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ReEngineering the Engineer: Getting Started on the Right Foot(ing)

July 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

As a young engineer, starting on a project always seemed daunting. I’d receive plans and elevations (or a 3D model) from the architect or MEP engineers that typically didn’t have much detailed information. I may have been to a couple preliminary meetings…

Executive Corner: Focus On Three Key Areas to Prepare for the Future

July 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

As A&E firms are planning the remainder of 2022 and beyond, it’s critical to be informed on today’s industry trends. As growing pipelines and…

Thoughts From Engineers: The Supreme Court Kicks the Climate ‘Ball’ Back to Congress

July 29, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Many predicted in the days leading up to the release of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision in West Virginia v. EPA that something…

From the Editor: Message to Graduates (and All Engineers): Go Out and Do Good

May 27, 2022 - in Articles, Column

I was pleased to attend the annual meeting of the Indiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, which included a competition among college students who presented their senior design projects to an audience and a panel of judges. The senior civil…

Executive Corner: An Inside Look at the Landmark ESOP Valuation Case

May 27, 2022 - in Articles, Column

For over a decade, the Department of Labor (DOL) has carried out a controversial and aggressive enforcement effort targeting valuation issues in employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). The DOL did not lose a major ESOP case on a valuation issue until…

Thoughts From Engineers: When Cities in the Midwest Run Dry

May 27, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The states surrounding the Great Lakes have always been a bit smug about the bounty of freshwater on their doorstep. These states have been equally vigilant about keeping this resource close and have drafted laws to protect this enormous concentration…

Transportation Troubleshooting: Meet Paula Hammond: 40 Years of Engineering Experience to Share

May 27, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Paula Hammond will write a recurring column for Informed Infrastructure, beginning with the August 2022 issue. This introductory column is based on an interview by Todd Danielson, the editorial director of Informed Infrastructure. You can view a…

Leap Forward: Digitizing Construction Will Transform the Safety and Efficiency of Project Delivery

May 27, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Digital technologies are transforming all aspects of daily life, helping to keep communities healthy, safe, connected and more sustainable. In the construction sector, continued efforts to increase site safety, coupled with rising expectations for speed…

ReEngineering the Engineer: The Needle in the Haystack

May 23, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Every now and then, I find myself reminiscing about how we designed buildings back in the “dark ages” when I was a young engineer. Our engineering tools were much less sophisticated, unless you consider a slide rule sophisticated. When you think about…

Smart Project Delivery: How Water Utilities Can Be More Resilient During Supply Chain Disruptions

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The U.S. water system is in danger. Communities across the country are being affected by aging and inadequate water infrastructures, with some of the nation’s oldest water and wastewater pipes dating as far back as the 19th century. With many pipes…