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Quick Glance: Take an Extra 5 Minutes for Safety and Quality

By Brian Nieport, March 26, 2020

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Can Data Centers Save the World with Renewable Energy?

By Ann Schneider, March 6, 2020

Data centers have a significant impact on the global energy market. Current global data center consumption is higher than 2% of all electricity produced, and it is projected by Greenpeace to reach 13% of global electricity demand by 2030 [1]. As a result, data center design is uniquely positioned to influence renewable generation on a global scale positively. Large players in the industry such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Google have pledged to become ‘100% Renewable’ through a collaborative global initiative called RE100 [2]. We’ll discuss: why go renewable, how was it achieved, and where are the renewable data centers located?

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Can Data Centers Save the World with Renewable Energy?

By Ann Schneider, April 23, 2019

Data centers have a significant impact on the global energy market. Current global data center consumption is higher than 2% of all electricity produced, and it is projected by Greenpeace to reach 13% of global electricity demand by 2030 [1]. As a result, data center design is uniquely positioned to influence renewable generation on a global scale positively. Large players in the industry such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Google have pledged to become ‘100% Renewable’ through a collaborative global initiative called RE100 [2]. We’ll discuss: why go renewable, how was it achieved, and where are the renewable data centers located?

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The Edge of Modular Data Centers

By Camelia Mititelu, April 9, 2019

The expansion of edge computing, powered by the Internet of Thing’s (IoT) uprising tide, brings the unique opportunity to turn a world full of data into a data-driven world. Many applications of IoT, such as industrial automation processes, smart healthcare, and self-driving cars, require a compute infrastructure that sits closer to the devices and users, to enable a quick response and to unload some of the processing work from the cloud centralized platforms. The same data center that reduced its footprint and migrated into the cloud a decade earlier is now returning to the network edge. According to research firm MarketsandMarkets, the edge computing market is expected to surge from $1.47 billion in 2017 to $6.72 billion in 2022, at a compounded annual growth rate of 35.4 percent. To this end, the innovation effort at the edge brings new products and services.

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Whitepaper: Funding Building Commissioning Efforts

By Jay Congdon, March 14, 2019

This whitepaper examines "The Capital Project Model - Limitations, Pitfalls, and Short Comings"  as it related to Building Commissioning efforts as well as "An Alternative Method - Combined Funding, Benefits, and Advantages."

 

Written by Jay Congdon, CEM, CEA, CBCPM, CBCP, EBCP, CMVP

Jay has 12 years of experience providing Building Commissioning and Energy Engineering services for new and existing buildings. He also has 21 years of service in the Navy performing engineering duties as a nuclear trained machinists mate serving as operator, maintenance technician, and supervisor and instructor on active submarines and on operational training platforms for enlisted personnel and officers in the nuclear power training program.

Jay also has 16 years of experience in GMP manufacturing facilities performing commissioning, validation, and quality department support services for manufacturing areas, facilities, and utilities in new and renovated facilities, for upgraded processes, new equipment, and modified equipment. He has extensive qualification work for clean rooms and environmental controls systems.

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What is Proactive Commissioning?

By Glenn Wallace, June 7, 2018

In Maintenance and Reliability, there are a complete set of tools dedicated to Proactive Maintenance.

 

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Predictive Maintenance Technologies

By Glenn Wallace, June 5, 2018

Predictive Maintenance (PdM) technologies are not just for use after your equipment has been installed.  Many of these technologies can be applied during the various stages of your commissioning activities.

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Commissioning Teamwork

By Niall Killeen, May 29, 2018

How to best develop good teamwork across the General Contractor, subconsultants, CxA, and Operations during a project.

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Data Centers are Constantly Evolving

By Jennifer Lauria Clark, February 7, 2018

Growing up, we did not have a home computer in my family until I was 11 years old. We were fortunate enough that my momma brought home an Apple desktop over the summer; my sister and I dedicated all of our computer time to Oregon Train and Number Munchers. (“Like” this post if you remember those games on 3.5 x 5 floppy disks!)

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Let Others Make the Mistakes – It is More Efficient

By Glenn Wallace, November 2, 2017

Lessons Learned in Construction

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