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Engineering firms that follow environmental, social and governance principles embrace a holistic approach to business
Modern data collection and analytics have created infinite opportunities for businesses to leverage information to their advantage.
Updates, COVID and tech trends are shifting the way K-12 schools are designed with regard to building automation and controls
BIM isn’t a singular idea or just 3D modeling software; it’s an engineering tool that aids designers by increasing efficiency and optimization.
Read the best articles about BAS integration, smart grid integration, BIM use in a pandemic, building integration and more.
Questions left unanswered during the webcast are answered here by Joe Richard
Seamless connectivity for system integrators is a challenge, but the Internet of Things (IoT) can make the path from the integrator to the user experience an easier one.
Building information modeling can help construction companies enhance productivity, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution
Chicago’s newest intelligent building follows best practices to ensure successful system integration throughout.
Integrated project delivery (IPD) is aimed at more directly connecting what the end users are expecting to get and what actually gets built for them, while at the same time minimizing lifecycle costs and shortening the overall schedule.
A review of the basic concepts relating to an integrated project delivery (IPD) model and the role that the consulting engineer plays in the collaborative efforts to design, build, and operate IPD facilities as efficiently as possible.
Ask an Engineering Expert: What trends do you see today in the design of industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities?
In this installment of our Ask an Engineering Expert series, Marcin Jakubowski, Senior Mechanical Engineer at RTM Engineering Consultants, answers the question: What trends do you see today in the design of industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities?
The September 13, 2018 “Pre-Construction: How Focusing on it Early Helps Profitability Later” webcast presenter addressed questions not covered during the live event.
Via a public-private partnership, a Saskatchewan mental health facility was upgraded using integrated solutions.
The Aug. 16, 2018, lighting controls webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.
Know the factors to consider when working to maximize integration of electrical and HVAC system design to achieve economic and operational benefits.
Meeting lighting system requirements in a health care facility is a challenge because of the myriad codes and standards required to ensure safety.
Meeting NEC 240.87, lighting controls, efficient data centers, and building AEC firm value were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, March April 23-29. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
Equipment upgrade using 3-D laser scanning
Open systems are often locked by manufacturers and system integrators in order to maintain a competitive advantage, but that is antithetical to their intended purpose.
The fields of construction, architecture, and engineering are merging. There are many factors that affect building design, and modern engineering challenges the way traditional design is segmented.
Analytics tools and data analysis allows for successful, long-term client engagement.
Organizing the coordination with the engineering team is key to a successful system integration project.
Post-processing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) data is a vital step in presenting the results to decision-makers, and ensuring the best product design.
By engaging all the players in a building’s design or retrofit, integrated project delivery (IPD) can ensure the project runs smoothly.
Integrate the architectural and engineering teams for project success.
Integrated project delivery (IPD) projects involve equal opportunity for risk and reward.
Private capital is a potentially viable solution for many common challenges relating to growth and ownership transition in the AEC industry.
The networking of things within a building must be anticipated by building engineers.
Technology integration between all engineering disciplines will create a smart building that can enhance building operations.
High-performance buildings are intricate, complex projects that require attention—qualified, expert consulting-specifying engineers apply their knowledge on such projects.
High-performance buildings are intricate, complex projects that require attention—qualified, expert consulting-specifying engineers apply their knowledge on such projects specifically within the building automation and controls segment.
High-performance buildings are intricate, complex projects that require attention—qualified, expert consulting-specifying engineers apply their knowledge on such projects specifically within the codes and standards segment.
High-performance buildings are intricate, complex projects that require attention—qualified, expert consulting-specifying engineers apply their knowledge on such projects specifically within the electrical, lighting, power segment.
High-performance buildings are intricate, complex projects that require attention—qualified, expert consulting-specifying engineers apply their knowledge on such projects specifically within the sustainable buildings/energy efficiency segment.
Currently, with the lack of studies on evaluating BIM, Professionals are using the BIM-MM as a tool to answer different questions on the BIM agenda.The BIM-MM is a tool that evaluates BIM in projects, it combines a set of critical BIM criteria including the BIM Champion.
