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SMG GLOSSARY

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$VA: $ Value Added

4GL: Fourth Generation Language

A

AAAS: American Association for the Advancement of Science

AGA: American Gas Association

AIABC: Aerospace Industries Association of BC

AIBC: Architectural Institute of British Columbia

AICP: American Institute of Certified Planners

AIP: American Institute of Physics

API: Application Program Interface

APS: American Physical Society

ASA: Allied Signal Aerospace currently Honeywell Aerospace & Defense

ASES: American Solar Energy Society

ASHRAE: American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Engineers

ATE: Automated Test Equipment

AVRO: A.V. Roe & Company, generally known as AVRO; founded by Alliott Verdon Roe, British aircraft pioneer & manufacturer; AVRO Canada, Canadian subsidiary of Hawker Siddeley, parent of AVRO

AWEA: American Wind Energy Association

B

BBB: Better Business Bureau

BC: British Columbia

BCAC: BC Aviation Council

BCIT: British Columbia Institute of Technology

BCTIA: British Columbia Technology Industry Association

BG: Bill Gates

BNL: Brookhaven National Laboratory

BOMA: Building Owners & Managers Association

C

CATA: Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance

CD: Compact Disc

CDN: Content Delivery Network

CDPD: Cellular Digital Packet Data

CGI: Common Gateway Interface

CMM: Coordinate Measurement Machinery

CMS: Content Management System

CSMTS: Control Surface Measurement & Trim System

CSS: Cascading Style Sheet

CVI: C (language) Virtual Instrument

D

DAQ: Data Acquisition

DC: Direct Current

DMM: Digital Multimeter

DVD: Digital Versatile Disc, formerly Video Disc

E

EAA: Electric Auto Association

EADS: European Aeronautic Defense and Space company: formerly, Racal Instruments & Astronics

Earth 1.0: Natural Earth

Earth 2.0: Technological Earth

Earth 3.0: Sustainable Earth based on sustainability, self-sufficiency, respect for and preservation of our priceless biosphere | environment for all future generations, efficient use of all resources including sustainable renewable energy; Earth 2.0 – Technological Earth; Earth 1.0 – Natural Earth

EEI: Edison Electric Institute

EEU: Efficient Energy Use

EFT: Electronic Fund Transfer

EMF: ElectroMagnetic Field

EU: Energy Use

EUU: Energy Use Unit

EV: Electric Vehicle

F

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

FBU: Fuel Billing Unit

FDA: Food & Drug Administration

FDU: Fuel Demand Unit

FTF: First Things First

G

GDP: Gross Domestic Product

GM: General Motors

GPIB: General Purpose Interface Bus

GPS: Global Positioning System

GUI: Graphical User Interface

H

HMI: Human Machine Interface or Interaction

HP: Hewlett Packard

HPIB: Hewlett Packard Interface Bus

HTML: HyperText Markup Language

I

IATA: International Air Transport Association

ICA: Interface Connector Assembly

ICE: Internal Combustion Engine

IEEE: Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers

IO: Input Output

IP: Intellectual Property

IPDF: Industrial Post-Doctoral Fellowship

ISA: Industry Standard Architecture

ISCP: Instrument Setup Capture Playback Program

ISES: International Solar Energy Society

ISO: International Standards Organization

ITA: Interface Test Adapter

IVI: Interchangeable Virtual Instrument

K

KVM: Keyboard Video Mouse

L

LAN: Local Area Network

LANL: Los Alamos National Laboratory

LCC: Life Cycle Costing

LCD: Liquid Crystal Display or Device

LCR: Inductance Capacitance Resistance (= Impedance)

LED: Light Emitting Diode or Device

LLC: Limited Liability Company

M

MAI: Management Assistance Inc

MASc: Master of Applied Science (Engineering)

MDI: Mobile Data Inc

MDSI: Mobile Data Solutions Inc

mJ: magicJack

MMI: Man Machine Interface

MPN: Microsoft Partner Network

MRO: Maintenance Repair Overhaul

MSc: Master of Science

MTBF: Mean Time Before Failure

N

NAM: National Association of Manufacturers

NI: National Instruments

NIC: Network Interface Card

NRCC: National Research Council of Canada

NVH: Noise Vibration Harseness

O

OCR: Optical Character Recognition

ORNL: Oak Ridge National laboratory

P

PAC: Programmable Automation Controller

PBX: Private Business eXchange

PC: Personal Computer

PCI: Personal Component Interconnect; PC Interface bus PCMCIA: PC Memory Card International Association; Peripheral Component Microchannel Interconnect Architecture (IBM); now called PC Cards

PDA: Personal Digital Assistant

PhD: Doctor of Philosophy

PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor

PIM: Personal Information Manager

PLC: Programmable Logic Controller

POS: Point of Sale

PSTN: Public Switched Telephone Network

PXI: PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation

Q

QA: Quality Assurance

QC: Quality Control

R

R&D: Research & Development

RANDC: Research ANd Development Corporation

RCIT: Residential Commercial Industrial Transportation

RD&D: Research Design & Development

RERC: Real Estate Research Corporation

RF: Radio Frequency

Renewables1: Biomass Geothermal Hydroelectric Tidal

Renewables2: Solar Wave Wind

RMI: Rocky Mountain Institute

ROI: Return On Investment

RS: Recommended Standard

RT: Real Time

RTOS: Real Time Operating System

S

SCADA: Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition

SciAm: Scientific American

SCO: Santa Cruz Operation

SCSI: Small Computer System, Standard or Serial Interface

SCXI: Signal Conditioning eXtensions for Instrumentation

SEIA: Solar Energy Industries Association

SFU: Simon Fraser University

SI: International System of Units

SIC: Standard Industrial Classification

Sine Qua Non: An indispensable & essential action, condition, or ingredient; without which it could not be; without which [there is] nothing.

