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.

 

  • 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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  • March 1, 2014

    By now most utilities have probably heard the details of EPA's latest greenhouse gas (GHG) proposal for New Source Performance Standards from new fossil fuel-fired electric generation units. The rule depends strongly on future plants controlling GHG emissions through carbon capture and storage. How exactly does the storage/sequestration element and where can it occur?

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  • March 1, 2014

    Utilities are entering an era of change that could significantly enhance the sustainability of projects. Stakeholder involvement and demands for more sustainable business practices are becoming more important. The solutions will not always be easy, but with new tools like the EnvisionTM rating system, we can improve the quality of our practices.

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  • February 1, 2014

    Constructing a new facility, or modifying an existing facility, does not happen in a vacuum. By design, the National Ambient Air Quality Standards take a comprehensive approach. It is not intuitive to think that emissions from a neighboring plant can limit your emissions or change your plant's design, but this is exactly what EPA necessitates when it requires dispersion modeling.

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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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  • January 1, 2014

    A new year means new EPA challenges. EPA's regulatory schedule for 2014 will keep the energy industry occupied, reading thousands of pages of guidance documents and court decisions. In turn, hundreds of questions will be generated on what all the words mean for compliance and what the broader implications are for energy markets.

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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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