The Shocking World of Electrical Engineering

The Shocking World of Electrical Engineering

DID YOU KNOW? #funfactfriday

Electrical engineering is one of the several engineering disciplines that Encorus Group offers. We have licensed Professional Engineers and junior staff members with a diverse range of experience in the electrical engineering field. Electrical engineering is necessary in any project that involves electrical energy. It is heavily involved in both the design of new buildings and the renovating of existing spaces. The electrical engineering discipline is broad and can range anywhere from the design of commercial lighting to the complete rebuilding of building electrical systems. It also influences almost every other element of a design – HVAC systems, building automation systems, boilers, and other mechanical systems all require electricity to function.

Encorus has assisted clients from a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, industrial, energy, nuclear, and private clients. The first focus of the engineers at Encorus Group is the safety of our clients, and we provide this by offering failure/origin and cause investigations, hazard mitigation plans, Arc Flash Analysis, code compliance reviews, and Hazard Operations Reviews, in addition to designing safety upgrades to existing systems.

Encorus’ experienced staff can offer engineering, design, and field support services on control systems (hardwired, PLC, etc.), PLC and HMI software programming, medium/low voltage distribution systems (transformers, switchgear, switchboards, panelboards, motor control centers, UPS systems, and generator systems), raceway systems, ground grid systems, variable frequency drives (VFDs), protective device coordination studies, load flow studies, short-circuit studies, arc flash studies, efficiency studies, forensic engineering evaluations, database design, and instrument and equipment tagging.

If your company is in need of Electrical Engineering services, please contact Director of Design Services Thomas R. Gilmartin, PE, PMP, LEED AP, at (716) 592-3980 ext 124 or at tgilmartin@encorus.com.

Fun Fact Friday: Underground Storage Tank Closures

Fun Fact Friday: Underground Storage Tank Closures

DID YOU KNOW? #funfactfriday

Underground Storage Tank Closures

One of the services that Encorus Group provides through our Environmental Services Team is monitoring underground storage tank (UST) closure procedures. When a storage tank located underground is no longer needed or no longer intended for continued usage it is required to undergo closure operations per regulatory requirements. The tanks must be emptied and then either removed or filled with inert materials (i.e., cement grout, concrete, etc.), depending on site conditions and restrictions.

There are three UST closure operations that can be utilized depending on the situation: placed in temporary out-of-service condition, closure-in-place, or total removal. It is important to adhere to the closure procedures to maintain proper environmental and safety standards, and to be in compliance with regulatory requirements.

Placing an UST in temporary out-of-service condition occurs when an UST has been emptied and is intended to be refilled with a controlled substance within a predetermined period of time. The closure-in-place operation involves filling the UST with a solid material that will not shrink or change form in any way. In some cases, the tank can be subject to a type of closure-in-place procedure called a change in service, where the type of substance that is stored in the tank is changed to an unregulated substance. The removal operation is performed by removing the entire UST from the ground (permanently out-of-service).  Monitoring of the closure operations requires scanning of the excavated and remaining soils, removal of evidence of subsurface impact (e.g., staining, odors, spillage), collection of soil samples for confirmatory laboratory analyses, and evaluation to regulatory clean-up requirements for efficacy of the closure operations.  Final closure is attained when the regulatory agency is provided with an UST Closure Report and that agency has confirmed that all closure operations and requirements have been attained.

If you are in need of UST Closure services, please contact Senior Geologist Andrew Kucserik at (716) 592-3980 ext 149 or akucserik@encorus.com.

Meet the MI Team – Greg Moritz

Meet the MI Team – Greg Moritz

Greg Moritz is an Encorus Mechanical Integrity Project Manager. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering from the University at Buffalo and 15 years of experience in the inspection field.  Greg’s certifications include API 570 – Process Piping Inspector, API 653 – Storage Tank Inspector, STI SP001 – Storage Tank Inspector, and PA DEP – Storage Tank Inspector.  Greg has travelled across the country performing mechanical integrity inspections for clients including Praxair, GE, GHD, Cummins, Nexeo, and Van De Mark Chemical.  He is the lead person for the majority of Encorus’s Praxair projects.  Call Greg at 716.592.3980, ext. 147 for your inspection needs.

Encorus Group: Engineering Detectives

Encorus Group: Engineering Detectives

DID YOU KNOW #funfactfriday

Encorus Group: Engineering Detectives

We are going to shift gears a bit for this week’s article and take a look at Encorus’s Design Group. Many people are familiar with the common types of engineering: civil, electrical, mechanical, environmental, structural, and so on. But one discipline that might not be so widely known is forensic engineering, also referred to as investigative engineering.

Forensic engineering can be anything that requires an investigation into the origin and cause of a structure or object’s malfunction. These investigations and subsequent engineering reports are conducted by licensed professional engineers. This type of engineering is more common than most people may think. Insurance companies often call upon professional engineers to investigate claims that people make for some type of damage to their house or building structure. Professional engineers are brought in to analyze the situation and determine if the insurance claim is legitimate, who should pay for the damage, and the possibility and scope of repair. Property owners, plant managers, and others may also request forensic engineering services

Weather-related events such as wind, ice, hail, and snow are frequently the cause of structural damage. Foundation shifting, roof damage, burst pipes, electrical malfunctions, and other structural and equipment issues can be subject to a forensic engineering investigation in order to determine the cause of damage.  Fire origin investigations are also common in forensic engineering, in addition to the evaluation of the structural integrity of the building or area involved in the fire.  Equipment failures or malfunctions can also be investigated.

Encorus Group has several licensed professional engineers on staff who have experience performing forensic investigations. If you are in need of forensic engineering services, call Tara Lowry at 716.592.3980, ext. 120 or email tlowry@encorus.com.

 

Welcome Jerry Sullivan!

Welcome Jerry Sullivan!

Encorus is pleased to announce the addition of Gerald P. Sullivan, PE, to our Team.  Jerry is a Senior Structural Engineer with over 30 years of experience in construction and engineering, and he is licensed in several states.  His areas of expertise include large-scale commercial and mixed-use building design, bleacher and grandstand design, bridge inspection and design, municipal water tank design and inspection, demolition structural support engineering, and existing structure condition reporting and rehabilitation design.  Welcome to the Team, Jerry!