Distance Learning: Tips for the Remote Instructor

The current circumstances differ from the typical distance learning scenario in that everyone, including the instructor, is remote. Best practices for video conferencing apply. Teachers also have to consider how the remote format will affect their teaching style. Using the Chat Function For teachers who use the Socratic method, it doesn’t work so well to ask … Read more

Don’t Forget to Commission Your Technology Systems

Building commissioning (Cx) is a relatively new but now frequently used quality assurance method. Owners typically contract a certified commissioning authority (CxA) to perform independent oversight of engineered systems, ideally through conception, design, procurement, functional testing, acceptance, warranty, and one year of operation. Independent from the design engineer, a CxA flags issues or opportunities for improvement … Read more

ERRCS, DAS: iBwave Should be Part of the Design Process

iBwave is a software that allows engineers to predictively model how wireless signals, from cellular, to WiFi, to radio walkie talkie, will propagate through a building. This informs the design of distributed antenna systems (DAS) and emergency responder radio communication systems (ERRCS). While iBwave was first released in 2003, we have seen increasing demand for its … Read more

Why You Shouldn’t Try to Build The Hospital of the Future

We began working on our first big healthcare project in 2005: the $900-million Palomar Pomerado Hospital Expansion in San Diego. The hospital leadership held a visioning session with expert speakers from technology manufacturers about what “the hospital of the future” would be like. Experts described robots roaming the corridors, voice-controlled technology replacing keyboards, and video screens … Read more

Lobby Security: Making a Welcoming Experience

Co-authored by Jarod Stockdale We’ve all experienced the scenario of entering the lobby of a commercial office building and finding ourselves bouncing around between security stations that feel designed to ensure you arrive at your destination 20 minutes late and exasperated. Technology can seem like the necessary evil, but if designed and coordinated properly, it can … Read more

The Three C’s for Cost Savings in Data Center Design and Construction

We’ve watched data center projects become fragmented into separate technology system packages that are designed by different designers and then installed by different contractors. This can result in system clashes, construction coordination issues, and commissioning issues that impact the project schedule and budget. Collaboration, convergence, and construction administration are the three C’s to keep data center … Read more