The Advantages of Using BIM for Hanger and Pipe Sleeve Location

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a 3-D based process for the planning, design, construction and management of buildings using one coherent system of computer models rather than separate sets of drawings. The following is a real-world case study showing the advantages of using BIM on a new building project at a local college:

Pipeline Pigs (Types and Functions)

Inspecting, cleaning or changing the product in a pipeline would be exceedingly difficult without a device knows as a pipeline pig, especially if the task needs to be done without stopping the flow.  Pipeline pigs are capsule shaped objects which travel through the pipeline to perform the specific function(s) for which they were created.  Although … Continued

Hydronic Piping Systems

Hydronics is the use of water as the heat-transfer medium in heating and cooling systems. A hydronic piping system is used to circulate chilled or hot water with the connections between the piping and the terminal units made in a series loop. The terminal units are the heat exchangers that transfer the thermal energy between … Continued

Marketing Basics for B2B Contracting Firms

Marketing, in general, is about creating awareness of your brand and turning prospects into customers. For business to business (B2B) contracting firms, marketing efforts are largely focused on building relationships and maximizing the value of those relationships in a multi-step buying process.  It is also about nurturing the perceived level of expertise, value and trust … Continued

HVAC Preventative Maintenance is Not a Luxury

HVAC systems are the life-blood of any building, and when a malfunction occurs it affects all of the occupants.  Imagine you work within a large office building that has poor ventilation. The lack of air movement, or exchange, can cause “stale air” which in turn allows germs to move freely around the space, potentially causing … Continued

Proper Cooling Tower Piping Design

Open cell cooling towers are heat removal devices that operate on the principle of evaporative cooling and are used to dissipate waste heat from a chiller to the atmosphere.  A well-designed piping system is essential for their proper operation, including the cooling tower bypass system. With an open cell cooling tower, heat laden water is … Continued

The Advantages of Using Chilled Water Systems

Large commercial buildings that require a substantial amount of cooling often use water chillers because they are cost effective and there is a reduced hazard by not having refrigerant piped all over the building. These systems work by pumping cool water throughout the building. Cool air is then transferred to the occupied spaces by terminal … Continued

Distracted Driving Puts Us All at Risk

Distracted Driving Facts from the official US Government website for distracted driving: In 2011 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. 10% of injury crashes in 2011 were reported as distraction affected crashes. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones … Continued

The Challenge of Working in a Cleanroom Environment

Typically used in manufacturing or scientific research where small particles can adversely affect the processes, a cleanroom is a controlled environment that has a low level of pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles and chemical vapors.  Cleanrooms maintain particulate-free air through the use of either High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) or Ultra-Low Penetration … Continued

Changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard

As of December 1, 2013 all employees across all industries must be trained in the changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard.  These changes are not set to take place until 2015, however, some Chemical Manufacturer’s will be proactive rather than reactive and will start implementing the changes in 2014. Therefore, employees will need to know … Continued