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- We have some of the few industry certified trainers on our team
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- “SkyFoundry’s software solutions are designed to help clients derive value from their investments in smart systems. Our SkySpark informatics platform provides the services and features to collect, store, analyze and present data from automation systems, metering systems and other smart devices to identify issues, patterns, deviations, faults and opportunities for operational improvements and cost reduction. SkySpark helps owners and operators “find what matters” in the vast amount of data produced by today’s smart systems.”
What is Building Analytics Software?
Let’s start with the basics, to help establish the need and value of software and analytics for buildings. What is software? Software is a program that enables a computer to perform a specific task. In other words, software is a set of instructions or programs created to perform operations or execute certain tasks. Software is used in every computer, to perform functions like complex mathematical calculations, determine the best route to a destination or simply play a game. The need and desire for software programs to help us perform daily tasks and entertain us is growing exponentially. It is validated by the time we spend on our computers. According to Nicole F. Roberts in her article in Forbes Magazine in January 2019 titled “How Much Time Americans Spend in Front of Screens Will Terrify You”, she states, “The average adult consumes five times more information every day than their counterparts 50 years ago.” She went on to say, “We spend as much as 12 hour a day in from of TVs and computers.”
With an understanding of what software is and how much we use it, how do we identify determine what information is useful. This question is constantly being asked by everyone looking at the data consumed and generated by software programs. The analysis of this data had evolved into a critical function within every industry for every purpose. Have you ever asked, what are analytics? What analytics are useful to me? What analytics are useful to my career, lifestyle, and entertainment. Watch any athletic game or highlight and listen for the next-gen analysis they have around speed, batting average, or assist to turn-over ratio. Listen closely to how well the coaches and players know and used these statistics to devise an offensive or defensive strategy, to give their team a competitive advantage. Analytics are everywhere and being used by everyone to improve performance.
What Software is Being Used to Run Your Building?
What data is being measured and produced by this software? How can analytics be applied to your building, to help it run more efficiently? What building analytics software solutions are available? These are common questions being asked by those who are seeing the amount of data in their buildings increase, as more sophisticated IoT devices, meters, energy information systems, building automation systems and controls are implemented. Making sense of this data is critical. Building analytics software can aggregate massive amounts of data, makes sense of it and identify actions to be taken to achieve your strategic initiatives. Let’s discuss the steps necessary to establishing a building analytics software solution.
Building analytics software solution starts with data. Making sense of all this data is not easy. With so many unique devices and application systems creating various types of data, the first step is to aggregate all this information into one place. This is commonly referred to as a data repository or data lake. With all the data in one place, a quick analysis will show the data is in different formats and must be normalized, so that consistent rules and measurements can be applied for calculation purposes. Standardizing data like what Project Haystack is doing will enable the consistency of data from various devices to allow numerous calculations, where analytics can now be applied to generate meaningful insights, valuable perspectives and make reliable predictions.
Building analytics software is used to monitor building performance and drive efficiencies, by doing things like measuring system performance, identifying equipment issues, monitoring tenant comfort, and measuring energy consumption. Most building automation systems allow users to create set-points, like the ideal temperature for its tenants to work proficiently. Measuring how equipment operates to achieve these ideal settings will tell you how well your systems are performing. Alerts, faults or sparks (depending on the system you’re using) will tell you when issues arise or when unexpected events arise. Automated analytics can be put in place to notify operators when systems are failing to consistently meet preconfigured settings and avoid hot and cold calls, by proactively addressing comfort issues. A primary motive for implementing building energy analytics software is to identify costs savings from reducing energy consumption. Efficient operations and equipment performance to achieve a consistent and safe environment will be the result of properly configured building analytics software.
BuildingFit Analytics software solution was created by the energy engineering firm, ETC Group, to minimize drift during an on-going monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) project. With over 30 years of experience working with complex HVAC systems, ETC had identified SkySpark as the platform acquiring and normalizing data from all types of equipment across multiple buildings. With all the data consolidated into SkySpark’s time-series database, BuildingFit Analytics were created which consist of sophisticated rules, algorithms, and key performance. Visualizations were also created to display this information and make it more useful for building operators. When compared with baselines, energy savings emerged. Actionable analytics were created and opportunities for driving energy efficiencies and decrease cost were realized.
The Path Forward with Building Analytics Software
Owners, operators and managers have specific goals for their buildings. Once you have those identified, what course will you choose to get there? Building analytics software can help you find the most efficient path to achieve those strategic initiatives. Stay the course, measure your progress, validate your results and make adjustments when necessary, to keep improving and eventually achieve your destination and validate the reason for having building analytics software.
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