Revealing The Myth Of Single Person Continuous Shift Coverage

Written by TiePoint-bkm’s David Boston, published via Mission Critical Magazine’s Newsletter Information technology and critical facilities department managers must constantly balance the key objectives of continuous availability and minimal cost in managing the critical assets of…

Energy Modeling: Using the Right Tool from the Toolbox

While energy modeling has many uses, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Energy modeling is an array of specialized tools in your engineering toolbox. If you needed to hang drywall, you would use a different…

LIGHTFAIR International 2017: Designing for Lighting Quality

Last month, Philadelphia hosted the largest annual international commercial and architectural lighting tradeshow and conference – LIGHTFAIR. Architects, engineers, lighting designers, contractors, and lighting manufacturers & distributors (basically anyone affected by a project’s lighting design)…

Connecting the Design and Construction Process

While a firm’s Construction Administrator plays many roles in project construction and completion, the most important role is protecting the client’s interest Every engineering and architectural consulting firm has its own philosophy regarding the construction…

Modernizing Record Drawings

These days if someone told you they were drafting their drawings by hand, you’d probably say, “Why aren’t you using CAD or Revit?” Well that is what’s still happening when it comes to how record drawings…

Is VRF right for your school?

Whether it’s a new school or a systemic renovation, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems are being considered more and more by school systems across the industry. Five years ago, VRF was still a new and relatively…

Design Integration and the Vertical Farming Challenge

As a recent graduate from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Architectural Engineering, I was able to compete in a national student design competition focusing on design integration within the built environment. The…

Critical Facilities Part 3: Should A Design Engineering Firm Self-Perform Critical Facility Commissioning?

Written by TiePoint-bkm’s Gary Johnson, Bob Reid, and David Boston For projects involving EORs experienced in providing commissioning services, an alternate approach to the commissioning process is worth considering. Design engineering firms that self-perform the commissioning…

Critical Facilities Part 2: Evaluating Commissioning Agents For Data Centers And Other Critical Facilities

Written by TiePoint-bkm’s Gary Johnson, Bob Reid, and David Boston Owners who plan to hire an independent commissioning firm for the entire commissioning process for a data center or other critical facility should take the time…

Critical Facilities Part 1: Successful Critical Facility Commissioning

Written by TiePoint-bkm’s Gary Johnson, Bob Reid, and David Boston Critical facility owners consistently employ commissioning services when constructing a new building. They recognize that far too many systems and components are involved to risk operating…

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