2011 Webcasts


Data Centers and the Smart Grid
Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST/11 a.m. PST

The emergence of the smart grid will have three substantial impacts on data centers. One will be the need for more data centers to support the massive amounts of information and data processing that the smart grid will engender for utilities, energy service providers, and marketers. The second will be how data centers themselves interact with the smart grid as loads responding to grid conditions, microgrids, and demand-response programs without compromising mission-critical cooling and operations. The third will be a boost in efforts and incentives to increase the energy efficiency of data center facilities and equipment.

This Webcast will provide an overview of the smart grid's anticipated information architecture and how data centers could interact with the smart grid through automated demand response, microgrids, and virtual power plants. Also covered will be an update on public/private efforts to improve the energy efficiency of data centers.

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.

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2010 Webcasts

Weighing Pros and Cons of Modular and Component Standby Power Systems
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Early in a design project, electrical engineers and facility owners have to decide whether to pursue a modular, all-inclusive standby power system or a component-based standby by system. Factors such as schedule, budget, and comfort working with one or multiple vendors are considered, as well as engineering precision and serviceability.

This Webcast explores these considerations and others in a 60-minute Webcast featuring two expert electrical engineers.



  • Eric Vandenbroucke, PE, LEED® AP, Electrical Department Supervisor & Lead Electrical Engineer, KJWW Engineering Consultants
  • Thomas (Tom) Montgomery, PE, Senior Associate/Director of Las Vegas Operations at Henderson Engineers, Inc.
  • Michael Ivanovich, President, The Ivanovich Group LLC, Moderator, Consulting-Specifying Engineer

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.


Standby Systems for Hospital Campuses and Data Centers
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Hospitals and data centers have incredibly difficult requirements for electrical systems. Not only are the systems complex and have to run 24/7, the implications for failure can be loss of life or millions of dollars in productivity or lost revenue.

In this Webcast, design engineers will present two unique case studies of standby-system design, one on a hospital campus renovation following a devastating flood, and the other on a new spec data center that had to be robust, but also highly flexible to accommodate future, undefined occupants. 

Case Study 1: Flood-hardening an electrical system

Speaker: Tom Divine, PE Senior Engineer / Project Manager,  Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. (SSR), Houston 

Flooding from a tropical storm damaged or destroyed the electrical infrastructure of a large hospital campus. After the initial restoration, both the emergency and utility electrical systems were hardened against future flooding. Measures included protection in place, reconstruction at higher elevations, and system reconfiguration to isolate vulnerable floors. The heart of the electrical system was replaced, while maintaining continuity of patient care.

Case Study 2: Keeping it Flexible - Speculative Data Center Standby Power Design

Speakers: Scott Kesler, and Haroon Sheikh, Senior Electrical Engineer, Cannon Design, Chicago

Designing an emergency  power and distribution system for a spec data center requires a bit of imagination and solid engineering fundamentals--but more than anything, a flexible design process and solution.  In this session we will review our design for 100,000 sq ft of data center space intended to be subdivided into various tenant suites.  The standby power and emergency distribution system not only needed to be robust and have ample capacity for high density computing space, but also needed to be able to adapt and be flexible for however the occupant ultimately configured their space.


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Effective Use of NFPA 110 for Mission Critical Applications
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Every consulting engineer that specifies emergency power equipment knows that installations for mission critical facilities like hospitals and data centers are usually required to comply with NFPA 110 so that the facility can comply with the National Electrical Code.  However, few people ask why, and even fewer realize that the system designer has to interpret and enforce the requirements of NFPA 110. The bad news is there is no agreement on how the requirements should be interpreted to meet the needs of applications. To make it even worse, there is no third party certification required or available to demonstrate compliance. 


All generator set manufacturers in North America claim their products comply with NFPA 110, but the way they set up and document the prototype testing to comply with the codes varies dramatically. 


This webinar is designed to help specifying engineers to look beyond the word "compliance" in a manufacturer's certification. It will show how a generator  set, built with components, should be addressed as a system. Participants will get information they can immediately use and apply on NFPA 110 requirements, the best in class interpretation of key requirements, and how to evaluate the prototype test process and documents to see if those are sufficient for the mission critical applications where the equipment is installed. 

Event Speaker:

Gary Olson, Director -Technical Sales Support, Cummins Power Generation 

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Grid-Connected PV Systems: Codes, Standards, and Specifications
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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.

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Consulting-Specifying Engineer Critical Power Webcast Series: Trade Secrets of Standby Power Systems
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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.

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Gensets and Transfer Switches: Your Questions Answered
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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
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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
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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 On-Demand Webcasts

IBC Seismic and Wind Load Compliance For Non-Structural ComponentsCEUs no longer available for this eventDecember 3, 2009 1:00pm CSTUnderstanding 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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