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This section contains news items from 2001 for your information. They are arranged with the most recent at the top, the oldest at the bottom.
|Old BACnet News - 2001
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- IEIEJ Holds BACnet Seminars in Japan (12/01) Tokyo, Japan. The Institute of Electrical Installation Engineers of Japan (IEIEJ) has announced the successful conclusion of a series of BACnet seminars held during the fall. The first, sponsored by the IEIEJ's Nagoya Branch, was held in Nagoya on October 5, 2001, and was the first such event in the Chubu region of central Japan. The seminar was attended by about 140 people, twice the number originally expected, at a cost per attendee of ¥5,000, about $40 USD.
The second was a half-day program sponsored by the IEIEJ's Tohoku Branch and was held in Sendai on October 19, the first such seminar on the northern part of Japan's main island of Honshu. This seminar cost only ¥1,000 or about $8 USD.
The final event was a comprehensive two-day training course in Tokyo on November 8-9, and was attended by about 50 people from all over the country. The cost of attendance was set at ¥40,000, about $330 USD. The course was based on the IEIEJ's BACnet translation and the special edition of the IEIEJ Journal, Vol. 21, No. 3, that was dedicated exclusively to BACnet. The course was taught by Messrs. Takeji Toyoda (Kyoritsu Kiden Co., Ltd. and Liaison to SSPC 135), Masaharu Nakamura (Yokogawa Johnson Controls), Koichi Ikeda (Toshiba), and Hiroshi Ito (Yamatake Building Systems). The curriculum was similar to that used in the February version of the course:
- Overview of BACnet and IEIEJ's BACnet activities
- BACnet's purpose and protocol architecture
- Object types, alarm/event, file access and object access services
- Remote device management and other services, command prioritization
- BACnet encoding, formal APDU description
- BACnet/IP and the activities of the IEIEJ/p committee
- BMA Two-Day "Plugfest" Held in New Hampshire (11/01) Manchester, NH. With the goal of cooperatively testing and debugging BACnet implementations, 14 member companies of the BACnet Manufacturers Association spent two days (November 13-14) putting their equipment through its paces. The companies were: Alerton, Automated Logic, Cimetrics, Delta, Johnson Controls, Lithonia, McQuay, Reliable Controls, Siemens, Teletrol, Trane and Watt Stopper. In the course of the "BACnet Interoperability Workshop 2001," graciously hosted by the folks at Teletrol, participants had the opportunity to test pair-wise against other implementations as well as in small multivendor "clusters." Information gathered from the tests will be used to help improve the BACnet standard and the BACnet Testing Laboratory's efforts to improve interoperability. All agreed that the testing was highly productive and worth repeating every six months or so.
- BIG-EU Hosts "BACnet Tech Conference 2001" (10/01) The Nuremberg Fair (NürnbergMesse) was both the location and center of attraction of the recent day-and-a-half long BACnet technical conference entitled "Increasing the Efficiency of Building Automation: Open System Communication Based on the International BACnet Standard." With 12 exhibition halls covering 140,000 m2 and over 10,000 data points integrated via BACnet, the Nuremberg Fair is both one of Germany's largest exhibition sites and one of its most progressive. The first day's opening greetings from Richard Staub and Nils Meinert, President of BIG-EU, were followed by a presentation by Christian Foos and Stefan Winkelmann, both members of the Fair's Operator Team, on some of the details of the Fair's extensive multivendor installation.
|The second day focused on presentations dealing with "Open Communication." Among the papers:|
|"Open Communication in the Information Age"||Ernst Ebert|
|"Open Communication from the Owner's Perspective"||Christian Foos|
|"Standards in Building Automation"||Hans Kranz|
|"BACnet from an Investor's Perspective"||Roman Presinell|
|"BACnet Fundamentals"||Frank Schubert|
|"Design and Specification of BACnet Systems"||Siegfried Weikmann, Markus Ruf|
|"Open Systems in Operation and Installation"||Stefan Winkelmann|
Following the papers there was a forum discussion on the topic "Are Open Systems Mature Enough for the Marketplace?" The conference was attended by about 135 people including 64 manufacturers, 35 designers, 17 operators, 15 contractors, and 4 journalists.
- - NISTIR 6392 Now Available in Three Languages! (10/01) The NIST Information Report 6392, GSA Guide to Specifying Interoperable Building Automation and Control Systems Using ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-1995, BACnet, is now available as a downloadable PDF file in three languages: Chinese, German, and the original English. Although the guide was written for the U.S. government's General Services Administration, it contains information useful to anyone involved in the design and specification of BACnet systems. The new Chinese translation was just completed thanks to the diligent efforts of the faculty and students in the Automatic Network Group at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. Many thanks also to all those who worked on the German translation earlier in the year!
