Designing for Big Data: Visualization,
Connectivity & Collaboration in Sci/Tech Facilities
Craig Park, FSMPS, Assoc. AIA
Principal, The Sextant Group
The complexities of systems have become impossible to understand without the use of data acquisition and analysis. Further, the analysis is infinitely more useful to humans when it is visualized. In addition, much of university research is physically done somewhere else, and requires conferencing, collaboration, and connectivity―with locations ranging from the International Space Station (ISS), Argonne, to CERN. Further, purposeful demonstration of laboratory activities to prospective students/parents, alumni, benefactors, grant endowers, visitors, etc. It is impractical to disrupt the lab activities for these purposes, and it is often impractical to enter the labs due to hazardous materials, clean-room conditions, secret/proprietary experiments, and other safety issues.
This presentation will explore trends in new and emerging technologies and facilities design related to visualization, connectivity and collaboration in inter-disciplinary research and teaching facilities. Examples of recent projects will illustrate approaches to developing common language and a platform for departments to be able to input and share data, and to visualize it in a common, neutral space. Fundamentals of technology planning, budgeting and infrastructure design will also be discussed.
Building a Net Zero Lab in the United Arab Emirates: Mission Impossible?
Gordon P. Sharp
Laboratories with their intense use of outside air and safety concerns are one of the most challenging building types to achieve net zero. In fact, some might say it can’t be done at least for many climates. However, a path does exist to achieve net zero energy or at least near net zero using multiple technologies such as VAV lab and exhaust fan control, demand based control of ACH’s, chilled beams or hydronic cooling, and heat recovery. This seminar will explore this topic from a holistic viewpoint and provide a detailed review of an actual case study of a large near net zero lab project in Abu Dhabi, UAE.