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Infrastructure Outlook: The Competitive Cost of Waiting to Invest in Infrastructure

September 14, 2018 - in Articles, Column

As the U.S. population keeps growing, we can’t simply maintain the status quo. And to bring change, we need infrastructure investment: approximately $57 trillion during the next 12 years. In the past, the United States spent billions of dollars on improvements…

From the Editor: Where Do You Go When You’ve Reached the Peak?

September 10, 2018 - in Articles, Column

For the last 17 years, I’ve worked with surveyors, contractors, and engineers to help them lower their costs and increase profits. In doing so, I’ve…

Code Update: SMDI Updates Guide Specification for Highway Bridge Fabrication

September 3, 2018 - in Articles, Column

High-Performance Steels (HPS) have been used in bridge projects for more than two decades, helping builders reduce weight, ease construction and improve…

Executive Corner: Why Is My Company’s Valuation Lower When Selling to Key Employees vs. Selling to Another Company?

August 27, 2018 - in Articles, Column

I’ve spoken with countless exasperated A/E firm owners through the years who’ve asked why their firm’s internal valuation doesn’t reflect a number similar to what they believe they can reasonably expect from an external sale. Most, but not all, are…

Final Thoughts: Certainly Uncertain: Difficult for Engineers

August 8, 2018 - in Articles, Column

Uncertainty. This is a word that engineers have a problem with, as we like to be able to predict what will happen. Nobody wants to design or construct a project for which we can’t predict the performance. Sadly, uncertainty now is part of the future of our…

ReEngineering the Engineer: To Fail or Not to Fail?

August 2, 2018 - in Articles, Column

True confession: I didn’t always want to be a structural engineer. I grew up in the 1960s when the space race with Russia was at its peak. In those days, all I could think about was being an astronaut, probably like most other kids my age on the planet.…

From the Editor: Bridges to the Future

July 2, 2018 - in Articles, Column

Every time my sister crosses a bridge, she gets anxious. This has happened her entire life, and, although not quite panic-attack-inducing, the anxiety is palpable. The fear of crossing bridges is common enough that it has a name: gephyrophobia. Trained as…

Bridge Code: Steel Bridge Design Specifications Revised in New AASHTO Edition

June 25, 2018 - in Articles, Column

Sponsored by:       Interim revisions to AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications (7th Edition) were published in 2016 with a few minor revisions to the steel bridge design sections of the specifications. The 8th edition of AASHTO LRFD Bridge…

Executive Corner: Get Your Firm ‘Sale Ready,’ Even If It’s Not for Sale

June 25, 2018 - in Articles, Column

You’ve decided to sell your house, so you fixed that broken screen door, pruned the hedges and cut the lawn. Why do those things now? Because you want to show your house in the best possible light to potential buyers to maximize its sales price. You’ve…

Infrastructure Outlook: A Bridge Too Far (Gone)?

June 16, 2018 - in Articles, Column

One of the most frustrating things about contemporary times is that people are unable to change their mindset as fast as technology progresses. According to American design expert Donald A. Norman, “Technology may change rapidly, but people change slowly.”…