Also of interest to designers and specifiers may be the recent article by Eugene DeJoannis, PE, of van Zelm Heywood and Shadford, that appeared in the September issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer. The article provides an overview of the NISTIR and discusses many of its key recommendations.
- "BIG-NA Elects New Officers, Forms New WGs" (9/01) State College, PA. With thanks to outgoing Chairman Tom Ertsgaard of Penn State and Vice-Chairman Regis Cleary, of The Sear-Brown Group in State College, the BIG-NA selected new officers at its Annual General Meeting. The meeting was held in late September in conjunction with the BACnet Conference and Expo (see next item). The new officers are Ron Sharpe, Chairman, Ohio State University and Mark Railsback, Vice-Chairman, Architect of the Capitol. Pete Baselici, Lithonia Lighting, will stay on as Secretary and Rich Fish, Logical Automation, will remain as Treasurer. Congratulations to all!
In addition to the existing Education Working Group (WG) and Conference & Expo WG, it was decided to form two new groups. The first is the Membership and Sponsorship WG. The second will be the Communications WG. The latter will be chaired by Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief, HPAC Engineering. Anyone interested in serving on these WGs or otherwise participating in BIG-NA activities should contact an officer.
- "BIG-NA Conference & Expo Biggest Yet!" (9/01) State College, PA. The BACnet Interest Group - North America and the BACnet Manufacturers Association's Conference and Expo was the biggest to date with nearly 100 attendees. Hosted for the second straight year by the BIG-NA and BMA, with the invaluable assistance of the staff of Penn State, the meeting featured two day's of lectures, forums, and discussions along with an exposition of products from Alerton, Automated Logic, Cimetrics, Delta, Fieldserver, Lithonia and Teletrol. Perhaps the most significant aspect of the meeting was the various presentations on projects such as the Shanghai ScienceLand Museum, One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, the City of Tucson and the work done at Penn State itself.
- BACnet Delegation Encounters Enthusiasm and Hospitality in China! (8/01) Beijing, China. Steve Bushby (SSPC Chairman), his wife Kathy, Mike Newman (SSPC Past Chairman), and Jim Lee (President, BMA) have just returned from a week's visit to China. The trip (August 18 - 25, 2001) featured visits with students, professors, business leaders and both provincial and national government officials. Bottom line: although much work remains to be done, BACnet's future in China looks bright!
The trip began in Wuhan, a major industrial city about 600 miles south of the capital Beijing and several hundred miles west of Shanghai, China's major business center. The delegation was hosted at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) by Professor Liu Xiande (Photoelectronics Engineering Department) and his wife Professor Zhou Manli (Dept. of Electronic and Information Engineering, Institute of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence), who had initiated the invitation to visit China and facilitated all of the arrangements for the delegation's activities in Wuhan. The centerpiece of the Wuhan stay was a seminar on BACnet entitled "BACnet Key Technology and its Development." The presentations by Steve, Mike and Jim (enthusiastically translated by Prof. Lang Kefu (College of Business Management)) were followed by a presentation by Prof. Liu who described the Lius' visit earlier this year to the United States to explore the state of BACnet in North America.
Some of the attendees at the HUST BACnet presentation. Second from left, Prof. Lang Kefu; third from left, Prof. Zhou Manli; in the center, Jim, Mike and Steve; third from right, Prof. Liu Xiande.
While in Wuhan the delegation also had the opportunity to visit two "economic development zones" at Zhuankou and East Lake where participating companies enjoy special tax and real estate pricing incentives. So many companies are manufacturing products related to fiber optic communication that the entire area has been designated the "Optics Valley of China." The group also met with Sam Mei, Deputy Director of the Administrative Commission of Wuhan, and Zhou Ji, Senior Advisor to the Hubei Provincial Government.
One of the real highlights was the afternoon spent with Assoc. Prof. Mike Xiashi Hui (who helped the delegation throughout its visit) and an enthusiastic group of graduate students, many of whom participated in the translation of BACnet into Chinese last year, and who are now working on a variety of hands-on BACnet implementation projects. These include a Java-based BACnet API, developing CCTV applications using BACnet, and even a distributed artificial intelligence-based hardware diagnostic system. In the picture, back row, left to right: Zhou Ning, Hu Jieli, Liang Chao, Hu Meng, Zhou Yajun, Zhou Wenzhao, Xu Liangpin and Jiang Wenbin; front row, Prof. Zhou Manli, Jim, Mike and Steve. We will have more on the students' innovative work in the near future on this page.
