• February 6, 2018

    Flooding and strong, wind-driven rain events have historically been a thorn in the side of installers, designers, and engineers who specify insulation systems.  Some specifiers choose to approach these extreme weather events by simply specifying a hydrophobic insulation, under the assumption that the hydrophobicity will prevent water ingress.  However, this approach is sometimes too simplistic to appropriately account for the potential for water ingress, as hydrophobic insulations are not a cure-all.

  • February 6, 2018

    International databases such as OFDA / CRED show that floods accounted for more than half of disasters registered for the 1990-2001 period. With consequences of climate change largely unpredictable at local level, future statistics are not likely to show any improvement. As human activities historically developed in river areas and floodplains, industrial facilities are structurally exposed to flooding. Past events witnessed industrial vulnerability to flooding, including direct impact on structure, loss of safety measures, loss of utilities, business interruption, etc.

  • February 6, 2018

    Anchored in flood-prone areas in every American state are more than 2,500 sites that handle toxic chemicals, a New York Times analysis of federal floodplain and industrial data shows. About 1,400 are located in areas at highest risk of flooding.

    As flood danger grows — the consequence of a warming climate — the risk is that there will be more toxic spills like the one that struck Baytown, Tex., where Hurricane Harvey swamped a chemicals plant, releasing lye. Or like the ones at a Florida fertilizer plant that leaked phosphoric acid and an Ohio refinery that released benzene.

  • February 6, 2018

    At its peak in late August and early September, Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane moving at 130 miles per hour, leaving fatalities and untold economic losses in its wake. Over one week, the hurricane dumped approximately 33 trillion gallons of rain on Texas and Louisiana and led to at least 82 deaths in the United States.

  • December 13, 2017

    2017 is coming to a close, and we've covered a lot of ground this year in our blog. Here are the top 10 blog posts from 2017!

    We recently published Part 1 of the blog series,Don’t Settle When It Comes to Vibration. The previous blog addressed several types of insulation that you can use in high-temperature industrial applications where vibration is a component of the environment.

  • November 15, 2017

    A common reaction to today's “do more with less” environment is to work longer hours and insist crews work harder. This strategy quickly hits a wall. How effective are workers when fatigue sets in? How much harder can you really make people work? The answer to time compression and resource starvation isn't working longer hours or working harder. The answer is working smarter — that is, more efficiently. Let's see how to make that happen.

    Click here to read more about the steps you can take to work smarter, not harder, on the jobsite. 

  • November 15, 2017

    Increasingly, construction firms are leveraging technology to realize jobsite efficiencies that speed project completion and cut costs. Facing numerous pressures such as labor shortages, increased material costs and the demand for shorter construction lifecycles, the more successful firms are using a combination of different technologies to collect and leverage data, automate manual processes and complete tasks with greater accuracy and speed.

    Click here to read more about the latest jobsite technology taking hold of the industry.

  • November 15, 2017

    Every hour of the workday counts, especially when you are on site. Unfortunately, research has shown that up to two-thirds of a mobile tradesman’s days are lost to a variety of time-wasting activities, including the search for tools and materials and the eventual trip to and from the hardware store to purchase misplaced or forgotten supplies. These tasks, along with other time-robbing activities such as inventory shortages and good, old-fashioned disorganization, can and will severely impact productivity and profitability if left unaddressed.

  • November 2, 2017

    Johns Manville recently hosted a live webinar with SLR Consulting addressing the key components to developing an acoustical strategy to mitigate unwanted noise in industrial environments. You can watch a full recording of the webinar here.

    Our co-hosts, Doug Fast, from Johns Manville, and Pascal Everton, from SLR Consulting discussed everything from acoustical testing to material selection. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, don’t worry, we’ve distilled the presentation into the 5 key takeaways regarding industrial acoustics: