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Future Infrastructure: Heavy Construction: Six Trends Being Observed in 2022

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Although digitalization and automation have brought significant change to the construction industry in the last decade, some companies still are hesitant to embrace a fully fledged digital strategy. With increasingly scarce resources, there’s an…

From the Editor: The Future (of Engineering At Least) Seems To Be In Good Hands

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

If you’ve read this column before, you know I teach senior civil engineering college students in their Senior Project Design class. These students are…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Tips to Survive While Professionally Underwater

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

My brother, sister and I spent a lot of time at the beach when we were younger. We lived about 5 miles from the east coast of New Jersey, so it was…

Executive Corner: Considering M&A? Don’t Leave Out Firms that Have an ESOP

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

2021 was one of the hottest years for M&A activities we have ever seen. The trend is expected to continue through 2022 as more A/E firms explore M&A to meet their strategic objectives for growth, market share and talent acquisition to improve…

Thoughts From Engineers: Cybersecurity: More at Risk Than Meets the Eye

March 30, 2022 - in Articles, Column

As an indicator of how quickly events are evolving lately, by the time this column goes to print, the geopolitical circumstances in which we find ourselves today could be radically changed. What seemed unlikely to occur a few months ago—namely the invasion…

Future Forward: GIS and Digital Twins are Crucial Building Blocks for Renewing U.S. Infrastructure

January 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

It’s no longer outside the realm of possibility to see through the ground itself. Augmented reality is bringing utilities and other companies with underground assets closer to realizing that age-old wish via a digital twin of their infrastructure. These…

From the Editor: Engineers’ Concerns Have Only Multiplied Since the Pandemic

January 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Two years ago, I asked the following question in the February 2020 issue of Informed Infrastructure: “How will engineers respond to alternative energy sources, global warming, dwindling water supplies, deteriorating infrastructure and any number…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Do You Hear What I Mean?

January 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

We’re working on a project that involves the demolition of a multi-story existing building with new construction going back in its place. The programming of the new building requires elevator shafts adjacent to the building that remains. Not only will…

Thoughts From Engineers: The Elusive Plea of COP26

January 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

I’ll confess I’m probably more fixated than most on climate-related news. When the media began to post updates on the progress of the United Nation’s 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Scotland in early November 2021, I was ready to see the…

Executive Corner: Five Takeaways on 2021 A/E M&A Activity

January 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

The Great Consolidation? The Great Realignment? Whatever term you want to call it, by all accounts 2021 was a record-breaking year for A/E M&A activity. Emboldened leaders embraced and adapted all that was thrown at them—from mobilizing staff back…