P. Andrew Collins, PE - principal of P.A. Collins, PE Consulting Engineers. Registered Professional Engineer in the States of New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Member ASHRAE and International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, currently pursuing LEED certification.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, in the City of New York, and a Masters of Science from the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy.
The company has pioneered the use of ground source heat pumps in New York City, and has five operating installations, with new buildings totaling 180,000 square feet currently in design or construction.
Sustainable, or "green" design forms a cornerstone for the practice.
Carl Orio - Chairman, Water Energy Distributors Inc.
Mr. Orio has one of the longest involvement's with geothermal heat pumps in the United States today. He is a Certified GeoExchange Designer (AEE), an approved Design Assistant (GHPC) and a Certified Geothermal Instructor ( IGSPHA). He has been a member of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association's (IGSPHA) Advisory Broad and the IGSPHA Marketing Committee Chairman.
Mr. Orio started his involvement with geothermal heat pumps in 1974 and between that time and 1981 manufactured approximately 2,000 geothermal heat pumps, distributing them throughout the northern US and Canada. Since that time he has been a geothermal heat pump distributor and systems designer, and has been involved in well over 8,000 geothermal heat pump installations, both residential and commercial.
Mr. Orio is a charter member of the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium , he was contributing member of the National Earth Comfort Program and has been a member of the National Ground Water Association's Geothermal Heat Pump Committee. He has been a speaker at Association of Energy Engineers, ASHRAE, IGSPHA, National Geothermal Resources Council and National Ground Water Association conferences. He has been an active member and incorporating founder of the Northeast ACCA Council.
Mr. Orio is presently or has been a geothermal consultant for over 70 Power Utilities, US Department of Energy, U S Park Service, Oklahoma State University, NY City Dept of Design & Construction and Engineering firms in the Northeastern United
States and Canada. His firm distributes geothermal heat pumps in the Northeast. His mechanical consulting activities include in-building heat pump design, earth loop design and standing column well design. His analysis activities include economic and energy analysis projects in the application of geothermal heat pumps to industrial, educational and commercial buildings. Mr. Orio has also been a contributor to several nationally recognized software programs for geothermal and mechanical systems.
Mr. Orio has an advanced degree in Engineering and a BS in Physical Chemistry. He has served as a Captain in the US Marine Corps, a senior missile system engineer for Raytheon, and an international systems analyst for BDM Crop in Washington DC.
Sergio Smiriglio graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in 1979. He first worked as a geophysical field operative on a natural gas exploration team in south Texas. In 1980, he was included on a team of hydroge-ologists in the Syosset branch of the United States Geological Survey. Mr. Smiriglio, during this time, working under Julian Soren and Murrey Garber of the USGS, was responsible for collecting and mapping the hydrogeologic data for the Brooklyn/ Queens portion of Long Island, using a variety of techniques including test borings and well drilling, to be included in a series of Maps being produced by the USGS.
Mr. Smiriglio began working in 1981 for Geraghty and Miller, Inc., as a hydroge-ologist, where he soon specialized in developing water supplies in bedrock aquifers, becoming the lead bedrock aquifer geologist in the firm. Mr. Smiriglio further developed remote sensing techniques for selecting suitable drilling locations for high yield wells. Using these techniques, Mr. Smiriglio has developed some of the highest yielding bedrock wells in the Tri-State metropolitan Area. Mr. Smiriglio further developed these techniques, as well as developing methodologies for the testing of bedrock aquifers, when he become a senior hydrogeologist at the Paramus office of Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.
For the past fourteen years, Mr. Smiriglio has been the president of SSEC Inc., a firm specializing in developing groundwater supplies for large-scale water users such as golf courses, municipalities and large housing and industrial developments. SSEC also conducts groundwater contamination investigations and groundwater remediation studies, as well as geothermal feasibility studies.
This manual was written for Project Managers and Consulting Engineers working for the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC). As a part of the High Performance Design Initiative, it is meant to enable the introduction of geothermal heat pump technology into projects managed by the DDC.
This manual was prepared under DDC Contract Number DDC002000146
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