Apr 20, 2018 | Written by Linda Kronoff | Culturally Different, Social Mission, zz Service Day Vermont

How to become an engineer

“Intellectually curious engineers never stop learning.”

By the time they enter high school many students have an idea of what they want to be when they grow up, which path to follow after school and what career choices might be of interest. Participating in high school career education events will give


Apr 19, 2018 | Written by Jamie Godbout | Process Control and Plant Automation

Inductive Automation's Ignition: Tips, Tricks, and Cheats-How To Use Nested UDT Tags Within Templates


The problem I want to discuss here comes up when you need to reference a user define data type (UDT) that is nested within another UDT, and has been passed into a template as a parameter.


Apr 12, 2018 | Written by Chris Giusto and Dan Laird | MEP Engineering

DC to AC Drive Conversions - Getting Started

If you set out to build a new industrial facility costing hundreds of millions of dollars, you would certainly have an engineering firm as part of your project team.  Right?  But for smaller projects at existing facilities, project managers often ask themselves if it is necessary to have an engineer involved.


Apr 05, 2018 | Written by Elizabeth Ford | Commissioning and Validation

Commissioning Lessons Learned – Communication!

I’d like to share lessons learned from the past year’s commissioning activities.  It is ever important in all engineering work, but this year the consequences came more into focus. 


Mar 30, 2018 | Written by Keith Flaherty | Culturally Different, Social Mission

Spectrum Sleep Out 2018 – Let it rain!

On March 29th, a team of six Hallam-ICS employees joined one hundred community members to sleep outside in Burlington, Vermont.  The annual Sleep Out is a major annual fundraiser for Spectrum Youth and Family Services.  A steady rain and temperatures in the low 40s brought out the rain gear, but the spirit of giving and support could not be dampened.  On their website, they describe the event as:

“Each year, adults and students join the Spectrum Sleep Out in solidarity with homeless young 


Mar 29, 2018 | Written by Steve Comeau | Process Control and Plant Automation, Manufacturing Intelligence

Microsoft Access Databases Are Still Popular

Over the years from the mid-1990s until the present, I have developed many Microsoft (MS) Access database applications for clients and for in-house projects.  Most of these databases are still in use at client sites and others are still used within Hallam-ICS on projects.


Mar 22, 2018 | Written by Mark Felgate | MEP Engineering, Commissioning and Validation

5 Examples of Good Engineering Practice Exceeding Minimum Requirements of Building Codes

As we progress in our growth as a design engineer, we have teachers along the way.  Some teachers are senior design engineers that instruct and teach us what good engineering practice is all about.  Some teachers are lessons learned from experiences that teach us that there may be a better way to design something.


Mar 15, 2018 | Written by Dan Maxwell | Toxic Gas Monitoring Systems

Small Lab Toxic Gas Monitoring Solution

Hallam-ICS has been developing Toxic Gas Monitoring Systems (TGMS) for over two decades.  In recent years we have seen a need for small TGMS systems to support a small number of tools and gases.  Hallam-ICS is focused on bringing our experience to these smaller spaces in a price competitive manner while offering robust functionality found in larger systems.


Mar 08, 2018 | Written by John Butterfield | Commissioning and Validation

Commissioning Lessons Learned: “The real-life importance of O&M manuals and training”

Congratulations! You’ve been promoted, and now you oversee the maintenance and operation of a brand-new building. You look on in pride at your shiny new facility. The architect, engineers and contractors have left, and now it’s all yours.


Mar 01, 2018 | Written by Chris Font | Arc Flash and Electrical Safety

Arc Flash Detection Relays: Stopping an Arc Flash at the Speed of Light


It is well known that the energy released during an arc flash event is governed by three variables.

  • The magnitude of the fault current
  • The working distance
  • The duration of the fault