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Infrastructure Outlook: Putting Designs into Motion with Extended Reality

May 4, 2020 - in Articles, Column

The digitization of data is paving the way for more-advanced technology that connects the design process to real-world information. The key to digitization is tying in 3D models at the start of the design process and integrating constructible data that enable…

Executive Corner: Lost Value in M&A: A New Way to Create and Capture Value

April 27, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Buying or selling a firm creates risk and opportunity for both buyers and sellers. Up to 30 percent of a firm’s potential value is lost during and after…

Thoughts from Engineers: The Food Industry Has a Major Impact on Water Resources

April 22, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Cheesemaking is a bonafide American industry that generates some $50 billion in revenue every year. In the regions of New York where dairy farms dominate,…

From the Editor: Spring’s Arrival Leads to Thoughts of Unfrozen Infrastructure

April 20, 2020 - in Articles, Column

As I write this in early March, we’re experiencing sunny, warm days in the Midwest. We had a warmer-than-average winter with less snow than usual. Spring is the time when we witness the change from gray and white to blue and green. The sky clears itself…

Project Management Insights: Managing Remote Teams (Or During a Pandemic)

April 13, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Depending on where you live and work, there may be a stay-in-place order recently issued by your state or local government. Your firm or office building manager may have closed facilities out of abundance of caution. Whatever the situation, you are more than…

Infrastructure Outlook: Cloud-Based CMT Makes Social Distancing and Remote Work Possible

April 9, 2020 - in Articles, Column, COVID-19

The majority of U.S. states consider construction and building material suppliers essential. This means many testing labs are still open. It has also created two problems for those in the industry: How do you follow CDC social distancing guidelines…

CARES Act Impacts Engineering and Construction Sector

March 31, 2020 - in Articles, Column, COVID-19

The CARES Act does not provide direct relief for additional costs and delays to individual projects.  COVID-19 precautions continue to impact construction by delaying material shipments and reducing labor availability, as well as governmental orders to…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Curiosity: Engineers Do Better than the Cat

March 30, 2020 - in Articles, Column

To date, my engineering firm has been a team member for two different Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) projects. Both included many regularly scheduled “Big Room” meetings. Almost all of those meetings start with an ice-breaker question to allow everyone…

Construction Contractors Are Working to Manage Coronavirus Risks

March 27, 2020 - in Articles, Column, COVID-19

Contractors are staggering shifts and crews are cleaning tools, handles and hands in cities where projects continue. Zurich North America Construction crews in many cities continued to raise cranes and swing hammers as much of the world shut down to stem the…

Now is the Time to Increase Investment in America’s Critical Infrastructure 

March 20, 2020 - in Articles, Column, Featured

The scope of the coronavirus pandemic is something we haven’t experienced in our lifetime. Each of us has been recruited to fight an unseen enemy that is disrupting our lives, businesses, and overall economic health. State and local leaders have called on…