Two Easy Steps to Improve Your Emergency Generator Designs


Discombobulated [dis-kuh m-bob-yuh-leyt-ed]
1. Confused; disconcerted; upset; frustrated
ex. The engineering team was discombobulated by all of the emergency generator design challenges.

Keeping up with emergency generators and their ever-changing engine technologies can be quite daunting. Add all of the ancillary systems and code requirements, and a seemingly simple project can quickly take a life of its own. The good news is that you do not have to go at it alone!

Here are two simple steps that will help you develop a reliable and coordinated emergency generator system for your next project.

Step #1 – Visit! is a technical blog with articles addressing many of the day-to-day design challenges that MEP engineers face. Whether you are working on a transfer switch scheme, or a sophisticated fuel delivery system for multiple generators, the articles on will communicate best-practices and new technologies that may be a good fit for your project.

Step #2 – Need one-on-one support? Call for help!

Technical articles are great, but if you are working on a sizable project, you will want to engage with someone to discuss specific needs and design details. I encourage you to reach out to me for these in-depth reviews. It is very likely that I have worked on a similar design, a will be able to help you:

  • Develop conceptual plans to outline the major building blocks for the required system(s).
  • Work across disciplines, and with your preferred engine-generator supplier, to bring separate elements into a coordinated system.
  • Write technical specifications that match the corresponding plans. This is often overlooked, and results in dozens of questions during the bid process, or worse, during construction!
  • Prepare for an AHJ/permit review, by anticipating the basic items that the City/County/AHJ requires. And, if you do get some comments from the AHJ, get help with corrections and responses.

Designing an emergency generator system does not have to be a stressful task. Reach out to, and David Hurtado. Based on feedback from my clients, I am confident that these steps will make your job a lot easier.

Get your best design started now!

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