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Change Leader: Use Familiar Tools to Achieve Public Support

October 11, 2019 - in Articles, Column

These profiles are based on interviews, and the opinions and statements are those of the subject and are not necessarily shared or endorsed by this publication. The video discussed in this interview can be viewed at wp.me/p8dJln-bXo Doug Taylor is vice president…

From the Editor: It’s Time to Think About More Than Financial Costs

October 11, 2019 - in Articles, Column

As I scanned the Table of Contents for this October 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure, I noticed the article title “Brick Sewer Rehabilitation in…

ReEngineering the Engineer: A Tale of Two Projects

October 3, 2019 - in Articles, Column

Every now and then, you get a project that just seems to run into headwinds no matter which direction you turn. This latest one, however, came at a time…

Code Update: ACI 318-19: Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete

September 6, 2019 - in Articles, Column

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) recently published “ACI 318-19 Building Code for Structural Concrete.” ACI 318 includes the requirements for design and construction of structural concrete that are necessary to ensure public health and safety. This…

Executive Corner: Do the Valuation Multiples You’re Using Actually Apply to Your Firm?

September 2, 2019 - in Articles, Column

Firm owners often rely on pricing multiples to arrive at a ballpark estimate of their firm value. We regularly hear from them that they generally rely on data points from transactions that either they or their peers at other firms had been part of in the past…

Thoughts From Engineers: When a Deep Tunnel Isn’t Enough: Milwaukee Wrestles with Combined Sewer Overflows

August 23, 2019 - in Articles, Column

The City of Milwaukee was on the cusp of a victory lap. After several expansions to the Deep Tunnel storage system and other significant district-wide improvements to grey and green infrastructure, Milwaukee appeared more prepared than ever for the “mother…

From the Editor: ‘Smart’ Solutions In Every Issue

August 12, 2019 - in Articles, Column

When I started working as a civil engineer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was in its infancy. The EPA began its work in December 1970, but the procedures and policies didn’t really affect our work for a few years. After they were in place, however,…

ReEngineering the Engineer: What Am I Missing?

August 8, 2019 - in Articles, Column

Historically, the kickoff keynotes for the NASCC Steel Conference are a must-see, and the 2019 conference in St. Louis was no exception. Orzan Varol presented the keynote this year titled “The Power of Contrarian Thinking.” The gist of the presentation…

Infrastructure Outlook: Repairing and/or Replacing Bridges in the U.S. Will Open Up Thousands of Contracting Opportunities in 2019

August 5, 2019 - in Articles, Column

A few motorists—those who are aware of America’s bridge conditions—occasionally are selective about the bridges they cross. Millions of other motorists, however, are unaware of the fact that government leaders nationwide are scrambling to find funds…

Project Management Insights: Don’t Keep Falling for These Project-Management Myths

July 29, 2019 - in Articles, Column

In an industry that claims innovation and technology are necessary, welcomed and respected, it’s counter-intuitive and unprogressive to hold onto myths—especially regarding project management. Perhaps you or a colleague are steadfast in agreement of the…