Workshop: Data tagging

Rob Huntington, M.AIRAH, Airmaster
Richard McElhinney,
Project Haystack
Tristan Webber, Affil.AIRAH,

Despite tagging being included in most BMS specifications for the last five-plus years, it is rare that it is ever done. This means when any third party (analytics, digital twin, building operating system, etc.) tries to make use of the data, a significant amount of time and effort is spent to identify the data and tag it in their own system. 

The issue is that the root cause – tagging at the BMS level – is not solved. If and when another person tries to connect to this same data, the existing tagging is in the overlay rather than base layer. The primary adopter of tagging to-date has been “third party” providers who tag the data in their system once they have discovered and made sense of it.

Through a live demo format, the group will demonstrate three scenarios on how tagging (or lack thereof) can affect the value chain. The opener will also demystify some of the terminology surrounding tagging and explain its true purpose to provide meaning (structure) to the raw underlying dataset. 

Rob Huntington, M.AIRAH

About Huntington:

Huntington has more than 20 years’ experience in delivering commercial HVAC, building automation and digital building solutions. Having completed his refrigeration apprenticeship in 2006, he quickly became drawn to the digital control of commercial buildings. More recently this interest evolved into specialising in data driven maintenance solutions, building services networks, integration platforms and cyber security for buildings. Over the past five years, Huntington has successfully developed and delivered four Building Services Networks (BSN) in Canberra and recently began works on a fifth BSN in Adelaide in addition to working on several designs for BSNs and Integrated Services Platforms across the country. Huntington is also a member of the AIRAH Big Data and Analytics Special Technical Group.


Richard McElhinney
Project Haystack

About McElhinney:
As Vice President of Technology, McElhinney manages and drives the development of Conserve It’s industry-leading chiller plant optimisation technology and associated products. He has been leading product development for building automation systems and solutions for more than 20 years, and has served as a key member of the open source Project Haystack Community for 10 years. For seven of those years, McElhinney has also served on the Project Haystack Board of Directors.
Tristan Webber, Affil.AIRAH

About Webber:
Webber started his career in building services as a graduate in 2011 with Exergy Australia. There, he developed strong technical skills in the field and a strong appreciation of the real-world factors essential to the delivery of successful retrofit projects. He joined BUENO in 2017 andsets the technical direction of the managed service team. This includes training, mentoring, quality control and scope definition for the team delivering analytics to the Australian market.