A Look Inside Data Centers

I like the trending in infographics for presenting information.  This one is a great summary of Data Centers.  WEngineering has completed a number of projects which work with smaller data centers than Google and Facebook.

Infographic on Datacenters

Walker Engineering Helps Wunderground Hone its Forecasts

Walker Engineering maintains KORPORTL71 on Wunderground in an attempt to record local data.  It has been interesting to us to use it to compare data sets from the local area along with the official PDX information.  It has also been extremely useful in supporting local bike commuters via the Wundermap which is one of the all time winners in online weather information whether one uses the Chrome PlugIn, the iPhone App, or just the site itself.

Now, as reported in the NYTimes, we are actually going to provide the kind of information that will allow for improved weather forecasting locally.  Amazing Engineering Feat!

Users Help a Weather Site Hone Its Forecasts

By DANIEL E. SLOTNIK, NYTimes, Published: March 20, 2011

Kevin Bleier, an amateur meteorologist, lugged a weather station up several precarious ladders to reach the peaked roof on his 40-foot-tall house in Alameda, Calif., then mounted it on a 15-foot pole to capture data for his personal weather site.

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times

Alan Steremberg of Weather Underground, which collects data from amateurs and professionals.

But the data is not for Mr. Bleier’s site alone. His station and over 20,000 like it worldwide are part of the largest network of weather stations ever assembled, according to the meteorological Web site Weather Underground.

The network is part of an audacious plan to crowd-source weather measurement and, Weather Underground hopes, to snatch viewers from its larger competitor, the Weather Channel’s Weather.com. In the last six months, Weather Underground has averaged about 14 million unique visitors a month in the United States, while Weather.com attracted about 42 million, according to Quantcast, an online metrics company.

Design Exercise Into Everything for Everyone

We are often asked at Walker Engineering why we are working to design exercise back into so many aspects of a daily routine.  This week, research indicated the following:

This news story is based on research that followed 34,000 American women over 13 years to see whether there was an association between the degree of weight gain normally associated with age and how much exercise the women did. The researchers estimate that women need to do at least an hour of exercise a day to prevent putting on weight.

To read more about the study we recommend skipping the normal press outlets and reading a more complete article at the NHS in UK.  I have attached the article below in the event it moves or becomes difficult to find.  Read the actual article and pursue the links on the NHS website.

John Walker, PE moves to enginerve.com

As WEngineering grows, John Walker, principal engineer, founder and president of WEngineering has relocated his web presence to enginerve.com to improve the focus of his consulting work in information technology and engineering.  John continues to be active throughout WEngineering practices; however, the web presence for WEngineering needed to be directed towards the Industrial Engineering consulting practice.  The goal is to reduce the clutter and confusion on the web site.