Why Invest in Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics?
Building automation systems (BAS) enhance occupant comfort by regulating temperature and are critical to high performance building operation. These systems are expensive to install and require regular maintenance for efficient operations. However, the talent pool of expert technicians is shrinking every year, making maintenance a challenging task and creating situations where enterprises fail to act on issues until they become major problems.
To counteract these staff shortages, companies must work smarter in managing their BAS. Automated fault detection and diagnostics (AFDD) allows teams to work proactively and efficiently in responding to issues quickly. Learn more about how AFDD works and the benefits it provides.
What Are the Fault Detection and Diagnosis Procedures?
A typical enterprise building is made up of layers of equipment and systems that work together on an interconnected basis to provide climate control to the desired level inside the building. The BAS system pulls together the operations of all of these systems and so can be thought of as similar to a Russian nesting doll; the largest doll is the building, the next doll represents the various systems, the next doll is the core system components like the air handling units, and the smallest doll is the specific device or terminal unit at a specific location like a VAV box.
For years, HVAC system maintenance involved in-house expert technicians responding to occupant complaints or spending their day manually sorting through and searching for relevant HVAC components to verify operational efficiency. They had to determine what system was experiencing issues, which specific component was malfunctioning, and where the problem was located. This time-consuming process took hours to accomplish and as a result often forced the facilities staff into a reactive mindset and work flow, reacting to the building and its occupants’ problems.
AFDD streamlines and in essence reverses the process by continuously monitoring the building system components and the BAS, detecting when elements operate outside of set parameters and immediately flagging abnormal operations. This allows technicians to repair minor issues before they develop into major problems, and to do this proactive work more efficiently because technicians know which device and what to target for their repair or adjustment.
Ready to start enhancing your BAS’s operations with automated fault detection and diagnostics? Contact BuildingLogiX and see how our solutions platform generates cost savings and extends the service life of assets.
How BuildingLogiX Enhances the Fault Detection and Diagnostics of HVAC Systems
Maintenance teams are often asked to do more with less as building facility systems expand across campuses. BuildingLogiX offers AFDD solutions as part of Connected Building Services (CBS), our analytics software that interprets data to improve overall building performance.
Our rules-based platform generates a high-volume, high-velocity data stream and is easily implemented throughout an enterprise. With BuildingLogiX, your team can stop trying to find the needle in the haystack because we provide alerts that pinpoint its location.
Our Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics Implementation Process
BuildingLogiX works with clients to deliver a streamlined implementation that eliminates BAS disruptions. Our process includes:
The process begins with a consultation. We understand that each enterprise has unique goals for its building systems and BAS, which is why we work with your facilities and IT teams to create project goals and lay out the pathway for data extraction and storage. Our engineers connect your buildings to our BuildingLogiX Data eXchange (BDX), and the journey to healthier building operations begins!
Once connected, CBS immediately begins gathering data from all building systems and stores it in a secure, client-accessible data cloud. Our software improves analysis by tagging and organizing the information. We also provide clients with a scorecard that grades each building’s performance in real time. Our custom-applied reports let your maintenance teams make informed decisions quickly and easily, based on data and system performance..
CBS’s matrix of analytics studies the data to automatically create graphs and charts and pinpoint trends about:
- Chiller performance
- Valve leaks
- Energy Consumption
- Boiler or Domestic Hot Water Operations
- Spending projections
Our engineers also offer detailed reports with data-backed analysis and improvement recommendations.
Benefits of Our Building Fault Detection and Diagnostics Solutions
Taking the next step in BAS maintenance may seem intimidating, but partnering with BuildingLogiX provides clients with various benefits, including:
Many industries, including schools, local municipalities, and healthcare facilities, store delicate data and need proper security measures for enhanced protection. BuildingLogiX allows clients to host and retain ownership of their data and even offers the option to buy our software outright. We’re unique in the industry because we enable enterprises to completely own their data.
Our team believes that your staff needs to be informed and up to date in order to make decisions about the building and BAS. That’s why we designed our portal to be user friendly and easy to navigate. BuildingLogiX’s BuildingLogiX Data Exchange platform contains the technical expertise that only a special few used to possess and makes it available to your entire staff.
Many building systems are designed to continue working even while experiencing minor issues. While helpful, this reality also increases operating costs through inefficient operations and increase the likelihood of major breakdowns occurring. Our AFDD software delivers long-term cost savings by pinpointing minor problems that have cost-effective solutions before they turn into big problems. We guarantee a 10% reduction in your utility costs in the first year.
Increased Staff Efficiency
The AFDD software solutions provided by BuildingLogiX allow your maintenance staff to increase efficiency by reducing the time spent on basic maintenance tasks from hours to seconds. This means your team can spend more time on higher-value tasks and work proactively to improve facility performance.
Enhanced Asset Life
Repairing minor issues before they become major problems allows your maintenance team to maximize the asset life of your critical equipment.
BuildingLogiX: Enhancing Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics Since 2006
BuildingLogix is a leading technology-driven service company that helps clients optimize building performance, reduce operational costs, and maximize maintenance staff productivity. Our solutions are scalable from one to 1,000 buildings and easily connect with most systems installed in the last 25 years. We take pride in being a brand-agnostic company and work hard to provide a solution that best suits your enterprise’s needs. Contact BuildingLogiX today to learn more about our innovative building fault detection and diagnostics software.