Creating a Comprehensive Employee Development Program: A Case Study

By Conduit
Once Upon a Time at HP&D In 2018, Hood Patterson & Dewar (HP&D) was struggling with the same concerns many companies encounter as they expand: how do you retain the culture that made you a success while transferring knowledge to new employees? Our leaders realized we needed a comprehensive employee development program to address these concerns, but they were unsure how to start. They decided to bring in a dedicated employee who could focus on...
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Rely on your Relays: Best Testing Practices

By Conduit

Relay Testing Background Nearly all complex relays installed today are microprocessor-based. Relays no longer use a disk and magnetic fields to determine the overload condition, instead they rely on complex circuitry, programming, and user input settings to protect the facility. Each relay manufacturer utilizes different programming interfaces and languages and offers varying levels of customization. The various functions utilize an input (current, power, voltage, frequency) with or without a directional element to trigger a user-defined pick-up….

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OSHA Program Designed to “Beat the Heat”

By Conduit
When OSHA launched the first-ever National Emphasis Program (NEP) on heat hazards in April of this year, the Hood Patterson & Dewar Safety & Health Services Team was way ahead of the curve. In the summer of 2021, our Safety Director and Safety Manager created special training for our employees on heat-related illness and emergency responses when they hosted “Summer Safety: Beat the Heat” Lunch & Learn. Their goal was for employees to be empowered...
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Data Center Construction: Why Standardization & Integration are Important

By Conduit

Data center owners want their new facilities to be completed on time, on budget, and operating as intended. This doesn’t seem like a particularly difficult task – except it is. Ask most people involved in data center construction, and they can give you tales of woe about projects gone wrong. All construction follows a similar path to completion: the owner identifies the need and budgets for a new facility, hires a design engineer, and awards…

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Data Center Miscoordination: A Case Study

By Conduit

The NEC requires over current protective devices (OCPD) to protect cables from overheating and catching fire which is achieved using long-time (LT) breaker settings. The NEC also provides guidance on ground fault (GF) and ground fault delay (GFD) settings. Additional settings on OCPDs include long-time delay (LTD), short-time (SD), short-time delay (STD), and instantaneous (I), which can be adjusted and coordinated to protect personnel and equipment from dangerous fault currents. If the only goal was…

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Fit for Life? Avoid Equipment Failures

By Conduit

Fitness centers are busy at the start of each new year as people renew their commitments to health and fitness with the help of sophisticated electronic equipment such as treadmills, exercise bikes, and stair climbers. One such facility contacted us desperate for help with repeated electrical problems, including variable frequency drive (VFD) failures, fitness equipment control screens locking up and requiring frequent reboots, and physical damage to electronic components requiring replacement. Building managers frequently blame…

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HP&D Named Certified Commissioning Firm

By Conduit, HP&D in the News

Hood Patterson & Dewar (HP&D) is pleased to announce our status as a Certified Commissioning Firm (CCF). Organizations that hold the CCF designation stand out among competitors as experts – with the determination and ability to provide premier services to clients and the commitment to the advancement of the practice of commissioning. Established in 2002, the Building Commissioning Association (BCA) established the BCCB as a committee to oversee the process of creating a commissioning certification.    Established in 1982, HP&D is…

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Substation Safety: What Will You “Settle” For?

By Conduit

Hilton Mills, HP&D grounding specialist, was presenting at a technical conference about best practices for testing substation grounding systems. During his presentation, he stated that after a ground grid is freshly installed, it will take some time for the voids in the soil to compress, providing a good connection between the ground grid conductors and the soil. Immediately after installation, these voids can cause higher than designed (calculated) impedance, touch, and step values, which should…

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Hood Patterson & Dewar Named 2021 Commissioning Giant

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For the third consecutive year, Hood Patterson & Dewar is pleased to be in the top tier of the 25 firms recognized on the Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s  2021 Commissioning Giants list. HP&D reported a commissioning revenue of $27.2 million. The magazine’s report is based on the annual commissioning revenue of firms of all levels, including new or existing buildings, whole building, recommissioning, monitoring-based, fire protection systems, building enclosure (envelope), emergency power systems, retro-commissioning, and communications systems….

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