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Managing Uncertainty and Maintaining Progress

By Robert Lucas, June 6, 2019

Imagine the following scenario: The capital project is large, multinational, and complex. It is in the early stages of the project lifecycle, and the schedule is not fully developed nor the team fully formed. Uncertainty abounds, and frustrations are building due to the perceived lack of progress. The pressure is palpable. The project has high visibility and is under increasing scrutiny from executive leadership. Their message is “We need to accelerate Phase 2” – it cannot and should not be ignored. In the midst of this, the differences of opinion within the core team on strategy and execution may be impacting progress. This scenario is not uncommon at the start of a major, complex capital project, and it is the role of the Project Manager to keep the project moving while striving to build a team of cooperative players.

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Download the Whitepaper: Power of Design Review

By Chip Bennett, May 30, 2019

Design Review (DR) and Quality Risk Management (QRM) are considered current industry practice and are essential as enabling processes for verification of facilities, systems, and equipment. But what is Design Review? Why is Design Review underutilized in CQV projects? What are the risks of not performing Design Review? And more importantly, aside from regulatory expectations, what are the benefits of performing Design Review?

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C&Q Benchmarking: Process and State of the Industry

By Nathan Temple, May 17, 2019

Risk-based approaches to commissioning and qualification (C&Q) is a common standard for site and project plans. What does that mean and why is there so much implementation variability across the industry? Our CQV benchmark initiative is focused on:

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Whitepaper: Strong Project Controls are Critical to Your Success

By Jess Porter, April 30, 2019

Here's an excerpt from this whitepaper: "The hallmark of a high performing organization is the cultivation, use, and continuous improvement of their processes used to monitor and evaluate performance. As such, many organizations continue to struggle to reach a high level of performance in delivering projects, not because they don’t have project management processes, but because these processes fail to identify, track and act upon project data which indicate project health – both good and bad. Additionally, these organizations fail to use lessons learned from one project to improve their project management practices in subsequent projects.

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Batteries & Flywheels: What is your best energy storage option?

By Ann Schneider, April 25, 2019

A mission critical facility’s greatest liability to maintaining uptime is power quality. But why is power quality so important to a Data Center’s operation? Because the quality of power to the IT equipment directly impacts the equipment performance, uptime, and potential damage to equipment. The key to power quality is choosing the right uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for the facility’s application. This post will focus on two different UPS technologies: battery and flywheel. The operational principle of a flywheel is a mechanical energy storage device that utilizes rotational momentum inertia to store and deliver back energy. Conversely, a battery is a chemical energy storage device that delivers and recharges by execution and reversal of a chemical reaction. Currently, the battery UPS is the most common energy storage technology with the most common battery type being lead-acid [1]. In this post, we will examine the benefits and shortfalls of each technology to identify their best application scenarios. Categories to be considered are the installed size, energy storage capabilities, lifespan, operating conditions, efficiency, and carbon footprint.

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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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What do LEED® and CAI have in common?

By Carla Carrasquillo, April 18, 2019

Have you wondered what LEED® means, and why it has become such a widely used term?

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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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Upcoming Speaking Engagements: Operational Excellence through Preventive Human Performance Controls

By Harry Benson, March 8, 2019

Human error is inevitable, but root cause analysis of issues tells us that there are risk control elements which can reduce human error and mitigate the impact when it does occur. Although the need to reduce human error is apparent, and is frequently discussed in our industry, very little has been presented regarding actionable control strategies, or to make the business case for implementing these preventive actions.  While most of us recognize the need for controls like effective procedures and training, we don’t always appreciate how those two elements integrate with the other critical controls to drive predictable human performance.

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