Tomorrow's Environment

Commissioning Of Infection Control

Back in January 2011, I wrote in this column about hospital-acquired infection based on my introduction to this serious problem and my participating as a steering committee member for the Hospital Associated Infection Organization (HAIO).
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Energy & Environmental Management Is A Team Effort

Organize the players and communicate the successes.
This past March, I asked the question, “Do you have a corporate sustainability plan?” and recently I was discussing this topic with a director of a physical plant for a major college on the East Coast. He commented, “Energy conservation and environmental management should be a team effort.”
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Update: A Company Of One

It doesn’t have to go exactly according to plan to be progress.
Since I became a “company of one” this past January, I have been far busier than I had estimated when I wrote out my business plan. I guess that is a good problem, but it has taken me 10 months to get things under control and fit within my new five-days-a-week schedule (no more working Saturdays, Sundays, or evenings).
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MAKING THE ADJUSTMENT To Integrated Project Delivery

So far, this industry transition is — surprise! — not a fast one.
In the past, I have written about the integrated project delivery (IPD) process and my advocating it over design-bid-build, construction management, and/or performance contracting, but I’m troubled by the slow progress of IPD into the design, construction, and O&M business.
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Tomorrow's Environment: We Get Startup Sheets For Terminal Equipment Why Not Commissioning Sheets?

Here’s a manufacturer’s competitive advantage waiting to happen.
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Tomorrow's Environment: Business Development Is The Skill To Look Over The Hill

Put yourself in the position to come up with the next Great Idea, or to at least hear about and recognize it early on.
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Tomorrow's Environment: Project Management Training

Guiding a group effort isn’t effortless, but a few good habits will set the tone for success.
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Tomorrow's Environment: Software

Some will say most engineering, construction, and O&M software offerings are “smart” because they are all programs built for computer applications, but I see that some software has added benefits beyond their program intent. To begin, computer programs are developed to provide a variety of technical features, such as performing energy calculations and system/equipment service that blends technical data with financial data. Even my own software programs have specific features for commissioning and air and water balancing. But what about the benefits a program can provide which maybe weren’t part of the intent?
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Tomorrow's Environment: Positive Attitude + Creativity + High Energy = Leader

In recent “Tomorrow’s Environment” columns, I’ve talked about the need for engineers to change from being a commodity and a follower to recommitting their technical skills to engineer-driven consulting services. I touched on some of the engineering initiatives that are ideally suited for engineer-led teams. The heart of being a leader of projects begins with three essential attributes: Positive attitude, creativity, and a high energy level, followed by a need to lead.
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Tomorrow's Environment: Do You Have a Corporate Sustainability Plan

Like the emergence of Quality Control, it’s better business to get out ahead of this wave.
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