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Infrastructure Outlook: Mind the Gap, Your Drinking Water Depends on It

November 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Fifty years after the Clean Water Act passed, the U.S. government has invested more than $1 trillion to try and combat water pollution. Now, nearly one year after passing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, improvements in U.S. water systems are as needed as…

Transportation Troubleshooting: Mobility Marketplace Will Improve How We Use Transportation Systems

November 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Transportation technology is changing so fast that it’s easy to forget how our choices have multiplied in the last 15 years. As recently as the…

Thoughts From Engineers: Where the Water Will Go

November 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The local waterfront pub you’ve been in the habit of visiting for burgers and fries on Friday night is very likely to be flooded several times…

Executive Corner: Where Are A/E Values Heading?

November 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

With so much turmoil in the economy and stock market, many A/E business owners are probably wondering what this may mean for their own firm’s value. Interestingly, while the stock and debt markets are going through turmoil, many firms in the A/E industry—both…

ReEngineering the Engineer: At Some Point, You Could Be the One Asking For Forgiveness

November 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Every now and then, I run across a project that seems “snake-bit.” No matter how complete our drawings were or how well we understood existing conditions, there seems to be this never-ending parade of issues for the life of the structural work. Some…

From the Editor: When the Going Gets Tough, the Engineers Get To Work

November 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

I was having a difficult time narrowing down a topic for my column this issue; there seem to be so many things happening at the same time. So rather than struggle with one topic (and adding words to fill the page), I decided to mention of few of the “many…

Transportation Troubleshooting: Helping Transportation Agencies Overcome Rising Threat of Heat Waves

September 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

When I look at the challenge of making America’s transportation infrastructure more sustainable, climate-friendly and resilient to the weather extremes becoming more problematic with climate change, I find hope in how fast the policy landscape is changing.…

Thoughts From Engineers: Data for a New Era in Water Management

September 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Engineers are trained to solve for unknowns, but we absolutely need solid facts elsewhere in the equation. Data are key, folks, and we all know our solutions are only as good as what we have to work with. The Internet of Water (IoW), a concept first articulated…

Executive Corner: Plowing through the Economic Headwinds

September 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Like any good New Englander, I always await the release of the Farmers’ Almanac this time of year to help plan for the upcoming winter. Based on this year’s ominous predictions from the oracles up in Lewiston, Maine, I’m considering upgrading…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Don’t Just Say No

September 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

One of my long-time architect colleagues teaches a graduate-level architecture class at a local university. One part of their curriculum requires them to talk to their students about soils-related items in their projects. Rather than fumble through that…