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Training!!!

Ongoing training is critical for a successful business and a successful career for individuals.  Setpoint Systems’ commitment to training is unique in our industry.  We are not aware of any other systems integrator that provides nearly as much training to both customers and employees.

Training

In 2013, Setpoint Systems trained over 200 customers in a total of 20 training sessions.  We also held 50 internal training sessions and had 25 new employees go through intensive 6-week training courses.  In total, we provided 1,900 hours of training.  A standard working year in the U.S. is 2,080 hours, which means we provided nearly constant training for the entire year!

So what’s in store for 2014?  Even more training!  We’re opening an office in Minnesota and will be training more customers and employees there.  We’ll be adding new customer training courses for products like enteliWEB for example.  Training will be a huge focus for us in the coming year, and all of our customers and employees will benefit!  We thank you for partnering with us in the past and look forward to sharing success in 2014 and beyond!

October/November Delta III Class

October/November Delta III Class

Common Pitfalls in GCL+ Programming (Part 2 – Using And, Or)

In a recent post, we introduced boolean logic and the AND, OR, and NOT operators.  Now we will show some common ways in which these can be accidentally misused in a GCL+ program, and how to correct these errors.

AND

As we saw previously, the AND operator compares two boolean (true or false) statements.  If and only if BOTH statements are true, the entire statement will be true.  This is very commonly used in GCL+ programs.  There are some important things to watch out for, however!

For example, this bit of programming looks just fine, but actually won’t work the way you would expect:

If AHU1_LOW_LIMIT And AHU1_SMOKE = Normal Then

      // Commands we want to execute would be here

End If

Here’s what’s happening.  When you use “And”, GCL+ will evaluate what’s on either side and compare the two things.  If they’re both true, the whole condition will be true.  When it sees AHU1_LOW_LIMIT all by itself, it evaluates it.  In this case, “Normal” is OFF and “Alarm” is ON. In GCL+, ON is the same as true and OFF is the same as false.  So the equivalent is:

If AHU1_LOW_LIMIT = On And AHU1_SMOKE = Normal Then

      // Commands we want to execute would be here

End If

This is the same as:

If AHU1_LOW_LIMIT = Alarm And AHU1_SMOKE = Normal Then

      // Commands we want to execute would be here

End If

As you can see, this is not the intended result.  Here is the correct way to do it:

If AHU1_LOW_LIMIT = Normal And AHU1_SMOKE = Normal Then

      // Commands we want to execute would be here

End If

OR

The same thing applies if you’re using “Or”.  The OR operator compares two boolean statements.  If either of the two statements is true, the overall statement is true.  This is the correct way to do it:

If AHU1_LOW_LIMIT = Alarm Or AHU1_SMOKE = Alarm Then

      // Commands we want to execute would be here

End If

Setpoint Systems Corporation and Coppertree Analytics Announce New Strategic Partnership

Littleton, Colorado November 25, 2013

Since 1983, Setpoint Systems Corporation, an independent integrator of building control systems has been uniquely positioned to offer fully integrated system solutions on a common communications network. Their diverse and dynamic portfolio includes: 40+ story high-rise commercial office buildings, 1000+ room hotels, university campuses, K-12 school districts, hospitals, 40-megawatt data centers, top-secret military facilities, jails and prisons, and major league sports stadiums.

“Our customers are seeking to maximize every area of their buildings and facilities. We strive to provide optimal and collaborative solutions for their project. CopperTrees’ approach to analytics is focused on gaining insight into large and complex data sets in order to reach your building’s maximum potential.” – Aaron Nahale, CEO, Setpoint Systems Corporation

CopperTree Analytics’ approach was driven out of frustration with “smart” buildings not delivering on the promise of intelligent and efficient operation. From its inception, the team at CopperTree knew there must be better ways to operate buildings, and they made it their mission to make buildings easier to monitor, diagnose, improve, and manage.

About 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. Learn more at coppertreeanalytics.com.

Contact Information
Setpoint Systems Corporation
Corporate Headquarter
8167 Southpark Circle
Littleton, CO 80120

+1.303.733.2300

Info.setpointsystems.com

Coppertree Analytics
100 – 5265 185A Street
Surrey, BC V3s 7A4

+1.604.575.5943

info.coppertreeanalytics.com

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

facility

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

Trends

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.