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Wrangling in out of control alarming

Wrangling in out of control alarming

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was standing in the control room of one of the biggest life sciences organizations in the world and their central cooling plant had been down for three hours... And the shocking thing is we all were just finding out about it......

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An overview of CSI MasterFormat

An overview of CSI MasterFormat

In my blog article What are MEP Plans, I discussed the first half of the infamous Plans and Specs. In this article I am going to take you through the most common specification format there is the Construction Specifications Institute Master Format. What is a...

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What are MEP Plans

What are MEP Plans

What are MEP plans? Chances are if you've been in the building automation industry for any period of time you've seen mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) plans. These plans are the blueprints that detail out how a building should be built. As a controls...

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The non-techie guide to API’s

The non-techie guide to API’s

I get asked a lot lately. "What is an API" You'd think this would be something you could Google and be done with but the problem is, apparently no one has told the folks writing all the API articles that the folks reading the articles don't know what API's are!!!...

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What is a communications bus?

What is a communications bus?

Have you ever wondered what a communication bus is? It's ok if you have, I know starting out I didn't know what a communication bus was. You've probably heard the term though but maybe you heard it called something else... Comm bus, Comm Trunk, Trunk. MS/TP... The...

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