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Subject: Online course on environment

Online course on environment

From: Helen Alten <helen>
Date: Friday, October 13, 2006
MS211: Preservation Environments
(Formerly Museum Environmental Control Systems)
Instructor: Ernest A. Conrad
November 14 through December 8, 2006
Price: $395
Location:  <URL:>

Preservation Environments is essential for anyone considering a new
building or expanding or retrofitting an old one. Participants learn
about methods for controlling temperature and humidity and the
advantages and disadvantages of each. Preservation Environments does
not try to turn museum professionals into engineers, but it does
equip them with the vocabulary and basic knowledge necessary to
represent the interests of the collection with facilities engineers
and maintenance professionals.  Learn when and how to monitor, how
to read psychrometric charts, how to determine the environmental
control capacities of your building, and where the future might lead

Course Outline

    1.  Introduction
    2.  Climate Control Basics
    3.  Monitoring and Psychrometrics
    4.  Water, The Enemy
    5.  Preservation Tomorrow
    6.  Conclusion

Logistics: Participants in Preservation Environments work at their
own pace through six sections and interact through online chats.
Instructor Ernest Conrad is available at scheduled times during the
course for email support. Preservation Environments includes online
literature, slide lectures and student-teacher/group-teacher dialog.
The course is limited to 20 participants.

Preservation Environments runs four weeks. Sign up at
<URL:> and pay for the course at
<URL:>. If you have
trouble completing an on-line order, please contact Helen Alten at
helen [at] collectioncare__org or Eric Swanson at eric [at] collectioncare__org

The Instructor:

    For over 20 years, Mr. Conrad has focused on environmental
    issues. He is president of Landmark Facilities Group, Inc., an
    engineering firm specializing in environmental systems for
    museums, libraries, archives and historic facilities.  A
    licensed Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering in
    several states, Mr. Conrad holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in
    Civil Engineering and a Master's Degree in Environmental
    Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    A well-respected and honored member of many professional
    organizations, his greatest contribution to the preservation
    field was the development of environmental guidelines for
    engineers who work on museums, libraries and archives.  The
    American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning
    Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) publishes standards in the areas of
    HVAC and refrigeration. Mr. Conrad recently co-authored the
    ASHRAE Applications Handbook "Chapter 20:  Museums, Libraries
    and Archives."  For the first time, there are guidelines
    specific to our needs in the engineering literature.

    Mr. Conrad has studied environments and designed special climate
    control systems throughout the United States for clients as
    well-known as the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress,
    The Frick Collection, Getty Conservation Institute, The Pierpont
    Morgan Library, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and
    National Park Service. He has a special interest in house
    museums and how climate affects structures and collections
    housed within those structures. Mr. Conrad shares his incredible
    expertise through lectures at New York University, the Fashion
    Institute of Technology, the National Preservation Institute and
    Simmons College.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 20:21
                Distributed: Wednesday, October 18, 2006
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Received on Friday, 13 October, 2006

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