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CIBSE KNOWLEDGE PORTAL


POWER KNOWLEDGE IS


Four months after the initial launch of CIBSE’s new free online tool, the Knowledge Portal, one of its creators, Brian Moss, answers a Q&A session with the Journal about its development


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rian Moss is a past president of CIBSE and, in his former post as chairman of PROD – the CIBSE Publications,


Research Output and Delivery Committee – he played a crucial role in the development of the Knowledge Portal. So the Journal asked him for an inside view on the thinking behind the tool and the Institution’s plans for its future.


What were the main aims of the Knowledge Portal project? It is vital for CIBSE that we are a modern, forward-thinking engineering institution. A fundamental aspect of the Institution’s work is the dissemination of accurate and trusted information, and the internet has become the medium for this. As a long-standing CIBSE member, I


am pleased to see the Institution taking a pioneering approach in offering all of its core technical guidance on the web in a fully searchable, downloadable form. This is vital in appealing to our members, who now routinely expect to be able to access web-presented information, as well as helping us to attract the next generation of engineers to the Institution.


Case study


Deddy El-Rashid, a CIBSE member and director of operation for Airkon Pratama in Indonesia, has used the Knowledge Portal to assist in a variety of projects, such as the energy audit for the prestigious Sampoerna Strategic Square in the heart of Jakarta. He said: ‘I have downloaded a wide range of


content – including the Knowledge Series (on topics including Making Buildings Work and Energy Effi cient Cooling), Technical Memoranda, the Commissioning Code and CIBSE guides


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(such as Guide F on Energy Effi ciency in Buildings). I use these resources both in the offi ce and on site, through a laptop or iPad. ‘Having these publications available online


allows me to do tasks such as creating an operation manual, or using checklists during handovers. ‘In future I would like to see more promotion


of the Knowledge Portal internationally – and sharing of documents and knowledge between CIBSE members from across the world.’


By making our knowledge easily available, we benefi t our


members, while the Institution benefi ts as well, as the Knowledge Portal will encourage more engineers – and architects, surveyors and building managers – to join its ranks. This, in turn, allows us to strengthen our infl uence and further improve our service.


What are the main benefi ts for CIBSE members? I believe the main benefi t is the immediate access to information. For instance, you’re in a client’s premises and a query has arisen about the wording of a specifi ed British Standard. No problem: the abstracts of standards relevant to building services are automatically accessed against the relevant subject matter on the CIBSE Knowledge Portal. Simply display the standard’s abstract on your computer and, if the actual standard


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