How TP Mechanical Makes BIM Work for You

Sometimes our focus is so trained on the results that it can be eye-opening to look at the important steps required to get there. And one of those essential building blocks for TP Mechanical is BIM – or Building Information Modeling.

With BIM, our design/build teams use one comprehensive system of digital drawings that all members can access, instead of working on separate drawings. BIM combines 3-D modeling and information management for a more collaborative, streamlined effort that reduces the likelihood of mistakes.

TP Mechanical’s Design/Build Services

TP Mechanical’s expert design/build teams apply BIM methodology, along with pre-fabrication techniques and LEED principles, to create custom designs that meet your specific project needs. We collaborate with owners, architects and construction managers to design mechanical systems that accomplish multiple construction objectives. We provide engineering services for:

  • System Lifecycle Cost Analysis
  • HVAC Design Heat Load Calculations
  • HVAC System Design
  • Plumbing System Design and Layout
  • Fire Sprinkler Design and Layout
  • Duct and Piping Sizing and Layout
  • Equipment Selection
  • Energy Usage Analysis
  • Industrial Ventilation
  • Control Sequence Operations
  • Specifications

The BIM Bottom Line

By using BIM, TP Mechanical offers you the advantage of superior design capabilities along with true bottom-line benefits such as increased savings, faster results, improved accuracy and reduced risk of errors or discrepancies.

For more information

Download a copy of our Design/Build Services overview to look at all services and then Contact Us to see how we can work together to provide your next custom design solution.

Check Your Tap Water for Chromium-6

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A recent report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit research organization, revealed that there are higher-than-recommended levels of chromium-6 in the tap water being supplied to two-thirds of all Americans. EWG published an interactive map that lists its water testing results on a county-by-county basis.

Chromium-6 is a cancer-causing chemical that occurs naturally in the environment and can be produced in high quantities by industrial projects. In addition to being a known carcinogen, chromium-6 can also cause burns, pneumonia and complications during childbirth.

If you live in an area that has high levels of chromium-6, consider purchasing a filter to remove the chemical from your water. The following are the most common filters used:

  • Ion exchange water treatment units—These units are effective in removing chromium-6. However, they need to be monitored, maintained and replaced fairly frequently.
  • Reverse osmosis filters—These filters are often more affordable and practical for residential use and are easier to find at local stores. However, they use much more energy, and you must dispose of the filtered materials.

If you aren’t sure what filter is best for you, visit EWG’s Water Filter Buying Guide for further guidance.

Important Updates: 2016 Flu Vaccine

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As the 2016-2017 flu season approaches, now is a great time to get vaccinated against the flu. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine.

Unlike their recommendations during past flu seasons, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are not recommending the nasal spray vaccine, FluMist, for the 2016-2017 season due to concerns over its effectiveness, especially in children. The CDC and AAP are now only recommending the injectable flu vaccine.

Some flu shots protect against three flu viruses while others protect against four viruses. Consult your physician to determine which shot is best for you. If you don’t have a regular doctor, you can get a flu vaccine at a local health department, pharmacy or urgent care clinic.

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and, arguably, the best way to protect your family during the flu season. For more information on the 2016-2017 vaccine, click here.

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Choosing Medications Wisely

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Drugs And Warnings

The rising cost of prescription and specialty medications is alarming. The most recent example of how expensive these types of medications can be is the price hike of the life-saving EpiPen, which now costs more than $600 for one pack of two EpiPens.

If you take prescription medication, using the following strategies can help you become a wiser health care consumer and save you money:

  • Shop around—Drug prices are not the same at every pharmacy. You may be able to save money by shopping around.
  • Ask about drug substitution—When your doctor prescribes a drug, ask if a cheaper alternative is available or if an over-the-counter drug will work just as well.
  • Consider using a generic version of your prescription drug—Generic medications work just as well as brand-name drugs and can cost up to 80 percent less.
  • Look into discount card programs—Some drugstore chains offer discount prescription cards that provide additional discounts on your prescriptions for a small monthly or annual fee.

