Trade Publications

Burns & McDonnell experts often write articles published in the trade publications in the many industries we work in. Here are the most recent pieces authored or co-authored by our employee-owners.

 

  • November 1, 2011

    There are two main mechanisms for large changes in history and policy. The first is through slow shifts in the underlying public opinion. The second is through a historical and catalytic event.

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  • October 1, 2011

    In 1977, instead of writing a clear, plain-English law, Congress tried to appease all sides and ended up making the Clean Air Act ambiguous. 

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  • October 1, 2011

    A factory acceptance test (FAT) often follows the addition, modification or upgrade of safety instrumented systems or others critical to the operation of a facility. Cyber security, because if its impact on the safety of critical systems, should be integrated with the FAT.

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  • September 19, 2011

    A physician's first priority is to do no harm, and an engineer's primary obligation is to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public. This notion is precisely what motivates the advocates of separate licensure for structural engineers-the sincere belief that such a step is necessary to ensure that structures will remain standing.

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  • September 1, 2011

    Most people want to do the right thing. But what do you do when the "right" thing is unknown? Welcome to today's Clean Air Act.

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  • September 1, 2011

    An engineer's primary obligation is to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public. This notion is precisely what motivates the advocates of separate licensure for structural engineers.

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  • September 1, 2011

    As Southern California Edison builds infrastructure to deliver wind power, it is fulfilling environmental requirements that may be a glimpse of things to come. Burns & McDonnell helped the utility overcome challenging terrain — from desert to rugged mountains — in the Angeles National Forest to deliver wind power to customers in Southern California.

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  • August 25, 2011

    Southern Co. continues to transition to a Smart Grid system that touts sustainability and innovation.

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  • August 19, 2011

    Burns & McDonnell assisted Thermal Energy Corp. (TECO) in completing its $377 million energy-saving expansion of its district energy system on the campus of the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest medical complex.

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  • August 1, 2011

    One evolving aspect of Clean Air Act compliance that is not published in the Federal Register and receives no publicity is changes to the air dispersion modeling code.

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  • July 1, 2011

    In March 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency released with much fanfare a guidance document to provide “the basic information that permit writers and applicants need to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in permits.” However, the document came with a significant disclaimer.

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