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In this course, the participants will obtain practical guidelines on equipment design criteria: duct sizing and distribution, fan sizing and calculations.

Course Outline
After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of HVAC in Building Automation projects
  • Develop techniques for enhancing Building Automation Control Systems at your facilities
  • Become proactive in dealing with plant HVAC systems and P and ID analysis
  • Understand industry trends in HVAC and other Building Control Systems
  • Save energy cost by understanding advanced techniques of control systems applied to HVAC, Lighting, Security and Access control systems
  • Expand your knowledge in the field of GUI / HMI / SCADA systems
  • Reduce the environmental footprint of your building
  • Improve the efficiency of your facility control systems
  • Augment the performance of HVAC control systems and apply principles of Energy conservation
  • Increase awareness of air quality and recirculation dynamics of air handling systems
  • Familiarize yourself with the principles of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineering)
  • Learn the science and interpretation of process control engineering drawings

The course offers facility managers and engineers the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and get practical training on the principles of advanced Control Systems for Buildings: design, specification, detailed shop drawing, testing, acceptance, commissioning, implementation, performance analysis, and day-to-day operation. The participants will obtain practical guidelines on equipment design criteria: duct sizing and distribution, fan sizing and calculations. Starting with the design of industrial exhausts, ventilation, industrial and commercial lighting equipment, the course further gives insights on how to comply with international fire code criteria. The course equips learners with a variety of practical techniques on control systems implementation in building automation using PLC, DCS and SCADA applications. Principles of integrating the various  systems within a building are also explained.


To provide advanced techniques and concepts for effective control systems of high performance buildings.

Who Should Attend

Facility managers, project managers, design engineers, contractors, and commissioning agents who want to increase their knowledge of building control systems

Program Outline

Day I

Registration and Coffee

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Review of Key HVAC Basic Summary Points for Advanced Course

  • Make Up, recirculation air handlers. CAVs and VAV boxes.
  • Overview, differences and specific utilization by system block diagram demonstration
  • ASHRAE principles of heat load calculations
  • Outdoor and space Design conditions Per ASHRAE
  • Water flow calculations per ASHRAE
  • Dry bulb / Wet bulb temperatures
  • Mixed air calculations
Mechanical Aspects of HVAC Systems

AHU Water Side:

  • Chillers and cooling towers types
  • Boilers, hot water, and steam types
  • Pump sizing flow, head, and bhp
  • Pipe sizing calculations, velocity and pressure drop
  • AHU cooling and heating coils
AHU Air Side:
  • International mechanical code criteria
  • Heat load calculations. air volume per ASHRAE
  • Duct  sizing per ASHRAE
  • Duct distribution
  • Fan sizing and calculation for static pressure, BHP
  • International fire code criteria
Industrial Exhaust (equipment, hoods, tools, etc.):

Design Criteria Per Equipment Type

  • American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
  • International mechanical code criteria
  • Duct  sizing per ACGIH
  • Duct distribution
  • Fan sizing and calculation for static pressure, BHP per ACGIH
  • International fire code criteria
Ventilation (toilets, kitchen hoods, storage area,garages etc):
  • Principles of positive and negative pressure.
Design Criteria Per Space Type
  • ASHRAE criteria
  • International mechanical code criteria
  • Duct sizing per ASHRAE
  • Duct distribution
  • Fan sizing and calculation for static pressure, BHP per ASHRAE
  • International fire code criteria
Exercises and Quiz


Industrial and Commercial Lighting

  • Load requirements and breaker design
  • Incandescent, CFL and LED lighting
  • In rush current, 60Hz hum, line filters etc
Safety and Access Control Systems
  • Cardkey access systems
  • RFID technology
  • CCTV / CATV / MATV Analog systems and increasing obsolescence
  • CCD cameras, IP and Ethernet based digital monitoring systems
  • Heat, smoke and fire detection sensors
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Non water based fire suppression (Halo - obsolete, CO2), applications
Non Forced Air Based Heating / cooling Systems
  • Radiator and baseboard heaters
  • Evaporation based sensible cooling systems
  • Humidifier and dehumidifier principles
Control Aspects of HVAC

Sensing Elements

  • Discrete v/s analog - solid state, relay, VA ratings
  • Discrete types - limit switches, proof, contacts, freeze stats
  • Analog types - temperature, pressure, level, flow, velocity, proximity, electrical
  • Bus technology and digital instrumentation
  • Instrumentation: analog and discrete
Control Elements
  • Control valves for steam, water
  • Control damper / actuators for air
  • Motor control centers
  • Variable frequency drives, soft starters
  • Instrumentation: analog and discrete
  • Control algorithm: PID control loops
  • Meaning of proportional, integral and derivative components represented graphically
Exercises and quiz


Control Systems

  • Standalone systems, relay logic and dedicated microcontroller
  • Building automation systems
  • PLC, DCS and SCADA Systems
  • Interfacing between systems
  • GUI / HMI software for HVAC systems
  • Historical trending and reporting
Industry Trends in HVAC and Building Automation
  • Motor efficiency improvements
  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification
  • Enthalpy control
  • Heat recovery techniques
  • Cooling at non peak hours
  • Ice reservoirs, heat pipes and other non conventional methods
  • Cool fog systems
  • Wireless deterministic networks for control systems
The Big Picture
  • Reading and interpreting a plant drawing and PFDs
  • P and ID legend - symbols and ISA standards
  • Complete plant HVAC system P and ID analysis of a MAHU system
  • Complete PFD analysis of a chiller / boiler plant
  • Exercises and quiz questions based on P and ID, PFD
  • Troubleshooting questions for building automation
Open Forum Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Sam Pherwani has 20 years work experience in Process Controls & Instrumentation and Industrial Automation, Sam brings to EPIC his expertise in the HVAC field in Automotive sector with Ford, GM, Honda & Toyota as well as in the Semiconductor industry with Motorola, Samsung & Freescale. His achievements include PLC, DCS, SCADA Control Systems projects for AHU, RAHU for Plant Building Management Systems with Siemens Landis System. He is the award recipient of Texas Environmental Excellence in 2004 for Industrial HVAC Energy Conservation. Sam also served as Canadian Engineering Volunteer in Serbia with CESO.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.8 CEU / 18 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
Reviewed by 2013
Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
Reviewed by 2012
Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
Reviewed by 2011

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