Technical & White Papers

Burns & McDonnell employee-owners take pride in taking leadership roles in the varied industries they serve. Technical papers and presentations exemplify that leadership effort.

  • November 11, 2014

    Recent regulatory policy in California has changed the demand for energy storage on the grid. The policy signified for the first time that a state saw the need to incorporate energy storage to meet the needs of a high reliability grid. In light of this, utilities will be responsible for making resource planning decisions to get energy storage devices on the grid

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  • July 2, 2014

    Functioning internal control provides reasonable assurance to a company's leadership that the following objectives will be achieved: (1) effective and efficient operations; (2) reliable financial reporting; and (3) compliance with applicable laws and regulations. It is becoming increasingly important for complying with laws and regulations to which a company is subject.

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  • June 15, 2014

    On May 19, the EPA released the prepublication version of the final rules implementing Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act for existing facilities with cooling water intakes and for new production units at existing facilities. 

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  • April 22, 2014

    If you are the owner or a facility manager of a building that was not originally commissioned, efficiency issues with your facility will cost you a significant amount every year in lost energy and sub-optimal building performance. That waste is permanent — and unnecessary. Fortunately, the retro-commissioning (RCx) process provides a path to resolve these issues and produce a return that pays for itself.

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  • March 24, 2014

    White paper: New or additional infrastructure funding is hard to come by, but it is possible to build momentum for new funding by positioning investment benefits in ways that are understandable and compelling to stakeholders.

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  • March 10, 2014

    A case study of a refinery incorporating two water treatment systems, one for cooling tower make-up and one for boiler feed.

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  • March 7, 2014

    White paper: Campus facility management staff are under increasing pressure to reduce operational costs, save energy and plan for future facility growth. Balancing these demands requires careful planning and development of sound strategies. Energy potential studies offer solutions in support of these goals to campus administrators through identification and prioritization of the campus energy and cost reduction opportunities.

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  • February 18, 2014

    The need for timely and accurate compliance data in the execution of large construction programs has led to the implementation of a GIS-based system for field collection and reporting of compliance data encompassing biological, air quality, water quality, cultural, safety and hazardous materials. The system virtually eliminates the need for paper maps and provides key information to decision-makers and project stakeholders.

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  • February 4, 2014

    White paper: A solid understanding of the commissioning (Cx) process — what it is and how it works — can provide a range of benefits for building owners and facility managers. Commissioning is a process designed to optimize the built environment for energy efficiency, leading to reduced energy costs and enhanced building performance. It is also a way to verify that a new building's processes operate according to the owner's project requirements (OPR).

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  • June 4, 2013

    Many large utility customers are considering microgrids to better manage energy usage and enhance power quality and system reliability. In addition to greater energy security, microgrids offer a variety of economic benefits ranging from greater efficiency of operation to the ability to facilitate participation in demand response and interruptible rate programs provided by the local utility.

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  • June 4, 2013

    Urban planners have many challenges when they work to revitalize the world's older cities. This white paper examines the benefits that a transmission-owning utility and the community it serves might achieve by selling wide urban transmission rights of way and using the proceeds to replace the older overhead lines with new underground lines in much smaller corridors.

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