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Automation, Controls

Automation, Controls November 1, 2000

Keeping HAL Cool

Texaco's data center in Houston, Texas, serves several critical corporate needs, including research and development, analysis of field surveys and the "7 x forever" support of the global data center. The central energy building also supports executive offices and other business support areas.

By EDWARD C. KOPLIN, P.E., President, Jack Dale Associates, P.C., Baltimore, Md.
Automation, Controls November 1, 2000

Turf Wars Between Design Professionals

As if architects and engineers did not have enough of their own problems in the form of liability suits, competition from contractors and the growth of design/build, the design professionals are now "at war" with other sectors of their own community.A few years ago the battleground involved architects and engineers, and focused on which profession had the legal right to design buildings.

By MILTON F. LUNCH, Former General Counsel, National Society of Professional Engineers
Automation, Controls November 1, 2000

Low-Cost Tweaks Yield Big-Time Savings

Once Jack Dale Associates (JDA) quantified mechanical-system interactions for Texaco's data center, specified techniques were employed to upgrade the plant while avoiding disruptions to data-processing operations. Total construction costs for chiller-plant renovations commissioned by JDA were less than $600,000.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Automation, Controls November 1, 2000

Dynamite Design for Hazardous Areas

Step inside a manufacturing facility, refinery or laboratory where toxic gases and materials are processed and discover some heavy-duty industrial engineering. For example, every electrical conduit is enclosed, the lighting fixtures are sealed and the fire-protection system is well-fortified.

By BARBARA HORWITZ, Associate Editor
Automation, Controls November 1, 2000

Shop Drawing “Approval” Liability

One of the most common questions that engineers-and architects-ask is whether to mark shop drawings and other submittals "approved," or whether to take some lesser action. This is an area in which legal advice has changed over the years.

By MARK C. FRIEDLANDER, Schiff Hardin & Waite, Chicago
Automation, Controls November 1, 2000

How Much Are Engineers Worth?

What is this year's average salary for New England electrical engineers with a post-college degree and 10 years of experience? According to Buildingteam.com's updated salary tool, the answer is $70,000.

By Staff
Automation, Controls October 1, 2000

A Dog’s (Medical) Life: Equipment Specs for Vets

While the mechanical system needs of veterinary facilities can vary, hospital installations tend to comprise the same basic equipment. The following is a list of the most common items.  Tub table or wet table. A tub table comes in 5-foot or 6-foot lengths, and consists of a grated table with an underlying sink.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Automation, Controls October 1, 2000

Digital power meter

Digital power meter is designed for industrial process applications with high electrical demands. Features include a standard RS-485 communication port; DeviceNet, Remote I/O and RS-232 options for information access over a variety of networks; power-monitoring with 50-milisecond update rates; snapshot data logs that store more than 45,500 data points; and 50-record event logs.

By Staff
Automation, Controls October 1, 2000

HVAC Strategy: Go with the Flow

Energy consumption and overall building efficiency have always been high priorities for building owners, but with rising energy costs and utility deregulation, these concerns have a renewed importance. These developments are creating a plethora of opportunities, as well as pitfalls, with respect to purchasing power.

By PETER D. ZAK, P.E., Principal, Zak Engineering Group, LLC., Mequon, Wis.
Automation, Controls October 1, 2000

The ADA Final Rule: Neither Final Nor a Rule

In 1998, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) issued an amendment to the 1991 Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) entitled "Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities: Building Elements Designed for Children's Use: Final Rule.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff