ControlTrends’ good friend Ken Sinclair, of Automated Buildings, interviews Jack McGowan, of The McGowan Group, immediately after Jack’s Keynote presentation at Haystack Connect’s Day 2 General Session. This candid video captures the two long-time friends and industry titans, discussing Jack’s sixth book, published by Fairmont Press and available August 1, 2015. The book entitled “Energy & Analytics, Big Data, and Building Technology Integration,” addresses leveraging all of the intelligence in the building, as well as leveraging the intelligence of the integrator community, which drive more value to the customer and more business to the integrator. Pre-order forms are available now on the automatedbuildings.com website. John Petze, Ken Sinclair, and Jim Lee contributed forewards to the various sections of the book.
Planning for Haystack Connect 2015 is well underway. With a little over 4 months before the conference kicks off, the event has 14 major sponsors and exhibitors as well as 3 Media sponsors, with new companies signing up every week. See the current sponsors here: www.haystackconnect.org/sponsors.
The technical program is taking shape with a number of papers and presentations submitted on a wide range of topics around the conference themes that include Data Modeling, Hardware, Analytics, Cyber Security, Energy, Wireless and more. Consider joining the community at the Haystack Connect event — submit a presentation and share your expertise.
The Call for Papers and Presentations is open until March 15, but don’t wait! Submit a Paper here: http://events.haystackconnect.org/2015/#presenting.
To learn more about Haystack Connect 2015, please visit: www.haystackconnect.org
To learn more about Project Haystack, the open source effort to make devices data self-describing and easier to work with across applications visit: http://project-haystack.org/
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ControlTalk Now: The Smart Building Podcast October 19, 2014, is sponsored by International Systems of America (ISA). ISA is a unique systems provider, beginning with their ability to quickly deliver new parts for existing and legacy systems from virtually any manufacturer. “At ISA, we take great pride in our extensive product and service offerings for fire, energy, security and communication systems. And when ISA solutions come together to make a real difference for our customers—helping solve critical issues—we know our focus and dedication are paying off.”
Project Haystack Announces Haystack Connect 2015 Conference. This is THE EVENT that Connects Community and Ecosystem — Driving Smart Data, Smart Devices, Smart Buildings and Smart Business! COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO –October, 14, 2015 Project Haystack, a non-profit, 501C organization focused on developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data among today’s smart devices announced the dates and venue for the Haystack Connect 2015 conference.
See How Honeywell Integrates Access and Security. We caught up with the very knowledgable and passionate Roger Rebennack at the 2014 ASIS Show in Atlanta. See what makes the Honeywell Webs-AX Access and Security so special. From modular control to seamless integration, WEBs-AX Security offers a range of options for meeting the needs of nearly any size or type of building or network of facilities. WEBS-AX Security is open and scalable, offers complete, seamless integration, and it can provide you energy savings — that’s why you should want WEBS-AX Security in your building!
Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement. The Building Technologies Office (BTO)’s Emerging Technologies Program has announced the availability of nearly $8 million under the Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovations Technologies (BENEFIT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001166. This FOA combines an early-stage research and development topic (Innovations) with a later-stage research and development topic (Frontiers) that complements the core funding provided to the national labs.
Cyber Security EYE-OPENER: Project SHINE Reveals Magnitude of Internet-connected Critical Control Systems. Cyber Security eye-opener article about Project SHINE that revealed that 2.2 million SCADA and BACnet devices were identified as being directly or indirectly exposed to hacking. In review of Rasshid’s article, Marc writes, “Project SHINE Reveals Magnitude of Internet-connected Critical Control Systems.
2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference October 20-23, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. As the longest-running cyber security-focused conference for the industrial control systems sector, the 2014 ICS Conference will cater to the energy, utility, chemical, transportation, manufacturing, and other industrial and critical infrastructure organizations. The conference will address topics covering ICSs, including protection for SCADA systems, plant control systems, engineering workstations, substation equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other field control system devices.
