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  • Residential Commissioning

    first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Building a new home usually requires work by several subcontractors, including electricians, plumbers, and HVAC installers. At the end of the job, someone — usually the general contractor — has to verify that all of the specified work has been completed.Has the water heater been installed? Check.Air conditioner? Check.Ducts? Check.Ventilation system? Check.At this point, if everything looks good (including the drywall and kitchen cabinets, of course), some GCs might call it a day and say, “The punch list is complete.” But the job isn’t really finished until the house has been commissioned.Commissioning is the process of testing and adjusting installed equipment to be sure that it performs in accordance with the manufacturer’s specs and the designer’s intent. Commissioning also requires someone to verify that all of the building’s equipment and components interact well, so that one piece of equipment doesn’t cause unintended consequences. One article on commissioning describes the process this way: “A good commissioning process will first test individual components for defects and performance, then test each system, and finally look at system interactions and the performance of the house as a whole under all anticipated operating conditions.”Here’s a simpler definition: commissioning is all about looking for things that aren’t right and fixing them. The aim is for the house to perform as intended.Some writers use the phrase “commissioning, testing, and balancing” to describe this process, but they are being unnecessarily wordy. The word “commissioning” covers all three acts.Unfortunately, most new homes are never commissioned — because the need for commissioning is not intuitive. After all, once all of the equipment is hooked up and plugged in, it should work — right?And if something didn’t work, the homeowners would notice the problem and give the builder… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

  • Oracle’s Acme Packet Deal Pushes It Deeper Into Cisco’s Territory

    first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Oracle’s footprint in the tech industry just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Since 2005, the company has spent $50 billion on more than 80 acquisitions to extend its reach from business software to hardware to cloud computing and networking. On Monday, Oracle announced plans to acquire Bedford, Mass.-based, Acme Packet for $2.1 billion. If the deal closes by July as planned, Oracle will be facing off against Cisco in providing gear for transmitting voice, video and data over the Internet.IT And TelecomThe Acme Packet deal reflects how information technology and telecommunications are coming together in ways that are forcing big shifts in the competitive landscape. As the industry enters the post-PC era, mobile devices will increasingly dominate the enterprise and corporations will need to work with carriers and IT companies to establish better communications between employees’ smartphones and tablets and business systems.Oracle sees this blending of IT and telecom, and Acme will make the second-largest maker of business applications a player in the new market. More than 1,900 global service providers and enterprise customers use Acme’s gear. The days when separate companies could provide IT and networking gear are over. Carriers and enterprises are now looking for full-service tech vendors that can provide products for building all-Internet communication systems.While hardware still matters, software’s role in driving network capabilities is growing. “Although hardware is still important in many applications to provide needed performance, software is more and more critical for both differentiating and monetizing network capabilities,” Dana Cooperson, analyst for market researcher Ovum, said in a statement. “Performance without monetization is only half the equation.”Oracle is certainly in a position to provide a complete software and hardware package to carriers and other large communications and content providers. Because of its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2010, Oracle has the hardware to carry Acme technology. As an added bonus, Acme is likely to boost Oracle hardware sales, which have been in a slump.Oracle vs. CiscoOracle has been encroaching on Cisco’s market for a while. Last July, the company bought Xsigo Systems, marking Oracle’s move into network virtualization, a potentially game-changing technology for moving data more efficiently in and out of data centers. The deal was announced a week after VMware agreed to pay $1.26 billion for Nicira, another network virtualization startup. Oracle did not disclose terms of the Xsigo deal.Within the area of Internet communications, Cisco, still the networking leading, has been moving aggressively. While Acme is seen as a pioneer in the technology, some analysts believe it has lost some of its mojo as Cisco and the rest of the industry turn to mobile communications. The Wall Street Journal reported that analysts for Mizuho Bank are among the skeptics.“While we appreciate Acme’s pioneer status and historically dominant position in fixed wireline networks, we argue that the company’s current wireless strategy will achieve limited success over time,” Mizuho said in a recent note. If Muzuho analysts are correct, then Oracle will have to correct Acme’s weakness in wireless technology while also contending with increasing competition from Cisco and others.Nevertheless, Oracle has the cash to get the technology it needs through acquisition. Cisco is in the same position, so expect to see more mergers and acquisitions throughout the year as competition heats up. “Oracle and Cisco can both afford to be aggressive with M&A whereas many of their peers cannot,” Cooperson said. “Expect the buying spree to continue.”Image courtesy of maxhphoto / Shutterstock. antone gonsalves Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

