September 2020

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Online Education Anywhere, "Edge-You-Cation"

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Ken Sinclair
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COVID-19 has us all on edge, even pushing us over the edge, by challenging all conventional thought and wisdom by sending us home or to camp out anywhere in between with new definitions of our workspace which is transitioning from physical to virtual space and interactions. One of the greatest changes is how we will self educate ourselves on the new edge which we are calling, "Edge-You-Cation"

Our Edge-You-Cation chapter was written before Covid-19 and was focused on the trend of moving physical control of everything to the edge but now because of our new reality working from the remote edge, our education has moved from centralized gatherings to our online edge. We are now being virtually educated remotely on the edge as today's influencer's of our own destiny. This is all moving a warp speed. If you are not part of this process you need to be.

Two years ago we were talking about Edge-You-Cation - Learning about our journey to the Edge. SEP 26, 2018. Edge-ification, the process of moving intelligence and control to the Edge. These words now apply to our own education and business models.

Our hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly education comes directly to our personal edge automatically populating our busy calendars wherever we are via email or social media.

Often content is only hours old and can be interacted with while learning and provides an online reference resource for review and explaining/teaching others. The ability to share our new found skills and journey to our new realization is easy as we simply send the links of what we have just learned to those that need to know what we now know.


A lot of our education in the past has come from attending centralized events  which include live educational presentations and interaction. It is unlikely that this will occur in the near future as the risk of gathering in large numbers in unknown communities of questionable trust plus the travel is too great. These events of the past will morph to online events that we will attend online remotely.

Our social needs which challenged our remoteness are fueling the evolution of the close trusted community events in creating the new in between provide a great solution discussion and examples follow.

The significant travel budgets and the cost of days of productivity lost attending remote events of the past will be redirected into remote online education.  Our industry leaders that have been lost in transition, actually up in the air for the last several years can now focus on getting their powerful messages virtually to those edge workers that can make the change.

Products and services come with their own Edge-You-Cation in the form of very instructive youtubes, augmented reality websites, podcasts, and amazing interactive demos. The concept of learning a completely new technology before lunch is now a reality while never leaving our wherever.

We need to study how to learn what we need to know quickly but in addition we need to understand how to transfer/knowledge This article opens that discussion,

Solving the skill shortage gap, forever. We are not only looking at a skill shortage gap, but also the skill transfer/knowledge transfer gap.  - Nicolas Waern, "The Building Whisperer"

Setting the stage – skill shortage and knowledge transfer

How, if ever, can we make people from different backgrounds agree on a shared truth?

How can we enable collaboration and communication between experts in their respective field, and with people with zero understanding of HVAC, lighting, pneumatics, valves, BACnet, vendor lock-in, the cost to do something, where stuff is, etc etc.

How do we get them to collaborate?

How do we transfer the knowledge from the one person who knows everything, into the minds of the 5 people with different backgrounds, working in separate parts of the organization/building?

How do we agree on a shared truth between engineers when they only have access to BI-dashboarding tools, that offer a glimpse into a part of the building that is also reserved only for experts?

How do we become

Taking Charge of Your BAS Career in the Age of Pandemics the fear of loss is greater than the desire for gain (unless we are threatened.) - Skip Freeman, Senior Technical Recruiter, BASI Solutions, Inc.

Your security is no longer in your job but in your ability to develop an edge by becoming extraordinary.

Much of our work in our industry is carried out in our client's buildings local travel may be as close to our home as the office questioning the daily journey to pick up trucks supplies etc which can be Uber-ed when and where required.

Investing in young people to help tackle skills shortages could provide a future-proofed way to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19;

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended and laid bare the inequities in our global economic and social systems. It has made clear that some of the most vulnerable populations and undervalued professions in our society are not only the hardest hit during times of crisis but also the ones we rely upon the most.

Remember young people were born connected, you just need to give them the job of teaching you how to think connected edge and view the world from a cell phone.

In this episode of the Beyond Buildings Podcast, we talk to the energy guru, question-asker, engineer, analytics nerd - James Dice! He is like Moses in the BAS/BMS energy space for building automation and brings his followers to the promised land. Possibly, by separating the hardware from the software and into the open we go.