Interview with Automated Buildings’ Ken Sinclair, who reviews Automated Diagnostics & Analytics for Buildings, the theme of the automatedbuidlings.com October issue, stemming from the recently published book by the same title. Ken covers a myriad of topics including the founder mentality, Automated Buildings’ four training sessions at AHR 2015, and the increasingly critical theme of IoT and developing the next generation of building automation experts and “passing the dusty stuff in our heads” off to the up and coming Young Guns of the HVAC industry. AutomatedBuildings.com provides news, product releases and connection to the ever changing community that is creating our present definition of smart, intelligent, integrated, connected, green, and converged large buildings.
GC Valves — Solenoid Valve TechTip: Sensible Precautions (Part 1): MECHANICAL & MATERIALS CONSIDERATIONS: Solenoid valves are your fastest acting option when controlling flow, they can be repaired in-line (without breaking plumbing connections in most designs), and they can be less costly than other electrically operated valves. Review the measures that can increase your satisfaction with solenoid valves.
ControlTrends Around the World: India. Do you want to know what it takes to be a successful building automation controls system integrator or smart buildings controls provider in India? India is one of the fastest growing markets in the world for building automation and smart building controls and we had a chance to talk with the top movers and shakers in this expansive market.
Rob Allen’s 7 Minutes in Control: Neptronic’s EVC Controller — Low Cost, High Performance VAV. This ultra-informative episode of Rob Allen’s 7 Minute in Control reviews the Neptronic EVC Conroller. Neptronic offers an exceptional low cost, high performance stand-alone or BACnet MS/TP, VAV solution — that works! The EVC products are geared for the Light Commercial Contractor, DDC Controls Contractors, and the savvy end-user customer. NO sign-up fees, NO sales minimums, and NO training requirements, Neptronic’s VAV low cost solution features easy to configure, drop-down menu programming.
Authors Barney L. Capehart, PhD, CEM Professor Emeritus University of Florida and Michael R. Brambley, Staff Scientist in Energy Technology Development at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have produced an HVAC Opus Magnus that will serve the entire spectrum of building and automation experts well — now, and for many years to come. Whether you’re a systems integrator, BAS or BMS Consultant, manufacturer or vendor, engineer, Director of Facilities or maintenance manager, this smart building tome (textbook) provides not only vital insight, methodologies, and options, but the compelling documentation that warrants immediate action.
Foreword: By Ken Sinclair Publisher/Owner, AutomatedBuildings. This book will help you explore the new world of Automated Diagnostics and Analytics for Buildings and provide insight and connection into the industry thought leaders that are taking big data into a new reality. “Dynamic Data Fuels Deep Analytics” speaks to the importance of the next level of deep analytics of almost everything will have and how we as an industry will provide a new level of deeper analytics connecting inquiring minds to almost everything with low cost real time data.
Introduction: The purpose of this book is to promote and document energy savings from the relatively new technology of Advanced Energy Information Systems called Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics (AFDD) and Analytics for buildings and facilities. A number of studies have shown that commercial buildings in the United States (U.S.) waste as much as 15% to 30% of the energy they use (Katipamula and Brambley 2005). Analysis of HVAC and other building energy use data, along with whole-building utility data, sub-metered end-use data, and data from the building automation system (BAS) through the use of AFDD and building analytics can help identify opportunities to improve building operations and efficiency, and ultimately reduce energy and operating costs.
We will discuss the latest technologies available for fault detection, diagnostics, and building analytics, and operational experience with stand alone and web based systems for fault detection, diagnostics and analytics in currently operating buildings and facilities, and in varied applications, and to show how new opportunities have developed for energy and facility managers to quickly and effectively control and manage their operations more efficiently, with less energy use and cost, and experience improved energy system performance. You’ll find information on what is actually available using this technology, what products and services are available at this time, and how they are being used at other buildings and facilities, and see what is involved for current and future installations of internet-based technologies. The material in this book on automated fault detection, diagnostics and analytics should greatly assist energy, facility and maintenance managers, as well as consultants and control systems development engineers. Chapters on methodology and future technological features should also assist those involved in research and development of these new technologies in AFDD and analytics for buildings.
