McQuay offers BIM library
The company has released a comprehensive set of object models and other content for BIM designs created in Autodesk Revit MEP 2009.
The tools (available for download from McQuay or the Autodesk’s Seek Web service) include object models for the Daikin VRV III system and McQuay’s water-cooled and air-cooled chillers, commercial rooftop systems, water source heat pumps, and packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps. Using the object models and content enables design engineers to craft virtual building models to serve as a single integrated source for building design. The content also includes links to detailed product specifications, PDF files of product designs and descriptions, and sample equipment schedules.
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Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.