We talk about: Being humble, standing on the shoulders of giants and learning from the past

On this comment Nicolas and I quipped,
Ken Sinclair -  Creaky old giants turning into dinosaur dust
Nicolas Waern - It's the dinosaurs that fuel the world
Ken Sinclair - Good one 😄 now I need to worry about my carbon footprint as I burn.

Understand that in the end we all turn to dust. What we do now is what counts, we need to better understand and help those young people that are catching the flaming torches we throw or they will need to deal with us simply dropping the torches and them putting out the fires we caused.

Born Again Connected  Perception of our reality is everything. We need a method to disconnect from our perceptions and imagine ourselves "Born Again Connected.” Ken Sinclair JAN 23, 2020

Suppliers and Event Planners have taken on the task of Edge-you-cation.

Virtual BAS Training is offered in several source here is an example from Cochrane Supply

More examples of the great work being done in the "in between" bringing Edge-You-Cation to a community of trust close to you, while closing the social gaps in our new found remoteness.
Local events and hybrid events that skirt flying and hotels concerns,

BASfest is a great approach, the reinvention of a many mini Controls-Con-like events, bringing the show to their local Building Communities of Trust their "in betweens".... solving flying and hotel concerns..maintaining close community....brilliant!

Join us for a BASfest | The Tour!  This event will include a trade show, educational seminars, networking, and one-on-one time with some of the top manufacturers from the building automation industry! We will have 10+ exhibit tables in our trade show area, back-to-back 30-minute BAS education sessions throughout the entire event, attendee giveaways, food and more!

Realcomm | IBcon 2020, the industry’s first weeklong commercial and corporate Real Estate Tech Hybrid Event. By combining both a virtual and a physical event

Online attendees will participate in real-time educational sessions and interactive experiences, combined with tech demos, virtual tours and best practice case studies. Onsite attendees will experience Realcomm’s traditional in-person conference with rich content and collaborative interactions as well as cutting-edge hybrid technologies that blend the best of the physical and virtual worlds.

Why an in-person event? We believe the dynamics, social interaction and informational exchange efficiencies of in-person events are significant. As members of the built environment, we are stewards for safe building reentry: We must do our part to help restore confidence in returning to the workplace and buildings in general. The physical conference will deliver a safe, robust and well-rounded in-person experience with actionable takeaways. 

Both events are structured for COVID-19 preparedness and response. If the severity increases and in-person attendance is not an option, the onsite event will easily pivot to an online format. Realcomm believes the hybrid approach sets a new standard for how industry events will be produced in the future.

"Onboarding" a term used by scrum master to achieve Agile management is now coming to our industry this LinkedIn post connects

It is likely that all existing employees will need to be on-boarded to their own company to understand the new rules of remote engagement.

From our last chapter we start the shift in old school thinking with, Combining Collaborating Communities Competencies  Changing control freaks to scrum masters. To move to the "Outcome as a Service" model we need to move to strategies pioneered by software developers.

EnOcean is a pioneer for the digitization of our world. With our energy harvesting technology, we deliver the data for the Internet of Things in a resource-saving, self-powered and maintenance-free way. Provides these free
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Associations like ASHRAE will sell their education course online,

This course expounds the online ASHRAE COVID-19 details for reopening buildings and the Building Readiness Plan for HVAC systems. The expansion of details discussed in this course will help reiterate the fact that there are mitigation strategies available and help you understand what is a fit for your building, its systems specific arrangement and your needs.


Evolving free online education provided by product providers

Continuing Education Over 500 free

Distance learning is a useful and convenient method for AEC professionals to gain knowledge and earn continuing education credits. Considered to be a viable alternative to traditional, classroom style education, AEC Daily's Online Learning Center is a practical and affordable way for procuring ongoing, state-of-the-art, and up-to-date continuing education. You can download a course 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Since the course then resides in your desktop or laptop computer, you can participate in the learning experience at the convenience of your home, office, or while on the road. These courses are offered free of charge through a professional courtesy provided by the sponsors.

This article explains, Distance learning is an attempt to create something as close to a true classroom experience as possible, but without requiring participants to go to a specific location.With shelter-at-home orders affecting organizations globally, including AVIXA and many of its members, learning and education professionals have quickly figured out how to move their programs online. Here are a few takeaways for educators and the AV professionals who support them that we’ve learned during this critical pivot from classroom to distance learning.

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Lots to think about in your Digital Transformation and how to best plan your Edge-You-Cation.



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