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Code Update: New Los Angeles Seismic Ordinance Will Save Lives … and a City

August 1, 2016 - in Column

As a structural engineer working with governments and communities worldwide as they struggle to face earthquake disasters, I’ve repeatedly seen tragedies unfold after catastrophic earthquakes. Most often, these cities were not ready. From the loss of historic…

Executive Corner: Is the End Near for Traditional Management/Ownership Structures?

August 1, 2016 - in Column

There’s no doubt about it; attitudes regarding ownership, particularly among younger generations, are changing. Why own a car when, with the touch of…

Engineer Spotlight: Small Changes for Women: Big Improvements for the Engineering Profession

August 1, 2016 - in Column

In the last few years, there’s been much discussion of “Women in (fill in the blank).” Why are these topics so important? And what can be improved…

Structural Solutions: Delegated Design or Delegated Engineering?

August 1, 2016 - in Column

If you didn’t make it to the 2016 NASCC conference this year, you missed a lot of excellent engineering sessions. One of the more-interesting sessions (at least for me) was titled “Delegated Connection Design: What Are the EORs Responsibilities?” As…

Structural Steel Detailing—Perfection has Always Been More than Important

July 6, 2016 - in Column

Today’s construction industry relies heavily on robust steel development. Accurate structural engineering promises sturdy buildings that withstand unexpected natural disasters. Gone are times, when engineers and construction specialist had to work with elementary…

Executive Corner: Can the A/E Industry Re-accelerate Its Growth?

May 31, 2016 - in Column

Ten years ago, 2006, was arguably the A/E and environmental-consulting industry’s peak of financial performance and achievement. Architects and engineers everywhere took advantage of unprecedented gains in commercial and residential building, while surging…

Structural Solutions: Managing Risk Management through Careful Planning

May 31, 2016 - in Column

In the previous issue of Informed Infrastructure, I wrote about how sometimes things happen in our lives that help us do better and avoid trouble later in life. The scout-leadership training obstacle course I talked about did just that (see “Managing Risk…

Managing the Model: Varied Organizations Lead the Charge for AEC Improvements

May 31, 2016 - in Column

For nearly 15 years, my company, Engineered Efficiency, has worked with thousands of AEC users and firms to help them get the most out of the technology they use (or could be using). But this is a large industry with a tremendous amount of variety and disparate…

Oversite: Ratcheting Up Infrastructure Advocacy

May 31, 2016 - in Column

The recent Infrastructure Week event did an excellent job of marshalling a diverse group of organizations, politicians and individuals to support improved funding. Connections repeatedly were made regarding economic benefits such as new jobs as well as improved…

Infrastructure Outlook: Key Points You Need to Know About Aerial Photography

May 31, 2016 - in Column, Surveying/Mapping

By Sherry and Brett Eklund   No matter the project at hand, knowledge is power. The more perspective an engineer can gain when planning or completing a job, the better. An aerial photographer, offering insights and data that can’t be gathered any other…