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Purdue Technology Center Aerospace Building Dedication

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Purdue Technology Center Aerospace Building Dedication

We recently had the honor of attending the building dedication for the new Purdue Technology Center Aerospace Building. Applied was responsible for engineering the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing for this new 55,000 SF, two-story facility, with a $12 million construction cost. Rolls-Royce is occupying approximately 60% of the space, and we helped design their test cell facility where jet engine components will be designed, developed, and tested. The Aerospace Building is also the new home to Purdue’s Physical Facilities Department. Dan Hasler (President, Purdue Research Foundation), Mitch Daniels (President, Purdue University), Marion Blakey (President and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America), Senator Brandt Hershman, and Mayor John Dennis (City of West Lafayette) all spoke during the dedication. Adding to the excitement of the day was the flyover and landing of an MV-22 Osprey.

Purdue Bound Career Day 2017

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Purdue Bound Career Day 2017

Loren & Mike attend Purdue Bound Career Day

Last Saturday, Applied once again participated in the annual Purdue Bound Career Day event at Dow AgroSciences on the northwest side of Indianapolis. Mike Jamieson and I talked with Indianapolis Public Schools students about the impact an engineering career can create for both the individual and the community.

Mike and I described some of the projects we have worked on, noting that Applied focuses effort in four markets: Higher Education, Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Government.

When describing university projects, I noted that at Applied, we create environments and design systems which positively impact people. Previous project designs have helped students collaborate on problems with multiple outcomes. Through our positive design, students have access to white board walls to construct a design outline, large monitors to share ideas and expose group members to videos which articulate concepts, wireless data so that they can connect with resources outside of the space, and a comfortable environment without distractions. Through providing this environment, Applied is playing its part to create a better world where there is more interaction and better solutions for tomorrow.

Mike commented that being a professional engineer (PE) is a great responsibility. PEs must take the safety of the employees, visitors, neighborhood, and public into account on every project. Being a professional engineer, we strive to turn our clients’ goals into realities while creating a safe environment for everyone involved.

The students were engaged and asked many questions such as, “What do you like most about being an engineer?” and “Why do you like working for Applied?” I shared that I enjoy working for Applied because of the variety of work – that in any given week I could be creating a telecom design, creating a power distribution system, visiting a new project site, and assisting contractors during construction. The ability to wear many hats and interact with people from different backgrounds helps me broaden my perspective and feel like I’m making an impact in my community. Mike stated that he enjoys the design challenges that come with being an engineer. Through designing dust collectors to steam systems, every project has unique goals that must be achieved through diligent calculations and design.

We thought that this group of students was highly engaged, had great communication skills, and were high achievers. Their intelligent questions and ability to understand power distribution, HVAC controls, and the design process within a short time shows that the future is bright for engineering and the world.

If you are interested in becoming involved with Purdue Bound, please check out https://www.purdue.edu/purduebound.

Loren Horan is a Shareholder and Project Manager at Applied Engineering Services.

CFD Modeling Now Offered

CFD Modeling Now Offered

We are pleased to offer Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling as one of our engineering services. CFD modeling is an excellent tool for understanding and solving airflow patterns in critical environments such as operating rooms, isolation rooms, and cleanrooms. Further, CFD modeling allows our engineers to understand temperature gradients in the built environment such as in data centers, tall lobbies, and protective environment spaces like a burn center.

There are many applications for CFD modeling that include:

  • Airflow patterns in critical environments
  • Temperature gradients
  • Age of air (e.g., operating rooms, isolation rooms)
  • Dilution (e.g., diesel exhaust entering an air intake louver)
  • Air quality – pollutants or flammables
  • Capture velocity (e.g., ensuring researcher safety at face of fume hood)

CFD modeling makes our engineering stronger by validating the configuration of the airflow devices to maximize effectiveness. Let Applied model your critical environment with CFD!

This video is a particle trace showing a one pass airflow to return grilles.

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This CFD model of a surgery suite shows no recirculated air, which was the goal – one pass of air from the ceiling diffusers to low return grilles.

