SHAPING THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY
Power Utility in the Data Center
By: Dan Fanning
The power for a data center, as with everything else, comes from its electric utility. The utility generates power from any number of burning and turning means. The utility then distributes the power across the transmission network to its customers. Our concern at EDI focuses mainly on electrical capacity and the reliable delivery of the power the client needs to run the data center. In this article, we are not going to concern ourselves with specifics of generation, transmission or other "how it's made" type of details. Instead we will be looking at the role of the utility transformer and its effect on the building that uses it.
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EDI's job is to communicate with the utility and conduct research on behalf of our client, to ensure that the client receives the most reliable power they can afford at the capacity they need. Communication and research typically happen when a client is seeking a new location for a data center and has hired us for a feasibility study, an assessment or a new design project.
Transformers are essential for the transmission and distribution of electricity. A transformer "transforms" the primary voltage into a less lethal and more practical secondary voltage. So, let's say we look outside in your neighborhood and find that the primary voltage is at 4,160v from the electrical pole to the transformer. That voltage is not so great for charging your phone. It does have beneficial transmission qualities for the utility, however. The transformer in your neighborhood "transforms" the 4160v to 240/120v that is present in your home electrical panel. If you want to know more about "transformation," check out this
Organizational Changes By April Noa
This winter has brought some exciting changes to EDI's organizational structure to help us prepare for the next 30 years supporting our clients and providing a place for our employees to grow their careers.
"As the next President of EDI, I am very excited about the change that began
end of last year. Being part of the leadership team that will transition EDI to the next generation is a challenge that I look forward to with enthusiasm and commitment. It is my privilege to partner with Don Kinser, our CEO and founder, as well as the rest of the EDI team to assist our clients with exceptional service as we continue to advise, design, and manage technology projects into the future. Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement as we take EDI to the next level." - Mark McComb
"EDI is in a growth mode and I am very honored to join the leadership team during these exciting times. As the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, I look forward to helping our firm continue on our growth pattern and discovering new ways we can serve our clients technology needs. I really appreciate everyone's support and look forward to EDI reaching new heights in the coming years." - Carl Emery
Project Updates & Client Awards
We are honored to be working with several repeat clients on their exciting new projects!
EDI completed data center assessments for MEAG's data center facilities. Our team reviewed the site capacity, system availability, design topologies, base load and pending growth, ability to expand, general risk conditions and operational protocol. We developed current state reports and provided recommendations for short-term goals and long-range planning efforts.
Rex Healthcare Heart & Vascular Hospital:
EDI has completed our final construction phase site observation for the UNC Rex Heart and Vascular project. EDI, as a member of the WHR design team, provided design and consulting services for the structured cabling, physical security, distributed antenna, nurse call, and audio-visual systems. The hospital is scheduled to open in early 2017. Please find more information about the project and a time-lapse video of the construction process
K-12 Projects in Denver:
EDI has recently been awarded various projects in the K-12 education space in our Denver office. EDI is excited to help create education facilities with enhanced technology to prepare students for the future. EDI is currently working with the following schools and districts: Eagle County Schools, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Weld County School District Re8, St. Vrain School District, Roaring Forks School District, Dawson School, and Scottsbluff High School.
EDI has recently completed training for CalSTRS as part of the Multimodal Communication Upgrade (MCU) project. We created the training material and provided the actual training for the user groups, administrative personnel, and the technical support teams. The MCU project is a $5,000,000 audio-visual upgrade project of their boardroom, studio/control room, committee rooms, training facility, conference rooms, and other common space areas. The project incorporated updates to the video system to support 4K, audio/video/web conferencing, new training capabilities, updates to the microphone systems, and new displays/projection technology.
Congratulations to Adolfson & Peterson Construction on their ACE Award for the CoBank Center project from the Associated General Contractors of Colorado for Best Building Project - General Contractor (over $70,000,000). EDI provided full technology design, consulting, and construction administration on the project and worked closely with A&P and their subcontractors to complete a successful project. Click here for more information about the project.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Regional Ambulatory Care Center:
EDI would also like to congratulate Memorial Sloan Kettering, and E
for their Healthcare Design Award from The American Institute
of Architects, Category B: Built, more than $25,000,000 in construction cost. Though EDI was not involved in this particular project, we have been providing MSK with Technology Program Management services for the past
years and look forward to a continued relationship with both the hospital and EwingCole. Click
for more information about this award.
What does EDI do? Well...let us tell you. We would love to host a lunch-n-learn for your organization. EDI offers lunch-n-learns on the following topics: Audio-Visual Systems Future Trends, Healthcare Technology - Today & Tomorrow, Nursing and Patient-Friendly Technology Design, Technology in Education, Top 10 Technology Coordination Issues, and Design/Build vs Design/Bid/Build - What's Best for You?