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Halloween Safety Tips

 

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For some Americans, Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays. Unfortunately, it can also be rather dangerous. Use the following suggestions to help keep your child safe this year.

Costume Safety Tips

  • Choose fire-resistant costumes, wigs and accessories.
  • Avoid potentially dangerous props, like hard swords.
  • Opt for non-toxic face paint or makeup instead of masks.
  • Decorate costumes and treat bags with reflective tape if your child will be out after dark.

Trick-or-treating Safety Tips

  • Accompany children under 12 at all times.
  • Insist that trick-or-treating only be done in familiar areas.
  • Plan a route if older children are going alone.
  • Designate a specific time for children to return home.
  • Instruct children to never enter a stranger’s car or home.
  • Remind children to always look both ways before crossing a street, to be aware of their surroundings and to use sidewalks whenever possible.
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.
  • Discard treats that appear to be open or tampered with.

For more tips on how to celebrate Halloween safely, click here.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the United States. Top risk factors include getting older, race and family history of breast cancer, which are things you cannot change.

Regardless of your personal risk factors, you can use these prevention strategies to reduce your risk of breast cancer:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid exposure to carcinogens and radiation.
  • Abstain from drinking alcohol or limit intake to one drink per day.

In general, living a healthy lifestyle can help lower your risk of developing cancer and increase your chances of surviving cancer. If you are concerned about your personal risk of developing breast cancer, call or visit your doctor.

For more information on risk factors, prevention tips and breast cancer screening, visit www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/.

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Prevent Backpack-related Injuries

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According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 5,000 children under the age of 19 suffered backpack-related injuries last year. The vast majority of these injuries were caused by overloaded and incorrectly fitted backpacks.

Smiling Little Boy With Big Backpack Jumping And Having FunWhile you may not have complete control over the weight of your child’s backpack, you can purchase a well-fitting, comfortable backpack. When shopping for a backpack, search for:

  • The proper size (never wider or longer than your child’s torso, never hanging more than 4 inches below waist)
  • Padded back and shoulder straps
  • Multiple compartments and a waist or chest strap to help balance the weight
  • Reflective, lightweight material

Purchasing a good backpack for your child is just the first step in preventing backpack-related injuries. Be sure to encourage them to always use both straps when carrying their backpacks and to only pack what is absolutely necessary to carry.


This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice. © 2016 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.

How Can ISO 9001:2008 Certification Benefit Your Company?

When you see that a company is certified as conforming to the ISO 9001:2008 Standards, you can count on this: The company’s production processes meet established international standards for quality. That may help you, as a customer, satisfy your legal or contractual requirements and ensures you’re working with an organization that places a high priority on quality.

To achieve certification of conformity to the ISO 9001:2008 Standards companies must demonstrate that they can meet regulatory requirements and apply a Quality Management System effectively. At TP Mechanical, we believe in reducing costs, increasing customer satisfaction – all of which are part of our Quality Management System.

TP Mechanical: ISO 9001:2008

TP Mechanical has a registered ISO 9001:2008 certification of conformity for our Quality Management System. We earned our registration for “prefabrication of components for the purpose of fast-track construction in the piping and mechanical plumbing fields.”

As a mechanical contractor specializing in large commercial construction projects, TP Mechanical utilizes prefabrication to reduce construction costs and shorten schedules while decreasing waste and scrap. By doing more work in the shop – in a controlled, dedicated facility – we also enhance safety d achieve higher quality for the projects we complete on the job site.

Benefits of ISO 9001:2008

TP Mechanical’s conformity to the ISO 9001:2008 Standards allows us to support your organization by delivering the results you want and expect. Our Quality Management System benefits your company by:

  • Improving quality and service
  • Reducing the amount of on-site work
  • Providing on-time delivery
  • Fostering a get it right the first time attitude
  • Reducing mistakes, change orders and defects

For more information

To learn more about what the TP Mechanical team can accomplish on your next project, click here.