Automation, Controls

Automation, Controls December 1, 2000

Redundancy = Reliability

As critical facilities such as data centers, telecommunications hotels and hospitals continue to occupy the workloads of engineers, so does the need for redundant power-system design. A select group of professionals, currently active with projects, discusses new technology, design challenges and strategies in the last of this year's new Consulting-Specifying Engineer feature.

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

Integrating the Workplace

Office modernizations rarely rise to the level of a truly integrated engineering project. The reasons vary, but usually the utilitarian, cost-conscious aims of upgrades lead to well-intentioned shortcuts that undermine the long-term value of a workplace.Such can hardly be stated about the recently renovated general offices for Southern California Edison (SCE) in Rosemead, Calif.

By C.C. SULLIVAN, Editorial Director
Automation, Controls December 1, 2000

Web Threads – 2000-12-01

A monthly compendium of facts and figuresGo to www.csemag.com/thread.htm to find links for these facts.

By Staff
Automation, Controls December 1, 2000

Plant Controls in the Home Office?

Building-automation system (BAS) specification for commercial buildings has a long history of borrowing from more advanced concepts developed for the process industries.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Automation, Controls November 29, 2000

Government & Research Links

T hese various government and research organizations are directly involved in building construction and design. If you know of others that should be included, send the URL to Geoff Weisenberger at gweisenberger@reedbusiness.com . Government Departments Military National Laboratories Reference Research entities University Programs/Continuing Education Government Departments California Energy Commission Center for Excellence for Sustainable Development Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network DOE Energy Information Administration DOE Federal Energy Management Program DOE Office of Industrial Technologies Energy Information Administration National Center for Photovoltaics National Institute of Standards and Technology National Renewable Energy Laboratory National Science Foundation New York State Energy Research and Development Authority U.S. Bureau of the Census U.S.

By Staff
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

Serving Up a New Look for an Old Dining Hall

Texas A & M University's Sbisa Dining Hall in College Station, Texas, served its first meal in 1913. The 100,000-square-foot building is the oldest dining hall on campus and was the only building large enough to provide a meeting place for the student body.

By Staff
Automation, Controls October 1, 2000

Design-Build CMs and Liability

Design-build project delivery is changing the way that responsibility is allocated for assuring that construction complies with plans and specifications, and also for the responsibility for worker safety.

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

High-flow directional control valve

High-flow directional control valve is available in sizes of up to 40 gpm and pressure ratings up to 5,000 psi for hydraulic applications requiring high cycle rates, long life and high efficiency. These four-way valves are available in two- and three-position configurations, and are designed for manifold mounting.

By Staff
Automation, Controls October 1, 2000

BAS brochure

BAS brochure provides designers and end-users with 16 pages summarizing the manufacturer's building-management solutions, controllers and third-party interface systems. Guide also includes information about electronic valves, valve and damper actuators, magnetic valves and sensors. (Staefa Control System) Circle 13

By Staff