June 2011

Green to Be Green? Pay-to-Play in LA’s HOV Lanes

by The Burns & McDonnell Team June 30, 2011

It’s not the first express toll lane in the country, but the proposed addition of a toll to Los Angeles’ HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes could help single-occupancy cars get out of stop-and-go traffic and into the fast lane. But the pass is by no means free. In a press release to the Green Auto […]

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Five Reasons to Be Friends with an Engineer

by The Burns & McDonnell Team June 28, 2011

Sure, we may have teased our share of nerds in high school, but we’re adults now. We should be able to befriend just about anyone without fear of being excluded from the cool kids table. In fact, those kids you teased for being intelligent and logical may just be making some of the most important […]

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Contests May Produce Innovative Solutions To Critical Smart Grid Questions

by Mike Beehler June 28, 2011

What customers and regulators want out of the Smart Grid was a major topic of discussion at the recent EEI annual meeting that I attended in beautiful Colorado Springs. The customer experience is fundamental to the success of the Smart Grid, including two critical questions: what do they get and what do they lose? Our […]

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A Fishy Story: Engineering an Aquarium

by The Burns & McDonnell Team June 24, 2011

It’s one thing to buy a large aquarium for the home, put some plants on the bottom and fill it with 10 to 15 fish. It’s quite another thing to design, engineer and build a 30,000-square-foot, two-story aquarium with 30 salt- and fresh-water displays. Many types of engineering come into play on a large-scale project […]

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Creation Of A Viable Energy Policy A Crucial Component Of Ongoing Electric Generation Transition

by Mike Beehler June 22, 2011

I just returned from the EEI annual meeting in Colorado Springs, and one of the most interesting panels comprised industry CEOs discussing U.S. environmental policy with a focus on energy policy. We’re reaching a critical time in the industry, as a number of factors will influence the transition of the U.S. electric generation fleet during […]

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