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LEVERAGING BIG DATA INTO BIG ENERGY EFFICIENCY — By Ben Heraud and Andrew J. Milne, Ph.D.

A recent study at UC Davis showed that during down times at the university (evenings, weekends, holidays), 33% of the energy consumption was from AV systems. As campuses pay increasing attention to the way that data can be collected and analyzed to transform operations across the varied activities of their institutions, new opportunities are emerging to maximize the efficiency […]

A BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE: Developing a Sextant Technology Plan —by Craig Park, FSMPS, Assoc. AIA

sextant /’sɛk stənt/ noun

an astronomical instrument used to determine latitude and longitude at sea by measuring angular distances, especially the altitudes of sun, moon, and starsa navigational instrument used to align known and unknown elements to determine a course for the future

Organizations can plan for known technologies, but how does one plan for technologies that don’t exist yet, or are […]

5×5: FIVE EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL RESHAPE YOUR CAMPUS IN FIVE YEARS by Craig Park & John Cook

This article first appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of APPA’s Facility Manager magazine.

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”—Yogi Berra

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”—Satchel Paige

As two of baseball’s preeminent philosophers once noted,
change is inevitable, and sometimes a little scary. However, adapting to change
is always strategic, and never more so than when […]

HIGHER ED PROJECTS: WHO ARE OUR REAL CLIENTS? — by Nancy Sturm, Principal Consultant

We all know our clients and their needs, right? We’ve been listening to them for years. They spell out their vision and goals in RFQ’s with great buzz words and phrases like State-of-the-Art Classrooms, 21st Century Skills, Active Learning. And we faithfully recite those words back at the interview thinking that’s what they want to hear. But have we […]

Future Trends for Higher Education

Higher Ed Tech Decisions spoke with The Sextant Group’s President and CEO, Mark S. Valenti CTS, in a recent article on Technology Management in Higher Education and upcoming trends coming to a campus near you. In his course at InfoComm 2014, InfoComm’s annual conference, Valenti presented on transformations in colleges’ pedagogy, technology, and usage of space, outlining how […]

Five Forces Reshaping Tomorrow’s Learning Environments

by Mark S. Valenti CTS, President/CEO, The Sextant Group and John A. Cook CTS, Vice President, The Sextant Group

Active communities of practice are prototyping new models for learning and research to foster new relationships among learners, faculty, and mentors. In turn, these new directions are reshaping the design of programs and facilities and the resource allocations necessary to support […]