Bryce Anderson, Lifecycle Controls

Bryce Anderson, M.AIRAH

Lifecycle Controls

Is the BMS getting left behind in a world of technology? Where will the BMS be in 10 years?


To predict where the BMS will be in 10 years, we first need to analyse the past 30 years. The BMS started as a standalone HVAC control system – no servers, workstations, networked controllers, or custom software control strategies.

As more networked devices became available, it made sense to connect them to the HVAC control system. Over time the HVAC control system evolved into the BMS that we know today.

Generally, over the past 30 years, as building control systems evolved, the BMS industry did not take advantage of its position as the default technology provider in buildings and provide high value to its customers.

This resulted in mechanical consultants, building owners and facility managers looking elsewhere for engaging applications, suppliers, and services to fill the gaps the BMS industry was creating.

About Bryce Anderson

Based in Melbourne, Bryce Anderson is an independent building management system (BMS) consultant working for Lifecycle Controls. Starting in the industry in 1998, Bryce worked for BMS companies for 15 years, including stints in South Africa, London, and Melbourne. In 2014, he transitioned into BMS consulting and saw a lack of specialist BMS consulting that led him to start Lifecycle Controls in 2017. Now, his focus is on BMS technical training and coaching for BMS companies and mechanical consultancies.

According to Bryce, fixing one project at a time makes no difference to climate change, but training thousands of engineers will.