With a rich background in the mechanical design and construction industry, Taylor joined 360 Engineering in 2014. As a controls contractor, he gained a deep understanding of complex controls system operations and developed a holistic approach to mechanical design and system layout that optimizes occupant comfort, facility maintenance, and energy efficiency. Applying his full knowledge and experience, Taylor capably handles a plethora of design duties, from load calculations and duct and pipe layout to equipment specification and construction administration. To learn more about Taylor, click here.
The 2017 AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) set several records this year, including attendance of more than 68,000 registered attendees and exhibitor personnel, as well as 500,159 square feet sold. Three Sixty Engineering sent two of our mechanical engineers, Project Manager Taylor Reese LEED AP BD+C, CxA and Project Engineer Joe Wittenberg, to learn about the latest technologies and products in Mechanical Engineering and HVAC.
With over 2,000 exhibitors, our engineers had a large amount of ground to cover, it was hard to fit it into just three days! Upon their return, Taylor and Joe were excited to share what they had learned with our team. There were so many new systems and products to talk about, we asked Joe to pick a few of his favorite:
1. Trane® – CoolSense System – Intelligent Variable Air Systems. An HVAC using chilled water to provide sensible cooling and cooling for the DOAS (Dedicated Outside Air System) system. It also uses small terminal units in the space to pick up the sensible load, using chilled water coils.
2. Metraflex – Flexible Hoses. Manufacturer of NSF (International public health standards and certifications) and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) rated flexible water hoses.
3. Fulton – Boiler. A new boiler technology that allows the heat exchanger to float which eliminates stress due to thermal expansion.
4. Stamped Fittings, Inc. – Gasketed Spiral Duct. Spiral duct fittings with gaskets that eliminate the need for duct seal.
5. Trane® – Humidity Sensor. New sensor that collects temperature and relative humidity readings.
In addition to providing access to the latest products, the conference offers educational seminars. This year, Joe attended a class on DOAS (Dedicated Outside Air System) and a one on Commissioning.
Here at Three Sixty Engineering, keeping up with the latest technologies in Mechanical Engineering and HVAC is high priority, which is why two of our mechanical engineers are attending the AHR Expo, a three-day conference co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI. As one (1) of Colorado’s eleven (11) certified ASHRAE High-Performance Building Design Professional’s (HBDP), our President, Denise Dihle P.E., LEED AP BD+C, HBDP, CxA, leads by example and encourages the staff to stay involved and informed.
The conference, taking place January 30, 2017 through February 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV, will host more than 2,000 exhibitors and attract crowds of 60,000 industry professionals from every state in the U.S. and 150 countries worldwide per the AHR Expo website http://ahrexpo.com. Beginning as a heating and ventilation show 85 years ago, the expo has evolved into the leading HVACR event.
Before heading to the conference, one of our Project Managers, Taylor Reese LEED AP BD+C, CxA, shared his thoughts on why the AHR Expo is important to attend.
The ASHRAE Conference provides a unique opportunity to take part in courses taught by top experts in the field and industry leaders. For entry-level engineers, it presents an opportunity to dig into the fundamental topics on which they can build their knowledge. For experienced engineers, it’s a chance to dive deep into unique complex system applications, address the latest code updates, and investigate innovative energy-saving strategies.
With literally thousands of exhibitors at the AHR Expo, it’s a great place to learn about all the new technology, and really experience it hands-on. It provides an opportunity to speak with the people directly involved in developing and building the equipment.
The ASHRAE Conference and AHR Expo bring so many people in our industry together in one city. It’s rare to have a situation where everyone you’re meeting is likely related to your field and everyday work. Whether you’re sitting in a panel discussion asking questions to a major manufacturer’s CEO or having evening drinks with a fellow consulting engineer, there are bound to be little pieces of knowledge and experience you can glean from others that can be applied to the next tough project.
Our team is looking forward to meeting upon their return to hear about what’s new in the industry and how we can use new equipment and technologies to better serve our clients on current and upcoming projects.