Data Center Mechanical and Electrical Design and OperationSee upcoming dates
Computer data centers are rapidly evolving, and are critical for many new industrial and educational installations. However, they're complex to design and maintain, and need a large infrastructure of mechanical and electrical systems. Learn how to improve the reliability, serviceability and efficiency of their operation while increasing your understanding of code requirements, issues involved in site selection, reliability and resilience, and engineering design assumptions and criteria. You'll learn how to implement the commissioning process and identify energy saving measures for your projects.
Who Should Attend?
- IT facility operators and system administrators
- Mechanical and electrical design engineers
- Architects and project team consultants
- Construction managers and contractors
- Data industry equipment vendors
- Government procurement personnel
Welcome and Student Introductions
Introduction to the IT Industry
- Trends in IT equipment
- Servers, storage improvements
- Electricity usage
- Uses of IT equipment
- Devices and their uses
- Big data
- Infrastructure supporting IT equipment
Properties of Moist Air
- Temperature and humidity
- Enthalpy and pressure
- Psychrometric chart
- Sensible and latent heat
- Mixing of two air streams
- Cooling and dehumidifying
ASHRAE and Environmental Criteria
- ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9
- ASHRAE air environments
- Air contamination
- ASHRAE liquid environments
- ASHRAE standards for data centers
- Updates on air, water, high density
- ASHRAE Standards 90.1 and 90.4
- 90.1 - Overview
- 90.4 0 Mechanical Load Component (MLC) and Electrical Loss Component (ELC)
Data Center Architecture
- Data center layout
- Planning a data center floor (cold aisle / hot aisle)
- Raised floor vs. non-raised floor
- Cabling overhead / dilution type
- Modular data center
- Air cooling
- Air flow configurations
- CFD analysis
Mechanical Design Considerations
- Overview of mechanical infrastructure
- Heat rejection systems
- Computer room air conditioners / handlers
- Liquid cooling systems
- The Green Grid (TGG) metrics
- Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)
- WUE and CUE
Electrical Codes and Standards
- NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NEC)
- NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
- NFPA 75, Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology Equipment
- IEEE Std. 1100, IEEE Recommended Practice for Powering and Grounding Electronic Equipment (IEEE Emerald Book)
Electrical Design Criteria
- Critical power distribution
- Uninterruptible power supply (UPS)
- Utility service and voltage classes
- Standby power and emergency generators
- Primary power and transfer switches
- Electrical capacity management
- IT equipment design
- ITE thermal design and features
- Air cooling implementations
- Liquid cooling implementations
- Server performance and rack density
- Workloads and configurations
- Power trends
- Interaction with the data center
- X factor reliability analysis
- Pressure, Delta T, airflow
Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)
- Goals and use cases
- Reporting structure
Defining Uptime Expectations
- Standards and guidelines
- Best practices
- Mechanical system topologies
- Electrical system topologies
- Performance analysis and optimization
- Risk and availability assessment
- Tier IV with 2,400 kW IT Load (NJ)
- Conversion from ex Tier II
- Tier IV with 7,200 kW IT load (AZ)
- Four-story building
- Tier III with 2,400 kW IT Load (MN)
- Equipment galleries
- Tier III with 6,400 kW IT load (CO)
- Modular data halls
“Didn’t know what to expect. The class was very informative and well run. Having PE’s present at the class made the discussion worthwhile.”
—Brett, Maryland Procurement Office, Ft. Meade, Maryland
"The course provided a great overview of the data center design world that is both practical and useful."
—Ben, Building Infrastructure Group Lead, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkley, California
"We have a big data center re-do facing us; I am now armed with enough info to be dangerous.”
—Walter, Tarrant County College District, Fort Worth, Texas
"Very informative and was helpful to be presented by industry experts."
—Dave, Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
“Absolutely! Wish I knew about this course last year!”
—Philip, United States Postal Service, Eagan, Minnesota
"I attended in order to gain a better understanding of the areas in my profession. I feel much more confident in supporting current and future clients."
—Iain, Compu Dynamics, Sterling, Virginia
Dr. Demetriou is a Senior Engineer at IBM Corporation in the IBM Systems’ Advanced Thermal Energy Efficiency Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University. His research is focused on the analysis, application and optimization of energy conversion systems, particularly in the area of high-density data centers and high-performance buildings, and the development of advanced electronics cooling technologies. He has co-authored two books in the ASHRAE Datacom Series, authored or coauthored over thirty journal and peer-reviewed conference publications in the areas of building simulation and energy efficient data centers and has been granted fourteen United States patents. He is the Vice Chair and a voting member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9 on Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment. He is also the Finance Chair for the IEEE ITherm (Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems) conference. His work has been awarded numerous honors.
Richard Schlosser, principal at TiePoint-bkm Engineering in Baltimore, Maryland, is a registered professional engineer with more than 35 years of experience designing and commissioning Tier III and Tier IV power systems for computer and computer-related facilities. He served as a technical advisor to the Site Uptime Network for more than ten years. Richard holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
Mark P. Malkin, PE, is a Faculty Associate and Program Director in the Office of Interdisciplinary Professional Programs in the College of Engineering at UW-Madison. He is a registered Professional Engineer with over 25 years of experience in university facilities project management and HVAC systems design. His course offerings include HVAC, plumbing and fire protection fundamentals, building code reviews, and design and operation of science labs, data centers, museums and libraries. Mark received his bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from UW–Madison.
Brian J. DeLeon, PE is a Professional Engineer with more than 15 years experience, with the last 10 years coming at TiePoint-bkm and BKM where he focused on data centers and critical infrastructure projects. Brian specializes in central plant design and operations, and is well-versed in industrial level building automation systems. Brian earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from Salisbury University in 2006. He is licensed in multiple states, holds a commissioning certification, and is a LEED accredited professional.
Upcoming dates (1)
Oct. 20-22, 2021
Data Center Mechanical and Electrical Design and Operation
Location: Madison, WI or Live Online
Course #: RA01524-C049
This course has two attendance options, face-to-face or online.
Face-to-face attendance fee ($1,495) includes morning and afternoon breaks, scheduled lunches, and course materials.
Online attendance fee ($1,295) includes online instruction and course materials.
- CEU: 2
- PDH: 20
Face-to-Face Attendance Option
Registration begins at 8:30 AM Central Time on October 20, 2021
In person instruction from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Central Time on October 20 and 21, 2021 and 9:00 AM-4:00PM on October 22, 2021
Online Attendance Option
Log into web conference at 8:30 AM Central Time
Online instruction from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Central Time on October 20 and 21, 2021 and 9:00 AM-4:00PM on October 22, 2021
The Fall 2021 offering of Data Center Mechanical and Electrical Design and Operation course will be HyFlex.
Live instruction will be offered both in-person and online concurrently.
Online students will log into Zoom for course instruction and participate in chat through the Zoom portal.
In-person students will participate as normal.
Dustin Demetriou, Richard Schlosser, Mark Malkin, Brian DeLeon
If you cannot attend, please notify us no later than one week before your course begins, and we will refund your fee. Cancellations received after this date and no-shows are subject to a $150 administrative fee. You may enroll a substitute at any time before the course starts.