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.
In episode 23 of The Structural Engineering Channel Podcast, we talk to Stan R. Caldwell, P.E., SECB, a Structural Engineering Consultant who provides structural engineering consultation, primarily with respect to construction litigation. This is the second of a two-episode series. In the previous episode, Stan provided five tips for young structural engineers and in this episode, Stan will give us five tips for structural engineering managers which can help them strive to become the best managers in their field.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Stan Caldwell in This Episode:
- What led to the development of this sister article that you wrote for STRUCTURE magazine, “Your Top 5 Tips for Engineering Managers,” and how did you get those?
- Do the tips for structural engineering managers complement any tips for young engineers?
- What is the first step that someone can take to get closer to achieving a prime professional role on a project?
- Your second tip for managers is “Stay in your lane.” What do you mean by that?
- Why should structural engineers embrace construction?
- Why do you specifically advocate that structural engineering managers should champion the idea of cherishing their people?
- The last of your five tips is to make a profit. Could you go into that?
- How do we, as a community, get opportunities where we can create a profit for our internal team by working with other firms?
Here Are 5 Tips for Structural Engineering Managers:
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Angie Fante in This Episode:
- You developed a structural engineering city walking tour app; can you tell us what it is?
- Is the app specific to St. Louis or can people use it in other areas?
- Are there any specific site visits in St. Louis that you can name?
- What is it that you wish to see come out of this tour when people experience it?
- How can our listeners attend the tour?
- How much time did it take you to develop the app and what was the process like?
- Can anyone contribute to the app, and is this how it will get implemented in other cities?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About the Structural Engineering City Walking Tour App
In episode 21 of The Structural Engineering Channel podcast, we talk to Aimee Corn, PE, who is a civil and structural engineer at Gannett Fleming. Aimee will be talking to us about structural analysis using finite element modeling and hydropower dam inspections. She also talks about her career journey and shares some great tips on communication and overcoming failure in your engineering career.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Aimee in This Episode:
- Your technical work has focused a lot on dams. You’ve developed non-linear models of 40- to 300-foot-tall arch dams. Can you talk to us about the structural engineering that goes into that?
- What are some of the places where you use finite element modeling or where you find it most helpful?
- What goes into a hydropower dam inspection?
- How important are written communication (e.g., email, technical reports, memoranda) and verbal communication (e.g., presentations, phone calls) skills on these projects and in the workplace in general?
- What is the Potential Failure Mode Analysis (PFMA) process and how it is used?
- What are some of the resources and ways that students can get into the dam industry?
- How can a person evolve their professional association participation beyond just joining as a member?
- Do you have an overall life or career philosophy you can share with us?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Finite Element Modeling and Hydropower Dam Inspections:
The Engineering Management Institute is thrilled to have Mathew Picardal, P.E. as host of the Structural Engineering Channel Podcast. Mathew is a licensed engineer practicing structural engineering in California. He recently started a YouTube channel called Mat Picardal Structural Engineering Life to inspire the next generation of structural engineers. In Mathew’s own words he started the YouTube channel because,
“When I was a student, I would google things on the internet to find out what the structural engineering field was like, but there wasn’t a lot of good positive content out there that was really useful.”
Mathew’s role as host of EMI’s podcast, The Structural Engineering Channel, is yet another way for him to give back to the structural engineering community. He currently hosts The Structural Engineering Channel alongside Alexis A. Clark, P.E., Structural Engineering Trade Manager at HILTI North America. The show serves to bring important industry information, including technical and non-technical news, to practicing structural engineers worldwide.
The show has already covered topics including BIM and Collaboration Between Structural Engineers and Drafters, Sustainability and Resilience in Structural Engineering, The Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Project, and CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety) Is Now Here in the United States.
