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Standard Chartered’s headquarters equips RDM controls

A Resource Data Management (RDM) building management system (BMS) is providing control and monitoring for the new flagship headquarters of Standard Chartered bank.

The building, located in the prestigious Technology Park Malaysia complex in Kuala Lumpur, consists of numerous retail outlets, restaurants, parking and office accommodation.

Due to the nature of the main tenant’s business in banking and finance, the building accommodates a substantial IT infrastructure. Given this, and the high quality, low carbon environment specified, an all-encompassing building management and monitoring solution was necessary.

The RDM system chosen provides complete control of the building’s VRV and split air conditioning systems, smoke exhaust fans and booster pumps, lighting, lifts, generators, and fire and security systems. It also looks after air handling units and pressurisation fans.

Integrating these systems enables the RDM solution to exercise fine control over critical indoor climate parameters such as temperature and humidity, to maintain optimum environmental conditions for occupants and IT equipment.

According to RDM, it uses a sophisticated “Comfort Index” that takes account of both actual and predicted weather conditions, to anticipate changes and significantly reduce energy consumption, while maintaining the desired environmental conditions.

A key requirement is to record energy use throughout the building, so that it can be managed proactively to minimise running costs. The RDM system monitors the performance of every item of energy-using plant and equipment, and uses specially developed algorithms to predict potential future failure.

Using operating data collected, facility managers can carry out periodic analyses to diagnose issues and inefficiency, in a process of constant improvement known as Active FM. This covers alarm and event management, trending, energy management, scheduling and Planned Preventive Maintenance (PPM), all supported by comprehensive historical data storage.

This store of data is also used to provide building managers with Maintenance on Demand (MOD), an automated decision-making function developed by RDM to deliver optimum building maintenance, which alerts users when maintenance is due.

The approach means that building managers can progressively fine tune the performance of the building, to reduce operating costs and improve comfort conditions for tenants.

RDM Asia is not only monitoring power consumption of each sub-segment of the building, but provides a comprehensive billing system. Bespoke software records power and water usage for each tenant, using data collected by 48 kWhr and water meters, plus 36 digital power meters. Data can also be used to benchmark the building’s performance and measure future enhancements.

The system consists of a main BMS controller, linked to a control panel on each floor of the building via a local network. An RDM Data Manager gives facility managers access to the entire system via a desktop pc, tablet or smart phone.

Because the Data Manager uses open protocol communications, it is able to link seamlessly to all building systems. For example, it links to the BACnet-based Panasonic air conditioning system, Modbus-based power meters, pulse signal-based water meters, and DALI-based lighting and other controls.

All information is managed by the Data Manager, with PCs, smart phones and other external devices being used simply as viewing tools using any web browser on the device. The system is therefore not dependent on any bespoke software program to view the BMS, reducing costly and potentially problematic licensing issues.

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