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Leap Forward: Digitizing Construction Will Transform the Safety and Efficiency of Project Delivery

May 27, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Digital technologies are transforming all aspects of daily life, helping to keep communities healthy, safe, connected and more sustainable. In the construction sector, continued efforts to increase site safety, coupled with rising expectations for speed…

ReEngineering the Engineer: The Needle in the Haystack

May 23, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Every now and then, I find myself reminiscing about how we designed buildings back in the “dark ages” when I was a young engineer. Our engineering…

Smart Project Delivery: How Water Utilities Can Be More Resilient During Supply Chain Disruptions

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The U.S. water system is in danger. Communities across the country are being affected by aging and inadequate water infrastructures, with some of…

Smart Design: How 3D CAD Platforms Resolve Design Issues

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Designers know more than anyone how 3D CAD platforms help reduce tradeoffs and compromises that have to be made before a design can be finalized. Whether a product concept will ever find expression is determined by three parameters: viability, feasibility…

From the Editor: Finally, No More ‘Kicking the Infrastructure Can’ to Future Generations

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

I was about halfway through reading the April 2022 issue of Informed Infrastructure when I realized that, besides the obvious choices of “the” and “and,” one of the most-used words was “infrastructure.” It’s even on the cover—twice.…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Seeking ‘Five Reasons’ for Problems

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

One of our integrated project delivery (IPD) projects finished at the end of 2021. It survived a COVID-19 shutdown, reduced productivity due to restrictions of personnel onsite, cost increases and material-procurement challenges. Everyone was looking…

Executive Corner: A Peek Inside the Latest Data-Valuation Trends

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The latest valuation statistics from the recently released “A/E Business Valuation and M&A Transactions Study” reveals some interesting trends, including significantly higher valuation multiples for larger firms and higher equity values across the…

Thoughts From Engineers: On Shaky Ground: The Effect of Human Activity on Drinking Water

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The results of a study examining the relationship between land use and perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) contamination were published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology in February 2022 (bit.ly/PFAS2022).…

Labor Outlook: ACEC Research Institute: Industry Has Rebounded; Tight Labor Market, Lack of Qualified Workers Remain Barriers to Growth

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The Engineering and Design Services industry is showing encouraging signs according to new reports recently released by the ACEC Research Institute. The reports provide an economic assessment of the Engineering and Design Services industry in 2021 as…

Infrastructure Outlook: Bipartisan Infrastructure Spending Bill Presents Opportunities and Challenges for AEC Firms

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

On Nov. 11, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“Infrastructure Act”), which the White House touts as a historic federal investment in infrastructure for transportation…