EMAIL INTERVIEW - John Bishop & Ken Sinclair
John Bishop is an Industry Leader for Invensys Operations Management,
overseeing the facilities management and transportation infrastructure
markets for the company’s Global Industries Solutions business. He
joined Invensys as a consultant in January 2003 and became the
company’s full-time senior systems consultant in July of that year,
supporting technical sales for the central United States.
Bishop began his career in building automation systems working for
Robertshaw Controls in its Control Systems Division. He has held
numerous positions associated with facilities management, energy
management and intelligent building applications.
With almost 30 years of global industry experience, and having held
engineering, marketing, sales and management positions, his domain
knowledge is essential for expanding Invensys technologies into the
facilities management and transportation sectors. He has a Bachelor of
Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia State University.
Integrating facilities management for efficient building operation
In today’s environment, facility managers are faced with several significant
challenges as they struggle to manage the needs of their organization.
Sinclair: What do you mean by “integrated facilities management?”
Bishop: Integrated facilities management, the theme of our
exhibit at the recent AHR Expo 2011 in Las Vegas, refers to the
orchestration of various building automation systems within one or
multiple facilities, through a common layer of control and connectivity
across all the infrastructure systems.
The commonality comes from open software architecture, such as that
which Invensys employs in its system platform. This not only simplifies
development, deployment, maintenance, support and the administration of
facilities applications, but also provides flexibility in vendor
selection, as the solutions work with common standards-based products
and solutions from a variety of sources.
We build our facilities management solutions on an advanced set
of tools that enable the easy creation of facilities management
applications. This helps integrate the facility infrastructure into a
cohesive operations management solution.
For industrial building owners, facilities include the manufacturing
areas as well, and solutions for facilities management in industrial
operations can extend the capabilities of the manufacturing automation
and management solutions. For example, one could incorporate, manage
and optimize energy use within the entire facility, not just offices or
just manufacturing areas. So the integration can contribute greatly
toward optimizing the complete operation.
Sinclair: Why is integration important in building systems?
Bishop: In today’s environment, facility managers are faced with
several significant challenges as they struggle to manage the needs of
their organization. They are facing increasing costs for energy,
service and maintenance, additional and more complex security and
regulatory requirements with fewer knowledgeable resources. With all
these challenges, they are constantly looking for ways to streamline
their operations and reduce costs.
One major issue, according to open communications protocol
organizations like LonMark is the proprietary distribution models
offered by the established building automation system (BAS) suppliers.
Often exclusively provided by a single contractor for a specific
territory, these models can eliminate competitive bids for
installation, maintenance, service and support. Facility managers
worldwide echo this sentiment, signifying the need for more choices in
the selection of products and services.
Addressing this distribution issue, we provide our facilities management software
offerings through an open distribution model
to the largest independent systems integrator network in the world
without exclusivity for product or territory. This model enables
competitive choices to end-user customers in their selection of
contractors, service, support and maintenance which overall helps
provide the lowest total cost of ownership.
Operationally, integrated building automation addresses technical
issues of trying to work with disparate products, systems and solutions
based on different communication and operating foundations.
Sinclair: What technologies make integrated Facilities Management Solutions possible?
Bishop: For facilities managers trying to orchestrate various
building automation systems within a single or multiple facilities,
Invensys technology for facilities management provides a common layer
of control and connectivity across all infrastructure systems.Our
facilities management solutions are built on an advanced set of tools
that enable the easy creation of facilities management applications.
At AHR Expo 2011, we demonstrated our new Industry Application for
Facility Management Solutions (FMS), version 3.0, with our endorsed
software partner ConneXSoft. This enhances our established
capabilities for FMS solutions built on the Wonderware System Platform.
There is now deeper integration for the major FMS protocols already
supported. And, there is increased connectivity and integration to new
protocols and devices, which means that system integrators and
customers now have resources to build and deliver more advanced and
broader FMS solutions.
This new solution improves integration and supervisory control of
Building Automation and Control network (BACnet) compatible devices,
including native integration of alarms and events and support for
embedded calendar and schedule application objects. Features for hosted
supervisory control of calendars and schedules provide additional
capability for managing time-based events.
The new software can collect and process building automation
information from large distributed campuses or
multi-building/multi-site operations to allow central supervision. To
manage heterogeneous building automation system environments, the FMS
Integration package supports the leading, open industry communications
standards such as BACnet, i.LON, SNMP and OPC, and provides a
new class of industry-specific application generators, application
objects and engineering tools.
Invensys has combined its Wonderware FMS solutions with ConneXSoft
technology to provide facilities managers a better choice when it comes
to installation, service and maintenance of their operations. The FMS
integration package makes Wonderware System Platform an open SCADA
system choice for facilities management solutions in a market that is
dominated by closed-proprietary systems.
Sinclair: What are the benefits of integrating building systems?
Bishop: Organizations of all sizes, including industrial
manufacturers, benefit from automating their facilities management by
enabling holistic control of disparate building systems. This
translates into safe, energy-efficient and lower-cost facilities
operations, helping manufacturers achieve better profitability,
productivity and operational excellence.
Integrating facilities management and manufacturing systems realizes
costs savings in consistency, training, maintenance, operations and
overhead, throughout the plant, site, region and enterprise.
Additionally, this permits a total manufacturing cost calculation,
because the typical overhead expenses for energy are monitored in
real-time and recorded to the historian, for information analysis
within contexts such as energy costs per batch, per product, per shift,
normalized for square footage and degree day effects. By associating
this information with time of day rates, one can analyze product runs
and make necessary changes according to the most efficient and
In addition, industrial facilities managers can apply standard
manufacturing optimization algorithms in the operations sector of the
business. Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) downtime analysis,
maintenance management and asset management are typical applications
that cross between operations and manufacturing. In a total integrated
solution, managers can visualize, optimize and standardize these
applications for deployment across the enterprise.
The Invensys Industry Application for Facility Management Solution
provides customers with a competitive choice for products, services and
maintenance and can leverage the largest global network of independent
system integrators. The freedom of choice that an open system allows
reduces total cost of ownership by lowering project costs and risks, as
well as reduces the long-term costs of maintaining the deployed systems.
Sinclair: What other Invensys solutions contribute to facilities management success?
Bishop: The new FMS integration capabilities can be used
with many other products and solutions to improve facilities
management. Among them are Avantis PRO enterprise asset management
(EAM) software, which facilities collaboration among operations and
maintenance teams by providing timely asset utilization and
availability information. On the control side, the Foxboro programmable
automation controller (PAC) provides distributed control and recording
functionality at the price of a PLC. Functionality includes continuous
analog, logic and sequential control, combined with secure data
recording at point of measurement. For energy management, Wonderware
Corporate Energy Management (CEM) software can be employed to monitor
energy usage and indicate when demand and usage limits have been
exceeded, exposing inefficiencies in manufacturing and commercial
operations. In dispersed locations, Wonderware mobile solutions,
including the IntelaTrac mobile workforce and decision support
software, has proven to reduce costs while improving system reliability
and maintenance productivity.
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