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Paper Production

Paper Production Even in today’s world of electronic communications and the “paperless office”, paper and paper products are a significant material in all of our lives. The value of paper products, such as bathroom tissue and paper towels was evident to anyone looking to find these products during...

Sour Grapes

Here in Northern California, we find ourselves fortunate to live in the middle of Wine Country. Within a few miles of our homes, we find ourselves among rolling hillside vineyards and a multitude of wineries and tasting rooms. This proximity has resulted in our involvement with losses in the wine...

Gensets

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Chris S. Spies, P.E.

While the term generator often refers to a device that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy, more often than not what we refer to as generators are actually a combination of an internal combustion engine and an alternator.

Birds Did This?

Cody E. Tarbell, P.E.

Cody E. Tarbell, P.E.

Recently, EDT was asked to investigate the roof of a hotel property. Representatives of the hotel owner showed EDT the “large hail damage” they had found. However, hail damage is not what was discovered.

Sleeping Apples

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Kenneth R. Ridings, P.E.

Have you ever wondered how you can buy apples in the store in wintertime when you know apples ripen in the summer? How can that be? Well, shortly after they are picked in the summer months they are put to sleep. They hibernate until the grocery stores need them in other months of the year and they...

Refrigeration Simplified

I was relaxing with a friend discussing the week we had, and I mentioned my examination of a facility with a pretty sophisticated refrigeration system that had some issues. My friend said he didn’t know anything about refrigeration and did not want to know, but being a good friend, he listened...

Hydroelectric Dams

A while back, I was lucky enough to drive the full length of the Columbia River Gorge on a crisp spring morning. For those of you not familiar with this iconic geographical area, it is beyond bucket list worthy. Cut into the Cascade Mountains by the Columbia River and located just east of Portland...

Gas Turbines - A Brief History Lesson

What is a gas turbine? Let's first look at an engine that most of us know well; the gas engine in your car. In a gasoline reciprocating engine, the piston compresses the air fuel mixture, the mixture is ignited and the expanding gases push the piston inside the cylinder, the exhaust is purged from...

Roof Collapse

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Charles E. Whitley, P.E.

In a perfect world of consulting engineering, every investigation would result in a single, concise cause of damage to the product, structure, or system under investigation. In the real world, this rarely happens.