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Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed articles, March 2020

Read the best articles in March 2020 including: Coronavirus' impacts on consulting engineers, egress and NFPA 101, design aspects of mass notification systems and more.

By Chris Vavra April 1, 2020
High-rise commercial buildings in Chicago, along the Chicago River. Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology

Consulting-Specifying Engineer‘s top 10 articles online in March 2020 covered coronavirus’ impacts on consulting engineers, egress and NFPA 101, design aspects of mass notification systems and more. Catch up with a link to each article below.

1. Preventing coronavirus through preparation – Many manufacturers are becoming increasingly concerned with Covid-19 breakouts on the production floor. There are ways to improve worker safety through preventive best practices and proper preparation.

2. Coronavirus’ impact on the A/E industry Morrissey Goodale is providing A/E leaders with news on the coronavirus and its impact on our industry from a variety of a perspectives and how companies are dealing with this new normal.

3. Coronavirus’ impact on the A/E industry, March 23, 2020 Morrissey Goodale is providing A/E leaders with news on the coronavirus and its impact on the industry. Highlights this week include a list of shelter-in-place orders for cities and the coronavirus’ impact on the AEC market so far.

4. How egress is planned using NFPA 101 NFPA 101: Life Safety Code is one of the primary sources for the requirements of exit pathways.

5. Design aspects of mass notification systems The design and implementation of a mass notification system requires a risk analysis to determine the needs and requirements.

6. How U.S. hospitals are designed to battle coronavirus, other infectious diseases Hospitals are designed to control the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. A look at how they do this as well as some ideas health systems may want to consider as they prepare for the pandemic-related possibilities we face.

7. What’s so special about office buildings? Learn about codes and standards Office buildings are complex structures containing automated features, energy-saving designs, high-tech equipment and other components as advanced as you’d find in any other state-of-the-art project; it is vital to understand codes and standards.

8. Ask an expert on COVID-19: Michael Sheerin provides engineering guidanceMichael Sheerin shared expert advice to engineers and others involved in the technical aspects of engineering and designing building systems.

9. Illuminating the means of egress Differentiating the requirements of egress lighting versus emergency egress lighting requires a close look at several codes and standards.

10. How NFPA 101 defines building egress NFPA 101: Life Safety Code provides fire protection engineers many resources for designing safe egress, along with several other life safety options.


Chris Vavra
Author Bio: Chris Vavra is an associate editor for CFE Media.