This is the inaugural year of the newly formed Building Automation Systems Division, but it’s not the first time that ISA has had an interest in the subject. ISA’s Building Automation Systems Division focuses on using ISA’s 66 years of automation knowledge and applies that to the building automation vertical. Our methodology allows us to pull the best from the many different verticals represented in order to assist all of them. It allows us to build a common base to improve productivity, training, certifications, and to advance the profession.
The purpose of this group is to be a home for building automation professionals within the larger automation society, to allow us to gain a consensus within our vertical market, and to use that as a basis for making best use of practices within the industry. Our initial focus will be marketing ourselves to peers as a source of certification and education, and some intense work on Technical Reports applying existing standards to our vertical.
And on the subject of Technical Reports, we are looking for volunteers to work with groups on applying ISA -18 and 95 to Building Automation. If you are interested, please let us know and we’ll put you in contact with the right group. There’s a team at one firm using ISA-18 on Alarm Management and merging it with Fault Detection and Diagnostics, and then monetizing the results to quantify the work on the campus. There’s good stuff out there, we loved to get it written up.
We need to get the word out that we are here. So if you have a chance to talk about the division, please take it. If you can get an article published, don’t forget to mention us. And if you know someone interested, please refer them over. We actually are starting with a Membership/Marketing Chair, so it’s an intense focus of the division.
Director ISA Building Automation Division (2012-2013)