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Code Update: Provisions for Cold-Formed Steel Nonstructural Members Clarified in AISI S220

May 13, 2018 - in Articles, Column

For most cold-formed steel framing projects, industry or manufacturers’ design tables are sufficient for specifying and constructing nonstructural partitions. But for projects where the requirements are outside the usual limits, design professionals and…

From the Editor: Old Habits Die Hard

May 7, 2018 - in Articles, Column

I have a theory, and I wonder what you think about it. It has to do with ancient pyramids, spaceships, artificial intelligence, robots and self-driving…

Thoughts From Engineers: Water 4.0: Time to Consider an Alternative Paradigm

April 17, 2018 - in Articles, Column

Our present-day style of managing water hasn’t strayed much from the centralized approach employed by the Romans some 2,000 years ago. This was fine…

Executive Corner: The R&D Tax Credit: Major Savings Available for Architects and Engineers

April 17, 2018 - in Column

When it comes to taxes, the main focus for architecture and engineering firms of late has been the new tax law and the opportunities it’s providing companies to grow and reinvest in their businesses. For this installment of “Executive Corner,” Russ Ryan,…

Project Management Insights: Is Project Management a Weakness in the Armor?

April 16, 2018 - in Articles, Column

When my consulting firm (Morrissey Goodale) works with clients to develop a strategic plan, several elements go into the effort well before we bring everyone around the table. Conversations with the firm’s leaders and top managers are one such component.…

Final Thoughts: Engineers Also Deserve Awards and Recognition

April 9, 2018 - in Articles, Column

I was among the millions of people who watched at least part of the Academy Awards show this year, and I couldn’t help but think about comparing the awards to our industry. The Academy recognizes outstanding performance in the film industry in 24 categories,…

ReEngineering the Engineer: What’s Ice Got to Do with It?

April 2, 2018 - in Articles, Column

For some reason, I wasn’t much of a reader when I was young. Maybe it was the engineering gene; I don’t know many engineers I would consider voracious readers. However, through the years, I’ve come to enjoy reading a good book, mostly non-fiction. So…

Final Thoughts: Many Changes in Engineering, but the Main Priority Remains the Same

March 12, 2018 - in Articles, Column

In previous “Final Thoughts” columns, I looked back at the work environment when I began my career some 40-plus years ago, which included calculations with slide rules, drafting on mylar and working in an open-space office. Today’s office and “tools…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Reasonable Resolutions That Can Last All Year

March 12, 2018 - in Articles, Column

Historically, I try to use the holiday break as a chance to regroup, reflect on the last year and get prepared to do it all over again for the next 12 months. This year, however, was an unrelenting race right to the bitter end. “Sleeping” projects came…

From the Editor: Predicting the Present: Yesterday’s Future and Tomorrow’s Past

March 12, 2018 - in Articles, Column

In the classic original The Terminator movie from 1984, an advanced artificial intelligence (AI) wages war against humanity. A fierce band of human resistance fighters battles back and eventually tips the scales in favor of the humans. In a last, desperate…