Infrastructure Management

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

1 Comment

Secure Power Beyond the Data Center

In today’s digital world, when we think about problems around power interruptions, the systems that are top of mind for many of us are information technology (IT) systems, meaning everything… Read more »

5 Comments

Designing ITS Infrastructure for Migration to Smart City

It has been widely recognized that our cities will thrive with not only physical infrastructure development but also with intellectual and social infrastructure which requires the use of latest Information… Read more »

16 Comments

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 »

Leave a comment

Managing baseball and utility infrastructure: it’s all in the field

OK, it’s baseball time of the year, and I thought about team management putting players’ numbers to work to get the best game they can. Maybe it’s a stretch to… Read more »

1 Comment

Discussing the Creation of Grid-Connected Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure at CEM-4

During last week’s Clean Energy Ministerial that was held  in New Delhi (CEM-4), Anil Chaudhary, Schneider’s Managing Director and Country President, Greater India, participated in the round table on electric vehicles …. Read more »

2 Comments

Runners and marathon lovers: What you should know about Smart Cities

As tens of thousands of marathon runners and hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world converge on the city of Paris, it prompts us to reflect on… Read more »

4 Comments

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 »

1 Comment

The Electrical Distribution System: A Ticking Time Bomb?

When was the last time you went to your building basement or to the ground floor and checked the Electrical Distribution System of your building? Or let’s start by asking,… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

Data Center Modernization: A Plan for How Much to Outsource

In order to remain competitive, businesses have to modernize their data centers either to reflect changing marketplace conditions or to accommodate shifting company business goals. That means aging data centers… Read more »

Leave a comment

Four Strategies for Modernizing Aging Buildings

Aging Facilities Part 3: Four Effective Strategies for Modernization This is the third blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of… Read more »

Leave a comment

How to Justify Hospital Power Infrastructure Investments to Corporate Executives

In healthcare facilities, business growth and enhanced patient care are often fueled by technology innovation. According to hospital C-suite executives polled for Premier’s Fall 2015 Economic Outlook survey, more than… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

UV lighting for water treatment: taking reliability to the highest level

While there is plenty of material aimed at the water and waste water (WWW) industry explaining the workings of ultraviolet (UV) disinfection water treatment systems, there is relatively little information… Read more »

Leave a comment

IT and OT: Allies or Adversaries?

Can IT and OT get along? It’s one of the pressing questions facing the business world as the Internet of Things, or IoT, drumbeat grows louder. As the two essential… Read more »

Leave a comment

Updating the Sagrada Familia: Why a World-Famous Church Needs a Micro Data Center solution

We often talk about the need for data centers to scale and be flexible in order to meet business needs and, even though Sagrada Familia is not what we would… Read more »

Leave a comment

A Data Center Architecture Hack, Inspired by and Encompassing the Open Compute Project

When I first heard the term “hacking” from folks at the Open Compute Project (OCP), I was a little confused – what does that mean, “hacking”? Is it some play… Read more »

Leave a comment

The Missing ‘Second Cities’

I live in Bangalore and the time taken by me to commute to office and reach back home has been painfully increasing in the last few years. Bangalore is now… Read more »

Leave a comment

3 Strategies for Addressing Healthcare Facility “Meaningful Use” Regulatory Challenges

Across the globe, governments are pressuring healthcare systems stakeholders to embrace more modern approaches to managing patients’ health information. In the US, the term “meaningful use” represents the incentive program… Read more »

Leave a comment

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 »

Leave a comment

Making Your Case

Become a Venture Capitalist to Fund Your Projects We are facility people. We like nothing more than opening a panel and looking for those loose connections or programming the controller… Read more »

Leave a comment

Energy Savings Performance Contracts are Starting to Snowball

With funding frequently an issue in federal government data center consolidations, it’s no surprise that creative means of paying for these projects are getting more attention. Perhaps the most interesting… Read more »

Leave a comment