While it’s common for universities to outsource sophisticated control system programming, Greg Brown, lead technician in the Classroom Design and Maintenance Group at UCLA underlines the importance of getting uncompiled versions of the program. “Don’t get caught getting [a system] programmed and then having that programmer, or that subcontractor, go work for somebody else or move out of the state, or something like that, and losing your files,” he counseled. “There’s a simple way to get an uncompiled version of all your control system files, and that is to spell out in the paperwork—in the order—that you get a copy of them. You’re paying the money, you need to set the ground rules.”


Carolyn Heinze is a regular contributor to NewBay Media’s AV Technology.