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Common Pitfalls in GCL+ Programming (Part 1 – Boolean Logic)

Setpoint Systems has been providing FREE training to our customers for over 25 years, and in that time we’ve learned as well… how to best serve our customers.  We’ve also learned to recognize some of the most common technical challenges our customers face.  I’d like to highlight a few GCL+ programming challenges and solutions.  This post will lay the foundation for future discussions.

We need to start with a brief introduction of boolean logic.  You can follow the embedded link to see the definition in more detail, but in a nutshell here’s what it is:

Boolean logic (boolean algebra), is all about statements being either true or false.  This is fundamental to how computers and programming work.  True can also be thought of as 1 and false as 0.  A question can be asked and the answer is either true or false.

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For example, we might want to know if the weather is nice outside.  We can’t ask a computer or DDC controller if the weather is “nice” though–it would have no idea what we mean.  We must ask specific questions with true or false answers, like “Is the outside temperature above 60°F ?”  But the way boolean logic works, we represent our question in the form of a statement that can be evaluated as true or false.  This would look like “Outside Air Temp > 60”.  So far so good, right?

But what if it gets too hot?  We need to add more criteria to our question.  Perhaps we’d like to ask “Is the outside temperature is between 60°F and 85°F ?”.  What would that look like if we wanted to ask a DDC controller?  We now have TWO criteria that both have to be true.  It has to be above 60°F AND below 85°F.  This introduces the boolean operator “And”.  When we use “And”, the statements on either side must both be true in order for the whole statement to be true.  If either statement is false, the whole thing is false.  Our statement would now look like “(Outside Air Temp > 60) AND (Outside Air Temp < 85)”  I’m using parentheses to emphasize the two statements that are being compared by AND.

Another commonly used boolean operator is OR.  If you want EITHER statement to be able to make the overall statement true, this is what you use.  For example, we might ask “Is the outside temperature is between 60°F and 85°F OR is the outside relative humidity below 75% RH ?”  This would be shown as “((Outside Air Temp > 60) AND (Outside Air Temp < 85)) OR (Outside Relative Humidity < 75)”.  Again, note the use of parentheses to indicate the order of operations.  This is especially important if you mix AND along with OR in the same statement.

Finally there’s NOT.  This one is fairly simple–it reverses true to false and false to true.  For example, if I wanted to know if it wasn’t raining outside, I could ask “Is it NOT raining?” which would be shown as “Not(Raining)” where “Raining” is a boolean true/false value that lets me know when it IS raining.  Making sense or NOT(making sense)…?

I hope this has been informative.  It lays the foundation for upcoming discussions of GCL+ programming tips.  Stay tuned for more!

Coppertree Analytics- Empowering People to Realize Their Building Potential.

Coppertree Analytics is about empowering People to Realize Their Building Potential. We believe building technology is not fulfilling its potential and we’ve made it our mission to change that. By gathering data, analyzing it and providing our customers with actionable insight, we help them to avoid problems, optimize performance and take control of their buildings. In short, we believe in working with you to realize the potential of your building.

To learn more visit Coppertree or Contact Setpoint Systems Corporation for a live demo!

Coppertree Analytics- Facility Manager

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Manage Alarms

Coppertree Insights

The word ‘insight’ carries the idea of a clear and deep perception of a situation. Coppertree Analytics’ Insights are designed to give you a different pair of eyes to look at your facility. Insights give you an awareness and understanding to:

  • The past: see what changed in your facility yesterday
  • The present: see how your facility is performing today
  • The future: see what changes are needed in your facility tomorrow

Mobile Insights

Insights can be accessed via tablets, desktops and any device with a web browser. Or better yet, Coppertree can deliver them to your personnel on duty directly to their mobile devices.

Fault Detection

Our insights are the basis for a more pro-active approach to facility management. Coppertree Analytics’ sophisticated engines are continually examining data from building automation systems, executing fault detection and diagnostic rules and engaging algorithms to perform statistical and pattern analyses. Whether you choose to use our growing library of analytical rules or to create your own rules, setting them up to run on your site is straight forward. once they are set up, they run automatically whether you are looking or not.