“My goal is to inspire the youth to become more involved in the structural engineering profession, whether it is getting involved in your professional societies or just help mentor the next generation of structural engineers.” – Mathew Picardal, PE, Structural Project Manager at DCI Engineers
Ridgewood, NJ -Alexis Clark, P.E., M.ASCE, Structural Engineering Product Manager at HILTI North America, has contributed to the industry she loves, structural engineering, in many ways over the course of her career. Her involvement in industry goes beyond technical contribution by serving at the local, state and national levels of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and empowering the next generation to pursue and succeed in STEM fields through her work as a Concrete Canoe judge, a tenured mentor for the ACE Mentor Program, and as President of the Board of Directors for The Girls interested in Engineering Math and Science (or GEMS) Camp in Texas.
The Engineering Management Institute recently invited Alexis to become one of the co-hosts of their latest podcast, The Structural Engineering Channel. Alexis jumped at the opportunity.
“My number one goal with being the host of the structural engineering podcast is to be that filter to distill relevant, interesting, inspiring information that you would want to know as a structural engineer and deliver it to you in a way that is fun and convenient to access.” – Alexis A. Clark, P.E., Structural Engineering Trade Manager, HILTI North America
Alexis will host The Structural Engineering Channel alongside Mathew Picardal, P.E., also a licensed engineer, practicing on structural projects in California. The show will serve to bring important industry information, including technical and non-technical news, to practicing structural engineers worldwide. [Read more…] about Engineering Management Institute Welcomes Alexis Clark, P.E. as New Host of the Structural Engineering Channel Podcast
In this episode of The Structural Engineering Channel podcast, we talk to Steven Nolan, P.E., a bridge engineer at the Florida Department of Transportation. Steven talks about the Halls River Bridge project (HRB project), which is a project that was recently constructed in Florida that displayed 12 items that were the first of a kind for a bridge. Many of these firsts were related to new and innovative materials and technology.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Steven in This Episode:
- Can you provide us with an overview of the Halls River Bridge project?
- Could you please tell us about the funding of the project?
- Was it mostly the Hybrid-Composite Beams (HCB) that were used during the replacement, or were carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) bars and stirrups also used?
- What are the advantages of using CFRP and GFRP instead of the epoxy coating rebar?
- From a design perspective, what does using a new material entail?
- Are you expecting maintenance on this type of bridge?
- What were the construction challenges you had on this project?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About the Halls River Bridge Project:
In episode 11 of The Structural Engineering Channel podcast, we talk about The Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity Project, which is also known as the SE3 Project – a project focused on attracting and retaining the best talent into the structural engineering profession, and ensuring all structural engineers have a clear pathway to success in their careers. We’ll be talking with two volunteers that have been heavily involved with SE3. They are Dani Paxson who is the project director at Holmes Consulting and Nick Sherrow-Groves, P.E., who is a senior engineer with Arup.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Dani and Nick:
In episode 08 of The Structural Engineering Channel podcast, we talk to Alastair Soane, C.Eng, Ph.D., FICE, FIStructE who is the Director at Structural Safety. They are the group that oversees CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety) and SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety). We then speak to Glenn R. Bell, P.E., S.E., C.Eng, F.SEI, F.ASCE, Senior Principal at SGH and President-Elect for ASCE SEI.
First Sloane gives an overview of CROSS-UK and CROSS-International, and then Bell, discusses the expansion of CROSS in the US and how this amazing program is providing great value to structural engineers all over the world.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask our Guests in This Episode:
- What is CROSS?
- Can you tell us more about the processing and publication of reports?
- What are some lessons that can be learned from the development of CROSS in the United Kingdom?
- Are you planning on expanding your research to other countries and regions?
- Were you involved in the Hyatt Regency project?
- What motivated you to get involved with the CROSS program?
- What is the plan for implementing CROSS in the United States?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About the CROSS:
In episode 07 of The Structural Engineering Channel podcast, we talk to Luis Duque, EIT, A.M. ASCE, A.M. SEI who is a structural engineer at DLK Engineering. We talk about the use of drones in structural engineering inspections and more specifically about how drones will impact bridge inspections. This is some really interesting stuff!
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Luis in This Episode:
- What made you interested in bridge inspections?
- What are the benefits of using UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)?
- Is it safer to use UAVs for inspection than doing it in traditional ways?
- How do you see UAVs and similar technologies related to bridge inspection in the future?