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- Once Again, the SSPC Gavel is Transferred! (6/12) San Antonio, TX.
For only the fourth time in the 25-year history of BACnet, a new chairman has taken the reins! In a brief ceremony at the conclusion of the June 25 SSPC meeting in San Antonio, outgoing Chairman Dave Robin, ALC (R), handed over the gavel to Carl Neilson, Delta Controls (L).
Carl (Center) will serve for the next four years accompanied by incoming Vice-Chair Bernhard Isler, Siemens (L), and incoming Secretary Mike Osborne, Reliable Controls (R). The new triumvirate is notable not only for the dedication and expertise that they bring but also for the fact that they are all from countries outside of the United States!
After the meeting, all four living chairmen gathered for a group picture near the Riverwalk. From left to right, Carl Neilson, 2012-2016; Dave Robin, 2008-2012; Steve Bushby, 2000-2004; and Mike Newman, 1996-2000. Missing was our departed friend Bill Swan who served as Chair from 2004-2008.
Thanks to Stuart Donaldson, Alerton, for taking these photos in the blazing heat (and cold) of San Antonio!
- Second Swan Award presented to Carl Neilson. (6/12) San Antonio, TX. During the June 25 plenary session of SSPC 135, David Fisher, President of PolarSoft Inc.
announced the recipient of the second annual "Swan Award." Fisher reiterated the purpose
of the award:
"This award, which is presented yearly, honors the memory of our dear friend and colleague, Bill Swan, a.k.a. BACnet Bill, who passed away in 2011. We want to remember him always not only for his substantial dedication and contributions to BACnet, but also as a good and honest man, devoted to his family and faith. This award carries on Bill's example of even-handedness, rational and considerate discussion, and a focus on how to make the standard better for everyone. The award honors those individuals who through their actions demonstrate the qualities of integrity, selflessness, camraderie and fierce dedication to the standard that we admired in Bill."
Fisher explained that this year's selection was based on several criteria about the recipient:
Fisher then presented the 2012 Swan Award to SSPC incoming Chairman Carl Neilson of
- Authored parts of the standard
- Served as a Working Group convener
- Was an implementer/product designer
- Has provided education to others about BACnet
- Has worked on behalf of BACnet with other groups, such as BACnet International
- Has shared knowledge and experience with others through public forums such as LinkedIn and BACnet-L
"It is our intent to continue to sponsor these awards in the future," explained Fisher,
also noting that he had already received inquiries from other organizations within the
BACnet sphere who are interested in sharing sponsorship.
- Light+Building in Frankfurt Attracted Thousands! (4/12) Frankfurt, Germany. Solch eine Ausstellung! What a show! With an area of more than 1,800 sq. ft., the BIG-EU booth at this year's Light+Building exposition was the largest ever. And the show itself was the largest ever, attracting some 196 thousand visitors from all over Europe, and the world, to see the latest innovations in building systems of all kinds. The BIG-EU booth, under the motto "Scalable solutions for all needs," featured equipment displays from 17 vendors and 33 live presentations, one every few hours, on topics ranging from BACnet basics to the latest applications and case studies. The vendors were: ABB, Dial, Hermos, Honeywell Building Solutions, Honeywell Centra Line, Invensys, Itenos, Johnson Controls, Kieback&Peter, MBS, Novar Trend, Pc-Vue, Saia-Burgess Controls, Samson, Sauter-Cumulus, SE-Elektronic and Siemens
Building Technologies. Click here to see the list of presentations that were given.
- Nine Addenda Begin 45-Day Public Review Period! (3/12) Atlanta, GA. The diligent work of the SSPC is now available for public scrutiny and comment from March 23 to May 7, 2012. Nine addenda, seven for 135 (BACnet) and two for 135.1 (BACnet testing standard), are now ready for review. They are: 135-ai, aj, al, ao, ap, aq and i and 135.1-k and m. You can see a content summary and download these documents here on our Addenda page. If you wish to file comment(s), you may do so by visiting ASHRAE's public review site.
- BIG-RU to Launch BACnet Training Class! (2/12) Moscow, Russia. BIG-RU has finished the design and construction of a BACnet training facility at the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering. It features donated hardware and software from ABB, ALC, CAREL, Cimetrics, Delta, Johnson, Kieback & Peter, Sauter, Saia-Burgess, Siemens and Trend. The equipment, by vendor, is arranged in individual workstations or "stands," each of which has mock-ups of actual building systems with various sensors, actuators and control devices. All of the stands are interconnected via BACnet/IP so the overall facility represents a true multi-vendor environment. To take a YouTube tour of the training room, click here! The first training course entitled "Introduction to BACnet" is slated to start the week of March 5. Congratulations to BIG-RU and best wishes to its new BACnet students!
- Chicago SSPC Meeting Concludes! (1/12) Chicago, IL. Undaunted by a travel-snarling snowstorm, SSPC 135 began its full agenda of meetings with nearly 35 BACneteers from all over the world in attendance. The opening plenary featured liaison reports from the BACnet Interest Groups, BACnet International, BTL, IEIEJ, ISO/TC 205, CEN/TC 247, SPC 201P, and NAESB, among others. The IEIEJ presented their proposal for a new object type, the Commander. The Elevator-WG recommended a draft of three new object types, the Elevator Group, Lift and Escalator, for public review this spring. The EL-WG proposal also contains three new services that allow for subscription to, and notification of, multiple Change of Value (COV) events with a single message. The IT-WG continued to explore options for making BACnet "more IT-friendly" and the IP-WG continued work on the Network Port object type. More details to follow.
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