ISA Training Course Introduction to Building Automation
by Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner AutomatedBuildings.com
I was asked by ISA to provide input plus a review of
New Building Automation course
I am extremely impressed with the course that Ken
Kolkebeck has put together. In this email Ken expresses concern about
getting the message out about the value of his course. Please read my review and
tell us both where best this great course fits in our industry.
Right now I have it down for October 1-3 in Houston, Tx and as far as I know
this is the only planned course time. Outside of ISA mailings and word of mouth
from people like you and me, I don’t think there is much in the way of promotion
beyond that. Any ideas? It was a lot of work to put this together and so of
course I would like to see it used.
This course is only offered as
instructor-led at this time.
The course was created by ISA to train their
automation professionals in the art and science of building automation. Once the
usefulness of Ken's course is realized I feel it will likely become the standard
for Building Automation Systems Training for our industry.
I am very pleased to inform the Building Automation Industry of its existence. The core of the course is a 363 slide power point
presentation that starts with insight on how to present the course with the scope and goals all well outlined.
A great job in describing the scope of our industry;
one of the best introductions I have seen. The history of our industry is
covered and how simple controls can quickly become complex in their application.
The islands of automation are well described. The course then flows in to the
history and peeks ahead to future trends while dealing with the big picture
market organization of our industry. The actually user profile is discussed as
well. This is all subject matter that I have not seen in a BAS training course
before. The specification of control is discussed and the problems of delivery.
One of the best jobs I have seen of providing an
overview of the HVAC processes that are our industry. Even a peek into HVAC
design and why we do what we do. There is a discussion of codes and standards
that effect our industry. A great identification of all the myriad of bits of
equipment that must be controlled is provided with great pictures of most so
students can visualize the systems to be controlled.
Great explanation of the processes that occur at
every level in the air conditioning industry backed up with great graphics. The
course then shows how direct digital control can knit this all together. Networks
are discussed in good detail and various attributes discussed. Again one of the
best overview of the protocol wars I have seen.
An explanation of ISA Symbols format is given,
something most folks in our industry know little about. This is of particular
interest to me as this is how I came to know ISA in 1975 as we were assembling
what had never been built - one of the first DDC systems and we needed a method
of creating our control drawings and adopted the ISA standards.
Specialized applications are discussed. This is
information that is not generally understood and unless you have worked in
hospitals, labs and/or animal labs you are not likely to be exposed to this type of
A great discussion of sensing and measurement again
with excellent pictures to quickly allow students the ability to visualize
This flows into a discussion on actuation, analog
outputs devices, relays, to the assembly of a complete control drawing.
Computer interfaces are well discussed evolving
quickly to web type interfaces that show the power of graphics.
Then the concepts move into large complex
applications such as a campus and the complexities with in.
Next the course head in a directions to take all you
have learned and become a control contractor and provides insight into all
building trades and specialty areas such as fire, security, CCTV, etc.
Project configuration example is provided that
answers many questions as to how do I actually do this and deal with
configuration, programming, graphic generation.
This flows into how would you manage the project.
And of course like every great course it ends with a
review of what you have learned.
The last page even links you back to
AutomatedBuildings.com for ongoing information about the industry.
In my 40+ years in the industry I have never seen such
a complete course that deals with the building automation industry.
If you are new to the industry and are trying to get
a toe hold on what is Building Automation or have new staff that needs to come
up to speed quickly I would recommend that you take this great course assembled
by Ken Kolkebeck and ISA.
Ken Sinclair Editor/Owner AutomatedBuildings.com
Introduction to Building Automation Systems (EA15)
real-world-based course will give you a broad
introductory understanding of the specific issues
involved with Building Automation Systems (BAS). In
this course, you will survey the world of BAS
including: History and future of BAS; Digital Direct
Control (DDC) Basics; Field Devices; The Human
Machine Interface (HMI); BAS Design and
Specification; Energy Conservation Control
Strategies; and System Maintenance.
be able to:
Identify and describe the major components in a
Identify and describe the basic mechanical
components and controls in an HVAC control
Describe and explain the basic functions of DDC
Reference codes and standards applicable to BAS
Describe and explain HMI basics
Explain BAS in non-ATC systems (lighting, fire,
Explain the process of implementing BAS
Explain Energy Conservation Strategies
Justify control components for project work
where to look for additional references.
Describe the major components in a Building
Building Automation Overview:
What is Building Automation? | BAS History and
Future Trends | Delivery of BAS
Building HVAC Basics | Space Condition Controls
| Air Handler Controls | Central Utilities |
Non-ATC Systems | Energy Conservation Control
BAS System Solutions:
Digital Direct Control (DDC) Basics | Field
BAS System Delivery:
Design and Specification | Project Engineering |
Application Development | Implementation |
The Human Machine Interface (HMI)Applications: ASHRAE
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