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Buildings: What Does “Sustainable Buildings” Really Mean?

January 3, 2018 - in Articles, Column

Building professionals and the general public are talking about how we need “sustainable” and “healthy” buildings, but what does that really mean? And how do we verify that a building is really sustainable and healthy? There are available rating systems,…

Smart Cities: Putting a ‘Smart Communities’ Strategy to Work

January 3, 2018 - in Articles, Column, Smart Cities

The term “smart cities” has been around for a while now. You can’t go to an event or pick up a magazine without some discussion on smart cities,…

Infrastructure Outlook: Infrastructure: How Do We Pay for It?

January 3, 2018 - in Articles, Column

There is widespread consensus that America’s infrastructure needs help. It ranks 11th in the world, and the American Society of Civil Engineers has…

Change Leader: Vectorworks CEO Discusses BIM, New Releases

January 3, 2018 - in Column, Profile

These profiles are based on interviews, and the opinions and statements are those of the subject and are not necessarily shared or endorsed by this publication. Dr. Biplab Sarkar is the CEO of Vectorworks, a Nemetschek company, with 25-plus years of experience…

Future Forward: Using Climate Models to Better Engineer Future Pavement Surfaces

January 3, 2018 - in Column, Profile

This page profiles innovative and impactful applied research in civil and structural engineering to spur continuing thought and dialog to create a better industry. These profiles are based on interviews, and the opinions and statements are those of the subject…

Executive Corner: When Those Aging Baby Boomers Just Won’t Retire

December 20, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Alan co-founded a successful consulting engineering firm when he was in his thirties. Through the years, the practice grew steadily, adding new staff, offices and owners along the way. When Alan turned 60, he announced his intent to retire at age 65. That…

From the Editor: Small Firms, Big Productivity Gains

December 19, 2017 - in Articles, Column

In the last 20 years, global productivity in the construction industry has grown by a measly 1 percent. By comparison, manufacturing productivity has increased by about 4 times that amount. In financial terms, productivity is the measure of output for a production…

Final Thoughts: Thankful to Be an Engineer and All That Comes with It

December 18, 2017 - in Column

We’re in the season when many of us stop and think about the things for which we’re thankful. For some, it’s our family, our health, our jobs, our home. For others, it’s nature, the ability to travel, the freedom to speak. For some, it’s difficult…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Making Way for the Future

December 11, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Like many others, my firm had a very busy 2017. We were fortunate to pick up a couple new clients at the beginning of the year, and that led to additional projects and a workload that caught us a little by surprise. We didn’t realize the pent-up demand for…

From the Editor: Infrastructure (and Humans) Under Siege

November 6, 2017 - in Articles, Column

On Aug. 24, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, as a Category 4 hurricane. For the next five days, the storm dumped a historic amount of rain on the second-largest state in the union before heading back out to the Gulf of Mexico. On…