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From the Editor: Personal and Mass-Media Stories Highlight the Importance of Inspections

July 27, 2021 - in Articles, Column

During my career, I’ve performed inspections on hundreds of bridges. The inspections varied in detail depending on the reasons for looking at them. Some were cursory inspections to determine whether or not to include particular bridges in the INDOT…

Executive Corner: The Pandemic’s Impact on A/E Firm Ownership

July 27, 2021 - in Articles, Column

A psychological shift seems to be taking place as we begin to migrate back to “normal.” More Americans are shifting their views on retirement,…

Thoughts From Engineers: Water Reuse Enters the Spotlight

July 27, 2021 - in Articles, Column

The Wichita Falls Resource Recovery Facility in Wichita Falls, Texas, became a national model for indirect potable reuse (IPR) in 2018 when it captured,…

Infrastructure Outlook: Building Back a Better Next-Generation Infrastructure

July 27, 2021 - in Articles, Column

As we have changed our shopping patterns from the cart to an app and meetings from conference rooms to Zoom, infrastructure has been one of the last vestiges of the industrial era that hasn’t migrated to the digital era. This must change. President…

ReEngineering the Engineer: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

July 26, 2021 - in Articles, Column

When I left my old firm in the early 2000s, my breadth of experience was mostly in hospitals and medical facilities—new and renovations. Having all my eggs in one basket wasn’t how I wanted to run my company, so I was determined to diversify the types…

Infrastructure Outlook: The Future Is Now: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency in the Construction Industry

June 3, 2021 - in Articles, Column

For a profession that’s been around for decades, the construction industry has innovation firmly at its heart. New technology, materials and techniques are vital in construction, and can create a healthy advantage over competitors if executed correctly.…

Project Management Insights: No Buzzwords, Just Good PM Concepts

June 3, 2021 - in Articles, Column

The business world loves buzzwords. Consultants and marketers thrive on buzzwords. Google, Twitter and all social channels constantly drill the importance of keywords. Words are the way to stand out or be found in a universe of noise. If we ever wonder…

Thoughts from Engineers: Water Infrastructure Woes Hit the American Pocketbook

June 3, 2021 - in Articles, Column

The COVID-19 pandemic brought into sharp focus a few key realities about water service in the United States. Many millions of Americans worked hard to pay for water service before the pandemic hit, and many millions will continue to struggle to pay when…

Executive Corner: Don’t Neglect Post-Pandemic Employee Engagement

June 3, 2021 - in Articles, Column

For this installment of “Executive Corner,” we explore how the A&E landscape has changed during the pandemic, particularly in terms of employees in a tight job market. Russ Ryan, principal at Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners (email: rryan@rog-partners.com),…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Self Preservation Through Workload and Stress Management

June 3, 2021 - in Articles, Column

If there’s a silver lining to COVID, it helped push us to more-efficient ways of communication. Rather than traveling to meetings and wasting a ton of time on the road, we’ve embraced the idea of virtual meetings. I think that’s actually an OK thing.…