Articles Tagged with ''engineering trends''

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Designer Copy/Paste

Don’t let this all too common practice create confusing specifications.
In December 2013, this Commissioning column addressed the challenges posed by controls contractors who “cut and paste” the design engineer’s sequences of operation into the controls submittal.
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In-House-Savings

Decreased energy usage seems to be making itself right at home in residential. What should that mean for commercial?
A recent Associated Press article noted that the average residential power usage for 2013 is turning out somewhere around 10,800 kWh.
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Shopping In Utah's Great (Semi-) Out-doors

In-slab radiant heating and cooling, cooling towers, and a serious array of pumps and tubing create just the right retail environment in this 20-acre downtown complex.
There’s a new and shimmering upscale tourism and retail destination in the heart of Salt Lake City that has won the attention of city planners worldwide.
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More On Doing The Right Thing

Advice for the jobsite, including don’t play “the blame game.”
To follow up last month’s discussion on doing the right thing when it comes to addressing another person/company’s problem(s), let’s look at a few scenarios, problems, pitfalls, and approaches to correcting an error.
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Novelty No More?

Signs hint at gradual steps toward a more sensible presence for women in engineering.
It’s been 15 years since I went to my first AHR Expo, walked around, and said to myself, “Wow, this crowd is pretty much all dudes.”
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Remote System Readiness Verification

As technology advances, the pre-functional checklist is becoming a thing of the past.
When I started building systems commissioning 25 years ago, it did not take long to figure out that more was needed to confirm that the commissioned systems were complete and ready for testing than just the general contractor’s word for it.
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Boilers: The Front-Loading Lowdown

The forward march of progress in terms of basic equipment and controls sophistication has made the combination of condensing and non-condensing boilers more attractive than ever. Still, you can’t just grab one of each and expect miracles.
Front-end loading is gaining momentum as a boiler system design strategy, as higher-efficiency condensing boilers replace older boiler technology and system control intelligence continues to improve
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Motor Selection HVAC Design

Who actually specified that motor? Did they keep the entire system in mind or were they simply specifying one component at a time? And will that spec require over-speeding the motor?
Often, an HVAC system is designed by the selection of individual components and not by a whole-system approach
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Tablet As Building Engineering Tool, Part 3: Commissioning

What to use for capturing the images and data you need?
In the previous installment on using your tablet to engineer buildings, we focused on design, touching upon apps used to sketch concepts, review drawings, and perform calculations.
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DCIM, DOAS, maybe LEED?

Pull up a pixel and pick an acronym, any acronym …
How many blogs are there? I would suggest one too many if I am now contributing to one.
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