Planned Maintenance

Prioritize Time

Traditional scheduled preventative maintenance programs rely on an exhaustive re-commissioning process requiring many man-hours with the final outcome being a deficiency report detailing problems and required fixes. Further man-hours are then required to perform the corrective measures. Coppertree Analytics’ intent is to raise this process to a new level by generating performance reports or score cards from the data collected. This information will help you pinpoint specific problem areas and prioritize the work required to take care of them, effectively automating the report creation process.

Efficient Manpower

Shifting to a planned maintenance approach, the re-commissioning man-hours required in traditional programs can be re-allocated to the man-hours required to take action, hence maximizing your resources, increasing your efficiency and gaining control of what goes on in your facility.

Maintain Performance

Besides performance reports, Coppertree Analytics’ integrity portfolio of services continually probes your building automation system with an array of fault-detection-and-diagnostic rules to give you insights into your building operations. The key in maintaining performance is continuous auditing. It is as if you had a commissioning agent perpetually examining your building and advising on any areas of concern.

Reporting

Golden Standard

As a facility manager, generating reports is not the end in itself; it is the change from the ideal condition that is important. For instance, would you benefit from a detailed report that tells you how your building automation system has changed since the last time a ‘snapshot’ was taken during the initial commissioning? It might be tedious to generate what we call a golden standard report manually, but Coppertree can deliver it to your inbox daily, weekly or monthly through constant comparison between the current state and a Golden Standard you define.

KPI

Coppertree Analytics’ goal is to provide reports that are easy to understand, appropriate for the audience reviewing them and readily available when needed… all this to help you achieve your goals. Key performance indicator reports are excellent auditing tools to measure the overall success or failure of your facility to achieve a specific target. Is like getting a score card for your building and showing you where you need to direct your resources.

Live Trends

Coppertree report libraries range from detailed reports of specific systems or points to summary reports and executive reports available for viewing via web portals on desktops, tablets and mobile devices. The challenge is always to keep your reports up-to-date. Coppertree Analytics’ integration with the building automation system, and it’s abilty to overlay live trend logs on historical data all reporting can be accomplished seamlessly.

If you would like to learn more please visit: Coppertree here or contact a Setpoint Systems Corporation Account manager here for a live Demo!

Energy Manager

 

Measure Utilities

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Of course your goal is to conserve energy. However measuring your savings from individual sources can be challenging. With the Curator software suite, you can track, estimate, and compare your energy conservation efforts with previous periods. Compare performance between years, months, weeks, days, or even by the hour through any period, or baseline, of your choosing. Receive Copppertree insights directly on your mobile device when your current energy consumption exceeds expectation.

Bill Management

Tracking your utilities is the first component of an effective energy management strategy. Coppertree’s Curator software provides you with an easy way to organize your utility bills. Import CSV data from historical sources, enter your bills manually, and insert manual readings for comparison. Input vendor information to fully customize your local rate structure. Add physical sub meters to your data gathering engine for tenant billing or create virtual meters from mechanical system data for complete energy monitoring of every component.

Compare Readings

Do you measure utilities manually? You no longer have to wonder whether your energy provider miscalculated your bill, or whether your meter requires calibration because Curator allows you to compare manual readings to the automated data that you receive from your Building Automation System. Add the comparison to your reports through downloadable visuals and tables.

Conserve Energy

Baselines

How can you set energy conservation targets if you don’t know what you are comparing with? Comparing with a previous period or last year is good, but not the best solution. The Curator software suite provides the best, with the tools that allow you to create custom baselines for your facility in compliance with the IPMVP protocol (Option C). Evaluate and report on the energy consumption of your facilities in real-time, and compare these to your baseline to have an instantaneous measure of energy retrofit performance.

Carbon Accounting

Stakeholders have carbon-reduction goals and the general public expects annual sustainability reports from you. Impress your colleagues in management and public relations by showing them yearly, monthly, daily, weekly, or even hourly carbon emission info associated with real-time energy use. All that is required is a simple setup and Curator automatically translates energy usage into quantifiable, and reportable, greenhouse gas emissions.

