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AutoQuiz: Design Specifications for Building Automation Systems

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager.

This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) certification program. ISA CAP certification provides a non-biased, third-party, objective assessment and confirmation of an automation professional's skills. The CAP exam is focused on direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information systems, systems integration, and operational consulting. Click this link for more information about the CAP program.

Which of the following areas is not likely to be a concern when designing a building automation system?

a) energy management
b) access control
c) substation capacity
d) lighting control
e) none of the above

Energy management, access control, lighting control, asset management, communications, life safety, fire alarm, and HVAC controls are all of interest when designing a building automation system and should be addressed in the appropriate design definition documents.

The correct answer is C, substation capacity. This is a concern to the electrical systems design, not to the building automation system design effort.

Reference: Nicholas P. Sands and Ian Verhappen, A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge (Third Edition)

Want to learn more about this industry topic? Click this link to read a brief Q&A with the authors, plus download a free book excerpt,

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Joel Don is the community manager for ISA and is an independent content marketing, social media and public relations consultant. Prior to his work in marketing and PR, Joel served as an editor for regional newspapers and national magazines throughout the U.S. He earned a master's degree from the Medill School at Northwestern University with a focus on science, engineering and biomedical communications, and a bachelor of science degree from UC San Diego.

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Joel Don
Joel Don is an independent content marketing, social media and public relations consultant. Prior to his work in marketing and PR, Joel served as an editor for regional newspapers and national magazines throughout the U.S. He earned a master's degree from the Medill School at Northwestern University with a focus on science, engineering and biomedical marketing communications, and a bachelor of science degree from UC San Diego.

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