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Our interview section allows busy industry leaders to quickly provide insight into rapidly evolving industry issues. If you have subject matter or industry issues you would like insight into or would like to be interviews yourself contact us.

What's new in Contractor Cost Estimating Software?

Al De Wachter, President of ICS (Independent Control Specialists Inc)

This will be the third major estimating software package release for Facility Automation Contractors in our 12+ years of existence. And while we have other programs, Concerto Suite is undeniably our flagship. All the 'good things' in SOCC were retained. 

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Anto BudiardjoBuilConn™ 2003 Update

Anto Budiardjo, President of Clasma, Inc. 

Almost all of the integrators, contractors and dealers we have spoken to feel that an event focused on the integration of all of the systems found in buildings is desperately needed. 

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John J. "Jack" Mc Gowan, CEMOn-line Training - The Key to Understanding Internet Digital Control - November

John J. "Jack" Mc Gowan, CEM

Newsweek Magazine did a feature article two years ago and predicted that 90% of all four year Universities would offer Online course by 2002. By all accounts that prediction is true, and just one example of the demand for this approach is that the University of Phoenix has 130,000 students enrolled in Online coursework!

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Web vs Face-to-Face Education - November

Thomas M. Kenna, P.E., Director, TAC Learning Americas Thomas M. Kenna, P.E., Director, TAC Learning Americas 

The fundamentals of education have not changed that much, but the tools we use have. In particular, the delivery method has changed very significantly, especially with the advent of the web and other digital means. By the way, most educator's refer to web-based training as "distance learning", and face-to-face education, as you have called it, as live, or instructor-based education. 

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Research and Development in the Controls Industry - November

Anno Scholten, eStuctures, IncAnno Scholten, eStuctures, Inc

Unlike many other industries, there are currently no forums or independent channels to which researchers working in the building systems industry can present their latest work. This typically means that, at best, research engineers' only opportunity is to present their initiatives to internal members of the corporation for which they work. 

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