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Jonathan Bushman

posted May 1, 2017, 12:17 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History

For our May 9 regular meeting, our presentation will be by Dan Int-Hout, an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.  I think the ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer program can be very useful because ASHRAE at a society (international) level pays for the Distinguished Lecturer's travel costs.  This means that remote ASHRAE chapters can still have a chance to have great speakers without having to deal with enormous travel costs.

It has been fun serving the ASHRAE Saskatoon chapter as chapter historian.  I plan to bring some of our chapter's history materials along to the May 9 meeting.  See you there.

- Jonathan Bushman

Jonathan Bushman

posted Mar 31, 2017, 10:23 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History

Hello ASHRAE Saskatoon,

For April 2017, ASHRAE Saskatoon has a tour of Axiom Industries.  Tours have not been uncommon in the chapters history.  For example, some of the tours mentioned in our early history were touring the Queen Elizabeth Power Station in November 1972 and touring Saskatoon Boiler Manufacturing in October 1975.  Since this month's tour is of a place that makes hydronic equipment, I mention that this is not the first time that ASHRAE Saskatoon has looked at hydronics.  For example, our May 28 and 29, 2015, CTTC (Chapter Technology Transfer Committee) course was on hydronics.  Jerry Boulanger (1979-80 ASHRAE Saskatoon chapter president) taught this 2015 hydronics course.

Last month (March 2017)'s history post spoke about John Daniel's life and impact on Saskatoon's HVAC industry.  If you would like to go back and read more of that history post, then it should be posted in the ASHRAE Saskatoon website's newsleter history column section (http://www.ashraesaskatoon.ca/newsletter/john-ross-curling).  (There was a time that our chapter's history announcement were rather focused on golf and the John Ross Curling tournament, hence that webpage for history.)

If you have any ASHRAE history related questions or stories, then please let me know.

Jonathan Bushman
ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter
2016-2017 History Chair

Jonathan Bushman

posted Mar 10, 2017, 10:47 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History

John Daniels, ASHRAE life member, passed away on February 17, 2017.  John was a big part of Saskatoon's HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning) industry and the Saskatoon chapter of ASHRAE.  I would guess that most people attending ASHRAE Saskatoon meetings would be familiar with Daniels Wingerak Engineering Ltd. and some would know of Daniels Engineering before DWEL.  John Daniels was one of the original team asking ASHRAE for a Saskatoon chapter and he served as the 1967-1968 ASHRAE Saskatoon chapter president (though he had been acting president since August 1966).  (ASHRAE Saskatoon started in 1966.)  Back on February 4, 2008, our ASHRAE Saskatoon POWUr newsletter had a write-up on John Daniels' career.  The article has been posted to ASHRAE Saskatoon's website here: http://www.ashraesaskatoon.ca/history/ashraesaskatoonchapterhistory.

This month's topic is on CO2 refirgeration and heat pumping.  ASHRAE has been looking at both CO2 refrigeration and heat pumps for a while.  For example, the 2013 ASHRAE Handbook - Fundamentals (SI) has properties of Refrigerant 744 (carbon dioxide) on page 30.43 and the 2012 ASHRAE Handbook - HVAC Systems and Equipment SI has chapters on "Applied Heat Pump and Heat Recovery Systems" (Chapter 9) and "Unitary Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps" (Chapter 49).  Greg Scrivener should be a good speaker, so come join us.

Jonathan Bushman
2016-2017 Chapter History Chair

Jonathan Bushman

posted Feb 6, 2017, 12:13 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History

Our February meeting should be exciting.  We are touring the Canadian Light Source synchrotron (and we may even get to see some things that we would not normally see as it looks like the CLS is shutdown for scheduled maintenance then).  ASHRAE Society President Tim Wentz is coming, as well as more VIPs for our Region.  Tim Wentz came to Saskatoon last May when we hosted the Chapters Regional Conference for Region XI.

As our local historian, I sadly admit that I am unsure of whether ASHRAE Saskatoon has toured the Canadian Light Source before.  I hope to update this entry with news on if and when we toured the CLS before.

Jonathan Bushman

posted Jan 6, 2017, 5:27 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History

Happy New Year!

Happy 2017 everyone!  The University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Saskatoon Campus (formerly SIAST (Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science & Technology) - Kelsey Campus) have both played a major role in Saskatoon's HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning) industry, supplying talented graduates, furthering ASHRAE research, and so on.  I am excited that ASHRAE Saskatoon's first meeting of 2017 (on January 10) will feature U of S grad students sharing their HVAC-related research.

Jonathan Bushman
ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter
2016-2017 History Chair

Jonathan Bushman - History Chair

posted Dec 9, 2016, 6:48 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History

Hello everyone,

For December’s ASHRAE Saskatoon Past Presidents Night, on December 13th, we are doing a tour and tasting at LB Distillers in their new location (814 47th Street E). The tour will be starting at 6pm as well as some samples, and we will be having pizza to follow.

