Automation and Process Control projects are challenging and can often invoke fear for the newly appointed Automation Project Manager (APM) or Project Engineer in charge.

In addition to all the usual challenges of any project, this particular type of project is often even more complex. This is the result of a variety of reasons including: integration of multiple engineering disciplines (software, computer systems, networks, and instrumentation), high dependency on User Requirements of disciplines outside of automation, integration of requirements from many areas (business, engineering, safety, environmental), delays in other areas of the project that propagate over into the automation area, new technology or technology constraints, and many more.

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  • Hi All As I was on tour I could not pay attention on this; kindly excuse. Coming on the subject of Quality in Automation Project Management, the following aspects play an important role : First of all, the concerned control systems engineer of the end user should also ...

  • BACnet or "Building and Control Network" was developed by ASHRAE specifically for HVAC applications. It's been expanded to include other building systems such as lighting and access control. In my experience, I've only seen it used in process industries where HVAC equipment ...

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  • I know very little about BACnet. Could it be applied in process industries? What is a good resource to learn more? ------------------------------ Alan Bryant PE PMP Director, ChemPID 2022-2023 Houston, TX If you have interest in the Chemical & Petroleum ...

  • I believe you captured it. BACnet and Modbus appear to be the most prevalent protocols in Building Automation today. Both are available in with ethernet communications (BACnet/IP and Modbus/TCP) and serial (BACnet MS/TP and Modbus/RTU). Modbus is more generic in nature and ...

  • Marcos, I think you may have missed in the title of the post, he's referring to building automation systems (or building management systems - BMS). You don't need to do all of this. Most equipment and devices are either BACnet or Modbus. Front end supervisors can do others ...

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