BIM-enabled design and construction enables an enhanced certainty of outcome, in accordance with the prescribed reliability of multidisciplinary BIM deliverables creating a more efficient process and successful project.
Data is the lifeblood of any business or organization—which makes a data center a facility’s beating heart. Here, engineers with experience on data center projects show how to succeed on such facilities, and how to keep your finger on the pulse of data center trends in regards to automation and controls.
Engineers need to consider wireless technologies for building automation systems and realize the benefits of wireless systems for each scenario.
With the advent of building technology comes the need for monitoring and intercommunication between heating, cooling, electrical, lighting, fire/life safety, and other systems for optimized efficiency and operation.
Updated standard ASHRAE 135-2016 makes specifying BACnet equipment easier.
To resolve the issue of improving efficiency while making projects more cost-effective, disciplines must work together toward integrated design solutions.
At 21 stories tall and 3 million sq ft, CHUM is the largest health care construction project in North America.
On March 24th, I gave a presentation on real-time rendering and virtual reality (VR) at Midwest University 2016.
The Commander Internet of Things appliance for building automation is designed for system interconnectivity, data visualization, and energy optimization for small and medium buildings.
Electrical engineers are being pushed toward using BIM.
Fire, life safety, and HVAC systems must be integrated by the engineer to achieve reliability in smoke control systems. This includes mechanical equipment, physical barriers, or a combination of both.
Fiber-optic cables are an integral part of a building communication system. Although they are commonly installed for the enterprise network communication, they are also designed into building-management systems and electrical-power coordination.
When your client is the government, engineering design can be tricky, thanks to stepped-up regulations, budgetary concerns, and other considerations. Respondents discuss building automation and controls in government, state, municipal, federal, and military facilities.
Revit 2015 R2 includes features that add powerful capabilities, enhance software performance, and improve user productivity for architects, and MEP and structural engineers.
Due in part to the 1973 oil crisis, government agencies emphasized energy efficiency in many sectors.
Consider integrated project delivery (IPD) and Lean design to provide a more streamlined engineering process and less waste.
It is time for lawyers to start enabling BIM instead of blocking it.The legal profession should not be permitted to dictate the direction of the construction industry when it comes to building information modelling (BIM).
The newest generation of architects wants to be part of the larger plan.
Engineers should understand the three-legged stool of cybersecurity for building automation systems.
Building automation equipment market has been slow going; however, IHS expects this to change as the market moves toward fully programmable controllers in the shorter term.
A panel discussion at LightFair International encouraged lighting designers to collaborate, educate, and integrate for the best possible outcome.
In the information age, data centers are one of the most critical components of a facility. If the data center isn’t reliable, business can’t be done. Automation and controls play a key role.
Integrators are putting an increasing emphasis on product choice and adding value to systems to better position themselves in a growing market where small- and medium-sized independent integrators accounted for 57 of the overall takings.
There are a number of factors that remove traditional integration barriers.
Telkonet's EcoCentral Virtual Engineer is a cloud-based energy management command center that communicates with intelligent wireless thermostats, occupancy sensors, and other products and systems.
To take full advantage of building management systems, we need Internet protocol all the way down to the simplest devices.
Manufacturing and industrial facilities require specialized building automation, monitoring, and control systems.
Primary Integration Solutions has named Christopher Ludeman the Director of Business Development; he has 15 years of experience in the mission critical industry.
E-Mon’s Interval Data Recorder (IDR) is designed for collecting kilowatt-hour and demand data from 8 or 16 connected meters at user-selectable 15-, 30-, or 60-min intervals.
Read about the 5 finalists in the Networked BAS, Energy Management Systems category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2013 Product of the Year competition.
Read about the 6 finalists in the Test Instruments, Meters, Data Loggers category for the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2013 Product of the Year competition.
As system integration strategies become more complex, the need for improved building automation system specifications becomes evident.
Integrating maintenance requirements into the design of an electrical system is an important first step to provide workplace safety.
By becoming a building systems integrator, engineers can ensure successful buildings—and a successful future.
Environmental Systems Inc. looks to expand its technological offerings and geographical base by taking on ECC's temperature controls, building automation, energy management, and security system offerings.