Thought Leadership

Sep
14
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6 CFD Post-Processing Tips to Improve Visualization Productivity and Quality

Post-processing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) data is a vital step in order to accurately derive the right conclusions from the models, present the results to decision-makers, and ensure the best product design. Output files generated by CFD simulations are often huge, making it a daunting task to efficiently create effective visualizations.  Design decisions require optimization studies which mean a large number of individual CFD simulations. 

Aug
16
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A Short Circuit Breakdown

The financial cost of downtime for organizations ranges drastically per industry, region, and size. Many different causes can create such downtime, ranging from natural causes like hurricanes and tornadoes, to human causes like protests or riots, or infrastructure causes such as an electrical short circuit.

Jul
06
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Collaborative Innovation

For typical MEP design firms, buzzwords like collaboration and innovation are often used to describe activities that add value to owners and differentiate those firms from the rest of the industry.  In reality, collaborating and being innovative are actions that all MEP designers strive to accomplish in their daily routines.  Mechanical and electrical engineers routinely collaborate to bring complex designs together and coordinate construction documents, while also creating innovative designs within the context of their own trades.

Jun
21
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Four Steps to Getting Started on Your Smart Building Approach

One of the challenges in developing a ‘smart building’ is that most owners have a different idea of what a smart building really is. One common thread in many smart building projects is that the building typically harvests information and utilizes this data to make decisions on how the building systems are operating and interacting. 

Apr
12
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Top Six Mistakes Made on IPD Projects

The integrated project delivery (IPD) method encourages all involved trade partners to share the risk and success of a project. While this ensures that team members are entering the project with the same mentality and goals, mistakes are still likely to be made. Not all IPD projects are the same, but there are common mistakes made that can make or break a project. Being aware of the possible mistakes, and how to overcome them on your next IPD project can help to alleviate potential issues. Be on the lookout for these top six commonly made mistakes on IPD projects:

Mar
31
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Women in Construction: Utilizing Existing Tools for Leadership Development

Southland Industries’ Michelle Peters and Jessica Baker recently collaborated with Pankow Builders on a Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) panel featuring six unique individuals. The panel focused on how leadership impacts the success of projects, careers, and lives.

Jan
18
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Driving Value to Our Customers

Southland is in the midst of instilling a strategy to motivate, educate, and empower our people to embrace lean thinking as a way of life. In order for a successful transition to occur, we have begun to build a Guiding Coalition throughout the organization.

 
Jan
04
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Three Factors to Consider When Designing for Central Plants

When it comes to designing a central plant, there are many factors to consider. Not only does the plant need to operate efficiently, but the equipment arrangement needs to be considered from both an initial construction and a future maintenance perspective.

Oct
04
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Revisiting Southland’s Lean Journey

In 2015, Southland’s Executive Leadership Team tasked the organization’s leadership development and research team, Built to Lead V, with a goal of creating a strategy to motivate, educate, and empower our people to embrace lean thinking as a way of life.

Aug
24
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How Team Selection Can Affect Project Outcomes

Selecting the appropriate trade partners and even determining which trades should be partners is critical in determining the outcome of a project.  Having the contract set up a certain way can dictate the attitude and collaboration of trade partners. The contract can uphold certain standards, and if trade partners do not perform per the contract, the result can be a lost job. Many in the construction industry prefer to see this type of clause in a contract.

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