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Dr. Albert So

Dr. Albert So is an executive board member and scientific advisor of the International Association of Elevator Engineers (IAEE). He is also the academic secretary for the IAEE HK-China Branch and honorary visiting professor of the University of Northampton in the U.K. He serves on the Technical Advisory Group of Elevator World, Inc., and is based in Seattle.

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Ropes and Traction

By Dr. Albert So | October 1, 2019
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Value: 1 contact hour (0.1 CEU)This article is approved for Continuing Education by NAEC for CET® and CAT®. EW Continuing Education is currently approved in the following states: AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MO, MS, MT, OK, PA, VA, VT, WV and WI. Please check for specific course verification of approval at…

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Motor Drive and Control

By Dr. Albert So | April 1, 2019
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An introduction to major elevator drives, including history, fundamentals and the future This article is excerpted from your author’s upcoming book, The Elevator: From Basics to Calculus, which discusses key elements in elevator systems, focusing on the topics of motor drives and control, traffic analysis, and ropes and traction. It is intended to provide quick…

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On the Development of Occupant Evacuation Elevators

By Dr. Albert So | November 1, 2014
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An examination of concepts to use elevators in high-rise emergencies, including history centered on 9/11 The Concept Pre 9/11 The sign, “In case of fire, do not use elevators, use stairs,” or in similar wordings, could be commonly found at any typical elevator lobby across the U.S. In Hong Kong, according to Clause 3.10.3 of…

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Fastest Elevator – A Competition in High Technology

By Dr. Albert So | September 1, 2014
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How the speed and height races in the elevator and construction industries have contributed to the solutions of many problems and predetermined the mile-high building. During the past two decades, we have seen a growing trend in the construction of ultra-high-rise buildings served by super- or even ultra-high-speed elevators. An overview of these buildings and…

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Open Communication Protocols for Elevators, Part 2

By Dr. Albert So | August 1, 2014
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In the first article of this series (ELEVATOR WORLD, July 2014), the science and concept of open and interoperable protocols were discussed, with an introduction to the seven layers of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) network model and several popular networks, including ModBus and CANBus, with applications in elevator…

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Open Communication Protocols for Elevators, Part 1

By Dr. Albert So | July 1, 2014
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Applications in elevator systems for the popular LonTalk standard are discussed.

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Energy Code Development, Part Two

By Dr. Albert So | May 1, 2014
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Part One of this series (ELEVATOR WORLD, April 2014) discussed the history of development of the Code of Practice for Energy Efficiency of Lift and Escalator Installations (CoP) for elevators, escalators and moving walks in Hong Kong. The CoP is now incorporated in the combined volume Code of Practice for Energy Efficiency of Building Services…

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Energy Code Development, Part One

By Dr. Albert So | April 1, 2014
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How the groundbreaking Hong Kong Energy Code was created, leading to a section on elevator energy efficiency. The first code of practice related to energy in Hong Kong is perhaps the Code of Practice for Overall Thermal Transfer Value (OTTV) in Buildings published by the Hong Kong government in 1995. Then, a task force was…

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