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ReEngineering the Engineer: Making It Buildable

May 5, 2023 - in Articles, Column

Through the years, I’ve noticed my firm does a lot of additions to existing buildings. In the early days, much of it was driven by our hospital work. Hospitals are constantly growing—expanding emergency departments, adding beds, increasing diagnostic…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Sometimes It Has To Be You

March 24, 2023 - in Articles, Column

I admit it has been rewarding watching our young engineers grow from working on pieces of projects to managing an entire project from start to finish.…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Celebrate the Clever Things

January 30, 2023 - in Articles, Column

I have worked my entire career at two small firms, and I really enjoy working on a diversity of projects. My previous firm, at that time, had a relatively…

ReEngineering the Engineer: At Some Point, You Could Be the One Asking For Forgiveness

November 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Every now and then, I run across a project that seems “snake-bit.” No matter how complete our drawings were or how well we understood existing conditions, there seems to be this never-ending parade of issues for the life of the structural work. Some…

ReEngineering the Engineer: The Needle in the Haystack

May 23, 2022 - in Articles, Column

Every now and then, I find myself reminiscing about how we designed buildings back in the “dark ages” when I was a young engineer. Our engineering tools were much less sophisticated, unless you consider a slide rule sophisticated. When you think about…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Seeking ‘Five Reasons’ for Problems

April 28, 2022 - in Articles, Column

One of our integrated project delivery (IPD) projects finished at the end of 2021. It survived a COVID-19 shutdown, reduced productivity due to restrictions of personnel onsite, cost increases and material-procurement challenges. Everyone was looking…

ReEngineering the Engineer: Times Change: Don’t Be the Cranky Old Neighbor

November 29, 2021 - in Articles, Column

My wife and I moved into our current home about two years after we were married and, coincidentally, just as we found out she was pregnant with our first of two daughters. It was located at the end of a street outside Charlotte in a neighborhood of 25 homes.…

Structural Solutions: Nuggets of Wisdom for Engineers Young and Old, Part 1

May 29, 2017 - in Articles, Column

If you haven’t been to the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) NASCC Steel Conference, you really need to go. It’s not just about the PDHs; there’s an awful lot to learn.