CSE Magazine Survey – Did you know this?

Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine conducted a recent survey and confirmed some things that I already suspected, but this survey also brought up some other interesting bits of news. When asked about the “#1 challenge engineers face”, as you might expect, the overwhelming answer was “Inadequate budget for good design”.  This is a typical challenge for most of what … Read more

Generator Specifications and Data Sheets – Quick Links

Looking for product data sheets and specifications for industrial emergency generators?  Here are some quick links to get you started with the information that you need.  These links are manufacturer-direct and should present the latest data available.  When in doubt, call your local sales rep to confirm that you are in fact using the latest data applicable to your project. … Read more

How to Prevent a Fuel Overflow Condition in a Fuel Day Tank.

Hospitals, data centers and similar mission-critical buildings rely on their facility’s fuel system to keep their central energy plant running. Due to their sheer size, facility fuel systems can become complex, as many of them now incorporate multiple fuel storage tanks, redundant fuel transfer systems, and multiple fuel day tanks serving large diesel generators.  In an environment where fuel is flowing in such large volumes, … Read more

Separately Derived Systems and 4 Pole Transfer Switches – When and Why?

When reviewing emergency power system designs, I am sometimes asked about 4-pole transfer switches.  The typical question is “when should I use them?“, followed quickly by “why should I use them?“. Since each project is likely to have special circumstances that make a generic answer impossible, this article focuses instead on providing the basic sources of information that should allow you … Read more