There’s an old saying, repeated in the recent novel “Asymmetry” by Lisa Halliday, about how “the foreign journalist who travels to the Middle East and stays a week goes home to write a book in which he presents a pat solution to all of its problems.
Scary descriptions of “monster fatbergs” that have blocked sewer water in Baltimore and the U.K. make for effective newswriting. But clogged-artery metaphors and gross-out tactics aside, fat, oil and grease (FOG) do pose an expensive threat to sanitary sewer collection systems.
Recently, I had the opportunity to go on a fishing trip. It was a “deep-sea” excursion from the northern tip of Plum Island in New England. The recommended method of trickery was to put some pieces of squid on a hook, weight the line with a 16-ounce hunk of lead and let it sink to the bottom of the ocean.
Find a successful professional and there’s a good chance they had a great mentor. For Blair Minyard, the new vice president of education on the ASPE Board of Directors, that person is new ASPE President Carol Johnson.
The AEC BuildTech Conference & Expo is a unique new event spotlighting the latest design & building processes, products and emerging technologies. This interactive three-day conference & expo is designed to inform and inspire today’s entire building team — innovative and influential architects, engineers, contractors, facility managers, owners and more. Educational sessions will include five separate tracks focused on plumbing, HVAC/mechanical systems, flooring, building envelope and roofing. As an attendee you will walk away from this event with the connections and knowledge to leverage tomorrow’s building processes and construction technologies.
The April 2019 issue of PM Engineer takes an expansive look at the challenges engineers face sizing grease interceptors and how the issue affects municipal sewer systems across the country. Also this month, read exclusive stories about a hydronic water pipeline system installed at a new Four Seasons resort in Calistoga, California, and the value siphonic drains provide in a new manufacturing facility in McPherson, Kansas. Julius Ballanco’s column examines the definition of graywater in plumbing codes, and John Siegenthaler, P.E., gives details for bypassing thermal storage.