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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…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Not ‘My’ Job? Engineers Don’t Have that Luxury

December 3, 2019 - in Articles, Column

One of our architectural clients approached us with an interesting renovation of an existing building. It was a relatively older building with an existing…

Code Update: EC-017: The Evaluation Criteria for Field-Applied Fire-Protective Coatings

November 20, 2019 - in Articles, Column

During seven months from 2006 to 2007, three firefighters—in three separate fire-related incidents—died from injuries sustained after falling through…

Infrastructure Outlook: Remote Sensing for Distribution Networks Drives Safety, Reliability and New Insights

November 11, 2019 - in Articles, Column

There’s an increasing focus on the reliability and resiliency of the nation’s electric grid; outages have continued to grow in frequency and cost. More than 37 million people were affected by more than 3,500 outage events in 2017, compared to 2009, when…

Project Management Insights: Project Management or Else

November 4, 2019 - in Articles, Column

A contact of mine was considering an administrative assistant position with an engineering firm this summer and wanted my opinion on the job description. She isn’t an engineer but has served in several marketing and support roles throughout her career. The…

Executive Corner: Is Your Company’s Stock a Good Investment?

October 28, 2019 - in Articles, Column

"The best investment I ever made!”  I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard owners in the architecture, engineering and environmental consulting industries say something to this effect when I’ve asked about the performance of their company stock.…

Thoughts From Engineers: Water Scarcity is Common: The Grim Reality of Freshwater Supplies Worldwide

October 17, 2019 - in Articles, Column

Most news headlines barely get my attention, but it was startling to come across a list of 11 cities projected to experience serious water shortages within the next 50 years due to a combination of polluted and diminishing water supplies, climate change and…

Change Leader: Use Familiar Tools to Achieve Public Support

October 11, 2019 - in Articles, Column

These profiles are based on interviews, and the opinions and statements are those of the subject and are not necessarily shared or endorsed by this publication. The video discussed in this interview can be viewed at wp.me/p8dJln-bXo Doug Taylor is vice president…

From the Editor: It’s Time to Think About More Than Financial Costs

October 11, 2019 - in Articles, Column

As I scanned the Table of Contents for this October 2019 issue of Informed Infrastructure, I noticed the article title “Brick Sewer Rehabilitation in Nation’s Capital.” My first thought was that it didn’t read “Brick Sewer Replacement.” I’m sure…

ReEngineering the Engineer: A Tale of Two Projects

October 3, 2019 - in Articles, Column

Every now and then, you get a project that just seems to run into headwinds no matter which direction you turn. This latest one, however, came at a time when we were closing out our Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) project. The difference between the two…