Infrastructure Management

High-tech power system immunity at work: the self-healing distribution network

To reduce distribution network performance problems, huge investments can be made to replace aging infrastructure. Yet, with overall demand increasing and reliable power being so vital for businesses and services,… Read more »

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Demand Response by Any Name

Would you buy a car named “Drinks Gas, Turns Wheels, Spews Fumes”? Well, maybe, if you’re an engineer; otherwise “Cobra” does a much better job firing the imagination and generating… Read more »

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Smart Cities: IT vs Infrastructure

The conversations around smart cities have historically been dominated by large IT players like IBM and Cisco, focusing on giving devices intelligence and networking capabilities – taking a top down,… Read more »

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3 Keys to Implementing Scalable, Repeatable Data Center Maintenance

Proper maintenance is crucial to the reliable operation of any data center but too often companies approach maintenance in a piecemeal, haphazard fashion. They fail to realize that a standardized,… Read more »

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Xperience Efficiency Event Showcases the Role of Alliances in Building Smart Cities and Achieving Energy Efficiency

  At the Schneider Electric Xperience Efficiency 2013 event in Washington, D.C. early this month I caught up with Alistair Pim, who is Vice President of Global Strategic Alliances for… Read more »

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GIS can help when minutes and miles count

It seems that large-scale natural disasters such as hurricanes, massive wildfires, and tornadoes are lining up for a chance to pounce on us. Their succession of occurrence reminds us we… Read more »

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Where do power quality meters fit in your energy management strategy?

I have often wondered why companies that wanted help with their energy projects wanted to skip the most essential part of project.  I have seen it many times when a… Read more »

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The New York Times Has an Incomplete Take on Data Centers

It appears The New York Times doesn’t much care for data centers. Last September the Times ran a story that basically accused data centers of wasting power. Now last month… Read more »

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The Secure Power Difference: Risk Mitigation and Beyond

In our first post, we defined what industrial secure power is and some vertical industry applications, but this leaves the all important question of “why” secure power solutions are needed…. Read more »

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Demand Response IS Supply Chain Management

Let’s acknowledge Demand Response for what it really is: the premier tool for supply chain management of electrons. Really? I know. DR came into its own by its use in… Read more »

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The Value of Comprehensive Seismic Design; a Stitch in Time…

Does seismic mitigation work? It’s a good question and one that demands a clear answer. But during a recent stakeholder workshop I attended for a seismic hazard map update, for a… Read more »

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3 steps when considering renovating a medical facility

If you own a hospital or are responsible for medical facility, you’re likely acutely aware of the shift in priorities in the last few years towards population health, bringing care to… Read more »

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Extending BPM to Geo Spatial software

  BPM software – integrating Technology with Business GIS 101! Before discussing BPM software in a GIS context, let’s understand what it is. Geographic Information System software is designed to capture,… Read more »

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Scottish Independence: Renewable Power without Borders?

On Thursday, September 18 2014, the Scottish people will make an historic choice – should they remain part of the 300 year-old United Kingdom, or become an independent country? In… Read more »

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Who Owns the Risk?

Some time ago, my colleague Joseph Reele wrote of the risk implications of various data centre choices that might be made. In that article Reele identified a (possibly simplistic) trade-off… Read more »

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Designing for the Seismic Environment; Advice for Architects and MEP Design Professionals – Part 1.

Following on from my last blog where I considered earthquakes as the real weapons of mass destruction in the developing world, I wanted to offer some real world thoughts to… Read more »

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The Reliability Equation: Does your system pass?

Electrical Equipment: “A Means to an End” This may be some facility managers’ view of electrical equipment, which is usually out of sight and out of mind. An online definition… Read more »

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Old School Meets New Trends: Grappling with Innovation’s Institutional Tension

My first boss drove an elegant midnight blue Jaguar. He would occasionally “let” me take it for a spin (to the car wash or mechanic for him, but still). On… Read more »

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To Boil or Not to Boil? The Essential Role Critical Power Plays in Water Treatment to Ensure Community Safety

This is a cautionary tale about quality issues, escalating costs in a crisis, and the essential role of critical power for the water and wastewater industry. Our story begins when… Read more »

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Designing for the Seismic Environment; Advice for Architects and MEP Design Professionals – Part 2

As I recalled in my previous blog, when in 1996 I was first tasked with collating the guidance on offer to architects and MEP design professionals for the seismic environment,… Read more »

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You Have Options to Save Pipeline Energy Costs Today and Sustain your Energy Management Strategy

The hydrocarbon pipeline operator who manages pumps or compressors simply to perform the transport needed to complete the schedule of batches in front of those units is probably wasting energy…. Read more »

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Volatile IT layer demands drive a data science approach to managing critical infrastructure

All those nice apps on all those smart phones around the world are great for consumers in that people are able to take care of their shopping, bill payments, banking,… Read more »

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APC Back-UPS Made My Life Easier

Steve Ole Oleson from St. Louis, Missouri likes to be prepared.  After a near miss from the devastating tornado that struck Joplin, in 2011, Steve was determined to find a… Read more »

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Healthcare energy solutions will be a key focus at the New England Hospitals & Facilities Summit

Guest Blogger –  Warren Rosebraugh, Director, Healthcare Solution Architect, Schneider Electric Leaders in healthcare facilities management will join together later this month at the New England Hospitals & Facilities Summit in… Read more »

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Top 5 Recommendations for Securing the Data Center Against Cyber Attacks

As I’ve mentioned in recent blog posts, my conversations with end-users about DCIM have included as much discussion about the company’s approach to ensuring customer’s security as they have about… Read more »

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Hyper-converged IT Infrastructure: A Sound Solution for Keeping up with Data Growth in the IOT Era

As the Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon continues unabated, contributing to a massive influx of data that companies need to process, it’s becoming clear that IT data center architectures of… Read more »

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DCIM’s Improvement to Workflow Processes is Key to Eliminating Data Center Challenges

Until recently, there’s been a numbing inevitability about survey results from research into the data center sector. Finding number one; all downtime is the result of human error. Finding number… Read more »

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High-tech power system immunity at work: the self-healing distribution network

To reduce distribution network performance problems, huge investments can be made to replace aging infrastructure. Yet, with overall demand increasing and reliable power being so vital for businesses and services,… Read more »

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With Invensys Acquisition, Energy Meets Automation

When most people think of “the future” they invariably gravitate toward consumer devices: Google Glass, privatized space travel and wristwatches with voice and video. The future once promised on Saturday… Read more »

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Secure Power Solutions Must Be Adaptable to Specific Industry Needs

Ensuring reliable power for mission-critical applications in industry isn’t as simple as offering a range of standard power protection products, even if they are very good products. For many Secure… Read more »

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