George’s CBAS Tips, February 2019

History Save Settings

I think everyone who is familiar with Computrols Building Automation Software (CBAS) is aware that CBAS automatically saves History data, also known as “Trend” data, on all points in the database.  When dealing with Analog points, the frequency and resolution of these graphs is automatically set for you by CBAS. Did you know it is possible to see more detail on a graph?

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5 Energy Conservation Measures with Quick Returns

The Energy Cost Index (ECI) is the measurement of cost per square foot per year of conditioned space in a facility ($/ft²/year). The average ECI of electricity for an office building in the U.S. is about $1.73/ft²/yr according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. What are you doing to reduce your ECI?

Energy conservation is in great part a behavioral modification. Although it can often shine a light on these kinds of opportunities, technology alone does not ensure a facility will be able to reduce its energy usage.

Making a significant impact on your building’s energy use and cost does not always require a big investment. We can start with the “low-hanging fruit” where the investment can be minimal. In other words, where the return-on-investment (ROI) would be close to immediate.

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CBAS Power User: Greg Gautreaux

CBAS Power User: Greg Gautreaux

Lead Engineer, Stirling Properties

Tell us a little about yourself…

I have been involved in the commercial real estate management industry for forty years in various properties located in Greater New Orleans including the West Bank and Metairie. I am now the Lead Engineer at the Pan American Life Center where I have worked since December 2006.

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The Ups and Downs of Destination Dispatch

Rather early in my career, I began working with destination dispatch elevator systems and have since had the opportunity to be engaged with a handful of these projects. Although I am far from an elevator expert, a fair number of my days as a technician were spent working on access control systems which are frequently correlated with destination dispatch.

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2019 Facility Manager Trade Show Calendar

 

Given the rapidly shifting technology and trends in the facility management industry, facility managers can’t afford to miss out on educating themselves and their teams every chance they get. Below, you’ll find a list of facility management trade shows and conferences throughout the United States. If you know of an event that is not included on this list, please let us know at info@computrols.com.

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George’s CBAS Tips, January 2019

Schedules in CBAS: Cycles, Logic, and Priority Summary

Did you know that Schedules on both Analog and Binary Output points can have up to 24 “cycles”?

A Cycle is any time that the Schedule commands the point. A Binary point is just 2 possibilities, meaning On\Off, Start\Stop, Normal\Alarm. With 24 cycles, that means you can turn a piece of equipment On 12 times and Off 12 times. Of course, you would have to think of a good reason to do that but you might want to cycle something a few times. To find the Schedule, click any output point then click Program, and you will see the Program Schedule button.

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George’s CBAS Tips, December 2018

Are you familiar with the term “hot keys”? The term refers to using combinations of keys on the keyboard as a shortcut to a certain function or action in a program. For instance, let’s say you wanted to copy a file to another folder or attach to an email. First you highlight the file then hold the Ctrl key and press the letter C to Copy. Then you locate the place where you want to copy to, hold down the Ctrl key and press the letter V and the copied file will be pasted. These combinations of Ctrl+C (Copy) and Ctrl+V (Paste) are called hot keys.

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2018 Year in Review

Where did 2018 go? For Computrols, it seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. It was a year filled with new customers, new faces, and the opening of our new corporate headquarters. As lively of a year as 2018 was, we couldn’t be more excited about what we have coming up. But first, let’s take a look back at what happened over the last 365 days.

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George’s CBAS Tips, November 2018

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Programming Schedules with the Graphical Schedule Editor

There are a few different ways to program a Schedule on a point in CBAS. Go to any output point in CBAS, click the point and go to Program. Then click the Program Schedule button. The most apparent way is to click on a day in the first cycle column and it gives you choices. It’s pretty intuitive because it gives you the appropriate choices and when you make a selection, it goes to the Time column and so forth. Pretty simple. Continue reading George’s CBAS Tips, November 2018