The Minneapolis–Saint Paul Section has an active calendar that includes various educational courses as well as multiple opportunities to network and socialize with industry peers. To keep abreast with our upcoming events follow the calendar below.
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Fort Snelling Visitor Center Tour
and Social Hour
THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2023
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Please join IES MSP for a tour of the recently renovated Fort Snelling Visitors Center and Plank Museum. Rich Rummel, Jessie Cogswell and Gopher Stage Lighting will be there to talk about their hand in the lighting and controls. After the tour join us at the Tipsy Steer at 5000 Hiawatha Ave for some social time. Appetizers will be provided.
Originally built in 1904 as US Army Cavalry barracks, and later converted to an outpatient VA Clinic in 1946, the building was abandoned in 1989 and sat vacant for several decades, with no power, water, or HVAC.
In June 2020, work began to rehabilitate the building into the new Plank Museum & Visitor Center as part of the Historic Fort Snelling Revitalization Project. This included interior demolition and hazardous material abatement, and the rehabilitation of historic wood floors and windows. New walls went up, new stair structures were built, and existing plaster walls and ceilings were repaired.
IES Members: $20
Please register by Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023
“Lighting Maintenance and Management in an LED World”
TUESDAY, November 14, 2023
KFI Engineers, 670 County Rd B W, Roseville, MN 55113
Please join IES MSP for the “Lighting Maintenance and Management in an LED World” program on November 14.
We will look at how the world of lighting maintenance, performance, troubleshooting and warranty has changed with LED. Learning objectives for this program include:
- NALMCO-IES & Lighting industry collaboration
- Lighting Retrofits – Design and recommended practices
- LED lighting maintenance and cleaning – recommended practices
- Resources for troubleshooting and warranty
- Industry certifications
4:30-5:00 PM: Registration and Box Dinner
5:00-6:00 PM: Presentation
670 County Rd B West
St. Paul, MN 55113
IES Member $25.00
Registration deadline is Friday, November 10 Thank you!
Approved for 1 AIA/CEU credit
Please join IES-MSP for our next event on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 for a lunch presentation of “Demystifying DMX“. Our presenter Jeff James, Senior Product Manager for Fresco and Pathway products at Acuity Brands Lighting, will provide a presentation on the history of lighting control, the evolution of DMX as an industry standard, DMX in the commercial lighting market, and how DMX works.
DMX protocol and its predecessors have long been considered the exclusive realm of theatres and entertainment venues. This program will set the foundation for the modern use of DMX by investigating the history of stage lighting, the need and development of a Theatrical Industry Standard, and why DMX has made the migration to commercial lighting by providing an overview of potential protocol use cases, basic operation and functionality.
- Recall the history of Lighting Control
- Summary of the evolution of DMX as an industry Standard
- Discuss how DMX may be applied in commercial applications.
- Describe how DMX Functions
Featured Speaker: Jeff James has been in the Lighting Controls industry for over 20 years. Before entering the controls arena, he was a Network Admin, setting up and running small to medium size company networks. When starting off in lighting controls he did both take offs and quotations when he wasn’t in the field performing troubleshooting and startup. He has worked the phones as tech support and moved through the ranks to manager the Controls Support group for Acuity Brands. He then decided to move over to the product side of the business and worked as Product Support Manager helping support the product groups and engineers to get product launched, specs sheets created, and documentation out to the masses. For the past 2 years he has worked as Senior Product Manager for Pathway Connectivity where he works with Pathway Dealers and Acuity sales agents to determine what is next for the Pathway portfolio.
11:30 AM-12:00 PM: Registration and Lunch
12:00-100 PM: Presentation
Twin Cities 400 Tavern
1330 Industrial Blvd NE, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55413
IES Member $25.00
Registration deadline is Friday, December 8. Thank you!
Please join IES MSP for a “Change in thought for Exterior Lighting” virtual program on Tuesday, January 9 at 12 pm featuring Nick Mesler, PE, Director of Business Solutions at Evari GIS Consulting.
After attending this virtual program, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the benefits of public engagement in developing lighting master plans, emphasizing equity and responsibility in public lighting projects.
2. Learn practical data-driven strategies to support decision-making for city leaders, prioritizing funding for public lighting while considering safety, character, equity, and responsibility.
3. Recognize the intrinsic values of streetlighting and its interaction with various disciplines, understanding its role in supporting social benefits beyond energy savings and standards.
