Educational March 1, 2001

Insure Network PERFORMANCE with Proper Grounding

When designing a network system, it is important to include proper power and grounding specifications in the design. Far too often, the network designer gives little concern to the power and grounding infrastructure of the facility and focuses only on the network requirements.

By MARTIN D. CONROY, President Computer Power Consulting Corp., Omaha, Neb.
Educational February 1, 2001

Electric Utility Conspiracy?

Last night I heard a radio program featuring a professor from a prominent California university proclaiming that the recent electricity shortage in California is the result of a conspiracy.

By C.C. Sullivan, Editorial Director
Educational February 1, 2001

Managing Microbial Contaminants

Molds, fungi and bacteria are grabbing the attention these days when it comes to indoor-air quality (IAQ). Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are still of concern-with over 300 VOCs identified and more being created all the time through the development of new building materials-but the public, and much litigation, has focused of late on microbial contaminants.

By SCOTT SIDDENS, Senior Editor
Educational January 1, 2001

Protecting Power Quality

Power-quality issues have been around for many years, but in today's power-distribution systems, sensitive electronic equipment makes the subject more critical than ever before. The traditional sources of voltage dips, sags, surges, spikes and other longer-term interruptions are still around, but today...

By Kenneth L. Lovorn, P.E., Eichleay Engineers, Pittsburgh
Educational December 1, 2000

Opening Up the Office

In modernizing the general offices at the Rosemead, Calif., campus of Southern California Edison (SCE), the decision to move to an open office environment was driven by the desire to improve utilization rates, bolster interaction among workers and deal with a high "churn rate"-a measure of how often employee office locations change over a period of time.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational December 1, 2000

Engineered Living Spaces—for Mice

Inside the Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Comparative Medicine, the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system serves a series of rooms filled with cages that house valuable transgenic mice used for research. Due to extensive cost and control engineering, the engineers at Affiliated Engineers, Inc., Madison, Wis.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational November 1, 2000

Geothermal HVAC in for the Long Haul

When the new 264,000-square-foot Barberton High School opened in the fall of 2000, it had something to boast about: one of the largest geothermal heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems in the state of Ohio.Installing an HVAC system that would outlive a traditional system of boilers, chillers and rooftop units was the idea of Fred Fries, the school's business manager.

By Staff
Educational 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's updated salary tool, the answer is $70,000.

By Staff
Educational 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.