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Thoughts From Engineers: Robot Engineers? You May Lose Your White-Collar Job to a Robot Sooner than You Think

February 28, 2018 - in Articles, Column

According to the International Data Corp. (IDC), a global provider of market intelligence and analysis, big changes in the U.S. workforce will happen quickly and at a scale you never would have expected. The report, “IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Robotics 2017…

Code Update: Exploring New Concrete Connection Developments

February 23, 2018 - in Articles, Column

Author’s Note: This is a highly condensed summary of a full paper, with many details and references, that can be read in its entirety on the Informed…

Thoughts From Engineers: Leadership Resolutions for 2018

February 23, 2018 - in Articles, Column

So ... how are you doing on your New Year (professional) resolutions? This is only relevant, of course, if you actually set some. Perhaps you’re not…

Executive Corner: Five Takeaways on 2017 A/E M&A Activity

February 12, 2018 - in Articles, Column

With the country in transition, settling into the dynamics and drama of a new administration, the underlying positive momentum of the U.S. economy and A/E industry has certainly been significant. At a macro level, we’ve seen this unfold with a soaring stock…

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, and a lot of organizations have jumped onboard and created “smart” projects and initiatives. But in the…

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 repeatedly graded it a D+. As noted in the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) “Building to Win”…

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…