Business of Engineering

Top 10 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles of 2018

Look back on the top 10 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles of 2018 as determined by audience members.
By McKenzie Burns January 2, 2019

Look back on the top 10 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles of 2018 as determined by the number of “hits” (page opens) during the calendar year on Consulting-Specifying Engineer‘s website. Topics include lighting and lighting controls, power systems, codes and standards, and HVAC.

  1. Salaries fall slightly, job outlook remains high – Job satisfaction is high, and employees are generally positive. Compare your salary and company structure to find out where you stand against others in your field.
  2. Lighting controls: Know the updates, changes – There has been a move away from traditional lighting controls approaches, which have only incrementally improved over decades, and toward an entirely new way of thinking about, designing, and implementing lighting controls—wirelessly, with internet connectivity, and in an individually addressable capacity all at once.
  3. Designing backup, standby, and emergency power for high-performance buildings – Backup power design for a high-performance building is required, and offers many benefits.
  4. Specifying paralleled generation systems – Learn about important factors related to specifying onsite generation systems, focusing on paralleled generators.
  5. ASHRAE 62.1: Using the Ventilation Rate Procedure – ASHRAE 62.1 is best known for its regulation of the amount of ventilation air delivered to each space by HVAC systems through its Ventilation Rate Procedure for system design.
  6. MEP Giants revenue jumps $6 billion over last year – The 2018 MEP Giants gross revenue increased as compared with last year. MEP/FP revenue also increased.
  7. Emergency lighting: What’s required, and how it’s designed – Emergency lighting is required in all nonresidential buildings. There are numerous versions of building codes and various editions of these building codes in use around the country.
  8. How to design a grounded power supply system – Transformerless uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems operate ungrounded during power transfer to a backup source, but a robust grounding design can accommodate the requirement of both grounded and ungrounded systems.
  9. Electrical design for modern HVAC systems Modern HVAC systems present both new challenges and new opportunities when integrating with electrical systems.
  10. When and how to design parallel generators – When designing generator systems, electrical engineers must ensure that generators and the building electrical systems that they support are appropriate for the specific application. Whether providing standby power for health care facilities or prime power for processing plants, engineers must make decisions regarding generator sizing and whether generators should be paralleled.

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McKenzie Burns
Author Bio: Production Coordinator, CFE Media