Instant Notification

It is hard to know exactly when your energy will surpass peak demand and accrue additional charges. It is also hard to detect faulty pieces of equipment leading to overconsumption of energy. Curator provides customizable insights sent instantly to your computer or mobile device whenever energy conservation is being compromised, allowing you to take action the instant problems occur.

Demonstrate ROI

Reports

You are in charge of communicating ROI to your stakeholders and it isn’t always easy. We know it can take hours to create a report so Curator allows you to easily view, gather, and collect the data you need for reporting though Coppertree’s automated reporting tool. Create reports showing instantaneous savings and monthly summaries. Compare with other buildings and baselines, and send these reports automatically to stakeholders. Build exactly the report you need to easily illustrate your building’s ongoing efficiencies.

Dashboards

Curator puts you in charge by allowing you to fully customize your energy dashboard. Keep tabs on specific departments, buildings, or meters and visually compare them with the baselines you define. You are in control and can determine which information is important to you. After you decide on the information to be shown, share the dashboard with building occupants so you can educate your colleagues, show stakeholders ROI using live data, or present the dashboard during presentations and conferences with your clients.

Rate of Return

See the impact on your budget and cash-flow to determine the net present value and ROI to verify whether you are making sound investment. Curator’s built-in rate of return calculation tool allows you to have easy access to all the energy, cost, and savings data in one place to help you with decision making regarding equipment upgrades, retrofitting projects, or any other energy improvement initiatives.

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Operational Effectiveness

How well your sites are managed operationally makes a big difference to how much they cost to run and how productive your people and process are able to be. Coppertree algorithms reach deep into your buildings’ performance giving you far more powerful insights to be able to optimize the resources you allocate to maintenance, and protect the value you have locked in these physical assets.
Resource Optimization

How do you know if you are getting value for money from the budgets you allocate to keeping your buildings running? Largely you judge this based upon ‘down time costs’ or perhaps the number of complaints or issues being resolved. Coppertree is able to give you live data which can help your operations team prioritize their time, and maintenance budgets, more efficiently by focusing attention on problems the system indicates often before they cause serious consequences. Think of Coppertree as the enabling ‘just in time’ maintenance with all the efficiencies that brings like longer equipment life, less routine servicing, and lower energy costs.

Asset Value

Your buildings and equipment probably add up to a sizable sum on your balance sheet – they are expensive to purchase and short cuts in maintenance investments come back to bite you. Wouldn’t it be nice to know you were carefully protecting those assets but at the lowest possible cost without it impacting you later? With Coppertree you can target your spending and carefully control your environment (and prove it) by monitoring your system to constantly evolve a ‘golden standard’ (building optimization). You have a window into your building performance which tells you, what has happened where and indicates where you need to make changes, so you can make the most of what you have.

Productivity

Facilities staff have to balance urgent requests with important maintenance cycles, and if you’ve delved into their offices you’ll have seen the range of systems they need to monitor and the post it note reminders plastered about – help them see the forest for the trees with some clarity provided by Coppertree Analytics.

Energy Efficiency

As every CEO knows ‘you get what you measure’ and that is especially true with energy management because it requires changes to behaviors, processes and site management to cut energy use. Leading a ‘green company’ means having easily accessible and accurate metrics which result in specific functional actions – if energy measures are not constantly visible they slip down the priority list. So it is important to make it as easy as possible for your staff to get the essential information they need for their roles – Coppertree will do this for you.

Reduce Consumption

By measuring your energy use, reporting it widely and acting on it energy savings of 20 to 33% are reported. This doesn’t happen by itself unfortunately but Coppertree gives you the understanding of which part of your building systems are using the most energy and can be optimized, and which can be powered down in certain conditions. Many larger companies have a dedicated energy manager on staff, this is becoming a more common role because generally the energy savings they facilitate more than covers their costs. Coppertree is provides invaluable insights with drill down details for these roles which makes energy management far easier to implement (so quicker payback). However if energy management isn’t a dedicated role within your organization Coppertree can help your facilities manage release many energy savings themselves.

Calculate Savings

On every investment, and your buildings are significant ones, you want to know the return. Where costs are under scrutiny Coppertree helps you defend maintenance expenditures by helping you target them specifically and demonstrate energy savings. You can see energy usages trends for sites, or individual system components to make it clear the progress you are making to reduce energy consumption.

Access Government Rebate

Coppertree can help you access valuable peak demand energy rebates, our team can help find out what energy utilities require in your area, and with Coppertree insights you’ll know which non-core systems can be powered down to cut peak demand to meet the thresholds required. Demonstrating energy savings plans can also make your business eligible for a number of special grants and tax breaks in some regions – Coppertree gives you all the data you need to demonstrate how much you are savings and how continuous commissioning will continue to progress your energy efficiency plan.

Corporate Responsibility

It can seem an expensive commitment to make a more sustainable organization a reality; in part this is because behavioral change is required. People don’t think green at work and automatically conserve resources as they would at home – Coppertree dashboards make your sustainability agenda very visible and have been proven to improve energy savings. Reporting on energy progress is also very valuable when it comes to writing the annual report to substantiate your CSR initiatives with real quantifiable data to avoid any ‘green-wash’ accusations

Carbon Footprint

Collectively the world’s buildings are worse Carbon users than all of the world’s cars. That may seem surprising but then consider your energy bills and how you spend heating or cooling your site. We all know that climate change is a reality we need to deal with now, for the sake of future generations, and businesses have a significant part to play in actively reducing the carbon they use. It can seem a hard road to start down but Coppertree can be a simple first step, which can not only highlight many energy saving opportunities available in your building but report on the progress you are making to measure the energy you save.

Alternative Energy

Energy can come from many different sources and Coppertree is able to be configured to show you the different energy inputs your building uses and measure each separately. You can be confident your renewable contribution will be tracked and measured, and when appropriate record how much and when you were able to sell energy back into the grid. Transparent energy usage reporting is a click away with Coppertree.

Aligning Goals

You can use Coppertree to help align the goals of your energy manager and you facilities managers, whom can often have conflicting objectives – lower energy usage Vs cool occupant comfort in summer. Because Coppertree can be a shared energy platform accessed by multiple users in your organization you can set shared key performance indicators visible to all. You can print and export energy reports to use in internal communications or display the dashboards in public areas to demonstrate the commitment your organization is making to carbon reduction via energy management. The experience has been that your employees will become far more engaged and contribute by changing their behaviors if you actively demonstrate progress towards clear energy targets. Coppertree gives you the perfect platform with accurate data and varied displays to set a target and track progress towards it.

If you would like to learn more please visit: Coppertree here or contact a Setpoint Systems Corporation Account manager here for a live Demo!

Delta Controls- The products that drive our business

Products are our passion

Delta Controls researches, develops, manufactures and supports all of our products from our Canadian headquarters. We invest an above average percentage of our revenue back into research and development because we are driven to make buildings easier to manage and more energy efficient.
Delta Controls actively participated in the creation of the BACnet Protocol and is a major contributor to the ongoing furtherance and enhancement of this ISO Standard for building automation. Our products are of course easy to integrate into any BACnet system, and with our gateways we are able to work with other protocols too. We believe in your right to choose the right system for your specific needs which is why the following pages detail our fully programmable controllers, open protocols and our intuitive ‘one seat’ building operations software.
If we don’t have what you are looking for for your building automations project please get in touch – we live to develop new ideas and bring building automation technology forward.

“On a daily basis we see technology changing at an accelerated rate. Delta Controls’ open and flexible product platform keeps us current and protects our building automation and integration platform investments.”

Mario Boileua, Assistant Director, Technical Services
University of Ottawa

Stay tuned for details on the entire Delta Controls product line!

Delta Controls – ORCAview Tip – Set Controller Clock (one)

To set the internal clock in a controller, select the controller in the left-hand pane of the Set Controller TimeNavigator window and choose “Set Controller Time” from the Tools menu.  A dialog box will appear allowing you to adjust the time and date before setting the controller’s clock.  The current date and time will automatically be obtained from your workstation’s clock.

