April 27, 2022

District Energy: What is it?

District energy commonly refers to generating and distributing steam, electricity, and/or chilled water from a centrally located plant. While not all District Energy plants supply the […]
February 3, 2022

Inside the Matrix Part 3: Deciphering the Hieroglyphics

REVIEW In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we discussed the basics of modern microprocessor-based controls and Distributed Control Systems (DCSs). Now that you’ve […]
September 13, 2021

Inside the Matrix Part 2: Breaking the Code

In my previous blog, we pulled back the curtain to discuss what a Distributed Control System is and how it works. We looked at the major […]
May 17, 2021

Inside the Matrix: Quick Look at Power Plant Control Systems

For most of us born before 1990, controls or logic diagrams remind us of Indiana Jones trying to decipher some ancient scroll. The language is foreign […]
March 12, 2021

Water Chemistry: Beans, Beer, and Boilers

Beans, Beer, and Boilers. How water chemistry affects the important things in life. If you’re anything like me (and millions of other people on this beautiful […]
January 14, 2021

Watchstanding Principles – As featured in Power Magazine

Periodically throughout the year, each of us at Fossil Consulting Services contributes a post to our blog.  This allows us to present information on topics we […]
December 22, 2020
wind and solar energy

The Cost of Going Green. Does the push for renewable energy sources make sense?

Early in American history scientists and naturalists grew concerned that America, and the world, were using natural resources faster than they could be replenished.  Largely because […]
July 13, 2020
Man checking control panels

Watchstanding Principles Part 1: Focus on the Basics.

At 18-years-old, I had no clue what watchstanding was, let alone watchstanding principles.   My only work experience before joining the Navy? Working at the drive-thru […]