BASSG has just open sourced one of its most popular software tools - Project Builder Plus (PB+), for free use and development by the community. The PB+ editor makes it easy to work on large trend data files from your desktop, adding Project-Haystack tagging and custom extensions in preparation for importing data into analytics and visualization applications.
PB+ accepts building operational data as raw XML and CSV files and exports Project-Haystack-compliant ZINC files. From the editor screen you can assign Haystack tags and extend tags with batch oriented tools. PB+ has options to communicate with NHaystack, Project-Haystack’s open-source Niagara AX module, and with oBIX (Open Building Information Exchange) compatible databases. These connectors can be extended to Modbus, BACnet, and other standard building protocols.
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PB+ is a very comprehensive tool developed based on over 4 years of use in real world applications. Now that PB+ is open-source, developers can create new connectors to other protocols and data sources popular in their specific domain. The Apache LuceneTM text search engine is built-in, so that users can easily search for specific records or by specific tags in any database built with PB+.
They also utilize the Haystack REST API, both to pull in data from outside sources, as well as to export datasets into other engineering tools where they can rapidly develop and model new and custom analytics. Overall, the Haystack methodology is a core foundation of the platform that Constellation implements for all performance-period Energy Efficiency retrofit projects.
Zachariah Nobel, Principal Performance Assurance Engineer, accepted the award on behalf of Constellation.