In this episode of The Structural Engineering Channel Podcast, we talk to Mostafa El-Mogy, Ph.D., P.Eng, an active researcher, passionate instructor, and highly talented structural engineer about the design of high-rise buildings. Mostafa also talks about the structural engineering profession and provides some great tips for aspiring structural engineers.
This is a guest blog by Sam Lytle, PE
In the world of engineering, owning a business or even being self-employed often requires stepping outside of technical design and into new territories of bookkeeping, marketing, web design, payroll, invoicing, and a bevy of other tasks not normally taken on by engineers.
In 2011, I realized I belonged to the former — the drive to leave the engineering design path hit hard and fast. This drive was the motivating force that helped me make the jump in 2014 to start Civil FX, and it is still with me today. With that career change has also come those many other tasks that a business owner inevitably faces, including financial duties, hiring decisions and — my personal favorite — marketing and branding. As I’m not incredibly technically minded and engineering was never a satisfying fit, this transition has been mostly comfortable for me. The constant barrage of challenges has been steadied by the freedom of being on my own and the feeling of knowing I’m where I need to be in my career.
Building A(n) (Un)Sustainable Business
In episode 108 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I will be speaking with Lisa Roger, PMP who is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Dewberry. We talk about her work in the Information Technology (IT) Department and also discuss the importance of IT Professionals in the engineering world.
Here are some of the questions I ask Lisa Roger, CIO:
- What does being a CIO mean in terms of your responsibilities at Dewberry?
- Talk to us about your philosophy in terms of IT?
- Do you encourage interaction between IT professionals and engineering professionals?
- How do you decide which software will be implemented at your company?
- How much do you rely on out of the box software vs. software you have customized in-house?
- Many small firms don’t have the advantage of an in-house IT department. At what point in an engineering firm’s growth do you think an IT department is needed and what are some of the pitfalls if they don’t have one?
- How do you think the future of artificial intelligence will influence IT jobs and the engineering world?
Here are some key points discussed in this episode about IT Professionals:
BIM stands for Building Information Modeling. In episode 029 of The Civil Engineering Podcast, my co-host Christian Knutson, PE interviews Ronan Collins who is an experienced Building Information Modeling Project Manager specializing in the production of detailed and accurate BIM models for the purpose of design and construction coordination.
Here are some of the questions Chris asks Ronan about BIM (Building Information Modeling):
- What are the key benefits BIM brings to a project?
- Is it a design software? An integrated project management software?
- What are the benefits a civil engineer – and the end stakeholder – receives from employing BIM?
- Where do you see BIM taking the civil engineering profession in 10 years?
- What are the investment costs associated with starting BIM capability in a firm? Is this scalable, or a one-time cost? What is the typical time frame for ROI?
- What are three things I, as a company owner, want to be aware of when selecting the BIM software my firm will use? Is there an industry standard?
- Is there a “best practice” for the type of facility to apply Building Information Modeling to?