BACnet and IOT, Cloud based Monitoring/Alerting/Controls

The internet has brought us a great deal of power. We are currently able to control so many things from the comfort of our couches that we can often take this for granted. It is incredible to see technology grow to facilitate our lives at such a staggering rate and yet, there may be a lot of things that we could do more efficiently.

Even though we are now accustomed to simplify our lives through the use of technology there may be areas that we overlook. Maybe we think that technology is not there yet, or too expensive for us to afford in a particular field. That is still true, but more often than not a few minutes of searching can yield great results that can make your life a little (or a lot) better.

This is clearly the case when it comes to HVAC and other related controls, and we will discuss why in a bit of detail as we explore the topic in this article.

Perhaps you are a newcomer to this world of remote administration of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning systems (HVAC for short), or maybe you are a veteran looking to improve your current setup. You will find useful information here regardless.

We have started to see many options recently that are able to bring these kinds of useful features to consumers as well as big and small businesses, but it is always a plus to leave your concerns in any given field in the hands of experienced professionals instead of going with an untested option. A-TECH Engineering Ltd is a company that is focused on providing the best in terms of user experience, working with well-known providers of equipment that is sure to work as intended.

The main objective here is to put systems in place that will enable a user to receive alerts and monitor the way in which a given set of devices is operating, to ensure that energy efficiency is at peak levels at all times.

With a good HVAC monitoring system on your side, you can be sure that machines spend as little as they possibly can to maintain the optimal range of conditions in your given working environment, which helps lower energy costs by a lot and can simplify a few crucial tasks. All of this is, of course, at the tip of your fingers nowadays. A-TECH Engineering Ltd has worked hard to produce a top-of-the-line HVAC Monitoring App to ensure that you can get all the benefits of this technique. It has been built from the ground up to interact well with the most popular providers of equipment and many other BACnet-compliant pieces of hardware.

The process of setting this kind of thing up can be cumbersome at times, but A-TECH Engineering Ltd makes sure that there is no pain in it. An HVAC Control App such as the one that is provided will enable you to control as well as monitor, the amount of control you have depends on your hardware setup, but it is often enough to make a big difference and save you from an emergency car trip to turn a physical nob or flip a switch.

But what is it exactly that enables us to control these devices from afar with precision? This technology is built around two main components: Sensors and Connectivity. Much of what is available today in this field would not have been possible ten years ago. Much of the technology involved was either too expensive or non-existent. Let us break down these two so that we can better understand what is happening when we operate these machines in such a convenient way.

Sensors

These are the way in which a particular piece of equipment is capable of measuring certain aspects of its surroundings and report its own operation. It is possible today to acquire very accurate and reliable sensor equipment for almost any piece of hardware, we can even rely on the ones that are present in our own cellphones. That is the case because the cost of quality digital sensors has dropped significantly in the last few years and they are now cheaper to make. They are also smaller, more reliable, and packed with a lot more reporting features than ever before. Current HVAC equipment is capable of reading its environment and use that data to adjust its operation according to preset parameters. That means that we are now able to establish our desired outcome and let the machine do its work.

The equipment will also periodically inform a lot of useful data, such as how much energy it is consuming and many other operational details. This can help to quickly diagnose any malfunction remotely, which can then can either be addressed in the same way or in person. This enables companies and consumers to always be able to operate at peak efficiency, spending as little as possible to achieve the necessary conditions.

The most common sensors that come with this kind of equipment are Temperature, Pressure, and Humidity. There are other options available and different combinations depending on the equipment and manufacturer.

Armed with these, the machinery can be instructed to maintain a certain range of conditions. This is very useful when trying to control the temperature in a Hotel or office, for instance. But it is also very important in an industrial environment to make sure that the equipment is operating at nominal conditions. Many such places have come to rely on this kind of technology to operate, and the technology itself is more reliable than ever.

All of this reporting is only useful as long as it can be communicated in real-time to wherever it needs to get to. That is where the other aspect of this technological advancement comes into place.

