Stromquist Atlanta Upcoming Classes – Updated

The following classes are held at Stromquist at 4620 Atlanta Rd, Atlanta, GA and begin at 7:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Prices include training material and certificate of completion, plus continental breakfast and full lunch.  For more information contact  To register, click the Class Registration tab at the top of the page.

Basic Pneumatics — September 9 — $200

You will work hands-on with pneumatic equipment to learn fundamentals of pneumatic controls. The class will cover limit controls, P.E. switches, solenoid valves, relays, valve and damper operations, and thermostats.

VAV and PIU Fundamentals — September 10 — $200

In this class you will learn the fundamentals of VAV and PIU boxes. You will get to practice on equipment and troubleshoot given hypothetical problems. Instruction covers velocity formulas, CFMs, and static pressures.

Boiler Basics — October 7 — $200

This class will explain different types of boilers and boiler operations. Topics will include flame safeguard, proper piping and gas trains.

Chiller Workshop — October 8-9 — $350

This class focuses on basic operations, maintenance and troubleshooting of chilled water systems. Topics will include basic refrigeration cycle of water chillers; design and overall op-eration of chilled water systems; refrigerant types, handling and record keeping; pumps and piping systems; chiller plant optimization; chiller math and log analysis.

Intro to DDC and Bldg Automation — October 23 — Free

This is a half day class (8:00-12:00) with a thorough overview of the basics of DDC. Topics will include Comm Protocols, Field Controllers, Supervisory Controllers, Wiring, Building Automation Theory, Intro to Niagara AX, and Proprietary vs Open Systems. You will also get an intro to Programming, AX Workbench, Configurable vs Fully Programmable controllers, and Field Controller Programming basics.

James Johnson Instructs VYKONPro Training — September 30th Class Almost Full! Act Now!

vykon VYKONPro Training is a 5-day class designed to help system engineers streamline engineering processes by using the latest NiagaraAX features and best practices. The VYKONPro module is a collection of station components and px widgets that are provided as a value add to the VYKON channel partners.

This class will be taught by James Johnson, recipient of the Control Trends Award for Most Valuable Support Person of the Year. His expertise will guide students through a variety of best practices and dive into the latest features available in NiagaraAX.

Topics include:
* NiagaraAX 3.6 and 3.7 Enhancements
* Px (Graphics) Design [Read more…]

Eric’s Favorite Video Of The Week: Marshall Thurber On Speaking With Good Purpose

Playing “above the line” has been perhaps the best thing. The first thing that happens when you make a mistake is that your mind wants to lay blame — on someone else! Marshall Thurber proposes a powerful solution to deal with that tendency that might just change your company’s corporate culture for the better using the “The Two Dollar Rule.” Watch a better way to deal with blame, justification, and shame in the modern corporate world.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED): Make Black and White out of Gray by Josh Millsapps

Important watch and straightstick summary! Though this is a primer for CPTED EXAM goers, this is solid guidance for better security everywhere — especially for the schools and universities, as well as municipalities, hospital, and retail markets. Differentiating between public and private space and displaying a vested interest are vital elements of deterrence.

For more great information, visit Josh’s website or Josh’s YouTube Channel.

Fall into Stromquist Atlanta Classes

It’s that time again – school is back in session. These classes fill up quickly so get registered right away!  The below classes will be held at Stromquist at 4620 Atlanta Rd, Smyrna, GA. Price includes training material, certificate, plus breakfast and lunch (the half day Controller class does not include lunch).  Start time is 7:30 a.m.  Email for more information. [Read more…]

ASHRAE Series Continued: Excerpts from the 1924 ASHRAE GUIDE

ControlTrends invites you to keep a continuous glimpse in review of how our industry’s engineering scaffolding was put into place and ASHRAE’s unending quest for industry standards and excellence.


The lineage of the Handbook begins in 1922, when the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers (ASH&VE) published its Heating and Ventilating Guide. Its purpose was stated as follows in its preface:

‘The purpose of this new addition to the Society’s publications is to provide the engineer, the architect and contractor alike, with a useful and reliable reference data book relating to the art of heating and ventilating. [Read more…]

Security Webinar: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

asis_webinar3Building integrators and facility managers should take advantage of this great training and security insight opportunity provided by Panasonic and ASIS International entitled: CPTED for the Modern Security Professional, May 15, 2013, 1:00-2:00 EST.

Applying the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is very effective in protecting assets as well as drastically improving the quality-of-life experience in work and living environments. Get a quick refresher on the principles, practices, and strategies of CPTED and review how they can be applied to all building types, risk threat vulnerability assessments, and critical infrastructure protection.

Review the 4 D’s of physical security: Deter. Detect, Delay, and Detain. This is your opportunity to review and possibly apply these layers of security to your facility.

asis3Click here for more information on ASIS International online education events.

ControlTalk Now for Week Ending April 14, 2013

CTA Awards Steering Committee is the sponsor for this week’s ControlTalk NOW. The extraordinary BB King Blues Club will be the site of the 2013 ControlTrends Awards. Located in NYC’s Time Square, this famous venue promises to enhance the excitement and entertainment of the CTA’s.

Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls: See What’s Possible in Building Efficiency — The Boom Heard ‘Round the World.Technology [Read more…]

BACnet Made Easy: Part 8 Understanding BACnet Compliance

Achieving BACnet Compliance is the eighth in the Understanding BACnet Series from our friends at Contemporary Controls. This video explains how the manufacturer’s products are compliant to the BACnet Standard through their BACnet Protocol Implementation Conformance Statement or PIC Statement.