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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Transportation Innovation Lab: A Launching Pad for the Future

by Julie Lorenz February 14, 2017

Technology is accelerating at a pace faster than we’ve ever seen — and it’s having a significant impact on all aspects of our society. Futurist Ray Kurzweil — who’s been quite successful foreseeing innovations like smartphones, cloud computing and self-driving cars —  predicted that “We won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century […]

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Understanding the 2017 Nationwide Permits Before It’s Too Late

by Sarah Soard February 13, 2017

Changes to the Nationwide Permit Program go into effect soon, intended to reduce cost and time associated with obtaining project approval. Property owners, project developers and site managers should be aware of how the streamlined process will work. On Jan. 6, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) reissued 50 nationwide permits (NWP), along […]

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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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