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Mechanical Services Training pilot seeking participants

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13 May 22
CIBSE ANZ Region

CIBSE will run a small pilot for its Mechanical Services training next month in Sydney.

Pilot Dates: 8th & 9th, 14th & 15th June 2022.

Over 25 experts have contributed to development of this 4-day module and this will be the first of 7 modules to be release over the next 12-18 months.

The purpose of running this pilot is to ensure that we are giving participants the best possible learning experience and to take every care to create a training product that is of the highest possible standard and value to our local industry.

Four members the CIBSE NSW Young Engineers Committee have been selected to participate in this pilot and we are looking for a couple more participants from other areas of the industry to join this group.

There is no fee to participate in this training module but instead we will be seeking participant feedback to make final tweaks to the content, or delivery format before opening this much anticipated module to the industry.

If you are interested in joining this pilot, please email [email protected] before Friday 3 June 2022 with the following details:

  • Your name:
  • The discipline of building services engineering/area of the built environment you work in:
  • The number of years of built environment experience you have under your belt:
  • Your current job title:
  • Your current organisation:
  • The highest level of tertiary qualification you have obtained:


The course overview and agenda is copied below for your information.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Course Mechanical Services
Course summary This course introduces Mechanical Services as a core discipline within building services engineering. This includes an overview of what Mechanical Services are, their importance and design, and the vitality of how they integrate into the overarching building and construction process.
The course:
  • will raise awareness of how Mechanical Services deeply impact the way a building is put together, while examining some of its key components and considerations
  • explains how Mechanical Services interacts with other core building construction services, including what those other services are, and how they fit into the structure
  • highlights the importance of focusing on the comfort, health, wellbeing, and safety of the people who might occupy the building, and the appropriateness of the sustainability strategy in relation to those people
  • will emphasise the complexities and interrelatedness of Mechanical Services and other building services, which ensure/reflect a people-first approach, over a building-first mindset.
Course learning objectives By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
  • Explain Mechanical Services and their integration within a building
  • Describe the importance of relevant mandatory and regulatory requirements, to achieve certification and best practice in Mechanical Services
  • Describe the importance of Mechanical Services for peoples’ health, wellbeing, and safety
  • Identify and describe the design principles required for energy efficient equipment selection
  • Discuss the importance of automatic controls (BMCS) for an energy efficient building
Course benefits Learners will benefit from this course because it:
  • Provides a holistic approach to the various disciplines of building services, which have traditionally been siloed.
  • Describes Mechanical Services and engineering design in basic and simple terms and demystifies the hardware and software that are utilised in Mechanical Services design. This is particularly beneficial to professionals for problem solving, should issues occur.
  • Describes the science behind the Mechanical Services design procedures and demonstrates why we do things a certain way.
  • Enables learners to think about how critical Mechanical Services are to the health and wellbeing of people and the safety of a building’s occupants.
  • Provides a level of understanding to support learners collaborate with others. 
Target audience This course is targeted at engineering graduates with up to 3 years of engineering or construction experience. It assumes knowledge of basic engineering principles, but no prior skills or knowledge specific to building services engineering.
This course is also appropriate for other building services and construction professionals looking to gain a basic knowledge of the principles building services engineering – Mechanical Services, and its interrelatedness to other building services.
Duration 4 days – 9am to 5pm (24 hours)
Course Type CPD (not accreditation)


