New Work: Interactive Timeline for Automated Buildings

Click here, then click Continue to explore 15 years of thought-leadership in the Automated Buildings industry:

Interactive Timeline

Here’s a just-completed project. It started when I read Ken Sinclair’s –’s March Obix review and was pointed back to dinosaur bones: Writing in 2002, Eric Craton and Dave Robin of Automated Logic described a path that is still ahead of us. My take was “Dinosaur Bones?  No, This is Thought Leadership!”  They knew what had to be done; the industry just hasn’t been in the position to implement yet. I was glad that Ken had pointed me back to their Information Model: the Key to Integration article. Which led to my next thought, “If these are dinosaur bones, maybe it’s time to build Jurassic Park!”

I shared my ideas with Ken about a Timeline Infographic and about new Cloud Applications that result in easily-shared, responsive-design (i.e. graphics-filled, digital content that stretches and contracts per device screen size).  Ken shared with me that the time frame was 1999 to the present and that, as it happened, May would mark the 15th anniversary edition of as an online magazine. Then the bigger idea that we should launch a campaign to celebrate that milestone and to recognize the building automation and facilities management visionaries who outlined the journey to connectivity convergence in the pages of Engineering Systems (ES) and from 1999 to today. 

This “15 Years in the Collaboratory “ timeline is just a first and an incomplete element  of the campaign. As you can see from complementary “Over 150 Past Issues” timeline embedded in Ken’s May editorial, there is so much more content available in the archives. The approach I took was to curate a handful of articles from each year to reflect some of the most influential writings, events and announcements in terms of how they paved the way to today’s world of building automation. 

The fact that the Collaboratory timeline is not complete (it certainly doesn’t include all the important commercial product introductions) leaves ample opportunity for you to get involved. Let me know if you want me to help with your own corporate timelines or insertions to this. More than that, let’s use this look backwards to help us move forward.  How would you advance the conversations that these pioneering thinkers started? Other than vocabulary, what adjustments to the roadmap are necessary now that we’ve entered an age when the Smart Device reigns and the IT and Communications industries are striving to put a new “Internet of Things” framing on the topic of building connectivity. The Building Automation industry should lead the dialog, especially on the core convergence topics of HVAC comfort through data analytics, energy efficiency management, smart grid connectivity, wireless infrastructure, lighting control, building performance visualizations, BAS data security etc. As the Anniversary Year progresses, I’d like to put supplement content together, again in easily-shared, responsive-design format on each of these topics. Contact me at if your company would like to participate.

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