31.71 Miles of Overhead Transmission Lines

At Indian Head Naval Base, one of the area’s largest military bases by size at 3,500 acres, Summer Consultants was tasked with conducting a study of the existing overhead medium voltage power distribution system. This required the team, including myself, to literally walk (with some driving) the entire base – through woods, rain, and the… Read More

4 Teams, 18 Sites, 3 Weeks

At Summer Consultants there is never a “typical” job.  Last spring/summer we surveyed and wrote the RFPs for the replacement of fire alarm systems at 18 Army Reserve Centers throughout the Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia region.  The locations varied from a reserve center in Alexandria, Virginia (the backyard of our headquarters) to Franklin,… Read More

Chilled Water Piping Corrosion

When designing new systems or upgrades to existing systems, we are focused on equipment and system selection to prevent corrosion of the interior of hydronic piping systems. While this is important for system longevity, in real life there are widespread vapor barrier failures in almost every chilled water system, leading to leaks and failures caused… Read More

Reports from the field: boiler survey

Recently on a job, I had the opportunity to experience and gain some first-hand knowledge about large industrial water tube boilers.  I went on a field survey with our “Boiler Guru”, Pete, and gained my first experience being inside a boiler.  This boiler was built and installed in 1961 and is dual fuel, meaning that… Read More