Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, March 3-9, 2014

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most-clicked articles from last week, March 3-9, 2014, including articles about steam traps, boiler control systems, female engineers, Smart Grid, and the commercial building sector.


1. Don't blow your money on a steam trap

Steam and condensate leaks cost buildings and industrial plants millions of dollars in lost energy, while increasing emissions from boilers due to increased operation, creating potential safety hazards, and lowering the reliability of operations. This article will review the many factors that impact the reliability, performance, longevity, and maintenance requirements for condensate return piping systems.

2. Codes for boiler control systems and pressure vessels

The end user is ultimately responsible to use the correct code for pressure sensors and transmitters for boiler controls and pressurized vessels.

3. Female engineers should get creative

An enhanced focus on creativity in engineering along with a reduced emphasis on classical tool collection may encourage women students to remain in the profession.

4. Interconnection, interoperability for integration in the Smart Grid

The relationship between interconnection and interoperability in the Smart Grid is often a source of confusion for engineers.

5. Lodging, office buildings lead commercial building sector

Reed Construction Data’s U.S. chief economist Bernard Markstein answers one-on-one questions about the commercial building construction forecast.

The list was developed using CFE Media's web analytics for stories viewed on, March 3-9, 2014, for articles published within the last two months.

- Jessica DuBois-Maahs and Jordan Schultz, associate content managers, CFE Media, and

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