San Leandro High School Students Demonstrate the Power of Data to Transform Facilities Management

Using OSIsoft’s leading real-time operational intelligence software infrastructure and echoMESH’s meters and service, students at San Leandro High School learned how easy it is to make a difference and transform their environment through simple data-driven insights. As part of a hands-on STEM project (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math educational initiative), students analyzed power usage patterns … Continue reading San Leandro High School Students Demonstrate the Power of Data to Transform Facilities Management

Field Report on California’s Pioneering Program to Fund School Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Jim Maclay of Altura Associates has a lot of experience setting up California K-12 Schools and Community Colleges for Connected Building Commissioning (CBCx). California has launched a tax-payer funded program to provide funds to schools to kick-start their energy efficiency upgrade efforts. Prop 39 funds have Measurement& Verification and reporting provisions that schools and local governments across the … Continue reading Field Report on California’s Pioneering Program to Fund School Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Mobile Chat Apps Aim to Conquer the Enterprise; Buildings O&M May Be Their First Foothold

Last month I wrote generally about how mobile messaging and in-app notifications were eclipsing email as a means of enterprise collaboration, and about how these new modes might be a better match for building operations and facilities staff. I made those observations before the December Sony computer system breach. If you listen to Steven Sinofsky, … Continue reading Mobile Chat Apps Aim to Conquer the Enterprise; Buildings O&M May Be Their First Foothold

Romancing the Rules

  Can mastering machine-learning rules for email, messaging, social media feeds and other collaboration tools make us better occupants and operators of  intelligent buildings? I didn’t know that using traditional email was so over. But, the following tweet from Ben Evans, capsulizing his reaction to Google Inbox got me thinking: “Lots of people are trying to 'solve' email… Maybe the solution … Continue reading Romancing the Rules

Predictive Analytics in the Ball Park

Many have heard about how Microsoft uses data to save energy and improve facilities operations because Darrell Smith has been such an outstanding spokesperson for the effort.  OSIsoft's PI Analytics framework is a part of this ongoing project at Microsoft's Puget Sound campus as well as at Carnegie Melon University.  But, did you know that OSIsoft Predictive Analytics are … Continue reading Predictive Analytics in the Ball Park

Analytics are Changing Building Operations, as They’ve Changed Healthcare

  Stephen King,  President of Pacific Medical Building Real Estate Services, posted a thoughtful article to the PMB website this week entitled "Trends in Smart Building Operations Analogous to Trends in Healthcare."  PMB is one of California's leading providers of real estate management services in the Medical Office Building ("MOB") segment of commercial real estate.  King writes: "The use … Continue reading Analytics are Changing Building Operations, as They’ve Changed Healthcare