When I came to study at the Centre for Building Studies in 1982, little did I know that a structural engineer will end up doing energy modeling work – but looking for a graduate student research funding changed my life upside down or downside up!! With a traditional civil/structural engineering degree, I started exploring functional programming and knowledge-based systems for code compliance and energy efficient design using ASHRAE 90A-80 (has anyone heard of that Standard?). After spending almost 12 years in the beautiful city of Montreal as a graduate student and faculty member at Concordia, I ventured to Pacific Northwest (you guessed the lab right) where my rendezvous with energy simulation tools began in 1995.
After almost 20 years of being involved in the development of COMcheck and REScheck, and related energy modeling work, I ventured into private sector. During this time, I have had the opportunity to participate in the various IBPSA and ASHRAE energy modeling activities. My first ever IBPSA conference was an unforgettable experience at the beaches of Rio de Janeiro in 2001. Though my lab-rat life kept me away from the IBPSA international conferences, I was a regular attendee at the ever popular bi-annual IBPSA events at the ASHRAE winter and summer meetings.
Since joining Autodesk in 2014, I am fortunate to have more opportunity to engage with the simulation community. As a member of the ASHRAE Energy modeling conference committee and IBPSA 2017 Presentations subcommittee, I am learning about the workflows, needs and challenges faced by the industry in adopting performance simulation. Though we are more focused on early design modeling at Autodesk, the future for BIM to BEM throughout the building life is very promising with cloud-based simulations, machine intelligence and data science technologies. As a member of the IBPSA board, I am hoping to take initiatives to bridge the gap between the academic researchers and practitioners in adopting new technologies.
If you are not registered yet for the BS2017, please do and I hope to see many of you there in San Francisco.
Krishnan Gowri, Principal Engineer at Autodesk
Board of Directors at IBPSA-USA