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Ever growing demands
In recent months, I have had conversations with several different people about the ever growing demands put upon consulting engineers. Sadly, engineering fees have not gone up commensurate with these demands. The theory of entropy holds that there is an ever increasing state of ... >> More

Heads in the clouds
Architects seem to relish creating difficulty for the sprinkler folks, particularly when it comes to ceilings. Not happy with a perfectly good smooth flat ceiling, they must transform it into the Sistine Chapel. Years ago, it was vaulted and soffited ceilings. After hours spent trying to get ... >> More

The fast rail
The railroad system has been a key part of the evolution of the U.S. However, our passenger rail system is lagging behind many other developed nations. Today, an Amtrak train from Denver to Chicago can be more expensive than flying and the trip can take over 18 hours. ... >> More

Hot water system temperatures and the codes
I have noticed a lot of misquoting of the plumbing codes when it comes to hot water system temperatures and hot water system controls. There are a lot of people that think the model plumbing codes address domestic hot water system maximum storage ... >> More

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