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ReEngineering the Engineer: Self Preservation Through Workload and Stress Management

June 3, 2021 - in Articles, Column

If there’s a silver lining to COVID, it helped push us to more-efficient ways of communication. Rather than traveling to meetings and wasting a ton of time on the road, we’ve embraced the idea of virtual meetings. I think that’s actually an OK thing.…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Fostering Personal and Corporate ‘Sustainability’

May 10, 2021 - in Articles, Column

When I started my firm in 2004, I had a decent idea of the corporate inner workings. I had been a partner at my previous firm for more than 15 years,…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Learning Is a Two-Way Street

March 30, 2021 - in Articles, Column

My days seem to be much busier and seemingly more complicated through this whole COVID thing. I find myself working through emails and phone calls…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Patience Required: Getting Up To Speed Can Be a Slow Process

February 1, 2021 - in Articles, Column

Our older daughter was an early professional casualty of the pandemic. Although she received her college degree in finance and marketing, she had a passion for event planning. She started working with a local woman shortly after college, part time. She…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Security 101: COVID, a New Level of Growing Pain

November 30, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Life was seemingly simple when I started engineering. We printed out a large floor plan from the architect and drew the floor framing on tracing paper. Then we designed one beam after another, writing the reactions on the plan, then the girders, then on to…

ReEngineering the Engineer: It’s All in the Delivery

September 28, 2020 - in Articles, Column

My engineering firm works on a large variety of project sizes, even within the same building type. We work on significant expansions for hospitals, but we also do individual medical equipment replacements. We have worked on large retail centers and provided…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Engineers Are Experts at Following the Rules

July 27, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Well, here we are in August. It’s hard to believe the year is more than half over, and many of us spent about two thirds of that time working out of our living rooms and kitchens. It’s almost become normal, although I know working that way isn’t going…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Have We Learned Anything Yet?

June 8, 2020 - in Articles, Column

One of the qualities of a good learner is being able to take in information, process it and use it to your advantage. Failure often is just as helpful as success. Having an example of “what not to do” can be just as beneficial as having a great “what…

ReEngineering the Engineer: What Was I Thinking?

May 11, 2020 - in Articles, Column

A funny thought crossed my mind this week. I started my career at a slow time in the early 1980s and considered myself lucky to find work at a small engineering firm doing what I was educated to do. I managed through slow spots in the early 1990s, Y2K and…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Curiosity: Engineers Do Better than the Cat

March 30, 2020 - in Articles, Column

To date, my engineering firm has been a team member for two different Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) projects. Both included many regularly scheduled “Big Room” meetings. Almost all of those meetings start with an ice-breaker question to allow everyone…