Here is a wrap-up of two lunch-n-learn sessions that we offered this winter:
EDI provided a Lunch-in-Learn for
Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart
- an architecture firm in Atlanta titled "Residential Tower of the Future." During the presentation, we discussed an EDI project at Park Place on Peachtree (a luxury high-rise condominium in the Buckhead neighborhood). Specifically, information was provided about high tech building infrastructure such as Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON), Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) for enhanced cellular and maintenance/emergency radio coverage, and various technologies related to network, wireless, telephone, and TV systems.
EDI also provided a Lunch-in-Learn for
in Colorado Springs where we discussed the Future of Healthcare Technology and focused on how technology impacts improved efficiency and outcomes, where technology crosses with clinical communication, and how technology is drastically changing patient engagement.
Learn more about these topics
. Please contact
to schedule your lunch-n-learn today!
Not only do we offer training, but we stay abreast of the latest technology to bring our clients and projects the best designs based on potential vendors, their products and services.
Here is a listing of the training or presentations that we have received this winter: audio-visual switches and solutions, smart buildings, unified communications and group collaboration, remote video transmitters, smart power, explosive bandwidth growth, evolution in wireless technology, more power over Ethernet, remote monitoring capabilities, lens charting and storage calculation tools, servers, IP SIP compliant intercom stations, cloud based storage for CCTV, and Ethernet extenders....to name a few.
We want to thank the vendors that took their time to meet with us and tell us more about their services and products.
Are you interested in presenting your latest and greatest technology systems and products to our team members? Please contact Shirley Wren to schedule a lunch-n-learn for our staff.
In addition to the vendors that presented their emerging technologies, we also had internal peer-to-peer sessions that included topics such as, data center 101, structured cabling, spec writing, A/V system trends, and medical scope management using RTLS.
- Jim and Blake Harrison attended the 2017 BICSI conference in January. They learned about
new developing standards, how GPON and other fiber to the office products are developing. They also learned more about the advances of lighting using PoE which may eventually change the industry. Blake and Jim also learned that the number of IoT connected devices is predicted to be over 50 billion by 2020. All this may have a large impact on structured cabling systems design, telecom room sizes and locations, and power delivered to telecom rooms.
Be sure to check out the details for one of the following industry conferences. Maybe we'll see you there!
Please mark your calendars for April 11th and plan on joining us for our open house. We will be celebrating our newly renovated office and our 30th anniversary!
EDI Office Happenings
One of the greatest things about working at EDI is the culture. Once hired, our employees are happy to work hard for a company that aids in their professional development, challenges them to do their best and recognizes them for their hard work.
The following employees are celebrating an anniversary with EDI this winter (notice how long some have been with the company which will attest to the corporate culture that was mentioned above):
- Barbara Gray (1 year)
- Dan Fanning (7 years)
- Andy Parsons (12 years)
- Paul Remke (5 years)
- April Noa (1 year)
- Rich Jordan (2 years)
EDI Count on Us Award
Congratulations to Shirley Wren, our 2016 winner of the EDI Count on Us award. Shirley has been with EDI for nine years as the corporate Project Accountant. We couldn't get by without her! She is most definitely a valued employee and we want to thank Shirley for her hard work and dedication to a job well done.
EDI's Atlanta office is undergoing a pretty substantial renovation to allow for additional work spaces as we grow into the next decade and beyond. We are creating a more open workstation area, five huddle rooms, expanding our breakroom, and making some fun technological upgrades (including a large 4K monitors, wireless presentation capability and built-in web conferencing). This new space will allow for a more collaborative atmosphere, and a fun space to hang around after-hours for some bonding with team members.
With all that comes along with a major office renovation there was a huge need for some manual labor. Fortunately we have an awesome team of employees that pitched in and got the job done (see some pictures here). There were furniture, appliances, and cubicles that had to be dismantled, moved, and sold. Files and general office supplies had to be packed and stored. And recycling, lots and lots of recycling.
We had some EDI shirts made and spent an afternoon (or two) working together to get one side of our office moved and cleaned out so that Phase I of the construction could begin. Once that phase was completed some more hard work was necessary to move into our new work spaces while Phase II is underway. You can check out some pictures of the construction here but plan on visiting the office on April 11th for our open house. We will be celebrating both the completion of the renovation and our 30th anniversary.
VP of Business Development Western Region
EDI's Denver office seeks to hire a seasoned sales professional to lead the business development efforts in the western United States. The ideal candidate will have a well-developed network in the healthcare, higher education, and corporate markets in the western US generally and the Denver Metro/Colorado region more specifically. This individual will have experience positioning complex technology consulting and advisory services to Owners and the AEC community. This candidate will also have sales experience in the data center market as well.
This position will be responsible for overall sales efforts in the Region, including lead generation, proposal development, presentations, closing deals, and long-term client management beyond project award. This position will report directly to the VP of Sales & Marketing of EDI. This is a great opportunity to join an exciting, growth-oriented company looking to further expand business presence in the western US.
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