Mission Critical

Michaud Cooley Erickson’s Mission Critical Engineering team tailors designs specific to the facility requirements and project budgets providing flexibility, modular growth and energy efficiency. Projects range from small telecom closets to multi-megawatt certified Tier 4 data centers.  We provide highly technical professionals, trained in leading edge technology and analysis software, allowing us to create the best product in the industry.

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Special Services:

  • Facility Assessment
  • Design Documents
  • Construction Administration
  • Commissioning
  • Advanced Analysis of Data Processing Facilities
  • Capacity Planning

Technical Skills:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics | CFD
  • Arc Flash Studies
  • Data Center Infrastructure Management | DCIM
  • Development of ‘Methods of Procedures’
  • Advanced Power Systems Analysis
  • Energy Analysis

Certified Tier Designers

Uptime certification is a widely recognized method of comparing data center facilities for reliability, redundancy, maintainability and fault tolerance. Having two Uptime Certified Designers for their Tier classifications ensures that clients will get the facility they need.

Coordination Studies

Electrical device coordination is paramount to the successful operation of critical facilities.  Coordination studies, performed during design and construction phases as well as in concert with power distribution changes made throughout the life of the facility, are necessary for mission critical facilities to realize maximum reliability and uptime.

Arc Flash

Future maintainability of these critical facilities is done through proper design and classification of electrical systems. MCE can perform an arc flash study and print labels for the equipment so the maintenance staff knows the level of personal protective equipment to wear during the maintenance.

Thermal Modeling

With facilities driving toward higher and higher densities, engineers must be able to prove to a client that every RU of every rack will receive temperatures that are within acceptable ranges. A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model can show the designed data room’s airflow patterns and temperature at any point in the room.

Capacity Planning

Designing data centers requires more planning than providing an ample amount of power and cooling to IT equipment. Because IT equipment and strategies are always evolving, available power and cooling must be designed for future flexibility while minimizing stranded power.

Existing Site Assessment

Most existing data centers have seen several iterations of space, power and cooling modifications. When a client is looking to purchase, upgrade or move into a data center, it is important to have an engineer that can evaluate power, cooling and fire protection systems and identify any possible points of failure and quickly estimate the future potential of the space.