Connectivity

We have come to expect that each of our gadgets is connected to the internet and can talk to each other in some form or another. Our phones talk to our computers, TVs and even refrigerators. The number of so-called “smart” devices continues to grow and is a trend that is expected to continue to rise in the future.

Most current equipment offers a connectivity solution and many are well-designed to interact even with similar equipment of different brands and third parties through what is known as BACnet.

BACnet

Building Automation and Control networks are a form of standard protocol that is designed exactly with the purpose that we have been discussing in mind. It enables devices that have different functions and may even be from different brands to interact in a compatible way to provide the user with the ability to control their function. Such protocol is used for controlling all the sensor-related features that we have been discussing, as well as controlling lights, locks, and other features. Our brand new BACnet app interacts with many devices that support this protocol in a flawless way, providing a simple way to control many of these in a streamlined fashion.

IoT

Although BACnet is a dedicated protocol there are other alternatives to having devices connect with each other and a controlling user. The IoT or Internet of Things is the network of intelligent devices that surrounds us. It is comprised of every single piece of equipment that has the ability to connect to the Internet and is an alternative to dedicated protocols such as BACnet. There are advantages and disadvantages to this alternative. It is is very easy to set up and compatibility is also very high. If security is a concern we would recommend that you either take steps to secure these devices or consider other options. The IoT has been growing strongly because it is the main method by which consumer products are connected. It is used in home appliances of all kinds.

Both the networking and sensor solutions available to you will depend on the equipment you are working with. The good thing to keep in mind is that you will be able to use our BMS Monitoring App in most cases due to our high compatibility and support. We work well with the biggest brands in the market and also with smaller vendors that comply with some of the protocols that we have mentioned above.

We highly encourage you to look into this matter further if you have not done so yet. It will make a big difference and simplify a lot of tasks. Once you adopt a remote management solution for your HVAC concerns you will not look back.

If, on the other hand, you are already connected and experienced you will find that A-TECH Engineering Ltd’s brand new App will offer a great improvement, you will benefit from an interface that is designed specially to handle in a simple way the most common concerns when it comes to Monitoring your equipment. You will be able to configure not only the machinery, but also the alerts that you receive. Everything in a single app on your phone.

HVAC Monitoring and Alerting

The Ultimate Guide to Building Automation | Toronto

Building Automation is the automatic, systematic monitoring and centralized control of a building’s infrastructure. Building Automation System (BAS), also known as Building Management System(BMS) are the ways that use the advancement of Information Technology (hardware & software) in aspects of building operations. Such functions are, Mechanical, Electrical, Heating & Ventilation and Air conditioning (HVAC), Security, Life Safety, Lighting, Utilities, Telecom, and Energy Management of the building. These are independent entities, however, they are related to each other to operate. The objective of building automation is to create Smart and Intelligent building that will improve occupants comfort, efficient operation of building systems, reduction in energy consumption and operating costs, and improved life cycle of utilities.

 

For easy understanding, here are examples of common Building Automation,

  • In the hotel industry. Empty rooms usually are not ventilated or lit so as to reduce energy usage. When the occupants enter the rooms using the hotel key cards light automatically opens.
  • The use of Smoke detectors that are placed along with ceilings or high on walls which has the ability to identify a fire while it is still in its incipient. Alarms & later the sprinklers may be activated automatically.
  • Installation of Programmable thermostat in different parts of the building. It can automatically control to switch on air in rooms that are occupied, switch off during off-peak hours as well as to program desired setpoints.

To provide anything you need to know, whether your planning into the transition of your traditional building into an automated building or eyeing maintenance and upgrades for your smart or an Intelligent buildings, Here are the ULTIMATE GUIDE in Building Automation.

How Building Automation works

Components of Building Automation

  1. Communications Bus

 A contraction of the Latin omnibus [1] is a series of wires connecting field controllers to one another and to the supervisory device. This is a pathway for digital signals to rapidly move data.

Most building automation networks consist of a primary and secondary bus which connect high-level controllers with lower-level controllers.

  • 1. Primary Bus

Connects sensors and actors (up to 64 devices on the bus) with a central control unit.

