BUIL07019 2017 Facility and Utilities Management for Data Centres

General Details

Full Title
Facility and Utilities Management for Data Centres
Transcript Title
Facilities/Utilities Mgmnt
N/A %
Subject Area
BUIL - Building Services
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
Sinead Hanlon
Programme Membership
SG_EDATA_J07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Data Centre Facilities Engineering

Facility & Utilities Management for Data Centres.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


(KK) Understands the operational practice and roles of facilities engineering as applied to data centres , including codes of practice, the assessment of hazards, operational safety and environmental issues.


(KB) Has knowledge of ISO 5000, IPMVP, and JRC EU "Code of Conduct" for Data Centres and other relevant codes of proactice.


(CC) Can interpret and apply Data Centre Performance metrics (PUE)  and energy management power meters and metrics in the maintainence of control and energy systems, using soft and/or hard technologies as applied to facilities engineers role in data centres.


(CR) Can exercise independent technical judgement and plan for eventualities in the management of control room operations, Security system technolog and Fire detection and Fire Suppression systems.


(CLL) Can identify gaps in personal knowledge, understanding and skills and identify appropriate means of gaining these attributes in their role as a facilities engineer for data centers.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures will be delivered online over one semester. Content will be aimed at and relevant to actual data centre practice. The assignment will relate to specific data and practices in the workplace. Relevant site visits will be used to enhance learning, where practical.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will include an assignment worth 40% of the overall mark (the rest going towards the end of term written exam). The assignment will be a report on a particular element of heating/cooling technologies, proposed by the learner and approved by the lecturer.

Repeat Assessments

Assignments will be marked at the same time as written exams. Repeat assignments can be submitted at the same time as repeat written exams.

Indicative Syllabus

  • Facility management principles 
  • Critical Operations (7*24 at 99.999%) - control room operations 
  • Security system technology - operate and maintain 
  • Fire detection and Fire Suppression systems 
  • Maintenance Management/Condition Monitoring systems 
  • Maintenance theory - predictive, preventive, conditional etc.
  • Data Centre Performance metrics (PUE) (7)
  • Renewable energy and energy management - power meters and metrics (
    • Structured approach to energy management (7)
    • ISO 50001 and IPMVP (7)
  • JRC EU "Code of Conduct" for Data Centres

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Group Project Project Group Project 40 % Week 10 1,2,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Not Specified Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2010-01-01 Facilities Management Handbook Elsevier
ISBN 0750689773 ISBN-13 9780750689779

Recommended Reading
2014 Data Center Handbook Wiley

Recommended Reading
2017 2017 Best Practice Guidelines for the EU Code of Conduct on Data Centre Energy Efficiency Publications Office of the European Union

Module Resources

URL Resources

http://www.seai.ie/Your_Business/Large_Energy_Users/Special_Initiatives/Special_Working_Groups/Data_Centre_Special_Working_Group_SpinI/Data Centre Energy Efficient Design Guide.pdf Data Centre Energy E!cient Design Guide

https://buildings.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-3393e.pdf Self-benchmarking Guide for Data Centers: Metrics, Benchmarks, Actions

ISO 50001:2011 Energy management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use https://www.iso.org/standard/51297.html


International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol
Concepts and Options for Determining Energy and Water Savings http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy02osti/31505.pdf