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ReEngineering the Engineer: Sustainability: How Can We Help?

June 21, 2019 - in Articles, Column

At about the time I was leaving my old firm in 2004, one of the large national architectural firms we worked with made a corporate announcement. Their firm would be focusing on the green movement (predominantly LEED at the time) and were committed to designing…

Executive Corner: Want to Increase Value for Your Firm? Pull These Levers!

June 5, 2019 - in Articles, Column

As advisors to design professionals, we’re often asked by owners and key executives, “How can I make my firm more valuable?” Although value is in…

Thoughts From Engineers: A First for the Great Lakes: Water Piped Out and Back In

June 3, 2019 - in Articles, Column

The city of Waukesha, Wis., received permission in 2016 to divert 8.2 million gallons of Lake Michigan water per day as a new source of drinking water.…

Final Thoughts: When Did You Choose Your Career?

May 27, 2019 - in Column

Some people have known all their life what their chosen profession would be, perhaps because of a particular skill or because a relative was a successful example. Others may postpone that decision until later in life, perhaps during college, because they’re…

ReEngineering the Engineer: To Change or Not to Change? The Answer Usually Is to Change

May 20, 2019 - in Articles, Column

Codes have changed significantly through the years. When I started engineering, the structural section of the North Carolina Building Code was just more than 100 pages and was basically the “one-stop shop” for all our structural engineering analysis and…

Infrastructure Outlook: Power Play: Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber-attacks

May 9, 2019 - in Articles, Column

Governments generally define the essential assets of a functioning society as its critical infrastructure, including electricity, communications, heating, healthcare and transport networks. For the United States, attempted cyber-attacks on these systems continue…

From the Editor: Use Different Viewpoints to Uncover the Unknown Unknowns

May 9, 2019 - in Articles, Column

I read a meme-like quote a few days ago: “It amazes me that I can wirelessly transfer data from my brain to another brain by vibrating the air with my voice box.” Simultaneously whimsical and thought provoking, it reminds me to think of everyday things—like…

From the Editor: A Brief Glimpse at Useful AEC Pocket Tech

May 7, 2019 - in Articles, Column

Living with tech is a lot like living with a new puppy: it’s not easy to recognize changes occurring through time until you step back and look at where we were not long ago compared to where we are today. Every couple of years, I see a graphic (or sometimes…

Thoughts From Engineers: The Hidden Monster That’s Our Failing Water Infrastructure

May 2, 2019 - in Articles, Column

An aging house built in the 1930s with chipping paint, a porch door that swings eerily in the wind and precariously leaning support beams gets attention. A bridge with rusty trusses and roads with potholes get attention as well. People complain—loudly—to…

Executive Corner: The Latest Trends in A/E Stock Valuation and M&A Pricing

April 29, 2019 - in Articles, Column

Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners, LLC recently released its annually updated ”A/E Business Valuation and M&A Transactions Study.” Data from the sixth-edition study show remarkable stability in valuations of minority interests in privately held A/E…