The cover story for this issue comes from Paul Baker, P.E., a senior mechanical engineer at JACOBS Buildings, Infrastructure, & Advanced Facilities. Baker discusses natural gas pipeline systems on site distribution, looking at requirements for pipeline materials and installation.
Purposes of this article, discussion will be limited to pipelines installed in Location Classes 3 and 4 (suburban and urban environments) and in low pressure distribution systems and service lines (downstream of transmission systems) and for pipelines NPS 12 (DN 300) and smaller.
On the third Wednesday of July, the Piping Industry Progress & Education Fund (PIPE) and our local Phoenix ASPE chapter members met for our monthly meeting to discuss all things under the sun medical gas-related.
In many engineering roles, the job is to make something easier, simpler, faster or safer for people. When looking specifically at fire protection, public health, safety and welfare is readily at the forefront of thoughts.
Although the private sector is the primary landscape for economic and cultural disruption, we are becoming less naïve about the role of governments, especially local governments, as catalysts for the needed changes.