Table of Contents
The Case for Automated Tools for Facility Management and Operation
Energy-Smart Buildings Demonstrating How Information Technology Can Cut Energy Use and Costs of Real Estate Portfolios
Perspective on Building Analytics Adoption
Delivering Successful Results from Automated Diagnostics Solutions
Intelligent Efficiency: Opportunities, Barriers, and Solutions
Current Technology, Tools, Products, Services, and Applications
Enabling Efficient Building Energy Management through Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics
A Practical, Proven Approach to Energy Intelligence, Measurement, and Management
Di-BOSS: Research, Development & Deployment of the World’s First Digital Building Operating System
Analytics, Alarms, Analysis, Fault Detection and Diagnostics
Using Custom Programs to Enhance Building Diagnostics and Energy Savings
88 Acres-How Microsoft Quietly Built the City of the Future
Improving Airport Energy Efficiency through Continuous Commissioning® Process Implementation at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
ECAM+ A Tool for Analyzing Building Data to Improve and Track Performance
Outside The Box: Integrating People & Controls To Create a Unique Energy Management Program-A Caltech Case Study
Value Proposition of FDD Solutions
FDD: How High Are the Market Barriers to Entry?
Diagnostics for Monitoring-based Commissioning
Methodology and Future Technology
Model-based Real-time Whole Building Energy Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics
Advanced Methods for Whole Building Energy Analysis
Identification of Energy Efficiency Opportunities Through Building Data Analysis and Achieving Energy Savings through Improved Controls
High-resolution Data Collection for Automated Fault Diagnostics Motivation
Localized Uncertainty Quantification for Baseline Building Energy Modeling.
Pushing the Envelope Building Analytics beyond HVAC
Data to Information for Intelligent Buildings
The 12 Things You Need to Know about Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx)
Application of Automated Price and Demand Response for Large Customers in New York
Understanding Microgrids as the Essential Architecture of Smart Energy
Power Monitoring Solutions through Contextual Data
Current Technology, Tools, Products, Services, and Applications
Battling Entropy In Commercial Rooftop HVAC Systems with Advanced Fault Detection and Diagnostics
C1ockworks™ Automated HVAC Diagnostics and the Evolution of AFDD Tools
Automated Diagnostics—To Pick the Low Hanging Fruits In Energy Efficiency In Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Systems
Implementing Advanced Diagnostics In Fleets of Commercial HVAC Equipment
Energy Savings Benefits of FDD Systems for Light Commercial Unitary HVAC Equipment
AFDD for HVAC Systems and Equipment—Methodology and Future Technology
Fault Detection and Diagnostics for HVAC&R Equipment
Automatically Detecting Faulty Regulation in HVAC Controls
Methodology for Evaluating FDD Protocols Applied to Unitary Systems
Self-correcting HVAC Controls: They May be in Your Future Sooner than You Think
A Framework to Apply a Structural Pattern Recognition Technique in Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics of
HVAC System and Component Faults
Fault Detection and Diagnostics for Rooftop Units: Standards are Key to Making it in the Market
Building Automation System Embedded HVAC System Energy Performance Degradation Detector
What’s Going on in the Trenches with Smart Buildings, Monitoring Based Commissioning, Automated Fault Detection and
Diagnostics and Energy Regulatory Policy? What Does the Future Hold, When Does it Arrive?
Automated Diagnostics and Analytics for Wastewater Treatment Plants and Water Distribution Facilities
Conclusion and Author Bios
From the web sites that you can order the book from:
Intelligent Buildings is a well-known and leading-edge consultancy company in the smart building business. Veteran Tom Shircliff elegantly brings to light that the technology, all of the smart technology pieces needed for New Buildings, for Building Retrofits, for Building Analytics, and for Building Systems Cyber Security are here, but the challenge is how to scale this available technology into starting points — where building owners can get under-whelmed and start faster, with less risks, and all the while, make enlightened decisions quicker through Intelligent Building’s organizational alignment approach and the creation of a common language that all the stakeholders can understand. To ease and accelerate that sometimes arduous process, Intelligent Buildings has created their Advisory Starter Kits, which allow building owners to implement immediately, specific best practices and establish vital vendor standards, that will ultimately ensure a complete and successful future project solution.
Lee’s Summit, Missouri, March 4, 2014 — Connexx Energy, a leading developer and implementer of ‘last mile’ energy solutions for Smart Grid and Smart Building technologies, in cooperation with parent company Lynxspring, Inc. today announced the first DaaS (Data-as-a-Service) SkySpark application available as a hosted cloud solution. This offering now makes it easy for ESCO’s, building system integrators and automation contractors that may not have the resources to deliver the benefits of analytics and building diagnostic data to their customers. In addition it enables building owners and operators who may not be in a position to host an analytic application themselves to receive operational data that help them identify opportunities to reduce energy consumption and cost, operate their facilities more efficiently and at peak performance levels.