Then it was off to Beijing. Here the group met with a number of officials of the national Ministry of Construction (MOC) whose 10-year, 5 billion square meters of construction plans (and possible use of BACnet in many cases) boggle the mind. Wang ZaoSheng, Deputy Director of the MOC's Department of Design, hosted a banquet and Prof. Lin Xian Guang, Chairman of the MOC's Committee of Intelligent Building Experts, was kind enough to accompany the BACneteers through the length of their stay in Beijing, including sightseeing visits (of course) to the Great Wall, Ming's Tombs, and Tian'anmen Square, among other things. In the picture, left to right, Prof. Lin, Prof. Liu and Assoc. Prof. Hui (stylishly attired in his new BACnet shirt!) check our water bottles prior to the dusty trek through the Forbidden City.
A repeat of the BACnet seminar (with translation this time by Morgan Chen, ALC's Regional Manager) drew around 100 attendees. The delegation also visited several control companies, including Bei-Wong and Tsinghua Tongfang, and several installations including the sparkling new Sunflower Tower and the National Accounting Institute. Prof. Wu Yuan Wei of Tsinghua University, also a member of the MOC's Committee of Intelligent Building Experts and Prof. Yan Qisen, Deputy Director of the China Committee of HVAC, hosted another banquet at the university.
This is an exciting time in China and the possibility that BACnet will play a significant role in the country's increasingly high-tech infrastructure makes it even more so!
- Japanese E-mail Discussion Group Formed! (8/01) Tokyo, Japan. The formation of a new Japanese language BACnet discussion group has been announced. The group, BACnet-JP, was founded by Mr. Yasuyuki Tauchi of SECOM Ltd., for the purpose of promoting discussions among interested Japanese engineers about BACnet in general, and its application within Japan in particular. According to one of the group's members, Mr. Obata Tatsuo of AIC Marketing and Engineering Division, "it is a BACnet-L, Japanese version." Interested persons may join the discussions at www.egroups.co.jp/group/bacnet-jp.
- SSPC Meeting Wraps Up in Cincinnati. (6/01) Cincinnati, Ohio. SSPC 135 concluded two and a half days of meetings on Monday, June 25. The highlight was undoubtedly the news that all three outstanding addenda, Addendum 135c, Addendum 135d and Addendum 135e, had passed all lower-level hurdles and were approved for publication by the ASHRAE Board of Directors at their Thursday meeting. This action paves the way for the publication of a long-awaiting consolidated version the standard that will contain all corrections and enhancements to date. This is also a prerequisite for the release of an updated "BACnet CD."
Technical discussions at the meeting included the development of a new "Trend Log Multiple" object type capable of storing a set of time-stamped readings (the current Trend Log object can only store individual readings); a new "Global Group" object type capable of accessing object/property information system-wide and also intrinsic reporting of off-normal transitions (the current Group object can only represent data within the device in which it resides and has no intrinsic reporting support); and a new "Accumulator" object type that will represent the functionality of both a counter and pulse converter.
Meeting guests included representatives of CEN, BIG-EU and the IEIEJ.
In addition, the SSPC co-sponsored a seminar entitled "Testing the Interoperability of BACnet Systems." The speakers were Jim Lee, President of the BMA; Jim Butler, Manager of the BTL; and Steve Bushby, SSPC Chairman. The session was moderated by Mike Newman, Past SSPC Chairman.
- New BACnet Shirts Announced! (5/01) BACneteers can now attire themselves in fine new BACnet shirts. Available in both men's and women's styles, BACnet shirts are always fashionable! For further information, click here.
- SSPC Welcomes 4 New Members. (4/01) The ASHRAE Standards Project Liaison Subcommittee has approved the addition of four new SSPC voting members. They are A. J. Capowski (Simplex), Dan Giorgis (Tridium), Steve Karg (Lithonia Lighting) and Dan Traill (ESS Engineering). The appointments take effect immediately. Welcome aboard!
- SSPC Meets at the Capitol. (4/01) Washington, DC. SSPC 135 held a productive two-day meeting at the Capitol, March 29-30, 2001. The main purpose of the meeting was to facilitate face-to-face working group discussions of outstanding issues. In addition to the OS- and MS/TP WGs, the new Utilities Integration WG, Network Access Control WG, and Lighting Applications WG met for the first time.
A highlight of the meeting was a tour of the Capitol itself, arranged by SSPC member and new father of twins (Congratulations, Mark!), Mark Railsback, from the Architect of the Capitol's office. In the photo, left to right: Rick Carll (Notifier), Steve Treado (NIST), Ron Lewis (DOE), Steve Bushby (NIST), Brian Beck (Advance Transformer), Mike Newman (Cornell University), Jeff Cosiol (TKLP), Dave Robin (Automated Logic), Jerry Martocci (Johnson Controls), Judy Jennings (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Carl Neilson (Delta Controls), Bill Swan (Alerton Technologies), Keith Corbett (Cimetrics), Butch Huvaere (Energy Savings), and Steve Karg (Lithonia Lighting).
