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Articles Tagged with ''engineering trends''

TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

ASHRAE Winter Meeting & AHR Expo: What’s In It For Me?

Events past and present show why you should get involved.
Back in 1980, I attended my first ASHRAE winter meeting, and yes, I am aware that some of you readers weren’t born then, but I digress.
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COMMISSIONING

Commissioning Team Members

Know the cast of characters and how each needs to step up.
Last month, I touched on the impact of changing key personnel on a commissioning team.
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Will Liquid Cooling Solutions Save Energy?

Recent technology advancements have resulted in high heat producing hardware pushing the envelope of traditional air cooling methodologies. In response, some vendors have introduced liquid cooled solutions as a viable alternative that can accommodate as much as 30 kW/rack or more. This article will discuss the energy efficiencies of the various cooling solutions available or possibly available in the future.
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TOMORROW'S ENVIRONMENT

More On First-Time Managers

Showing the group the big picture and tailoring skill sets to the workload can pay off.
With this year coming to an end and a new business year starting next month, this is a good time for a first-time manager to stop and take one last look at her first year business plan and assess how things went relative to the company’s goals; the employees within the group’s goals; and the group’s sales, revenue, and operating budget.
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EDITOR'S NOTE

Checklists & Pre-Show Planning

Use the Expo’s free sessions to enlighten (and pace) yourself in January.
Almost every month, something worthwhile comes in right as I’m writing this page.
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COMMISSIONING

Commissioning Action Lists: Keeping Them Under Control, Part 3

Don’t let this trio of developments throw you off your game.
I will close out 2014 with this final column about how to avoid excessively long commissioning action lists (CALs).
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Pressure-Independent Control Valves

PICV technology has its benefits, but is it worth it?
On several recent projects, we have had control contractors who have promoted the use of pressure-independent control valves (PICV).
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COMMISSIONING

Commissioning Action Lists: Keeping Them Under Control, Part 2

Some coordinated drudgery up front will prevent unwanted drama on the back end.
This month’s column is a continuation of my September and October columns regarding excessively long commissioning action lists (CALs). I will continue exploring the multiple reasons why the CAL might get out of hand, who might be responsible, and what the commissioning professional might do about it.
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Infectious Microorganisms Do Not Care About Your Existing Policies

Personnel, common practices, and pathogen behavior all complicate the battle against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). An overly narrow definition of “airborne” and a habit of confusing comfort with safety may be making things worse, too. Understand the enemy — why less may be more when it comes to room changes, and more may be more regarding relative humidity — to get beyond “business as usual” and knock down the risk to patients.
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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

Advice For First-Time Managers

Draw your map, and help others draw theirs.
Several years ago, I wrote book titled Managing People In The HVAC/R Industry, and in it, I dedicated a chapter to those who take on the challenge of being a first-time manager.
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