BenchMark

BenchMark is an award-winning, quarterly, general interest engineering magazine that covers a broad range of trends, topics and engineering disciplines.

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Companies today must consider not only how to operate their businesses more efficiently but also how to optimize their facilities to reduce long-term operating costs. Energy master planning provides the road map that will guide them to the right decisions about their facility infrastructure. Also: A diverging diamond interchange provides a shift in traffic flow for safety and efficiency; a new NERC alert puts pressure on utilities to ensure safe, reliable transmission routes; a giant battery system in a remote location helps Presidio, Texas, ensure electrical reliability.

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BenchMark 2011 No. 1: Feature Projects

Battlespace Environment Lab; Briarcliff Development mine backfill; Irving Park Road streetscape.

BenchMark 2011 No. 1: News in Brief

Southwest Airlines' One Report; Projects earn ACEC accolades; Upper Midwest home to newest Burns & McDonnell regional office.

Diverging Diamond Interchange

A shift in traffic flow for safety and efficiency comes from a design with roots in France.

Full-Speed Design

Architect Sonya Jury thrives under the deadlines and diversity of big projects around the world.

How It Works: Home Area Networks

Utilities are developing methods that empower homeowners to take energy management into their own hands. Through home area networks (HANs), consumers can reduce their electric bills and conserve energy.

In-House News: Celebrating 25 Years of Employee Ownership

Burns & McDonnell takes great pride in its rich heritage and deep roots in the engineering community. Even the logo proclaims “Since 1898.” But 2011 marks an anniversary of a different sort. In 1986, Burns & McDonnell became 100 percent employee owned.

Little Blue Parkway

Independence, Mo., isn't waiting for growth and development. The 183-year-old city best known as the hometown of former President Harry S. Truman is literally paving the way.

Master Planning for a Sustainable Future

Companies today must consider not only how to operate their businesses more efficiently but also how to optimize their facilities to reduce long-term operating costs.

Power for the People

Giant battery system, ingenuity create reliable power in remote locale.

Reliability Check

NERC alert puts pressure on utilities to ensure safe, reliable transmission routes.

Technical Q&A: Energy Savings Incentives

What are some energy-saving methods that may qualify my project for utility-sponsored incentives?

Your Energy Crisis: Solved

We're making strides in helping clients solve their company energy crises with energy master planning.