Attending C-Bus Basic Training in Palm Desert

Part of making a commitment to install Schneider Electric’s C-Bus Whole Home Control system was agreeing to attend a 3-day training course to become a certified installer.  Bryan signed up for the March 8 to March 10 course that was held in Palm Desert, California.

We met with Neil Moodie of Schneider Electric at our project site on November 29, 2010 and then Bryan toured their Experience Center in LaVergne, Tennessee on January 6, 2011.  After evaluating our alternatives, we selected Schneider Electric’s C-Bus Whole Home Control system for our project.

The lead trainer for Schneider Electric’s C-Bus Whole Home Control system in the U.S., Duke Dunsford, took the opportunity with this training class to ‘train-the-trainer’ so we were fortunate to have both Duke and Darryl Warren as trainers for the 3-day training class in Palm Desert.

The objective of the class was to provide an overview of the components in a C-Bus Whole Home Control system, and configure those components in an integrated system that included relays, dimmers, thermostats and other devices.  At the end of the course, the participants were qualified to use Schneider Electric’s C-Bus Toolkit and PICED software.

The instructors used computers with projectors so the entire class could see the presentation material and the configuration software. There were special hardware kits that contained the all the components in a typical system (e.g., switches, dimmers and relays, and lighting loads).  The learning modules included exercises to configure the lighting control system software to manage the components to meet the stated requirements.

We covered a lot of ground in the training course and they were flexible in delivering the course to meet the needs of the participants.  Bryan found it particularly valuable to learn about other projects and to leverage their leading edge requirements.  As well, he could apply the course immediately to our situation and discuss potential solutions to our challenges.

The course was excellent, and the network of contacts made at the course will be invaluable.

Oh, the facility?  Spectacular!  It was an incredibly beautiful setting and a great, high tech facility that created a great learning environment.

The 3-day course was held at the University of California Riverside, Palm Desert Graduate Center.

The 3-day course was held at the University of California Riverside, Palm Desert Graduate Center.

And, within the University of California Riverside campus, we were in the Richard J. Heckmann School International Center for Entrepreneurial Management.

And, within the University of California Riverside campus, we were in the Richard J. Heckmann School International Center for Entrepreneurial Management.

The campus was amazing ... note the beautiful blue sky and the palm trees in the early morning sunshine.  It was a delight ...

The campus was amazing ... note the beautiful blue sky and the palm trees in the early morning sunshine. It was a delight ...

The design was amazing and the actual care of the landscaping was even better.

The design was amazing and the actual care of the landscaping was even better.

After the great entrance, the note on the front door says it all ...

After the great entrance, the note on the front door says it all ...

Inside the hall was a three-story atrium with natural lighting.

Inside the hall was a three-story atrium with natural lighting.

The class used computers with projectors so the entire class could see the presentation material and the configuration software.  There were special hardware kits that contained the all the components in a typical system (e.g., switches, dimmers and relays, and lighting loads).

The class used computers with projectors so the entire class could see the presentation material and the configuration software. There were special hardware kits that contained the all the components in a typical system (e.g., switches, dimmers and relays, and lighting loads).

The setting in Palm Desert was incredibly beautiful.  The clear blue sky above the palm trees with the winter snow on the mountain tops was a unique contrast.

The setting in Palm Desert was incredibly beautiful. The clear blue sky above the palm trees with the winter snow on the mountain tops was a unique contrast.

During the class, Bryan outlined some of the challenges for our lighting design and received input from the instructors and class on how to design, and configure, various solutions.

During the class, Bryan outlined some of the challenges for our lighting design and received input from the instructors and class on how to design, and configure, various solutions.

After Day 2 of training, walking back to the Marriott Courtyard hotel.  The desert setting was absolutely stunning.

After Day 2 of training, walking back to the Marriott Courtyard hotel. The desert setting was absolutely stunning.

The landscaping was all indiginous, with drip irrigation.  This baby cactus is an excellent example.

The landscaping was all indiginous, with drip irrigation. This baby cactus is an excellent example.

The agave plants will be amazing when they mature in a few years.

The agave plants will be amazing when they mature in a few years.

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