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Structural Solutions: Add True Value to Command Fees You Deserve

November 21, 2015 - in Column

Many years ago, I left the security of the engineering firm I worked for right out of school and ventured out on my own. If you had asked me when I was hired after graduate school, I thought I would retire at that company. But that wasn’t the case, as I…

Environmental Considerations: A Proactive Approach to Site Revegetation

November 21, 2015 - in Column

On construction projects worldwide, post-construction site stabilization often is an afterthought. With constant increases in water-quality laws and regulations—and…

Managing the Model: You Live in the Future, Why Don’t You Work There?

November 21, 2015 - in Column

At the end of summer 2015, I was at a family reunion in central Illinois. As I stood chatting with relatives in my uncle’s backyard, my brother-in-law…

Oversite: Visualizing the Difference

November 21, 2015 - in Column

The ongoing effort to better inform our infrastructure starts with a model that can be readily analyzed with automated rules-based reporting and algorithm-driven analytics. The model can incorporate simulation to check such things as traffic flow or energy…

Infrastructure Innovations: Virtual Reality as a Tool for Modern Business

September 30, 2015 - in Column

For a long time, the concept of virtual reality (VR) was relegated to science fiction and entertainment such as Star Trek or The Matrix. Although a holodeck still is out of reach, the technology used for VR—the immersive technology that enables people to…

Executive Corner: The Dilemmas of A/E Family Ownership

September 30, 2015 - in Column

During the last several years, there has been increased consulting demand for ownership transition as well as mergers and acquisitions for family owned A/E and environmental-consulting firms. These inquiries have cut across the gamut of family ties: husband/wife-,…

Structural Solutions: The State of the Engineer Address

September 30, 2015 - in Column

Adversities and challenges, particularly when they don’t end well, provide the opportunity to reflect on decisions and figure out what happened. Governments have “state of the union” addresses that explain perceived difficulties in the market as well…

Strike a Balance: Moving from Smart Grids to Smart Operations

September 30, 2015 - in Column

As computing technology became more mainstream, smaller and more connected in the early years of the 21st century, the opportunity for a smart grid became achievable. More information accessed more quickly could only improve situational awareness and lead…

Managing the Model: Five Major Benefits of Using Modeling for Construction Projects

September 30, 2015 - in Column

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software has changed the way many companies work—there are extreme benefits to using BIM for construction projects and design. You likely know that BIM is an “intelligent” model that offers more-efficient collaborative…

Oversite: New Tools Measure and Model What Can’t Be Seen

September 30, 2015 - in Column

In every infrastructure project, whether renewal or new construction, there’s a need to gather a lot of site-specific information prior to embarking on preliminary design. The rigor and detail put into this process often can have high stakes for how successfully…