Computrols Announces Building Technology Podcast

 
This October, Computrols will begin broadcasting its very own podcast covering technology we find in today’s “smart buildings.” The conversations will expand far beyond just building automation as we aim to keep our listeners informed on all things digital in facilities management. The episodes will last approximately 30 minutes and will primarily be hosted by Scott Holstein, Compturols’ Marketing Manager. We’ll invite third-party and in-house subject matter experts to share their expertise and bring a new perspectives. If you have topic suggestions or would like to be featured on our podcast, please email us at info@computrols.com.

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Optimal Virtual Metering In Building Automation

 
On March 21, 2018, Computrols Director of Research and Development, Mike Donlon, presented on the topic of “Optimal Virtual Metering In Building Automation” at the Globalcon Conference in Boston, MA. The below information is a transcribed excerpt from his session.


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George’s CBAS Tips, August 2018

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How to Set Up Tenants to Schedule Overtime Air and Lights

The CBAS Web product was originally introduced so that tenants could schedule their own overtime air and lights while making it easy for building management to bill them these services. This is still true and it’s really easy to set up. This feature saves money because you don’t have to pay someone to take calls and enter the tenant’s overtime requests into CBAS. Management can now also setup tenants to handle their own access control cards, but let’s talk about overtime tenant billing for now. Continue reading George’s CBAS Tips, August 2018

 

Computrols Building Automation System Webinar

 
We are excited to announce our first ever open webinar reviewing the capabilities and benefits of Computrols Building Automation System. The webinar will be lead by Computrols’ Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Mike Clayton, and will cover features of Computrols hardware and software solutions. The webinar will begin at 12pm CT on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Attendees can access the webinar at www.join.me/computrols.

Thursday, August 23, 2018 – 12pm CT


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George’s CBAS Tips, July 2018

 

The Importance of the Probe in BACnet

When setting up 485 communication to a BACnet device like an AHU, it is important that you Probe it. This gets you some important information:

  1. Instance number is a good thing because if you add it to the program screen of the controller, it connects much faster when CBAS is restarted. Instance is usually provided in the Probe file but can sometimes have a different name.
  2. A Probe gets you the list of points that are on the AHU controller. Then you can add them from the Probe file easily by clicking the controller then click Add Points From Probe File.
  3. Perhaps the most important advantage to probing is that it automatically sets a few parameters to be used by CBAS that can improve performance. Note that you can alternatively set these parameters manually.if probing isn’t possible The most useful of these settings are are COV and Read Multiple. COV is Change of Value and if it is available, it sends any changes in value to the host. Read Multiple reads up to 14 points at a time. By default, CBAS only reads one point at a time unless you have Read Multiple set.

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Where to Get a Building Automation Degree

A Growing IndustryThe building automation industry is growing, and the trend doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. According to research by IHS Technology via this Buildings.com article, the market for building automation equipment is projected to grow by more than 40% over the next five years.

If you are familiar with the industry, you are likely aware of the talent and knowledge gap between the seasoned veterans and industry newcomers. With many building engineers, system engineers, and controls specialists approaching retirement, there is a need for fresh talent in the industry. While fresh talent and enthusiasm are certainly needed, how is the knowledge gap being addressed? Continue reading Where to Get a Building Automation Degree

 

George’s CBAS Tips, May 2018

 

Alarms in CBAS

Alarms in CBASAll points in CBAS give you the ability to setup an Alarm to show when the point is in a condition that it shouldn’t be in, or at least warrants a notification. Alarms are always on a red banner at the top of the CBAS program if setup to be acknowledged. Otherwise, only the status part of the point turns red. Yellow banners are considered Troubles, not Alarms. These are generated by the system based on system problems or controller communication\power activity. These “Troubles” cannot be turned off. Green banners can be seen if controllers are set up with an alarm to indicate a download to the controller. Continue reading George’s CBAS Tips, May 2018

 

2018 Southern California Facilities Expo

If you’ll be in Southern California May 2nd-3rd, 2018 and are interested in learning more about green-initiative products and services impacting facilities, then stop by the 2018 Southern California Facilities Expo (SCFE) in Anaheim, CA.

Located at the spacious and newly-updated Anaheim Convention Center, this two-day event will provide insight into cutting-edge technology and solutions that impact facility engineers, operators, managers and owners alike. This is a completely FREE event for attendees, and there will be numerous opportunities to learn more about technology impacting the facilities industry as well as networking opportunities with peers and colleagues. Continue reading 2018 Southern California Facilities Expo