Throughout the past 20 years, the Building Management System (GBS) in the installation world has undergone an enormous development. In the past, the GBS often was not more than part of the climate system. Especially new communication techniques and links with ICT networks make it possible to ever more use the GBS system as a real Building Management System. Therewith it namely becomes possible to design and realise smart and intelligent buildings.

This is especially emphasised in our huge and complex projects, such as hospitals, laboratories, Ministries, and banks. In these types of buildings lay the functional needs of end-users and at a high level indeed.

Implementing these interdisciplinary GBS systems constitutes a great challenge for our employees from the Measuring and Regulating Department within Valstar Simonis. Thereby the real challenge is not only to technically properly the project, but also realising a sound technical design from a technically sound design. Finally, it is about designing a system based on the unique needs of the user. From the first beginning, the integral aspects in the development and design should play a role. System integration comes to more than technique and already starts during the development phase. Exactly because a modern GBS is involved in all aspects, it is necessary that the Measuring and Regulating Consultant has the role of systems integrator.

Apart from designing and counselling the implementation, we often also counsel clients regarding their monitoring of the operation of the installations. Installations become ever more complex with regard to their operation. Where formerly the boiler had to burn during the wintertime and the cooling machine was operational during the summer, it is now a critical collaboration between the heating pump, WCO, heat recollection, and “free cooling”.

When performance contracts measure the complaints and disturbances, it is better to have an expert look after whether the functioning is really the proper one.

This means that one proactively checks, tests, analyses and optimises the operation of the installation, with the following objectives:

  • To maintain the functionality;
  • The optimise in all regulation channels;
  • Optimising the energetic aspects (reduction of emissions, reduction of energy consumption, etc.).

Finally, as owners of premises, we can regularly help to solve comfort complaints, by carrying out an inspection of the building and the installations. This can be combined with a second opinion on the design, and subsequently indicating in which way the situation could be improved.