November 2009

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    Ken Sinclair

Editorial Comments by Ken Sinclair          Editor/Owner,

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November 2009Measure, Map & Manage

Our theme for November summarizes how our industry is now Measuring and sensing almost everything and then Mapping to graphical representations to developing strategies for Managing from anywhere anytime. To make this happen we need to lower the cost of sensors and their installation and increase their reach, improve our presentation models while looking to the cloud for better low cost management.

Jane and I are California bound to be part of OpsManage'09 to learn how to Empower our Sustainable.  I am part of a  Facilities Management Forum. This forum shows how Invensys helps solve challenges associated with green buildings, sustainability, carbon emissions, regulatory compliance and energy management initiatives that drive demand for new facilities management technologies. I sense more of these industry crossing events in our future and look forward to being part of them.

Two great articles on Measuring with sub-metering:

The Business Case for Submetering  Daryl Cowie, Wescon Technologies
New Energy Initiatives Energize Submeter Deployment   Don Millstein, E-Mon, LLC

Take a look at what is happening in Russia, the hands on demos of connected standards need to be replicated globally. Be sure to watch the youtubes at the end of article.... neat stuff.

What is "Smart City"?  "a new scientific research center for intelligent automation in the construction industry"  Andrey A. Golovin, Executive Director of associations BIG-RU (BACnet Interest Group Russia) and KONNEX Russia, Editor in Chief of the magazine "Building Automation" 

Several other relevant articles;  School Monitors and Improves Building Performance  Sarah Erdman, QA Graphics  Monitoring the Grid  Camille Caron, Matrox Graphics  Yas Island online collaboration of a $40 billion development  Will Turbet, Aconex  A New DC Power Standard  Brian Patterson, EMerge Alliance  Energy Reporting  Gina Elliott, Smart Buildings LLC  Building Transformation  Ken Sinclair

November Interviews  What’s New with BACnet International?  Michael R. Wilson  Lifecycle Management Improves Cash Flow  Paul Oswald  Enterprise Dashboard for Facility Management  Paul Ogle  Web Based Customer Communications   Bob MacKie  Energy Information Standards Alliance (EISA)  David Bunzel

November Columns  Understanding Specifications (3 of 3)   Steven R. Calabrese  Integrating BAS’s To Everything All The Time?  Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt  OPC UA Explained  Manny Mandrusiak  Managed Energy, Collaborative Energy, and Autonomous Load  Toby Considine  A “BACnet System” Procurement Challenge  Andy McMillan

November Reviews  Small standards for small things  ASIS International

Please welcome our newest sponsor:  Wescon Technologies  introducing the new ACU Multi-Circuit Submeter. Website server, automated reporting, 27 circuits, one box. Sub metering has never been this easy and affordable.

The news just keeps flowing thru our web site and RSS feeds daily, and of course the only way to truly find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of information on our site is with our site search engine

As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.

Several of our advertisers have provided links to their very informative newsletters and blogs please check them out.

Tell our sponsors you saw their ad on the web site and thank them for supporting your free access to evolving Automated Building Industry information. Click on their ads and view their valuable products and services. Please review all Our Sponsors. 

Information, Integration, and Transformation

All the articles, interviews and columns in this month's issue reverberate our theme “Information, Integration, and Transformation” which was taken from Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Vertical Industries Cisco Canada article   The Real Value of Building Information, Integration and Transformation, that speaks of how Collaboration and communication has been re-defined, and video and mobility are some of the key instigators. Be sure to watch the youtube on this. Also I am very pleased with this comment. "Please keep reading our contributions to as we explore the transformation of real estate over IP-based building networks."

Marc Petock Vice President Global Marketing & Communications of Tridium, Inc. an early adopter and implementer of these concepts reminds us "The biggest challenge currently facing existing buildings in reducing energy usage is the lack of manageability for efficiency and critical information about operating systems" in his article The Niagara Framework® and Energy.

Roy Kok of Kepware Technologies tells us how a OPC Server is able to communicate with a variety of automation protocols to help create Arizona State University’s energy monitoring system in his article ASU Gets Greener through Visibility

David Wolins, CEO, Scientific Conservation, Inc. (SCI) chimes in with "All automation systems deployed in the future will require data streams containing all available performance characteristics of a piece of equipment be made available to the customer in a highly useable format." in his article The Emergence of Proactive Building Management Automation

Our other articles speak well to our theme as do our columns, interviews, and reviews.

October Interviews:
IT and Facilities Managers Working Together  Jill Eckhaus,  CC-Link Communication Network  Charles Lukasik  OPC Foundation North American Certification Test Lab  Nathan Pocock & Manny Mandrusiak  State of the Electronic Cable Industry  André Sabourin Creating a Safe, Sustainable Community  Joy Clarke-Holmes

October Columns:
Understanding Specifications (Part 2 of 3) Steven R. Calabrese,  OPC and PROFINET technologies combine Manny Mandrusiak, Smart Buildings Meet the Smart Grid  Paul Ehrlich & Ira Goldschmidt, BACnet Triple Play  Andy McMillan

October Reviews: Successful Buildings under Control™  &  Across my desk

AHR Expo 2010We have already been busy planning our AHR Expo 2010 Educations Sessions
Be sure to read our sneak

Please welcome our newest sponsor:  BAS Services & Graphics, LLC. proudly presents The basAhuMaker; a faster and efficient way of AHU designing.

We welcome return advertiser - QA Graphics is a leader in the building control industry; providing energy efficiency education display dashboards, 3D symbol libraries, 3D design, and graphic outsourcing.

It is a great time to be in the news business for our industry. 

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