Technology

NERC CIP Low Impact — Electronic Access Controls, Comment & Ballot

by Michael C. Johnson August 3, 2016

As I detailed in my previous posts on the Electronic Access Control and subsequent posting on the proposed modifications, the Standard Drafting Team (SDT) charged with working on the FERC-ordered Low Impact External Routable Connectivity (LERC) modifications has released its proposed definition changes for industry comment and balloting. In this latest installment, I will provide […]

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Waterline Replacement: Trenchless Technologies Can Minimize Community Disruption

by Mike Lehrburger July 11, 2016

Trenchless technologies are emerging solutions for installing, replacing, repairing and restoring underground utilities. As the ever-present demand for reliable water resources continues to grow, and our existing infrastructure continues to age, communities are turning to trenchless technologies to improve their water infrastructure with minimal disruption to the community. Here’s a look at how our team […]

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FAA Clarifies UAV Rule, Paves Way for Larger Fields of Operation

by Steve Santovasi June 29, 2016

In recent years, the engineering and construction industries has started to see progress on the expanded use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial applications. On June 21, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved expanded regulations on permissible UAV altitudes to include objects higher than 400 feet, as long as the operator remains within 400 […]

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Designing Food Processing Plants of the Future

by Wayne Young June 17, 2016

Few industries evolve quite as quickly as the food industry. Just think about it; the low-fat and carb-free fads from 10-20 years ago gave way to today’s “real food” movement, where consumers increasingly want locally sourced, fresh products with a focus on niche or specialty foods. These ever-changing trends can present some serious challenges for […]

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NERC CIP Low Impact Requirements — Policy, Plans, Processes, Procedures

by Michael C. Johnson June 8, 2016

In this third installment on successfully implementing the NERC CIP Low Impact BES Cyber Systems (BCS) requirements, I’ll cover the different administrative parts of the Standards: policies, plans, processes and procedures. Policy, Plans, Process and Procedures Definitions used by the Regional Entities for Policy, Plan, Process, and Procedure are included in Section 6, titled “Background,” […]

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