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Ringling Bros. to enhance safety for all aerial acts after settlement agreement.

Ringling Bros. To Enhance Safety For Aerial Acts

Ringling Bros. To Enhance Safety For Aerial Acts

Ringling Bros. to enhance safety for all aerial acts after settlement agreement.

Professional Development: Not Your Father’s Metal Building

Advancements in construction and performance have expanded the reach of this material. From the July 2013 issue.

From The Archives: Niels Diffrient — A Balanced Approach To Design

Niels Diffrient died on June 8, 2013 at the age of 84. This Q&A from the Today's Facility Manager archives illustrates how one of the top human factors designers came from humble beginnings to sprout impressive roots. It has been retrieved in his honor. From the October 2002 issue.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Like Sands Through The Hourglass

An illusionist/scientist who goes by the Internet name of Brusspup has updated the Chladni experiment and posted an impressive video that demonstrates the impact of sound waves.

NEMA Publishes Instructions For Medium Voltage Electric Fire Pump Controllers

NEMA has published NEMA ICS 15.1-2012, Instructions for the Handling, Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of Medium Voltage Electric Fire Pump Controllers Rated Not More Than 7200V.

ASCE Report Card Gives America’s Infrastructure D+

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) releases a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. This year, there is little to celebrate once again, as the overall grade rises from D (in 2009) to D+ (in 2013).

ASHRAE Launches New Terminology Site – ASHRAEwiki

Common definitions for terms found in ASHRAE standards and other publications can now be found at a new website from the Society.

Celebrate National Engineers Week: February 17-23, 2013

The role of engineers is perhaps one of the most misunderstood in society, which is it why it's important to recognize more than 1.8 million US engineers for their achievements. National Engineers Week (February 17-23, 2013) celebrates the achievements of past, present, and future.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Engineering A Sense Of Humor

This Friday Funny features a collection of clever jokes for and about engineers. And with an intro like that, who can resist?

ASHRAE Launches New Student Engineering Challenge

A new student design competition from ASHRAE is focused on taking advantage of today’s technology to provide simple, affordable solutions that benefit people around the world.

Friday Funny: Yo! Engineering Gets Even Cooler

Wanna be cool? Impress your fellow engineers with this hit YouTube rap all about particle physics. Don't forget to share it with your friends!

FRIDAY FUNNY: Engineering As Infographic

This Friday Funny comes from John Haydon, social media consultant and astute observer. Infographics are extremely popular these days, and Haydon has come up with this one to sum up what he calls "The Ultimate Flowchart For Engineers." Since many facility management professionals have engineering instincts at the very least (many actually have formal engineering training and/or work as licensed engineers), this seemed like an appropriate item.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Johnny CAN Read, And Engineers Prove It

This feel good story explains how local engineering firms have sponsored reading/mentoring projects as part of the Engineering Better Readers program developed by the Engineers' Leadership Foundation.

Celebrate National Engineers Week

National Engineers Week (February 19-25) celebrates the contributions that engineers make to our society and encourages engineering as a career path among young students by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science.

New Employment Partnership Supports Diversity

NSBE and Johnson Controls join forces to advance the environmental goals of both organizations and support future employment opportunities for diverse engineering talent.

Higher Education Case Study: The Tip Of The Iceberg

Begun in January of 1998 and completed in April of 2001, the five story, 106,000 square foot Chemical Sciences Laboratory of San Diego State University (SDSU) was a $29.5 million project. From the October 2002 issue.


Every year, architects and engineers compete to see which team can build the most spectacular structure using little more than cans of food. After the competition is over, the cans are donated to a charitable food bank.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Faster Than A Speeding Sofa!

For those of us with furniture that just sits around doing nothing, it's time to get cracking on a new record!

FRIDAY FUNNY: Bent Objects

Engineers are great at putting things together and taking them apart. Put a paper clip in the hands of an engineer, and it can...

ASHRAE Recognizes Outstanding Achievements

Numerous awards and announcements are being made during ASHRAE's 2011 Winter Conference being held this week in Las Vegas.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Smash Hit For Science!!!

After discovering that a large number of people involved in CERN projects are accomplished musicians, ATLAS has taken the amazing step of recording and releasing an album.

Flood Map Experts Needed by FEMA

The National Institute of Building Sciences is seeking qualified scientific and technical professionals from the public, private, and academic sectors to serve on Scientific Resolution Panels (SRPs).

FRIDAY FUNNY: Watch Your Step…

Staircases are just staircases, right? Well, not always. Sometimes, a clever designer taps the talents of a diligent engineer, and the results can be pretty impressive.

ASHRAE Publishes Update to Principles of HVAC

The new resource contains the most current ASHRAE procedures and definitive, yet easy to understand, treatment of building HVAC systems, from basic principles through design and operation.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Engineering Ingenuity

It's the end of Summer '09, and people are starting to get back to reality. Kids are going back to school, manufacturing is gearing up for a tenuous economic recovery, and engineers are doing what they do best--"MacGyver"-ing whatever they can to keep things chugging along.

Professional Development: Reduce Change Orders To Add Resources

Columnist R. Don Hensley explains how Quality Management Plans can help minimize expensive changes. From the Ap-ril 2006 issue.

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