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2010 Webcasts

Consulting-Specifying Engineer Critical Power Webcast Series: Trade Secrets of Standby Power Systems
Thursday August 12, 2010 at 11am PDT/1pm CDT/2pm EDT 

Designing a standby power system is only one phase of a large and complicated process of protecting hospitals, data centers, and other mission-critical facilities with power assurance. The next steps are selection and specification of the components and how to properly install them.

Strangely enough, how to specify systems so they are installed as designed, and holding that specification against contractors who may want to make substitutions that compromise the safety or performance of the system is not only critical, it's an art.

Meanwhile, getting training on how to specify standby power systems is not easy. In today's tough economic environment, engineers are becoming increasingly wary of sharing their "trade secrets" in webcasts and trade publications. But not all.

In this Webcast, the first of the "Trade Secrets" series of Webcasts offered by Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Lane and Lovorn will each provide detailed instruction on two selection/specification tips for standby power systems.

This Webcast is free and one (1) AIA learning unit (0.1 CEU) (or 1 PDH) will be provided upon successful completion of exam following the Webcast. Note: CSE is not registered to provide CEUs in the State of Florida, but Florida engineers would benefit from attending anyway.

This Webcast is sponsored by Russelectric, Eaton and ASCO.

Register by clicking here.

Grid-Connected PV Systems: Codes, Standards, and Specifications
September 9, 2010 at 11am PDT/1pm CDT/2pm EDT 

The design, installation, and commissioning of grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems are governed by a number of industry codes and standards. The National Electrical Code (NEC) which is NFPA 70 is adopted almost universally throughout the United States and provides the minimum requirements for PV systems. This includes NEC Article 690 entitled Solar Photovoltaic Systems that provides specific requirements for PV equipment and systems. In addition, both IEEE and UL publish standards addressing the operation and testing of PV systems and equipment that should be referenced in the project specifications when applicable.

For example, IEEE Standard 1547 is a series of standards that addresses the interconnection of PV and other distributed power sources to the utility grid and includes the discontinued IEEE Standard 929 that specifically addressed PV inverters. UL publishes UL 1703 that covers the testing and installation of PV modules and UL 1741 that addresses PV inverters. This presentation will cover applicable codes and standards that can impact the design and specification of PV systems and equipment.

Furthermore, ARCOM Master Systems, which publishes MasterSpec for The American Institute of Architects (AIA), has published a new section of guide specifications for PV installations on commercial buildings. MasterSpec is used by used by more architects, engineers, and specification professionals for quickly and accurately specifying building systems for construction projects.

In June 2010, MasterSpec published a new section, SECTION 263100, for PV systems. The new section specifies photovoltaic laminates (cells laminated into rigid sheets, with connecting cables), photovoltaic modules (laminates in mounting frames), charge controllers, inverters, and mounting structures.

In this Webcast, two presenters will describe how design engineers can use this MasterSpec section to quickly and effectively specify commercial PV systems.

Event Speakers:

 

Thomas E. Glavinich, D.E., P.E., Director of Architectural Engineering & Construction Programs in Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, The University of Kansas

Pat Dolan, PE, Project Manger, CCJM Engineers, Chicago

Michael J. King, FCSI, CCS Vice President of Engineering Specifications, ARCOM Master Systems, Alexandria, Va.

Register by clicking here. 

Consulting-Specifying Engineer Critical Power Webcast Series: Trade Secrets of Standby Power Systems
Thursday August 12, 2010 at 11am PDT/1pm CDT/2pm EDT 

Designing a standby power system is only one phase of a large and complicated process of protecting hospitals, data centers, and other mission-critical facilities with power assurance. The next steps are selection and specification of the components and how to properly install them.

Strangely enough, how to specify systems so they are installed as designed, and holding that specification against contractors who may want to make substitutions that compromise the safety or performance of the system is not only critical, it's an art.

Meanwhile, getting training on how to specify standby power systems is not easy. In today's tough economic environment, engineers are becoming increasingly wary of sharing their "trade secrets" in webcasts and trade publications. But not all.

In this Webcast, the first of the "Trade Secrets" series of Webcasts offered by Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Lane and Lovorn will each provide detailed instruction on two selection/specification tips for standby power systems.

This Webcast is free and one (1) AIA learning unit (0.1 CEU) (or 1 PDH) will be provided upon successful completion of exam following the Webcast. Note: CSE is not registered to provide CEUs in the State of Florida, but Florida engineers would benefit from attending anyway.

This Webcast is sponsored by Russelectric, Eaton and ASCO.

Register by clicking here.

