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Smart Project Delivery: How Water Utilities Can Be More Resilient During Supply Chain Disruptions

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The U.S. water system is in danger. Communities across the country are being affected by aging and inadequate water infrastructures, with some of the nation’s oldest water and wastewater pipes dating as far back as the 19th century. With many pipes…

Smart Design: How 3D CAD Platforms Resolve Design Issues

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Designers know more than anyone how 3D CAD platforms help reduce tradeoffs and compromises that have to be made before a design can be finalized.…

From the Editor: Finally, No More ‘Kicking the Infrastructure Can’ to Future Generations

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

I was about halfway through reading the April 2022 issue of Informed Infrastructure when I realized that, besides the obvious choices of “the”…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Seeking ‘Five Reasons’ for Problems

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

One of our integrated project delivery (IPD) projects finished at the end of 2021. It survived a COVID-19 shutdown, reduced productivity due to restrictions of personnel onsite, cost increases and material-procurement challenges. Everyone was looking…

Executive Corner: A Peek Inside the Latest Data-Valuation Trends

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The latest valuation statistics from the recently released “A/E Business Valuation and M&A Transactions Study” reveals some interesting trends, including significantly higher valuation multiples for larger firms and higher equity values across the…

Thoughts From Engineers: On Shaky Ground: The Effect of Human Activity on Drinking Water

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The results of a study examining the relationship between land use and perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) contamination were published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology in February 2022 (bit.ly/PFAS2022).…

Labor Outlook: ACEC Research Institute: Industry Has Rebounded; Tight Labor Market, Lack of Qualified Workers Remain Barriers to Growth

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The Engineering and Design Services industry is showing encouraging signs according to new reports recently released by the ACEC Research Institute. The reports provide an economic assessment of the Engineering and Design Services industry in 2021 as…

Infrastructure Outlook: Bipartisan Infrastructure Spending Bill Presents Opportunities and Challenges for AEC Firms

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

On Nov. 11, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“Infrastructure Act”), which the White House touts as a historic federal investment in infrastructure for transportation…

Future Infrastructure: Heavy Construction: Six Trends Being Observed in 2022

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Although digitalization and automation have brought significant change to the construction industry in the last decade, some companies still are hesitant to embrace a fully fledged digital strategy. With increasingly scarce resources, there’s an…

From the Editor: The Future (of Engineering At Least) Seems To Be In Good Hands

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

If you’ve read this column before, you know I teach senior civil engineering college students in their Senior Project Design class. These students are only months away from graduation and the start of their careers, so while they’re relieved to be close…