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Executive Corner: A/E Industry Consolidation, Let the Good Times Roll

April 4, 2015 - in Column

It seems like almost every day, another merger or acquisition is announced between two architecture, engineering (A/E) or environmental-consulting firms. And although the global mega combinations such as URS-AECOM and Parsons Brinckerhoff-WSP draw the most…

Infrastructure Outlook: The Age of the Engineer

April 4, 2015 - in Column

Several years ago, I was talking to a friend who said, “Bill, if mankind is going to be around in 250 years, it will be because engineers make it so.”…

Managing the Model: “We Can Do It Faster the Old Way”

April 1, 2015 - in Column, Modeling

I've been hearing the title of this column, in one form or another, from engineering and architectural design firms for more than 20 years. I hear it…

Oversite: Getting in Touch with What’s Next

April 1, 2015 - in Column

Journalists often are criticized for going after the sensational story. We report on the man that bites the dog, but the converse is too common to get any coverage. When it comes to technology reporting, for example, reporters fawn over Apple’s latest gizmo,…

Structural Solutions: Helping Structural Engineering Students Benefits All

April 1, 2015 - in Column, Structural components

There are many ways to have a positive impact on the next generation of structural engineers. This is important, because they will face significant challenges to improve infrastructure while competing in a global market with constant change and ever-increasing…

BIM-Enabled Digital Fabrication of Structural Steel – An Advanced Approach

March 5, 2015 - in Column, Structural components

Complete and real benefits of BIM can be extracted only when it is used across all the aspects of a construction process and beyond. Today, a lot of firms have adopted BIM for project planning, scheduling, cost estimation facility management, etc. However,…

Structural Solutions: Increasing the Effectiveness of Young Structural Engineers

February 21, 2015 - in Articles, Column

Would you like to improve the effectiveness of your young structural engineers? This column will explore some ideas and ways you might be able to accomplish this. One of the major challenges facing companies is how to teach their younger engineers while also…

Managing the Model: What is a “model”?

February 21, 2015 - in Articles, Column

Got a minute? I have a question for you: What is a “model”? No, I don’t mean the attractive people we see in ads and movies. And no, I don’t mean a scale replica of an SR-70 Blackbird, Godzilla or the Santa Maria, although these are a bit closer to…

Infrastructure Outlook: Plotting Directions for Civil Infrastructure

February 14, 2015 - in Column

There have been major breakthroughs in the civil infrastructure industry, with reality capture and advancements in 3-D modeling, analytics and software as a service (SaaS) becoming mainstream. This combination allows designers to quickly model “what could…

Executive Corner: Managing by the Numbers

February 14, 2015 - in Column

Although the pages of this magazine are largely devoted to the technical aspects of design and construction, this column will focus on the challenges executives face to ensure their firm’s prosperity and longevity. Through two decades of work, I’ve found…