Articles Tagged with ''engineering trends''

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Some Odds & Ends to Think About

From trends that are (or aren’t) catching on, to cooking for engineers …
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Pharmaceutical projects are different? Not according to several readers who responded to this column I wrote last year.
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Why Are Owners Taking This?

By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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There are some good explanations for a bad trend.


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How Home Automation May Transform Building Automation

By Paul Ehrlich, P.E.
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Will a design cousin of the iPod take flight?


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Case In Point

Tool lending library assists California companies in measuring energy consump-tion

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Most companies want to decrease their energy consumption, either for financial reasons, or to be active in reducing their carbon footprint, or both — but some of them aren’t sure where to begin. When the only measure of a facility’s energy usage is the bill customers receive at the end of the month, they may feel their facility is more like the proverbial black hole: power goes in, business happens inside, but it’s not clear exactly how much energy is used where and when.
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When “Substantial Completion” Is Insubstantial

By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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A concept created for special circumstances has become a sad S.O.P.
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A Woman's Perspective On Work

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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A casual survey and personal experience generate some candor and surprises.
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Are We Unknowingly Wrong-Sizing Ducts?

By Ernie MacFerran
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A small team led by an award-winning Florida engineer decided to test conventional wisdom about pressure loss, both in a straight run and in comparing supply and exhaust scenarios. Early returns suggest the data may be flowing in an unexpected fashion.
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The Scene of the Crime

By Robert Beverly
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Whether it’s the quiet riot of info overload or some felony act of inadvertent inefficiency, your perfectly nice facility is almost certainly the silent victim of performance malfeasance.
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BAS vs. PLC for HVAC Control

By Paul Ehrlich, P.E. and Ira Goldschmidt P.E.
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Let’s take the comparison shopping beyond data centers.
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A New Generation Of Smoke Detectors

By Fred J. Conforti
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Here, we depart from our occasional focus on controlling smoke, yielding the floor to a life safety veteran weighing in about a new development for detecting it. Some historical context around detector types and testing methods paves the way for an explanation of why the new approach may become a welcome option for many applications … if it catches on.
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