 

 

 

FIRST Robotics Competition

FIRST Robotics Competition

The FIRST Robotics Competition, or FRC, is an after-school program for high school students all over the world to learn engineering fundamentals through designing, building, and competing with a robot. Students fundraise for parts and travel costs, design a robot to compete in a specific game, build the robot with minimal help from adults, and eventually compete against other teams. During the competitions, the students also have opportunities to compete for Judges’ Awards for categories such as Team Spirit, Innovation in Controls, Entrepreneurship, and Industrial Safety.

As a mentor for one of these teams, FRC Team 5010 – nicknamed Tiger Dynasty for the Fishers High School mascot, my job is to help the students meet all of these goals. The other mentors and I also coordinate with the school to make sure that we are following all the rules, our account is in order, and the students are making their grades. We work with parents to coordinate team activities, transportation, and meals at competitions. The three mentors also keep a constant lookout for additional mentors to fill in the gaps between our own skillsets, and to help lighten the load.

Our team’s goal is to bring STEM education to everyone. It may seem like a lofty goal for a group of teenagers with hardly any STEM experience of their own, but our students continue to rise to the challenge. They not only participate in these activities, but actively seek them out and get their fellow students excited for STEM education. We have hosted students, parents, and teachers from other schools at our build sessions and competitions, helping them to lay the groundwork to start teams at their own high schools. They even want to start FIRST Lego Leagues (ages 9-14) at other schools in the district, so that students will have more experience when they get to FRC in high school. Some of the community outreach events we have attended this year include Engineering Night at Sand Creek Elementary School, Passport to Hi-Tech at Connor Prairie, Robotics Day at the Indianapolis Museum, and Stars Wars Day at the Fishers Public Library.

On top of all these activities, the students do get to build and compete with a robot – a 6’6″ tall robot that weighs 110 lbs, to be exact. The students watched a live streaming presentation on January 3, 2015, that kicked off the FRC build season. The game challenge was kept a secret until this time, and all the students around the world learned what the challenge was at the same time. Then they had a mere six weeks to build a robot to play the game. Once complete, the robot was bagged in a very large plastic bag, sealed, and signed. After this, we weren’t allowed to touch the robot until the first competition, at Lawrence North High School.The students worked with other teams to play this year’s game, Recycle Rush, which required them to stack recycling bins six high, place them in designated scoring areas, cap them with trash cans, and put litter (pool noodles) in the trash cans. Words don’t do it justice. This year’s challenge was loud and chaotic, and made many students loathe recycling bins (if you are interested, just search YouTube for “FRC Recycle Rush”). Unfortunately, we placed 25th out of over 30 teams and did not make the finals.

However, the less-than-stellar performance hasn’t deterred the students on this young team one bit. After a little break to let everyone rest and recover, the students started right back in with the hard work. We hold weekly meetings to discuss fundraising activities and new outreach opportunities. The students have also convinced the school to let them continue to work on the robot over the summer. They will be hard at work this summer making improvements to the robot. For the 2015-2016 school year, there will be an FRC pre-season, during which teams get together for small-scale competitions and play last season’s game with last-season’s robots. It gives freshmen students a chance to get involved and experience the world of FIRST before the stress of the 2016 build season hits. By this time, our students will have reached out to many more young students to get them interested in robotics and STEM education, and spent dozens more hours tinkering, perfecting, and practicing driving the robot. They are always looking for ways to improve. Someday, they will make great engineers. In the meantime, it is an honor to be part of their journey.

Rachel Romines is an electrical engineer with Applied Engineering Services.

Day in the Life of a Principal

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Day in the Life of a Principal

Have you ever wondered what our engineers actually do all day?

This year, we’re sharing some details through our “Day in the Life”
series. Each quarter, we will feature someone in a different position
within the firm who will provide insight into their typical day. Third
quarter is showcasing one of our Principals, Ralph Power, P.E.,
an electrical engineer who joined Applied in 1999.

7:00 AM

A rare day of being in the office all day instead of at project sites and owner meetings. I arrived at the office early to sort through the e-mails from the previous day and overnight. The e-mails with quick action items (another e-mail to request info, information look-up, coordination, etc.) are addressed and filed away. The emails that will take time to research are left to address later in the day.

