Editorial Calendar Survey

As we plan for the next year's worth of articles, we'd like input from you about what's important in your professional life. Please take a few moments to tell us whether the items below are important or unimportant to you. This will assist us in creating technical articles for you. || Thank you from the Consulting-Specifying Engineer Editors


Types of engineering services you perform (check all that apply):
Electrical
Mechanical
Lighting
Plumbing
Fire protection
Security
Commissioning
Retrocommissioning
Management

Engineering Business

Which of the following engineering business topics is important to you? Rank each as IMPORTANT or UNIMPORTANT.

  Important Unimportant
Monthly column on “soft skills”
Mentoring
Technical writing for projects
Writing proposals
Public speaking
Networking – in-person
Networking – On-line
Hiring and retaining engineers
Getting hired and promoted
Liability & litigation
Insurance issues
Business finances
Becoming a principal or partner
Business development – new markets
Business development – beating competitors
Marketing your self and your firm
Advertising
Publishing in trade media
Website design tips
Power and Power Quality

Which of the following power and power quality topics is important to you? Rank each as IMPORTANT or UNIMPORTANT.

  Important Unimportant
Photovoltaic systems for commercial buildings
Independent PV generating stations
Solar rebates and tax incentives
How to generate, buy, and sell renewable power
Diesel genset sizing
Grounding and bonding standby power systems
Integrating gensets and transfer switches
Diesel genset emissions regulations
UPS
Transformers
IEC and standby power systems
Seismic considerations for standby systems
Flooding considerations for standby systems
Fire considerations for standby systems
Smart Grid: Impacts on commercial buildings
Smart Grid: Integrating renewable energy systems
Electrical Distribution

Which of the following electrical distribution topics is important to you? Rank each as IMPORTANT or UNIMPORTANT.

  Important Unimportant
BIM for electrical
Wireless electrical sensors and controls
Electrical design for HVAC systems
Modular electrical systems
Telecomm cabling
Fire stopping for electrical wiring and cabling
Grounding and bonding for electrical distribution
Renovating electrical distribution systems
Circuit protection: design guidance
Circuit protection: product developments
Fire and Life Safety

Which of the following fire and life safety topics is important to you? Rank each as IMPORTANT or UNIMPORTANT.

  Important Unimportant
Commissioning fire alarm and mass notification systems
Revisions to NFPA standards
Clean-agent fire suppression systems
In-duct fire detection technologies
Egress for tall buildings
Smoke control applications: stairwells
Smoke control applications: atria
Sprinklers for commercial buildings
Water mist fire suppression
UL and FM listings
Passive fire protection: fire retardants
Passive fire protection: fire doors and walls
Dust explosion hazards
Fire protection for electrical closets
Mass notification (emergency communication)
Sprinkler piping
Sprinkler nozzles
Emergency power for fire protection systems
Fire protection for vacant buildings
BAS and Controls

Which of the following BAS and controls topics is important to you. Rank each as IMPORTANT or UNIMPORTANT.

  Important Unimportant
Automated fault detection systems for BAS
BACnet update
LONworks update
BAS integration / interoperability
Wireless controls: case study
Wireless controls: how to
Wireless controls: technology update
Submetering
Data mining BAS-generated data
Dashboards for energy, water, and emissions management
Programmable thermostats for small commercial buildings
ASHRAE 90.1 and HVAC controls
ASHRAE 62.1 and HVAC controls
ASHRAE 55.1 and HVAC controls
Software

Which of the following software topics is important to you? Rank each as IMPORTANT or UNIMPORTANT.

  Important Unimportant
BIM tips, tricks
BIM investment strategy
Energy modeling
Electrical system design
Project management
Social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)
Research methods using the Internet
Lighting and Lighting Controls

Which of the following lighting and lighting controls topics is important to you? Rank each as IMPORTANT or UNIMPORTANT.

  Important Unimportant
Lighting retrofits
Lighting response to utility demand-control signals
ASHRAE 90.1 2010 and lighting controls
ASHRAE 62.1 and lighting controls
Fluorescent fixtures
LED fixtures – interior
LED fixtures – exterior and garages
Occupancy sensors and controls
Daylighting sensors and controls
Commissioning lighting systems
Modeling lighting designs
Documenting compliance to lighting codes/standards
Impacts of lighting retrofits on HVAC efficiency
Plumbing

Which of the following plumbing topics is important to you? Rank each as IMPORTANT or UNIMPORTANT.

  Important Unimportant
IAPMO Green Supplement guidance
Gray water systems
Rainwater harvesting systems
ADA-compliant plumbing
Cooling tower water treatment and conservation
Boiler water treatment and conservation
Storm water drainage/treatment
Sewer backflow prevention
Green piping for commercial plumbing
Whole Building

Which of the following whole building topics is important to you? Rank each as IMPORTANT or UNIMPORTANT.

  Important Unimportant
Labs: energy efficiency and IAQ
Hospitals: infection control
Greening colleges and universities
Hospitals: energy management
Greening hospitals
Tenant fit-outs
Fast-track design and construction
Greening grocers
Campus master planning
HVAC acoustics for schools
Greening k-12 schools
Repurposing vacant buildings
Tools and Instrumentation

Which of the following tools and instrumentation topics is important to you? Rank each as IMPORTANT or UNIMPORTANT.

  Important Unimportant
Data loggers: using data loggers in the field
Hand-held instruments: electrical properties
Hand-held instruments: air and liquid properties
Hand-held instruments: light, sound, & vibration
Hand-held instruments: non-contact thermometers and infrared scanners
Maintaining electronic instruments
Software for data processing and reporting
Monthly column on engineering tools/resources
HVACR

Which of the following heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) topics is important to you? Rank each as IMPORTANT or UNIMPORTANT.

  Important Unimportant
Chilled beams
Variable refrigerant flow
BIM for mechanical systems
Economizers
VAV systems
Fan array systems
Grocery store refrigeration and freezers
Industrial ventilation
Industrial refrigeration
Demand-controlled ventilation
HVAC response to utility demand-control signals
Chiller plant design
Boiler plant design
Steam heating systems
Hot water heating systems
Geothermal systems
Heat pumps
Commercial rooftop systems: innovations in technology
Radiant heating and cooling systems
ASHRAE 90.1 guidance
ASHRAE 62.1 guidance
ASHRAE 189.1 guidance
ASHRAE 15 guidance (refrigerant safety)
LEED guidance
International Green Construction Code guidance
International Energy Conservation Code guidance
Montreal Protocol and refrigerants
Carbon regulations
UV-C germicidal lights for HVAC cleaning
UV-C germicidal lights for airstream disinfection
Energy performance benchmarking and reporting
Energy audits
Commissioning new buildings
Retrocommissioning existing buildings
Sizing and selecting fans
One VFD for multiple fans or pumps
Motor control centers
Motor and drive protection
Room pressure control
Fume hoods: new regulations
What other article topics would you like to see?

Please enter any other mechanical, electrical, plumbing, or fire protection engineering topics you'd like to read about.