Top Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, February 2011

Most visited articles at during February 2011 included information on ASHRAE 90.1, transient conditions in mission-critical facilities, and a short-term energy outlook.


February 2011’s leading Consulting-Specifying Engineer online stories include:

ASHRAE 90.1 reduces energy consumption - The recently published 2010 version of ASHRAE’s energy standard is expected to provide guidance for reducing energy consumption by more than 20% over savings realized in the previous version. The standard’s purpose is to establish minimum energy efficiency requirements of buildings for design, construction, a plan for operation and maintenance, and use of on-site renewable energy resources. This article focuses on the revisions to Standard 90.1 in sections 6, 8, 9, and 10.

Keeping up with Standard 90.1 - The Standing Standard Project Committee 90.1 has been hard at work for the past six years making significant strides in the energy efficiency provisions of 90.1. The goal was to create a 2010 standard that would be used to build buildings that are 30% more efficient that buildings built to the 2004 version of the standard. This article highlights some of the significant changes. Further reading of the document to understand the direct implications is required and encourages.

Rethinking the ‘smokeproof’ enclosure - Stair pressurization systems are the most widely selected design option recognized by the IBC, and has been the predominant method for protecting stairwells in high-rise buildings for more than 20 years. Design difficulties experienced in tall buildings and recent events that challenge the underlying fire scenarios for which the stairwells may be in use may necessitate a rethinking of how stairwells are protected during high-rise fire events. Some of these design challenges and potential alternatives are discussed in this article.

Transients in mission critical facilities - Each of the three transient conditions in a mission critical facility (MCF) has a different cause, different result, and different method of mitigation. This discussion investigates each of these and the kinds of effects they have on the operation of an MCF.

U.S. commercial property recovery spares economy - Commercial properties in 2010 sold more than they did one year prior – the second-largest gain on record, defying predictions of further economic collapse. Prices of commercial properties sold by institutional investors surged 19% in 2010, the second-biggest gain on record, according to an index developed by the MIT Center for Real Estate.

Modular data centers - Modular design plays an essential role in the planning, design, and construction of a data center. This articles discusses how using a modular design approach will help lower capital spending while at the same time increase efficiency, reliability, and expandability.

Learning curve - In the face of dwindling budgets, growing sustainability requirements, and other considerations, K-12 school projects can be a challenging – yet rewarding – area for engineers to tackle. Here, a group of experts share advice on how to handle such projects and go to the head of the class.

Short-term energy outlook - EIA forecasts average expenditures for space-heating fuels to increase by $24 from 2010, expects natural gas working inventories to remain high through 2011, estimates the total U.S. consumption of electricity this year to remain at the same levels from 2010, and expects retail sales of electricity to fall 2%. This article covers other highlights and links to the full report.

No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
A cool solution: Collaboration, chemistry leads to foundry coat product development; See the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists
Raising the standard: What's new with NFPA 70E; A global view of manufacturing; Maintenance data; Fit bearings properly
Sister act: Building on their father's legacy, a new generation moves Bales Metal Surface Solutions forward; Meet the 2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security
Upgrading secondary control systems; Keeping enclosures conditioned; Diagnostics increase equipment uptime; Mechatronics simplifies machine design
Designing positive-energy buildings; Ensuring power quality; Complying with NFPA 110; Minimizing arc flash hazards
Building high availability into industrial computers; Of key metrics and myth busting; The truth about five common VFD myths

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.

Read more: 2014 Salary Survey: Confidence rises amid the challenges

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.