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.

 

  • 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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  • November 1, 2014

    In June 2014, the Supreme Court ruled on the Environmental Protection Agency's Tailoring Rule, resulting in partial victories for all sides. EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases was upheld, while industry got a small, but important, concession.

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  • October 31, 2014

    Complicated packaging requirements, increasingly stringent production regulations, and thin profit margins mean food and beverage manufacturers must be innovative and efficient to compete. That's why a food manufacturer contacted Burns & McDonnell to develop a recommendation for improving packaging-line performance.

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  • October 1, 2014

    EPA wants to use "common sense" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by shifting electricity generation to more efficient, less polluting power plants. In theory, writing regulations with common sense is a noble idea; in reality, EPA has created a recipe for a no-win scenario for utilities.

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  • September 1, 2014

    Preparation is the balance point between hindsight and clairvoyance. In parts 1 and 2 of this series, recent security events at substations and new regulations issued in response were covered. In this, the final part, we turn to the evolution of threats.

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