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A Solid-State Of Mind: Prepping For The Next Wave

What aspects of bleeding-edge data center thought can I incorporate for leading-edge designs? What is the future of the compressor in these environments? Or the future of a designer who doesn’t ask questions like these?
April 1, 2014
Why are you an engineer? Did you love math and science as a kid and simply follow your bliss? Or were you pushed into it by your guidance counselor even though your heart was somewhere else?
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Back 2 Basics

Building Programs To Basis Of Design For A Mission Critical Tenant Fit-out Project

April 1, 2014
At some point in time, most mission critical companies will make the decision to expand their data center space by either outsourcing the mission critical expansion add-on or new space, or lease a tenant space that has already been designed to accept a mission critical data center.
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Tomorrow's Environment

Doing The Right Thing

Pointing out design flaws isn’t easy, but engineers must apply their best assessments for the building owner.
April 1, 2014
The other day, a colleague of mine mentioned to me that she was taking on a project where others in her company were not happy.
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Lab Results: Big (And Sometimes Fewer) Changes

When you have to individually go verify whether 128 air curtains meant to ensure air balance in the original design’s branch ductwork are still there or not, you’re not having an easy time of it.
April 1, 2014
One of the worst-performing buildings I’ve had the pleasure to study was a 375,000-sq-ft laboratory building at a Midwest university.
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Calculating Backup Power Supply Requirements

Different types of load, from uninterruptible power supplies to VFDs and beyond, make for different approaches to your specific backup power situation.
April 1, 2014
Read up to protect your facility’s equipment and its ability to perform in a pinch.
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Commissioning

Remote System Readiness Verification

As technology advances, the pre-functional checklist is becoming a thing of the past.
April 1, 2014
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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A Big Step With A Little Footprint

With a natatorium, a gym, and other community functions, it’s only appropriate that the Ping Tom Memorial Fieldhouse design exercised a variety of HVAC muscles
April 1, 2014
Modular heat pumps, geothermal, energy recovery, demand control ventilation, an integrated digital control system, and more stretched out the sustainability and maintained a lean energy profile to serve local residents
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Building Automation

Making BAS Accessible — But Protected From Cyberattack

The Target hacking debacle is still under investigation, but there are lessons to be learned on protecting personal information.
April 1, 2014
Chances are you have heard about the data breach at Target that occurred late last year, in which customers’ information including credit card numbers were obtained through a cyberattack.
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Guest Column

Focus On NFPA 92

Las Vegas is an appropriate venue for reviewing tragedies, successes, and Standards past and present.
March 1, 2014
Las Vegas is a popular spot for tourists, gamblers, and even fire protection enthusiasts.
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Tablet As Building Engineering Tool, Part 4: Operations & Maintenance

Analytics to workorder management, energy audits to light meters — the spectrum of apps for facility engineering tasks continues to get wider and more versatile.
March 1, 2014
“Collaboration is unavoidable.”
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How to Calculate Backup Power Supply Requirements for Your Facility

On-Demand This webinar reviews how to determine power requirements of facility loads; electrical characteristics and impact of different types of loads such as large motors and UPS systems on power supply sizing; acceptable power sources and other constraints applied by building codes; and how software tools can be used to simplify the process of calculating backup power requirements.  

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Check out the April 2014 issue of Engineered Systems, with features on backup power supply requirements, cyberattacks, and much more!

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Following up on Howard McKew's April "Tomorrow's Environment" column: Have you ever thought twice about reporting problems with another firm's design? What did you do?
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