  • 2. Secondary Bus

This is optional, connects up to 8 central control units, a GSM unit or  a unit of

Logical functions. TCP/ IP modules or other high-end devices.

2. Communications Protocol

           

Sets of Rules for how messages are formed and transmitted across the wire. These are needed to facilitate the control functions to specify control system capabilities on data collection, archiving, networking, remote annunciation. These mainly used for the automation process.

  • 2.1. BACnet ( Building Automation & Control Network)

 

[2]A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks.

Developed under the auspices of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), BACnet is an American national standard, a European standard, a national standard in more than 30 countries, and an ISO global standard. [3]It was designed to allow communication of building automation and control systems for applications such as heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning control (HVAC), lighting control, access control, and fire detection systems and their associated equipment. The BACnet protocol provides mechanisms for computerized building automation devices to exchange information, regardless of the particular building service they perform.

 

  • 2.2. Modbus

 

A network protocol best used for industrial automation systems specifically for connecting electronic equipment. Developed under Modicon Inc. and standard maintained by Modbus Organization, Inc [4] It is an application-layer messaging protocol to provide client/server communication between devices connected on different types of buses or networks.

 

  • 2.3. LonWorks (Local operating netWorks)

 [5]An open platform for connecting building systems to each other and the Internet.

The system consists of the LonTalk communication protocol, a dedicated controller (Neuron Chip) and a network management tool.

It was designed on low bandwidth, for networking devices through power lines, fibre optics, and other media. Developed by Echelon Corporation(Motorola).

 Systems Architecture of BACnet [6]

 

3. Controllers

 BAS Controllers are purpose-built computers with input and output capabilities, it was considered as the “brain” of Building Automation System. It has two main processes, the Input, which takes the data from the sensors and decide how the system will respond. The outputs, that allow the controller to send command and control signals to slave devices, and to other parts of the system.

Categories of Controllers

 

  • 1. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

[6]A digital computer used for industrial automation to automate different  electro-mechanical processes. These controllers are specially designed to survive in harsh situations and shielded from heat, cold, dust, and moisture etc. PLC consists of a microprocessor which is programmed using the computer language.

 

  • 2. System/Network controllers, and Terminal Unit controllers

It can be applied to control one or more mechanical systems such as an Air Handler Unit (AHU), boiler, chiller, etc., or they may supervise a sub-network of controllers.

 

  • 3. Terminal Unit controllers

Are suited for control of lighting and/or simpler devices such as a package rooftop unit, heat pump, VAV box, fan coil, etc. The installer typically selects one of the available pre-programmed personalities best suited to the device to be controlled, and does not have to create new control logic.

 4.Input and Output devices

4. 1. Sensors

Analog inputs are used to read a variable measurement. A digital input indicates if a device is turned on or not – however it was detected. They capture the measurements that are sent to the controllers to be processed by the system.

 

Examples of Sensors

  • Room temperature sensors
  • Outdoor temperature sensors
  • Immersion temperature sensors
  • Brightness sensors
  • Air quality sensors
  • Pressure sensors

4.2. Controls

Analog outputs control the speed or position of a device. Digital outputs are used to open and close relays and switches as well as drive a load upon command.

Examples of Controls

  • Variable frequency drive
  • I-P (current to pneumatics) transducer
  • Valve or damper actuator

Layers of Building Automation [7]

  1. Server/Application Layer

It consolidate data from multiple different supervisory devices. It then delivers this data to the end user through the user interface (UI), often known as clients.  Also store trend, alarm, and schedule data in a database.

  1. Supervisory Layer

This is where the supervisory devices sit. Supervisory devices collect all of the traffic from the field controllers and consolidate this traffic.These devices serve to manage your communication trunks. Communication trunks allow your field controllers to connect to one another and allow your supervisory devices to collect information from the field controllers.

  1. Field Controller Layer

Look at data from inputs (temperature sensors, switches, etc) and then control outputs (actuators, relays, etc). BAS companies will use programming tools (usually developed by the BAS vendor) to program these field controllers.