Grid-Connected PV Systems: Codes, Standards, and Specifications
September 9, 2010 at 11am PDT/1pm CDT/2pm EDT 

The design, installation, and commissioning of grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems are governed by a number of industry codes and standards. The National Electrical Code (NEC) which is NFPA 70 is adopted almost universally throughout the United States and provides the minimum requirements for PV systems. This includes NEC Article 690 entitled Solar Photovoltaic Systems that provides specific requirements for PV equipment and systems. In addition, both IEEE and UL publish standards addressing the operation and testing of PV systems and equipment that should be referenced in the project specifications when applicable.

For example, IEEE Standard 1547 is a series of standards that addresses the interconnection of PV and other distributed power sources to the utility grid and includes the discontinued IEEE Standard 929 that specifically addressed PV inverters. UL publishes UL 1703 that covers the testing and installation of PV modules and UL 1741 that addresses PV inverters. This presentation will cover applicable codes and standards that can impact the design and specification of PV systems and equipment.

Furthermore, ARCOM Master Systems, which publishes MasterSpec for The American Institute of Architects (AIA), has published a new section of guide specifications for PV installations on commercial buildings. MasterSpec is used by used by more architects, engineers, and specification professionals for quickly and accurately specifying building systems for construction projects.

In June 2010, MasterSpec published a new section, SECTION 263100, for PV systems. The new section specifies photovoltaic laminates (cells laminated into rigid sheets, with connecting cables), photovoltaic modules (laminates in mounting frames), charge controllers, inverters, and mounting structures.

In this Webcast, two presenters will describe how design engineers can use this MasterSpec section to quickly and effectively specify commercial PV systems.

Event Speakers:

 

Thomas E. Glavinich, D.E., P.E., Director of Architectural Engineering & Construction Programs in Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, The University of Kansas

Pat Dolan, PE, Project Manger, CCJM Engineers, Chicago

Michael J. King, FCSI, CCS Vice President of Engineering Specifications, ARCOM Master Systems, Alexandria, Va.

Register by clicking here. 

 Gensets and Transfer Switches: Your Questions Answered

March 25, 2010 1:00pm CDT
This webcast is intended to address questions that attendees have on the operation and selection of the various types of generators and transfer switches available today. To that end, CSE is requesting that readers and potential attendees provide their most pressing questions when registering for the Webcast. Ten pre-selected questions will be answered in prepared slides by the speakers, and we'll then open the session up for live Q&A. more>>

 

Future of Emissions Regulations: Tier 4i and Beyond

March 4, 2010 1:00pm CST
Consulting-Specifying Engineer and MTU Onsite Energy will host a Webcast on emissions regulations on March 4, 2010 at 2 p.m. EST. The presentation will cover the future of EPA emissions regulations and their impact on the power generation industry...more>>

 

ENERGY STAR for Engineers: New and Existing Buildings

February 18, 2010 1:00pm CST
In this Webcast, learn how ENERGY STAR is being used by engineers and owners for new and existing buildings, and how to use the Energy Star Portfolio Manager software for benchmarking and tracking building energy performance...more>>

 

2009 Webcasts

 

IBC Seismic and Wind Load Compliance For Non-Structural Components

December 3, 2009 1:00pm CST
Understanding provisions in the latest edition of the International Building Code (IBC) is critical when specifying electrical generating systems that will continue to operate during and after events such as an earthquake or hurricane...more>>

 

The Magnificent Seven: Top Tips from Top Designers

November 12, 2009 1:00pm CST
Seven designers of mission critical systems will each present one "gem" of a design tip in this special 90-minute Webcast. more>>

 

Specifying Total Light Management

October 27, 2009 1:00pm CDT
This Webcast will review several light management strategies--occupancy sensing, daylight harvesting, light leveling tuning, demand response and automated shading--that not only save energy in buildings but also improve comfort and productivity of the people inside them. more>>

 

Next Generation Motor Starters: How to Increase Reliability and Performance

October 20, 2009 1:00pm CDT
Motor starter technology has changed dramatically over the last few years. This webinar will explain the trends of the industry, show how new generation motor control systems can benefit your business, and review the UL508E standard. more>>

 

Fire Suppression Systems and Climate Change: What Engineers Need to Know Now

August 20, 2009 1:00pm CDT
Whatever your beliefs are regarding global climate change, national and international legislative initiatives could impact the design and specification of fire suppression systems. This 1-hour Webcast will present an overview of clean agents with emphasis on environmental considerations, especially pending or potential climate change regulation. more>>

 

Uptime All the Time, No Matter What

August 13, 2009 1:00pm CDT
This webcast covers the Uptime Institute's tiers for data center availability, ASHRAE's guidelines for data center cooling, the PUE metric, modular rollouts, and tradeoffs for reliability and efficiency. more>>

 

Product Certification and Safety Standards: What You Need to Know

June 25, 2009 1:00pm CDT
How products are certified safe for the U.S. electrical infrastructure may be changing...and that could affect you and your job. Learn what you need to know about ensuring electrical product safety from three experts representing organizations that know the most about this important issue. more>>



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