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From the Editor: Open Mic Night at ‘The Engineer’s Lounge’

June 3, 2021 - in Articles, Column

I recently completed two semesters teaching senior civil engineers at my alma mater, Valparaiso University. It was a pleasure and honor to be part of their education—something I took very seriously. But it was a different type of year, as we all know.…

Code Update: Updates to ACI 301-20: Specifications for Concrete Construction

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Column

In October 2020, the American Concrete Institute (ACI) published ACI 301-20: “Specifications for Concrete Construction,” which expanded and revised…

Executive Corner: Back in the Saddle for the AEC Industry

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Column

It’s hard to believe we’ve crossed the one-year milestone of the global coronavirus pandemic. Populations have endured and adapted to the day-to-day…

From the Editor: Smart Engineering Urgently Needed to Improve Our Infrastructure

May 12, 2021 - in Articles, Column

The American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently published its “report card” for America’s infrastructure. I read through the summary, and this is what I learned: We received an overall grade of C-. That’s an improvement from D+ in 2017,…

Thoughts From Engineers: All Sensors (and Eyes) on the Water

May 11, 2021 - in Articles, Column

The city of Virginia Beach, Va., was recognized in November 2020 with a Digital Cities award for the municipality’s adoption of StormSense, a multi-award-winning initiative that harnesses data streamed from a network of smart sensors and uses the resulting…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Fostering Personal and Corporate ‘Sustainability’

May 10, 2021 - in Articles, Column

When I started my firm in 2004, I had a decent idea of the corporate inner workings. I had been a partner at my previous firm for more than 15 years, but I had not started a company from scratch. Dealing with the engineering registrations was an obvious…

LEED Certification: Sustainable Construction, Waste Management and LEED Certification

March 31, 2021 - in Articles, Column

Green, sustainable construction is the way of the future, and modern companies are shifting their processes in that direction. When it comes to green construction, there’s one rating and certification system that holds authority worldwide: Leadership…

From the Editor: Engineering Allows You To Be Part of History

March 31, 2021 - in Articles, Column

The COVID-19 pandemic has created blocks of time that we didn’t previously have. For some of us, it’s the time we used to spend commuting. For others, it’s the time we spent shopping or attending cultural events. For me, it has created time to catch…

Executive Corner: Newly Released A/E Business Valuation and M&A Transactions Study Shows Peak Performance

March 31, 2021 - in Articles, Column

The latest edition of Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners’ “A/E Business Valuation and M&A Transactions Study” was released on Jan. 12, 2021, showing that industry firms reached peak financial performance levels and valuations multiples immediately…

Thoughts From Engineers: How to Avoid a Regional Disaster

March 31, 2021 - in Articles, Column

Some 160 years ago, in an effort to remedy the Great Stink of 1858, which refers to a time in London’s history when the Thames River was used as an open sewer, an unknown English engineer by the name of Joseph Bazalgette was hired to design and build a network…