Central PA ASHRAE Newsletter January 2011
Board and Committee Chairs
President's Message
Mark Graybill, PE
Andrew Odell
Vice President
Nathan Potteiger
Alyssa Adams, LEED AP
David Bender
Michael Conchilla, PE
Daniel Hanley
D. Todd Postlethwait, PE, LEED AP
CTTC (Programs)
Andrew Odell
Education Committee
Thomas Long, PE
Student Activities
Alyssa Adams
Research Promotion
Robert Miller
Nathan Potteiger
D. Todd Postlethwait, PE, LEED AP
Publicity (Web and Newsletter)
Mark Tome, PE, HFDP, LEED AP
In This Issue

Greetings ASHRAE Members,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The new year is a good time to reflect on the past and make plans for the future. I would like to thank Four Seasons Produce for allowing us to tour their facility. It gave me a greater appreciation for the produce found on store shelves. Produce storage is also a topic listed in the 2010 ASHRAE Refrigeration Handbook. The handbook even devotes three pages to bananas. I would also like to thank Jay Kohler for giving us an update on ASHRAE Standards 34 and 15.

I hope to see many of your at our first meeting of the new year on January 12. We will be back at the Appalachian Brewing Company to hear about The Role of Mechanical Designers in the Building Information Modeling Process (BIM) by John I. Messner, Ph.D., a professor at Penn State University.

Also in January is the ASHRAE 2011 Winter Meeting, held at the same time as the AHR Expo in Las Vegas. There is still time left to register for these events. If you plan on attending, you are also invited to go to the Region III Winter Meeting Dinner with members from our chapter and other nearby chapters. You can find more details on the dinner at the end of this newsletter.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to give more to charity, including giving an additional $100 above my normal contribution to ASHRAE Research. Will you join me in this resolution? You are also welcome to come to my house this spring and join me with another of my resolutions – scraping and painting windows. Have a wonderful 2011 and good luck with your New Year’s Resolutions.

Mark M. Graybill, PE

Employment Opportunities

Central PA ASHRAE will publish employment opportunities in the Pennant at a cost of $50/month.  The Pennant is distributed twice each month (September through May) to approximately 500 people.  Contact
Mark Tome (717) 814-8237 to have employment opportunities included in the Pennant

Meeting Announcement

BIMThe Role of Mechanical Designers and Contractors in the Building Information Modeling Process
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 @ Appalachian Brewing Company,
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA  17101

5:00-6:00 Social Hour
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:00-8:00 Presentation by John I. Messner, Ph.D.

This presentation will provide an overview of a structured procedure for integrated teams to plan and communicate their Building Information Modeling (BIM) implementation strategies on a project with a particular focus on the role of the mechanical design and construction professions. A proposed method for BIM Project Execution Planning has been developed through a buildingSMART Alliance project by the Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Group at Penn State. This planning method includes a four step procedure:

  1. Identify BIM goals and uses
  2. Design the BIM process for the project
  3. Develop information exchange requirements fro exchanges between project participants
  4. Define the project infrastructure to support the BIM implementation

Detailed templates to support each of the steps within the procedure will be introduced and draft versions of the templates are available for project teams to implement. The procedure is described in more detail in the Guide to Project Execution Planning for BIM which is available for download. This planning procedure has been developed through the generous support of The Charles Pankow Foundation, The Construction Industry Institute, the Penn State Office of Physical Plant and the Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence (PACE).

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Messner is the Director of the Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Program at Penn State and an Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering. He specializes in BIM and virtual prototyping research, along with globalization issues in construction. The CIC Research Group is currently performing the BIM Execution Planning project for the buildingSMART alliance. He has also received NSF grants for investigating the application of this advanced visualization in construction engineering education and the AEC Industry. As a part of these grants, he led the development of the Immersive Construction (ICon) Lab, an affordable, 3 screen immersive display system for design and construction visualization. Dr. Messner is also a principle investigator on two Globalization projects for the Construction Industry Institute. He previously worked as a project manager on various construction projects for a large general contractor. He teaches courses in virtual prototyping; BIM; strategic management in construction; international construction; and project management at Penn State.

Online or or 717-939-3600 ask for Andrew Odell
Deadline: Friday January 7th, 2011

Chapter Members: $30.00
Non members: $40.00
Retired: $5.00

Note to all Chapter Officers and Committee Chairs: Chapter Officers, Board Members and Committee Chairs have standing reservations.  If you do not RSVP by the deadline, you will be billed for the fun time you missed.

2011 Schedule (revised 12/23/10)

Print/PDF Version
Date & Location Event
January 12 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Research Promotion Night

The Role of Mechanical Designers in the Building Information Modeling Process (BIM) by John I. Messner, Ph.D., PSU

February 9

Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

The Latest in Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS) by ASHRAE Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Stanley Mumma, PhD

March 9

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Membership Promotion Night

Hydronic Balancing in a Variable System by Bill England, FDI Hydronic Training Manager

April 14

Appalachian Brewing Company
50N. Cameron St, Harrisburg

Student Activities Night

Student Presentations

April 21 - 1:00-4:00 PM
ASHRAE Webcast
Ground Source Heat Pump Systems – Putting the Earth to Work for You
May Family Night - Local Baseball
July Annual Golf Event



Member News

The Chapter congratulates the following people who are new to ASHRAE membership:

  • Mr. Michael Cahill -- Energy Products Company

Congratulations to Rebecca Thompson of Leach Wallace and her husband Andy, on the arrival their first child, a daughter, Lucy Mae, born on September 25th.

Have information to share? New hires, promotions, retirements, etc.
Put it in the Pennant!

Society News

Invitation to Region III Dinner -- Winter ASHRAE Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada

September 28, 2010

Dear Region III Members:

I have the pleasure of inviting you to attend the Region III Winter Meeting Dinner. It will be held on Monday, January 31, 2011 at Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas, 4510 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89169. (702) 740-7888.

You are cordially invited to join other members from Region III for an evening of delicious food, drinks and fellowship.

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas is just a few blocks from the Las Vegas Hilton. We will meet in the hotel lobby for a short cab ride to the restaurant. continued

Pennsylvania Ground Water Association Winter Conference

January 27 and 28, 2011

Holiday InnHarrisburg/Hershey in Grantville, PA

For a general registrationform, click here.

To read a description of each presentation, click this link.

To print a copy of this program, click thislink.