7:45 AM

After receiving comments on a recent engineering services proposal, I revised / updated the proposal and sent it back to our architectural design partner for the project.

8:45 AM

I reviewed the preliminary third party cost opinion for a project to make sure it is in line with our drawings. My review lead to the discovery that some items were not included. I also adjusted some quantities and unit costs. I summarized my findings and sent an e-mail to our architectural design partner.

10:00 AM

My partners and I scheduled annual review meetings with a couple of our project engineers. We met with them separately to discuss past performance and set goals for the next year.

11:45 AM

I grabbed a quick lunch by myself today. I like having a chance to get out of the office for a brief re-charge.

12:30 PM

I’m back in the office from lunch and check in with each of my partners for any updates or new news that I should know about.

12:45 PM

We have an upcoming BIM/Revit training scheduled, so I coordinated with our lead computer specialist regarding scheduling beginning courses for our first-time users and advanced courses for our experienced users.

1:00 PM

I am manning Applied’s booth at the MAPPA conference, so I met with our marketing coordinator to discuss handouts, giveaway items, sponsorship opportunities, and logistics.

3:00 PM

I sat in on a conference call with one of our civil design partners about a new utilities engineering project. We discussed scope, schedule, and budget, then next steps for Applied to get our proposal to them.

3:30 PM

An architect we often partner with called me about a new project opportunity. We discussed scope, schedule, and budget. I told him we are interested in learning more and asked him to send background info. Due to desired timeframe for the proposal and knowing I will be out of town, I asked John Yoder (another Principal) if he can take the lead on writing our proposal.

4:00 PM

I met with my partner, Dave St. John, to discuss our upcoming interview for a major renovation project on a higher education campus. We determined our talking points for the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing portions of this architecturally-led interview. I sent the architect our talking points for inclusion into the PowerPoint presentation.

4:30 PM

I spent the last hour of the day reviewing e-mails, addressing papers on my desk, and preparing to go home for the evening.

5:30 PM

Time to head home for the day.

IU Kokomo Golf Outing

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IU Kokomo Golf Outing

We recently supported Indiana University Kokomo at their annual golf outing at the Wildcat Creek Golf Course. Applied served as an event sponsor as well as a participant, fielding a seasoned foursome consisting of Frank St. John, John Yoder, Tim Anderson, and Dave Marshall. A damp start gave way to mild temperatures that saw players changing from jackets to sunglasses as the sun came out midway through the outing. We had a good showing coming into the clubhouse at 4 under par, but alas finished well off of the podium. Although the team struggled with lackluster performance on some of the shorter par 3 holes, they struck well and true on the longer fairways. All in all, it was a great day to be out on the links supporting Indiana University.

Applied’s work can be seen on the Kokomo campus in the Nursing Simulation Labs in the East Building and in the current renovation of the campus’ Main Building.

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Photos courtesy of Dave Marshall and IU Kokomo

 

Applied Continues Growth

Applied Continues Growth

Applied Engineering Services (Applied) is pleased to announce several new employees.

John Yoder, LEED AP, is a Principal and one of the founding owners of the firm. He relocated to the west coast in 2013 and recently returned to Indianapolis and Applied.

John Yoder_Applied Sign

Trey Smith has been with Applied for the past five years as a Co-Op student. He recently graduated from IUPUI and is now a full-time Project Electrical Engineer with Applied.

Tammy Murray, PE, LEED AP, also joined Applied as a Project Electrical Engineer. She brings 25 years of experience to the firm.

André Raper has joined Applied as a CAD/Revit Technician, bringing more than 20 years of experience.

Greg Macon joins Applied as our newest co-op student. He will be starting his second year at Purdue University in the fall, majoring in electrical engineering.

“We are thrilled to see the return of John Yoder to Applied, and our new hires bring additional strength and talent to our team,” said Applied’s President Frank St. John, P.E., LEED AP. “We will continue to provide our clients with superior engineering services by utilizing our time-proven approach for delivering the right engineering solution for each project.”

NewHires
From L-R: André Raper, Tammy Murray, Greg Macon, Trey Smith