EPA’s Clean Power Plan: How It Will Affect You

by Robynn Andracsek November 2, 2015

On Aug. 3, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the Clean Power Plan (CPP), an “historic” plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. There are many controversies surrounding the rule (EPA received more than 1.5 million comments on the draft) and several legal challenges are pending. However, let’s […]

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Judging Underway for Battle of the Brains STEM Competition

by Julee Koncak October 28, 2015

With a $50,000 grand prize and bragging rights for designing the next exhibit at Kansas City’s Science City on the line, more than 5,300 students from 210 schools put their STEM skills to the test for this year’s Battle of the Brains competition. The designs are completed, the entries submitted, and now it’s up to a panel […]

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From Design to Construction: Getting Started with Substation Perimeter Security

by Keegan Odle October 22, 2015

Two years ago, an attack on Pacific Gas & Electric’s Metcalf Substation took multiple power transformers offline in a matter of minutes and exposed vulnerabilities in our nation’s power grid. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) responded by issuing the new CIP-014 Standards that requires substation owners and operators to take proactive measures to […]

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NERC CIP-014: Why You Need A Security Assessment & Plan

by Keegan Odle October 15, 2015

After the April 2013 attack on Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Metcalf substation, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directed the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to ramp up physical security around electric substations. The resulting NERC CIP-014 Standard is an important step forward in proactively protecting electrical transmission assets across the nation […]

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How the AEC Industry is Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

by Laron Evans October 7, 2015

Put aside any preconceived notions you have about drones. These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are chock full of potential for cost and time savings in the AEC industry. Whether you call them “drones” or “UAVs”, one thing’s for certain: this technology is set to revolutionize the way the industry does business, using a variety of […]

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Designing for Data: How Terminal Engineering Can Improve Airport Operations

by Stuart Garrett October 1, 2015

Airports generate enormous amounts of transient data every day, perhaps more than any other enterprise or commercial entity. Passengers arrive and depart; planes take off and land; fuel and food trucks come and go — and related data is discarded or reset back to its default. Irregular operations, or IRROPs, can cause massive spikes in […]

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