In this episode, I talk to Matthew Low, P.E., Senior Vice President at Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc., about challenges and opportunities in the civil engineering workforce, and how engineers can overcome these challenges to excel in their careers.
In this episode, we talk to Nathaniel (Nat) Forgotson, Vice President, and Program Manager at Science Systems and Applications, Inc about effective public communication skills for engineers, and how he used wrestling to train students on public speaking skills.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Public Speaking Skills:
This is a guest post by Peter C. Atherton, P.E.
As we work through the sometimes half-hearted attempts to bring our employees back to the office, the organizational development and talent attraction and retention idea that I believe will stick is “SFA” – success from anywhere.
What is SFA, and how can we make this work, especially among “back to the past” forces within us that have very likely already cost us in terms of missed opportunity and preparedness for our inevitable future state?
Let’s leave the resistance to SFA aside for a moment (or at least until the link at the bottom of this article) because even the skeptics and the naysayers recognize the competitive disadvantages of not offering some type of work flexibility in this employee-driven market — hence the half-hearted and tempered calls for a full return to the office.
In this episode, we talk to Andrew Lees, Ph.D., MICE CEng, Director of Geofem, Global Application Technology Manager at Tensar International, as well as Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Southampton about Finite Element Analysis, Geogrid Stabilization, InSAR, and what the future looks like for geotechnical engineering.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Andrew:
- What is FEA (Finite Element Analysis) and what are its benefits to construction?
- What’s your advice to young engineers starting in FEA in geotechnical engineering?
- What’s the biggest revolution in recent years in geogrid reinforcement?
- InSAR is growing fast in the geotechnical field. Can you explain to our listeners, who might not be too familiar with it, what InSAR is and how it works?
- What does the future look like for geotechnical engineering, in your opinion?
- What advice would you like to give young engineers considering getting involved in these fields of geotechnical engineering?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About InSAR and Finite Element Analysis in Geotechnical Engineering:
In this episode of The Engineering Quality Control podcast, we continue with the 5-Part Framework for Quality Control and focus on the fifth and final aspect of this framework, which is known as TWEAK (debriefing).
Here Are Some Key Points Discussed in This Episode:
En mi artículo anterior sobre tecnologías de ensayos no destructivos para pavimentos, destaqué la importancia de dichas tecnologías durante y después de la construcción de carreteras. Los ingenieros y técnicos confían más en los métodos de pruebas no destructivas (NDT, por sus siglas en inglés) para evaluar las características, la calidad y el rendimiento de los materiales utilizados en la construcción de las diferentes capas del sistema de pavimento porque es una técnica muy valiosa que puede ahorrar dinero y tiempo en la evaluación e investigación de las diferentes capas y materiales de pavimento. Las decisiones relacionadas con el control y la garantía de la calidad del pavimento se basan tradicionalmente en métodos de muestreo destructivos de cobertura limitada, como la extracción de muestras o testigos, que representan significativamente menos del 1% del pavimento en servicio.
Debido a que la prueba NDT no alteran permanentemente el área que se inspecciona, la realización de la prueba no es destructiva por naturaleza. Esto ayuda a reducir cualquier aumento de costo y tiempo necesario para evaluar materiales in situ debido a una alteración de los materiales o capas de pavimento ensayadas y, por lo tanto, no es necesaria la corrección del posible daño causado para mantener la integridad del pavimento diseñado.
This is a guest blog by Leanna Michniuk from BigTime Software
Good advice is invaluable. And for engineers, hearing advice from leaders in their industry can provide new ways of thinking and even a boost of confidence and reassurance in their work. BigTime Software recently partnered with the Engineering Management Institute as a founding sponsor of the show, The Civil Engineering CEO show, that features interviews with CEOs of leading civil engineering firms on important industry topics. The goal of the show has been to connect engineers with industry leaders to hear their firsthand advice on important topics. The CEOs who have appeared on the show have done just that by sharing with us how they are approaching some of today’s challenges and opportunities including the talent shortage, the abundance of infrastructure work, the hybrid work environment, and more.
Because there have been so many great words of wisdom and amazing guests on the show, we thought we would share the top five things we’ve learned from The Civil Engineering CEO show so far. Keep on reading to hear some sage advice from pros who have lived it themselves.
[Read more…] about 5 Things We’ve Learned from the Civil Engineering CEO Show
In my previous article on non-destructive testing (NDT) technologies for pavements, I highlighted the importance of such technologies during and after the construction of highways. Engineers and technicians are relying more on non-destructive test (NDT) methods to evaluate the characteristics, quality, and performance of the materials used in constructing the different layers of the pavement system because it is a highly valuable technique that can save both money and time in pavement material and layers evaluation, troubleshooting, and research. Decisions related to pavement quality control and assurance are traditionally based on destructive sampling methods of limited coverage, such as coring, that represent significantly less than 1% of the in-service pavement.
Because NDT does not permanently alter the area being inspected, conducting the test is non-destructive in nature. This helps reduce any cost and time increase needed to evaluate in-situ materials due to an alteration of the materials or pavement layers tested, and, therefore, no correction of the possible damage caused is necessary to maintain the integrity of the designed pavement.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Their Career Takeaways:
In this episode, I talk to Trudi Williams, PE, Vice President, and Regional Director of one of the premier civil, structural, and environmental engineering firms in Southwest Florida, CONSOR Engineers, about three key career themes that you can use to grow your civil engineering career or firm.