  • High expectations for 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup staging in PH

    first_imgOfficials from the SBP and Fiba launch the logo for the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAs a precursor to the 2023 Fiba World Cup, the Philippines is set to host the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup from June 8 to 12 at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.“Coming from the heels of the country together with Japan and Indonesia winning the 2023 World Cup, we’re very excited about us staging another World Cup,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio at the launch on Thursday at Bonifacio High Street in Taguig.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Violinists and cheering squads: North Korea’s Olympic lineup Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities “It’s exciting times for basketball in general for the Philippines. We don’t have to wait for 2023 because we’ve brought the 3×3 World Cup here.”A total of 40 teams, 20 for men’s and 20 for women’s, will converge at the world’s largest indoor stadium to dispute who are the best half-court ballers all over the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSBP executive director Sonny Barrios also sees the occasion as a fitting culmination for this year’s Independence Day celebration.“We’re all working together to make it aside from a basketball event but also a part of the independence week celebration,” he shared. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIEScenter_img Though the Philippines has yet to come up with the 3×3 squad which will compete in both divisions, the SBP officials are highly optimistic that the event will give Fiba a glimpse of what awaits the international basketball community for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.“We need everyone’s help to drum up support for this event in June so that we can exceed expectations. We all know how much we love the sport of basketball,” said SBP chairman Sen. Sonny Angara. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • Bulanadi powers stags to semis

    first_imgAFP official booed out of forum View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Allyn Bulanadi made seven three-pointers on his way to 31 points as San Sebastian College routed Holy Trinity College, 93-75, Saturday in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Elite Eight at Ynares Sports Arena.The Stags thus joined NCAA champion San Beda to the crossover semifinals starting Monday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.The Lions, unbeaten in two games, go for a sweep against winless La Salle Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT In Group A, Lyceum mauled Naga College Foundation Tigers, 94-82, to boost its semifinal bid.CJ Perez had 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Pirates who picked up their second straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLyceum will make the Final Four if Ateneo defeats University of Visayas in their showdown. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Teenager Krog races to silver in Asian championships LATEST STORIES Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

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  • IOS signs India U-19 captain Ishan Kishan for three years

    first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) Indias under-19 cricket captain Ishan Kishan has been signed by leading sports management group IOS Sports and Entertainment for a period of three years. An emerging cricketer from Jharkhand, who led the Indian team to the final of the recently-concluded U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, is the second cricketer after Suresh Raina to have been exclusively signed by the group.”I am fortunate to be associated with IOS, my focus now will completely be on performing better and cementing my place in the senior national squad,” said Ishan.The promising wicketkeeper-batsman has signed a three year commercial deal with IOS for his worldwide representation rights. IOS will manage Ishans endorsements and brand associations, corporate profile, patents and digital rights, images, visibility on social networking sites and merchandise.”We are proud to have added Ishan to our portfolio. The promising youngster has the potential to be among the top cricketers of the next generation,” said IOS MD and CEO Neerav Tomar.IOS also manages sportspersons from different disciplines like badminton star Saina Nehwal, boxers Vijender Singh and MC Mary Kom, wrestler Sushil Kumar and shooter Gagan Narang among others.Ishan has scored 736 runs in 10 matches including one century and five half-centuries in the first-class cricket.The 17-year-old left-handed batsman made his debut in the Ranji Trophy against Assam in December 2014 while playing from Jharkhand. Ishan is also a part of team Gujarat Lions for the upcoming IPL 2016. PTI EMY PM PMlast_img read more

