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Structural Solutions: Picking Partners to Manage Risk

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…

Structural Solutions: Managing Risk through Careful Planning

April 3, 2016 - in Column

In my later years in the Boy Scouts, the senior leaders took us older scouts on a leadership-training obstacle course—the equivalent of some of today’s…

Structural Solutions: Engineering without a Net

January 31, 2016 - in Column

I was flipping around the cable channels a while back and happened across a show about “The Flying Wallendas.” I had heard of the Wallendas as a kid,…

Structural Solutions: Add True Value to Command Fees You Deserve

November 21, 2015 - in Column

Many years ago, I left the security of the engineering firm I worked for right out of school and ventured out on my own. If you had asked me when I was hired after graduate school, I thought I would retire at that company. But that wasn’t the case, as I…

Structural Solutions: The State of the Engineer Address

September 30, 2015 - in Column

Adversities and challenges, particularly when they don’t end well, provide the opportunity to reflect on decisions and figure out what happened. Governments have “state of the union” addresses that explain perceived difficulties in the market as well…

Structural Solutions: Minding the Gap in Technology

August 2, 2015 - in Column

Reworking a line from a 1970s Saturday Night Live sketch: technology has been “berry berry good” to the design and construction industries. I remember my first day as a budding engineer, fresh out of college, as if it was yesterday. The firm I started…