Plant Engineering Article: “IEEE 1584 – 2018 Changes Offer a Robust Upgrade”

Plant Engineering Article: “IEEE 1584 – 2018 Changes Offer a Robust Upgrade”
Ed McConnell, PE, Master Engineer at SSOE, recently authored an article in Plant Engineering Magazine where he explains the new arc flash standards for IEEE 1584. In November of 2018, a complete revision was issued. This article summarizes the significant changes and addresses the major impacts of these revisions when it comes to electrical systems to minimize the risk to employees and contractors. Continue Reading →

The Zweig Letter Article: “Key Successors: Bob Howell”

The Zweig Letter Article: “Key Successors: Bob Howell”
Bob Howell, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at SSOE, recently partook in The Zweig Letter Q&A series called “Conference Call” where presidents from their “Hot” and “Best” firms list are interviewed. SSOE has been ranked as a “Hot Firm” for the past 2 years, signifying that they are one of the fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the United States. SSOE made a significant jump in the rankings, moving up more than 50 spots in 2018. Bob was asked a variety of questions regarding the firm’s thoughts and practices on the promotion of young and new leaders, retention of employees, the succession planning process, and diversity and inclusion initiatives—among other topics. Continue Reading →

Leaning into Kanban

Leaning into Kanban
As part of our Lean journey here at SSOE, we’ve been working to employ the Kanban Method at the discipline department level, taking a narrow and deep approach to implementation as our first step toward tackling it as an organization. More than just a to-do list, the Kanban Method—often used synonymously with the pull system tool used to employ it—is an organizational approach to incremental, evolutionary change originally created by software pioneer David J. Anderson. It allows project teams to more effectively visualize their work in order to speed up the flow of that work. This is done by breaking work down into a manageable, commitment-based plan that is driven by the team as a whole, moving away from “my work” and moving toward “our work”. Continue Reading →

Lean: The Core of SSOE’s Organizational Strategy

Behind the Wheel At SSOE, we’re moving toward Lean Project Delivery—a strategy guided by a Lean mindset with a goal of defining and delivering a collective vision of success on a project by eliminating waste, compressing schedules, lowering cost, and improving satisfaction. Lean Project Delivery is our translation of the Lean project system. Continue Reading →

Food Engineering Article: “Balancing Capital Investment with Long-Term Sustainability Goals”

Food Engineering Article: “Balancing Capital Investment with Long-Term Sustainability Goals”
Ken Gruenhagen, PE, PMP, Division Manager in SSOE’s Food and Consumer Products Division, is featured in a recent issue of Food Engineering. The article explains the importance of food processors evaluating what they need, both now and in the future, to ensure each part of their line will enable them to meet current and future sustainability goals. Within, Ken discusses the importance of making a proper investment in training to support newer technology. If the company fails to do this, the time required to diagnose and address issues can quickly negate the improved efficiencies that the more complex equipment provides. Additionally, he emphasizes the significance of ease of changeover between products—as a result of a discontinued product or modification, shorter production runs, or a change in packaging—must be considered as it has a large impact on line availability. Continue Reading →