A well attended AHR Expo has come and
gone. A hectic few days to try and catch up with the industry. This is
the piece I wrote for the show daily that tried to explain to the
masses of over 50,000 at show, where the building automation industry is today. Somewhere between anywhere and everywhere.
At the bottom is linkage to some pdfs from our free education sessions at the show. A good show.
Ken Sinclair Publisher AutomatedBuildings.com
Anywhere buildings integrations and the general anywhereness (yes that
is now a word in Wikipedia) of our industry will be our challenge for
Managing building systems all the time from anywhere with a
continuously connected open web environment that allows the user to
complete all tasks including engineering, commissioning and facility
maintenance is the new reality. The role of evolving technologies such
as smart phones and tablets for users and facility managers interface
is changing everything while connecting everything and it’s this
combination of changes that is dramatically changing our
industry. The driver is not “Information Technology”, but the way
forward is enabled by IT. We must prepare our building information for
We need a systematic approach to tracking energy utilization that
detects problems early, long before they lead to tenant comfort
complaints, high energy costs, or unexpected equipment failure.
Today’s aggressive energy standards are greatly increasing the need to
insure all technologies in place actually work. Once successful
operation has been achieved continuous commissioning is the only way to
maintain and improve our aggressive energy standards.
Connecting buildings to everything with connectivity and services now
in the information cloud is the focus of almost all the exhibitors at
the 2011 AHR Expo. New sensors, video analytics, wireless,
Software as a Service, artificial intelligence, ownership of
metering are all changing how we connect to the future. In addition
building system analytic software, remote operations centers, micro
video cameras, facial recognition security, plug load control and more
add to the change. Our new found graphical technologies allow us to
demonstrate and tell the world about our ability as an industry to
reduce environmental impact.
"So how much should a facility management organization set aside for
all of the above for information management?" A fascinating
question not generally discussed. The “convergence” of IT and BMS
solutions, the evolution of BIM and all related virtual connections,
coupled with the emergence of the “Facility Information Officer”
suggests that the time is ripe to get some discussion on this.
Discussions need to include new facilities with a BIM as well as older
ones with a lot of data needing connections and convergence to achieve
As an industry practitioner how can I keep up with all this change?
AHR Expo is the place to get educated about the radical changes
occurring in our industry. Be sure to visit the Building Automation
Showcase on the Exhibit floor and join us in our 5 education sessions;
Continuously Connected Open Information for BAS Room: N113
1. Connecting Building Automation to Everything
2. Continuous Commissioning and Today’s Aggressive Energy Standards
3. Key Technologies for our Connected Future
4. Incentives to Motivate and Connect our Industry
5. Creating Budget for Implementing Information Management
for AHRExpo Education Sessions - Continuously Connected Open Information for
BAS This release provides
connections as requested to the PDFs of the Power Points used in the first three
sessions, the panel discussions were not documented.
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