  • Delhi University (DU) UG registration 2019 to end soon! Apply now @ du.ac.in

    first_imgDU Admission 2019: The online registration process of Delhi University (DU) Undergraduate (UG) admissions 2019 will end on June 14, 2019. All the interested, eligible candidates can apply for 56,000 seats in undergraduate courses on the official website, the link for which is du.ac.in .Till now, over 2.14 lakh students have registered on Delhi University’s website for admissions to undergraduate courses. As reported by IANS, in total 1, 15,999 have been made payments. Out of the total number of registrations, 73,363 aspirants are from the unreserved category, 20,317 from other backward classes, 16,815 from Scheduled Castes, 3,379 from Scheduled Tribes and 2,142 from the Economically Weaker Section (EWS).Delhi UG Admission 2019: Cut-off listFirst cut-off list: June 20 (Expected)Second cut-off list: June 25(Expected)Third list: June 29, 2019Fourth and fifth cut-off lists: July 4 and July 9, respectivelyColleges affiliated to Delhi University:Delhi University is a prestigious institute of higher education in India and many top notch colleges like St Stephens, Hindu College, Hansraj College, Shriram College of Commerce, Lady Shriram College, Miranda House, Ramjas College, Kirori Mal College, Kamala Nehru College (KNC), Gargi College, etc are affiliated to it.Delhi UG Admission 2019: Educational qualification requiredThe candidate must have passed class 12 or its equivalent examination with minimum marks specified for each programmeCandidate should be an Indian citizen. The NRI candidates can apply through a different admission processAge limit:There is no minimum age requirement for applying.How to apply for Delhi University (DU) UG Admission 2019:Go to the official website of DU, du.ac.inClick on the New Applicant Signup’ tabOn the new page, create a new user account (Follow direction)Click on the New Registration’ linkEnter all the required information in the space providedPay the application fee and upload all the relevant scanned copied of the documentsClick on the ‘Register’ and a registration confirmation will be sent on your email idDownload a soft copy and take a print out of the filled-in DU Application Form 2019Direct link to apply: http://www.du.ac.in/du/index.php?page=ug-admissionadvertisementList of documents to be uploaded while filling the application form:Passport size photograph of the applicant (10-50 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format)Scanned signature of the applicant (10-50 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format)SC/ST/PwD/CW/KM Certificate (in the name of the applicant) issued by the competent authority (100-500 kb in size for upload in jpg/jpeg/png format)OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) Certificate (in the name of the Applicant) issued on or after March 31, 2019. The OBC caste must be included in Central list issued by the Government of India. http://ncbc.nic.in. (100-500 kb for upload in jpg/jpeg/png format)EWS Certificate issued by SDM certifying the applicant can claim reservation under this category, dated March 31, 2019 or later.(100-500 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format)Self-attested copies of Sports and/or ECA certificates. (100-500 kb in size per document for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG FORMAT), if applying under these categoriesSelf -Attested Class 10 certificate/marksheet containing Date of Birth (100-500 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format)Self -attested Class 12 mark sheet, if results have been announced. (In case the marksheet has not been issued by the Board, a self-attested copy of the marksheet downloaded from the respective board’s website should be uploaded). (100-500 kb in size for upload in JPG/JPEG/PNG format)DU Admission 2019: Number of seatsThis year Delhi University will offer admission on 56,000 seats for undergraduate courses.DU Admission 2019: Most popular courseThis year, English (Hons) is emerging as the most sought after undergraduate course in Delhi University (DU) so far. As of now, the university has received 92,346 applications for the course.In 2018, English had received the maximum number of applications 1,26,327, thereby making it a highly contended seat, with 55 students competing for each seat. Of DU’s 63 colleges, 48 offer the subject.For any other query related to admission, all the candidates are advised to check the official website of Delhi University (DU).READ: DU admissions: Delhi University to provide full scholarship to students whose parents are no morelast_img read more

