WHITEPAPERS & ARTICLES
Steve Tom, P.E., Ph.D., discusses how to get the best building automation system for your application, and what questions to ask up front.
Steve Tom, P.E., Ph.D., Director of Technical Information at Automated Logic Corporation, was interviewed by Ken Sinclair of AutomatedBuildings.com. Read the resulting article, which discusses energy efficiency and comfort with Automated Logic's Environmental Index™ tool.
In this article, Steve Tom, Automated Logic's Director of Technical Information, discusses the danger of focusing on energy efficiency without regard for occupant comfort. This was the cover story of ASHRAE Journal's June 2008 issue.
Former Microsoft™ CEO Steve Ballmer once indicated that most software users only use about 20 percent of a program’s features. Tom discusses how his experience with building automation systems makes him side with the pessimists.
This paper provides a brief explanation of which analytic tools are included in the current release of WebCTRL®.
Faced with greater challenges than ever before, critical infrastructure begins integrating more tightly with data center resources.
This paper was presented by Steve Tom, P.E., PhD, at the 2007 World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC).
With advancements in the building controls industry, BACnet® communication protocol is at the heart of the building automation systems. The following article appeared in ASHRAE® Journal's November 2010 BACnet® Today and reveals how BACnet affected the design of a state-of-the-art, 11-story office building in downtown Boise, Idaho.
This ASHRAE® Journal article discusses how the city of Orlando, Florida upgraded 26 buildings as part of a $1.75 million retrofit project.
Commissioning is important for ensuring that buildings operate efficiently and provide satisfactory occupant comfort and productivity. Unfortunately, commissioning building systems can be labor intensive, limiting how widely and often it is performed. This paper presents an automated commissioning tool for the testing of variable air volume (VAV) terminal units.
For most engineers, writing specifications is an agonizing “cut and paste” process. To simplify it, Automated Logic Corporation (ALC) created a new online productivity tool called “CtrlSpecBuilder®” (Control Spec Builder) based upon ASHRAE Guideline 13-2000, “Specifying Direct Digital Control Systems,” to help engineers write high-quality open specifications.
Using XML, a new IT standard for data exchange, the integration of building automation systems (BAS) is common across many different industries. XML, eXtensible Markup Language, is being adopted by throughout the world and provides a standard method for a BAS to communicate with another computer.