In this episode, we talk to Andrew (Drew) Twarek, a project manager at Ruby+Associates, Inc. Structural Engineers about construction engineering, what it is and how it differs from structural engineering. He also talks about some of the top award-winning projects that he’s worked on in the past.
In this episode, we talk to Ricky McLain, P.E., SE, who is the Senior Technical Director at Tall Wood, WoodWorks about mass timber in structural engineering — what it is, some of the common pitfalls for mass timber projects, and how structural engineers can play a significant role in setting a mass timber project up for success.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Ricky in This Episode:
- What is mass timber?
- Why is mass timber suddenly so relevant to structures in the United States now?
- How can a structural engineer promote the use of mass timber to their clients?
- What are some of common pitfalls in a mass timber project?
- How can engineers determine what products each manufacturer is producing?
- How can structural engineers play a significant role in setting a mass timber project up for success?
- In what ways can an engineer use mass timber as a differentiating opportunity for their business development strategy?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Mass Timber in Structural Engineering:
In this episode, we talk to Dr. Badri Hiriyur, Ph.D., Vice President and Director of Artificial Intelligence at Thornton Tomasetti (TT) about the applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in the AEC industry and how it may affect your design and forensic processes as an engineer.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Dr. Badri Hiriyur, Ph.D.:
In this episode of The Structural Engineering Channel Podcast, we talk to Drew Dudley, P.E., SE, Vice President at Dudley Dunham Engineering and a lecturer at Texas A&M University, about the state of structural engineering and higher education.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Drew in This Episode:
- The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) formed a committee for the reform of structural engineering education. What is it and what is it focused on?
- Are there any measures or actions that the committee is taking to change the masters course to a more practical course, rather than a research course?
- Do you think that the 20-year plan is on track, as it is already 40% into the duration of the plan?
- Is it better to do a co-op with one company or multiple internships with several companies?
- Do you have any tips for students who are looking for co-ops or internships?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Structural Engineering in Higher Education:
In this episode of The Structural Engineering Channel Podcast, we talk to Prof. Dr. Olivier Vassart, Chief Executive Officer of Steligence at ArcelorMittal about fire engineering, his nomination as CEO of the Steligence business unit, and how Steligence can benefit the construction industry as we know it.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Prof. Dr. Olivier Vassart in This Episode:
- Can you share with us what you do in your position at ArcelorMittal?
- Do you spend time with regulatory bodies?
- How did you get started in fire engineering?
- What are some of the unique projects you have done related to fire engineering?
- Is the demand for fire engineering driven mostly by the safety codes or the project owners?
- Can you tell us more about Steligence and what you do there?
- When were you nominated as CEO and how did you get to that point?
- What advice can you give about the profession you have chosen and what makes you excited about fire engineering?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Fire Engineering and Steligence:
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.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Mostafa El-Mogy in This Episode:
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