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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 […]

Beyond Code: DISTRIBUTED ANTENNA SYSTEMS ARE CRITICAL TO BUILDING OPERATIONS — by David Glenn RCDD, CTS-D, LEED AP BD+C

The importance of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) to facility operations cannot be overstated. Even among some professionals, incorrect terminology and questions abound about DAS. The topic mainly comes up during initial scope discussions for qualifications and proposals for new construction or major renovation projects, but it may be re-visited any time during a project – and hopefully before construction […]

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 […]

The Convergence of AV and IT

AV Technology Magazine featured Senior Systems Designer Jesse Fishman CTS-D, DSCE and Principal Mark Grassi CTS-D in their June issue. In writer Cindy Davis’ piece, “The Technology Manager’s Guide to IT Essentials,” she explores what IT teams need to know about networked AV. Read the article here.

Overcoming the Seven Smart Building Hurdles: The Human Factor in Intelligent Building Technology — by Joseph Bocchiaro III Ph.D., CStd, CTS-D, CTS-I, ISF-C

“Look! Up in the cable tray! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! NO! It’s the Intelligent Building Technology Project Manager!”

You don’t need to call Superman to overcome the hurdles to create an intelligent building, but the work does begin and end with people. Yes, throughout projects there is a tremendous amount of technology involved — from design through integration […]

Hospitals to Patients: Get Out…and Stay Out!

by Alan Dash, Senior Consultant, The Sextant Group
Hospitals used to love it when you came and stayed for days on end. But now with recent insurance and accountability changes, they are facing significant fines for re-admission (and the resulting public perception of poor care). They want you in and out.

In the past it made financial sense to admit and […]

Integrating Technology Into Architecture

by Craig Park FSMPS, Assoc. AIA, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

Marshal McLuhan said, “The medium is the message.” More true today than ever, with the increased use of audiovisual, IT, building energy management, and security technologies in commercial and institutional buildings, McLuhan’s words ring true. As a result, architects and interior designers find they are working earlier and more […]