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We want to give you the chance to tell us what’s on your mind and what your most pressing questions are. What are your biggest barriers to success? What costs you (and the client) the most? What burning questions have you had about new technology? Here’s your chance to ask.

11/07/2007



Every month, we ask a distinguished panel of experts for information about how to best solve your problems, challenges, and new engineering issues. Our M/E Roundtable discussion asks a variety of questions on a topic, and then has the experts provide details about how to handle the challenge. We’ll ask the experts your questions, and whenever appropriate, print them in the magazine and post them here.

Select a topic below; we'll cover it in the corresponding month. We want to know what you think!

Building Automation Systems and Controls
Alarm Panels and Mass Notification Systems: February
Motors/Drives Harmonics: March
Wireless Controls: May
Commercial Kitchens: September
Laboratory Ventilation: October
Building Information Modeling: November
Engineering Shortage: December

Electrical Distribution and Standby Power Systems
Motors/Drives Harmonics: March
Power Quality in Troubled Grids: April
On-Site Power: July
Mission Critical Power: August
Commercial Kitchens: September
Building Information Modeling: November
Engineering Shortage: December

Engineered Piping, Plumbing, and Pumping Systems
Tankless and Storage Water Heaters: January
Urban Water Conservation Practices: June
Building Information Modeling: November
Engineering Shortage: December

Fire and Life-Safety
Alarm Panels and Mass Notification Systems: February
Commercial Kitchens: September
Building Information Modeling: November
Engineering Shortage: December

HVAC and Moisture Control
Tankless and Storage Water Heaters: January
Motors/Drives Harmonics: March
Wireless Controls: May
On-Site Power: July
Commercial Kitchens: September
Laboratory Ventilation: October
Building Information Modeling: November
Engineering Shortage: December

Lighting and Lighting Control
Building Information Modeling: November
Engineering Shortage: December





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