Building Management System Upgrades for Laboratory Operations and Compliance

April 17, 2014
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


Enhanced building automation systems (BAS) and building management systems (BMS) are greatly improving the performance of complex biocontainment heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, data gathering for regulatory compliance, and facility operating efficiencies. During this presentation, Gary McKelvey of Siemens Industry, Inc. will profile high-value options for upgrading building automation and management systems to meet Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories 5th Edition (BMBL-5) and future standards to enable proactive identification and resolution of Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) operational issues, and to track and document containment operations throughout building lifecycles. He will examine lessons learned from recent automation/management system modification projects for research mission changes, illustrate real-time reporting features that improve biocontainment space management, and identify cost-effective automation strategies for new construction and facility makeovers.

During this webinar attendees will learn:

  • To define the laboratory pressure envelope.
  • To identify risks associated with the pressure envelope.
  • The changes to be considered in the HVAC mechanical systems to meet BMBL-5.

  • New control strategies to meet BMBL-5.   


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

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Instructor Biography

Gary McKelvey worked in the Nuclear Engineering Department within the U.S. Navy for nine years. He has worked for 16 years at Siemens Industry, Inc., with 14 of those years in the Siemens Service Life Science team, providing service to life science customers mainly in the Washington, D.C. area, and other laboratories around the country. He has performed several upgrades to federal BSL-3 labs to meet the BMBL-5 guidelines over the last few years.


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