  • Amawaterways Officially Welcomes Revolutionary Amamagna With Festive Christening Ceremony

    first_imgAmaWaterways Co-Founders and Valued Partners Celebrate with Emmy® Award-Winning Godmother Samantha Brown CALABASAS, CA – (July 11, 2019) – AmaWaterways today christened its revolutionary new ship, AmaMagna, in Grein, Austria. The festive ceremony saw guests on board joining AmaWaterways co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst along with Godmother Samantha Brown, respected travel expert and Emmy Award-winning television host, as she officially christened the 23rd ship in the fleet. “With AmaMagna’s double width design allowing for more personal space, amenities and dining venues, I have had this unique ship on my mind for years and today we are thrilled to officially welcome her to the AmaWaterways family,” said Schreiner. “We are grateful to have so many of our friends and travel partners here with us as we celebrate this exciting time for our company.” Honoring the long-standing tradition associated with ship christenings that originates more than 4,000 years ago, a priest blessed the ship and crew while Godmother Brown broke a champagne bottle against AmaMagna’s hull, signifying good luck on the journeys ahead. “Through the years, we have celebrated each new ship the Ama way – with lots of love! Samantha shares many values with our company – most notable through her PBS series “Places to Love”, where she discovers the emotional heart of travel through the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination,” said Karst. “She is a perfect fit as Godmother for this very special ship that is also challenging ideas of what river cruising can offer people in search of personalized travel experiences.” The striking new ship was welcomed by Grein Mayor Rainer Barth and a distinguished group of regional government and tourism representatives. Afternoon festivities included speeches by Schreiner, Karst and Brown, along with lively local entertainment celebrating the Blue Danube Waltz, Sound of Music and Austrian singer Falco. Following regionally-inspired cocktails and a gala dinner, guests were also treated to a sun deck show featuring dazzling LED performers and fireworks to cap off the festivities. “I am proud to be Godmother to this incredibly innovative ship,” said Brown. “I have always been impressed by the warmth and attentive care that the crew have shown to me and my family during our previous AmaWaterways cruise, but while traveling on board AmaMagna this week, the ship and the service have exceeded all my expectations of what a cruise experience can be.”  About AmaWaterways A family-owned company celebrating 17 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 23 ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhône, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River.  Led by experienced river cruise co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, the company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its wellness activities including a wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation highlighted with the launch of AmaMagna, which at twice the width of traditional river ships, offers a new dimension in luxury river cruising. The company also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, with sailings geared towards active travelers and families as well as group and charter options. With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Cruise Critic’s Editor’s Pick Award for “Best for Active Cruisers” and 2018 AFAR Reader’s Choice Award for “Best River Cruise Line.”last_img read more

  • FederalProvincial PostSecondary Infrastructure Projects Announced

    first_imgUniversities and college campuses across Nova Scotia will be busy with construction activity thanks to 25 economic stimulus projects worth $114 million. Premier Rodney MacDonald and Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay announced today, April 30, funding for the projects under the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program. “These projects, which will be found from Sydney to Yarmouth, from the Valley to Halifax, will put Nova Scotians across the province to work,” said Premier MacDonald. “In the short term, the projects will create and maintain jobs. In the long term, they will further contribute to the high quality of our post-secondary education system and the future prosperity of our province.” The Knowledge Infrastructure Program is a cost-shared initiative with the federal government to renew college and university campuses. “Through the renewal of college and university facilities, our researchers will have the tools they need to be global leaders in their fields and pursue world-class excellence,” said Mr. MacKay, who attended the announcement on behalf of Industry Minister Tony Clement. “Attracting and retaining workers who drive innovation and growth in the global knowledge economy strengthens Canada’s position as a world leader in science and technology to the benefit of all Canadians.” The projects include renovation, information technology, energy efficiency and environmental initiatives. They will begin as soon as possible and are to be completed by March 31, 2011. “Nova Scotia’s universities and college campuses are centres of innovation and vital economic engines,” said Education Minister Judy Streatch. “These projects will have an impact right now and also leave a legacy for students in the future.” The province, under its Building for Growth stimulus plan, and universities will invest $57.2 million. The federal government will contribute $56.75 million. The universities, Nova Scotia Community College and province worked together to submit proposals for funds under the $2-billion federal program.last_img read more