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Managing the Model: Pay Once, Learn Forever

June 11, 2015 - in Column

A few years ago, a city not far from our office built a beautiful new high school. No expense was spared to ensure it was a state of the art facility, ready to meet the needs of a burgeoning community. From city council to community to school board, everyone…

Going Down Under Down Under: Brisbane’s Complex Airport Link Achieves Innovation and Cuts Costs

June 7, 2015 - in Feature, Featured

When the city of Brisbane, Australia, and its suburbs needed to reduce heavy congestion going to, from and around Brisbane Airport, Brisbane City Council…

Rehabilitation with Minimal Interruption

June 7, 2015 - in Feature, Featured

The Wells Street Bridge holds the distinction of being the longest double-deck, double-leaf, bascule bridge built over the Chicago River, and it’s one…

The Internet of Things: Coming to Facility Systems Near You!

June 7, 2015 - in Feature, Featured

Bob Dylan's iconic song, “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” still rings true for many things, including building infrastructure management. And the melody of change is the Internet of Things (IoT), which is facilitating smart city planning and smart home…

Green Infrastructure: Dallas Works to Quantify the Value of Parks

June 7, 2015 - in Feature, Featured

The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department (DPARD) manages and maintains one of the largest municipal park systems in the United States, including more than 21,000 acres of parkland consisting of 381 individual parks featuring more than 4,400 surface…

Change Leader: BIM Aids Process, But Further Promise Lies in Interoperability

June 7, 2015 - in Profile

Patrick MacLeamy is CEO of HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. He has been a proponent for greater efficiency, going back decades with his conceptualization of the MacLeamy Curve, which emphasizes design earlier in the project…

Change Leader Interview: BIM Aids Process, But Further Promise Lies in Interoperability

June 7, 2015 - in Interview

Patrick MacLeamy, CEO of HOK, has been a proponent for greater efficiency, going back decades with his conceptualization of the MacLeamy Curve, which emphasizes design earlier in the project process. Informed Infrastructure Editor Matt Ball spoke with MacLeamy…

Future Forward Interview: Advancing Asset Management for AEC through International Standards

June 7, 2015 - in Interview

Although not widespread in the United States, asset management, and the need for more of a model-based approach to operations and ongoing maintenance, is gaining steam. A driver for growth is development of the ISO 55000 standard for asset management. Informed…

Future Forward: A Holistic Approach for Asset Management Takes Shape

June 7, 2015 - in Profile

Thomas W. Smith, MS, is director in the Department of Engineering Professional Development, University of Wisconsin–Madison. He received his BS degree from Dartmouth College and MS degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He served as a U.S. delegate…

Executive Corner: Beware Unintended Consequences of Poor Financial Reporting

June 5, 2015 - in Column

A client called me to inquire about updating her firm’s valuation and began our conversation by saying, “Not only are you going to be happy with our recent financial performance, you’re going to enjoy this engagement more than you have in the past.”…