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Executive Corner: Five Takeaways on 2020 A/E M&A Activity

February 4, 2021 - in Articles, Column

The 2020 global pandemic will forever be remembered as when the simplest of norms and patterns across everyday family and office life were turned upside down. A/E leaders, whose patience and determination were tested just as they were 10 years ago during…

Thoughts From Engineers: The Shadow Cast by Lead Pipes

February 4, 2021 - in Articles, Column

On the eve of the New Year, amidst a pandemic and presidential transition, the final revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) were published on…

From the Editor: Engineers Need To Find Their Voice in 2021

February 4, 2021 - in Articles, Column

What if you inspected a bridge and found severe rust deterioration of a fracture-critical steel member, and you reviewed previous inspection reports…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Patience Required: Getting Up To Speed Can Be a Slow Process

February 1, 2021 - in Articles, Column

Our older daughter was an early professional casualty of the pandemic. Although she received her college degree in finance and marketing, she had a passion for event planning. She started working with a local woman shortly after college, part time. She…

Accelerated Efficiency with Data-Driven Design

December 18, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Viktor Várkonyi, Chief Division Officer of the Planning & Design Division and Member of the Executive Board of the Nemetschek Group, explains why data-driven design is more efficient than model-driven design and what this has to do with Building Lifecycle…

Tech Tip: Is it Time to Update Your Civil 3D Template?

December 14, 2020 - in Articles, Column

If you’re on an Autodesk subscription plan, new versions of software are available to you every year, and periodic updates, enhancements and hotfixes are issued on a pretty regular basis. Although your software may be keeping up to date, your template file…

Code Update: An Advanced Approach to Seismic Code-Check of Steel Connections

December 3, 2020 - in Articles, Column

About half the buildings designed and constructed in North America have some level of seismic design requirements. Seismic design has evolved—engineers now face terms such as capacity design, dissipative item, plastic hinge and deformation capacity—so…

From the Editor: What’s Past Is Prologue, But the Future Seems Uncertain

December 3, 2020 - in Articles, Column

For the last three months, I’ve been teaching a senior design class at Valparaiso University, my alma mater. When I say “at Valparaiso University,” I mean “at home, for the university, through online software.” The pandemic has had a significant…

Executive Corner: Are These Beliefs Crippling Your Firm?

December 3, 2020 - in Articles, Column

You’re probably familiar with the adage “beliefs drive behaviors, behaviors drive results.” From my 15 years of experience as an owner and CFO for architecture and engineering firms, I can tell you that faulty beliefs are the biggest culprit when…

Thoughts From Engineers: A Moving Target: The Challenge of Predicting Flood Risk

December 3, 2020 - in Articles, Column

The Aug. 20, 2018, storms that hit Dane County, Wis., near Madison, unloaded in some locations nearly 15.33 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. Flood stage on Black Earth Creek climbed from 2 feet to 9.7 feet within a few hours, and the two-day rain event…