January 2010


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Free Educational Sessions January - Orlando
"Building Automation and the Cloud"

Ken Sinclair, AutomatedBuildings.com

Energy Management Canada


I am often asked "how can I learn more about the transitions now occurring in our Building Industry".  One way is travel with us to a warm location in January, and be part of the World's Largest HVAC&R Event and our AutomatedBuildings,com’s 11th consecutive year of providing free education sessions at AHR Expo http://www.ahrexpo.com

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AHR Expo 2010 will bring together more than 1,800 exhibiting companies, dozens of industry organizations and over 25,000 visitors from all 50 states and over 120 countries.

We have five fast moving free education sessions that discuss redefining our future while speaking to our industries’ reinvention and the power of online web services in the Internet Cloud. 

9:00 am Monday January 25 - Jim Sinopoli & Ken Sinclair Room: S320G/H

1.  The Reinvention of Building Automation 

As our industry reinvents itself and we become totally connected to the enterprise and smart grid we need an injection of new ideas from web based thinking to quickly propel us forward. The complexity of our BA industry can appear greatly simplified with web services, SaaS, and browser presentations. This session will also cover a few Predictions for 2010 plus the new products, innovation and development since AHRExpo Chicago show

1:30 pm Monday afternoon January 25 - Dave Branson and Ken Sinclair Room: S320G/H

2.  Applications for BIM in Existing Buildings and Cloud Document Management

Cloud Computing provides a collaborative process that leverages web-based BIM capabilities and traditional Document Management to improve coordination of various disciplines during the design process.  

9:30 am Tuesday January 26 Jim Sinopoli & Ken Sinclair Room: S320G/H

3.  Introduction to Cloud Services for Buildings  

The Cloud for the real estate industry has become real. As we see applications and services move 'off-site' and offered and provided by hosted service providers (SaaS or Software as a Service), you can start to imagine the opportunities for managing real estate, reducing energy and providing value-added applications to the users of buildings.

1:30 pm Tuesday January 26 Dave Branson and Ken Sinclair Room: S320G/H

4.  Building Automation gets Griddy while colliding with the corporate Enterprise 

Designing and leveraging building systems technology to achieve both comfort and efficiency provides challenges under normal conditions, but add Electrical Grid interactions with real time pricing and it is a whole new game.  Energy Business Intelligence and middleware technology is now being introduced to the building and HVAC space by Information Technology (IT) companies.

3:00 pm Tuesday January 26 Toby Considine and Ken Sinclair  Room: S320G/H

5. Collaborative Energy: Informed Communities of Building Systems 

New smart grid standards exchange information rather than control signals with buildings-based systems. Three information exchanges, (1) energy scarcity, quality, and value, (2) grid and market events and (3) live energy usage information are the basis of collaborative energy. Energy and schedule aware systems will compete on richness of user interface. Learn how these new expectations will change consumer and owner purchasing decisions.

These free GWAC sessions will be injected in at 11:00 am between our sessions each day

Electricity, Buildings and HVAC Room: S320G/H

The Next Frontier for System Integration – Building technology integration with the Electric Grid will drive energy savings and environmental benefit

Designing and leveraging building systems technology to achieve both comfort and efficiency will be discussed in this session, along with approaches to use this same technology to participate in electricity programs for Demand Response (DR), Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) and Smart Grid that will pay customers to participate.  This is the next frontier for building automation and HVAC control and this session will discuss how Smart Grid envisions that the power of IT and the Internet will be used to drive interoperability between equipment and systems on both sides of the electric meter.

Control Solutions, Inc Automation and HVAC in a Post-Stimulus World Room: S320G/H

Many changes are occurring in our industry.  Green and Net Zero Buildings all involve the ability of automation systems to monitor, control and report on non-renewable and renewable resources, place buildings on and off the energy grid, and provide consistent and complex responses to building needs.  This session will discuss some of the bellwether projects implemented under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and how these projects will impact our industry and establish trends for decades to come.  Key technologies will include automation, microgrids, utility programs, Energy Business Intelligence and middleware technology being introduced to the building and HVAC space by Information Technology (IT) companies like IBM,. Cisco and Microsoft.

We are not the only free education sessions in Orlando

With economic uncertainty and competitive pressures, as well as the pace of new technology coming to market and the push for green buildings, the need to be more knowledgeable on the latest industry best-practices has never been greater. With over 100 educational sessions, workshops and product presentations, many of them free to all attendees, you're sure to find a seminar, or two, that will help you meet the challenges:

Dozens of seminars and workshops presented by endorsing industry associations and other groups addressing current industry initiatives and topics of practical interest, most of which are absolutely free.


This session is not free but is great interaction of industries B2G Summit - Room S330G 12pm - 5pm, Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The B2G Summit is open to all, there will be a registration fee of $195, available online in December at www.B2G-Summit.com

The B2G Summit is an event aimed to bring together key BAS/HVAC players with key thought leaders from the Smart Grid space, held at the ASHRAE Winter Meeting and AHR Expo

So please join us in Orlando if you wish to learn more about the radical changes occurring in our industry.  For more info right up to show time keep checking this url http://www.automatedbuildings.com/news/dec09/ahr2010/ahroverview.htm


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