Facilities Design

How Much Physical Security Is Enough for Your Data Center?

by Brandon Kehl March 13, 2017

Data is a precious commodity. It’s the backbone of modern society, a foundation of the business world, and the repository of our personal and professional documentation — from texts and email to photos and videos. Data centers have become a necessary part of the nation’s infrastructure. As with the electrical grid and water systems, they […]

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A Systematic Approach to Planning for Power Plant Upgrades

by Bryan Durant March 7, 2017

The reasons for undertaking power plant upgrades and improvement projects are plentiful — adopting new technology, efficiency and output enhancements, operational updates, and easier maintenance are just a few. No matter your objective, it can be challenging to accurately map out the considerations that go into successfully upgrading your plant. Even more challenging is accurately […]

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Finding Efficiency in the Growth of District Energy Systems

by Jeff Easton February 10, 2017

Operating budgets are steadily shrinking, while utility costs are progressively rising. District energy providers are feeling the squeeze — especially when a system is called upon to support continuing load growth and a major campus expansion. The University of Texas at Austin (UT) is tackling that challenge head on, with a strategic approach that not […]

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Powered to Succeed with Updated P&ID

by Bryan Durant February 8, 2017

Many power plants and steam generating facilities across the nation are past their intended 30-year lifespan. Some are even pushing more than 50 years old. During these decades, significant changes have been made to plant systems, components and layouts to improve performance and maintainability. Plant operations have also been modified to comply with new regulations […]

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Arresting Indoor Air Quality Criminals in Metal Finishing and Chemical Tanks

by Angela Vawter January 25, 2017

When you think of criminals, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t humidity or hazardous mists and vapors. But these so-called ‘criminals’ — indoor air quality criminals, that is — can escape from open surface tanks causing irritation or harm to operators, as well as corroding the surrounding building structure and supporting utility […]

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