COURSE AGENDA

DAY 1: WELCOME, INTRODUCTION, LEVEL 1 & 2
Duration Topic
9.00am – 10.00am
(1 hour)
1. Welcome & Introduction to Mechanical Services
  1. Get to know each other
  2. What we will cover and a few insights into the content
10 mins Break
10.10 - 11.10am
(1 hour)
2. Level 1 -Statutory
  • Council requirements
  • Building regulations
  • Australian Standards
  • Safety 
  • Other
  • Typical development compliance framework and exclusions
  • Complying development and development applications
  • Interface with certifying authority
15 mins Break
11.25am – 12.25pm
(1 hour)
3. Level 1 – Cost
  • Capital investment
  • Asset positioning
  • Operation costs
  • Lifecycle costing
  • Other
  • Project funding, who pays to build, own, operate and maintain?
  • How is the asset valued?
  • What are the current and future impacts on asset value?
35 mins Lunch break
1.00pm – 2.00pm
( 1 hour)
4. Level 1 - Technical
  • Project objectives and requirements
  • Comfort criteria, air movement, temp, humidity, radiation, olfactory, noise, glare
  • Building modelling and passive elements
  • Embodied energy (sustainability concept / circular economy etc))
  • History and principles of heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology
  • Impact of HFC's and HCFC's on the environment
  • Impact of operational carbon emissions on the environment
  • How to calculate emissions over equipment lifecycle
  • Systems engineering and system selection
  • Space requirements for mechanical systems
  • Materials and reticulation systems
  • Control, monitoring and reporting 
10 mins Break
2.10pm – 3.10pm
(1 hour)
5. Level 1 - Technical
  • How are the project and comfort criteria determined?
  • Indoor Air Quality & Ventilation
  • Principles of passive design elements
  • Heating and cooling load estimation
  • Calculating operational emissions
15 mins Break
3.25pm – 4.25pm   
(1 hour)
6. Level 2 – Cost and Statutory
  • How the regulatory hierarchy works
  • How standards and referenced
  • How safety is managed
  • How capital costs are estimated
  • How operation costs are estimated
  • Value of sustainability criteria
  • Trends for carbon accounting and net-zero
4.25pm – 5.00pm
(35 minutes)
Q&A and Close
DAY 2: MECHANICAL SERVICES LEVEL 2 
Duration Topic
9.00am – 9.15am
(15 minutes)
Check in / Re-cap Day 1 / Agenda Day 2
9.15am – 10.30am
(1 hour 15 minutes)
7. Level 2 – Statutory and Technical
  • Common HVAC system types in Australia
  • Space requirements of different HVAC systems
  • Reticulation space requirements for different HVAC systems
  • Sick Building Syndrome
15 mins Break
10.45am – 12.30pm
(1 hour 45 minutes)
8. Level 2 – Technical continued
(see above)
45 mins Lunch break
1.15pm – 3.00pm
(1 hour 45 minutes)
9. Level 2 – Technical continued
(see above)
15 mins Break
3.15pm – 4.30pm 
(1 hour 15 minutes)
10. Level 2 – Technical continued
(see above)
4.30pm – 5.00pm
(30 minutes)
Q&A and Close
DAY 3: MECHANICAL SERVICES LEVEL 3 
Duration Topic
9.00am – 9.15am
(15 minutes)
Check in / Re-cap Day 1&2 / Agenda Day 3
9.15am – 10.30am
(1 hour)
11. Level 3 - Cost and Statutory
  • Specific standards most relevant to HVAC design in Australia
  • Performance solutions and deemed to satisfy (DTS) compliance
  • Industry and project specific standards (health, defence, other)
  • History and principles of fire compartmentation & control systems
  • Statutory requirements of energy efficiency of buildings
  • How to compute future expenses into current value (nett present value calculation)
  • Why lifecycle costs are important
  • Limitations of estimates
Discretionary environmental standards, governance, objectives and compliance
15 mins Break
10.45am – 12.30am
(1 hour 45 minutes)
12. Level 3 - Technical 
  • Equipment and systems specific introduction
  • How DX and VRF systems work and how to size them
  • How exhaust ventilation systems work and how to design them
  • How chillers work and how to select them
  • How boilers work and how to select them
  • How pumps work and how to select them
  • Fans and Air Distribution
  • How FCU's and AHU's work and how to design them
  • VAV / CAV
  • How chilled beams work and how to design them
  • How heat pump heating works and how to design it
  • Hydronic circuit design and control
  • Buffer tank design and control
  • Evaporative cooling (direct and indirect)
  • Healthcare
  • Controls
  • Commissioning 
  • Maintenance
Noise and vibration design
45 mins Lunch break
1.15pm – 3.00pm
(1 hour 45 minutes)
13. Level 3 – Technical continued
(see above)
15 mins Break
3.15pm – 4.30pm
(1 hour 15 minutes)
14. Level 3 – Technical continued
(see above)
4.30pm – 5.00pm
(30 minutes)
Q&A and Close
DAY 4: MECHANICAL SERVICES LEVEL 3 AND CLOSE
Duration Topic
9.00am – 9.15am
(15 minutes)
Check in / Re-cap Day 1, 2 &3 / Agenda Day 4
9.15am – 10.30am
(1 hour)
11. Level 3 – Technical continued
(see above)
15 mins Break
10.45am – 12.30am
(1 hour 45 minutes)
12. Level 3 - Technical continued
(see above)
45 mins Lunch break
1.15pm – 3.00pm
(1 hour 45 minutes)
13. Level 3 – Technical 
(see above)
15 mins Break
3.15pm – 4.15pm
(1 hour)
14. Wrap Up - Level 1, 2 & 3
4.15pm – 4.45pm
(30 minutes)
Q&A, Close & Farewell