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Oversite: What Do We Learn from Sensors?

August 1, 2016 - in Column

The engineering mind may answer the title question with details on what each specific sensor is tuned to measure, along with figures from specification sheets with limits, resolution, response time and other characteristics. The more artistic mind, say that…

Code Update: New Los Angeles Seismic Ordinance Will Save Lives … and a City

August 1, 2016 - in Column

As a structural engineer working with governments and communities worldwide as they struggle to face earthquake disasters, I’ve repeatedly seen tragedies…

Executive Corner: Is the End Near for Traditional Management/Ownership Structures?

August 1, 2016 - in Column

There’s no doubt about it; attitudes regarding ownership, particularly among younger generations, are changing. Why own a car when, with the touch of…

Engineer Spotlight: Small Changes for Women: Big Improvements for the Engineering Profession

August 1, 2016 - in Column

In the last few years, there’s been much discussion of “Women in (fill in the blank).” Why are these topics so important? And what can be improved for women in engineering to better the profession? Much debate focuses on how women’s careers may be…

Executive Corner: Can the A/E Industry Re-accelerate Its Growth?

May 31, 2016 - in Column

Ten years ago, 2006, was arguably the A/E and environmental-consulting industry’s peak of financial performance and achievement. Architects and engineers everywhere took advantage of unprecedented gains in commercial and residential building, while surging…

Structural Solutions: Picking Partners to Manage Risk

May 31, 2016 - in Column

In the previous issue of Informed Infrastructure, I wrote about how sometimes things happen in our lives that help us do better and avoid trouble later in life. The scout-leadership training obstacle course I talked about did just that (see “Managing Risk…

Oversite: Ratcheting Up Infrastructure Advocacy

May 31, 2016 - in Column

The recent Infrastructure Week event did an excellent job of marshalling a diverse group of organizations, politicians and individuals to support improved funding. Connections repeatedly were made regarding economic benefits such as new jobs as well as improved…

Repurposing Buildings and Urban Infrastructure for a Smarter City

January 28, 2016 - in Column

The smart city has many emerging definitions and the concept is touted to be the one, that will shape cities of future. All ‘smart city’ definitions encompass the idea of a sustainable, livable, intelligent and green city with continued economic growth…

Oversite: Visualizing the Difference

November 21, 2015 - in Column

The ongoing effort to better inform our infrastructure starts with a model that can be readily analyzed with automated rules-based reporting and algorithm-driven analytics. The model can incorporate simulation to check such things as traffic flow or energy…

Executive Corner: The Dilemmas of A/E Family Ownership

September 30, 2015 - in Column

During the last several years, there has been increased consulting demand for ownership transition as well as mergers and acquisitions for family owned A/E and environmental-consulting firms. These inquiries have cut across the gamut of family ties: husband/wife-,…