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What is the Difference Between VRF and VRV Air Conditioning?

Finding the right air conditioning system for your new building can be challenging. There are several available systems, and all the systems have their own benefits. A VRV (variable refrigerant volume) and VRF (variable refrigerant flow) air conditioning system is hyper-efficient and can effectively cool an entire building fast. But what is the difference between VRV and VRF? Let's dive in a little deeper to understand how a VRV and VRF system differ, and learn the many benefits to this technology.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Understanding Transparent Solar Cells

Exciting new research has opened the world to the possibility of a transparent solar cell. Being able to generate renewable solar energy from a transparent, or partially transparent glass-like substance, is quickly changing the way the world thinks about renewable energy. Let's take a look at just some new technologies that are creating a buzz in the renewable energy industries.

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Commercial Building Energy Audit

An energy audit is performed on an existing building to help identify energy saving measures throughout the structure. During an audit, every aspect of energy consumption is examined, ranging from the lighting used, to heat generation, to possible leaks in the duct work. The goal of an energy-efficient building is to reduce operating costs while encouraging environmentally friendly actions from the building’s inhabitants and owners. Let's take a closer look at an energy audit for a typical commercial building.

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Building Sustainable Data Centers

As technology needs continue to grow, bigger and more powerful data centers are needed to keep up with the growing demand. Data centers were once a black hole of energy inefficiency, but new approaches to data center design are quickly making these buildings sustainable. Below, let's examine just a few ways improved design can help create sustainable data centers.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Advances in Large Battery Storage

Renewable energy is quickly sweeping the globe with its overall efficiency, relatively low cost, and low impact on the environment. Renewable energy, though, has had a long-standing issue with the amount of energy provided. Typical applications do not allow excess energy to be stored and reused during high demand times, still forcing people to rely on inefficient systems or fossil fuels. However, recent battery developments have changed the way we think about renewable energy.

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Adam Beherns – Employee of the Month for March 2019

Adam Beherns (Electrical Engineering, Roseville Office) was recognized as Gausman & Moore’s March 2019 Employee of the Month.

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Understanding Hydroelectric Power

Any opportunity to use renewable power sources is a chance to offer safe, clean, and cheap energy compared to alternative sources. Hydroelectricity is just one of many sustainable options to provide power to an entire city or just a single building. Hydroelectricity comes in many forms and has several benefits. Below, let's examine hydroelectricity in more depth.

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Mo Sannan – Employee of the Month for February 2019

Mo Sannan (Electrical Engineering, Los Angeles Office) was recognized as Gausman & Moore’s February 2019 Employee of the Month.

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Communication Keys for Successful Electrical Installation

Throughout any construction project, there are many moving parts. The client, of course, has a say in the design and overall construction to make sure his or her objectives are accomplished. To do so, many parts of the design and construction team must work together to achieve the overall goal. This is no different for electrical engineers working on a project. Below, we will examine the many ways an electrical engineer must interface with the various teams that work on a building to create a successful project.

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Exploring the Field of Sustainable Electrical Engineering

Typically, the engineer focuses on creating and improving innovative or renewable energy sources for electricity. This can come in the form of new solar power techniques and design, or ways to return renewable power back to the energy grid.

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Building Your Professional Engineering Network

It turns out the saying, "It is all about who you know" is very true. Nearly 85% of all open positions are filled by networking. A professional network is a support system of colleagues and friends you have interacted with and worked with over the years. The network can include college classmates or simply people you met for lunch at a nearby office.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Low-Voltage Systems

Low-voltage power systems are integrated power systems in buildings that can run on either AC or DC current. The ranges of a low-voltage system are anything less than 49 volts for AC and anything less than 120 volts for DC. Comparatively, a normal voltage system ranges from 50 - 1000 volts for AC and anywhere from 120 to 1500 volts for DC. Low-voltage systems are intended to run specific applications and can end up saving energy and money.

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Creating your Engineering Portfolio

You might expect an artist or a photographer to keep a portfolio of his or her past projects and works. When going to a new client or potential job interview, the portfolio helps show what the artist is capable of. Having an engineering portfolio is no different. Putting together a portfolio can help you get your engineering certificate or even your next promotion. Below, we take a closer look at what should be included in an engineering portfolio.

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The Importance of Arc Flash Studies

An arc flash occurs when electricity jumps between two points in an electrical circuit. You may see this when you flip a light switch in a dark room. On a small scale, arc flashes are harmless. However, when arc flashes occur on large electrical systems or on industrial electric machinery, arc flashes can be quite dangerous and even deadly.

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Required Engineering Skills NOT Taught in the Classroom

Having an engineering degree is a huge accomplishment. It means you’ve spent countless hours learning in the classroom and even more hours at home completing homework, studying, and designing projects. It can be quite a shock entering the workplace for the first time, especially when you learn that not all the skills required for success are taught in the classroom. Below, we take a look at three pivotal skills required for a successful engineering career.

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