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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 …
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?

There are some good explanations for a bad trend.


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How Home Automation May Transform Building Automation

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

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

A concept created for special circumstances has become a sad S.O.P.
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Tomorrow’s Environment

A Woman's Perspective On Work

A casual survey and personal experience generate some candor and surprises.
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Are We Unknowingly Wrong-Sizing Ducts?

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

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

Let’s take the comparison shopping beyond data centers.
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A New Generation Of Smoke Detectors

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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