ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference Announces Preliminary Schedule

2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference
Sept. 10–12, 2014
Atlanta, GA

A preliminary schedule has been announced for the 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, which merges the ASHRAE Energy Modeling and IBPSA-USA SimBuild Conferences.

In addition, the schedule of pre-Conference courses has been finalized, and applications are now being accepted for student scholarships to attend the Conference.

The Conference theme of ‘BIM, BEM and SIM—Integrated Building Design and Modeling’ focuses on workflow and integration.

The papers and non-paper presentations selected for the Conference address these areas as well as innovations in modeling for the benefit of the energy modeling and building simulation industries.

The papers and presentations are organized around the following topics:

•Urban Modeling
•State of the Art BIM
•Design Firms
•New Simulation Approaches
•BIM in the Cloud
•Codes and Rating Systems
•Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Attendees will benefit by networking, by participating in numerous hands-on modeling and simulation presentations, and by seeing current tools available in the marketplace, their applications and workarounds.

In all,some 80 papers and some 80 non-paper presentations are slated to be presented.

A featured keynote speaker is Dru Crawley, Bentley, who is scheduled to deliver an address titled “BIM to SIM: Trends in Buildings, Technologies and Tools.” Additional keynote speakers are being identified.

A “Market-Reality Session—Modeling Tools” features major modeling and simulation vendors who will explain and answer questions about their software’s capabilities. Confirmed vendors are: Autodesk, Carrier, EnergyPlus, IES, OpenStudio and Trane.

In addition, 12 courses and software training are scheduled prior to the Conference on Sept. 8–9. See for course descriptions and registration.

A post-conference ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional certification exam will be administered on Sept. 12. Separate registration is required.

Registration Information

Early bird registration closes on July 24. For more information or to register, visit

Student scholarships are available to students and recent graduates to apply for support for registration, hotel and travel. The application cut-off is July 25, 2014. Visit to submit a scholarship application.

Geothermal Design Course

The Geothermal Alliance of IL will sponsor an IGSHPA Certified Geothermal Designer course June 3-5, 2014, in Peoria. Ed Lohrenz, B.E.S. and CGD, of GEOptimize, Inc., in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the instructor. Ed has been a regular trainer at the annual IL Geothermal Conference and is a highly-regarded CGD trainer.
The course will be held in the training facility of Connor Co. (Comfort Supply) in Peoria. The address is 2800 N. East Adams, Peoria 61603.

A course description/outline and complete information and on-line registration can be found at An early registration discount is available through May 17. Until then, registration is $1,995 for GAOI members and $2,095 for non-members. GAOI member organizations also get a $200 discount for more than one registration per company.

A block of overnight rooms is available at the Stoney Creek Inn in East Peoria, 101 Mariners Way. Call 309-694-1300 for reservations and ask for the GAOI rate.

For information, contact John Freitag, GAOI executive director, at 217-241-7973 or pooc.ceianull@gatierfj

University Engineer

Job Description: This position is part of the campus funded shared service that is vital for the oversight of the university’s design & construction program. The University Engineer performs building code review/approval for campus projects, as well as providing collaborative leadership on engineering standards, engineering technology, and overall policy development/oversight.

Characteristic Duties: Code review of construction plans and representation of the university Authority Having Jurisdiction; Collaborate with university staff system-wide on university facilities related initiatives, standards updates, contracts/agreement revisions, policy review/updates etc.; Review of agreements/contracts on behalf of the Director Facilities Planning & Development; Review of Board of Curators facilities actions, including capital plans, capital projects and master plans, on behalf of the Director Facilities Planning & Development; Provide technical assistance to the campuses; Review the annual capital request/plan and support the work of the Capital Budget Analyst; Advise and support the Director Facilities Planning & Development and the campus clients on engineering/technical matters; Provide Engineering leadership and support for UM System departments such as Research & Economic Development on design & construction matters; Maintain regular contact with campus Architects/Engineers, campus Vice Chancellors and Directors of Planning, Design and Construction via on-site visits, to assist the campus in compliance with University policies and procedures.

Hiring Range: $80,000 – $110,000
Shift: 40+ Hours/Week (8-5, M-F)
Preferred Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is necessary. Ten years of experience in the field is necessary. Professional Engineer’s license and experience in Higher Education is desirable.
Application Materials: Letter of Interest, Resume, Professional References

Apply on-line for this position at, select Employment from the bar down the left of the page and follow directions from there.  Any questions can be sent to ude.metsysmunull@tnesnom.

William J. Barbier

It is with great sadness I announce William J. Barbier passed away 4/20/2014.

Mr. Barbier was Past President of the St. Louis ASHRAE Chapter 1974-75. He was a Life Member and an ASHRAE Fellow.

Barbier, William Joseph 5/22/1931-4/20/2014, was granted eternal rest surrounded by family at home on Easter Sunday 2014. Loving Husband of Shirley Barbier (nee Kruse) for 62 years; beloved son of the late Helen and William Barbier; devoted father of Steve (Jessie), Diane (Randy), JoAnn (Stewart), Pat (Brian), and Jean (Bill); cherished Grandfather of Liz, Sarah, Wil, Luke, Charlie, Kellie, and Danny; dear brother of the late Mary Lamzik and Caroline Barbier. In 1954 he graduated from the University of Missouri School of Mines in Mechanical Engineering and was a member of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. He had an inventive mind that never stopped exploring new ideas. Holder of 35 patents, he worked as a chief engineer until he founded ConceptTechnology Inc in 1981 where he served as owner and President until the age of 80. He was a member of RSES, AMAE and Toastmasters, as well as Fellow, life time member and past president of the ASHRAE organization. Bill was a gentle soul, lover of books and ideas with a strong determination to learn and succeed. He cherished his family and friends who will always remember his positive attitude and ever present smile. Services: A memorial mass will take place Friday, May 2nd, 1:30pm at St. Francis Xavier Church (College Church @ Grand & Lindell), followed by a Celebration of Bill’s life at The Rose of the Hill (2300 Edwards St). Bill donated his body to the SLU School of Medicine. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Miner Alumni Assoc. c/o of Barbier Scholarship Fund, 1200 N. Pine, Rolla, MO 65409.

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Apr. 24, 2014 

2014 Annual Conference

ASHRAE will host its 2014 Annual Conference, June 28-July 2 in Seattle, Washington.

By attending the Conference, you have an opportunity to discuss and examine the latest topics in the building industry, such as high performing buildings and integrated design, as well as participate in technical tours; attend ASHRAE Learning Institute courses; earn professional credits; and obtain ASHRAE certifications.

The ASHRAE Conference creates the ideal atmosphere for those interested in advancing the building industry, to network, inspect the latest technology and learn about the newest practices for the built environment.

If you are a first-time Conference attendee, you are eligible for special rates of $515 by April 27; $450 by June 8; and $675 beginning June 9.