General Engineering

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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Creating an Engineering and Aesthetic Masterpiece

by Julie Sarson February 20, 2017

Engineers embrace challenges. Solve problems. Make things work. And doing all that and more on a prominent project — one for a landmark near and dear to a community’s heart — just makes such work all the better. For us at Burns & McDonnell, the new Carriage Pavilion Bridge at the historic Union Station in […]

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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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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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