C.D.S. Newsletter December 2013

We're Making a Change … And We Want to Hear from You!

Next year the C.D.S. newsletter will change from a quarterly newsletter to monthly video tutorials on TRACE™ 700 topics. These short videos will cover topics ranging from how to set up schedules to how to model geothermal systems. We'll e-mail you the first video in January! 

We'd like your feedback to ensure you find these videos helpful and relevant. Would you take a few minutes to complete this short survey? 

Take the survey… 
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Software Renewal Letters Discontinued

Because C.D.S. software automatically alerts you when it is time to renew your software, we will no longer send annual renewal notices in the mail. For uninterrupted access to your software, please renew your license within 30 days of your renewal date.

How can I renew my license?

You will receive reminder messages when your license nears its expiration date. On the pop-up reminder screen, click Renew to go to the online order form. After C.D.S. receives your renewal online and processes it, you will receive an e-mail with activation instructions for you to follow.


New Applications Manual Available

Water-Source and Ground-Source Heat Pump Systems. This manual discusses proper design and application of water-source and ground-source heat pump systems, as well as design challenges, system variations, and control strategies. More … 

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Meet the C.D.S. Support Staff


Caitlin joined C.D.S. in June 2013 after receiving a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison focusing on energy recovery and modified thermodynamic cycles. She also holds an undergraduate mechanical engineering degree from Purdue University. In her free time, she enjoys cooking for her friends/family, being creative and crafty, and being outdoors.

What is your favorite piece of technology?

Besides my smart phone or computer, I would have to say my dishwasher. I’ve lived without one and I must say it is wonderful to have a machine do your chores for you.

My favorite thing about working in C.D.S. is…

... it's an opportunity to never stop learning. I am constantly challenged to dive deeper into the software and its calculation methods and to learn more about the industry and energy modeling. I also appreciate the collaborative atmosphere of my fellow engineers who are always willing to help me or explain unfamiliar topics.


Originally from Marshfield, Wis., Adam joined C.D.S. in June 2013. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in renewable energy. While at Platteville, Adam was part of the inaugural student chapter of the Wisconsin Association of Energy Engineers (WAEE), which provided him with the opportunity to work on several energy projects around the UWP campus. In his free time, Adam enjoys camping, outdoor sports, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.

What is your favorite piece of technology?

The internet. Because of it, you can stay connected with people you love much more easily and mankind has really made great strides forward since its invention.

If you had to live in a TV show for a month, which show would it be and why?

Firefly, although the show was cancelled way too early, the idea of a space sci-fi show combined with a western is fantastic. Plus the great cast would be so much fun to be around!

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