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©2018, ASHRAE Chapter 095
Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

November 2017  

President’s Message

It’s amazing how disruptive the holiday season can feel. It feels like it is difficult to get work done with coworkers taking vacation, traveling to see family and prepping for events.  I was tasked with cooking the turkey for Thanksgiving this year and immediately regretted my decisions on a last minute brine.  The internet suggested it was easy and would make the turkey taste better.  Of course the website was right and the bird was delicious, but it didn’t prevent the 24 hours of worry until I cut into it.

But even after all of the worry, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have mattered if the food was bad because I got to sit down to a meal with family and I am thankful for that.

This rolls us into our December meeting where we spend a little more time than normal sharing drinks and conversation before we get to the presentation.  Cameron Klein has invited back Dan Dettmers, who I’m sure will provide a presentation no one will want to miss.

We will also be featuring Research Promotion at this meeting and honoring last year’s donors and discussing our upcoming goals for the year.  Alex Bakel has been hard at work coming up with raffle prizes and all of your donations will go toward supporting our RP goal for the year.  I know I have said it before, but the Madison ASHRAE Chapter gets more out of research promotion and it is well worth donating.

Happy Holidays

Greg Froehle

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2017-2018

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Meeting Announcement


December Meeting
Commissioning Industrial Refrigeration Systems 
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hawthorn Suites
5421 Caddis Bend
Fitchburg, WI 53711
Hawthorn Suites- Fitchburg

$20.00 Member Registration
$30.00 Guest (non Madison ASHRAE member)
$0.00 Cafeteria Plan (Only If You Have Already Paid!)
$0.00 Presenter/Dan Dettmers
$0.00 Student Ticket

         Directions  Registration Closes at noon Friday, December 8th

Social Gathering - 5 pm (optional) 

Dinner - 6:00 pm 

Main Presentation - 7:00 pm - Daniel J. Dettmers  Commissioning Industrial Refrigeration Systems

Commissioning for Industrial Refrigeration Systems: Welcome to the Wild West

ASHRAE Guideline 0 marks 1982 as the birth of the commissioning process, yet 30 years later the commissioning concept is still in its infancy for the refrigeration industry, commercial and industrial. This presentation, by an industrial refrigeration engineer with a toe in the HVAC industry, seeks to explore the roadblocks being established by the refrigeration industry to full scale commissioning. Some excuses will be all too familiar to commissioning veterans. Others are valid grievances to shoehorning refrigeration systems, with their often unique purpose and design, into the rigid framework of commissioning. Finally, parallels were drawn between the commissioning and regulatory processes already being implemented by the refrigeration industry.


Daniel J. Dettmers
Research Engineer
Industrial Refrigeration Consortium, U.W. Madison

Daniel Dettmers interests and expertise spans the industrial refrigeration spectrum from construction to operation to decommissioning.  Currently, Dan’s focus is primarily on improving the refrigeration safety (PSM/RMP) for individual companies and the industry as a whole with a particular emphasis on the Mechanical Integrity of the systems. 

Dan is an ASHRAE member currently active at the Society level in the Section 10 Technical Committees (i.e. refrigeration). He also holds past membership on numerous Standing Committees and is a contributing author for several Handbook chapters and ASHRAE Position Documents.

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Research Promotion

We would like to take a moment to thank those members who have donated the Research Promotion (RP) campaign. We will be recognizing last year’s donors at the December Chapter Meeting and if you have not already donated to this year’s RP campaign, please consider doing so. You will also have an opportunity donate by purchasing raffle tickets at the December meeting, so please remember to bring cash if you are interested. All prizes are donated by local businesses and if you or your company is interested in donating, please let me know.

Our RP goal this year is $15,000 and the Board of Governors has already done their part, each donating $100. Your donation supports ASHRAE Research, which is a critical component of updating ASHRAE Fundamentals, as well as other useful resources. 

Donations can be made online here. You may also pay by check made out to ASHRAE Research and send it to the address below:

Trane Company  Attn: Alex Bakel
5302 Voges Road
Madison, WI  53718

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call or email me directly.  We appreciate your continued support of ASHRAE research.

Thank you,

Alex Bakel
Research Promotion Chair
Direct: (608) 838-5114

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Past President

Past President Mike Gall's Experience with ASHRAE:

At UW-Madison, ASHRAE was barely an organization of 3-4 students, meanwhile ASME had over 100 members.  ASME was the society of choice in college, of which I participated at their meetings.  After graduation and taking a career at Trane in 2000, I joined ASHRAE to better understand the industry I was a part of.  My professional growth within ASHRAE helped improve my industry knowledge, and also connected me with some trend setters within the industry.  The most important thing I realized after the years of volunteer time through the local Madison Chapter Presidency is that ASHRAE is not some large immovable force.  It is made up of local grass roots people like you and me.  It is when local people like you and I decide that we want to better our industry, then real change takes place.  We have passionate engineers right here in Madison, Wisconsin, making changes to our standards and guidelines that we adhere to every day.  Guys like Dick PearsonJeff BoldtDoug RindlMike MeteyerMatt KouklDan Dettmers, just to name a few.  If you want to make a change, it all starts here!  Get involved!

Mike Gall
President 2012-13
Masters Building Solutions

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Meeting Minutes

Below are links to recent meeting minutes:

Board of Govenors:
     October 2017

General Meetings:
     November 2017

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Treasurer’s Report

Below are the Treasurer's Reports for the past months.

2017 July's Treasurer's Report

2017 August Treasurer's Report

Paul Schack
Madison Chapter Treasurer 

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The Madison Chapter of ASHRAE has remains consistent.  We finished the year at 270 members.  We enourage your to invite your associates and peers to join ASHRAE to share in their professional experience, skills and talents.  The programs continue to be valuable for the time involved.  There are many benefits to being a member of ASHRAE.  Take a look at this JOIN ASHRAE link to find out more about the reason's to be part of the over 57,000 world wide members.

Join us in welcoming David Hughes as a new member.

Members, check your BIO's and keep them up to date with your current address, phone, e-mail, employer or experiences. Your e-mail address with society, is what the Chapter uses contact you, so changes assure you are remain in contact. Update Your BIO HERE.

Area Assigned Members  266  Nov 2017-18


Current Membership (Oct)   268          
New Members   1 13        
New Students   1 2        
Cancellations   1 14        
Student Cancellations   1 6        
Grade Advancement   0  0        
Affiliate Transfer   1 4        

Contact the Madison Chapter Membership Chair, if you have questions or comments about ASHRAE Membership. 


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Meeting Schedule

Monday Topic Presenter Theme Technical Session
September 11th Controls in the Developing HVAC Industry

Eric Carlson
Ron Bristol

  DDC Analytics
October 9th  Vortex Optics World Headquarters  Matt Heil Student Night none
November 13th VFDs, Harmonics, Grounding Rings Ken Wegrzyn Membership Promotion Overspeeding Direct Drive Fans
December 11th  Commissioning for Industrial Refrigeration Systems: Welcome to the Wild West  Dan Dettmers Research Promotion Social
January 8th 2018        
February 12th Ethics Nicole Schrier  CTTC  
March 12th Dehumidification  Tom Peterson  Student Activities Psychrometrics
April 9th        
May 15th (Tuesday)    Hank Jackson    TBD
June 11th Golf Outing 53rd Annual  n/a    
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Society News Releases


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