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  • Bridging the gap: Adjust traditional processes for success in the aviation marketplace
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    Bridging the gap: Adjust traditional processes for success in the aviation marketplace

    The digital revolution isn’t entirely a hipster phenomenon. Airport users live in an online, connected world. Not only is the airport industry recognizing the importance of the passenger experience, but it’s also discovering the significance of addressing the connected, tech-savvy traveler. At the same time, the aviation industry’s macroeconomic demand to be cost-conscious is leading to alternatives to conventional capital project development. However, these brick-and-mortar alternatives don’t always readily embrace digitization.
  • Developing airport systems infrastructure is a partnership, not a transaction
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    Developing airport systems infrastructure is a partnership, not a transaction

    As airport engineers and designers, it’s crucial that we understand that our services are more than just a commodity. After all, clients in the aviation industry rarely have “common” problems (the moment I find one who does, I’ll concede this point); they face exceedingly specific challenges every day, and they call for far more than just generalized engineering solutions.
  • Can you hear me now?
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    Can you hear me now?

    While the St. Louis Rams have been busy rebuilding their team and working towards a winning season, the Edward Jones Dome has been working on upgrading their facility as well. The dome recently installed a state of the art sound system that is sure to score a touchdown with fans and visitors alike.
  • Lighting that makes you feel good
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    Lighting that makes you feel good

    Most people walk through life looking straight ahead. Constantly moving, performing their daily activities as quickly and efficiently as possible. For us, our gaze tends to travel upward. As lighting designers, what has become part of the background for most people fascinates and intrigues us. The constant affect both natural and artificial lighting has on individuals and their health has been a hot research topic and keeps gaining interest with designers and healthcare providers alike.
  • R&B Life: ASHRAE Leadership U Program
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    R&B Life: ASHRAE Leadership U Program

    Recently, I attended the ASHRAE Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington as a participant in the Leadership U program. If you don’t already know, ASHRAE is the leading society for advancement of the built environment, and its members are continually researching, writing standards, and providing education resources for the building industry. Leadership U is a program sponsored by the Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) in which four young engineers are selected to shadow the four Vice Presidents of ASHRAE. The goal of the program is to transfer knowledge from the senior members in ASHRAE to the future leaders of the organization.
  • Water cannon testing at Missouri State University’s new field hockey stadium
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    Water cannon testing at Missouri State University’s new field hockey stadium

    Randy Kleinheider and Ben Brooks, project engineers based in Ross & Baruzzini’s St. Louis office, provided Missouri State University with their first automatic, large-scale, synthetic turf irrigation system, designed for the field hockey turf at the new Betty & Bobby Allison North Stadium.
  • A brief and moveable history of aviation security
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    A brief and moveable history of aviation security

    In “the business” – those familiar with the vagaries of aviation security – we too often get so immersed that we lose context. Aviation security is not in fact a steady-state feature of aviation, but a constantly evolving response to moving circumstances.
  • Add no value
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    Add no value

    I love this short film by Saint Louisan Charles Eames called “Powers of 10.” It demonstrates dramatically the effect of raising the number 10 to successive exponential powers. It was shot in 1968 for IBM and narrated by the Manhattan Project and MIT physicist Philip Morrison.
  • Human comfort issues in the design of emergency operations facilities
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    Human comfort issues in the design of emergency operations facilities

    24/7 operations, long shifts, sedentary work-styles, inflexible workstations, glare and noisy environments are just a few of the problem-elements commonly found in many Emergency Operations Centers (EOC). As governments are placing increased awareness on the need for improving emergency response preparedness, Emergency Response leaders are seeking assistance in designing more intelligent work environments for their employees. These facilities should be designed to address “quality of life” issues associated with 24/7 facilities resulting in stress reducing environments.
  • Ross & Baruzzini relationships & technology fuel opportunities
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    Ross & Baruzzini relationships & technology fuel opportunities

    At Ross & Baruzzini we pride ourselves on both the relationships we build and on the engineering technology that we bring to the table. The recent ribbon cutting for the suburban St. Louis Parkway School District’s grant-funded project to build a fueling station and introduce 30 buses operating on compressed natural gas (CNO) into its fleet received local television coverage. But the bigger story lie in the possibilities Parkway represents expanding America’s search for energy independence and greener fuel alternatives.

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