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.

 

  • January 26, 2015

    Kansas is probably not the first place people think of when it comes to earthquake-resistant structures. Then again, most people would not think of housing a high-performance structural lab for mega-stress-testing building components anywhere but inside a huge industrial box. The University of Kansas is pleasantly defying conventional thought on both counts with its $14 million West Campus Structural Research Facility.

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  • January 1, 2015

    The power generation market continues to evolve due to fundamental changes in market forces. Ongoing opportunities exist to partner with utilities to support this evolutionary process. A strategic leadership vision will be critical to thriving over the next 10 years.

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  • January 1, 2015

    For many years, the U.S. government has done little to define an energy policy for electric utilities. Environmental compliance was part of the equation but not necessarily the primary driver. However, if the Clean Power Plan is finalized as it was proposed, environmental dispatch will have trumped other factors in dictating how energy is generated.

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  • December 29, 2014

    Leachate poses a challenge for landfill owners and operators, but not an insurmountable one. Such a complex solution prompts the need for management solutions that protect the community, the environment and the budgets that finance waste disposal operations.

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  • December 10, 2014

    A panel session at the Renewable Energy World North America conference, including Burns & McDonnell's Aaron Anderson, delved into some possible hybrid technology solutions to help solve intermittency issues caused by high penetrations of wind and solar energy.

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  • December 1, 2014

    As environmental oversight changes, so does the power production industry. 2014 saw resolution of several existing issues as well as initiation of new rules which will continue into 2015. Regardless of the outcome of the 2014 midterm elections, politics are unlikely to cause an abrupt change in policy; there is too much inertia in regulatory actions.

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  • November 25, 2014

    Described as BC Hydro's biggest project in several decades, the Northwest Transmission Line was a unique engineering and construction challenge. The utility identified Burns & McDonnell as an industry leader in mega-project delivery because of its experience working on large projects in challenging environments and rugged terrain.

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  • November 21, 2014

    The overriding problem resided in the food manufacturer's legacy equipment for the packaging lines, but the challenge was identifying the specific equipment bottlenecks and the investment needed to fix them. Burns & McDonnell, a Kansas City-based engineering firm, was bought in to help.

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  • November 1, 2014

    The Hawaii Air National Guard required new support structures to replace the 1960s-era facilities at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Equal parts sustainability and flexibility were at the forefront of planning. A Burns & McDonnell team of architects and engi­neers set out to create adaptable cornerstone architecture.

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  • November 1, 2014

    The Georgia Department of Defense needed a new facility — a modern RRC with a soldier-centric design that would enhance readiness while maintaining functionality. GADoD hired Burns & McDonnell, which provided comprehensive planning, design and construction support services for the new RRC.

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  • November 1, 2014

    Many gas field formations contain heavier hydrocarbons such as ethane, propane, butane and gasoline. These natural gas liquids (NGL) have a higher market value when segregated into their individual components. Burns & McDonnell performed an EPC contract for a new NGL fractionation plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas.

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