TechBriefs

TechBriefs is a quarterly, two-color newsletter featuring articles devoted to the exploration of engineering issues. It expands on these issues from both an analytical and scientific approach. Articles are written by Burns & McDonnell professionals in the field, frequently in collaboration with clients and knowledgeable academic authorities.

Mailed to more than 12,000 readers, TechBriefs is geared to engineers, architects, production managers, owners, and company and government administrators that constitute the engineering community at large.

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Article 1: Fast-track project design no longer the exception. It's the rule. When done right, a fast-track project has can provide an advantage over the competition by enabling a business by quickly moving its product to market. Construction Industry Institute (CII) Best Practices are critical to achieving that success.

Article 2: For local governments managing the collection and disposal of refuse, a new paradigm exists: Solid waste could be considered an energy resource. While the concept of pursuing conversion technologies to promote landfill diversion, generate renewable energy and/or reduce greenhouse gases can be relatively simple, choosing the right technology is considerably more complicated.

Article 3: Cybersecurity is arguably the most commonly thought of method to protect our national grid. Cyberattacks are low cost and high impact, can be executed from anywhere and are hard to trace. It's remained the focus of security measures for years — until an unprecedented attack on a substation in California proved physical security is just as critical.

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Security in an Emergent Threat Environment

Cybersecurity is arguably the most commonly thought of method to protect our national grid. Cyberattacks are low cost and high impact, can be executed from anywhere and are hard to trace. It's remained the focus of security measures for years — until an unprecedented attack on a substation in California proved physical security is just as critical.

Exploring the Universe of Solid Waste Conversion Technologies

For local governments managing the collection and disposal of refuse, a new paradigm exists: Solid waste could be considered an energy resource. While the concept of pursuing conversion technologies to promote landfill diversion, generate renewable energy and/or reduce greenhouse gases can be relatively simple, choosing the right technology is considerably more complicated.

Fast-Track Project Design

Fast-track project design no longer the exception. It's the rule. When done right, a fast-track project has can provide an advantage over the competition by enabling a business by quickly moving its product to market. Construction Industry Institute (CII) Best Practices are critical to achieving that success.