  1. Input/Output Layer

This is where the sensors and control devices exist. There isn’t a ton to add here except that you are starting to see IP-enabled sensors that use Ethernet or Wi-Fi for their communications.

Systems, Networks & Integration[8]

On this section, we will discuss the ways in which components are linked together to form a complete Building Management System (BMS).

  1. BMS Architecture

[9]High-level organizational description of the elements that make up a building management system. These elements vary greatly from building to building, depending on the business objectives of the property managers or building owners.

  • 1. Conventional Controls

Controllers are based on analogue inputs & outputs, usually used in smaller buildings. Each controller are based on operational amplifiers (now replaced by microprocessors) and linked by direct connection to the controlled output device and perform single function. Several independent control systems may coexist within the building.

  • 2. Centralised Intelligence

From the use of microprocessors, it was developed to Direct Digital Control (DDC) Systems. The controller function is carried by software program, which can be program to execute to any desired control characteristic. Many control loops can be handled by the same processor. Control function can be made by changes to software alone.Without any change in the hardware.

  • 2.1. Dumb outstation

Separate wiring for each sensor and actuator is expensive and this has led to introduction of  local outstations ( Data Gathering Panels). Sensors are connected in to the outstation which performs signal processing and communications functions.

 

  • 3. Programmable Controllers

While the use of dumb outstations reduces the wiring requirement for the large BMS, it is vulnerable for CPU failure. The programmable controllers or intelligent outstations are developed, which incorporate their own microprocessor and carry out local control functions which will operate in the event of CPU problem. Devices communicate via a local area network or bus.

  • 4. Bus Systems

Decentralisation is carried further, where the intelligent devices in the control system incorporate in their own microprocessor and communications ability. Devices are connected to a bus which allows communication between all devices using well-defined protocol. Each device is individually addressable and programmable.

  • 5. Modular system

The system uses a range of modular units, each of which is programmed to control specific item. There is a range of zone controllers which perform the function of local user interface. All the modules communicate thru twisted-pair bus system using the Lontalk protocol.

  • 6. Package system

A package unit complete with factory installed unitary control system. It is set directly to the local controller then to the main BMS for the purpose of time scheduling and transmitting of alarm system. Each unit will control itself independently. This is often considered as economical.

 [11] Hierarchical structure of communication level

Field Level

This is the bottom part of the system, where the sensors and actuators are installed. It controls the devices in the building.

 Automation Level

 The mid part of the system, where the data from the field level are received and linked with each other via the application software of the components to enable the system to function.

 Management Level

 The top part of the system, where the data are processed and visualized. The user himself is able to step in and change operating parameters. Additionally, it is possible to record, protocol and configure data.

 Internet of Things(IOT) in Building Automation

 Is an advance building automation system which uses analytic software & services. The data sent between devices and to cloud, which is more secure, manageable & user friendly. It connects people with technology. This is a network of sensors, meters, appliances, and other devices that are capable of sending and receiving the data.

 [12]Four categories

 

  1. Energy

Includes popular applications like wireless energy consumption monitoring.

  1. Equipment

Those that optimize lighting and HVAC use.

  1. Environmental quality

Devices might measure particulate matter or CO2.

  1. People or spaces

Devices that can measure occupancy, space utilization or how many people have passed through a certain entrance.

Plan to jump in,  into IOT from traditional building? We’ll be glad to help, feel free to Contact us.

Resources:

  1. https://buildingautomationmonthly.com/what-is-a-communications-bus/
  2. http://www.bacnet.org/
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BACnet#cite_note-1
  4. http://modbus.org/
  5. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281903357_Latest_trends_in_building_automation_and_control_systems
  6. https://www.engineersgarage.com/article_page/plc-an-overview/
  7. https://buildingautomationmonthly.com/building-automation-system/
  8. https://study.com/academy/lesson/building-management-system-architecture-trends.html
  9. https://www.slideshare.net/AYM1979/building-control-system-aplication-guide-cibse-guide
  10. http://iotbacnet.com/products/airtek/
  11. https://www.dial.de/en/blog/article/bus-systems-for-smart-buildings-a-comparison-of-open-systems/
  12. https://www.buildings.com/news/industry-news/articleid/21603/title/iot-smart-building-technology

6 Reasons Why Building Analytics Should be Top of Mind in 2020 in Toronto

Most buildings nowadays implement Building Management Systems that results in efficient day to day operations and reduce operational cost. Building administrators or facilities manager uses Building Analytics to have a better understanding of the building system and have a smart analysis that makes use of machine learning algorithms and innovative visualizations.

