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November 2013 Newsletter

What’s New

Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., as President of the Rockland County Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, was honored to once again represent the voting interests of the engineers of Rockland County on November 2nd at the NYSSPE Board of Directors meeting.

Recent Projects

  •  Forensic Engineering services regarding workplace safety and coefficient of friction issues at a facility located in Orange County, NY
  • Consultation regarding a structural collapse during repair of a building located in Westchester County, NY
  • Evaluation of accessibility concerns for a premises located in Catasauqua, PA

ASCE: U.S. needs to make a greater investment in infrastructure

On October 8th The American Society of Civil Engineers reported that “infrastructure in the U.S. is aging and failing, and funding has been insufficient to repair and replace it, despite continued efforts to form private-public partnerships for infrastructure management… The sorry state of infrastructure will undermine the country’s status in the global economy unless it makes more infrastructure investments, ASCE notes. “To compete in the global economy, improve our quality of life, and raise our standard of living, we must renew and update America’s aging public infrastructure,” the authors write”. 

The condition of infrastructure throughout the tri-state area has been talked about often during this “election season”.  To this end, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., our firm President and an officer of both the local chapters of the NY State Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers, is helping to plan a panel discussion and forum which will include representatives of various local area utility companies, government agencies, and local area politicians.  The event will be held during Engineers’ Week in February 2014.  Please contact our office if you are interested in attending and/or would like to suggest topics for discussion at the event. 

Most Heating Bills To Rise This Winter

On October 8th USA Today reported that “the government forecasts…that most households will pay more for heat this winter. Heating oil users will catch a slight break, but still pay near-record prices to keep warm. Prices for natural gas, electricity and propane should be higher, the primary reason that more than 90% of homes will incur higher heating expenses. Homes using natural gas for heat will pay…about 13% higher than a year ago but still 4% below the average for the previous five winters. Homes relying on electricity for heat, about 38% of the U.S., will likely pay about 2% more for heat compared with last year. For heating oil customers, there is good news and bad news in the Energy Department’s annual outlook for heating costs. Their average bill should drop 2%, …but that’s still the second highest average on record, behind last year…”.

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult regarding and specify upgrades for energy efficiency programs to assist our clientele in controlling their energy expenses.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters. 

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