Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, July 28 to August 3: Neher-McGrath formula, commissioning electrical, power systems, dc power alternatives, more

Articles about the Neher-McGrath formula, commissioning electrical and power systems, dc power distribution alternatives, top five things female engineers should know, and fire and life safety in tall buildings were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, July 28 to August 3. Were you out last week? Miss something. You can catch up here.


1. The history and mystery of the Neher-McGrath formula

In its abbreviated form, the Neher-McGrath formula appears straightforward. For electrical engineers, it must be carefully reviewed and used.

2. Commissioning electrical and power systems

Essential/standby power equipment and system components are some of the most critical electrical systems to be commissioned in nonresidential buildings.

3. Exploring dc power distribution alternatives

Engineers should know when and where the use of dc power distribution is appropriate, and when it is not. In applications where redundancy, immediate transfer capability, high availability, and energy storage are design criteria, direct current power solutions are beneficial.

4. Top five things female engineers should know

Female engineers, take this career advice to heart.

5. The challenge: Tall and super-tall buildings: Fire and life safety

High-rise buildings aren’t just big—for engineers, they present big challenges. Fire and life safety issues are top on the list of challenges for fire protection engineers.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, July 28 to August 3, for articles published within the last two months.

- Chris Vavra, content specialist, CFE Media,

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