Infrastructure Management

Smart Cities: From Automation to Optimization

Traffic Management Centers (TMCs) automate the surveillance, coordination and response to events in the transportation network that disrupt the flow of traffic and impact the ability of the network to… Read more »

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Energy Management Yields Comprehensive Benefits for Pipeline Operators

In my previous blog post, I mentioned that energy management becomes a process that can help the hydrocarbon pipeline operator accomplish other operational and business goals. Here’s more on that… Read more »

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What leads and drags the world are not machines, but ideas

“What leads and drags the world are not machines, but ideas”. Victor Hugo The university is the principle behind all concepts of freedom; freedom of thought and of expression. A… Read more »

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If you’re in the market for a SCADA solution, read this first

If there were frequent traveler award programs for commodities, oil and gas would win by a mile; make that, hundreds of thousands of miles. It’s interesting that oil and gas,… Read more »

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Implementing an integrated automated dispatch system to balance and optimize system resources and reliability

The challenge: Many utilities are faced with the increasing challenge of managing diverse load, demand response, distributed energy resources, generation, and variable renewables such as solar and wind power in… Read more »

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Distributech: Learn, Experiment, Do

The curtain is closed on the largest and most successful Distributech conference in its history. At last count, there were 9,823 registered attendees with an additional 400 registered for the… Read more »

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What is Smart Grid? Distributech wants to know.

The just concluded Consumer Electronics Show was a massive showcase of cool new ways to use electricity. It is unlikely the attendees and exhibitors thought of it that way, though… Read more »

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Executive take: the OpEx Opportunity Remains Strong

If you’re wondering when the economy will return to high-growth in capital expenditures for building automation, data center infrastructure, and other products needed during boom times, you may be overlooking… Read more »

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Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy

The devastation that we saw in areas such as Manhattan after hurricane Sandy naturally prompts lots of discussion about what went wrong and whether data center downtime directly caused by… Read more »

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Don’t Let an Aging UPS Bring You Down: Assess Your Replacement Options

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is something like an airplane in that it must work all the time; if it fails some pretty awful things can happen. What’s more, if… 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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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 Digital Twin: Foundation for Fleet Socialization to Optimize Operations

The industry is buzzing right now about the “digital twin” – ARC, Gartner and LNS have all recognized the technology’s potential to transform asset design, construction, operations and maintenance. Applying the digital twin to… Read more »

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SF6 Technology Provides Space and Cost Savings in Hospital Electrical Renovation Projects

As I travel across the country and speak with hospital facility directors, a number of common themes emerge during the conversations. Reduced margins leading to reduced capital budgets, the need… Read more »

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Why Data Center Modernization Projects Are Now Easier to Cost Justify

In today’s volatile marketplace, modernization of data center facilities has emerged as a competitiveness critical success factor and, if properly executed, a critical piece of an ongoing strategy to better… Read more »

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Earthquake Building Codes designed to Minimize Death, Downtime, and Dollars.

Of all of the Earth’s natural hazards, earthquakes are the rarest. They occur without warning and are impossible to predict. If that was not enough, earthquakes also present the biggest… Read more »

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5 questions you need to ask when dealing with aging electrical distribution equipment

Aging electrical equipment and components are not only inefficient, they’re potentially dangerous. Overheating in electrical enclosures, usually caused by loose connections and friction (due to lack of or improper lubrication) can… Read more »

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Sailing Close to the Wind – Power Margins and Smart Grids

As a regular media commentator, it’s easy to tell when a breaking story has caught the attention of the public. When National Grid, the UK power system operator, announced expected… 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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UPS Modernization: Five Questions to Ask

When Schneider Electric merged APC and MGE UPS a few years back, it allowed us to offer unique UPS modernization services to manage the full life cycle of customers’ data… Read more »

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The Fog: Direct VS Indirect Edge Computing

“Fog computing” has received an increased amount of attention in the IoT & IIoT communities. I briefly reviewed the Fog in “IoT & the Pervasive Nature of Fast Data & Apache… Read more »

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Dr. Frankenstein and Data Centers

I suppose not very many would think of data centers as being alive per se.  Maybe some of those 2nd shift facility operators might as they walk their lonely, contained… Read more »

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Nine Ways Sustainability Drives Profit

By now, most company executives recognize that sustainability must be integrated into their core strategy. Unfortunately, not many executives understand why—or, worse, they proudly wear some kind of sustainability PR… 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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Improve Your Electrical Distribution Maintenance Strategy

Electrical distribution equipment maintenance is crucial to safe, cost-effective operations. There are five major benefits to properly maintaining equipment: Protect personnel, assets, and your business Maximize uptime through preventive maintenance… Read more »

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The Year Ahead in Enterprise APM

In 2016 we saw the Enterprise APM market continue to evolve. In a tough economic year, more and more organizations leveraged the IIoT to maximize their economic return on assets,… Read more »

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