It takes a 360-degree perspective to close the gap between technology issues and engineering issues. An airport might be today’s cutting edge and tomorrow’s fish wrapper. After all, the value of a system diminishes during its lifetime, especially if it was constructed without accounting for future upgrades. On the other hand, if a system is designed with the flexibility for easy upgrades in mind, its lifetime value is bolstered.
Consulting engineers have to be strategic partners for clients. It’s not just about delivering an airport facility that works the way it’s supposed to; it’s about creating success for clients by walking — or flying — with them every step of the way.
Leadership U is a program sponsored by the Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) in which four young engineers are selected to shadow the four Vice Presidents of ASHRAE. The goal of the program is to transfer knowledge from the senior members in ASHRAE to the future leaders of the organization.
In “the business” – those familiar with the vagaries of aviation security – we too often get so immersed that we lose context. Aviation security is not in fact a steady-state feature of aviation, but a constantly evolving response to moving circumstances.
Adding no value may in fact be a wonderful expression, if we take it in the Eamesian way: adding perspective and power to what might otherwise be an ordinary experience.
24/7 operations, long shifts, sedentary work-styles, inflexible workstations, glare and noisy environments are just a few of the problem-elements commonly found in many Emergency Operations Centers (EOC). As governments are placing increased awareness on the need for improving emergency response preparedness, Emergency Response leaders are seeking assistance in designing more intelligent work environments for their employees.
At Ross & Baruzzini we pride ourselves on both the relationships we build and on the engineering technology that we bring to the table. The recent ribbon cutting for the suburban St. Louis Parkway School District's grant-funded project to build a fueling station and introduce 30 buses operating on compressed natural gas (CNO) into its fleet received local television coverage. But the bigger story lie in the possibilities Parkway represents expanding America’s search for energy independence and greener fuel alternatives.
It’s a fair assumption that the United States will again see powerful storms in 2014 which means there needs to be a renewed emphasis on improving emergency operations facilities and updating regional emergency preparedness plans so that our communities are better prepared for the next disaster. Here is a list of the top 10 ways to improve emergency preparedness.