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Structural Solutions: Minding the Gap in Technology

August 2, 2015 - in Column

Reworking a line from a 1970s Saturday Night Live sketch: technology has been “berry berry good” to the design and construction industries. I remember my first day as a budding engineer, fresh out of college, as if it was yesterday. The firm I started…

Managing the Model—Wanted: More Models in Action

August 2, 2015 - in Column

There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of 3-D modeling for the infrastructure industry, and anecdotal evidence of such benefits is ubiquitous.…

Oversite: Summer Tours Reveal a Nation on the Build

August 2, 2015 - in Column

Taking a nice long road trip this summer? The lower price of gas makes this annual pastime all the more pleasant, and it’s a great way to see the sites…

How To Design Building Structures That Can Survive Earthquakes

June 18, 2015 - in Column

Earthquakes are natural disasters where most of damage is caused due to collapse of buildings and other such man-made structures. Earthquakes do not kill people, buildings do. Buildings that lack structural stability collapse and they cause irreparable damage…

Managing the Model: Pay Once, Learn Forever

June 11, 2015 - in Column

A few years ago, a city not far from our office built a beautiful new high school. No expense was spared to ensure it was a state of the art facility, ready to meet the needs of a burgeoning community. From city council to community to school board, everyone…

Executive Corner: Beware Unintended Consequences of Poor Financial Reporting

June 5, 2015 - in Column

A client called me to inquire about updating her firm’s valuation and began our conversation by saying, “Not only are you going to be happy with our recent financial performance, you’re going to enjoy this engagement more than you have in the past.”…

Oversite: How Has Faster, Better, Cheaper Evolved for Infrastructure?

June 5, 2015 - in Column

Product designers are accustomed to the typical innovation pressures of building things faster, better and cheaper. The computing industry, in particular, has been on a blistering pace of innovation, but it also has been blessed with the annual constant of…

Infrastructure Outlook: Stormwater Chambers Provide Storage and Infiltration While Aiding Recharge

June 5, 2015 - in Column, Stormwater

Effective stormwater management and discharge continues to become more important as an increasing amount of land is covered by impervious surfaces due to residential and commercial development. Such conversion of land use, along with increasing regulatory…

Infrastructure Innovation: Developing Creative AEC Solutions with Drones

June 5, 2015 - in Column, Sensors

Drones are one of the technologies most likely to really “take off” and have a significant impact on our industry. Whether referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), remotely piloted aircraft, robots or drones, they’re…

Sustainability – An essential Facet of Architectural Design

May 11, 2015 - in Column, Design/Engineering

Green building design, energy efficiency, power usage efficiency, sustainability etc, are the buzzwords that are making waves across the architectural design industry. This is a two-way tunnel, where architecture is guiding social impact, and this very social…