Exploring Oregon

Exploring Oregon

Author: Tonya Minnick Growing up in Nampa, Idaho near Boise (boy-see to the natives), and being a young single parent, I never got the opportunity to explore outside my boundaries. (Un)fortunately for me, the company I had been working at…

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Talk like an Engineer

Talk like an Engineer

Ahoy Matey! Did you celebrate Monday, September 19th, International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Do you ever wish that we had an International Talk Like an Engineer Day where we got free Krispy Kreme or special deals at Dutch Bros.…

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Fire Flow Tests, How & Why

Fire Flow Tests, How & Why

Fire Flow Tests, also known as Hydrant Flow Tests can be performed for several different reasons. Why In general, fire flow tests are conducted on fire hydrants to determine the water availability. There are multiple reasons why a flow test…

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Automating Redundant Tasks

Automating Redundant Tasks

As technology continues to advance automating has increasingly become a more common, widespread practice in all disciplines and industries to increase productivity, efficiency, and quality. The definition states that “Automation is the creation of technology to monitor and control a…

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Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems

VARIABLE REFRIGERANT FLOW SYSTEMS Summary A Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) heating and air conditioning system is a specific type of HVAC system which utilizes one outdoor unit that connects to multiple indoor units.  These indoor units can be single systems;…

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Being an Intern

Being an Intern

An internship is beneficial in so many ways. My experience at R&W as an intern has given me direction and insight into the engineering field as well as provided me with valuable workplace experience. Before starting college I had no…

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Remote Troubleshooting / Monitoring SCADA

Remote Troubleshooting / Monitoring SCADA

Unless you had a nearly unlimited budget, your list of options regarding remote monitoring used to be quite slim. Since the invention of the internet, a world of possibilities has been opened and now that this technology is readily available…

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Is LEED Still Viable?

Is LEED Still Viable?

Oregon is in the top five states with the lowest carbon footprint per capita, and has more LEED® certified buildings per capita than any other state. 1 With that, the short answers is yes, but there is definitely more to…

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