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The Smart Buildings Academy Podcast | Teaching You Building Automation, Systems Integration, and Information Technology
17 minutes | 9 days ago
SBA 235: Troubleshooting Processes Part 2
In this episode, we discuss how to respond to troubleshooting calls. You will learn how to apply the five-question methodology to pinpoint troubleshooting issues and how to potentially address the issue before even showing up on site.
26 minutes | 16 days ago
SBA 234: BAS troubleshooting Basics Part 1
Have you been struggling to troubleshoot building automation, HVAC, and IT systems? If so you're not alone. In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, we discuss how to effortlessly troubleshoot systems. In this episode you will learn: Our three-step troubleshooting process How to troubleshoot terminal units Server and network troubleshooting BACnet MSTP troubleshooting AHU troubleshooting
23 minutes | 23 days ago
SBA 233: Top 5 Areas You Should Focus on in 2021
2020 has been a challenging year and I firmly believe 2021 will be even more challenging. In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, we are going to discuss what you can do to prepare yourself and your business for the changes coming to our industry.
27 minutes | a month ago
SBA 232: Engineering BAS Inputs and Outputs
Learn how to layout BAS inputs and outputs for your controls hardware designs in this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast. We discuss: How to determine what devices to select Where to start when engineering systems How to avoid overengineering systems How to address scope gaps and irregularities
28 minutes | a month ago
SBA 231: The 5-step Building Controls Hardware Engineering Process
In this week's episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, you will learn the 5-step building controls hardware engineering process. We will discuss: How to perform proper takeoffs How to evaluate device selection' How to size systems How to handle add alternates How to design physical architectures And much more
25 minutes | 2 months ago
SBA 230: Cyber-Security Basics for BAS
Is your building automation system secure? Does your BAS need to be secure? And what does secure even mean? In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy podcast, we discuss the fundamentals of cyber-security. We look at what cyber-security is, how to evaluate the need for cyber-security controls, and what cyber-security approaches you can use to better secure your building automation system
22 minutes | 2 months ago
SBA 229: Expectation Handling in the Contracted Environment
Have you ever run into a project delay that wasn't your fault? Did you find yourself running into wall after wall when you tried to get the project team to help you out? If so this episode is for you! In this episode we discuss how to manage project expectations in the contracted environment.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
SBA 228: The OJT Myth
What if I told you that you can develop a BAS Technician in 6 months? Would you believe me? The OJT myth is a belief that the only way we can develop technicians is to put them in the field for several years until they "figure out" how to "do it". In this episode we look at alternative employee development models and we explore how and when to best use OJT.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
SBA 227: 7 Things Every BAS Professional Should Know About IT
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast we look at seven key concepts that every building automation professional should know about information technology.
17 minutes | 3 months ago
SBA 226: 4 BAS Retrofit Sales Strategies
We are entering a retrofit market. Are you prepared to maintain your building automation sales pipelines in this new retrofit market? I remember when capital work largely dried up in 2009 and the only thing that kept me employed was my retrofit projects. In this episode, we discuss how to sell retrofit work.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
SBA 225: Troubleshooting Common Building Automation Issues
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, we are going to discuss how to troubleshoot common issues that we experience out in the field. Over the past couple weeks I've been keeping an eye out for questions on Facebook, HVAC forums, and LinkedIn. In this episode I am going to discuss common issues related to: Inputs and outputs Communication bus Protocols Information Technology HVAC Systems
33 minutes | 3 months ago
SBA 224: How to Get a Job in Building Automation
In this episode of the Smart Buildings Academy Podcast, we discuss how to get a job in building automation. We discuss the essential skills for getting a job in the building automation space, the different types of roles and what each role requires, and how to transition into those roles.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
SBA 223: Consultative Sales for Building Automation Professionals
In this episode, we take a deep dive into how to use the consultative sales process to identify solutions to problems impacting your customer's business. We cover: How to profile your customer How to identify business and process problems How to gain buy-in for problem resolution How to avoid common deal killers How to create and propose solutions
83 minutes | 4 months ago
SBA 222: The Future of Digital Technologies in Buildings With Tyson Soutter
Tyson Soutter is an experienced smart buildings professional who has an extensive background in smart buildings technologies. Similar to myself, Tyson started as a technician and worked into more technical roles over the years. This enabled us to have a great conversation that went into the weeds on several topics. However, if you are not a technical person this podcast interview still has some great business and sales discussions as Tyson and I discussed the future state of the market, strategies for maintaining relevancy and growth, and ideas around actually implementing technology solutions in today's environment.
32 minutes | 4 months ago
SBA 221: Project Oversight for Owners
Are you a building owner trying to figure out what actions you should be taking during new construction or major retrofit projects? If so this week's episode is for you. In this episode, we are going to discuss how to oversee a building automation project from the perspective of the owner. As I see it there are four phase gates for an owner to focus on Tender Phase Specification Phase Submittal Phase Closeout Phase
30 minutes | 4 months ago
SBA 220: How to Manage Building Automation Projects
Managing building automation projects is tough. There are so many nested tasks and expectations that you need to oversee! In this week's episode, we discuss how to effectively manage Building Automation projects. In this episode you will learn: How to manage multiple projects at once The key action you must take to ensure a successful project How to balance time, quality, and cost on projects How to ensure your projects are cash-flow positive as early as possible Grab the show notes at podcast.smartbuildingsacademy.com/220
23 minutes | 4 months ago
SBA 219: The Controls Hierarchy of Needs
In this episode, we discuss the controls hierarchy of needs and how to best serve your customers based on their needs.
36 minutes | 4 months ago
SBA 218: Answering Your IAQ Questions
In this episode, I answer your IAQ questions. We discuss what IAQ is, how to control IAQ, what you need to know about IAQ and COVID-19, and much more.
23 minutes | 5 months ago
SBA 217: How to structure your BAS Team
Building out your BAS team for growth is one of the key factors for success Having people in the right roles at the right time will give you the ability to flex with your customer's needs and to address new potential work opportunities. In this episode, we are going to discuss how to structure your BAS Team. We are going to look at $1M, $10M and $50M in revenue We are also going to look at structuring for Construction (we will cover service in the next episode), when to separate teams, and how to position for scale and growth.
29 minutes | 5 months ago
SBA 216: Creating Your BAS Standard
In this episode, we discuss our step-by-step process on how to create a building automation standard for your organization.
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