Converting a 100-year old villa into a modern data center

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IEEE Lone Star Section Life Members Affinity Group, San Antonio

This talk will discuss issues involved in converting a 100-year old recently renovated villa located in Heliopolis, a suburb of Cairo, into a Co-location Data Center (ColoDC). The facility is intended to be a commercial offering to start-up enterprises and to provide a back-ip site for Google. Joe will discuss design requirements, includuing the results of a survey visit and the architectural and mechanical constraintsw discovered. Of significant interest was the existing electrical service quality snd quantity. Photos of as-found conditions, as well as what conversions were made to enable the new equipment and cabling installation will be shown. Joe will describe several unique situations, such as unannouonced phase reversals by the serving utility and the unique characteristics of electrical poweer in the area.

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  • Date: 16 Feb 2023
  • Time: 11:30 AM to 01:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
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  • Paesanos
  • 555 East Basse Rd
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • United States 78209
  • Building: At the Quarry

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  • Please note: There is a $10.00 charge for each registrant and guest. Remainder of the tab will be picked up by our Chapter.

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  • Starts 01 February 2023 08:00 AM
  • Ends 15 February 2023 12:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge
  • Menu: Guest Cheese Ravioli, Chicken Parmesan, Shrimp Paesano, Special Salad


Joe Jankowski, P.E. Joe Jankowski, P.E. of IEEE Lone Star Section LMAG


Converting a 100-year old villa into a modern data center


Joe Jankowski possesses over 50 years of experience in electrical engineering. Over these years,  he has mastered strategic planning and analysis, and system design, While managing system installations, he has given special consideration to high availability and continuous operation. This requires sophisticated electrical and mechanical work-around interfaces,

From 1960 to 1973 he was employed by several Defense and R&D companies. In private practice after 1973, he provided engineerng services to USAA, 3M, IBM, HEB and US Government agencies.. As a member of the design teams, he was invoilved in several US embassies, including Beijing, and the United Arab Emirates. Later on,  prepared detailed designs for a high availability power system for the CoLo Data Center, Cairo, Egypt.

Joe earned his electrical engineeering degree at Wayne State University. He has done post-graduate work in operations research at UCLA, computers and control systems at Wayne State and power systems analysis at the University of Southern Florida.

Joe is licensed in 7 states. He is an Extra Class Radio Amateur. He is a Life Senior Member of IEEE



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11:30: Business meeting: Call to order, minutes of last meeting, treasurer's report, committee reports, new business,

12:00: Lunch

12:30: Technical talk and discussion