SMG: The S-MATRIX Group

SPC: Statistical Process Control

SQL: Structured (database) Query Language

SRII: Stanford Research Institute International

STEM: Science Technology Engineering Mathematics; Scientist Technologist Engineer Mathematician

T

TENS: Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulator or Electrical Neural Stimulation

TOC: Table of Contents

U

UBC: University of British Columbia

UPS: Uninterruptible Power Supply or System

URI: Uniform Resource Identifier

URL: Uniform Resource Locator, colloquially termed a web address, is a reference to a web resource that specifies its location on a computer network and a mechanism for retrieving it. A URL is a specific type of URI, although many use the two terms interchangeably. URLs occur most commonly to reference web pages (http), but are also used for file transfer (ftp), email (mailto), database access (JDBCURI), and many other applications.

USACE: US Army Corps of Engineers

USB: Universal Serial Bus

USDOC: US Department of Commerce

USDOE: US Department of Energy

USDOI: US Department of the Interior

USDOL: US Department of Labor

USDOT: US Department of Transportation

USEIA: US Energy Information Administration

USEPA: US Environmental Protection Agency

USFAA: US Federal Aviation Administration

USFDA: US Food & Drug Administration

USFERC: US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

USGPO: US Government Printing Office

USNIST: US National Institute of Standards & Technology

USNREL: US National Renewable Energy Lab

UUT: Unit Under Test

V

VAE: Value Added Economy

VAT: Value Added Tax

VBT: Vancouver Board of Trade

VEVA: Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association

VIP: Very Important Person

VISA: Virtual Instrumentation Software Architecture

VME: Versa Modular Eurocard

VoIP: Voice over Internet Protocol

VPN: Virtual Private Network

VPS: Virtual Private Server

VXI: VME eXtensions for Instrumentation

W

W3: World Wide Web

WAN: Wide Area Network

WB: Warren Buffett

WIP: Work In Progress

$VA: $ Value Added

4GL: Fourth Generation Language

AAAS: American Association for the Advancement of Science

AGA: American Gas Association

AIABC: Aerospace Industries Association of BC

AIBC: Architectural Institute of British Columbia

AICP: American Institute of Certified Planners

AIP: American Institute of Physics

API: Application Program Interface

APS: American Physical Society

ASA: Allied Signal Aerospace currently Honeywell Aerospace & Defense

ASES: American Solar Energy Society

ASHRAE: American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Engineers

ATE: Automated Test Equipment

AVRO: A.V. Roe & Company, generally known as AVRO; founded by Alliott Verdon Roe, British aircraft pioneer & manufacturer; AVRO Canada, Canadian subsidiary of Hawker Siddeley, parent of AVRO

AWEA: American Wind Energy Association

BBB: Better Business Bureau

BC: British Columbia

BCAC: BC Aviation Council

BCIT: British Columbia Institute of Technology

BCTIA: British Columbia Technology Industry Association

BG: Bill Gates

BNL: Brookhaven National Laboratory

BOMA: Building Owners & Managers Association

CATA: Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance

CD: Compact Disc

CDN: Content Delivery Network

CDPD: Cellular Digital Packet Data

CGI: Common Gateway Interface

CMM: Coordinate Measurement Machinery

CMS: Content Management System

CSMTS: Control Surface Measurement & Trim System

CSS: Cascading Style Sheet CVI: C (language) Virtual Instrument

DAQ: Data Acquisition

DC: Direct Current

DMM: Digital Multimeter

DVD: Digital Versatile Disc, formerly Video Disc

EAA: Electric Auto Association

EADS: European Aeronautic Defense and Space company; formerly, Racal Instruments & Astronics

Earth 1.0: Natural Earth

Earth 2.0: Technological Earth

Earth 3.0: Sustainable Earth based on sustainability, self-sufficiency, respect for and preservation of our priceless biosphere | environment for all future generations, efficient use of all resources including sustainable renewable energy; Earth 2.0 – Technological Earth; Earth 1.0 – Natural Earth

