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Water Hammer: The “Belly Flop” of Piping Systems

by Mike Lehner, P.E. Water is a seemingly harmless thing, but in reality, it is quite a force to be reckoned with. Have you ever done a belly flop in a swimming pool and felt the pain afterwards? While the pain of a belly flop results from the surface tension of the water resisting your […]

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Adventures in Homebrew

by Shaun May, EIT If you drink beer, read on. If you truly love beer, like my colleague Ben and I, read on. But be forewarned, this tale is not about why you should love beer. This tale is about deepening a love that has already taken hold. A love brewing inside, bubbling, frothing, steeping. […]

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A Summer with Wood Harbinger

By Ethan Prehoda I was hired by Wood Harbinger this summer as a commissioning intern, with the opportunity to also work in the mechanical engineering department. As a junior in the mechanical engineering program at Michigan Technological University, this was my first engineering internship.

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My First Year as an Electrical Designer

by John Bourgeois I was hired at Wood Harbinger a little over a year ago. I was just coming off my rookie season with internships at CH2M Hill down in Corvallis, OR and Portland General Electric. With an Electrical Engineering degree from Oregon State University focused on power systems, I packed my bags just after […]

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Dollhouse Lighting Design: A Big Challenge for a Tiny Space

by Dee Thierry When I was young, my sisters and I would get a new dollhouse every year. Eventually my dad decided annual purchases was no longer feasible and instead set out to build a dollhouse for us. The result kept our family entertained for years!

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Strategic Coffee Planning

by Dee Theirry “Petroleum and coffee had no value a few centuries ago.” – Author Unknown Coffee Quality or Time to Brew? French Press or Vending? Drip or Pod? Permanent or Paper Filter? Ready Temperature or Temperature Over Time? Traditional Aged, Luwaked or Monsooned? As part of the preparation for our impending office move, we […]

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The Cost of Energy Conservation

by Jeff Yirak, P.E., CPMP, LEED AP BD+C, O+M We spend a lot of time emphasizing the role that energy consumers play in their electricity and natural gas consumption based on the choices they make. We design high-efficiency heating water systems with condensing boilers and complicated control systems, while specifying LED luminaires with automatic daylight […]

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Hunting Down a Solution to My Cold Bedroom Woes

by Jacob Odell It was a cold winter day when I noticed a heavy draft coming through the dog door and I got to thinking about how to stop it. But this is not the beginning of our story. The tale begins some years ago—never mind how long precisely—when my wife and I bought our […]

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An Engineer’s Guide to PC Builds

by Shaun May, EIT In addition to being a commissioning engineer at Wood Harbinger, I am a landscape photography hobbyist and freelancer. I aspire to capture the highest quality images of the most beautiful and rare natural moments… sunrises, sunsets, and the stars from remote locations, and in addition infuse digital art to bring the […]

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