Health Facilities Today Magazine Article: “Life Safety Assessments for Healthcare Facilities”

SSOE’s Ryan Cousino, Project Manager with over 10 years of healthcare project experience, was recently published on the topic of life safety compliance—specifically a section of the Joint Commission’s survey assessing Life Safety Code NFPA 101 compliance. He recommends seeking assistance from a qualified architecture / engineering firm such as SSOE to prepare for this, guaranteeing a trouble-free outcome. Read more

Health Facilities Management Magazine Article: “Planning a Hospital Mass Notification System”

Evan BakerData / Fire / Security (DFS) Manager at SSOE with over 10 years of experience, recently authored this illustrative article detailing best practices for designing an effective hospital mass notification system (MNS). Today’s technology allows for customized life-safety messages to be communicated in real time in various ways, with many features varying by vendor. Evan writes that a successful MNS design starts with calculated planning and the involvement of many parties—including the building’s architect, fire protection engineer, hospital personnel, insurance provider, and code officials—to help determine priority MNS features. Read more

Above Ground Level Article: “How to Analyze Antenna Mounts to Avoid Costly Consequences”

Michell Miller, PE, Structural Engineer at SSOE Group, and Ismaias Recinos, EI, Structural Designer, co-authored this article featured in Above Ground Level (AGL) Magazine. Miller and Recinos discuss the importance of accurately determining capacity on antenna mounts and suggest a proactive approach to reduce risk often caused by installation errors or deterioration. A full, hands-on mapping is visually confirming, revealing critical defects that could be easily missed with ground mapping, and provides detailed structural information that aids in the comprehensive analysis that follows. Read more

Health Facilities Management Magazine Article: “Converging Infrastructure Systems”

John Delaney and Mark Smith, Data / Fire / Security Designers at SSOE, were published in Health Facilities Management Magazine on the topic of infrastructure system convergence and how it can save healthcare facilities both time and money. This comprehensive article discusses the ways merging life safety and security systems have proven beneficial, making more information available faster to both healthcare facility employees and first responders. Whether a daily task or an emergency situation, consolidating these auxiliary systems offers several process improvements, including better communication between medical and security staff and quicker transmission of critical, high-quality information, while still maintaining HIPAA compliance. Read more

ENR Article: “Design Professionals Must Embrace VDC to Improve Their Profession and Projects”

John Gill, PE, PMP, LEED AP, SSOE’s Director of VDC, was recently published in Engineering News-Record (ENR) discussing the topic of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). Gill has over 20 years of industry experience and was responsible for the implementation of SSOE’s VDC program. He writes on the many strengths the VDC framework has to offer our industry, and offers some tips for implementing a solid foundation on your next project. Read more

Giving clients more for their money through innovative software

In our latest newsletter, we are highlighting the outstanding performance of Jonathan Bolbach and Mark LaBell, winners of SSOE’s Founder’s Award. Their accomplishment — developing the AutoNavis software application — met two of the award’s key criteria: delivering exceptional value to clients by saving them time, trouble, and money and implementing an innovation that leads to improved processes and quality. Read more

Pulling back the curtain on VDC

In moving a project from statement of work to completion of construction, regular collaboration between owners, designers, and contractors is no longer a luxury. It is the managerial insurance the project must have in order to stay on schedule and budget. Much of the unbudgeted time and expense incurred by change orders can be attributed to a lack of integration between the players. It’s often because these parties failed to include the resources and intentional effort for collaboration. Read more

Wireless Design & Development Magazine Article: “Distributed Antenna Systems: Fundamentals and Who to Hire”

Evan Baker, Section Manager for SSOE’s multi-disciplined Data / Fire / Security Systems group, was recently published in Wireless Design & Development Magazine. Baker offers over ten years of wireless network and data communication expertise in this perceptive article on in-building infrastructures referred to as distributed antenna systems, or DAS. Although these systems offer improved reliability, they can be a challenge to map out and enable — which is why hiring right is so important. Baker shares his guidelines for choosing the right DAS contractor and “winning in the world of DAS.” Read more

Data Center Journal Article: “Case Study: Out-of-the-Box Reliability”

Evan Baker of SSOE Group was recently published in Data Center Journal. Baker, who currently manages the data / fire / security systems group at SSOE and brings over a decade of data center experience to the table, offers his data center reliability know-how in his article “Case Study: Out-of-the-Box Reliability.” Baker highlights three projects in three different market sectors for which SSOE provided data center design and connectivity services. One thing that was static among the differing projects was cost reduction as a result of improved reliability and functionality achieved by variation in data connectivity via integrated voice-data networks and new technologies. Read more

SSOE Vice President Clem Wood to Present at the Annual SEMI Pacific Northwest Forum in Hillsboro, Oregon: “Era of Internet of Things: A Technology Revolution”

PORTLAND, Oregon, October 10, 2014 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, announced today that SSOE Vice President Clem Wood will present at the annual SEMI Pacific Northwest fall breakfast forum. This year, the event is hosted by SSOE and will be held on Wednesday, October 29th, at SSOE’s office in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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SSOE Group Welcomes Telecommunications Lead Tom Goldsmith, RCDD, to their Portland Office

PORTLAND, Oregon, September 16, 2013 – SSOE Group (www.ssoe.com), a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, is pleased to welcome Tom Goldsmith, RCDD, as telecommunications lead in the Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Group. Tom will be located in SSOE’s Portland, Oregon, office and will develop West Coast telecommunications services for SSOE’s Advanced Technology Strategic Business Unit (SBU).

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SSOE Group and Evergreen EDC Announce Merger

TOLEDO, Ohio, January 14, 2013 – SSOE Group, a global engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, and Evergreen EDC, a multidiscipline engineering, design, and construction management firm, today announced a merger of the firms. The merger will expand both firms’ geographic reach as well as provide their clients access to enhanced services and resources. The merged entity will operate under the SSOE Group name after a brief transition period.

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It’s 9am…Somewhere

Any number of factors can drive a project: quality, technology, cost savings, etc. Beyond the construction documents that any number of firms could provide, a good consultant identifies what is driving a specific project and adjusts its traditional approach to ensure your priorities are met.

Case in point. When two wireless companies merged, they needed to add high-speed data capabilities to their southeastern U.S. network. With fierce competition already in place, this needed to happen almost as fast as the computer signals fly over the system. Obviously speed was the driving factor, and a traditional 9 to 5 approach wouldn’t cut it. Instead, we assigned a geographically diverse team in different time zones to make around the clock progress possible on a project spanning from Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas and Mississippi to China. “This project required speed as well as engineering details,” notes Floyd White, PE, senior electrical engineer and technical leader on this project. “SSOE’s Shanghai office helped produce 450 sets of drawings in four months.” Using data gathered locally and a predeveloped set of five prototype designs, engineers in SSOE’s Shanghai office helped create the drawings to kick off each location’s work. Read more