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Managing the Model: Varied Organizations Lead the Charge for AEC Improvements

May 31, 2016 - in Column

For nearly 15 years, my company, Engineered Efficiency, has worked with thousands of AEC users and firms to help them get the most out of the technology they use (or could be using). But this is a large industry with a tremendous amount of variety and disparate…

Oversite: Ratcheting Up Infrastructure Advocacy

May 31, 2016 - in Column

The recent Infrastructure Week event did an excellent job of marshalling a diverse group of organizations, politicians and individuals to support improved…

Infrastructure Outlook: Key Points You Need to Know About Aerial Photography

May 31, 2016 - in Column, Surveying/Mapping

By Sherry and Brett Eklund   No matter the project at hand, knowledge is power. The more perspective an engineer can gain when planning or completing…

Structural Solutions: Managing Risk through Careful Planning

April 3, 2016 - in Column

In my later years in the Boy Scouts, the senior leaders took us older scouts on a leadership-training obstacle course—the equivalent of some of today’s office teamwork outings. One particularly memorable obstacle had two telephone pole uprights about six…

Executive Corner: Frequently Asked Questions about A/E Ownership Transitions

April 3, 2016 - in Column

Of the wide-ranging internal-ownership inquiries my firm receives, most can be distilled into just a few ideas that ultimately answer the same question: “How can my firm make an internal transition process work?” So I thought I’d reflect on the most…

Managing the Model: Getting the Lead on the Late Majority

April 3, 2016 - in Column

A longtime acquaintance recently started an engineering design firm, and he asked me and my staff at Engineered Efficiency to help him get their AEC technology up and running. Right now, his company is small and has a clean slate: they don’t have any bad…

Oversite: No Shortage of Challenges

April 3, 2016 - in Column

One of the more-fulfilling, although certainly sometimes frustrating, aspects of engineering is the endless array of challenges. This relates to new projects where site, budget and even regulatory constraints might call for a creative solution. It also relates…

Structural Solutions: Engineering without a Net

January 31, 2016 - in Column

I was flipping around the cable channels a while back and happened across a show about “The Flying Wallendas.” I had heard of the Wallendas as a kid, but I didn’t realize they had been performing since the late 1700s, a remarkable seven generations.…

Managing the Model: Why Do A/E Firms Hate BIM?

January 31, 2016 - in Column

It’s possible that “hate” in this column’s title is too strong a sentiment—perhaps “have indifference toward BIM” is more appropriate. I spend a lot of time talking to owners and department managers at A/E firms, and a common chorus I repeatedly…

Executive Corner: Five Takeaways on 2015 A/E M&A Activity

January 31, 2016 - in Column

Fueled by cheap debt, a restless and activist investor climate, and a desire to accelerate growth through economies of scale and efficiencies, global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across all industries hit an all-time high in 2015. In fact, this year…