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EPA Guidance Provides New Options for Meeting TMDL Goals

August 17, 2015 - in Column, Maintenance, Stormwater, Water

The goal of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program is arguably simple - to develop watershed level conservation plans designed to restore impaired waters and attain applicable water quality standards – but its development and implementation has not…

Infrastructure Outlook: What’s New in Reality Capture?

August 2, 2015 - in Column

New reality-capture technologies are gaining ground as firms realize that the flexibility offered by new tools can improve designs, reduce clashes and…

Executive Corner: The Engineering Industry Equity Drain: Crisis or Opportunity?

August 2, 2015 - in Column

While Wall Street wrings its hands over how the markets will be impacted by the Baby Boomers cashing in their 401(k)s and pensions as they leave the workforce,…

Structural Solutions: Minding the Gap in Technology

August 2, 2015 - in Column

Reworking a line from a 1970s Saturday Night Live sketch: technology has been “berry berry good” to the design and construction industries. I remember my first day as a budding engineer, fresh out of college, as if it was yesterday. The firm I started…

Managing the Model—Wanted: More Models in Action

August 2, 2015 - in Column

There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of 3-D modeling for the infrastructure industry, and anecdotal evidence of such benefits is ubiquitous. However, it’s always refreshing and encouraging to hear firsthand from professionals actually putting…

Oversite: Summer Tours Reveal a Nation on the Build

August 2, 2015 - in Column

Taking a nice long road trip this summer? The lower price of gas makes this annual pastime all the more pleasant, and it’s a great way to see the sites and gauge the nation’s pulse. As you travel the highways, you’ll get a firsthand feel for what’s…

How To Design Building Structures That Can Survive Earthquakes

June 18, 2015 - in Column

Earthquakes are natural disasters where most of damage is caused due to collapse of buildings and other such man-made structures. Earthquakes do not kill people, buildings do. Buildings that lack structural stability collapse and they cause irreparable damage…

Managing the Model: Pay Once, Learn Forever

June 11, 2015 - in Column

A few years ago, a city not far from our office built a beautiful new high school. No expense was spared to ensure it was a state of the art facility, ready to meet the needs of a burgeoning community. From city council to community to school board, everyone…

Executive Corner: Beware Unintended Consequences of Poor Financial Reporting

June 5, 2015 - in Column

A client called me to inquire about updating her firm’s valuation and began our conversation by saying, “Not only are you going to be happy with our recent financial performance, you’re going to enjoy this engagement more than you have in the past.”…

Oversite: How Has Faster, Better, Cheaper Evolved for Infrastructure?

June 5, 2015 - in Column

Product designers are accustomed to the typical innovation pressures of building things faster, better and cheaper. The computing industry, in particular, has been on a blistering pace of innovation, but it also has been blessed with the annual constant of…