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Thoughts from Engineers: More than a Pump and a Toilet: Communities Worldwide Need Critical Water Supply and Sanitation Systems

June 12, 2020 - in Articles, Column

A day rarely goes by in the United States without some news about drinking water and the physical, social and administrative systems needed to deliver it. We hear about lead contamination in Newark, N.J., Flint, Mich., and other cities. We hear about water…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Have We Learned Anything Yet?

June 8, 2020 - in Articles, Column

One of the qualities of a good learner is being able to take in information, process it and use it to your advantage. Failure often is just as helpful…

Project Management Insights: Where Does Project Management Fit into a Strategic Plan?

June 1, 2020 - in Articles, Column

I was recently working with a 250-person engineering firm, helping them develop a new strategic plan. In the ramp up before the meetings, I sat with leaders…

Executive Corner: You Just Revalued Your Share Price as of the Year-End, Then This Happened …

May 29, 2020 - in Articles, Column

So 2019 was your firm’s best year EVER, and with the stock market soaring and the economic outlook for 2020 looking strong, your share price also hit an all-time high. And then this happened: A viral pandemic sweeps across the globe, states begin shutting…

From the Editor: Engineers Seem to Be Adjusting to New Circumstances

May 25, 2020 - in Articles, Column

I am a proud Baby Boomer, but I don’t feel like I’m one of those to whom the “OK, Boomer” derogative is directed. Just like every generation, mine has some particular (some might say peculiar) characteristics. But this is a time when all generations…

Thoughts from Engineers: Project Management in the Age of COVID-19

May 13, 2020 - in Articles, Column

If there’s one positive to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s that we’ve been knocked out of our comfort zones, and forced to recalibrate and reevaluate the important things in life and business. The virus and global economic downward spiral have driven…

ReEngineering the Engineer: What Was I Thinking?

May 11, 2020 - in Articles, Column

A funny thought crossed my mind this week. I started my career at a slow time in the early 1980s and considered myself lucky to find work at a small engineering firm doing what I was educated to do. I managed through slow spots in the early 1990s, Y2K and…

Infrastructure Outlook: Putting Designs into Motion with Extended Reality

May 4, 2020 - in Articles, Column

The digitization of data is paving the way for more-advanced technology that connects the design process to real-world information. The key to digitization is tying in 3D models at the start of the design process and integrating constructible data that enable…

Executive Corner: Lost Value in M&A: A New Way to Create and Capture Value

April 27, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Buying or selling a firm creates risk and opportunity for both buyers and sellers. Up to 30 percent of a firm’s potential value is lost during and after the typical acquisition. For those selling, they’re losing millions in potential rewards for their…

Thoughts from Engineers: The Food Industry Has a Major Impact on Water Resources

April 22, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Cheesemaking is a bonafide American industry that generates some $50 billion in revenue every year. In the regions of New York where dairy farms dominate, small-town communities and cheese production have coexisted peacefully through the years. A longtime…