General Engineering

Developing a Safety Culture Enhances Business Performance

by Jamie Butler July 18, 2016

It was 1985.  We were setting the steel for a deep caisson foundation for large transmission poles on the edge of a major — and dry — riverbank and the foreman was a wreck. The crane was undersized; the ground was unstable; the 60-foot rebar cage was being threaded into the cased excavation, displacing small […]

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EPC Firms Ranked on Client Satisfaction: Burns & McDonnell Comes Out on Top

by Rick Halil May 15, 2015

For power generation clients looking for a single responsible entity to provide an on-time and on-budget project delivery, the engineer-procure-construct (EPC) method continues to gain ground. Clients are increasingly taking advantage of the benefits of EPC delivery. But just how well are EPC firms across the nation serving their clients? A recent comprehensive survey of […]

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The Importance of Optimum Filter Performance in Water Treatment Processes

by Rachel Thompson November 12, 2014

The filtration process is often one of the most misunderstood and overlooked processes in a water treatment plant, despite its critical role. Filtration is the final barrier in the water treatment process, removing contaminants and making the water safe for consumption. Filters play a crucial role in protecting consumers against viral and bacterial contamination, so […]

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NOvA Project Studies: The Mysteries of the Universe

by The Burns & McDonnell Team September 18, 2014

Scientists and engineers from around the world are involved in a groundbreaking project designed to unravel some of the mysteries of our universe. It’s called NOvA, and it’s a collaboration among about 170 scientists from 34 institutions around the globe. They are creating an experiment to detect and analyze one of the most abundant, yet […]

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New Kansas Law: Does It Impact Engineers?

by Jon Schmidt May 28, 2014

A recently enacted bill in the Kansas State Legislature that redefines the scope of practice for architects, engineers and surveyors has been causing some consternation in the engineering community. The result of a four-year consultation, Senate Bill 349, which is due to take effect on July 1, 2014, is designed to update the licensing definitions […]

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Rope Access: How Engineers Inspect Bridges

by The Burns & McDonnell Team April 7, 2014

Bridge inspections can create challenges for engineers because parts of the structure are often difficult or costly to reach using traditional methods. Since the mid-1990s though, when an innovative approach was needed after the failure of floodgates on a California dam, climbing and rappelling has been an increasingly useful technique for bridge inspection and repair. […]

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