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.

 

  • March 1, 2010

    In October, I had the privilege of speaking on the topic of "Philosophy and Structural Engineering" at the NCSEA 17th Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. While preparing that presentation, I compiled and reflected on all that I have been reading, thinking and writing over the last few years regarding the relationship between the two fields. The overall thesis that emerged was this: Science is widely perceived as an especially systematic approach to knowing; engineering could be conceived as an especially systematic approach to willing.

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  • February 22, 2010

    Our nation has not made transportation infrastructure a priority, and so we drive on highways built in the Eisenhower era. Practicing engineers must commit to mentoring the youth that will address the future of our industry.

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  • February 1, 2010

    How do you know if the air around your facility is "clean"? And what are the consequences if it is not clean enough? Consider the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), a basic tenent of the EPA's Clean Air Act.

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  • January 11, 2010

    In 1898, the year Burns & McDonnell was founded, it sometimes took a great deal of salesmanship to convince Midwestern town councils and business leaders that they should spend money on water purification plants and wastewater treatment facilities. Keeping bacteria out of drinking water and sewage out of watersheds was not always a priority for towns that had been on the edge of America's frontier only a few years earlier. (Requires ASCE login)

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  • January 1, 2010

    This year, 2010, is the first reporting year for the EPA's mandatory greenhouse gas reporting rule. Do you know whether the rule applies to your facility? If so, are you ready to comply?

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  • January 1, 2010

    This time, I would like to contemplate what it means to be a person, guided by complementary notions derived from the writings of J. P. Moreland, and note how this is integral to what it means to be an engineer.

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  • December 1, 2009

    When the Department of Homeland Security first introduced the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards in 2006, many chemical distributors and manufacturers were unsure of what to expect. And confusion is still present. (Subscription-only access.)

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  • December 1, 2009

    Sustainability is not just a buzzword for companies to say they are going green. It is now widely understood to be an effective business practice that can positively influence the environment and save money.

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  • November 1, 2009

    A process combining ISCR and ISCO takes care of some chlorinated VOCs, meeting tough cleanup requirements.

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  • November 1, 2009

    There's a twist to the EPA's September 2009 Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V programs. The major source thresholds for greenhouse gases will be higher than for criteria pollutants, thus exempting most "small" sources.

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  • November 1, 2009

    My title this month comes from a controversial 1972 book by Hubert L. Dreyfus, which he revised and updated in 1979 and again in 1992, at which point he retitled it What Computers Still Can't Do. The subtitle is A Critique of Artificial Reason, and the basic thesis is that disembodied machines are inherently incapable of reproducing the higher mental functions required for humanlike intelligence and consciousness.

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