Help define the contents of future structural engineering licensing examinations
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), a national non-profit organization composed of engineering and surveying licensing boards representing all states and U.S. territories, needs your help in updating the Structural Engineering Principles and Practice examination(s). This survey is designed to elicit input on the professional activities and knowledge/skills required of a licensed structural engineer with four to six years of structural engineering experience. Participation in this survey is critical for defining the scope of practice for entry-level structural engineers.
Technical gurus scheduled to educate on BIM
Interested in transitioning your business to include building information modeling (BIM), taking your current technology to the next level, or curious how other firms are making the change? ZweigWhite, in association with Structural Engineer, is pleased to offer a non-partisan, one-day seminar—scheduled for Wed., Oct. 1, 2008, in Atlanta in conjunction with the Structural Engineers’ Buildings Conference & Expo—to provide valuable insight and answer all your questions about BIM technology.
Green buildings on the rise
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Green building continues to gain momentum as it demonstrates numerous opportunities to improve the impacts of buildings on the environment and health. To acknowledge this growing trend and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) expanded role in it, EPA has released a new video on green buildings in its Green Scene series. The video features Bill Sanders, Ph.D., director of EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research, talking about how EPA is encouraging and supporting green building, and how homeowners can take simple steps to green their homes.
Green building pays greenbacks
BERKELEY, CALIF.—Everyone’s talking about "going green," but the cost of the investment has, up to now, been difficult to justify. Energy savings aside, what are the financial benefits of using environmentally sustainable materials and technology in construction? Professor John Quigley at the University of California, Berkeley—Haas School of Business, is conducting the first systematic analysis of environmentally-sustainable construction and its economic impact on the real estate market.
First graduate fellowship in sustainability for Texas A&Ms civil engineering department
DALLAS—Jaster-Quintanilla (JQ)/Dallas selected Texas A&M University’s Dwight Look College of Engineering as the recipient of a five-year financial gift from the firm to help fund a graduate fellowship in sustainability within the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering. The graduate fellowship in sustainability is the first of its kind in the university’s 132-year history. JQ is also funding a second fellowship that focuses on structural engineering.
New codes in New York City
WHITTIER, CALIF.—For the construction industry, it’s officially time to say goodbye to the old New York codes. The 2008 New York City Codes went into effect across all five boroughs on July 1, 2008. The first major modernization of the city’s building codes in nearly 40 years, the 2008 New York City Codes are based on the 2003 International Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Fire Codes.
Best Firms to be announced next month
The 2008 Best Structural Engineering Firms To Work For list will be announced on Sept. 18 in San Francisco during the 2008 Best Firm To Work For Summit. In addition to the Awards Ceremony, this two-day event is packed with best practices for attracting and retaining top industry talent. Keynote sessions include "Build Your Firm to Last: Essential Lessons for Leaders," by Lee W. Slade, P.E., Senior Principal, Executive Director, Structural Engineering Services, Walter P Moore; and "Exploring the Fountainheads of Organizational Success: Trust and Accountability," by Charles D. Dalluge, Executive Vice President, Leo A Daly.