By E. Mitchell Swann, PE A hot topic in the industry today is the “Internet of Things” (IoT). The IoT is the use of “smart” devices, transmitters and systems to facilitate the real time transmission of information, control of equipment and optimized operation of systems; often including or via some Internet-based communication network. The objective
This year’s technical program at the ASHRAE Annual Meeting in beautiful St. Louis consists of sessions designed to inform industry professionals of advances in technology and practices. Mitch Swann, of MDC Systems, is involved in several of these enriching sessions. How to Predict the Long-Term Success of Your Green Design: The Five Characteristics that Determine
There are (at least) two patterns or trends rippling through the design and construction industry and they will leave indelible footprints or a busy superhighway to the place that projects will want to be. One of these trends involves the ‘product’ – the ‘what’ that we build. The other involves the ‘process’ – the ‘how’
E. Mitchell Swann, P.E., of MDC Systems® & James W. Haile Jr., C.P.M., of JWH & Associates
Over the past 9 – 12 months or so many parts of the world have been rocked by unforeseen events – “black swans” – which have called into question some of the ideas or principals we’ve centered much of our business planning around. Most notable of these in my mind is the Tohoku Japan earthquake and tsunami and the resulting Fukushima Nuclear Plant meltdown. One of the things that Tohoku did was take out a significant swath of Japan’s specialty automotive parts industry as the earthquake and tsunami affected regions were noted for being a hub for auto parts manufacturing for both Japanese and global car companies and those parts manufacturers were off line.
E. Mitchell Swann
Yup, yet another “sustainability” article. It seems that this subject just won’t die. No, it won’t. But organizations that don’t deal with the subject just might experience that result.
If you haven’t been keeping up on it, sustainability is about a lot more than eating nuts and berries, wearing wool sweaters and wearing sensible shoes. It’s about survival. That may sound rather stark – harsh even. But sustainability doesn’t have to be and if you think through it, it shouldn’t be. You can survive at many levels – from “just barely” to “high on the hog”. One is undesirable; the other is, well…unsustainable. So if you want your ‘going concern’ to continue going you need to consider how best to position and prepare yourself for a changing world.
E. Mitchell Swann, P.E.
Mold cases have become almost as prolific in the legal world as the little fuzzy devils themselves in the real world. Mold is a hot topic and claims associated with mold, mildew and related IAQ issues including EIFS leaks and failures have multiplied at an exponential rate. When faced with a mold claim, there are some basic steps that should be taken before dispatching the chlorine bleach strike force. You must keep in mind that mold is ubiquitous in the environment – it is the types and concentration levels that are key. The extent to which any given person will react negatively to a mold is extremely variable as well.