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Airedale International welcomes first training delegates (l to r) Mohammad Parvez and Imad Moghrabi – of Al Mazroui Advanced Technology, Airedale commercial director Mark Viner, Siraj Salem of Al Mazroui Advanced Technology and Hurezuk Irfan of Gulf Lights

MIDDLE EAST: UK cooling equipment manufacturer Airedale International has embarked on a data centre design and maintenance training programme in the Middle East.

The three day pilot programme was attended by more than 100 individuals from its end user client base, consultants, contractors and business partners. They were joined by hvac technical works managers from the British Embassy in the UAE and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who welcomed Airedale’s proactive approach. Stuart Fenwick, regional technical works officer, British Embassy Dubai said: “It is refreshing to see manufacturers taking an active interest in training their customers in this market”.

As a result of the pilot’s success, Airedale will be rolling out an extensive programme throughout the Middle East which will initially focus on Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar.

The sessions were carefully tailored to the differing needs of the audience and ranged from installation, commissioning and service requirements to strategies for data centre design to support those involved in business development as well as specifiers and consultants.

Designed to support field engineers and technicians working with Airedale equipment, the first day covered topics such as key components of data centre cooling systems, requirements for installation and commissioning in addition to fault-finding techniques and maintenance requirements.

The second two sessions provided a forum for sharing the latest best practice in data centre design with specific emphasis on how to configure data centres for maximum energy efficiency and resilience, load calculations, design principles and unit selection, controls strategies and integration with building energy management systems and data centre infrastructure management.

The 2015 programme will also see the British manufacturer roll out a series of CIBSE-accredited CPD sessions for a number of the world’s largest consultancies. AECOM, Arup are just two of the names committed to further training early in 2015. Typical CPD modules cover energy optimisation strategies including free-cooling technology and aisle containment, energy efficiency metrics and how they are considered as part of system design, in addition to low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and a large number of other topics.