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From the Editor: Engineers Seem to Be Adjusting to New Circumstances

May 25, 2020 - in Articles, Column

I am a proud Baby Boomer, but I don’t feel like I’m one of those to whom the “OK, Boomer” derogative is directed. Just like every generation, mine has some particular (some might say peculiar) characteristics. But this is a time when all generations…

Thoughts from Engineers: Project Management in the Age of COVID-19

May 13, 2020 - in Articles, Column

If there’s one positive to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s that we’ve been knocked out of our comfort zones, and forced to recalibrate and reevaluate…

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…

Infrastructure Outlook: Putting Designs into Motion with Extended Reality

May 4, 2020 - in Articles, Column

The digitization of data is paving the way for more-advanced technology that connects the design process to real-world information. The key to digitization is tying in 3D models at the start of the design process and integrating constructible data that enable…

Executive Corner: Lost Value in M&A: A New Way to Create and Capture Value

April 27, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Buying or selling a firm creates risk and opportunity for both buyers and sellers. Up to 30 percent of a firm’s potential value is lost during and after the typical acquisition. For those selling, they’re losing millions in potential rewards for their…

Thoughts from Engineers: The Food Industry Has a Major Impact on Water Resources

April 22, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Cheesemaking is a bonafide American industry that generates some $50 billion in revenue every year. In the regions of New York where dairy farms dominate, small-town communities and cheese production have coexisted peacefully through the years. A longtime…

From the Editor: Spring’s Arrival Leads to Thoughts of Unfrozen Infrastructure

April 20, 2020 - in Articles, Column

As I write this in early March, we’re experiencing sunny, warm days in the Midwest. We had a warmer-than-average winter with less snow than usual. Spring is the time when we witness the change from gray and white to blue and green. The sky clears itself…

Project Management Insights: Managing Remote Teams (Or During a Pandemic)

April 13, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Depending on where you live and work, there may be a stay-in-place order recently issued by your state or local government. Your firm or office building manager may have closed facilities out of abundance of caution. Whatever the situation, you are more than…

Infrastructure Outlook: Cloud-Based CMT Makes Social Distancing and Remote Work Possible

April 9, 2020 - in Articles, Column, COVID-19

The majority of U.S. states consider construction and building material suppliers essential. This means many testing labs are still open. It has also created two problems for those in the industry: How do you follow CDC social distancing guidelines…

CARES Act Impacts Engineering and Construction Sector

March 31, 2020 - in Articles, Column, COVID-19

The CARES Act does not provide direct relief for additional costs and delays to individual projects.  COVID-19 precautions continue to impact construction by delaying material shipments and reducing labor availability, as well as governmental orders to…