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A Steel Ship and Iron Men: Catastrophy and Courage Aboard USS IWO JIMA

By Timothy C. Cummings In August 1990 an international coalition led by the United States began preparations for war. Called Operation Desert Shield, it involved the coordination and prepositioning of military forces that would be deployed in Desert Storm. One warship included in the buildup was USS IWO JIMA (LPH 2). She was a 30-year [...]

The Best of All Worlds for Efficiency and Sustainability

Over the past several decades, the term “automatic heating system” was lost in the cold, ash heap of time. Once in the vernacular of heating professionals, the term was conceived when oil took America’s heating systems by storm after M.A. Fessler invented the oil burner to take advantage of the crude oil that was seeping [...]

The Chiefs Salute Over 50 Years of Service Excellence

You can’t spend over a half century as a leader in your profession without impacting the entire industry in which you serve. So when we learned that Walter C. Dobson, the Chief Engineer at Citicorp Plaza was retiring after 54 years as a Stationary Engineer and Chief Engineer, we had to make a special trip [...]

New Technology Solves Age-Old Problems at Fort Sill

Built during the Indian Wars, Fort Sill served as the base of operations against Cheyenne, Comanche and Kiowa Indians. After decades of warring with “native hostiles,” it was there, on February 17, 1909, that Geronimo, the great Apache Indian chief, died of pneumonia. Today, Fort Sill is not only a National Historic Landmark, but also [...]

The Move Beyond Building Automation Systems to a More Secure Energy Infrastructure

By Brad Witter, EVP of Technology and Operations at Blue Pillar, Inc. Building Automation Systems (BAS) have long been touted as the end-all, be-all systems for facilities management and building operational needs. If it is not BAS, then supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems have been a preferred, alternative choice.