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The Delta Controls Difference

We have been partnering with Delta Controls since the early 90’s to provide tailored and custom solutions for your building of facilities. We wanted to take a few moments to highlight: …how Delta Controls isn’t just another controls company.

THE DELTA DIFFERENCE

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Delta Controls is the benchmark for controls manufacturers being one of the most respected organizations in our industry. The integrity, reliability, innovation and track record of Delta Controls differentiates us from the crowd. End-Users build their infrastructure around Delta Controls products, our Partner organizations and Delta Controls innovation. At the root of all this success is our people. They use technology to create products that are simple, yet powerful enough to inspire integration upon which infrastructures and businesses to be built. Delta Controls takes an ethical and long-term view to business and to relationships. We strive to continue to be the benchmark, to do it right and do the right thing by our customers, partners, employees and the environment we live in. This stance builds relationships, creates open partnerships and embraces open technologies, allowing freedom of choice to both end-users and partners alike.

DO IT RIGHT

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At Delta Controls, the mantra Do It Right is the “how”. It is how we design, manufacture and support our products. It is how we serve our customers. It is how we treat our employees, partners and vendors. And it is how we view business in general and respect the planet we live on.

The company was founded by two partners, who sought a better way of doing business. More than 3 decades ago, they built their own product range, to ensure a customer’s needs were met when others had walked away. This same attitude inspired Delta to take and maintain its leading role in the development of the open BACnet protocol, as well as create the most robust line of BACnet products in the industry.
Everybody at Delta Controls knows what Do It Right means to them. Do It Right is a badge that employees wear with pride. It is a culture upon which innovation is created, businesses are built and long-term relationships are formed.

EARTHRIGHT SUSTAINABILITY

Our world is changing. The availability of our natural resources is being threatened. The conservation of energy is key to our future as the costs of supply rise each day. One company has consistently cared about our changing world. Not just in what it produces, but the way it conducts its business.
Long before creating Delta Controls, its co-founders realized the importance of saving energy. As consultants during the energy crisis of the 1970s, they conducted audits to help buildings save energy and money. Seeing a market need for products, they developed them, installed them, and reduced energy costs by up to 60% in customer’s buildings. Since 1980, they have been doing much the same thing the world over under the banner of Delta Controls.
Today, Delta Controls continues that philosophy. Our Earthright product features, Energy Dashboards and Apps to help customers reduce energy consumption. Our low carbon footprint HQ has natural ventilation, natural lighting and ground source heat pumps including 84 wells under the parking lot. We recycle all possible materials from our manufacturing facility and even our product packaging has green credentials. All our staff is encouraged to stay fit and healthy (using our gym and various evening classes). And everyone joins in the many charitable functions that make a contribution to making the world a better place.
Our environment is beautiful. Our energy resource is precious and it’s our responsibility to help it stay that way. Do it right with a green, responsible company producing energy saving solutions… an organization business leaders worldwide are proud to partner with.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE

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Delta Controls believes that building owners and managers should be able to use the best technology for their buildings, no matter where it’s produced. This is why we have been on the leading edge of developing the open BACnet protocol from the beginning.
Delta Controls gives you the freedom to integrate. Whether you’re overseeing a small office building or a large university campus, you can control all your building functions—HVAC, lighting, access, CCTV and more. Delta Controls designed the first native BACnet access control and lighting system. Delta can seamlessly integrate systems from different manufacturers so that they talk to one another. With a BACnet system you’re not held captive by a proprietary system and are free to choose the best technology available that meets your particular requirements and budgets.
We believe that customers should be free to choose the product they wish rather than be handcuffed to a single manufacturer’s product offerings. BACnet Open Protocol systems give you this freedom of choice. At Delta Controls we have a world-wide network of Partner organizations that can serve you locally and understand your building and the application required to make your control system a success.

