Archive for January 23, 2013

    Replacing office phone systems

    Written by admin on January 23rd, 2013. Posted in Minneapolis it consulting, Office phone systems, Small business it support

    Small business it support

    If the office phone systems that you use around your place of business are starting to seem out of date, or they are causing lots of tech problems, you should reach out to a managed it services company that can offer small business IT support so you can get your office phone systems working the way that they should. There are some great Minneapolis it consulting firms that will be able to take a look at your existing office phone systems, and let you know whether they can be fixed, or whether they should be replaced with newer technology.

    Do not put up with out of date or malfunctioning office phone systems one day longer. Reach out to a Minneapolis it consulting company, let them know about some of the problems that you are experiencing, and arrange for them to send out a specialist to help you get your office phone systems back on track so that you can get back to business. Having well functioning office phone systems is an integral part of having a business that runs smoothly, so make sure that you do all you can to get them working properly.

    An Environmental Phase I Audit

    Written by admin on January 23rd, 2013. Posted in Materials testing

    Materials testing

    In the United States an environmental phase i audit, also known simply as an ESA, is a report that’s prepared for a realtor. Within this report any potential or existing environmental contamination liabilities are identified. Both the underlying land and the physical improvements upon the land are typically addressed within an environmental audit, which is usually prepared for you by a geotechnical engineer. Sometimes this engineer will determine that your property is a brownfield site, which means that it will then be added to the National Priorities List where it will then be subject to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program.

    There are a variety of reasons why an environmental phase i audit may be performed upon a commercial property. The most common reason for an environmental phase i audit is that the property is being sold to someone who wasn’t originally on the title either due to a partnership buyout or a principal redistribution of ownership. Another reason is that sometimes a company may want to take out a loan based on the value of this real estate holding. Some of the other reasons include applying to a public agency for change in the use of the land; a desire to understand the toxic history of the property; being compelled to have materials testing done by a regulatory agency who suspects that there may be toxic conditions on the site; and the divestiture of properties. This information can be found in Standard E1527 05 of the ASTM.

    Regardless of the reason for an environmental phase i audit, samples of the soil, air, groundwater and building materials are not typically taken at this time. Instead, this is considered to be just the first step in the process of environmental due diligence. Only when a site is considered contaminated will his type of testing be done as part of a Phase II environmental site assessment.