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Infrastructure Outlook: A Bridge Too Far (Gone)?

June 16, 2018 - in Articles, Column

One of the most frustrating things about contemporary times is that people are unable to change their mindset as fast as technology progresses. According to American design expert Donald A. Norman, “Technology may change rapidly, but people change slowly.”…

Final Thoughts: Spring Brings Baseball and Construction Seasons

June 11, 2018 - in Articles, Column

Spring finally has arrived here in the Midwest (Chicago, to be specific): flowers are blooming, trees are budding out, birds are singing, and baseball…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Written vs. Oral Communication: You Make the Call

June 4, 2018 - in Articles, Column

I admit I haven’t really embraced the whole texting thing, and I don’t believe it’s an age gap. Although I communicate with our kids that way about…

Code Update: Provisions for Cold-Formed Steel Nonstructural Members Clarified in AISI S220

May 13, 2018 - in Articles, Column

For most cold-formed steel framing projects, industry or manufacturers’ design tables are sufficient for specifying and constructing nonstructural partitions. But for projects where the requirements are outside the usual limits, design professionals and…

From the Editor: Old Habits Die Hard

May 7, 2018 - in Articles, Column

I have a theory, and I wonder what you think about it. It has to do with ancient pyramids, spaceships, artificial intelligence, robots and self-driving cars. No, this doesn’t have anything to do with “ancient astronauts” or Chariots of the Gods; it's…

Thoughts From Engineers: Water 4.0: Time to Consider an Alternative Paradigm

April 17, 2018 - in Articles, Column

Our present-day style of managing water hasn’t strayed much from the centralized approach employed by the Romans some 2,000 years ago. This was fine when cities first began to modernize, but the 21st century requires something different. This is the conclusion…

Executive Corner: The R&D Tax Credit: Major Savings Available for Architects and Engineers

April 17, 2018 - in Column

When it comes to taxes, the main focus for architecture and engineering firms of late has been the new tax law and the opportunities it’s providing companies to grow and reinvest in their businesses. For this installment of “Executive Corner,” Russ Ryan,…

Project Management Insights: Is Project Management a Weakness in the Armor?

April 16, 2018 - in Articles, Column

When my consulting firm (Morrissey Goodale) works with clients to develop a strategic plan, several elements go into the effort well before we bring everyone around the table. Conversations with the firm’s leaders and top managers are one such component.…

Final Thoughts: Engineers Also Deserve Awards and Recognition

April 9, 2018 - in Articles, Column

I was among the millions of people who watched at least part of the Academy Awards show this year, and I couldn’t help but think about comparing the awards to our industry. The Academy recognizes outstanding performance in the film industry in 24 categories,…

ReEngineering the Engineer: What’s Ice Got to Do with It?

April 2, 2018 - in Articles, Column

For some reason, I wasn’t much of a reader when I was young. Maybe it was the engineering gene; I don’t know many engineers I would consider voracious readers. However, through the years, I’ve come to enjoy reading a good book, mostly non-fiction. So…