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Structural Solutions: The Power of Positive Thinking Lasts a Lifetime

January 31, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Although my daughters have almost finished college, it’s not (yet) difficult to remember when they were young. I was in scouting most of my young life—from Cub Scouts to Webelos to Boy Scouts, until I “aged out” at 18—and having two daughters didn’t…

Infrastructure Outlook: From the Video Vault: Erosion Control

January 16, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Informed Infrastructure spoke with Matthew Welch, technical manager with Profile Products, at the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Environmental…

Executive Corner: “I Know that E-mail’s Here Somewhere”

January 9, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Understanding professional liability and managing risk is an important aspect of all A/E projects. For this installment of “Executive Corner,” Russ…

Final Thoughts: The Tools Are Nothing Without the Engineer

December 19, 2016 - in Articles, Column

In the September/October 2016 issue of Informed Infrastructure, I described showing up for my first day of work back in the early 1970s with my slide rule, mechanical pencil and scales. If I were to start working today, fresh out of college, I wouldn’t have…

From the Editor: Celebrating the Work We Do

December 19, 2016 - in Articles, Column

Timing is everything, and I couldn’t have timed my joining Informed Infrastructure any better. The AEC industry continues to grow at a rapid rate, and the key technologies such as BIM, reality capture and even virtual and augmented reality are finally growing…

Engineer Spotlight: Differentiate Your Business to Achieve Success

December 5, 2016 - in Articles, Column

As a brief personal background, I created RAM International back in 1998, which was one of the first companies to incorporate an entire building model into one dataset with a Windows interface, setting the stage for a lot of the AEC technology that exists…

Structural Solutions: Proper Communication – Engineers Need It Just Like Everyone Else

December 5, 2016 - in Articles, Column

I’m sure there are many readers of this column who can remember when the telephone was the only substitute for an in-person meeting—it wasn’t that long ago. Today, we have myriad ways to communicate through the internet: talking to multiple people at…

Infrastructure Outlook: Liberate Data for Integrated Infrastructure Development

October 14, 2016 - in Column

The world is changing around us, with disruptive and efficiency-enabling technology supporting a whole new level of communication, collaboration and productivity. We have a lot more data, tools and technological options in all aspects of our business, including…

Final Thoughts: The Joy of Witnessing Engineering’s Evolution

October 13, 2016 - in Column

I consider myself lucky to have begun my career when I did, seeing firsthand so many dramatic changes in engineering. Let’s take a quick look back at how different things were in 1971, when I started, and how the work environment has changed during the 45…

Executive Corner: Does the Valuation of Your Company’s Stock Reflect ALL its Risk?

October 13, 2016 - in Column

Whether a business valuation is done for purposes of transferring ownership internally from one employee to another, or for meeting the regulatory requirements of sponsoring an employee stock-ownership plan, the risk associated with such an investment is a…