ASHRAE 2014 Annual Conference Geo Track

ASHRAE logo RGBThe American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will convene its 2014 Annual Conference on June 28-July 2 at the Sheraton Seattle and the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA. The Technical Program kicks off June 29, and concludes July 2.

A track devoted to Ground Source Heat Pumps State of the Art: Design, Performance and Research will address aspects of design that lead to optimally performing systems in addition to avoiding common pitfalls that lead to poor performance. The track was organized by ASHRAE, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), and the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA). GEO President Doug Dougherty will keynote the track.

“There are a number of challenges that engineers face that are different from conventional HVAC systems, such as ground coupling; working with drillers; and the importance of annual heating and cooling loads to ground heat exchanger design,” said track organizer Dr. Jeff Spitler, Regents Professor, Building and Environmental Thermal Systems Department at Oklahoma State University. “The track addresses the entire design and installation process from site evaluation to commissioning and system operation. Poor design choices can compromise geothermal systems’ inherent efficiencies.”

Organizers have attracted researchers from around the world to discuss new advances in the field, offering participants the opportunity to learn about the latest research and state-of-the-art design practices. “We want to help practicing engineers understand where the industry began, where it stands currently, and where it is headed,” said Lisa Meline (Meline Engineering – Sacramento, CA), who recently chaired ASHRAE’s Technical Committee 6.8, Geothermal Heat Pump and Energy Recovery Applications. “We also hope to impart guidance to practicing engineers on the ground heat exchanger portion of geothermal design.”

Geo Track Schedule

Sunday, June 29

  • Step 1: Assessing a Project Site for Geothermal Heat Pump Applications
  • Ground Source Heat Pump System Performance Case Studies in Different Climates Around the World
  • GEO 2.0: From the Ground Up, an Overview of the Updated ASHRAE GSHP ‘Blue Book’
  • Ground Source Heat Pump System Case Studies

 Monday, June 30

  • Geothermal Heat Pump Track Keynote Presentation – Doug Dougherty, GEO
  • Documentation and Contract Administration in Tendered and Design/Build Ground-Coupled Heat Pump Projects
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps: Historical Perspective and Track Overview

 Tuesday, July 1

  • Monitoring of Ground Source Heat Pump Systems
  • What the Well?
  • New Developments in Simulation and Modeling of Ground Heat Exchangers

 Wednesday, July 2

  • Ground Source Systems Commissioning and Closeout: Unique Issues, Avoiding Fatal Flaws and Ensuring Client Satisfaction
  • Central Plant GCHP Systems
  • Optimization of Ground Coupled Heat Exchangers and Heat Pumps