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Midland, MI, United States

Stansfield T.,Consulting Inc. | Verner D.,SSOE Group
Industrial Engineer | Year: 2010

The modern healthcare management team must accept the challenge of new facility design that allows medical professionals to deliver quality care and allows a process of continuous improvement for our healthcare systems. The various flows of patients, professionals, staff, and visitors, materials, into and out of a healthcare facility is the major driver of all decisions the team evaluates during the facility design process. Analysis of all of the flows of the current facility offered insight and specific design changes that greatly enhanced the new facility design. Objective identification, measurement and understanding of current performance factors that will impact the design of the new healthcare facility can be provided by an experienced IE working with other members of the design team. Understanding perceptions and performance, getting medical professionals appropriately involved, drive team input through performance measurement and data, simple design, timely team education, and design for flexibility are some of the factors that must be considered while designing a medical facility.

Reese C.,SSOE Group | Taylor B.,Midland Engineering
Hydrocarbon Processing | Year: 2012

More recently, OSHA has developed special emphasis programs to target specific industries, notably the petroleum refining and chemical industries, and enhanced its auditing processes and inspection priorities. © 2011 Hydrocarbon Processing.

Rossler G.,SSOE Group
Glass International | Year: 2011

The comprehensive planning of a float glass furnace cold repair project minimizes the risk of problems during start-up and optimizes the downtime. The effective planning requires an effective safety plan that involves defining critical work areas and safety zones and communicates it to all necessary plant and contractor staff in advance of any construction activity. Signs indicating safety zones should be posted prior to pre-shutdown activities, which is also the appropriate time to begin holding project safety meetings. The safety plan should identify all electrical, air, natural gas, and other process and utility feeds in areas scheduled for demolition or other work. Other components of the planning are proper scheduling, staging areas that should be assigned to each contractor and efficient procurement and inventory, which involves identifying materials with long lead times and those that may be difficult to obtain. The project team should check out electrical panels to the farthest extent possible at the panel shop before shipping.

Bowers G.,SSOE Group
HPAC Heating, Piping, AirConditioning Engineering | Year: 2014

VAV reheat systems once were convenient and made good economic sense for use with high air-change rates. Today, stretching VAV designs to address the competing motives of good ventilation and energy savings can be complex and expensive. By combining a DOAS with an inherently efficient heating and cooling system, such as VRF, a system designer can find system efficiencies that go far beyond those commonly achieved with VAV with terminal heat. Designers would be well-served to break through to the new DOAS paradigm and consider supplementing their DOAS with VRF. Such systems take advantage of VRF's inherent energy recovery, better controllability, ease of design coordination, and reduced space requirements. In addition to simplifying system design and operation, the use of DOAS/VRF, in lieu of old-style VAV reheat, provides "greener" systems by reducing both energy use and overall life-cycle cost.

Fitzpatrick T.,SSOE Group
HPAC Heating, Piping, AirConditioning Engineering | Year: 2014

The major- and area-source boiler rules are here to stay. There is no one-size-fits-all compliance option. Facility owners need to review their options carefully and develop a strategy that best fits their unique situations while taking into consideration many factors, including capital expenditures, operating costs, and the likelihood of more stringent environmental regulations in the future.

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