Why is Chlorine in My Waste Oil?

The world wouldn’t be where it is now without machine shops.  Manufacturing operations such as tool and die plants, aerospace parts manufacturers, surgical fitting fabricators, firearms manufacturing, and other metalworking industries (particularly precision work) have had a long history in Massachusetts, from the founding of the Springfield Armory in 1777 through the present day. As […]

The Engineering of Bowling

Some of the OTO crew participated in the Joseph Freedman Company’s seventh annual charitable Bowl-A-Thon on November 10, 2018. This is a fun annual benefit for Camphill Village, held at AMF Lanes in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Bowling is a great sport for engineers, since it’s a community activity (that gets us away from our labs, offices […]

What are Volatile Organic Compounds in Massachusetts?

  “Volatile organic compounds or VOCs” are defined (310 CMR 40.0006) in the MCP. Volatile Organic Compounds and VOCs each mean an organic compound with a boiling point equal to or less than 2180C that are targeted analytes in EPA Method 8260B and other purgeable organic methods specified in the Department’s Compendium of Analytical Methods. […]

Industrial Archaeology

I recently had the great pleasure of attending the Society for Industrial Archaeology’s annual conference, held in Richmond, Virginia. The SIA is an interdisciplinary professional organization dedicated to the understanding and preservation of industrial history and artifacts. While there, I gave a presentation about my recent research topic, the historic manufactured gas industry of Massachusetts, […]

OTO Sponsors Net Positive Symposium at Hampshire College

O’Reilly Talbot & Okun Associates, Inc. participated as a sponsor in the Net Positive Symposium for Higher Education, held at one of our recently completed projects, the R.W. Kern Center on the beautiful Hampshire College campus in Amherst, Massachusetts.  The R.W. Kern Center   is Living Certified by the International Living Future Institute, meaning that: […]

Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean

My name is Jhonatan Escobar and I joined O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun Associates, Inc. (OTO) after obtaining my BS in Civil Engineering in 2017.  Working as a full time field engineer represents a lifetime milestone for me..  This achievement was greatly facilitated by Western New England University (WNEU) and the extracurricular activities that were available […]