In episode 76 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I interview two guests that work in the Civil Engineering world and have worked on very special projects that are helping our community and the world as a whole. They are Alan Lloyd, CIH, CSP, Associate Vice President and Corporate Health and Safety Officer from Pennoni, and Menzer Pehlivan, Ph.D., P.E., from CH2M who was one of the stars in the Dream Big Movie.
Are you Focused on Moving your Engineering Career Forward, Every Day?
Odds are if you’re like most engineers, you show up at work each day, solve problems, go home, and then come back the next day and repeat that process. Obviously, I am simplifying things here. Within that, ‘solve problems’ generalization, lie thousands of amazing projects, inventions, and solutions that move our world forward. Engineers create extraordinary things. But what career-related items do you partake in outside of your engineering projects, and how you do you decide when or why to execute them and move your engineering career forward?
In episode 065 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk with Charles(Chuck) Marohn, a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) about how our cities and towns are going broke and how civil engineers will play a role in developing strong towns in the future.
Here are some of the questions I ask Chuck:
- Why are so many towns and cities across North America going broke?
- What are some things that you’ve seen in your travels that don’t necessarily take thousands of dollars to implement, that have made stronger towns?
- How can we as civil engineers help to build stronger towns?
- What are some things that civil engineers can do to address this problem in civil engineering?
Here are some key points discussed on how our cities and towns are going broke and how civil engineers can help long-term. Chuck says:
Scope of Work (SOW)
The following is an excerpt from John Lowe’s book entitled A Guide to Managing Engineering and Architectural Design Services Contracts. The post was published with permission from the author and the audiobook will be available through Engineering Management Institute website in November 2016. Click here for a notification when the audiobook is released.
The Scope of Work (SOW) on a project is an important aspect of a project that can lead to many budget and schedule challenges. In this excerpt, which is two separate excerpts of Mr. Lowe’s book, he defines the Scope of Work in relation to engineering projects and discusses how liability can be minimized by sharing the SOW and identifying changes to it early on.
The Scope of Work on Engineering Projects