Trade Publications

Burns & McDonnell experts often write articles published in the trade publications in the many industries we work in. Here are the most recent pieces authored or co-authored by our employee-owners.

 

  • July 1, 2014

    Show me a 10-foot fence and I will show you an 11-foot ladder. For several years the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have focused on the security of the national grid from a very cyber-centric model. Then someone showed up with an 11-foot ladder.

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  • June 10, 2014

    From gas to habitat, the La Cross County Landfill in Wisconsin is full of activity, including a partnership with Gundersen Health System on a program to help meet 100 percent of the system's energy needs through sustainable energy sources and improved efficiencies.

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  • June 5, 2014

    After you have "explored the universe" (Step One) and "asked the threshold question" (Step Two), and before moving forward with a detailed evaluation on the remaining waste conversion technologies, it is recommended that you identify the assessment criteria to apply to the various technologies.

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  • June 1, 2014

    In order to navigate the Clean Air Act, it is just as important to follow court rulings as it is to follow the release of new regulations. The recent Supreme Court ruling on the Cross State Air Pollution Rule was widely reported, but several other recent decisions also directly impact the utility industry.

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  • May 22, 2014

    Burns & McDonnell recently reported on emerging trends for comprehensive convention center design. Innovative convention centers must maximize user experience, facility flexibility, and building efficiency, says Pete Manis, a senior structural engineer in the Burns & McDonnell Aviation & Federal Group.

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  • May 1, 2014

    Oil production is important to the Illinois economy. Although hydraulic fracturing of conventional oil wells is an ordinary practice in Illinois and regulations exist to govern these operations, high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (HVHHF) is a much larger scale operation and presents new challenges and risks.

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  • May 1, 2014

    Greenhouse gases (GHGs) may be the newest pollutant regulated by EPA, but since there are no National Ambient Air Quality Standards for GHGs, a facility is much more likely to be affected by particulate matter restrictions. Dispersion modeling of the various subsets of particulate matter often leads to changes in the design of a new facility or retrofits of existing equipment.

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  • April 7, 2014

    The concept of pursuing conversion technologies for solid waste management to promote landfill diversion, generate renewable energy and/or reduce greenhouse gases can be relatively simple. However, actually determining what technology to choose is considerably more complicated.

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  • April 1, 2014

    "Stay home, if you can" was the message given to residents of the Southeast as a major winter storm pushed through the southern and eastern United States in mid-February. However, this message was not intended for the hundreds of electric utility workers in those areas.

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  • March 1, 2014

    The U.S. Navy was faced with an aging fuel storage facility at Point Loma. The 70-plus-year-old fuel storage facility needed new, modernized tanks and equipment to meet the requirements of the 21st century. In the end, the footprint of the facility was reduced by half and the efficiency of operation was enhanced considerably.

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  • March 1, 2014

    As part of the design basis of any piping system, supports are needed to keep those pipes in place, making sure they do not overly expand or move due to sustained or occasional loads. These loads represent the total forces and moments in the piping components, and as a result create stresses that affect the life of the component.

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