2014 - Industry Session - Academia and Research
A Robust Data Management System for Integrating Campus Sustainability Goals
Over the last several years UC Davis has been building out a data management system to collect, historize, and report real-time operational data that is crucial for assessing and improving campus energy use and sustainability. The PI System, withits capability to receive data from a variety ofsources, store it efficiently, and provide easy access to data for a variety of clients, serves as thehub forthis system. It provides access to data from numerous campus systems such as building energy and utilities metering and central plant controls and metering.Campus efforts are focused around these initiatives:
* Standardizing data collection and quality control processes across operational units
* Automating reporting to help decision makersoptimize operations
* Collaborating with sustainability research efforts using the campus as a proof of concept* Integrating use of campus data into academiccurriculum
* Expanding the system to incorporate other campus data including occupancy-based building lightingcontrols, HVAC control systems, smart thermostat feedback, and campus water and wastewater systems
* Developing a cutting-edge interface for data visualization On the last point, the campus has already deployed a web interface that uses the PI system data from both the building energy metering and a smart thermostat system to provide energy feedback todormitory residents through an energy competition. Work is underway to expand this feedback systemto include interactive building energy usage displays to engage building occupants across the campus.We are exploring more ways to visualize and analyze building energy usage to encourage stakeholders across campus to conserve energy.
Joshua Morejohn is Energy Manager for Facilities Management at UC Davis. He provides leadership and direction in developing and institutionalizing an aggressive energy management strategy and implementing a variety of energy projects across the campus. Previously Morejohn worked as projectengineer for the Utilities Department at UC Davis, developing and managing energy projects at thecentral heating & cooling plant, with utilities distribution systems, and on building systems. Prior to thishe worked in the mechanical consulting industry, designing and analyzing mechanical systems for campuses, hospitals, and large commercial facilities. He double-majored in Spanish and Mechanical Engineering at UC Davis and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
David Trombly is an Associate Engineer at UC Davis Utilities Services, where he helps implement datamanagement and quality processes and works to automate data analysis and reporting for bettercampus decision making and efficiency. Before joining UC Davis, Trombly provided air quality environmental consulting services to multiple industries including oil and gas production and refining, mining, metals, construction, and paper; he focused on compliance and permitting under greenhouse gas and air quality regulations. Trombly obtaineda PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis.