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Infrastructure Outlook: Power Distribution Networks Must Perfect Data Quality and Governance

February 26, 2020 - in Articles, Column

The electric utility industry is undergoing a major transformation driven by new sources of energy generation (solar and wind power), consumer demand for faster and more-affordable services, cybersecurity, and Big Data. Gathering data to harvest insights and…

Project Management Insights: Delivering on Brand Is Integral to AEC Marketing and Management

February 21, 2020 - in Articles, Column

How you deliver projects either supports or hurts your branding. At a rudimentary level, the role of marketing is to create awareness and generate demand…

Executive Corner: What’s a Good Outside Board Director Worth?

February 17, 2020 - in Articles, Column

So you’ve finally decided to add an outside, independent director to the board of your privately held A/E firm. You’ve even identified several candidates.…

Thoughts From Engineers: A River Runs Through It: When Green Infrastructure Is More Than a Bit Player

February 5, 2020 - in Articles, Column

Urban water management is on course to complete an evolutionary circle. When cities began to modernize more than 100 years ago, the goal was to dispose of wastewater as quickly as possible. Engineers studied the physics of natural systems with an eye toward…

From the Editor: Witnessing Engineering’s Evolution from the 1970s to the 2020s

January 30, 2020 - in Column

It’s the beginning of a new decade, which is a good time to look back and ahead. I had the opportunity to visit with some friends recently; colleagues I worked with at the Indiana Department of Highways back in the 1970s. All of us are retired now and are…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Do You Have a ‘Plan B’ for the Totally Unexpected?

January 27, 2020 - in Articles, Column

I try to take some time over the holidays to reflect on the previous year. What good things happened? Were there any things we could have done better? Do our employees have the proper skill sets for their current positions? Is there any software we’re missing…

Infrastructure Outlook: Analytics Must Drive Next-Generation Infrastructure

December 17, 2019 - in Articles, Column

There’s no question that America’s infrastructure is antiquated and in vital need of modernization. If we want our infrastructure to be more efficient, cost-effective and secure, however, we must prioritize mathematical and analytical insights that enable…

Thoughts From Engineers: Spinning Gold: Desalination Steps in to Alleviate World’s Water Crisis

December 17, 2019 - in Articles, Column

A scenario reminiscent of Garret Hardin’s “Tragedy of the Commons” plays out quietly around the globe. Proof that swelling populations in bone-dry regions of the world can no longer survive on existing reserves of freshwater, technology (and money) step…

Executive Corner: What Is Your Ownership Strategy?

December 16, 2019 - in Articles, Column

Does your firm have an ownership strategy that clearly defines how you will be able to exit your firm? Are you relying on selling your firm to a third party or the next generation of leaders? According to the Census Bureau (and assuming age 67 for retirement),…

From the Editor: Is the ‘Scary Season’ Over or Just Beginning?

December 9, 2019 - in Articles, Column

I started thinking about my column for this issue when I received an email from Todd Danielson, the editorial director, with the subject line reading: “Next scary column deadline.” Obviously, it was due near Halloween. A year ago, I wrote about the various…