Editor, Engineered Systems Magazine

Robert Beverly has worked at ES since 1998 and served as editor since 1999. The magazine hosted regular columns by AutomatedBuildings.com founder Ken Sinclair for many years, including more than a few about some weird concept called "the cloud" and what it was going to mean for building controls someday.

High-Performance Buildings '12

Improving On A Good Thing

Here's the newest 2-minute Q&A about the High-Performance Buildings Conference
coming back to Falls Church, VA this September 12-13.

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Sinclair: We covered the keynote last month. What about tracks?

Beverly:  We have two tracks again this year, same tracks both days: Technology & Innovation on one side and Design, Delivery & Operations on the other.

Sinclair: What sort of speaker mix should attendees expect?

Beverly:  We're combining selected useful technology updates from companies in the industry with in-the-field insights and lessons from consulting engineers. Let's look at the Technology & Innovation track for an example, since I'm moderating a couple of those Wednesday sessions. The HVAC session opening that track focuses on plant efficiency, with one presentation on front-end loading boiler heating plants with condensing technologies, and another honing in on optimization opportunities and strategies. In the Controls session after lunch, Tridium and KMC Controls update on wireless technologies working with BAS and other topics, while David Katz of Sustainable Resources Management delves into Building Intelligent Quotient 2.0.

Sinclair: What about the afternoon?

Beverly:  Jeff Seewald of Building Intelligence Group jumps into this track for the last two. Metering, Dashboards & Analytics will look at macro level energy management, wireless submetering, and a topic from SkyFoundry's John Petze that sounds especially relevant to me: "Justifying your move to data driven facility management."

Reliable Controls Sinclair: What's going on beyond the sessions?

Beverly:  Of course, a significant piece of the value is what you can get out of the other aspects. We're doing a new thing on Thursday, with an interactive panel discussion in the morning, so that should be good. That's along with the traditional networking breaks and the time to catch up or meet new colleagues at meals. And naturally, being that close to Tysons Corner and Washington itself, attendees have a wealth of options for evening meet-ups or recreation

Sinclair: Last month's "super earlybird" is gone, right?

Beverly:  Yep, I'm afraid that discount has flown. The silver lining is that people can still save $100 this month at www.esmagconference.com. The content and experience is going to be just as valuable either way; folks might as well pay less for it.


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