Building automation and energy management systems contain an incredible amount of operational data that can be collected and analyzed to manage operational efficiencies among multiple systems and devices supporting building management functions and business applications to help manage and control energy within buildings and run at optimal performance and energy efficiency. The SkySpark application combined with Connexx Energy’s connectivity, integration, security and cyber threat protection, user experience and support, enables users to deploy optimal energy and facility operational strategies, capitalize on accurate and concise intelligence relating to the performance of their facilities, reduce energy consumption and costs, gain knowledge of individual usage and trends related to their building systems and equipment from one source, all within a cloud, hosted environment.
Cloud hosting is provided by Proxios, a leader in secured hosting and managed cloud environments and infrastructures. Connexx Energy manages all of the details related to hosting, backup and redundancy, security and availability including providing a secured, hardware normalization layer; multiple choices of site data extraction hardware; Lynxspring’s LYNX CyberPRO™ integrated cyber security solution; normalized data format based on the Haystack standards, automated analysis tools and a data warehouse. In addition, professional services are available to quickly on-board customers to design, install, configure, train and support.
“Building owners and facility management have told us they are looking for one solution that can work across multi-structured data from different sources rather than several stand-alone systems to obtain results based on their actual building not a comparison to a model or someone else’s buildings,” said Anno Scholten, president of Connexx Energy.
“Building owners and operators need to apply advanced control strategies based on operational data and analytics they can make sense of”, said Marc Petock, vice president marketing for Connexx Energy. “We are giving users an extensible, easy to deploy and use solution that delivers their specific statistics and information to manage and operate their facilities and equipment more efficiently and at peak performance levels”.
“SkyFoundry is excited to see this important new model for deployment of analytics-driven building efficiency. Data connectivity, security and management bring with them special needs and this hosted, total solution approach brings the power and benefit of analytics to more systems integrators and owners cost effectively”, commented John Petze, SkyFoundry principal.
“Proxios is pleased to have been selected by Connexx Energy to host the SkySpark software. With over 14 years of experience in cloud hosting, including 400 different software applications across all varieties of Internet and wide area networks, Proxios is well positioned to ensure reliable and secure access to the facilities and users of this Data-as-a-Service solution”, said Steve Fey, Proxios president.
About Connexx Energy: Established in 2010 as a subsidiary of Lynxspring, Inc., Connexx Energy is a leading developer and implementer of ‘last mile’ energy solutions for Smart Grid and Smart Building technologies. Connexx Energy has significant knowledge, expertise and relationships in both building automation systems and energy management systems, which enable it to create cost effective and highly scalable connectivity solutions in four key strategic areas, Energy Interoperability, Management and Control, Automatic Demand Response and Cyber Protection. More information is available at: www.connexxenergy.com.
About SkyFoundry: SkyFoundry provides software solutions for the “the Internet of things”, helping customers derive value from their investments in smart systems. The company’s SkySpark analytics platform identifies opportunities for operational improvements and cost reduction in control and equipment systems by automatically analyzing data to “find what matters”. Learn more at www.skyfoundry.com.
About Proxios: Proxios is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia and is in the business of IT as a Service (ITaaS). As a provider since 1999, we have proven knowledge and experience to move IT infrastructures to the cloud, freeing our clients to do what they do best; drive real business value from the applications that help run their business. More information is available at www.proxios.com.
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ControlTrends Introduction: The overwhelming need to quickly and efficiently leverage more of the still dormant information in many of the existing host building automations systems continues to drive the search for solutions. Controlco offers the thousands of Niagara AX™ users a synergistic opportunity that uniquely combines the POWER of their DataEye Pro data model with the STRENGTH of the Niagara AX™ data normalization tools. This is the first of Brian Turner’s Fault Line Posts on ControlTrends.
Visualizing Building Data like a Pro, By Brian Turner, Controlco. There is a lot of buzz in the commercial buildings industry right now about how “Big Data” is going to greatly influence the way buildings are operated. Although the amount of data collected in buildings, even with all of the sensing available, is relatively small when you look at everything that falls under the Big Data umbrella, we’re not exactly talking about “little data” here.