DELIVERING REDUCED COSTS

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An integrated system, across HVAC, access control, lighting, CCTV etc saves you money. During installation, the number of networks can be reduced. The amount of project coordination, training, documentation and other duplicated effort is less.
Integrated systems have lower life cycle costs. Access control and occupancy detection can help reduce energy consumption. System maintenance routines can be reduced through cooperation between different customer departments. An understanding of a building’s processes will allow the Delta Controls Partner to create an efficient and thus economical system for end-users.
A choice of Partner promotes value for money to the customer. A good local relationship allows your chosen Partner organization to apply our flexible programming language and a wide range of HMI such as our 7” touch screen to suit the needs of your building.
Finally, our products last. Proven to be reliable and protect a client’s investment over the years. The Delta Controls system is scalable and flexible and will grow as your organization grows.

If you would like to learn more please visit: Delta Controls here or contact a Setpoint Systems Corporation Account manager here to talk about tailored solutions for your facility or building.

Introducing Coppertree Analytics

We wanted to take a few moments to introduce Coppertree Analytics into our scope of solutions we can offer you for complete integration, control, and monitoring of your building or facility. Over the next few days we’ll explore together more details and benefits of utilizing Coppertree Analytics.

Who/What Is Coppertree Analytics

For more than 30 years Coppertree’s parent companies Delta Controls (one of the largest independent building controls manufacturers) and ESC (Western Canada’s largest building systems integrator) have been at the forefront of creating SMART buildings. Long before ‘sustainable’ was a buzz word the founders were involved in energy audits and consulting; and so it was a natural extension to create Coppertree in response to the growing demand for building energy management services.

Our heritage means we combine an implicit understanding of the technology which controls buildings with the practicalities of maintaining them – so you get a solution which delivers genuine energy savings. Know your energy issues – Fix what is broken

Put simply Coppertree analytics provides energy management and fault detection diagnostics as software as a service which delivers you the power to optimize your building performance.

We were frustrated how SMART buildings aren’t delivering on the promise ‘intelligent’ buildings inspired and we know we can fix that. Our mission is to lessen the climate changing impact of buildings by making them easier to monitor and manage.

Based outside Vancouver, a city with a booming tech sector, we share a similar profile being young and multicultural. Our average age is 33, and diverse cultural backgrounds from Vietnam and India to Ireland and Russia. If you are interested in joining our team of programmers, designers and energy experts please get in touch.

If you would like to learn more please visit: Coppertree here or contact a Setpoint Systems Corporation Account manager here for a live Demo!

enteliWEB 2.1 Facility Management Software- Is it for you?

Who is enteliWEB for?

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Owners

It’s should be no surprise to you that there is more to running  a building – any building – than there ever has been before. Wouldn’t it be good to know that your resources are being spent in the most efficient ways possible? We know how much data is constantly being generated by your buildings and the real need to be able to find, process and respond to that information in a timely factor. enteliWEB is built with that need in mind. Through the dashboards and enteliWEB’s ability to interact and integrate a variety of different third party equipment into a single point of content, you can get an accurate snapshot of your building’s performance in a single glance. By remaining informed through interaction with actual, real-time data from your building,  you can ensures that you have all the tools you could need to effectively manage your building and ensure that you are always delivering the highest quality real estate.

Facilities Team

You and your team are always busy. We know that the day to day management of your facility’s BMS can be a constant game of hide and seek between your maintenance team and the little problems that seem to pop up at the most inconvenient times. What improvements could you be making if you could more efficiently manage the everyday issues in your building?

Alarm management is the mainstay of any BMS interface. Without knowing what is wrong, how can you hope to possibly fix it? But what if you could schedule and delegate alarms directly from the BMS? enteliWEB allows you to send alarms directly to your staff’s email or mobile device and enables them to track their process and report on the issue right back into the system. Why interact with an alarm three or four times going back and forth from email a written notes when your staff can simply log in remotely and address their alarms directly. You can track the process of your system alarms directly rather than run the risk that something was fixed but not removed from the list, or worse yet, missed completely when you had thought it was being taken care of.

Learn more at: http://deltacontrols.com/enteliweb or contact an account manager at Setpoint Systems Corporation for a live demo at: setpointsystems.com