Mission Critical

Mission Critical January 1, 2001

Feeling Secure

Security has become a part of every organization-large or small-and security systems have become an integral part of security programs. Such programs consist of people, policy and hardware. Technologically, the ability to cost-effectively monitor and document activity complements a security program. A typica...

By Patrick Markham, Kroll Schiff & Associates, Chicago
Mission Critical January 1, 2001

M/E Roundtable: Cooling Data and Dot-Coms

As data centers, clean manufacturing and telecommunications come to dominate many an engineer's design work, unique issues are impacting heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. From air purity and cable management to thermal decay and fire suppression, mechanical designers must...

By C.C. Sullivan
Mission Critical January 1, 2001

Promoting Performance-Based Design-at Home

As the leader among industrialized countries in fire death rates, the United States is lagging significantly behind other nations in the adoption of performance-based fire-safety practices, according to a recent report released by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Center for Firesafety Studies, Worcester, Mass.

By Staff
Mission Critical December 1, 2000

Questioning Project Web Sites

Design professionals know the fees that they earn for construction administration rarely compensate them for the time spent and headaches incurred. An exciting, but controversial tool for construction administration is the project Web site.

By MARK C. FRIEDLANDER, Partner, and JAMES D. WEIER, Associate, Construction Group, Schiff Hardin and Waite, Chicago
Mission Critical November 1, 2000

New products & literature – 2000-11-01

Combined plumbing/fire-sprinkler system is based on a stainless-steel four-port fitting attached to the sprinkler head. Cold-water manifolds feed the 1/2-in. tubing directly to the fitting, while remaining outlets on the fittings are used to feed other sprinkler heads or cold-water plumbing fixtures.

By Staff
Mission Critical November 1, 2000

Answering the Central Question

Examples of centralized and distributed strategies permeate our environment. Even our own bodies are arranged with a central cardiopulmonary apparatus, widely distributed sweat glands and regional lymph nodes.

By George P. Karidis, P.E. and John D. Richards, P.E. SmithGroup Detroit
Mission Critical November 1, 2000

Putting a Face on Engineering

While the building and construction industry is well aware of engineers' invaluable work, unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the general public, according to recent polls."Clearly, engineers don't get credit for the magnificent things they do," explains Lee Herring, director of public affairs for the American Consulting Engineers Council, Washington, D.C.

By Staff
Mission Critical October 1, 2000

Mandating Dorm Sprinkler Protection

In response to a number of tragic campus fires that occurred this past year, the state of New Jersey has become the latest to adopt legislation mandating and supporting the installation of sprinkler systems in college housing facilities.Similar to recent initiatives in Chapel Hill, N.C., Durham, N.C., Boulder, Colo. and Lawrence, Kan.

By Staff