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Preparing For And Completing A Construction Site Field Visit

Here are some things to remember, bring along, and follow up about when seeing how the project is going.
Here are my suggestions for preparing to complete a construction administration site visit as the design engineer for the project.
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Prepare To Attend A Construction Meeting

Construction projects are only as successful as construction meetings. The first of four parts begins to get everyone on board and on the right track.
This month and in the next three months, I will be sharing my experience pertaining to a design engineer who is responsible for the construction administration of the project he just completed the design for, with construction underway.
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When To Rebalance Chilled Water And Hot Water Systems

Health care facilities are just one example where rebalancing not only ensures environmental quality but also enhances energy usage.
There are no industry standards for rebalancing HVAC water systems, so it got me thinking about the topic and I came up with several questions pertaining to rebalancing chilled water, condenser water, and hot water heating systems.
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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.”
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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Upgrading Aging Building Automation

Is it time for an update or a full replacement? Here are some factors to think about when evaluating mechanical systems.
Often when we are evaluating or assessing an existing building, we are on the lookout for equipment and systems that are in poor condition or approaching the end of life.
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Designing A Central Chiller Plant Equipment Room

It turns out that heat stroke, difficult access to equipment, and concussion are all detriments to good maintenance.
Here are a few interesting things to keep in mind when designing an equipment room. First, these spaces usually take up 7% of the gross floor space when located within the building or on the roof.
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Successful HVAC Training At Project Closeout

Designers with “better things to do” and shortsighted owners create obstacles for long-term efficiency.
I have a pet peeve with HVAC design engineers who do not put enough thought into a project’s contract document specification for training the client’s operation and maintenance personnel.
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Designing A Central Air Handling Equipment Room

Clean, filtered air is far from the only factor to keep in mind.
In discussing the design engineering of equipment rooms, we have already touched on chiller rooms and boiler rooms, so this month we will address air handling equipment rooms.
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Designing A Central Boiler Plant Equipment Room

Ventilation, noise, and fuel storage are just a few important considerations.
To continue the design engineering of equipment rooms, we move on this month from chiller plants to boiler rooms
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Can Someone Design a Mobile Manager Software Program?

Handheld project management will soon be an expectation, not a bonus.
Here is a good idea for a frustrated HVAC person who likes to dabble with computer technology. It seems to me that now just about everyone (except me) uses a handheld device of some kind and is drawn to endless hours of using it analogous to drawing a moth to a flame to its screen.
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