Having our Say: Where We Share What We Learn in the Field

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 house. We noticed over time that the summers were always warmer and winters colder, particularly in our poorly built bedroom. So the fight against the cold has been waged for quite some time. Read More…

Video: 2017 ACEC Grand Conceptor Award – SR 520 Floating Bridge

Check out this fantastic video feature about the SR 520 Floating Bridge, released by ACEC National for the 2017 ACEC National Engineering Excellence Awards. The SR 520 Bridge project won ACEC’s  2017 Grand Conceptor Award.

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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 viewer into these visions. Pouring my heart and soul into this work, I strive to equip myself with top-of-the-line gear and to streamline my workflow. Read More…

New SR 520 floating bridge named America’s top engineering feat

The SR-520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge and Landings project won the 2017 “Grand Conceptor” Award at ACEC National’s 50th Anniversary Engineering Excellence Awards gala, held April 25, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

WSDOT released a statement celebrating the award, which coincides with the anniversary of the bridge’s first year in service. Read an excerpt from WSDOT’s article below, and on WSDOT’s website, here. Read More…

SR 520 Floating Bridge Wins ACEC National Grand Conceptor Award

The SR-520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge and Landings project won the 2017 “Grand Conceptor” Award at ACEC National’s 50th Anniversary Engineering Excellence Awards gala, held April 25, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

SR-520 Floating Bridge

Wood Harbinger provided the electrical and fire protection engineering as well as commissioning services for this project. We are so very proud of our involvement in this iconic public work! Congratulations to the full project team on this award achievement! Read More…

Save Your Data! Fire Protection for Data Centers

by Mike Lehner, P.E.

This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series.

microsoft-excel-file-error-data-may-have-been-lost-20120604-2Many of us have experienced the instant dread and gut-wrenching anguish of such an error message appearing on our computer screens, and escalating frustration as realization sets in; now you get to type that report all over again. Multiply those feelings by a few orders of magnitude and you get a small glimpse at what it’s like to be a data center operator facing a system outage event. It’s a 21st century nightmare. Read More…

Canary in the Computer Room: How Smoke Detection Systems Can Save the Day

by Mike Lehner, P.E.

This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series.

Data centers and computer server rooms play a pivotal role in an organization’s infrastructure. System failures can wreak havoc in lost time and money. A fire in a data center or server room is the ultimate bad day. Wouldn’t it be great to have a crystal ball and see trouble before it starts? Read More…

Tidal Energy: The New Sustainable Resource

by Matthew J. Woo, P.E., RCDD, LEED AP BD+C

This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series.

Identifying and implementing wide–scale, alternative-energy sources may be the greatest global imperative of our time. Why? We are in danger of damaging our earth’s atmosphere and water from global air pollution caused by carbon dioxide emissions and acid rain, exhausting our limited supply of natural resources (e.g. coal, oil, natural gas), and outgrowing the limited capacity of our power plants and electrical infrastructure. Read More…

The Next Frontier: Energy Storage

by Paul Greenwalt, EIT

This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series.

We have made great strides toward reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency in building equipment and systems. Revisions to energy codes and building standards, metrics like LEED, and the economic incentive of energy costs savings have helped forge this path. At the same time, electricity-driven technology will continue to become more ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives and more pervasive on a global scale, as populations grow and developing countries become more technological. As a result, our overall energy usage will rise. Read More…

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