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1. Select the publication(s) to which you would like to contribute. 
2. Select the general topic area(s) to which you would like to contribute.
3. Review the list of article suggestions provided for each general topic area. This can serve as a jumping off point for your contribution to CFE Media.
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Magazine description: Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) is the industry's premier construction engineering resource for commercial building systems written and reviewed by professional consulting engineers for professional engineers. CSE delivers content to professional engineers who write the specification documents that determine the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems used in nonresidential buildings.

Average audience reach: 198,639 engineers

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CTLx_LOGO_Color_ID_clear_sm.gifMagazine description: Control Engineering (CE) is the leader in connecting the global industrial engineering audience through coverage of and education about automation, control, and instrumentation technologies. CE is recognized as the global information leader for automation engineers who design, implement, maintain, and manage control/instrumentation systems, components, and equipment.

Average audience reach: 508,892 engineers

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plantlogoforsurvey.jpgMagazine description: Plant Engineering (PE) provides strategic manufacturing knowledge to help the plant manager operate efficiently, effectively and safely. Plant engineers, plant managers, maintenance supervisors and manufacturing leaders have turned to PE for the information they needed to run their plants smarter, safer, faster and better.

Average audience reach: 267,927 engineers

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Magazine description: Oil & Gas Engineering (OGE) targets engineers and other operational personnel responsible for business critical functions and processes at facilities and field locations in the upstream, gathering, midstream and refining segments. These professionals design, specify, implement, upgrade and maintain equipment and technology in the areas of process management, automation, cybersecurity, asset management, personnel safety and maintenance/reliability for their facilities.

Average audience reach: 51,326 engineers

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3. Consulting-Specifying Engineer Primary Editorial TopicsPlease select one or more topics on which you are interested in authoring an article.
3. Control Engineering Primary Editorial TopicsPlease select one or more topics on which you are interested in authoring an article.
3. Plant Engineering Primary Editorial TopicsPlease select one or more topics on which you are interested in authoring an article.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer Specific Article Topics

Electrical power systems

  • BAS: codes and standards
  • Integration and interoperability
  • Retrofitting a BAS
  • Selecting a building automation system
  • Selecting a building management system
  • Wireless BAS

Plumbing systems

  • BIM coordination in plumbing systems
  • Geothermal systems
  • Gray water systems in commercial buildings
  • Ground source heat pump systems
  • Plumbing: codes and standards
  • Wastewater treatment in commercial buildings

Fire and life safety systems

  • Arc flash: designing safe and effective electrical systems
  • BIM coordination in fire/life safety systems
  • Data center fire suppression
  • Fire/life safety: codes and standards
  • Hospital fire/life safety systems
  • School fire/life safety systems

Lighting control

  • BIM coordination in lighting systems
  • Hospital lighting systems
  • LED codes and standards
  • Lighting controls
  • Lighting: codes and standards

Energy efficiency

  • LED retrofits
  • Water management strategies
  • Waste heat recovery and use
  • LED specifications
  • Energy modeling

Codes and standards

  • NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
  • NFPA 75: Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology Equipment
  • NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code requirements
  • ASHRAE 189.1, IECC, and IgCC
Control Engineering Specific Article Topics

Control systems

  • Fixing PID Proportional
  • PC-based control: smart software, dumb devices
  • PID cascade control
  • Cybersecurity for mobile devices
  • Past, present, future: Open vs. closed-loop control

Information control

  • Ethernet hardware for industrial networks
  • Machine vision for automotive applications
  • Advances in smart process instrumentation

Control equipment

  • Fieldbus networks vs. smart I/O
  • HMI best practices
  • Complex multi-axis motion control and robotics
  • History and future of the PLC
  • Electronic motion control, then and now

Industrial networking

  • Machine safety and networks
  • Wireless Ethernet
  • Cloud use cases: Where and when to use it?

System integration

  • The changing face of the automation system integration industry
  • Self-regulating vs. integrating processes

Education and training

  • How many people do you need in your plant?
  • Automation recruiting and hiring tips
  • Certifications for automation service providers
Plant Engineering Specific Article Topics

Plant safety and security

  • Effective use of LED lighting in manufacturing settings (cost savings vs. productivity/safety)
  • Arc flash and electrical safety: Developing a continuing and comprehensive look at safety systems, safety strategy and regulations, both from the federal government (OSHA) and regulatory agencies (NEC, NFPA)
  • Machine safety controls
  • Integrating robotics into safety systems

Maintenance strategy

  • Effective mainteannce planning and execution
  • Challenges of HVAC maintenance
  • Pumps and valves: Keeping your life blood flowing smoothly

Inventory management

  • Effectiver use of wireless in indoor automation systems
  • Matching plant and building automation
  • Remote electrical monitoring: How to spot the right trends in your system
  • Inventory management: Effective ways to keep track of everything coming and going

Material handling

  • Characteristics of an effective Clean Room
  • Basics of automated material handling systems
  • Innovative material storage opportunities

Labor and production

  • Medium voltage motor control
  • Motor starters and energy management
  • Basics of mechanical system management

Education and training

  • How to migrate CAD drawings to manufacturing operations
  • Effective project management basics
Our mission at Oil & Gas Engineering is to serve engineers, automation and operations professionals with information on the new technologies, products and processes that support production and efficiencies from the wellhead to the refinery. Through our magazine, newsletters and website we will provide engineers with industry-specific solutions designed to:
  • Maximize uptime and increase productivity through the use of industry best practices and new innovations
  • Increase efficiency through automation, analytics and information management
  • Maintain and improve safety for workers and the work environment.
Core topics include the following as they relate to downstream, midstream and upstream technologies, systems and topics. We accept technical feature articles and case studies about:
  • Alarm management
  • Automation and controls
  • Big data
  • Carbon capture
  • Compressors
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data analysis and simulation
  • Digital oilfield
  • Facility design, retrofit
  • Fracking
  • Geography and technology
  • Import/export issues
  • Information management and control
  • Integrated operations
  • Intelligence at the device
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Leak detection
  • Machine equipment, devices
  • Machine-to-machine connectivity
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Offshore maintenance
  • Offshore wireless monitoring
  • Onshore production technology
  • Pipeline maintenance
  • Process optimization
  • Production planning and execution
  • Reliability/lifecycle
  • Remote monitoring
  • Remote operating centers
  • Repair versus replace
  • Retrofitting refineries
  • Safety
  • Sensors
  • Separation technologies
  • Software application implementations
  • Supply chain integration
  • System analytics
  • Wireless monitoring, data acquisition
  • Valves and flowmeters
  • Water management
  • Wireless systems
  • Workforce development
  • Worker safety
  • Virtualization