Technical & White Papers

Burns & McDonnell employee-owners take pride in taking leadership roles in the varied industries they serve. Technical papers and presentations exemplify that leadership effort.

  • June 4, 2013

    Many large utility customers are considering microgrids to better manage energy usage and enhance power quality and system reliability. In addition to greater energy security, microgrids offer a variety of economic benefits ranging from greater efficiency of operation to the ability to facilitate participation in demand response and interruptible rate programs provided by the local utility.

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  • June 4, 2013

    Urban planners have many challenges when they work to revitalize the world's older cities. This white paper examines the benefits that a transmission-owning utility and the community it serves might achieve by selling wide urban transmission rights of way and using the proceeds to replace the older overhead lines with new underground lines in much smaller corridors.

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  • September 14, 2012

    Ten communities joined together to solve regional wastewater challenges, becoming national leaders in reducing nutrients in wastewater effluent.

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  • June 21, 2012

    White paper: On the eve of the release of the fourth generation of the Global Reporting Initiative's sustainability reporting framework, it's critical that companies are aware that this is the time that they will have an opportunity to influence these guidelines. Currently, 80 percent of the world's 250 largest companies publish sustainability reports aligned to GRI's framework, and some organizations and foreign stock exchanges require companies to report to GRI. Now — June 25-Sept. 25, 2012 — is your opportunity to influence these guidelines, during G4's second public comment period.

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  • March 30, 2012

    Remediation of sediment is an immense looming social cost. Dredging and capping are the major remedial alternatives for contaminated sediment. Costs for sediment remediation sites are driven by this question: "What is the footprint or volume of sediment to be addressed by remediation?"

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  • March 30, 2012

    To verify the accuracy of the Johnson-Ettinger model, a newly developed semi-static headspace test apparatus was utilized to simulate field conditions under laboratory-controlled conditions.

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  • March 30, 2012

    Existing MGP sites that are being decommissioned and environmentally remediated may benefit from an analysis of the site's potential for reuse or redevelopment. Prioritizing sites for reuse can help maximize the value of the land over the long term.

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  • February 7, 2012

    Investment in the electric transmission and distribution industry is booming. This boom is supported by four fundamentals: the need to maintain system reliability, the need to deliver generation to load, the need for environmental and regulatory compliance, and the need to replace T&D assets that have reached the end of useful life.

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  • December 20, 2011

    White paper: Owners of industrial, commercial or institutional boilers will soon be required to comply with new, stricter U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air emissions requirements.

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  • December 1, 2011

    Technical paper: Explores the possibilities of integrating common sustainable design strategies into Northeast Utilities' standard substation plans as part of the response to the ever-increasing customer demand for sustainable environmental practices.

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  • November 1, 2011

    As Southern California Edison builds infrastructure to bring wind power to population centers, it is fulfilling environmental requirements that may be a glimpse of things to come.

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