Difficulties in Using Project Specifics with Controls Training

So normally I put out a new post or article Tuesday mornings if not more than once per week. I fell short of that this week and it was due to an error on my part. I talk further about it in a short video I made about Non-Disclosure Agreements and Intellectual Property.

Why Talking About Specifics in DDC Controls is Difficult

General Info is Easy. Project Specifics…not so much.

My original video was intended to talk about some cool things I have done for a theme park client with the intention to inspire and excite those who aren’t in the industry or are looking to start a new career. Problem is I can’t be mentioning certain client names and in some cases not allowed to even reference project specifics without mentioning who or where the work was performed. So it looks like I will need to speak about general ideas and no name dropping. Got it.

Why It’s Hard to Find Training Material and Information.

Well there’s no secret that most people when putting together valuable information that is desperately needed and hard to find want to have some sort of compensation for all the hard work. It could be financial, recognition or enjoyment. In my case I am looking for all three! The last two I have nothing standing in my way, but the financial compensation can be limited by the fact that I am currently employed by a company who is in the industry of controls integration. If I begin to obtain income or revenue for something outside of my employment in the same type of business, it could be viewed as being made from my work with my employer or in competition with my employer.

Slowed, but Not Stopped

No worries though, my employer has encouraged me to continue with my efforts of The Controls Freak Blog and recognizes the value a site such as mine can help the Controls and Automation Industry. However, I will need to rethink my grand plan of a paid for Online Training Course for Building Automation Systems and Controls Theory.

I will continue to put together simple, informational videos and articles to general DDC Controls and HVAC Systems, but I will have to skip the mentioning of project specifics including videos and/or photos. Which really bites because for someone who hasn’t seen and done it all (or atleast alot of different stuff) like I have, you want to see photos and videos of all the COOL STUFF!


So do you have any projects (that you can talk about) that were something other than the plain jane HVAC air conditioning type controls?


10 Responses to Difficulties in Using Project Specifics with Controls Training

  1. Patrick Peterson January 18, 2012 at 20:24

    The internet is LOADED with garbage information. The sad fact is: most are out to make a buck and have no real intention of helping anyone, let alone giving someone their moneys worth.

    Here we have a fellow who knows what he is doing and is passing that valuable information onto us.

    They say 90% of a website’s viewers are ‘lurkers’ those that read, but don’t contribute by leaving comments or asking questions.

    Step out of the shadows and support this site!

    • The Controls Freak January 18, 2012 at 22:21

      Thanks for the comment Patrick! I definitely look forward to getting to know all the ‘lurkers’ out there.

      Guess I need to get some more informative videos and articles written this weekend. Been spending alot of time trying to get the looks and ideas of everything laid out and looking good. Now it’s time to pump out some information.

  2. BACnet John January 19, 2012 at 07:34

    I’m glad you’ve decided to keep providing content on the industry. It is every hard to find solid reference material in DDC that isn’t slanted to a particular product. I wish there was something like this 13 years ago when I was getting into the industry. I spent a lot of time at night and on the weekends searching for anything I could get my hands on just to try learn more about what I was doing.

    Great job and I am really looking forward to seeing the additional content!

  3. Ron Price January 21, 2012 at 09:16

    I just approved you to be a part of the “Building and Construction Professionals” subgroup on LinkedIn.
    I must say that I nearly deleted your request to join. I have been getting some unusual requests to join lately and have denied their requests. I nearly lumped you into that group. However, as I dug deeper, I was impressed. Judging from your background, references and blog video, you are not only knowledgeable, but you are personable and have the humility of a good teacher. I believe you are destined for success. Keep up the good work Abel.

    • The Controls Freak January 21, 2012 at 16:48

      Hey Ron, thanks for the kind words! It is slow starting off from nothing because most of time is spent working with logos, promoting the blog, networking with other sites and professionals… but right now I am pretty close to where I want to keep things for awhile and can concentrate on creating some great reference and training material.

  4. Matt Nelson January 25, 2012 at 10:23

    I feel your pain, I have dealt with the intellectual property thing with my site as well and had to make a few changes in the past to make sure that I could make a clean break when I started out on my own this year. Keep up the good work and remember the need for even simple fundamentals for controls on the web are so desperately needed that you should be able to avoid the IP issue for quite a while.

  5. G.Flores January 25, 2012 at 12:58

    Great blog Abel! As a rookie in the controls game, I look forward to more info and videos from you to improve myself and am happy to share what I know. Thank you for your contribution

  6. Blu Voltaire January 27, 2012 at 18:30

    Abel, I am really like your site and your approach. I agree it is hard to find non slanted information on hvac and ddc controls. I found you through another website that is similar to yours with great information, Controltrends.com.
    have you checked them out yet? Seems like both of you are committed to getting great information out to control techs. Keep up the good work !

  7. craig February 3, 2012 at 10:19

    just found your site!! love it I think most hvac technitions should be looking into this more and you have seen to be helping with the base line approach to get this done. Thank you!!


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