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.

 

  • May 1, 2015

    A new University of Kansas West Campus laboratory features a 40-foot-tall strong wall and massive strong floor system. The University of Kansas School Of Engineering is investing to significantly expand its research capability with an eye toward innovation and student collaboration.

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  • May 1, 2015

    Public spaces, parks and trails do not always make a top priority during municipal budgeting, but they are one thing people will almost always agree there could be more of. One major solution to this dilemma can be found in carved-out corridors which are mostly ignored: power transmission line rights-of-way.

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  • May 1, 2015

    Acronyms are a government addiction. The Clean Power Plan has introduced some new acronyms and reinforced some existing ones that need to be incorporated into the vernacular of today's power plant engineer, specifically: CPP, EGU, BSER and CSS.

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  • May 1, 2015

    As coal plant owners are working overtime to simultaneously meet new mandates while remaining competitive in the marketplace, Power Engineering sat down with four coal-fired power executives, including Burns & McDonnell's Rick Halil, to discuss the current state of affairs in the industry.

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  • April 1, 2015

    The appropriate timing, technology and location for new generating resources are mired in complexity. The current state of oil prices is one short-term economic success that may carry a long-term risk for the industry. The decline in oil prices is most likely to have an inverse effect on delivered natural gas prices and, therefore, the marginal cost of electricity.

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  • April 1, 2015

    In February 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) killed the FutureGen2.0 project by withdrawing $1 billion in federal stimulus funds. What does this mean for the future of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS)?

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  • March 16, 2015

    If you are still sorting through the new Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule and working to figure out what it means for your individual utility plant site, you are not alone. With the preamble and actual rule totaling over 700 pages, many are still digesting the technical requirements.

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  • February 22, 2015

    For the first time, Texans have a better understanding of how much material they are recycling. Years of hard work have paid off with the release of the TRDI report, which quantifies the amount of recycling that occurred in Texas in 2013 and establishes a baseline recycling rate to measure progress.

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  • February 6, 2015

    Food and beverage companies planning a major construction or renovation project now have an option that can help them both save money and further their sustainability goals. Burns & McDonnell recently acquired the assets and personnel behind Planet Reuse, a firm that provided reclaimed building material coordination, brokering and consulting services.

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  • February 1, 2015

    The comment period on the controversial Clean Power Plan ended Dec. 1, 2014. EPA received more than 1.5 million comments. From ordinary citizens to executives of major think tanks, the comments include detailed technical critiques, generic statements of opposition and support, and succinct counterclaims full of legalese.

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  • January 26, 2015

    Kansas is probably not the first place people think of when it comes to earthquake-resistant structures. Then again, most people would not think of housing a high-performance structural lab for mega-stress-testing building components anywhere but inside a huge industrial box. The University of Kansas is pleasantly defying conventional thought on both counts with its $14 million West Campus Structural Research Facility.

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