ACG meeting breaks records
Nearly 200 commissioning providers, engineers, and building owners attended the AABC Commissioning Group annual meeting in Las Vegas, April 22-24.
Nearly 200 commissioning providers, engineers, and building owners attended the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) annual meeting in Las Vegas, April 22-24. The meeting was held in conjunction with the CxA Workshop and exam, which had 85 people in attendance.
ACG president Jim Magee opened the meeting with a rousing address to members and guests. He announced a number of new initiatives that ACG is undertaking, and issued a call to action for members to participate and help maintain the association’s standing as the leader in the training, education, and certification of commissioning providers.
Plans include a complete rewrite of the Commissioning Guideline, completion of the new commissioning technician certification program, and development of an “online anytime” version of the CxA Workshop.
Also on the agenda is a meeting to be held this fall that would bring together commissioning providers and the building owners and architects responsible for selecting qualified providers. This meeting, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 13-14 in St. Petersburg, Fla., would include information about reviewing request for proposals, commissioning specifications, and content for commissioning contracts, as well as an offering of the CxA Workshop on the previous day.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey