Building Management Systems (BMS) are constantly changing and converging with security, fire alarm, and other low voltage building systems. AKF has recognized the need for in-house expertise in controls engineering to provide our clients with the best possible service. To meet this need, AKF has developed a group of mechanical and electrical experts, many of whom are licensed Professional Engineers and LEED® Accredited Professionals, and all of whom bring past experience working for BMS vendors and contractors.
Our controls engineers are skilled in hands-on technical troubleshooting, controls engineering design, software programming, graphics generation, project management, and sales. We have an in-depth understanding of the hardware and software of the actual manufacturers’ systems and how they are applied.
As consultants, we assist our mechanical engineers with control specifications and design concepts as well as instrumentation and control diagrams. For the retrofit market, we upgrade and provide enhancements to existing systems, acting either as consulting engineers or as a construction manager’s owner’s representative. We help to eliminate any gray areas in the contract documents and provide as much detail as necessary to ensure that owners are getting what is expected and are not locked into any particular vendor.
The services provided by the controls group include:
- Audits, Upgrades, and Conversions of Existing BMS
- BMS Infrastructure Analysis
- Commissioning Support
- Creation of Long Range BMS
- Creation of P&ID Diagrams
- Design of Open Protocol Systems
- Design Strategies
- Device Calibration Verification
- High Speed Network Risers and Plans
- Integrated System Testing
- Peer Review Services
- Project / Construction Support
- Sequence of Operation Testing
- System Design
- Value Engineering