As your chapter history chair, I would like to mention that this is not the first time ASHRAE Saskatoon has visited LB Distillers.  We wrapped up our 2013-2014 year at LB Distillers on May 13, 2014, back when they were at 1925 Ave B North (near Circle Drive and Idylwyld).  ASHRAE Saskatoon has not always had meetings in May, though in our first full year, we had a meeting on May 24, 1967, with J.J. McCartan speaking on the psychrometric chart.  Anyway, LB Distillers has a new facility on 47th Street E and I hope everyone enjoys our Past Presidents Night there.  Merry Christmas!  I hope everyone has a great time around the holidays.

Jonathan Bushman

Jonathan Bushman

posted Oct 3, 2016, 12:52 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History

Hello ASHRAE Saskatoon,

As you may have heard already (possibly many times), the Saskatoon chapter of ASHRAE is celebrating its fiftieth year.  In fact, our first regular meeting was on October 18, 1966, so this October 2016 meeting is its own 50-year anniversary.  Back on that first meeting, P. Kurth spoke on High Velocity Air Distribution.  This meeting, we are looking at a refrigeration application with great relevance to Saskatchewan (seeing as how Cameco has its headquarters in Saskatoon): Ground Freezing Systems at the Cigar Lake and McArthur River uranium mines.  This is not the first time ground freezing has come up as a topic in ASHRAE.  Travis Harbicht spoke on this topic and mine ventilation to the Saskatoon chapter on February 9, 2010, a summary of this presentation was given in the ASHRAE industry newsletter, and the ASHRAE Applications Handbook has a chapter on mine air conditioning and ventilation and (I think) touches briefly on ground freezing applications.  I hope everyone enjoys the evening.

Jonathan Bushman
ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter
2016-2017 History Chair

Jonathan Bushman

posted May 4, 2016, 1:56 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History

Hello everyone,

ASHRAE Saskatoon has just turned 50 years old and the countdown to our chapter hosting the 2016 CRC (Chapters Regional Conference) is on!  Our region's CRC will be May 12 to 14, 2016, in Saskatoon.  This is not the first time the Saskatoon chapter has hosted the CRC.  In fact, the Saskatoon chapter hosted the last Canadian CRC on May 23 to 26, 1979.  This was the first time we hosted the CRC and it took place in the same hotel that our 2016 CRC is taking place: the Sheraton Cavalier hotel.  The 1979 CRC was right around the time that the joint Canadian / American Region XI (eleven) was formed.  The Saskatoon chapter joined Region XI and left the all-Canadian Region II (two) as the ASHRAE regions were reorganized.

In other ASHRAE Saskatoon history news, further chapter historical documents are being found (or written in some cases) and uploaded to the history section of ASHRAE Saskatoon's website.  The 1987 to 1992 ASHRAE Saskatoon history summary has just been uploaded.

If you have questions on history or have some good ASHRAE Saskatoon stories from the past, then please contact me, your ASHRAE Saskatoon history chair.  I am still trying to track down the details of which Research Promotion chair offered to shave his head if the Research Promotion goal was met (or was it that someone else suggested that he shave his head)?  Research is ongoing.

Jonathan Bushman
ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter
2015-2016 History Chair

Jonathan Bushman

posted Apr 8, 2016, 8:52 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History

ASHRAE Saskatoon has reached 50 years!  Our chapter started on March 25, 1966, so we turned fifty this past March 25, 2016, on Good Friday in fact.  Congratulations!

In other news, I will be posting another ASHRAE Saskatoon history yearly summary shortly.

Jonathan

Jonathan Bushman

posted Mar 3, 2016, 1:59 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon History

Hello ASHRAE Saskatoon,

This is an exciting time for us.  The Saskatoon chapter of ASHRAE was started on March 25, 1966. so this month we turn 50 years old!  We are also counting down to hosting our region (chapters from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, and a few states) at the CRC (Chapters Regional Conference).  Please check out the CRC portion of ASHRAE Saskatoon's website.

Happy Engineering and Geoscience Week in Saskatchewan (February 28 to March 5, 2016)!  ASHRAE Saskatoon had a small display at the Saskatoon Engineering Society (SES)'s Industry Celebrating Excellence (ICE) event.  The SES also had industry tours and a few other events this week.  APEGS (for Saskatchewan engineers and geoscientists) is having some industry tours during their May 5 to 7 annual meeting in Saskatoon.  It is nice when the different technical societies can communicate so people know about opportunities outside their group, so I wanted to let ASHRAE know about engineering week and APEGS' AGM.

Jonathan Bushman
Chapter History Chair

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