4. Apply practical strategies to integrate streetlighting considerations into comprehensive planning and design processes, balancing competing needs, prioritizing resources, and promoting equitable distribution through collaboration and stakeholder engagement.
Please register by Monday, January 8, 2024
Featured Speaker: Nick Mesler, PE is the Director of Operations at Evari GIS Consulting. Nick graduated from San Diego State University in 2017 and brings seven years of Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering experience to the team. His experience has been focused on traffic operations support for planning and design projects related to active transportation, citywide plans, and private development. He has GIS applicable experience in large-scale data collection, geospatial data analytics, parking demand management, community outreach, safe routes to school, traffic safety plans, and policy development. Nick is based out of Portland, Oregon, and supports clients throughout the Pacific Northwest region and the United States.
Please join IES MSP for a “Integrated Ceiling and Lighting Solutions” program on Tuesday, February 13 from 4:30-6:30 pm featuring Daniela Mainz, Armstrong World Industries, and John Richardson, JLC Tech.
This one-hour seminar will focus on understanding the importance of pre-engineering ceiling and lighting integration. It will cover common construction issues caused by uncoordinated ceiling and light conditions. The course introduces and educates participants on the value associated with pre-engineered ceiling and lighting solutions, as well as the health, safety, and wellness contributions of good lighting practices.
Dinner and drink tickets will be provided.
Please register by Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Please join IES MSP for a “How Tech is Changing Lighting Design Calculations” program on Tuesday, March 12 from 4:30-6:30 pm featuring Dan Glaser, PhD, IES at DAVIS and Associates in Eagan.
Lighting design is a complex profession, whose tools have struggled to keep up with the pace of design. Glaser will briefly review historical methods for calculations and move onto new paradigms for lighting analysis. They will also discuss how core technologies such as the web, cloud computing, BIM, daylight, and artificial intelligence are shaping a new generation of design tools. This presentation will cover how these advances are changing the practice of lighting design.
● Attendees will be able to detail how cloud computing is changing design workflows
● Attendees will understand how they can leverage cloud storage to compare and access designs more easily
● Attendees will learn how BIM and raytracing are providing more detailed analysis with less work for lighting designers.
● Attendees will be able to see how artificial intelligence can make IES recommendations more accessible.
Featured Speaker: Dan Glaser
Dan Glaser is a lighting design tool builder with a passion for participatory design, lighting science and application, and technology. He is the Principal of LightStanza, the lighting industry’s first cloud-based lighting analysis tool. While a doctoral student in computer science and architecture at Berkeley, Glaser started his research in this area being awarded an IES Alan Lucas Memorial Scholarship. Glaser has since garnered research grants from the US Department of Energy and other sources and has published in leading Building and Computer Science journals including Building and Environment. Glaser has also taught classes at the University of Colorado, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and at leading Lighting and Sustainability industry events. For over a decade, Glaser has been an active member of different IES technical committees. In addition to his work, Glaser is a vegetarian and enjoys riding his fold-up bike between meetings and to and from airports.
Light dinner and beverages will be provided.
Please register by Wednesday, March 6, 2024
FUNDAMENTALS OF LIGHTING
March 14 Introduction to Light and Lighting – Chrysanthi Stockwell
March 21 Electric Light Sources – Charlie Leavitt
March 28 Daylighting – Greg Lecker
April 4 Luminaires – Phil Miller
April 11 Lighting Controls – Todd Reemtsma
April 18 Metrics: Photometry, Calculations and Rendering – Charlie Leavitt
April 25 Codes and Standards, and Practice – Phil Ramsey
May 2 Lighting for Interiors – Tao Ham
May 9 Lighting for Exteriors – Greg Lecker
May 16 Review – Lisa Chaput
Class Schedule: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Registrations with payment due by Friday, March 1. Inquiries for registration between February 8-21, should be directed to Lisa Chaput at [email protected].
Class Fees: Series: $450 IES Members $550 Non-Members $250 Students
[IES membership must be held in individual’s name (not company membership) to receive the member rate]
Single Course: $100 IES Members $125 Non-Members $50 Students
[no textbook or course certificate available for single courses]
Location: Viking Electric Supply, Training Room, 451 Industrial Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55413
[Please note that NO food is permitted in the Training Room]
Complete details coming soon!