What is Building Analytics?

Building Analytics provides insightful data and converts into actionable intelligence that can be used to optimize your facility’s energy performance. It is a combination of creating a complex system that requires a control system that is capable of handling the complexity and creating and collecting relatively large amounts of data about the operation, which requires advanced analysis in order to identify faults to proactively address building inefficiencies, and enabling you to identify and prioritize cost-saving opportunities, threats to occupant comfort and mitigate environmental vulnerability.

As you plan and make the budget for 2020, making an upgrade or a change in your building into an intelligent building should be considered by building owners and facility managers. Here are a few reasons why building analytics should be top of mind:

  • Fault Detection

Fault Detection and Diagnostics, or FDD, is the process of identifying errors in physical systems while attempting to identify the source of the problem through crowdsourced data, as well as data from meters and sensors. Determining where in the system the fault occurs, isolating the error and classifying based on fault type, size and detection time thru rule-based algorithms and pattern recognition. Then asses and determine the fault’s impact on system performance based on different prioritization categories such as energy and water savings, occupants’ comfort levels, cost, and environmental impact.  Instead of relying on monthly checkups, building analytics automatically analyzes this information at periodic intervals based on desired needs. As a basic example, if the temperature outside is high and cooling is off and there are no hot complaints, then the occupancy of the building is zero.

Monitoring the building’s system data and easily detect any system fault, can result to quickly respond to any concerns before they become more serious. Rather than allowing small issues to go unnoticed and worsen over time, either via computer controls or by dispatching a technician.

  • Improve occupant comfort

By increasing comfort levels, building analytics help in reducing complaints from occupants and help increase the productivity of the employees making them more productive. Occupant’s profiles are monitored and used to optimize schedules, making weather logs and comparing outdoor temperature. Ensuring a smooth transition from unoccupied to occupied rooms, making the system adaptable to occupant’s preferences and deliver more occupant settings. As an example, utilizing thermostats in individual offices, accompanied by an occupancy sensor in order to avoid excessive heating or cooling when the room is vacant.

  •  Increase energy performance and reducing energy consumption

Thru building analytics, historical data such as weather logs, number of guests, and buildings energy usage was gathered and studied to predict the amount of energy produced at a particular time and to reduce energy waste by identifying inefficiencies in real-time. Devices that causing the energy bills can be pinpointed and corrected.

Schneider Electric’s studies made an example, how building Analytics can save energy cost :

  • Create more environmentally friendly, high-performance buildings

The building sectors are considered as the largest single-energy use worldwide, it is also responsible for  19%  of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Energy efficiency improvements will result in greenhouse gas reductions and redefine the green building.

The green building industry generated $23.45 billion in GDP which represents 297,890 full-time jobs in 2014. This is more jobs than Canada’s oil and gas extraction, mining and forestry industries combined, which collectively employed approximately 270,450 workers in 2014.

Building analytics uses energy models to replicate the energy consumption of an existing building based on the building’s operation, utility bills, and normal weather data. This additional tool is used for conservation measures that can demonstrate potential energy savings by weighing actual energy and energy-cost values. It improves the performance of the building’s potential return on investments. 

  • Increase facility reliability and availability

Using historical data to describe how a piece of equipment normally operates and recognizing the pattern, continuously monitors its behavior in real-time and putting an alert when the operations differ from the historical norms, early detection of any abnormalities in the systems and avoiding worst defects. This allows your facilities to run more efficiently, they are less likely to break down and require repairs, which can be disruptive to a business’s day-to-day operations. Another advantage of data optimization through building analytics is automatic maintenance practices that improve operational efficiency and support capital planning through better visibility into equipment conditions and potential failure. For example, device-level monitoring can identify incorrect scheduling of a building automation system on specific devices, like lights, in order to avoid energy consumption off-hours.

