Using data driven methodologies to identify patterns in BAS data to support facility operations

Gokmen Dedemen, Marjan Vakilinezhad, Semiha Ergan

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Abstract

Around 40% of the energy used in buildings is wasted as a result of inefficient operating and maintenance of the HVAC systems. Various approaches, such as automated fault detection and diagnosis (AFDD) and retro-commissioning are used to detect faults and minimize waste in HVAC systems. However, either they aim to identify failures (e.g., AFDD) after they occur or wait for the assessment period to arrive (e.g., retro-commissioning), both of which result in energy waste until problems are discovered. The facilities management industry needs approaches that help them to continuously monitor their systems, observe changes in expected pattern of behavior and pinpoint such changes before failures or large scale equipment replacements occur. The advances in the data science field provide opportunities to be leveraged towards information extraction from building operation data and investigation of the expected and actual behavior of systems. The objective of this paper is to enable automated analysis of the behavioral patterns of major HVAC equipment over time and assist in detection of variations in the system behavior that are not expected. As an initial case analysis, performance data (e.g., air temperature, valve status, air flow, etc.) of an air handling unit in a campus facility has been analyzed to identify the frequently occurring behavioral patterns and associated energy use. The initial results reveal the characteristic behavior of the system and the variations of these patterns over years to help the facility operators to pinpoint unexpected changes in system behavior and eliminate energy waste associated with such changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputing in Civil Engineering 2017
Subtitle of host publicationSmart Safety, Sustainability and Resilience - Selected Papers from the ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering 2017
EditorsNora El-Gohary, Pingbo Tang, Nora El-Gohary, Ken-Yu Lin, Ken-Yu Lin, Pingbo Tang
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages282-289
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780784480823, 9780784480847
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event2017 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, IWCCE 2017 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2017Jun 27 2017

Publication series

NameCongress on Computing in Civil Engineering, Proceedings

Other

Other2017 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, IWCCE 2017
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period6/25/176/27/17

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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Dedemen, G., Vakilinezhad, M., & Ergan, S. (2017). Using data driven methodologies to identify patterns in BAS data to support facility operations. In N. El-Gohary, P. Tang, N. El-Gohary, K-Y. Lin, K-Y. Lin, & P. Tang (Eds.), Computing in Civil Engineering 2017: Smart Safety, Sustainability and Resilience - Selected Papers from the ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering 2017 (pp. 282-289). (Congress on Computing in Civil Engineering, Proceedings). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).