Oct 30, 2018 | Written by Jeff Silcox | MEP Engineering

Cryo-Electron Microscopy Laboratories – Planning for Success (Part 1 of 3)

Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), where a sample is studied at cryogenic (liquid nitrogen) temperatures and scanning transmission electron microscopy (S-TEM) are words we are hearing a lot these days. Cryo-EM is sweeping through the field of biology, rapidly replacing x-ray crystallography, providing researchers an unprecedented, high resolution view into molecular structure. 


Oct 25, 2018 | Written by Dan Herzig | MEP Engineering

You Talkin’ ‘Bout Me?

"You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here. Who the f*@# do you think you're talking to?" -Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), Taxi Driver


Oct 18, 2018 | Written by John Butterfield | MEP Engineering

Five Lessons from my Engineering Career

My perception of an engineering career started about the time I was in high school. I had visions of smart young engineers, armed with enthusiasm and technical knowledge solving complex problems that would make the world a better place.


Oct 04, 2018 | Written by Dan Maxwell | Process Control and Plant Automation, MEP Engineering


It is important to have friends in our lives.  They are supportive and understanding. They can also challenge us and make us our best selves.  Friends in business are called partners.  There is a financial relationship between business partners but the best of these relationships have the same features as good friendships.


Sep 06, 2018 | Written by Tim Laracy | MEP Engineering, Inspired Engineering, Process Control and Plant Automation

Becoming an Intern at Hallam ICS

About eight months ago, the engineering internship scramble was beginning at the University of Vermont.  Students all over campus were struggling to get a resume and cover letter to every engineering company around Burlington VT; maybe to get an interview, and maybe even to get a job.


Aug 30, 2018 | Written by Dan Laird | Arc Flash and Electrical Safety, MEP Engineering

How to Interpret Harmonics Data – A Case Study

Power system harmonics are commonly created by Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s), Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), computer power supplies, and LED/fluorescent lighting. These devices draw distorted current which in turn distorts to overall voltage waveform.


Aug 21, 2018 | Written by Dan Laird | Arc Flash and Electrical Safety, MEP Engineering

How to Program an SEL-351 Digital Relay


The highest levels of arc flash energy are typically found at the secondaries of step-down transformers. This usually means the 480V main breakers, like the one shown above, will be over 40 cal/cm2. One method of mitigating this hazard is to install a manual reset recloser and digital relay on the primary side of the transformer.


Jul 31, 2018 | Written by Brent Weigel, PhD | MEP Engineering

How to Choose the Best Humidification Systems for Your Facility

The hot and humid days of summer evoke more thoughts of cool and dry air conditioning than of how best to humidify indoor air. Despite the weather outside our windows, now is the time to prepare our buildings for the cold and dry days of winter.


Jul 12, 2018 | Written by Todd Sampson | Inspired Engineering, MEP Engineering

Inspired Engineering – Things I learned in My First Hallam Year

My experience prior to starting with Hallam a year ago was as a Canadian engineer, in the field of electrical consulting engineering and in support thereof.  It’s a field where despite some minor changes in supporting technologies, not much has changed in the last 30 years.


Jun 28, 2018 | Written by Brian Crosby | Arc Flash and Electrical Safety, MEP Engineering

NFPA 70E Changes from 2015 to 2018 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace – Article 120 and Article 130

Brian Crosby is a Senior Electrical Engineer for Hallam-ICS who leads a team of engineers to provide arc flash assessments and electrical safety training for clients throughout the United States.