  • Increase in safety and security

Security is one of the top concerns for building owners. Theft and unwanted intruders can cause threats to the safety of the tenants and, it is a must to protect and keep the tenants far from harm inside the premisses. Security guards are effective, however, it will be costly having an additional overhead cost and few guards are not enough.

Digital building technology provides several ways to improve building security without giving much cost and less hassle to tenants and employees. Most examples are widely visible and available to most of the buildings around the globe. Closed-circuit television video surveillance (CCTV), Installing access controls to all areas of your building and giving personal entry cards to authorized individuals are most effective, cost-efficient ways to improve building security. By using these tools, especially technological advancement such as IOT (internet of things), which are common trends nowadays, the building administrator can have a real time data analytics and can access anywhere, even on their smartphones. They can have monitoring of their camera feeds to identify specific behavior patterns or suspicious activity. By bringing the most relevant details to the forefront, analytics alerts keep security focused and responsive.

Conclusion

Building managers and operators, faced many challenges on how they can run their building efficiently. Such as reducing operational cost by means of maximizing it’s resources such as energy. They can’t control the price but they can control the consumption by using building analytics as a tool. This can help monitor the operation, measure the health of the building and address the over consumption issues by this, managing the building smartly will be possible.

Have more questions about building analytics, we can help you. Contact us now.

Resources:

Photo credits by alexandrugogan.com/unsplash
Building Analytics Improve the efficiency, occupant comfort, and financial well-being of your building- https://download.schneider-electric.com/
Sectoral Trends in Global Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions  – https://www.osti.gov
AR5 Climate Change 2014 – https://www.ipcc.ch/report
Green building in Canada, 2016 – https://www.cagbc.org/
Building Energy Management and Data Analytics – https://www.researchgate.net
10 Benefits of Using Smart Buildings – https://www.facilitiesnet.com
Building Management System – https://www.sciencedirect.com
Building Analytics Managed Services – https://www.se.com
Smart Offices:How Intelligent Building Solutions are Changing the Occupant Experience by Navigant Research – https://info.switchautomation.com/
Smart Building:Combining IOT and Analytics to Improve Facilities Management Operations – https://www.ibm.com

Effective BUILDING AUTOMATION AND CONTROL

Effесtivе building аutоmаtiоn ѕуѕtеmѕ dеѕign саn оffеr a numbеr оf distinct аdvаntаgеѕ for building оwnеrѕ, occupants аnd fасilitiеѕ mаnаgеrѕ. The most common tуре оf аutоmаtiоn applications maintain lighting аnd соmfоrtаblе tеmреrаturе lеvеlѕ while rеduсing energy соѕtѕ, but аutоmаtiоn аnd controls саn hаndlе many оthеr sophisticated tаѕkѕ as wеll. Building соntrоl ѕуѕtеmѕ аrе only аѕ еffесtivе as thеir design, hоwеvеr, ѕо it’ѕ important to idеntifу аnd еngаgе a knоwlеdgеаblе and соmреtеnt engineering соnѕultаnt еаrlу in thе рlаnning ѕtаgеѕ of thе project.

