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Final Thoughts: Millennials Are ‘Engineering: The Next Generation’

August 16, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Many members of my generation think we Baby Boomers are the greatest generation. After all, we protested against wars, fought for civil rights, and invented rock and roll. But we also produced this next generation of people. I am a Baby Boomer, and our generation…

Civil Spotlight: T.Y. Lin’s Heller Receives Special Award from Arizona DOT

June 12, 2017 - in Articles, Column

This column in Informed Infrastructure aims to highlight a particular civil engineer or civil engineering project that received deserving credit for improving…

Final Thoughts: Bridges: Overcoming Gaps Literally and Metaphorically

June 12, 2017 - in Articles, Column

The main theme of this issue of Informed Infrastructure is “bridges,” which allow people to cross rivers that used to be barriers. They provide a…

From the Editor: Variety and the Growth of Community

June 8, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Infrastructure Week (May 15-19; infrastructureweek.org) was recently held in Washington, D.C., and several other cities across the United States. Infrastructure Week was founded and is led by a bipartisan Steering Committee that includes leading business groups,…

From the Editor: Infrastructure Report Card Again Near Failing

April 19, 2017 - in Articles, Column

Like for many students across the country, my kids’ school semester ended earlier this year. They each worked hard, doing their homework, studying for quizzes and tests, and preparing for finals. Also, like most kids, they would rather be spending their…

Infrastructure Outlook: User Beware: Energy Code Not Always a Helpful ‘How To’

April 17, 2017 - in Column

The cornerstone of sustainable design is simple: don’t waste energy, water or gas. Do the most with the least. In fact, this is the mantra for all businesses that compete in capital markets where continually stretching dollars is a must. Energy conservation…

Code Update: Guidance for Structural Fire Engineering Making Its Debut

April 12, 2017 - in Column

The International Code Council (ICC) approved—as expected—the updated structural building-design standard, written by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), for inclusion in the 2018 edition of the ICC’s…

Final Thoughts: The Evolution of Women in Engineering: Moving from Ground Zero

April 1, 2017 - in Column

I have more years of experience than any woman engineer who I have worked with. Let that sink in … This wording is true, because when I started my career in 1971, there were no women engineers in the workforce at the Indiana Department of Transportation.…

Executive Corner: Wall Street Sentiments Suggest Strong A/E Industry Outlook

March 27, 2017 - in Column

Sometimes the movement of money in capital markets can tell us a lot about investors’ expectations for a particular stock or a particular industry. In the case of the A/E industry, there are a number of factors that are likely impacting investors’ sentiments.…

Structural Solutions: Engineers Need to Take Responsibility for Public-Safety Designs

March 24, 2017 - in Articles, Column

My wife and I have been in Charlotte, N.C., for quite some time now. We’ve watched it grow from a rather sleepy city in the early 1980s to a national banking center despite having to weather the recent financial crisis. Of course, growth means jobs, and…