Shanghai ScienceLand Museum
Automated Logic Corporation
/ Bei-Wong Automation
Situated in China, in the midst of Shanghai’s
beautiful Pudong financial district, is an awe-inspiring architectural
monument to man’s quest for scientific truth. It is the new Shanghai
ScienceLand Museum. This world renowned project showcases the very best in
every field and Automated Logic Corporation is proud to be among the elite
selected to participate in this $180 million project. The museum encompasses
over 732,000 sq.ft., or 17 acres (68,000 sq.m.), and five major halls. The
local Automated Logic representative, Bei-Wong Automation in Beijing, faced
the challenge of applying cutting edge technology to the project across a
wide variety of environmental requirements. To meet this challenge,
Automated Logic’s WebCTRL system was selected because of its superb
browser-based user interface, native BACnet open protocol, and its ability
to utilize Chinese character fonts.
With approximately 3,200 control points and 1000
third party integration monitoring points, Bei-Wong Automation and the
Automated Logic corporate office worked together to create a Chinese user
interface to meet not only the requirements of this project, but also all
future Chinese projects.
A wide diversity of areas required equally
diverse control requirements. The architect, RTKL out of Los Angeles, worked
with the Chinese government to create a union of halls that represent the
symphonic harmony of nature and mankind. As a result, five major halls
addressing the topics of Heaven and Earth, Life, Wisdom, Creativity and
Future were created. In addition, a 75,400 sq.ft. (7000 sq.m.) central hall,
an exhibition hall, and two IMAX theaters were added to the design. Each of
these areas presented their own unique requirements for environmental
100 air handling units, 300 exhaust and circulation fans and 7 heat recovery
units are required to maintain environmental control in areas ranging from a
marine and freshwater aquarium hall, to a large aviary to a greenhouse
nursery. Other areas were equally challenging. A "hydro-power generation
room" complete with small lake and dam, an indoor activity area with rock
climbing, areas with custom lighting, physics exhibits, mechanical and
electrical exhibits, all of which produce widely varying loads, all created
unique challenges for the controls contractor.
In addition to controlling the airside
equipment, the design also required the intelligent staging control and
monitoring of a boiler plant having 3 boilers. Other systems such as the
waste and city water pumping system, 350 lighting systems and the building
elevators each also required their own unique control and monitoring,
alarming and trending schemes.
A project of this magnitude requires a control
system flexible enough to interface with a multitude of vendors, providing
monitoring, alarming and trending capabilities through one system. One of
the greatest benefits of an open protocol, browser-based system is the
ability to do this, presenting all vendor information graphically through
one unified control system. While there are still many proprietary protocols
in use, many vendors are beginning to see the benefits of converting to an
open protocol based system. On this project, the following third party
systems were brought together and presented by the BACnet supervisory
Close to 300 chiller system points from a
Siemens/BAC thermal storage plant are being monitored, alarmed, trended and
linked to the front-end graphics. Chiller statuses, pump statuses,
temperatures, valve positions, setpoints, and mode of operation are all
being translated from a Siemens ASCII full alphanumeric protocol into BACnet,
presenting all the data through the BACnet supervisory system.
Over 200 life safety and fire system points from
a Siemens/Cerberus Fire Alarm System are being monitored. Such points as
pull station statuses, smoke detector statuses, fire alarms and fire
protection pump statuses are all being monitored, alarmed and trended,
retrieving the data from a Siemens/Cerberus system via a BACnet translator.
Up to 70 doors are being monitored for open, closed and alarm statuses
through a Ultrak Access control system. Information on these points is being
brought into the BACnet system so they can be alarmed and trended at the
central site computer.
ITT Bell & Gossett variable frequency drive panels are also being monitored.
Each panel controls their own group of pumps modulating to maintain various
chw loop pressures. These panels are already networked together by BACnet,
so it is easy for the WebCTRL system to monitor such things as temperature,
pressure, pump statuses, VFD statuses and alarms. All of these points are
alarmed and trended at the central site computer.
A Westinghouse-Cutler Hammer power monitoring
system provides data such as breaker currents and voltages, to the central
system via custom html webpage format. This format allows the data to be
presented to the building operators as part of the WebCTRL system, allowing
for easy monitoring along with the other systems through a single
The Shanghai ScienceLand Museum truly represents
the possibilities of a multi-vendor unified control system. Built to
celebrate scientific achievement, the Shanghai ScienceLand Museum is itself
a tribute to the science of building design. Automated Logic and Bei-Wong
Automation of China are proud to be a part of this magnificent edifice to
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