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Infrastructure Outlook: Stormwater Chambers Provide Storage and Infiltration While Aiding Recharge

June 5, 2015 - in Column, Stormwater

Effective stormwater management and discharge continues to become more important as an increasing amount of land is covered by impervious surfaces due to residential and commercial development. Such conversion of land use, along with increasing regulatory…

Infrastructure Innovation: Developing Creative AEC Solutions with Drones

June 5, 2015 - in Column, Sensors

Drones are one of the technologies most likely to really “take off” and have a significant impact on our industry. Whether referred to as unmanned…

Sustainability – An essential Facet of Architectural Design

May 11, 2015 - in Column, Design/Engineering

Green building design, energy efficiency, power usage efficiency, sustainability etc, are the buzzwords that are making waves across the architectural…

Executive Corner: A/E Industry Consolidation, Let the Good Times Roll

April 4, 2015 - in Column

It seems like almost every day, another merger or acquisition is announced between two architecture, engineering (A/E) or environmental-consulting firms. And although the global mega combinations such as URS-AECOM and Parsons Brinckerhoff-WSP draw the most…

Infrastructure Outlook: The Age of the Engineer

April 4, 2015 - in Column

Several years ago, I was talking to a friend who said, “Bill, if mankind is going to be around in 250 years, it will be because engineers make it so.” It was an intriguing concept. Certainly, our planet is being asked to support an ever-growing human population…

Managing the Model: “We Can Do It Faster the Old Way”

April 1, 2015 - in Column, Modeling

I've been hearing the title of this column, in one form or another, from engineering and architectural design firms for more than 20 years. I hear it from drafters, designers, engineers, architects, principals and owners, and it's usually in response to why…

Oversite: Getting in Touch with What’s Next

April 1, 2015 - in Column

Journalists often are criticized for going after the sensational story. We report on the man that bites the dog, but the converse is too common to get any coverage. When it comes to technology reporting, for example, reporters fawn over Apple’s latest gizmo,…

Structural Solutions: Helping Structural Engineering Students Benefits All

April 1, 2015 - in Column, Structural components

There are many ways to have a positive impact on the next generation of structural engineers. This is important, because they will face significant challenges to improve infrastructure while competing in a global market with constant change and ever-increasing…

BIM-Enabled Digital Fabrication of Structural Steel – An Advanced Approach

March 5, 2015 - in Column, Structural components

Complete and real benefits of BIM can be extracted only when it is used across all the aspects of a construction process and beyond. Today, a lot of firms have adopted BIM for project planning, scheduling, cost estimation facility management, etc. However,…

Structural Solutions: Increasing the Effectiveness of Young Structural Engineers

February 21, 2015 - in Articles, Column

Would you like to improve the effectiveness of your young structural engineers? This column will explore some ideas and ways you might be able to accomplish this. One of the major challenges facing companies is how to teach their younger engineers while also…