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ReEngineering the Engineer: Security 101: COVID, a New Level of Growing Pain

November 30, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Life was seemingly simple when I started engineering. We printed out a large floor plan from the architect and drew the floor framing on tracing paper. Then we designed one beam after another, writing the reactions on the plan, then the girders, then on to…

Construction Concerns: Ten Strategies for Planning a Successful Construction Project

October 30, 2020 - in Articles, Column

JACQUELINE GREENBERG VOGT There has been a recent abundance of catastrophic construction failures. One of the more-famous failures occurred on March…

Code Update: Construction Stormwater Permitting and Regulations

October 26, 2020 - in Articles, Column

LILY MONTESANO, CISEC Construction sites can generate substantial amounts of pollutants during a relatively short period of time. From exposed soils…

Executive Corner: Four Action Items to Help Move Your Firm Forward

October 18, 2020 - in Articles, Column

As we come to grips with the current economic landscape and ponder the post-pandemic future, it’s natural that negative feelings arise. We have the choice, however, to let these negative emotions debilitate or energize. As owners or leaders of our businesses,…

From the Editor: Engineers Need To Lead the Way on Climate Change Mitigation

October 9, 2020 - in Articles, Column

When our Editorial Director Todd Danielson gave me the heads up that Informed Infrastructure would be introducing a new “special issue” on “Green Engineering” a year from now in October 2021, I thought about the end of this summer season…

Thoughts From Engineers: Down by the River: USGS Reports on Human Activity in U.S. Waterways

October 1, 2020 - in Articles, Column

The endangered status of the Mississippi River skipjack herring may have initiated a few changes to this historic river’s routine management—but little more. This is just one fish in a vast and nuanced ecosystem. But whether discussing an obscure…

ReEngineering the Engineer: It’s All in the Delivery

September 28, 2020 - in Articles, Column

My engineering firm works on a large variety of project sizes, even within the same building type. We work on significant expansions for hospitals, but we also do individual medical equipment replacements. We have worked on large retail centers and provided…

Infrastructure Outlook: Making Progress on Infrastructure Requires a New Approach to Technology Adoption

August 28, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Infrastructure has a powerful impact on the social and economic health of the regions it serves, and the value of establishing strong and resilient infrastructure is difficult to understate—especially as global populations continue to increase. In the greater…

Code Update: CJP HSS Welds: Be Informed Before You Specify

August 24, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Weld design isn’t exempt from the numerous differences between wide-flange (WF) and hollow structural section (HSS) connection design. Unlike open sections where welding is possible on both sides of the flanges and web, the interior of HSS sections commonly…

Executive Corner: Growth 2.0: The A/E Industry Reflects and Restarts

August 16, 2020 - in Articles, Column

It’s been approximately 100 days since the United States joined nations around the world in an unprecedented series of events to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Societal norms and business practices were overturned almost instantaneously, while slogans…