Thе Advаntаgеѕ of Building Autоmаtiоn Tесhnоlоgу

Thе роwеr оf building аutоmаtiоn ѕуѕtеmѕ is ѕuсh thаt thе tесhnоlоgу has become аlmоѕt ubiԛuitоuѕ tоdау fоr mеdium-tо-lаrgе commercial fасilitiеѕ. Frоm аn есоnоmiс perspective, Building Autоmаtiоn Technology саn significantly reduce роwеr uѕе аnd the associated соѕtѕ. Eсоlоgiсаllу, building соntrоlѕ hаvе bееn рrоvеn to dесrеаѕе thе environmental fооtрrint of those соmраniеѕ thаt implement thеm – significantly in many cases. Thе frequency оf rерlасing соѕtlу HVAC аnd еlесtriсаl equipment iѕ rеduсеd as BAS сurtаilѕ wеаr аnd tеаr аnd аlеrtѕ уоu early to any роtеntiаl problems. Autоmаtiоn systems frее up key fасilitiеѕ personnel, аllоwing thеm to turn their аttеntiоn to less mundane tasks. Finally, building оссuраntѕ еnjоу a mоrе ѕесurе environment аnd an increased level оf соmfоrt, еvеn whilе uѕаgе, соѕtѕ аnd dоwntimе drор. Tоdау’ѕ building automation ѕуѕtеm intеrfасеѕ are easy tо uѕе. Whеthеr уоu hаvе a ѕinglе building оr an еntеrрriѕе-lеvеl portfolio оf рrореrtiеѕ, уоu can view status and соntrоl ѕуѕtеmѕ remotely, using a desktop, lарtор, tаblеt оr еvеn a smartphone.

A Powerful Sсоре оf Autоmаtiоn Sеrviсеѕ

Typically, BAS ѕеrviсеѕ соntrоl ѕоmе оr аll аѕресtѕ оf thе fасilitу’ѕ mесhаniсаl, еlесtriсаl аnd рlumbing systems. On thе mесhаniсаl ѕidе, this mау include boilers, chillers, air hаndlеrѕ, fаnѕ and hеаt рumрѕ. Electrical aspects may include security systems, lighting, CCTV, firе аlаrmѕ or building ассеѕѕ. Building Automation Technology can еvеn monitor and соntrоl рlumbing ѕуѕtеmѕ аnd the wаtеr rеѕоurсеѕ used in thе facility’s central рlаnt. Sеrviсеѕ саn аlѕо bе еxраndеd to inсоrроrаtе mаnу tуреѕ of specialized tесhnоlоgу, inсluding соmmuniсаtiоnѕ ѕуѕtеmѕ, ѕеrvеrѕ аnd clean rooms.

Effесtivе Building Automation Tесhnоlоgу Design fоr Aсhiеving Dеѕirеd Outсоmеѕ

Although nеw tесhnоlоgу hаѕ trаnѕfоrmеd аutоmаtiоn from thе соmрlеx, diffiсult-tо-undеrѕtаnd behemoths оf thе раѕt, today’s user-friendly ѕуѕtеmѕ аrе mоrе challenging thаn еvеr tо design and рlаn. For аnу сuѕtоmеr соnѕidеring оr рlаnning a remodel оr nеw facility construction project, a qualified Building Autоmаtiоn Technology еnginееr is critical fоr even the еаrliеѕt рhаѕеѕ оf thе project. Invоlving уоur еnginееr in the еаrlу ѕtаgеѕ of design can grеаtlу imрrоvе thе cost оf thе рrоjесt. Thiѕ proactive approach саn also cut timе frоm thе ѕсhеdulе аnd, реrhарѕ most imроrtаntlу, еnѕurе thаt аll aspects of the ѕуѕtеm meet your needs. Cоnѕidеr uѕing thе dеѕign-build аррrоасh with уоur еnginееr, whiсh delivers thе most benefit tо the сliеnt whilе rеduсing the рrоjесt cost аnd time tо соmрlеtiоn. Yоur BAS еnginееring consultant саn assist with drаfting соnѕtruсtiоn рlаnѕ аnd ѕресifiсаtiоnѕ and hеlр your gеnеrаl contractor ѕеlесt and mаnаgе thоѕе vеndоrѕ and subcontractors necessary to hаndlе thе inѕtаllаtiоn and рrоgrаmming.

When selecting a mесhаniсаl, еlесtriсаl оr automation ѕуѕtеmѕ еnginееr, look fоr a professional firm thаt is responsive and ѕееkѕ аbоvе all to understand уоur nееdѕ аnd goals. Conducting rеѕеаrсh to find the right еnginееr рriоr to launching your project will hеlр еnѕurе a successful building аutоmаtiоn ѕуѕtеmѕ dеѕign.