- New Lighting Applications Working Group Meets. (4/01) Washington, DC. The newly established working group for lighting applications, LA-WG, held its inaugural meeting at the Ford House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Friday, March 30, 2001. In addition to a full complement of SSPC members, the meeting was attended by representatives of DOE, NEMA, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Advance Transformer, Energy Savings, Horton Controls and Lithonia Lighting. The main focus of the meeting was a lively discussion of lighting control communication requirements and what, if any, extensions or enhancements to BACnet should be considered to facilitate its use within and between these systems.
- SSPC Revises Working Groups. (3/01) Atlanta, Georgia. Based on discussions at its meeting at the ASHRAE Winter Meeting, SSPC 135 has decided to revise its Working Groups. With companion standard 135.1P now in the public review process, it was decided to disband TC-WG, the Testing and Conformance Working Group. In addition, three new WGs have been formed to deal with lighting control issues (LA-WG); communications between building automation and control systems and utility providers (UI-WG); and network access control (NAC-WG). For more information, please refer to our Working Group pages.
- IEIEJ Holds BACnet Training Course in Tokyo. (3/01) Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Takeji Toyoda, Liaison between SSPC 135 and the Institute of Electrical Installation Engineers of Japan (IEIEJ), has reported the successful completion of the first-ever two-day BACnet training course in Tokyo the second week of February. The course, which was facilitated by the IEIEJ's translation of BACnet into Japanese, was attended by 73 people and taught by Mr. Toyoda (Hitachi Building Systems), Mr. Koichi Ikeda (Toshiba), Mr. Hiroshi Ito (Yamatake Building Systems) and Mr. Masaharu Nakamura (Yokogawa Johnson). To cover the training costs, each attendee was assessed ¥30,000 (about $250 USD). The IEIEJ is planning to repeat the course in September. In other news, Mr. Toyoda has reported that the IEIEJ has published a special edition of its monthly magazine, The Journal of the IEIEJ, Vol. 21, No. 3, dedicated to BACnet. The special publication was published on March 26 and is now available.
- BMA and BIG-EU Reach BACnet Testing and Listing Accord. (2/01) Atlanta, GA. Agreement was reached between members of the BACnet Manufacturers Association and the BACnet Interest Group - Europe on a framework for conducting testing and listing/certification of BACnet products on both sides of the Atlantic. The agreement contains elements related to submission procedures, the use of common testing tools and procedures, and product listing policies. In addition, the two groups have agreed to use the BMA's BACnet Testing Laboratories (BTL) mark as the common international symbol for identifying BACnet compliant products in both North America and Europe. To view the joint BMA/BIG-EU press release, click here.
- BACnet Horizons Expanding. (2/01) Atlanta, GA. The BACnet standard is expanding beyond HVAC controls. At the ASHRAE Winter Meeting in Atlanta, Addendum 135c, which contains features designed for life safety systems, was approved for a second public review and a new working group for lighting control applications was created. The intention is to work with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Lighting Controls Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) to address lighting control needs.
In addition, a working group to develop enhancements for building/utility communications was formed. This effort will build on the results of an ASHRAE research project recently completed on this topic (RP-1011) and will address applications such as metering, load management, and price negotiation.
The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition that accompanied the meeting included the largest interoperability demonstration of BACnet products ever held. Eighty-four products from 36 companies from North America, Europe, and Asia were interconnected, including a company from Korea where BACnet has become a national standard.
Attending the meetings of the BACnet committee were delegations from the Institute of Electrical Installation Engineers of Japan (IEIEJ), CEN Technical Committee 247, the BACnet Interest Group - AustralAsia (BIG-AA), the BACnet Interest Group - Europe (BIG-EU), and the BACnet Interest Group - North America (BIG-NA). This is the first time that the leaders of the three BACnet interest groups had met together.
In the picture, from left to right, Jim Henry, Tridium Asia Pacific, BIG-AA; Nils Meinert, Siemens Building Technologies, BIG-EU; and Tom Ertsgaard, Penn State University, BIG-NA.
Public review of proposed ASHRAE Standard 135.1P, Method of Test for Conformance to BACnet, closed on January 30. "We had access to some of the public review comments in time for our meetings," said Steve Bushby, Chairman of SSPC 135. "We reached agreement on how to address the concerns that were raised in those comments. There were requests to add a few tests, delete one test, and change a few details of others. It is our expectation that we will be able to act quickly to respond to any other comments that arrived at the last minute." Standard 135.1P will be the technical basis for BACnet listing and certification programs in Europe and the U.S.