Building Automation Systems (BAS) Operations

SKU: RVI-11462Duration: 20 Minutes

Building Automation System or BAS Operations are one of the most critical tasks for controlling any building. It allows the facility to quickly identify equipment failures and reduce energy usage by implementing smart controls for the building. This course is intended for building maintenance, HVAC technicians, and facility managers. It will cover the fundamentals of automation equipment and explain how the BAS can assist the user in identifying problems and possible solutions.

Course Details


Training Time: 20 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: Industry Standards and Best Practices

Languages: English

Learning Objectives

  • Given data on a BAS, identify issues that need to be reviewed and that need troubleshooting
  • List the required tasks in daily BAS maintenance
  • State the purpose of a failed point report
  • List the data that should be recorded when making changes to any points or setpoints
  • State the purpose of a dead band
  • State the purpose of a trend
  • Identify various critical sensors

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What is a Building Automation System?
A Building Automation System (BAS) is a system that automatically operates and controls building facilities such as HVAC, security, fire, and lighting systems.

What are the components of a BAS?
Components of a BAS include sensors, actuators, and hardware modules.

How many layers are in a BAS and what are they?
There are four types of layers in a BAS: Server Level Layer, Supervisory layer, Field Controller Layer, and Input/Output Layer.

Sensors and devices are housed within which layer of the BAS?
The Input/Output Layer houses sensors and devices. This would include physical sensors, actuators, VFD's or devices such as boilers or chillers.

What should daily BAS checks include?
Daily BAS checks should include running reports to identify failures, alarms, and operator overrides.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

Components of a BAS include sensors, actuators and hardware modules. Sensors are measuring devices that convert a physical reality into a signal. Actuators are connected to field controllers that modulate valves and dampers. The sensors and actuators are attached to input/output ports on hardware modules that produce electric signals according to the inputs and outputs. The interaction among these devices is orchestrated by the controllers, embedded with control logic that controls the actuators by the feedback from the inputs, or by commands from the system. The components work together in a process called the control loop. The input signal is received by a sensor or a device which is connected to the controller. The controller, which is processed by the logic, controls the response to the output device. This can be a variable frequency device, or another device such as an actuator, controlling a damper, valve, relay, contactor, compressor, blower or pump. Setpoints are used by the controller programming to process inputs and calculate the error between the setpoint to drive an output. Some types of setpoints or critical sensors on a typical air handler, include: outside airflow, discharge air temperature, and duct static pressure. Dead bands allow the equipment to transition between modes while preventing constant cycling between the two modes.
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