Thought Leadership

Safety Takeaways from the Highly-Regulated Nuclear Industry

By Ellen Messer Wright, CHP Some of the most complex and technically challenging projects in the highly-regulated nuclear industry are those that require both industrial hygiene and radiation protection controls. Every task must be managed with considerable care and planning to prevent the potential for human or environmental harm. While the project complexity may be … Continue reading Safety Takeaways from the Highly-Regulated Nuclear Industry

Upgrading Critical Systems: Resolving Big Issues in Small Places

By Nathan Geffre, PE When it comes to the upgrade, retrofit or expansion of critical building systems, the biggest challenge is often combining the old with the new. It doesn’t matter whether you’re dealing with systems in an industrial setting, or on a large, multi-faceted campus, or in a single high-rise building … the difficulties … Continue reading Upgrading Critical Systems: Resolving Big Issues in Small Places

Managing NORM/TENORM in Unconventional Gas Operations

By Alan Fellman, PhD, CHP While a large majority of radioactive material licensing requirements are driven by the federal government’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the disposal of naturally occurring radionuclides is not. Unlike radioactive materials used to fuel nuclear reactors, or those made in reactors or accelerators, Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) and Technologically Enhanced Naturally … Continue reading Managing NORM/TENORM in Unconventional Gas Operations

The Integrated Master Plan Approach to Utility Development and Energy Management

By Stacey Ayuthia, PE, LEED AP, Campus Utilities Practice Development Leader, NV5 Building, Energy & Science Division Ideally, every utility system should have the flexibility to maintain a proper balance of utility operations and customers’ needs yet adapt to changing service parameters (e.g., energy price trends, renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions, etc.). Utility development must … Continue reading The Integrated Master Plan Approach to Utility Development and Energy Management

The Best Disaster Recovery Defense … is a Formidable Offense

Natural and manmade disasters caused $92 billion in damage around the world in 2015.1 In that year, there were 198 natural catastrophes—the highest ever recorded in one year—with 155 manmade events. If a disaster occurs near you, are you ready? Do you have an emergency response and management plan in place? In the event of … Continue reading The Best Disaster Recovery Defense … is a Formidable Offense