We all know that commercial and industrial buildings eat up a substantial amount of the United States’ overall energy consumption (18.9 percent of total U.S. energy consumption in 2009, according to the Department of Energy). It’s also fair to say that the mechanical and lighting control systems operating in these buildings generally operate less efficiently than modern systems make possible (the DOE also notes that space heating, lighting and space cooling represent nearly half of commercial site consumption).
If we take these two assertions as fact, or at least reasonable probabilities, then it’s time to get familiar with the business intelligence tools that are available to help reduce the amount of energy we require to operate buildings. A good place to start is by identifying when systems in a building are not operating efficiently.
DataEye Pro™ Defined: Mechanical systems within buildings keep the buildings comfortable for occupancy. These systems contribute to the health and safety of the people occupying the buildings and are critical in most commercial buildings because they maintain temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide levels. With the growing trend of large common work areas and flexible work spaces within commercial buildings, the demand on these systems varies greatly throughout any given day, week, month and season. What is less common is for the mechanical systems to smartly respond to this variation in demand, instead creating a lot of wasted energy consumption. Every day, engineers all over the world are creating innovative sequences to solve this problem.
DataEye Pro™, a tool created by Controlco under its CSI3 brand, is a software extension that works within Niagara AX™ Framework developed by Tridium, (this is an important distinction that is expanded-upon below) to give building managers access to their energy systems’ current and historic data.
As the current implementation approach changes building to building, requiring custom strategies developed by different contractors for each control, managers achieve inconsistent results from one property to the next. DataEye Pro™ solves this problem by eliminating the need to distribute the same sequence across multiple control systems, allowing one data model (also referred to as “semantic tagging” by Tridium and others across the industry) to run against the entire data set.
The DataEye Pro™ strategy can exist in the cloud, whether it is hosted by a data center in New York or on a virtual server in the corporate data center. Though the strategies are no different in DataEye Pro™ than they are in the other control systems, the distinction is that the strategy is executed against a data model, allowing it to be scaled across several buildings simultaneously, delivering consistent results every time.
The potential problem with this concept is that similar mechanical systems are inherently different in the way they operate. This requires the strategy to have variables that are optional, which execute different parts of the strategy when certain variables are absent. The beauty of DataEye Pro™ is the data model.
When modifications are made to the strategy, they are made across the portfolio. If the modification is significant, the strategy is simply replicated and configured to execute with different data tags in the model. The benefit to DataEye Pro™ as an extension of the Niagara AX™ Framework is that the strategies are created in an environment familiar to thousands of Niagara AX™ certified technicians around the world. Adding the power of the DataEye™ data model to the strength of the Niagara AX™ data normalization tools makes for a solution equaled by no other.
Fault Detection: Now, to understand how DataEye Pro™ can assist in detecting when mechanical or lighting control systems are not functioning well, we must look at the information required to detect the poorly functioning systems. In order to know if a system is working properly, one must understand how it normally works under the current conditions. This means the data engine must have some historical perspective to compare against the real-time values. As an extension of the Niagara AX™ Framework, DataEye Pro™ accesses the Niagara AX™ history database for each of the data points in the model. The DataEye Pro™ analytic formula executes against the data model, accessing real-time and historical information to make smart decisions.
Once the information is gathered, DataEye Pro™ can trigger an alarm, using the Niagara AX™ alarm engine, trigger an additional formula, annunciate on a graphic, email a building engineer, send an SMS text message, or execute other logic built in Niagara AX™. These DataEye Pro™ alarms are also known in the industry as faults or Sparks™. The bottom line: DataEye Pro™ allows analytic formulas to result in near real-time and historical fault detection.
The power of being a true software extension of the Niagara AX Framework™ is again realized here since these formulas can execute against any data integrated into the framework. Formulas can be built using the commonly understood wiresheet programming environment for this data. Extending this idea further, it is possible to build other analytic and fault-detection formulas for power data, financial data, gas energy, water, or any data that can be normalized by Niagara AX™. The possibilities are tremendous.
For more information regarding the Niagara Framework™ or DataEye Pro™, contact Controlco today.