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.

 

  • April 7, 2014

    The concept of pursuing conversion technologies for solid waste management to promote landfill diversion, generate renewable energy and/or reduce greenhouse gases can be relatively simple. However, actually determining what technology to choose is considerably more complicated.

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  • March 1, 2014

    The U.S. Navy was faced with an aging fuel storage facility at Point Loma. The 70-plus-year-old fuel storage facility needed new, modernized tanks and equipment to meet the requirements of the 21st century. In the end, the footprint of the facility was reduced by half and the efficiency of operation was enhanced considerably.

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  • March 1, 2014

    As part of the design basis of any piping system, supports are needed to keep those pipes in place, making sure they do not overly expand or move due to sustained or occasional loads. These loads represent the total forces and moments in the piping components, and as a result create stresses that affect the life of the component.

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  • March 1, 2014

    Will it be business as usual or are major changes in store for the aerospace industry as feds look at 40 CFR Part 63 Subpart GG, commonly referred to as the Aerospace National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)?

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  • January 1, 2014

    Whether your project is new construction or a retrofit, a consolidated approach to life safety and asset protection will provide the most cost-effective method to lower capital and life-of-the-building costs. And commissioning is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of fire protection systems.

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  • December 1, 2013

    Once again, the future of coal-fired generation is in the hands of the courts. While it is not possible to predict how the Supreme Court will rule in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, it is wise to understand the basics about this possibly game-changing court case. It is equally important to understand what the Supreme Court decided to review and what it chose to let stand.

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  • November 1, 2013

    Carbon regulation is coming. Both anxiously anticipated and intuitively feared, EPA's rules for controlling greenhouse gases from existing power plants are expected to be proposed in 2014. Meanwhile, the recently proposed rules for new utility boilers are already generating concern in the power industry. Coal combustion is at the center of both of these regulations.

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  • October 29, 2013

    Parkland Memorial Hospital is the largest hospital construction project underway in the U.S. It's now served by a state-of-the-art central plant.

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  • October 1, 2013

    The use of economic analysis is growing in the transportation field — but not nearly as fast as it should. Some state and regional agencies have been reluctant to acquire economic impact analysis tools or fund economic impact studies, even while continuing to spend large sums on tools for modeling, forecasting, and planning other aspects of transportation systems. However, a growing number of agencies are showing that economic impact analysis can be used in decision making across every planning stage — with positive results.

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  • October 1, 2013

    While reading about legal cases is certainly not very interesting to non-lawyers, it is one of the few ways utilities are given insight as to what the Clean Air Act (CAA) actually means (or at least how the laws are being applied and interpreted by the courts).

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  • October 1, 2013

    In order to access information electronically, the data must first be made available in a digital format. The challenge this presents is that most historical information exists only on paper and accessing it requires significant time. However, the thought of converting volumes of hard-copy documents into digital data is rightly perceived as a daunting undertaking.

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