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The Tablet's Potential For Engineering Buildings

The first installment in this series introduces the collaborative tablet engineering experiment, and it establishes a roadmap for exploration of the tablet’s potential contribution to enhancing and streamlining our collective engineering endeavors.
By Jeffrey Seewald, P.E,
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When I was a kid, programming on my Texas Instruments TI-16 and later on a Commodore 64, I was making simple games to play.
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Illuminating Info: UV-C For HVAC

Looking for lifecycle guidance or more extensive info for your stationary appli-cations? An industry IAQ veteran weighs in about the design, installation, commissioning, retrofit, and O&M of ultraviolet systems for commercial HVAC equipment.
By Forrest Fencl
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Feedback from potential users of UV in HVAC equipment suggests that many are confused about its use
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How Safe Is Your HVAC System?

Whether it’s terrorism or a natural disaster or accident, building managers must be ready for multiple “worst-case scenarios.”
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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Back in July 2012, this magazine published an article titled “HVAC Security Emergencies — No Terrorists Required” with very little reader response to this most serious issue.
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Mission: It’s Possible

Biowalls, nanolubricants, and tablet tech await.
By Robert Beverly
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The day (or the thing that needs fixing, or the deadline, or the design) right in front of us is often more than sufficient for taking all our attention.
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Life Safety Upgrades In Historic Buildings

By Matthew Chalifoux, AIA and Christina Collester, P.E.
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Retrofitting more than a half-million square feet of heavily used space for better life safety coverage is never simple. Peculiarities of building design and existing materials only made the task tougher for this project team as they sought to integrate NFPA and GSA requirements into a successful and safe solution.
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The X-Factor: Y Should U Care?

Unprecedented vendor-neutral data has been brought down from the mountain on a digital tablet.
By Kevin Dickens, P.E.
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Unprecedented vendor-neutral data has been brought down from the mountain on a digital tablet. That’s helpful for data center designers, but applying a little thought and site-specific consideration can reveal the path to wisdom in areas like failure rate, noise, power draw versus temperatures, and more.
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More Than Just Fun And Games

This project team left nothing to chance when it came to designing a five-story mixed-space facility for a Chicago gaming company.
By Travis Steinmetz, P.E., LEED AP
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This project team left nothing to chance when it came to designing a five-story mixed-space facility for a Chicago gaming company. They also dealt a full hand of space-specific tactics: upgraded DX units, a dedicated variable-speed kitchen exhaust system, underfloor air, and better motors and drives improved the odds for efficiency. Pull the handle on this project story to get to the payoff.
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Net Zero Near The River

A 70-structure campus at the top of the Mississippi has been in need of a serious retrofit. We join this major project in progress, studying not only the design selections but the tradeoffs and sacrifices along the way.
By James Miller, P.E., CEM, HBDP and Larry J. Nemer, P.E. LEED AP BD+C
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The University of Minnesota’s Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories is one of the regions premier inland biological field stations.
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The (Cost) of DOAS/Radiant

If a design team is lucky, it faces a system choice between “good” and “very good.” However, it’s not always simple to tell which is which.
By Cindy Cogil P.E., LEED AP BC+C
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Engineers are rethinking the standard engineering design paradigm, using lifecycle cost analysis (LCCA) to compare system alternatives that fulfill the same functional requirements but differ in terms of initial and operating costs.
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Plan For A Better BAS

In a campus environment over time, it’s not hard to lose control of the controls. When you tackle the situation for the long-term good, take time to create a master plan. Get a few tips on that here
By Jeffrey Seewald, P.E,
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In a campus environment over time, it’s not hard to lose control of the controls. When you tackle the situation for the long-term good, take time to create a master plan. Get a few tips on that here, and then move on to issues such as protocols, access, graphics, and trending. Your best possible BAS is not out of reach.
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