What are API's? How do API's work? And what do building automation professionals need to know about API's?
In this episode, we discuss what API's are, how to use API's, and how to avoid the common issues with API's.
In this episode, we will discuss the five gotchas that sabotage your ability to seamlessly integrate smart equipment into your BAS.
How do you sell the value of a building automation system when it seems like all BAS are the same?
In this episode, we discuss how to differentiate yourself from your competition. You will leave with a clear strategy on how to position yourself to best deliver value to your customers.
Analytics have come a long way since they were initially introduced to the building automation market. In this episode, we discuss what analytics are and how you can use them to provide a service to your building automation customers.
Building Automation Monthly just celebrated its first year in business. In this episode, I look back at the lessons I've learned in building the world's first ever online Building Automation training company.
I discuss what went well, what could go better, and tips that you can use to help grow your career and or business!
How do you design IP networks?
What questions should you ask?
In this episode, we look at the three-step process for designing IP networks. Along the way, we will point out common mistakes and we will discuss why it is so important for BAS professionals to learn about IP networks.
Have you ever wondered how building automation systems work?
What does each piece of the building automation system do and why does each piece matter?
In this episode of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast we will discuss how building automation controls work and what each piece of the building automation system does.
How do you continue to grow your building automation business after the building is built?
In this episode, we discuss three sales strategies to help you provide value to your customers and grow your building automation business at the same time.
How do you organize your building automation business for success?
The reality is many building automation businesses fail not because they can't find work but because they are not organized to successfully execute that work.
In this episode, we discuss the 5 steps to effectively organize your building automation business for growth and profitability.
Subnets, IP addressing, default gateways. All of these things can seem overwhelming at first glance. And the bad news is all of this "IT" stuff isn't slowing down. But you can wrap your mind around IT and it starts with this episode.
In this episode, we are going to focus on the 6 Ah Ha's moments I experienced when learning subnets and how you can use them to learn subnets as well.
Have you ever wired up your controls but nothing worked? Power can keep the most creative design from actually working. In this episode, we tackle the 4 gotchas of power that could keep your projects from being completed.
How do you perform a takeoff? How do you ensure that you have the most competitive proposal when bid day comes? In this episode, we tackle the topic of takeoffs. You will learn 5 steps for quickly creating competitive proposals.
How do you interview a building automation candidate? Do you simply stick them in a room and hope you make the right choice?
What if there was a way that you could verify that the person you are hiring actually has the skills they say they have on paper?
In this episode, we lay out the 5 keys to successfully interviewing a BAS Candidate.
Have you ever tried to teach yourself something? It can seem overwhelming.
Where do you begin?
How do you find resources for your training?
How do you know when you've "done it"?
In this episode of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast, we are going through our 7 step process for creating your own building automation learning plan from scratch.
Developing Your Learning Plan
Have you ever been told you just need to do your time? Rome wasn't built overnight after all, right?
Well, that kind of thinking is dumb. In this episode, we explore how the current way of learning building automation is to slow and what you can do instead.
How to Learn BAS Fast
Can you use a building automation system to optimize the performance of your facility?
And if so, what does optimization even mean?
In this episode of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast, we discuss what optimization is and the role your building automation system may, or may not, play in it.
Optimizing your BAS
We reached out to over a dozen facility owners of small and large facilities. The reason for doing this was to understand how they use their BAS and more importantly why they don't use it.
After doing this we found two interesting results. And in this episode of the Building Automation Monthly podcast we will talk through those results and how to integrate a building automation system into a facility process.
Creating your triage process
Utilizing a building automation system to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of a facility team can seem like a daunting challenge.
Where do you begin and what steps do you take?
In this episode, we "go back to the basics". We are going to look at how to command and control our building automation systems. By the time you finish this episode, you will have a series of steps you can take to begin working on organizing and structuring you or your customer's BAS operations.
Getting back to basics
Do you feel like you've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a building automation system and only use 10% of its capabilities?
If so you're not alone. In this four-part series we will be discussing how to design, setup, configure, and optimize your building automation system, even if you are a completely non-technical person!
How to analyze your existing BAS use
Have you considered upgrading a building automation system but aren't sure where to start?
Do you struggle to explain why the "new" features of your building automation system are worth the cost to your customers?
Are you trying to better understand how an upgrade could positively impact your business?
If so this episode is for you. In this weeks episode of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast, we discuss the ins and outs of upgrading a BAS!
How do wireless networks work with building automation systems?
If you've found yourself asking this question then you're not alone.
Wireless technology seems to bring with it a lot of benefits but yet wireless technology still is seeing slow adoption rates. Why?
In this episode, we discuss the four most common wireless technologies used with a building automation system.
We will discuss the pros and cons of each technology along with when you would use each technology.
Wireless Technologies and Building Automation
Are you struggling to make sense of IP controls? Do all the different options just seem to blend together?
In this week’s episode of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast, we will be discussing the pros and cons of IP controls and the most common way of implementing IP controls. This episode will cover:
Pros and Cons of IP Controls
Why is your building automation server not communicating with your supervisory devices?
It could be that your network is down or it could be something much simpler like the firewall being set up incorrectly...
In this week’s episode of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast, we will be discussing how logical links affect your building automation system's ability to communicate. This episode will cover:
Ports and logical communication
Have you ever had to explain yourself to IT?
It seemed like the IT folks, were blocking you at every turn.
Why do you need IP addresses? Why do you need to put your devices on our network? Why do your addresses need to be static?
Every day these questions plague BAS professionals. One false move and the IT group will withdraw and block you from achieving your goals.
In this week’s episode of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast, we will be discussing how to deal with these exact issues. This episode will cover:
IP Addresses and IP BAS Controls
What are switches used for?
Why do subnets matter?
How do your BAS devices communicate with one another?
If you've found yourself wondering these questions then you are in the right place.
In this week’s episode of the Building Automation Monthly Podcast we will be discussing:
Switches and Frames