The Consulting-Specifying Engineer Podcast looks at issues relevant to consulting, design and specifying professionals. Topics include mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and lighting systems. Tune in for topics that keep building professionals updated on trends and technologies. Hosted by Amara Rozgus.

AI can help create building automation systems that are predictive, rather than reactive, which will save energy, can simplify tasks and save workers from overly repetitive tasks. Richard Vedvik, PE, senior electrical engineer and acoustics engineer at IMEG Corp. talks about how AI can be integrated into current building automation systems and what benefits it might bring.

It can be difficult to strike a balance between cybersecurity and the functionality of control systems, especially with the speed of technological advancements in the world today. Daniel Shepard, Control System Cybersecurity Discipline Manager for Dewberry’s Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Structural practice, discusses key considerations for consulting engineers when considering cyber issues in their projects.

Fan Energy Index (FEI) is a metric that can assist engineers in selecting the most energy efficient fans for many different applications. Tyler Mancl, P.E., Principal Application Engineer with Greenheck’s Customer Insights Team, explains how an understanding of FEI can help engineers with code compliance to ensure that fans specified will perform with improved operating efficiencies and lower sound levels.

Designing and maintaining data centers requires specific considerations and knowledge due to their large energy needs and unique codes and standards. In this episode, Forrest Secosky, the Commercial Marketing Manager for Data Centers with Eaton, breaks down the biggest trends and innovations engineers should know when working with data centers.

Hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) is an alternative fuel source that works similarly to diesel fuel. Patricia Nzioka, director of marketing & strategy for the data center business at Cummins Inc., discusses the future of HVO as an alternative fuel and how it can aid in decarbonization.