EEI: Edison Electric Institute

EEU: Efficient Energy Use

EFT: Electronic Fund Transfer

EMF: ElectroMagnetic Field

EU: Energy Use

EUU: Energy Use Unit

EV: Electric Vehicle

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

FBU: Fuel Billing Unit

FDA: Food & Drug Administration

FDU: Fuel Demand Unit

FTF: First Things First

GDP: Gross Domestic Product

GM: General Motors

GPIB: General Purpose Interface Bus

GPS: Global Positioning System

GUI: Graphical User Interface

HMI: Human Machine Interface or Interaction

HP: Hewlett Packard

HPIB: Hewlett Packard Interface Bus

HTML: HyperText Markup Language

IATA: International Air Transport Association

ICA: Interface Connector Assembly

ICE: Internal Combustion Engine

IEEE: Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers

IO: Input Output

IP: Intellectual Property

IPDF: Industrial Post-Doctoral Fellowship

ISA: Industry Standard Architecture

ISCP: Instrument Setup & Capture Program

ISES: International Solar Energy Society

ISO: International Standards Organization

ITA: Interface Test Adapter

IVI: Interchangeable Virtual Instrument

KVM: Keyboard Video Mouse

LAN: Local Area Network

LANL: Los Alamos National Laboratory

LCC: Life Cycle Costing

LCD: Liquid Crystal Diode or Display

LCR: Inductance Capacitance Resistance (= Impedance)

LED: Light Emitting Diode or Device

LLC: Limited Liability Company

MAI: Management Assistance Inc

MASc: Master of Applied Science (Engineering)

MDI: Mobile Data Inc

MDSI: Mobile Data Solutions Inc

mJ: magicJack

MMI: Man Machine Interface

MPN: Microsoft Partner Network

MRO: Maintenance Repair Overhaul

MSc: Master of Science

MTBF: Mean Time Before Failure

NAM: National Association of Manufacturers

NI: National Instruments

NIC: Network Interface Card

NRCC: National Research Council of Canada

NVH: Noise Vibration Harseness

OCR: Optical Character Recognition

ORNL: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PAC: Programmable Automation Controller

PBX: Private Business eXchange

PC: Personal Computer

PCI: Personal Component Interconnect; PC Interface bus

PCMCIA: PC Memory Card International Association; Peripheral Component Microchannel Interconnect Architecture (IBM); now called PC Cards

PDA: Personal Digital Assistant

PhD: Doctor of Philosophy

PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor

PIM: Personal Information Manager

PLC: Programmable Logic Controller

POS: Point of Sale

PSTN: Public Switched Telephone Network

PXI: PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation

QA: Quality Assurance

QC: Quality Control

R&D: Research & Development

RANDC: Research ANd Development Corporation

RCIT: Residential Commercial Industrial Transportation

RD&D: Research Design & Development

RERC: Real Estate Research Corporation

RF: Radio Frequency

Renewables1: Biomass Geothermal Hydroelectric Tidal

Renewables2: Solar Wave Wind

RMI: Rocky Mountain Institute

ROI: Return On Investment

RS: Recommended Standard

RT: Real Time

RTOS: Real Time Operating System

SCADA: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition

SciAm: Scientific American

SEIA: Solar Energy Industries Association

SCO: Santa Cruz Operation

SCSI: Small Computer System, Standard or Serial Interface

SCXI: Signal Conditioning eXtensions for Instrumentation

SFU: Simon Fraser University SI: International System of Units

SIC: Standard Industrial Classification

Sine Qua Non: An indispensable & essential action, condition, or ingredient; without which it could not be; without which [there is] nothing.

SMG: The S-MATRIX Group

SPC: Statistical Process Control

SQL: Structured (database) Query Language

SRII: Stanford Research Institute International

STEM: Science Technology Engineering Mathematics; Scientist Technologist Engineer Mathematician

TENS: Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulator or Electrical Neural Stimulation

TOC: Table of Contents

UBC: University of British Columbia

UPS: Uninterruptible Power Supply or System

URI: Uniform Resource Identifier

URL: Uniform Resource Locator, colloquially termed a web address, is a reference to a web resource that specifies its location on a computer network and a mechanism for retrieving it. A URL is a specific type of URI, although many use the two terms interchangeably. URLs occur most commonly to reference web pages (http), but are also used for file transfer (ftp), email (mailto), database access (JDBCURI), and many other applications.

USACE: US Army Corps of Engineers

USB: Universal Serial Bus

USDOC: US Department of Commerce

USDOE: US Department of Energy

USDOI: US Department of the Interior

USDOL: US Department of Labor

USDOT: US Department of Transportation

USEIA: US Energy Information Administration

USEPA: US Environmental Protection Agency

USFAA: US Federal Aviation Administration

USFDA: US Food and Drug Administration

USFERC: US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

USGPO: US Government Printing Office

USNIST: US National Institute of Standards & Technology

USNREL: US National Renewable Energy Lab

UUT: Unit Under Test

VAE: Value Added Economy

VAT: Valued Added Tax

VBT: Vancouver Board of Trade

VEVA: Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association

VIP: Very Important Person

VISA: Virtual Instrumentation Software Architecture

VME: Versa Modular Eurocard

VoIP: Voice over Internet Protocol

VPN: Virtual Private Network

VPS: Virtual Private Server

VXI: VME eXtensions for Instrumentation

W3: World Wide Web

WAN: Wide Area Network

WB: Warren Buffett

WIP: Work In Progress

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